UBC Library
UBC Library highlights
• UBC Library Collections include:
– Over 7 million items (print and electronic)
– Over 1.4 million e-books
– More than 229,000 journal titles
– Over 5.3 million microforms
– More than 890,000 maps, audio, video and
graphic materials
UBC Library highlights
• Features the first automated storage and retrieval
system in a Canadian library
• Holds the first book published in B.C., a legal work
that was the personal copy of David Cameron, the
one-time Chief Justice of Vancouver Island
• Has digitized more than 30,000 UBC theses as part
of the Retrospective Theses and Dissertation project
Association of Research Libraries rankings – North America
UBC Library’s highest ranking - ARL Investment
Top Canadian
Association of Research Libraries rankings – North America
Expenditures per students
UBC Library highlights
• What’s the name of the
collection at UBC Library,
deemed a national treasure,
that documents early British
Columbia history,
immigration and settlement
and the Canadian Pacific
Railway Company?
• The Chung Collection
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UBC Library highlights
• Holds the extensive archives of
Douglas Coupland, one of
Canada’s most renowned
authors and an internationally
recognized visual artist who
popularized the term “Generation
• Is home to Xwi7xwa Library, the
only Aboriginal branch of a
university library in Canada
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Electronic collections growth
Expenditures shift from print to electronic
Changing service models
Usage shifts from print to electronic
New collections
Changing Service Models
Number of reference questions
UBC Library – Teaching and Learning
• What do librarians do and how many
are at UBC Library?
• Teaching, Collection development,
Liaison, Reference
• Specializations: Digitization,
IT/Systems, archives, copyright,
community engagement, learning
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UBC Library – Teaching and Learning
UBC Library – Teaching and Learning
• More than 1,600 classes taught, involving more than
40,000 participants – 38% increase over five years
• Topics include information literacy, citation
management, thesis formatting, copyright, social
media, and using digital collections
• 90 librarians available to help students & faculty
• More than 4296 tutoring & coaching interactions in
UBC Library – Technology
• 630 computer workstations
• Mac workstations available at IKBLC, Koerner and
Law Libraries
• Advanced multimedia software including Adobe
Creative Suite 6, Final Cut Pro and Finale
• Laptops, camcorders, LCD projectors, phone &
laptop chargers, and more available for loan
• New Digital Media Commons in IKBLC
UBC Library – Space & Usage
• Approximately how many
people do you think go through
the Irving K. Barber Learning
Centre each month?
• 225,000
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UBC Library – Space & Usage
• 15 branches & divisions, 8 buildings on Point Grey
• 27 bookable study rooms
• 5398 study spaces across UBC Library, 1818 in IKBLC
• Gate Counts
• IKBLC | 241,116
• Koerner | 98,334
• Woodward | 39,247
• All branches ~2,834,245 (2011/12)
UBC Library – Space & Usage
• Learning Commons
• Chapman Learning Commons (IKBLC)
• Canaccord Learning Commons (David Lam)
• Learning support for first and second year students
• Equipment lending, tutoring, coaching
• Research Commons (Koerner Library)
• Emphasis on support for Graduate Students
• Thesis formatting, citation management, statistical
software, GIS lab
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
• True or false?
• The Program Services team in the Irving K.
Barber Learning Centre focuses on community
engagement work
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
• Emphasis on community engagement
• BC History Digitization Program: $1-million milestone
• Small Business Accelerator Project
• Aboriginal Enhancement Schools Network
The Digital Agenda
Transforming into a 21st-century research library
• Digitization Centre opened in the Irving K. Barber Learning
• Highlights: the BC Historical Newspapers Digitization Project
(historicalnewspapers.library.ubc.ca) and the BC Bibliography
Project (bcbibtest.library.ubc.ca)
• Digitization of Tairiku Nippō newspaper as part of UBC’s
Japanese Canadian Student Tribute
• Activities co-ordinated through a cross-campus Copyright
Advisory Group
• Members of the copyright team worked with members of
the UBC community to ensure copyright compliance; more
than 100 workshops and meetings in departments,
attracting more than 2,800 participants
• See copyright.ubc.ca for more information
• start an evolution launched in 2011
• Library’s goal: raise $25 million by 2015 (nearly 65% of that
amount raised by fiscal 2012/13 year end)
• Library priorities: renovation activities at the Asian, Koerner
and Woodward libraries; expand and steward print and
digital collections
• Budgetary pressures for UBC Library and the University
• The rising cost of electronic resources
• Unstable business models in publishing world
• Competing sources of information – Google, Wikipedia
• Keeping pace with rapidly changing technologies
Trends and opportunities
• Consolidation of some Library services and branches
• Refurbishment of the Library’s physical spaces
• Approval for the BC Integrated Research Library
• Adapting to technological opportunities, such as social
• Implementation of the Flexible Learning Initiative
Tempora mutantur nos et mutamur in illis.
The times change and we change with them.
– John Owen, Fellow, New College, Oxford (c. 1564 – c. 1622/28)
Connect. Explore. Discover.
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