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I r v i n g

K. B a r b e r

Issue Issue 10 5

Summer Winter 2006 2011

L e a r n i n g

C e n t r e

at the University of British Columbia


REPORT 2010/11

M e s s a g e f r o m t h e D i r e ct o r

Serving Campus and Community The Learning Centre: a campus hub and a catalyst for lifelong learning.

C ON T EN T S 2 Community Engagement 3 B.C. History Digitization


3 Small Business Accelerator 4 Chapman Learning Commons

Greetings – and welcome to the annual review issue of Connects. Over the past year the Learning Centre has continued to deliver innovative programs and services in support of its mandate to create a centre for learners at UBC and around British Columbia. T h e Learning Centre’s programs and services range from supporting student learning on campus to working with communities around the province to foster lifelong learning. During 2010/11, students accessed a range of learning support programs at the Chapman Learning Commons, including writing and math tutoring, academic coaching and help using new technology. Thought-provoking events were offered for campus and community members – ranging from a forum

on homelessness in Vancouver, to readings from notable Canadian writers, to art exhibits that fostered reflection and dialogue. Other efforts, including the ongoing British Columbia History Digitization Program and the Small Business Accelerator Program (SBA), reached communities throughout the province. The SBA, which launched last November, is a valuable information source for small businesses continued on page 2 1

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Serving Campus and Community continued from page 1

and entrepreneurs throughout the province, and a valuable tool for libraries and other community organizations. You can read more about this project and our other activities in this issue. While we’re pleased with our progress, we’re also keen to make improvements and pursue new opportunities as we connect with learners near and far. We continue to work closely with our Advisory Committee on Community Engagement as well as with our newly established Student Advisory Committee. I look forward to keeping you up to date on the developments – and encourage you to send us your comments and feedback.

Finally, I would like to offer a heartfelt thank you to Sandra Singh, who left the Learning Centre in December 2010 to take up her current position as Chief Librarian at the Vancouver Public Library. During her two years at the Learning Centre, Sandra championed the development of community-led programs and services, and initiated a range of innovative projects to support rural and remote community development. We are grateful for the enthusiasm and dedication that she brought to the Learning Centre, and wish her all the best as she leads one of Vancouver’s signature organizations. I am honoured to continue the work of the Learning Centre as its new Director. I look forward to providing leadership for the next phase of our development as a campus hub for learning, and as

a catalyst for lifelong learning and community engagement beyond the University.

Simon Neame Director, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Tel: 604 822 3096 E-mail:

C o m m u n it y E n g a g e m e n t

Reaching Out – Online & In Person

services such as a provincial search portal, digital collection hosting and more.

At the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, we reach out, we consult, we collaborate. Here are a few examples of our engagement efforts.

Indigitization Project This innovative and collaborative project will result in a “Tool Kit” to guide First Nations communities interested in pursuing the digitization of their cultural materials. This kit will highlight the significant and unique issues involved in managing First Nations heritage information within a digital context. The Learning Centre has partnered with the First Nations Technology Council and three First Nations communities: Heiltsuk, Ktunaxa and ‘Namgis. The project also collaborates with UBC’s First Nations House of Learning, the Museum of Anthropology and the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies.

Paper figurines from The Beauty of Nature

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Learning Centre Gallery It was another busy year for the Learning Centre Gallery, which recently relocated from its original location on level two to the building’s main foyer and the environs of Ike’s Café. Since moving to its new locale, the space has presented two exhibitions: Letters to the Garden from the Westcoast Calligraphy Society and The Beauty of Nature by Ilsoo Kyung MacLaurin.

In total, 15 exhibitions were displayed during the past year, including collaborations with the Mexican consulate; sketches from the Reena Virk trials; photos from the non-profit student organization Literature Etc. and the UBC Photographic Society; artworks from the Chinese Art Students Society; and more. B.C. Digitization Coalition Simon Neame, the Director of the Learning Centre, continues to chair the B.C. Digitization Coalition – a multi-sector partnership of cultural heritage organizations working to establish a provincial digitization strategy. The Learning Centre hired a Community Digitization Librarian to assist in this endeavor and manage the Learning Centre’s community digitization initiatives. Meanwhile, the coalition’s Portal Working Group has released a report recommending key

Robson Reading Series @ IKBLC The Robson Reading Series, put on by the Learning Centre and UBC Bookstore, presented readings and talks by esteemed Canadian authors for communities at UBC and beyond. Events featured poetry from Evelyn Lau and Ray Hsu, fiction from Annabel Lyon, and narratives from Michael Nicholl Yahgulanaas, who combines traditional Haida stories with Japanese-style manga comics.

B . C . Hi s t o r y D i g iti z a ti o n P r o g r a m

Helping History Go Virtual What do punk rock, bees, Kootenay feminism and the Museum of Vancouver have in common? An sw er: The British Columbia History Digitization Program (BCHDP).

frequently and we have had numerous requests for photos.”

This initiative, launched by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre in 2006, provides matching funds to help libraries, archives, museums and other organizations around the province digitize an enticing array of material.

This year’s proposals underline the fascinating people and places that have helped define British Columbia’s rich history and culture. For example, Simon Fraser University will digitize a special collection that chronicles Vancouver’s renowned punk rock scene, and includes photos, handbills, written lyrics and other intriguing ephemera.

Nearly $180,000 was awarded to 21 projects in 2011. Altogether, BCHDP funding has totalled more than $820,000 for 98 projects throughout British Columbia. “We really appreciated receiving the Barber grant enabling us to put our photo collection on a website,” says Ann Watson from the Sechelt Community Archives, which received program funding in previous years to digitize thousands of photos, negatives and slides. “It is viewed

Meanwhile, UBC’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum will digitize endangered and threatened species – mainly bees – from its Spencer Entomological Collection. And the West Kootenay Women’s Digital History Project will undertake the second phase of an effort that includes the digitization of interviews with key figures from the region’s feminist movement.

Sechelt branch of the Sunshine Coast Credit Union, circa 1960s.

The Museum of Vancouver is entering the second phase of a project that involves digital photography of its B.C. First Nations collections. The effort will focus on the Northwest Coast and the Interior, along with archaeological material related to the Musqueam First Nation. Other projects include the digitization of historical newspapers, photographs, maps, directories, oral histories and even pressed plant specimens. For a complete list, please visit ps/2011Projects.

S m a ll B u s i n e s s Acc e l e r a t o r

Boosting Small Business in B.C. Technology, expertise and the personal touch have led to an innovative business-training program that engages the Learning Centre with B.C. communities. The Small Business Accelerator (SBA), which launched in November 2010 at, is a gateway to business information for small firms and entrepreneurs throughout the province. It’s also a valuable tool for public and college libraries, community development organizations and other agencies to support their clients, and share resources and expertise. The result is a free, comprehensive resource to boost business-planning

efforts and foster an online community for this crucial segment of the economy. A highlight of the SBA is its range of research guides that provide tailored information for specific industries. The site features more than 80 in-depth guides, developed with the expertise of UBC business librarians and library students, which cover sectors ranging from alternative energy to Web development, landscaping to restaurant retailing, and much more.

Visits to B.C. communities provided the Learning Centre with valuable feedback that was used to help shape the SBA during its development. More visits to organizations throughout the province to provide training and outreach services are planned. “I’m really impressed with the SBA so far. What it means to rural would-be entrepreneurs is that they’ll have access to information that everybody takes for granted in large metropolitan areas,” says Larry Jones, a business analyst with Community Futures Terrace, which supports small- and medium-sized companies and community economic development. “This is going to level the playing field quite a bit.” For more information, please visit 3

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Chapman Learning Commons

Collaboration and Innovation The Chapman Learning Commons is a hub of collaboration and learning at the heart of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. Lo cat ed in the restored core of the historic 1925 Main Library, the Chapman Learning Commons offers a range of services to support learning, research, writing and the use of technology. There is a particular emphasis on helping first-year students transition to university. Here, we highlight some of our services and programs.

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We also host a number of learning support programs, including AMS Tutoring (for 100level courses in math, economics, chemistry and physics) and the Math Tutorial Centre (for 100-level math courses). Trained tutors from the Writing Centre help develop confident, capable writers. And the Peer Academic Coaching program involves coaches helping students overcome obstacles to academic success and create a customized plan that builds on individual strengths.


In addition to staffing the Help Desk, Chapman Learning Commons assistants work on a variety of programs and projects. Our skilled student staff have developed and delivered Thesis Formatting workshops to more than 200 graduate students, assisting them with the technical details involved in formatting and submitting their theses.

The Chapman Learning Commons and LEAP (Learning Enhancement Academic Partnership) websites merged last year to become While LEAP and the Learning Commons have always been connected, this integration creates a co-ordinated, easy-to-find portal for learning resources.

For further information: t 604 822 3310 f 604 822 3242

Recently, a team of assistants collaborated with faculty and community members for the well-attended Chapman Discussion Series event Affordable Housing for All? Homelessness and Legal Activism in Vancouver, which featured speakers from

The Chapman Learning Commons is a collaboration between UBC Library, Student Development and the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology. Together, we look forward to continue developing and delivering innovative programs and services.


A team of 12 Chapman Learning Commons Assistants offer learning technology and multimedia support at our central Help Desk. The team, which has answered more than 8,000 questions since September, refers users to a variety of library and student services.


the Faculty of Law, the Pivot Legal Society and First United Church. At Stress Less for Exam Success, more than 200 students participated in yoga, tai-chi, meditation and a wellness fair to learn how to reduce stress and stay healthy during the upcoming exam period.

Glenn Drexhage t 604 827 3434 e design

KÜBE Communication Design Inc. printing

Hemlock Printers Ltd. office

Irving K. Barber Learning Centre 1961 East Mall Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1



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