UBC Reports | Vol. 47 | No. 04 | Feb.
Events turn spotlight on Library's research role
Workshops showcase new information technologies
A selection of original sketches by artist Jack Shadbolt,
Lowry's manuscripts, and on-the-scene reports from the 1885 Riel
some of the primary source materials to be discovered at workshops
offered by the UBC Library as part of Research
(RAW) March 3-9.
"The challenge of research in arts and humanities lies in the
of disciplines," says Anne Martin-Matthews, associate dean,
Research and Graduate
Studies, in the Faculty of Arts. "Our researchers' needs range from lab space
to studio space and primary source materials span everything from
to current economic policy."
In E-space located on the second floor of Koerner Library, librarians will run
drop-in workshops for students and faculty on electronic sources such as the
Canadian Census and Early Canadiana Online (ECO).
A recent Library acquisition, ECO offers access to items
formerly available on microfiche only. English-Canadian literature, women's
history, native studies and the history of French Canada are some
of the site's
key subject areas.
A learning and research facility, E-space is used to showcase new
technologies and digital resources. The schedule of workshops for the week is
available at www.library.ubc.ca/home/research.
In addition, reference librarians will demonstrate health science research
databases, including the Community of Science Web site, on March 7
at the Woodward
Instructional Resources Centre. Demonstrations will also take place
at St. Paul's
Hospital on March 6 and Children's and Women's Health Centre of B.C.
on March 5.
UBC Library has invested more than $1 million in the past year in
electronic databases, according to Janice Kreider, assistant university
librarian for Collections.
Also on view on the second floor of Koerner Library will be an exhibition
called The Research Journey: from Primary Sources to Original
Designed to give people a sense of what research in the humanities is
like, the week-long display includes items from UBC's Malcom Lowry
collection of archival material -- the largest such collection in the world.
Students can trace the challenging research trail followed by Lowry expert and
English Dept. head Prof. Sherrill Grace. Research tasks included transcribing
and referencing near-illegible handwritten letters and illustrations.
Also on display will be some of the contents of 38 boxes of artist Jack
Shadbolt's early sketchbooks, journals, letters and photos.
The primary material was used by Scott Watson, curator of UBC's Morris
and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, for his 1990 book about the artist.
For a complete listing of RAW activities, e-mail
or check the Web site at www.research.ubc.ca/digest/celebrate.htm.
Research Awareness Week
March 3: Prof. Emeritus Tim Parsons, "Oceanography in the Services
Vancouver Institute Lecture, Woodward Instructional Resources Centre Lecture
March 5: BC Research Institute for Children's and Women's Health
Research Day, 985 West 28th Ave.
March 6: Four Corners of the World Research Café by residents, St.
John's College Social Lounge from 2-5 p.m.; Providence Health Care Research
Day, St. Paul's Hospital Conference Centre, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
March 7: GenderFlexing: New Media Technology and Young People's Thinking,
Education Assoc. Prof. Ricki Goldman-Segall, St. John's College 1080 from 5-6
p.m.; UBC Health Sciences Research Day, Woodward Instructional Resources
March 8: Celebrate Research Awards Gala, Chan Centre; Faculty of Graduate
Studies Research Café: Sustainability, John Robinson, director,
UBC's Sustainable Development Research Institute, St. John's College
Social Lounge from 2-5 p.m.
March 9: UBC President Martha Piper, Commerce and Business
Administration Dean Dan Muzyka and Assoc. Prof. Keith Head: Board of Trade
breakfast symposium, Waterfront Hotel, 7:30 a.m.