UBC Librarian Catherine Quinlan's choice of "light"
reading is the Oxford English Dictionary
(unabridged) - photo by Martin Dee
UBC Reports | Vol. 50 | No. 7 | Jul.
Special Issue: Sharing ideas, resources and inspiration
UBC has a proud tradition of producing and sharing published
work -- an intellectual and sensual feast of words, music
and images. Almost 150 UBC authors have been published in
the last year, many creating award-winning works. UBC Bookstore
has been named Campus Bookseller of the Year. Since 1971,
UBC Press, the publishing arm of the university, has published
about 40 UBC authors a year. UBC's Main Library is being transformed
into a unique centre of learning and our librarians use the
latest in technology to support UBC staff, faculty and students.
UBC's creative writing program started in 1946 with a single
course and has become a destination for creative writing students
in Canada and from around the world.
This issue of UBC Reports is dedicated to the collection,
preservation and transmission of ideas, experiences and inspiration.
What the Librarians are Reading
Mysteries, racy romances, tell-all biographies. Every summer,
the same old book picks make it into the beach bag. In search
of more unusual reading, UBC Reports thought it only made
sense to ask those who fill the UBC Library stacks what they’d
check out of their own branches if they had a warm, lazy afternoon
on campus to spare.
The Social Impact of Computers
Mountains of Spam e-mails, viruses, worms, Internet predators
luring children away. . . After 20 years of surveying the
effects of computers and Internet use on society, Richard
Rosenberg hasn’t chucked his PC out the window yet.
Books that have Booksellers Sold
A look at UBC Bookstore’s five top-selling books by
UBC authors from September 2003 to May 2004.
Bookstore of the Year
UBC Bookstore has been named Campus Bookstore of the Year
for 2004 by the Canadian Booksellers Association at their
recent Libris Awards presentation.
Making the Fantastic Matter-of-Fact
Anosh Irani has always loved to tell stories. But only in
recent years did he realize that writing them down was what
he wanted to do with his life.
Books and Mortar -- and a Whole Lot More
Her title reads University Librarian, but Catherine Quinlan
could be mistaken for a kind of super project manager / contractor
these days. Outside her Main Library window, a construction
crew combines concrete and metal for what will become the
north wing of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at UBC.
Amber Lannon, Modern Librarian
How hard is it for a modern-day librarian to overcome that
pesky stereotype of the stern, bespectacled bookworm with
a hair bun? Just ask Amber Lannon, a reference librarian at
the David Lam Management Research Centre.
Mustica Breaks Ground in Interactive Music Preservation
Roll over, Beethoven! Step aside, Mozart! A new generation
of composers is revolutionizing the classical music industry
with interactive music that is both composed and played on
Library a Gem in Aboriginal Scholarship
Nestled between a driftwood waterfall and the First Nations
Long House’s Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall is a gem of Aboriginal
knowledge that has glistened despite its humble beginning.
UBC Press Hot List for Cool Reads
Staff from UBC Press, one of the largest university presses
in Canada, have selected the following books to illustrate
the variety of disciplines they publish.
Japan’s Princess Takamado visited UBC in June to present
a collection of books on Japanese society and culture to UBC’s