Ethics Defined video series

Are you interested in learning more about ethics? Check out Ethics Unwrapped, a free collection of 4 online video series produced by the Center for Leadership and Ethics at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. You can view videos on topics such as Sustainability, Conformity Bias, Corporate Social Responsibility, Groupthink, and more. Visit their website for videos, case studies, and teaching materials.

Ethics Defined is a library of 51 ethics terms and concepts animated in short, shareable video clips. The videos are only 1-2 minutes long each and they are a great study resource – attention-grabbing, easy to digest, backed by research and studies. The new library promotes ethical culture, too – enriching ethics & compliance training, bridging generational gaps, and building ethical awareness. Please use and share Ethics Defined with your fellow classmatess, colleagues, and co-workers. To catch What’s Up With That?, their scandalous new mini-series, you can follow Ethics Defined on Facebook.

When using Ethics Unwrapped resources please adhere to the following guidelines:

•             The videos and case studies may not be redistributed, re-edited, or otherwise manipulated from their original form.
•             To use the videos online, please share links from the Ethics Unwrapped website or embed them from the website or directly from YouTube.
•             Please give proper attribution above or below each video and/or case study shared, as follows: “Video and/or case study courtesy of Ethics Unwrapped”
•             In the attribution, hyperlink “Ethics Unwrapped” (without the quotes) to the Ethics Unwrapped website homepage (

Happy viewing!

TEC Expo 2017

We invite you to join us for the fourth annual TecExpo 2017 to learn about new and emerging ways of teaching and learning which will be taking place on July 12th and 13th in the Scarfe building foyer at 2125 Main Mall. The Technology Enhanced Classroom (TEC) Expo showcases creative and innovative uses of technology in face-to-face, blended, and online classrooms within the Faculty of Education. For more information about the event, take a look at this link.

As part of the Faculty of Education’s TEC Expo, there will be an Educational Maker Day on July 13th. Come join us at the hands-on stations! If you cannot attend in person, the event will be live-streamed. The schedule of events can be found here.


Harry Potter at UBC Library

It’s the 20th birthday of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the book that started both a literary phenomenon and pop culture tidal wave. In 2015, UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections began acquiring complete sets of first editions of the Harry Potter series. Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC) houses significant collections of rare books, archival materials, historic maps, photographs, broadsides and pamphlets. RBSC has had strengths in classic children’s literature since the mid-1960s. It’s Arkley Collection of Early and Historical Children’s Literature comprises more than 12,000 Canadian, British, and American children’s books, serials, and manuscripts. In the summer of 2015, RBSC began the process of acquiring complete sets of the US, UK and Canadian first editions of the Potter series. As books were added to the collection, RBSC learned more and more about the profound and surprising connections that Vancouver shares with the Harry Potter series (for example, Kidsbooks in Vancouver was the first bookstore in all of Canada to carry Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and hosted four legendary book release parties, while Raincoast Books in Vancouver published the Canadian editions of the Harry Potter series until 2010). Collecting the Harry Potter books not only ensures that scarce first or special editions of these works can be properly cared for and made accessible to Canadians for generations to come, but allows RBSC to promote the story, not only of one of the most important series in children literary history, but also the story of the impact that the series had on the people, the business, and the cultural landscape of Vancouver.

Irena Trebic curated a Harry Potter at David Lam Library research guide last fall. Use this guide to learn about articles, theses, and books written about the Harry Potter series as well as business-related themes such as leadership, teamwork, ethics, and millennial which the series inspires.

Are you interested in seeing the first edition books in RBSC’s collection? Join a weekly tour of the Rare Books and Special Collections department every Wednesday from 11 a.m.–12 p.m.

Aboriginal UnHistory Month exhibit

The fifth annual Aboriginal UnHistory Month exhibit is now on display on Level 2 of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. The exhibit discusses the issue of Canada’s 150 and what it means to Indigenous peoples with the theme “Whose 150?” Partners include the Musqueam First Nation, the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology, the Museum of Anthropology, the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre and IKBLC.   Come visit the exhibit and learn more about Indigenous history in B.C. and beyond. The exhibit will be on display until August 30, 2017.

The “un” represents the continued importance and relevance of Indigenous peoples in Canada and around the world. These contributions should be recognized daily, not just once a year. The first Aboriginal (Un)History Month event kicked off in June 2012.

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“Thank you so much the prompt reply. I got all the information I need!
-UBC Sauder School of Business Student, June 16, 2017

New Open Access journal supports students from diverse language backgrounds

BC teachers and researchers working with students speaking English as an additional language will benefit from a new journal created by the Association of British Columbia teachers of English as an additional language (BC TEAL). The journal is hosted on the Okanagan campus Library’s Open Journal Systems (OJS) platform. The journal’s website is:

With increasing numbers of newcomers from diverse linguistic backgrounds of all ages coming to British Columbia, the time was right to create an additional language teaching and learning journal focused on research related to what is happening in our province.  The BC TEAL Journal is a peer-reviewed, open access publication. Articles explicitly reflect the various contexts and settings of the province. Examples of research and scholarship presented in the journal include: creating effective conference abstracts, reducing the affective filter with canine assisted therapy, feedback for writing centres, student growth in EAP programs, academic language in K-12 classrooms, support for learners with refugee experiences, and the positive impacts of service learning.

The complete story is :


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Thanks a tonne. I really appreciate this [research help].”
-UBC Sauder School of Business Student, May 31, 2017

Business Market Research Collection

Are you wondering whether we still have access to Hoover’s Company Profiles? Yes, we still have Hoover’s but, as part of ProQuest’s simplification process, Hoover’s Company Profiles are now part of the Business Market Research Collection (BMRC), which brings four sources together to help students more easily conduct the research they need to produce business plans, marketing plans, startup plans, market growth analysis, and strategic and financial plans.

The Business Market Research Collection provides company, industry, and geopolitical macroeconomic market research from these sources:

  • Hoover’s Company Profiles, which offers information on 40,000 global public and non-public companies including location, summary financials, competitors, officers, and more.
  • OxResearch, which features succinct articles covering significant economic and political developments of major significance from a network of over 1,000 faculty at Oxford and beyond.
  • Barnes Reports, provide industry statistics and demographics in hundreds of studies on global manufacturing, retail, wholesale and services industries as well as consumer buying trends.
  • Snapshots Series, which includes market research overviews on over 40 industries and 40 countries to 2008.

You can access the BMRC through:


Bloomberg terminals and data limits at Sauder

David Lam Library at UBC Sauder provides access to Bloomberg terminals in Wayne Deans Investment Analysis Centre (WDIAC) and Leith Wheeler lab (Room 222 in the Canaccord Learning Commons). The terminals in WDIAC are for Sauder student use only. The terminals can be booked online (select Book Lab Terminals under Canaccord Learning Commons). Please note that terminal 6 in Leith Wheeler lab is no longer bookable. It is available on a strictly drop-in basis.

Bloomberg data limits
Bloomberg has 3 kinds of data limits:

  1. All of our Bloomberg terminals have a monthly downloading limit. This is strictly enforced by Bloomberg.  If we have reached our monthly downloading limit, users will see the following error message when they try to download: #N/A Limit. This limit is based on unique securities and depends on the type of data being downloaded. For example some data, such as intra-day, is valued a little bit higher than historical end-of-day for any given list of securities. Bloomberg does not recommend more than 5000 to 7000 unique identifiers per month. Once a security is used once in a month, then if you use it again it will not count again towards the monthly limit.
    Bloomberg recently changed its policy and no longer extends data limits for educational subscriptions. Once a monthly downloading limit is reached, we have to wait until the beginning of the next month before it resets. There is no way of knowing whether the monthly data limit has been reached, until it has been exceeded.
    Bloomberg associates its data limits with paid licenses.  That means one Bloomberg license may have reached its monthly limit, but the other licenses may not have reached their limits. If a monthly downloading limit is reached, a student may switch to another Bloomberg  machine which has not reached its monthly limit. Sauder students can switch to machines in both Leith Wheeler and WDIAC.  Non-Sauder students can only switch to a machine in Leith Wheeler.  Unfortunately, 4 of the 5 Bloomberg machines in Leith Wheeler share the same license meaning that if one of those terminals has reached its monthly data limit, then all those associated machines will also have reached that data limit. Please be judicious in downloading data to avoid hitting the limits for yourself and all other users.
  2. Bloomberg terminals also have a daily downloading limit. The Daily API limit is 500,000 hits/per day. A “hit” is defined as one request for a single security/field pairing. Therefore, if you request static data for 5 fields and 10 securities, that will translate into a total of 50 hits. The best thing to do is to try to refresh just the portion of the spreadsheet that really needs to be refreshed and avoid refreshing it all or reopen it many times a day.
    If you are running into daily limit problems, it is best to contact the Bloomberg Help Desk, while on Bloomberg.  Bloomberg will get back to you within 24 hours/1 business day via your Bloomberg mail. The Help Desk may advise you on how to create more efficient data queries, which will minimize the number of hits.
  3. The third limit consists of open fields. You can have no more than 3500 real time fields open at the same time. If you exceed this limit you will see “NA Limit” as an error message and you just need to delete some securities/ fields in order for the error message to disappear and to see the values.

Please keep in mind that more than 3 unsuccessful login attempts on Bloomberg will lock the station. If this happens, please use the “forgot your password” function within Bloomberg.

For more information about Bloomberg, check out our research guide which provides tips on getting started with Bloomberg, obtaining help, and some fantastic Bloomberg keyboard shortcuts.

UBC’s Community Leadership Program

On March 28th, Irena Trebic completed the UBC Community Leadership Program (CLP). CLP is a UBC leadership development opportunity which allows UBC staff and faculty to explore and develop their leadership skills through interactive learning opportunities and workshops. These skills are put into practice when program participants lead groups of UBC undergraduate students through a three-day community-service learning project in a school or non-profit organization.

As part of the program, there is an initial four-day training workshop where project leaders have the opportunity to realize their leadership style and explore leadership improvement capacities. Then, they select the project they would like to work on. The project takes place during Reading Week in February and is followed by Wrap-Up Activities.

Irena was a project leader for the program delivered at the Simon Fraser Elementary School. She was in charge of supervising 3 UBC student leaders and 20 UBC student volunteers who worked with elementary school students during Reading Week to create complex machines for their Science Fair projects.

In addition to being an excellent professional development opportunity for Irena, this project also contributed to David Lam Library’s strategic goal of engaging with communities. In addition to developing their own leadership skills, project leaders also help UBC students cultivate their own leadership potential.

As a token of appreciation for having participated in the program, Irena received a copy of the book How to Be a Positive Leader: Small Actions, Big Impact, signed by Santa Ono himself! UBC students, faculty and staff can access this ebook online.

If you are interested in learning more about CLP please see the program outline.

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