Commercial brewing in B.C.

Curious about commercial brewing in B.C .?  BC historian, Greg Evans, used  UBC Library’s B.C. Digital newspapers archive to research and write his two-volume history of the commercial brewing industry in British Columbia. Evans’ work involved researching the 163 newspapers currently available through the archive for mentions of beer, brewing and pivotal figures within the industry in articles and advertisements. The archive has also allowed Evans to analyze the enormous impact of prohibition on B.C. brewing’s history.  Read more about his process here.

If you’re interested in investing in the brewing industry, check out the resources identified in DLAM/CLC’s Food and Beverage Product Industries research guide ( or the Small Business Accelerator’s Craft Brewery Guide ( Through these sources, you can get access to industrywide financials, current trends and the state of the industry.  You can also search in UBC Library’s catalogue to find more books on the industry and some of its key players, as well as annual reports and collective agreements. If you need help researching this or any other industry, drop by the research consultation desk in the David Lam Library and Canaccord Learning Commons between 1:00pm-4:00pm, Monday to Friday.


Survey – Help UBC Library support your venture!

Call for British Columbia participants in UBC Library entrepreneurship research habits and information needs study!

  • Are you enrolled in an entrepreneurship course or program in BC?
  • Launching or preparing to launch a business venture in BC?
  • A member of a BC accelerator?
  • Working to commercialize or translate your UBC research?

If so, UBC Library invites you to participate in a quality improvement study on the secondary market research needs of BC entrepreneurs. Conducted by a team of librarians who are enthusiastic to support entrepreneurs, this short survey will help us to better support your business plans and determine the best ways we can help you to launch or grow your business ventures.

Participants are asked to fill out an online questionnaire, which will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. For more information and to complete the survey, please (link is external) before October 20, 2017. To contact the researchers, you can email Aleha McCauley at (link sends e-mail). 

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:


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