10 Business Books to Read This Summer

Are you looking for some great business literature to read this summer? You’re in luck because David Lam Library has just developed a list of 10 business books to read this summer! They can all be found in the Great Reads section of the library, inside the Canaccord Learning Commons.  

We also wanted to encourage you to tweet your business book recommendations using the hashtag #‎sbalibrary, and they will be shared with UBC’s Small Business Accelerator (SBA) community. For more information about SBA, check out their blog.

Take a look at the list of summer reads below:

1. Getting Organized in the Google Era : How to Stay Efficient, Productive (and Sane) in an Information-Saturated World (link is external) by Douglas C. Merrill

Learn about organization from former Google CIO Douglas C. Merrill. Merrill draws on his intimate knowledge of how the brain works to help us develop fresh, innovative, and flexible systems of organization tailored to our individual goals, constraints, and lifestyles.

2. Leading the Life You Want : Skills for Integrating Work and Life (link is external) by Stewart D. Friedman

Friedman, a Wharton professor, identifies the critical skills for integrating work and the rest of life. He illustrates them through compelling and original stories of six remarkable leaders.

3. Lean in : Women, Work, and the Will to Lead (link is external) by Sheryl Sandberg

In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg examines why women’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers compelling, common-sense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential.

4. Mindful Work : How Meditation is Changing Business From the Inside Out (link is external) by David Gelles

For the past few years, mindfulness has begun to transform the American workplace. Many of our largest companies, such as General Mills, Ford, Target, and Google, have built extensive programs to foster mindful practices among their workers. Research shows that meditation may be the key to fostering a happier, more productive workplace.

5. No One Understands You and What to do About It (link is external) by Heidi Grant Halvorson

This book explains why we’re often misunderstood and how we can fix that. The books shines light on the lenses that shape perception including trust, power, and ego.

6. Peer Power : Transforming Workplace Relationships (link is external) by Cynthia Clay and Ray Olitt

This book provides the keys to effective interpersonal collaboration focusing on four principles: Be Real, Extend Respect, Take Responsibility, and Build Relationships. Learn how to apply five strategies: Collaborating, Going Head-to-Head, Compromising, Coaching, and Caring-for-Self  at the moment of need.

7. Singletasking : Get More Done–One Thing at a Time (link is external) by Devora Zack

This book provides neuroscientific evidence to prove that you really can’t do more by trying to tackle several things at once. There is a better way to deal with all the information and interruptions that bombard us today. Singletasking explains exactly how to clear and calm your mind, arrange your schedule and environment, and gently manage the expectations of people around you.

8. Social Intelligence : The New Science of Success (link is external) by Karl Albrecht

Karl Albrecht defines social intelligence (SI) as the ability to get along well with others while winning their cooperation. This book is filled with intriguing concepts, enlightening examples, stories, cases, situational strategies, and a self-assessment tool – all designed to help you learn to navigate social situations more successfully.

9. Steal Like an Artist : 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative (link is external) by Austin Kleon

A guide to creativity in the digital age, this book presents ten transformative principles to help readers discover their artistic side and build a more creative life. The author’s message is that you don’t need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself.

10. This Changes Everything: Occupy Wall Street and the 99% Movement (link is external) by Sarah van Gelder

The first book on the movement that has changed the political landscape. It features contributions from veteran progressive observers and Occupy activists. There are chapters by Naomi Klein (a speech she gave at Occupy Wall Street), Ralph Nader, David Korten, and Rebecca Solnit, among others.

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“Wow! I am so happy I can access all these tools for free. This is like a dream !”
– Summer program exchange student from South America, July 2016

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“Many thanks for putting together a fantastic list of resources – these were really helpful and I truly appreciate your effort!”
– Faculty member, July 2016

New FICTION collection at Lam Library

David Lam Library is very excited to announce that we have started a small (but growing!) fiction collection.  We encourage you to come to the library and borrow one of our fun new fiction books for your summer reading enjoyment. The topics range from Anton Chekhov’s early stories, the struggles of a boy living in Poland during the Holocaust, and a touching story about adoption set in Changsha City in China. Check out our display to find out more!

Our collection currently consists of the books below. Stay tuned as we add more fiction titles throughout the year!

Title Author Year Call Number
Love and science : a memoir Jan Vilcek 2016 WZ100 .V578 2016
Little apples and other early stories Anton Chekhov 2016 PG3456.A13 C66 2016
At the heart of the universe Samuel Shem 2016 PS3569.H39374 A95 2016
Progress Michael V. Smith 2011 PS8587.M5636 P76 2011
The book of Aron Jim Shepard 2015 PS3569.H3938 B77 2015
Precipice Daniel Pollock 1997 PS3566.O5346 P74 1997

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“Thank you so much for all your help. I found all the information I was looking for. This is fantastic!”
– PT-MBA student, July 2016

TecExpo and Maker Day 2016

We invite you to join us for the third annual TecExpo 2016 to learn about new and emerging ways of teaching and learning which will be taking place on July 6th and 7th 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.

As part of the Faculty of Education’s TEC Expo, there will be an Educational Maker Day on July 7th. Come and play around with Squishy Circuits, Google Cardboard, Raspberry Pi and science of food at the hands-on stations! You can also participate in the Video Making Competition and you will be entered into the draw for a $50 UBC Food Services gift card!



Aboriginal (Un)History Month 2016

Did you know that June is Aboriginal (Un)History Month? The “un” in “Aboriginal (Un)History Month” represents the continuing importance and relevance of Aboriginal peoples in Canada and around the world. UBC’s Irving K. Barber Learning Centre is hosting an exhibit in celebration of Aboriginal peoples in Canada.

This year’s exhibits focus on several programs for Aboriginal youth that take place each spring and summer at UBC, which are aimed at providing younger Aboriginal students with a taste of university life.

Featured programs include:

    • The goal of the Summer Science Program is to stimulate students’ interest in health and science careers. Students are given information on post-secondary pre-requisites, course planning, and admissions processes. The program offers a holistic educational experience that includes Aboriginal cultural practices based on concepts of the Medicine Wheel. Aboriginal cultural values focusing on emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual well-being are integrated into the curriculum.
    • Ch’nook Cousins is a mentorship program for Aboriginal youth from across British Columbia who are interested in pursuing post-secondary business studies. Students are exposed to career development resources and have access to Ch’nook Scholars who serve as their mentors.
    • This Science Camp provides an opportunity for Aboriginal youth between the ages of 8-12 to explore the UBC Vancouver campus through fun and interactive programming .
    • Each year, six urban Aboriginal youth (15-18 years old) from Vancouver are selected to participate in this summer program. Through an arts-based curriculum, students learn various aspects of working within a museum environment, including giving public tours, completing research projects, and participating in presentations and workshops by MOA staff.

In addition to exploring the wonderful exhibit at Koerner Library, we encourage you to borrow the book Canada’s residential schools : the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada which is currently on display at the David Lam Library. This book is also available at XWI7XWA Library, along with many other educational resources about Canada’s Aboriginal peoples.

Canadian Census

The return of the mandatory Census questionnaire has generated excitement among Canadians. Although May 10, 2016 is the official  census day, it is not a strict deadline, according to Statistics Canada. Canadians are being asked to complete it as soon as they can in the following days. Many have yet to fill out their questionnaire.

So what exactly is the census and why is it important?

Statistics Canada conducts a census every 5 years. In Canada, it is mandatory for all residents to participate in the census. The census collects demographic information on every person living in Canada. Census information is important for planning public services. The 2016 Census Program release schedule outlines when each part of the census will be released. Information such as age, gender, marital status, and languages spoken is collected in the census questionnaire.

Data from previous censuses in Canada is publicly available online. For example, 2011 Census of Population data can be viewed on the Statistics Canada website. You can limit the data by province or data type.



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