Top 10 Soft Skills Employers Look for Most

Congratulations to our students for having finished all your exams this term! Many of you have graduated and are looking to land your dream job, and others are hoping to find an internship or good summer job. In addition to the many skills and knowledge you have gained throughout your university career, it is worth noting that employers are increasingly looking to hire individuals who have excellent “soft skills”.

David Lam Library and Canaccord Learning Commons provide students with many opportunities to improve their soft skills. Our programming includes helping students with research, writing, communication skills, as well as MS Office tools such as Excel.

The Top 10 Soft Skills Employers Look for Most are:

 No. 1: Communications skills
 No. 2: Organizational skills
 No. 3: Writing
 No. 4: Customer service
 No. 5: Microsoft Excel
 No. 6: Microsoft Word
 No. 7: Problem solving
 No. 8: Planning
 No. 9: Computer literacy
 No. 10: Research

For more information about these 10 skills, read the article, Top 10 Soft Skills Employers Look for Most.


Canadian Young Adult book display

Are you looking for a fun post-exam activity? Consider reading one of Education Library’s many Canadian Young Adult novels. To help you select a book to read, David Lam Library has put on a display of book covers of select Canadian Young Adult books which are all available at the Education Library.

We encourage you to come to the library and check out our display.

Here are a few titles from the Canadian Young Adult book display:

Title Author Year Call Number
Dance of the banished Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch 2014 PZ7.S62853 Dn 2014
Graffiti knight Karen Bass 2013 PZ7.B29274 Gr 2013
Julian : a novel William Bell 2014 PZ7.B412 Jl 2014
Lynching of Louie Sam Elizabeth Stewart 2012 PZ7.S84885 Ly 2012
Rule of three Eric Walters 2014 PZ7.W168 Rl 2014
Rush Eve Silver 2013 PZ7.S58566 Rs 2013
Story of Owen : dragon slayer of Trondheim E. K. Johnston 2014 PZ7.J64052 St 2014
This one summer Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki 2014 PN6733.T34 T45 2014
Unlikely hero of Room 13B Teresa Toten 2013 PZ7.T6488 Un 2013
What we hide Marthe Jocelyn 2014 PZ7.J579 Wh 2014
Who I’m not Ted Staunton 2013 PZ7.S739 Wh 2013

Harry Potter exhibit survey

From October 6 to December 11, 2015 UBC’s Rare Books and Special Collections curated the Harry Potter and the Rain City exhibit at 3 Library branches including David Lam Library, Koerner Library, and Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.  The exhibition featured first editions, and stories and memorabilia from the Vancouver business community exploring the impact and legacy of the series. David Lam Library promoted connections between the business collection and thematic elements of the series through book displays on student-identified topics including leadership, teamwork, ethics, millennials, and diversity.  We also developed a research guide linking to relevant library resources which supplemented and promoted the exhibit and related events.

We would now like to invite you to fill out our short survey about the Harry Potter and the Rain City exhibit. The survey can be filled out online or in print, at the CLC front desk, until April 29th. You will receive FREE candy for helping the Library by participating in the survey.

Thanks for participating and happy studying!




Celebrate Learning Week

We invite you to sign up for Celebrate Learning Week, a weeklong showcase celebrating teaching and learning opportunities available to students, faculty, and staff. Join us from May 2–7, 2016 as we honour and promote learning and development opportunities through open lectures, information sessions, student advising activities, poster sessions, and workshops.

A selection of events include:

We hope to see you there!

UBC Community Leadership Program: Spotlight on Sunny Zhang

Sunny Zhang, the Wayne Deans Investment Analysis Centre Co-ordinator participated in UBC Community Leadership Program (CLP) this year.  CLP is UBC’s leadership development opportunity for aspiring staff leaders. By participating in CLP, UBC employees have the opportunity to explore leadership concepts by leading a group of UBC undergraduate students through a three-day community-service learning project in a school or non-profit organization.  Project leaders also help UBC students cultivate their own leadership potential.

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.

Sunny was one of two project leaders at Mount Pleasant Elementary School. She was in charge of supervising 5 UBC student leaders who were working with elementary school students. There were 8 divisions at the school, and each division had a different project. Projects ranged from machines, money and banking, or medicine wheels. Sunny’s team worked with First Nations animals.

Sunny has had a very positive experience with the CLP. She appreciated the opportunity to manage UBC student volunteers and really enjoyed working with elementary school children.  She was eager to explore her project management skills and apply everything she learned about leadership and conflict resolution to a real-life situation.  In addition to being an excellent professional development opportunity for Sunny, this project also contributed to David Lam Library’s strategic goal of engaging with communities.

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

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– UBC Sauder Faculty, March 2016

Inventions by women

In celebration of Women’s History Month let’s take a look at some of the great inventions made by women.

Here are a few top inventions by women:

1) The computer algorithm (Ada Lovelace AKA “the first computer programmer”)

2) Computer software (Dr Grace Murray Hopper)

3) Wireless transmissions technology (Hedy Lamarr)

4) The car heater (Margaret Wilcox)

5) The life raft (Maria Beasely)

6) The medical syringe (Letitia Geer)

7) The modern electric refrigerator (Florence Parpart)

Check out the list of top 18 inventions by women below!

If you would like to know more about women inventors, take a look at Famous Women Inventors website and read the bios of a few featured women inventors.

International Women’s Day book display

March 8th is globally recognized as International Women’s Day.  In honor of this day, David Lam Library has put on a display of books by female authors aimed at celebrating and helping women succeed in businwomen-654133_1280ess.

We encourage you to come to the library and browse through our exciting book collection!

Here are a few titles from the International Women’s Day book display:


Title Author Year Call Number
Lean in : women, work, and the will to lead Sheryl Sandberg 2013 HD6054.3 .S265 2013
Some assembly required : a networking guide for women Marny Lifshen 2009 HD69.S8 L54 2009
The feminine in management consulting : power, emotion, and values in consulting interactions Sheila Marsh 2009 HD69.C6 M375 2009
Women and the art of war : Sun Tzu’s strategies for winning without confrontation Catherine Huang 2011 HD6054.3 .H83 2011
Avon : building the world’s premier company for women Laura Klepacki 2005 HD9970.5.C674 A96 2005
The 85% niche : the power of women of all colors–Latina, Black, Asian Miriam Muléy 2009 HF5415.332.W66 M85 2009
The voice of success : a woman’s guide to a powerful and persuasive voice Joni Wilson 2009 PN4197 .W53 2009
Speak up! : a woman’s guide to presenting like a pro Cyndi Maxey 2008 PN4192.W65 M39 2008
How women can make it work : the science of success Eden King 2011 HF5382.6 .K55 2011
Global women’s entrepreneurship research : diverse settings, questions, and approaches Karen D. Hughes 2012 HD6054.3 .G66 2012
Black women in leadership : their historical and contemporary contributions Dannielle Joy Davis 2013 HD6054.2.U6 B53 2013


Open Education Week

UBC celebrates Open Education Week from March 7-11 and the Library has partnered with the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) to offer a number of workshops in-person or online via Google Hangout. Please click on a workshop below to learn more and to pre-register.

Open for submissions: 2016 Equity Enhancement Fund

If you have a great idea to help make UBC a better campus but lack funding, the UBC Equity Enhancement Fund can assist. This Fund supports community-based initiatives that enhance equity, diversity, inclusion and intercultural understanding at UBC. The 2016 call for proposals is open and applications are due by April 1.

Proposals should demonstrate benefits to the representation or experiences of historically disadvantaged groups within the UBC community. All academic or administrative units are invited to apply for funding. Learn more about the program including the diverse projects currently underway at the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses!

If you are a student, be sure to attend a student-only proposal writing session on March 2 or 3, 2016.


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