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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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“Thank you for looking into that for me, I really appreciate all your help and support.”
– MBA student, May 2016

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“Thank you so much for all your support and hard work over the years! You have all provided a huge ‘value-add’ to my undergraduate degree and I thank you for your work.”
– 2016 BCom Graduate, April 2016

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

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