Science Literacy Week 2018

Science Literacy Week  is an annual celebration of Canadian science, where libraries, universities, museums and other institutions hold events to show the diversity of amazing research happening across the country. This year, the event will take place September 17-23. We invite you to check out UBC Library’s Science Expo on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 from 10 a.m. to noon, which will take place in the main entrance area of Woodward Library. The UBC community as well as their families and friends are invited to drop by the event to visit the booths.

At UBC Library’s booth, expect to get hands-on with Arduino coding and electronics kits, interactive demos with AnatomyTV and Birds of North America, and more. We’ll also be talking about our Seed Lending Library, which allows anyone to pick up seeds free of charge, while providing opportunities to learn about gardening, seed saving, and agricultural research at UBC.

National Learn to Code Day will take place on Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 10:15 AM – 4:15 PM, at  Lillooet Room (Room 301), at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. During this workshop, attendees will:

  • Learn basic programming techniques and concepts that are transferable to other programming languages
  • Review building blocks of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
  • Load and replace extensions using Chrome’s developer mode
  • Learn about other resources for continuing learning!

Detailed information is available on the Library Guide to Science Literacy Week.

Tea in the Garden event

On August 16, 2018 David Lam Library and the Cannacord Learning Commons hosted its first ever UBC Sauder “tea in the garden” event. The event was a celebration of our library’s community garden on the third floor patio. We were pleased with the high turnout and our colleagues’ enthusiasm for the garden. Guests were treated to hot bevarages (including peppermint tea from mint grown in our garden) as well as some snacks. In addition to offering some pamphlets about the library and gardening, we also asked our attendees to provide us with some business book suggestions for the David Lam Library.

In 2016, the David Lam Library and Canaccord Learning Commons received Healthy Initiatives funding to fund a community garden on the unused third floor patio of the library.   This initiative has achieved a variety of positives for our workplace.

  • The logistics of partnering with UBC Sauder and the Library to get permission for the project fostered the development of project management skills;
  • Establishing and sustaining the garden has been an ongoing source of team building amongst the staff and librarians.
  • Ongoing work in the garden also provides lived experience of core Library Aspirational Values in the workplace, including opportunities to develop trust, communication, and to demonstrate growth and appreciation.
  • The garden also contributes to workplace wellness by lowering stress, encouraging healthy eating, and offering opportunities for exercise.
  • This initiative also aligns with Principle 3, a Collaborative and Respectful Environment, of UBC Sauder’s Strategic Plan.

In August 2017, we invited UBC Library staff and librarians to visit the garden and learn more about the initiative. In September 2017, we opened up the patio space for patron use.

This summer, we wanted to encourage UBC Sauder faculty and staff to make use of the space and learn more about the impact of this initiative on our workplace.  Although we have promoted the patio and garden to UBC Sauder faculty and staff through digital signage, as well as word of mouth, we felt that a more structured event inviting them to visit the garden would have more impact in welcoming them to the space.



Top 10 circulating books in 2018 & 2017

Are you curious which library books are most popular among your peers? We have compiled a list of David Lam Library’s top 10 circulating books (excluding reserve books). For 2018, this list included:

-Thinking fast and slow
-Designing your life : how to build a well lived joyful life
-Option B : facing adversity, building resilience, and finding joy
-Deep work : rules for focused success in a distracted world
-How to win friends and influence people
-7 habits of highly effective people
-Case in point : graph analysis for consulting and case interviews
-Intelligent investor : a book of practical counsel
-Gifts of imperfection : let go of who you think you’re supposed to be and embrace who you are
-Remains of the day

For 2017, this list included:

-Deep work : rules for focused success in a distracted world
-Thinking fast and slow
-Start with why : how great leaders inspire everyone to take action
-Case interview secrets : a former McKinsey interviewer reveals how to get multiple job offers
-How to win friends and influence people
-Shoe dog : a memoir by the creator of Nike
-GRE Graduate Record Examination premier 2017
-Tools of titans : the tactics, routines and habits of billionaires, icons and world-class performers

Sauder Faculty publications

Are you curious what our Sauder Faculty has been publishing about. There are a few ways to find this information. If you are curious about a particular researcher or department, take a look at the Sauder publications website at

This site is updated regularly with new publications constantly being added. In addition to this site, here is a (very incomplete) list of several Sauder Faculty publications we have at David Lam Library. We encourage you to come to the Library and take one (or many) out.

Professor Division Title Call Number
Adlai Fisher Finance Multifractal volatility : theory, forecasting, and pricing HB141 .C348 2008
Daniel Skarlicki Marketing and Behavioural Science Emerging perspectives on organizational justice and ethics HD6971.3 .E452 2011
Anming Zhang Operations and Logistics Division Globalization and strategic alliances : the case of the airline industry HE9780 .O96 2000
Martin Schulz Organization Behaviour and Human Resources The dynamics of rules : change in written organizational codes LB 3000.5 .M27 2000
James Brander Strategy and Business Economics Division Managerial economics and strategy : HD30.22 .P436 2014
Anthony Boardman Strategy and Business Economics Division Cost Benefit Analysis HD47.4 C669 2011
Charles Weinberg Marketing and Behavioural Science Division Canadian marketing cases HF5415.12.C3 C289 2002
Werner   Antweiler Strategy and Business Economics Division Elements of environmental management HD30.255 A58 2014
William Ziemba Operations and Logistics Division Security market imperfections HG4551 .S385 2000
Robert Helsley Dean Robert Helsley Urban and real estate economics HD1391 .H44 2003
Moura Quayle UBC Liu Institute for Global Issues 2014-2016 Designed leadership HD57.7 .Q39 2017

New Shakespeare exhibition at UBC Library

The exhibition, “And there’s the humor of it”: Shakespeare and the four humors, will run from June 4 to July 14, 2018, at Rare Books and Special Collections on Level 1 of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and in the Memorial Room at Woodward Library. The theory of the four humors was initially borrowed from Ancient Greek thinkers like Aristotle, Hippocrates, and Galen. These four humors included blood, yellow bile, black bile and phlegm. They were considered to shape a person’s mental and physical health as well as behavior and personality.  References to melancholic displays and choleric outbursts which stem from the four humors can be found in a lot of Shakespeare’s plays. The interplay between medical theory and theatrical language forms the basis of a fascinating exhibition, created by the US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health and the Folger Shakespeare Library.  The exhibition will feature additional materials from UBC Library’s collections to explore related topics, such as Shakespearean theatre in British Columbia and Shakespeare in children’s literature. Collection highlights will include: the second edition folio of Shakespeare’s complete works (1632), first editions of Spenser’s The Faerie Queene (1590), John Donne’s Poems (1633), and George Herbert’s The Temple (1633), along with medical manuals such as 16th century midwifery book The byrth of mankynde (1540) by Eucharius Rösslin and milestone physiology book, Exercitatio anatomica de motu cordis et sanguinis in animalibus (1628) by William Harvey.

Take this opportunity to view rare materials portraying Shakespeare’s enduring relevance throughout the ages. The exhibition is open to the general public as well as UBC students, staff and faculty.

For more information visit this site.


New Databases at David Lam Library

During the 2017/2018 academic year, David Lam Library added several new databases to its collection. We invite you to check out the databases below which can be accessed through the library website.

Databases Acquired:

  • BCC Research
  • CB Insights  – 1 year subscription (November 2018 to November 2019)
  • Mergent FISD  – 1 year subscription (January 5, 2018 to January, 2019)
  • Nielsen Institutional Data  – 3 year subscription (February 2018 – February 2021)
  • Thomson Reuters Global Ownership Data – 1 year subscription (March 2018 – March 2019)
  • Dow Jones Venture Source  – 3 year subscription (in the process of being acquired)
  • PRIZM module added to Simply Analytics subscription
  • Cities and Ethical Labels Modules added to Passport GMID subscription

Databases Cancelled:

  • Forrester Research (academic license sunset)
  • 13-F on WRDS (amalgamated into Global Ownership Data for 1 year)
  • s-12 on WRDS (amalgamated into Global Ownership Data for 1 year)

International Women’s Day

In honour of International Women’s Day today, we invite you to check out some of the very recent outstanding achievements by our female UBC Sauder students, alumni and faculty, for example:

  • Current BComm students, Kella Chan, Trixie Hernandez and Tessa Yin recently placed first in a North American case competition organized by global consumer goods giant, Unilever
  • Alumna, Cathy Han, Founder and CEO of 42 Technologies who recently secured a spot on Forbes 30 under 30
  • Dr. Carol Liao, Distinguished Scholar with the Peter P. Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics, who has an op-ed on Feminism and Corporate Social Responsibility in The Globe and Mail today

If you are interested in learning more about International Women’s Day and this year’s campaign #PressforProgress, please visit: where you can view videos and find other information about how to celebrate and take action.

Also be sure to check out the David Lam library collection for books about women in business or leadership roles. Some recently acquired books on this topic include:

-Million dollar women : the essential guide for female entrepreneurs who want to go big / Julia Pimsleur
-New women, new men, new economy : how creativity, openness, diversity and equity are driving prosperity now / Narelle Hooper
-The confidence effect : every woman’s guide to the attitude that attracts success / Grace Killelea
-Earning it : hard-won lessons from trailblazing women at the top of the business world / Joann S. Lublin.
-Walk the talk : women, work, equity, effectiveness / Anjali Hazarika



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“I have been very impressed with the Investment Labs Coordinator’s knowledge and willingness to help, much beyond I would every expect. I have been struggling to get the sample list for my academic research….Today I contacted the Investment Lab Coordinator and she understood my sense of urgency….She did not give up and looked at another option – after thinking outside of the box. This has made a great change in my research…. I truly appreciated the service!”

MSc Candidate, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, UBC, March 2018

Canadian Jewish Experience exhibit coming to UBC Library

From February 13 to 23, 2018 UBC Library will host the Canadian Jewish Experience (CJE) exhibit, A Tribute to Canada 150 on level 2 of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. This amazing Exhibition, prepared by volunteers and funded by private donations, presents a powerful sample of Jewish contributions to our country.

CJE’s purpose is to share Jewish aspects of Canada’s story with all Canadians, and a key goal of this exhibit is to be an educational tool. The exhibit panels are built around major themes including patterns of immigration, war and diplomacy, public service, justice and human rights, economic growth, arts, culture and sports. The exhibit has been displayed across the country, from Newfoundland to Victoria, and most recently at the Vancouver Public Library and SFU.

While Jewish contributions to medicine and other sciences are well known, it is hard to believe that until after the Second World War there were explicit quota restrictions on the number of Jewish students accepted by Canada’s universities. The University of Manitoba was the first in Canada to rid itself of this discriminatory quota system in 1945. Literature, music and performing arts have been deeply influenced by Canadian Jews. Montreal was home to a cluster of literary giants, such as poet A.M. Klein, novelist Mordecai Richler, poets Leonard Cohen and Irving Layton, and playwright Ted Allan. More recently, Naïm Kattan in French language writing and Sheila Fishman in translation have helped continue the city’s important Jewish literary presence.

To learn more about the exhibit,  Visit the CJE website for more information.

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“That’s wonderful. Thanks so much for your flexibility!
-UBC Sauder School of Business OBHR Faculty member, January 26, 2018

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