BC Business Librarians’ Meeting

David Lam librarian Irena Trebic was pleased to host 16 business librarians across the province on October 23, 2017 at the BC Business Librarians’ Meeting which took place at UBC Robson Square. In addition to having an EBSCO representative demonstrate the difference between Business Source Complete and Business Source Ultimate, there were many exciting demos about teaching initiatives from various institutions. Thanks to all for your participation and enthusiasm.


Small Business Week 2017

As the days get shorter, we celebrate Small Business Week 2017 with our partners at the Small Business Accelerator Program. The Small Business Accelerator offers free online access to reliable business information and tools for secondary market research for BC businesses and entrepreneurs. This initiative is led by UBC Library’s Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. To learn more about this program check out the link https://sba.ubc.ca/.

Here is a list of business books available at David Lam Library that can help guide local entrepreneurs, whatever stage their business is in. Come check out the SBA display on the main floor of Lam library!

-Business Start-up in the Digital Age by Learn2succeed.com Inc

This book helps inventors as well as those who want to sell an existing product or find something appropriate. Once you’ve got your business idea, it takes you through market research, human resources, marketing, business plans and more.

-Crowdfunding for Beginners How to Raise Money for Start-Ups, Early Stage Enterprises, Charities and Non-Profits by Learn2succeed.com Inc

Crowdfunding is remaking the funding landscape for entrepreneurs and non-profits. This book explains how crowdfunding functions and what you can do to make a successful campaign.

-Management innovation and entrepreneurship : a global perspective edited by Demetris Vrontis, Georgia Sakka, and Monaliz Amirkhanpour

Authors from around the world tackle issues in management and entrepreneurship. Topics include corporate social responsibility, innovation management for retailing, web-site business performance, and the need for marketing in universities. A truly global perspective on management and innovation.

-Uncertainty in entrepreneurial decision making : the competitive advantages of strategic creativity by Panagiotis E. Petrakis and Dimitra P. Konstantakopoulou

Petrakis and Konstantakopoulou show us how uncertainty can lead to creative advantage in business management. Change occurs quickly and frequently in modern business environments and the ability to strategize around uncertainty is crucial to successful entrepreneurship.

-The entrepreneurial arch : a strategic framework for discovering, developing and renewing firms by Timothy L. Faley

Faley’s goal in writing this book was to create a unified description of entrepreneurship. He develops a holistic view of entrepreneurship that is based on six fundamental components, presented in a clear and structured format.

-British Columbia’s new north : how to build your business, respect communities–and prosper by Ramona Materi

One of our #sbalibrary 2017 picks, “British Columbia’s New North” is essential reading for BC entrepreneurs. Learn about doing business in the communities of northern British Columbia.

-Base of the Pyramid 3.0 : sustainable development through innovation & entrepreneurship by Stuart L. Hart, Fernando Casado Caneque

The term ‘base of the pyramid’ refers to the 60% of people whose annual income is less than $1,500 and a method to address poverty and create sustainable business.  This book can help readers understand how to choose and adapt a business model to support different communities and increase sustainabilitiy.

-Strategy formulation in entrepreneurial firms by Azhdar Karami

Karami examines strategy formulation in SMEs – how strategies are formulated and implemented. He asks the intriguing question, can large corporations learn from small businesses around strategy formulation? He also provides recommendations for improving strategic management processes.

-Confessions of an entrepreneur : how to survive the highs and lows of starting up by Chris Robson

In Confessions of an Entrepreneur, Robson goes beyond the how-to of business books and delves into the emotional issues at the core of entrepreneurship. With interviews from leading entrepreneurs, you’ll learn about the journey that every entrepreneur undergoes.



Faculty and Staff picks

Ever wonder what your favorite prof is reading? Check out our new faculty and staff picks display at the David Lam Library! You will find titles such as Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works (recommended by Prof. Darren Dahl); The Selfish Gene (recommended by Prof. Kin Lo);  The Life You Can Save: How to Do Your Part to End World Poverty (recommended by Prof. Dave Hardisty);  Ego is the Enemy (recommended by Prof. Michael Daniels); and Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty (recommended by Prof. Thomas W. Ross).

Sauder staff recommendations include titles such as The Future of Professions (recommended by Chris Gorczynski); Designing Your Life (recommended by Colin Dodds); and Man’s search for meaning (recommended by Martina Valkovicova).

In addition to asking Sauder Faculty and staff to provide a list of their favorite books, UBC Library employees were also invited to provide suggestions. Some of their suggestions include titles such as Now Discover Your Strengths (recommended by Melody Burton), and The Dynamic Introvert: Leading Quietly with Passion and Purpose (recommended by Aleteia Greenwood).

Be sure to stop by the library and borrow one of these recommended titles. You will find beautifully-designed bookmarks created by David Lam Library’s Elizabeth Stevenson which let you know whether the item was recommended by Sauder Faculty, Staff, or Library employees.



What are they saying 87

“Thanks for your very helpful and quick reply!!
-UBC Sauder School of Business Faculty member, October 5, 2017

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 (http://guides.library.ubc.ca/foodproducts) or the Small Business Accelerator’s Craft Brewery Guide (https://sba.ubc.ca/guide/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 https://survey.ubc.ca/s/entrepreneurs/library/ (link is external) before October 20, 2017. To contact the researchers, you can email Aleha McCauley at aleha.mccauley@ubc.ca (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 (www.ethicsunwrapped.utexas.edu).

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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