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Drawing a continent by hand with Anton Thomas

The talk on October 26 is the first in our Visualizing the World: A Maps and Geographic Information Systems Speaker Series


MexicoFest: Magic Hands

Presented by MexicoFest, we invite all art enthusiasts to attend this free exhibition at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre on Mexican Popular Art objects from September 1 to October 12, 2017.


Aboriginal (Un)History Month 2017

The fifth annual Aboriginal (Un)History Month exhibit is now on display at UBC Library’s Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. Across the nation June is recognized as Aboriginal History Month, but the tradition of (Un)History Month is a celebration and acknowledgement of the importance of Indigenous Peoples – not only in history – but in the […]


Learning Initiatives for Rural and Northern BC: 2017-18

The 2016/17 Learning Initiatives in Rural and Northern BC (LIRN BC) Expression of Interest (EOI) is now available. Deadline has been extended to July 6 @ 12 pm.


Traces of Words exhibit

May 1 - 31, 2017


Open Scholarly Practice

“Open scholarship, which encompasses open access, open data, open educational resources, and all other forms of openness in the scholarly and research environment, is changing how knowledge is created and shared.” Association of Research Libraries Open Scholarship In this session, we’ll explore ideas of scholarly practice in the digital age and how they can inform […]


Haida Gwaii Higher Education Society

  Acknowledgement: The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre is pleased to contribute to the promotion of this unique opportunity.  We acknowledge the Haida Gwaii Higher Education Society’s website as the source for most of this content. The Haida Gwaii Higher Education Society is an enterprising non-profit organization that develops and delivers transformative education inspired by Haida […]


CANADA’S MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOKS: The Alcuin Society’s 2015 Winners

Every Spring since 1981, Vancouver’s Alcuin Society holds a national competition to select the country’s most beautiful books of the previous year. The winning books tour every province in Canada, and are also exhibited at the two major book fairs in Germany, in Frankfurt and Leipzig. As well, copies are donated to the Canadian Embassy […]


Double Exposure Japan-Canada: Missionary Photographs of Meiji-Taisho Japan

Take a rare glimpse into Japan in the 1890s-1920s through the photographs taken by a Canadian missionary, John Cooper Robinson. We can only begin to understand Cooper Robinson’s photographs by overlaying both Canadian and Japanese historical contexts and perspectives. Join our symposium led by art historians and historians who specialize in Japan and Canada, to […]


Third Annual Contract Faculty Colloquium

In collaboration with the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre Community Engagement & Programs division, the Faculty Association Contract Faculty Committee presents the Third Annual Contract Faculty Colloquium, which provides contract faculty an opportunity to share with and learn from their contract faculty colleagues across campus in a genial, relaxed atmosphere. Short papers will be presented […]


Human(e) Interactions with the Environment

In collaboration with the Public Scholars Initiative (PSI), the IKBLC Community Engagement & Programs division presents the “PhDs Go Public Research Talk Series,” which showcases doctoral students telling their community-engaged research stories in just under seven minutes. In “Human(e) Interactions with the Environment,” nine PhD students from UBC’s Public Scholars Initiative engage the public by […]


Explorations in Culture and Diversity

In collaboration with the Public Scholars Initiative (PSI), the IKBLC Community Engagement & Programs division presents the “PhDs Go Public Research Talk Series,” which showcases doctoral students telling their community-engaged research stories in just under seven minutes. In “Explorations in Culture and Diversity,” eight PhD students from UBC’s Public Scholars Initiative engage the public by […]


One Day @ UBC takes place at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Experience Some of the Best of UBC Offered on Saturdays in the fall and winter terms at the UBC Point Grey campus, One Day @ UBC single-day courses provide easy and affordable access to top experts in their field – and the small class size ensures ample opportunities for discussion. One Day @ UBC courses can […]


Freedom of Expression in the Post Truth Era: Open Mic Event

Freedom of Expression is a charter right in Canada and is a fundamental value of professional groups such as librarians, archivists and journalists, who promote transparency, public accountability and the broadest possible access to information. However, we are seeing an erosion of these values in public life, through steps to censor scientists and public servants, […]


ACAM Dialogue: Queer Asian Canadians

Does the metaphor for coming out work out cross-culturally? What does or can family look like to LGBTQ Asians? What does it mean and how can one be an ally to the LGBTQ+ Asian community? This month’s ACAM Dialogue is focused on LGBTQ+ and non-heteronormative sexualities as well as what it means to be a […]


Upgrades & Renovations at the IKBLC

  We are excited to announce that the corridor and atrium on the 3rd and 4th floor of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre will receive upgrades and renovations starting from Tuesday, Febrary 7, 2017. The Routine Capital funding from the Ministry of Advanced Education has been made available for this project to replace the […]


Talking With First Nations Archives with the Archives Association of British Columbia (AABC)

The Archives Association of British Columbia (AABC) and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre are pleased to present the webcast roundtable “Talking with First Nations Archives. ” Colleagues who work in local First Nations Archives, Resource Centres and in Records Management programs will share their experiences establishing archives, their role in facilitating access to records, and […]


Second Annual Exhibition of UBC Contract Faculty Publications

Please join us at an exhibition showcasing the scholarly and creative publications of contract faculty members at UBC. Academics who teach on contract at UBC have published a wide range of research papers and books. In addition, contract faculty at UBC, have produced multi-media presentations and talks, some of which will be presented during this […]


Research Day 2017 – Information, Social Media, and Well-Being

We are pleased to announce that the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, the iSchool at UBC, will hold its 7th Annual Research Day on Friday, March 10th, 2017, in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Golden Jubilee Room. Research Day showcases the contributions of the iSchool students and faculty working at the intersections […]


Engaging Education for Public Good

How can education go beyond the classroom to reach the lives of the public? In the first event of the 2017 PhDs Go Public Research Talk Series, seven PhD students from UBC’s Public Scholars Initiative have seven minutes to talk about their education research, and how it can make a positive contribution in and out of the university. […]


Ever Austen: Literary Timelessness in the Regency Period

    2017 marks the bicentennial of Jane Austen’s death, an author who has left an ever-lasting literary legacy that continually influences popular culture across time. In celebration of this legacy, Rare Books and Special Collections at UBC Library is delighted to present “Ever Austen: Literary Timelessness in the Regency Period.” This exhibition not only […]


MEDTalks: The Genomics Revolution

Presented by UBC Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Dentistry, and Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, in partnership with alumni UBC The sequencing of the human genome has been hailed as a scientific breakthrough in that it has opened the human genetic blueprint to investigations of all questions ranging from human origins to the understanding of health […]


2017 Cycle for Indigitization Grant Program open

Indigitization is pleased to announce the sixth call of applicants for the annual Indigitization Grant Program. The Indigitization Grant Program is a matching funds program supporting audio-cassette digitization in partnership with Indigenous and Aboriginal communities across British Columbia. The program seeks to facilitate communities and organizations in converting audio materials on cassette to uncompressed digital […]


ACAM Journal Launch – Tributaries

The Asian Canadian Asian Migration Studies program invites you to join us at it’s first academic ACAM journal launch. The ACAM undergraduate journal is a new student-run publication that reaches across various disciplines, genres, and forms, to consider topics around Asian and Asian Canadian identity. The journal seeks to recognize and encourage dialogue around these topics, and to grow as these dialogues continue. Submissions from all UBC students, disciplines and cultural contexts at are welcome. The inaugural issue, “Tributaries”, features collected poetry, short stories, visual art, and essays. This event will be taking place on the traditional, unceded, ancestral homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) First Nation.


BC History Digitization Program Now Accepting Submissions for Funding

The British Columbia History Digitization Program (BCHDP) promotes increased access to British Columbia’s historical resources by providing matching funds to undertake digitization projects that will result in free online access to unique historical material from around the province. The BCHDP demonstrates the Learning Centre’s dedication to sharing knowledge and supporting education by making local information […]


The Resonance Prism: Canadian Graphic Scores of the 21st Century

Canadian composer Howard Bashaw’s sound-art performance installation The Resonance Prism was premiered in 2014 in a concert event entitled Sound Space Architecture in the University of British Columbia’s Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability. Performers were required to both realize the specific material presented in the score and generate imaginative, inspired improvisations. The chosen venue […]


SLAIS Welcomes Archivist Anne Lindsay as Speaker for 2017 Colloquium

The School of Library, Archival and Information Studies is pleased to welcome Anne Lindsay, Access and Research Archivist for the NCTR, as a speaker in the iSchool’s Winter 2017 Colloquium program. She is speaking Wednesday, January 18, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the topic of “Beyond Jenkinson: Authority, provenance, and Arrangement in a Complex […]


Salon Series 2016/17: Great Onnagata Roles in Kabuki Dance

TomoeArts will be screening a series of full live video performances from their Shôchiku’s Kabuki Meisakusen Series at the I. K Barber Learning Centre. The performances feature several talented onnagata (female role) actors such as Nakamura Jakuemon IV (1920-2012) and Bandô Tamasaburô. All screenings will be held at the I. K Barber Learning Centre in […]


Staying Healthy for Heart and Stroke: What can Your Genes and Proteins Tell You?

A Life Sciences Institute Public Talk Join us for a free discussion with a panel of experts who will explain what personalized medicine can tell you about your potential for heart health issues, and how doctors and researchers in British Columbia are collaborating to identify your risks, detect early warning signs and deliver individualized treatments. […]


code4libBC Unconference

2016 code4libBC Unconference

Event Details What: It’s a 2 day unconference! A participant-driven meeting featuring lightning talks in the mornings, breakout sessions in the afternoons, with coffee, tea and snacks provided. Lightning talks are brief presentations which are typically 5-10 minutes in length on topics related to library technologies. Breakout sessions are an opportunity to bring participants together […]


Mental Health Legacies: The Riverview Hospital Suitcase Project

The UBC School of Nursing Consortium for Nursing History Inquiry presents the Health History Lecture and display on Mental Health Legacies: The Riverview Hospital Suitcase Project. The project is created to honor the legacies of two women whose lives were impacted by mental illness. It tells of their individual journeys and of the effects of […]


Your Next Step: Level Up With “The Cheat Code”

Sept. 7, 2016 | 6:30-9:00pm| Jack Poole Hall, Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre | Registration required| Have you ever noticed that some people seem to get ahead just a bit faster than everyone else? Join Brian Wong, co-founder and CEO of Kiip and the author of The Cheat Code, as he walks us through some of the shortcuts we can use to get a leg up on the competition, garner attention for ourselves and our ideas, and accelerate our success.


24/7 hours at the Learning Centre

UBC Library's Irving K. Barber Learning Centre will be open 24 hours a day April 10 to 26, 2016.


Master Mind Master Class featuring Dr. Samantha Nutt, LLD’10

November 16, 2015 3:00 – 4:00 pm Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre Jack Poole Hall 6163 University Blvd.


Pertaining to a structure: a conversation in six parts

On display on level 2 of the Irving k. Barber Learning Centre from November 2-30, 2015


Take part of UBC100 at Lee Square

September 30, 2015 11:00am to 2:00pm Money and Raymond M.C. Lee Square (outside UBC Bookstore)


Anahera Morehu – Housing the knowledge of tangata whenua (indigenous people)

Monday, August 10, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m, Lillooet Room (Level 3), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre


2016-2017 Art Exhibition Call-Out

The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, located at the heart of the beautiful University of British Columbia (UBC), offers an art exhibition space for students, faculty, and community.


IKBLC Golden Jubilee Room and main staircase lighting enhancement

  UBC Building Operations has initiated a project to replace and enhance the lighting in the Golden Jubilee Room (level 4) and the main staircase. The project will resolve maintenance issues with inaccessible light fixtures and allow these areas to be properly lit. The project is expected to be complete at the end of July. […]


In the Season of New Rice: an exhibition by Evelyn Nodwell

April 16 - May 31, 2015 at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre


Bôshibari – Tied to a Stick

Monday April 20, 2015 – 7:00 to 8:30pm, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, UBC, Chilcotin Room – Room 256


“Which Self? The Rationalities of Self-Interest from the Enlightenment to the Cold War”

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 16:30 to 18:00 at the Victoria Learning Theatre (Room 182), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre


UBC Health Information Series and the Life Sciences Institute Presents "Tuberculosis – a silent local killer and global threat"

March 25, 2015, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms, Lower Level, Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch


Essences: an exhibition by Evelyn Nodwell

March 2 - April 15, 2015 at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 2nd floor foyer exhibition gallery space


Looking Back at the Umbrella Revolution

March 3, 2015 - 6.00-7.30PM at St. John's College, UBC


Chinese Lunar New Year Event – Paper Cutting Activity at Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

February 26, 11:30am – 1:30pm, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre – Level 2


"Taming the Beast with Metadata" Roundtable by Archives Association of BC

February 20, 1.00-3.00pm in the Lillooet Room (Rm 302) at the Irving K. Barber Centre


Alumni Book Club

Meet and Greet: Monday, March 16, 2015, 7:00 – 8:00 pm & Book Discussion: Monday, April 13, 2015, 7:00 – 9:00 pm


Intellectual Freedom on Freedom to Read Week

February 24, 2015, 12.00 to 1.00PM at the Dodson Room (Rm 302), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre


Salon Series 2015: Kabuki Dance and Noh

Monday February 2, 2015 - 7:00 to 8:30pm , Chilcotin Room (Rm 256), I.K Barber Learning Centre, UBC


unceded

January 17 - February 28, 2015 at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre


UBC Health Information Series and the Life Sciences Institute Present Personalized Medicine: Your Life, Your Genes, Your Health and Happiness

February 4, 2015, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Alice MacKay Room, Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch


10 Post-It Notes: My Career in TV with Andrew Wreggitt

Wednesday, January 28th from 7.00 to 8.00pm in the Victoria Learning Theatre (Rm 182) at Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.


Interactivity at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Start exploring the Virtual Musuem online or in-person at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.


Alcuin Society Book Design Exhibition

December 5, 2014 to January 6, 2015 at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (2nd floor) exhibition space.


24/7 hours at the Learning Centre

The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre will be open 24 hours a day beginning Saturday, November 29.


Asian Canadian Studies with Terry Watada, Jim Wong-Chu, and Glenn Deer

Thursday November 27, 3.00PM-4.00PM at the Dodson Room (Rm 302), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre


Achievement Awards Nomination

The next Award recipients won’t raise their own hands. That’s why we need you. The accomplishments of the members of UBC’s global community of alumni represent an inspiring account of positive social, cultural, and economic change in the world.


UBC Dialogues: Should We Have the Right To Die?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 6:30 – 9:00 pm, Kay Meek Centre, 1700 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver, BC


"Food In Transit" – Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) Menu Exhibition talk by Robert Sung

November 19, 2014, 12.00pm to 1.00pm at the Dodson Room (Rm 302), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre


Barbara Wildemuth – A Conversation on Mixed Methods Research, With a Focus on Why and How

November 5, 12:00-1:00pm in the Dodson Room (Rm 302), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.


Potential Longevity: Language and Landscape in the ‘Electronic Information Environment’

Saturday November 15, 2014, 11.00AM to 4.00PM at the Lillooet Room (Rm 301), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre


Special Lecture on Asian Migration History

Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by the Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies (ACAM) program as part of the honouring of Dr. Henry Sugiyama. An 87-year-old Canadian doctor of Japanese ancestry, Dr. Sugiyama is the first student in a new UBC program on Asian Canadian studies. This is a […]


Michael Audain – Building on your Passions (Wesbrook Talks)

Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by alumni UBC and Wesbrook Village. This talk is second in the series of Wesbrook Talks, featuring arts supporter, Polygon Homes chairman and start an evolution campaign cabinet member, Michael Audain. Mr. Audain discusses how he started in the home building business, and about […]


Wesbrook Talks: Building on your Passions – Michael Audain

September 18, 2014, 6:00 – 8:30 pm The program begins at 6:00 pm, with a Q&A and reception to follow (MBA House, 3385 Wesbrook Mall, UBC’s Vancouver campus, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1W5)


2014 CTLT Summer Institute: 25-29 August

Join us for the 2014 Summer Institute, a series of workshops designed for new and developing faculty, staff, graduate students, teaching assistants, and anyone else in the UBC teaching community.


#librarycampUBC Camp is coming!

Friday, July 25, 2014 from 10AM to 3PM, Dodson Room (Rm 302), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, UBC's Point Grey Campus


Aboriginal Unhistory Month 2014 at UBC Library

June 2 to July 18, 2014 at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre


2014 CTLT Institute: June 3 – 10

Featuring 27 workshops and information sessions led by 44 facilitators from 36 UBC departments and units and four universities.


Shelved Exhibition

Displays will rotate from April 25 to August 31 in the Ridington Room at UBC Library’s Music, Art and Architecture Library.


A View Within a View: Garden Expressions, Exchanges & Explorations

A public symposium on Saturday May 24th, 2014 – 11:30am-1:00pm at the Chilcotin Room (Rm 256) in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.


Wesbrook Talks – Influential Women in Business

Wesbrook Talks is a new and exciting series presented by Wesbrook Village and alumni UBC. Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 6:00 – 8:30 pm.


UBC Chung Collection celebrated in new documentary

A documentary film produced by UBC Library about its renowned Wallace B. Chung and Madeline H. Chung Collection premieres on Knowledge Network on Friday, May 16, 2014.


Harnessing the Immune System to Treat Infection, Autoimmune Disorders and Cancer

May 27, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms, Lower Level, Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch


Alumni Weekend at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

A Reading of Taiwanese History in Canada - May 24, 2.30-3.30PM, at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (Victoria Learning Theatre, Rm 182)


In Genes We Trust: How Essences Distort How We Think about Genes

April 17 2014 12:30 pm - 2:00pm, Dodson Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre


Pedagogy in Place: The Shifting Landscape of Higher Education

April 14, 2014 2:00 - 3:30 pm, Lillooet Room at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre


Screencasting for Flexible Learning: The Good, the Bad and the Practical

April 10, 2014 12:00 pm, Lillooet Room, at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre


Art of the Book travelling exhibition

April 14 – May 16, 2014, Mon-Fri, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m, at the Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC) at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre


24/7 hours at the Learning Centre

The Learning Centre will be open 24 hours a day from Thursday, April 10 (opening at 6 a.m.) to Tuesday, April 29 (closing at 1 a.m.).


Learning Centre helps B.C. history go digital

Successful applicants unveiled for the 2014 B.C. History Digitization Program


Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF) Awards Projects

Irving K. Barber Learning Centre receives successful funding for three TLEF projects


Art History Graduate Student Roundtables

March 2014, 28, 10:00am at the Lillooet Room (Rm 301), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre


Alumni Weekend 2014

The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre is proud to be partners at this year's Alumni Weekend on May 24, 2014


Community Based Experiential Learning Showcase

April 9, 2014 11:00am at the Dodson Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre


Betsy Diamant-Cohen – Purposeful play for the youngest learners: early literacy from birth to age five

April 2, 12pm – 1pm at the Dodson Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre


The Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference

Saturday March 22nd, 2014 at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre


TED Vancouver’s live stream March 17-21 from UBC Vancouver

Watch live on three digital screens in the 2nd floor concourse of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre


Freedom to Read Week 2014

Read-a-thon by SLAIS students Tuesday Feb 25 in the Lillooet Room (Rm 301), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre


Sarah Ellis – The Writer as Critic: Inside and Outside the Book

Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, The Dodson Room Level 3, Chapman Learning Commons Irving K. Barber Learning Centre


UBC Advising Conference

February 18, 2014, 8:30am–4:30pm, Irving K Barber Learning Centre


UBC Health Information Series Presents Dr. Linda Siegel on Understanding Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities

Sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and Woodward Library


The Road to the OED: A History of English-Language Dictionaries

You can visit the exhibition at Rare Books and Special Collections on the first floor of the Irving K. Barber Learning Center


The BC Research Libraries Group Presents Denise Koufogiannakis MA, MLIS, PhD

February 7, 2014, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Lillooet Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, University of British Columbia


alumni UBC Book Club – They called me number one by Bev Sellars

Xat’sull Chief Bev Sellars spent her childhood in a church-run residential school whose aim it was to “civilize” Native children through Christian teachings, forced separation from family and culture, and discipline. In addition, beginning at the age of five, Sellars was isolated for two years at Coqualeetza Indian Turberculosis Hospital in Sardis, British Columbia, nearly […]


alumni UBC Book Club – The Wars by Timothy Findley

Tuesday, March 04, 2014 7:00 – 8:00 pm


Terms and Condition May Apply – Film Screening

January 30, 5.30PM at the Lillooet Room (Rm 301), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre


UBC Africa Awareness Initiative Conference Week 2014, January 20-24

Webcasts sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre


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