Nick Ubels

Community Engagement Librarian

Nick Ubels, Community Engagement Librarian

Background

Nick Ubels (he/him) joined the Learning Centre in April 2020 in a pilot position embedded at the UBC Learning Exchange in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Nick graduated with a Master of Library and Information Studies degree from the UBC iSchool in 2019. His previous professional experience includes roles in public and academic libraries, non-profit event planning, and multi-media. Nick believes that libraries can have a transformative impact when their work is community-led and focused on equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Current Role and Responsibilities

As an embedded Community Engagement Librarian at the UBC Learning Exchange, Nick’s work includes supporting ongoing community initiatives and leading new ones. A significant aspect of this work includes outreach, consultation, and the further development of the Downtown Eastside Research Access Portal (DTES RAP) and Making Research Accessible initiative projects. The DTES RAP is an online, public collection that seeks to improve access to research relevant to the Downtown Eastside. Nick is interested in facilitating collaborative projects across university departments, institutions, organizations, and communities.

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