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New Series No. 43/March 1997
Farewell Message From the
University Librarian
Was it only seven years ago that I wrote my "Glad to be Here"
message1? What a privilege it has been to work for seven years
with so many outstanding people — librarians, library support
staff, faculty, students and administrators at all levels — in
the never-ending task of creating a great library.
Much was accomplished by us all during these years. This was
possible only because of the foundations built by those who
went before. I hope that what we have built together in my
time here will position the UF3C Library to progress even faster
with the guidance of those coming after.
This issue of the Library News highlights two of the major
strategic initiatives I originally set out to accomplish:
addressing urgent space needs by building a functional and
beautiful Phase I arts library; and the transition to a new
computer support system enabling the Library to benefit by
new technological developments. I'm also happy that plans are
coming Into place to address other urgent needs: a
freestanding Science and Engineering Library; the continuing
process of moving older Main Library items into a centralized
research materials facility for less-used items; and a Phase II
research library for Fine Arts, Music, Special Collections,
Archives, Maps, and the rest of the humanities and social
sciences collection.
We have also accomplished: ongoing support for a collections
acquisition formula; $1 million in new funds to move us faster
toward the digital Library; a decentralized fund-raising plan
for the Library, with over $2 million raised since 1994;
increased financing for user Instruction, user and staff
computer terminals, technology Infrastructure, and staff
development; increased consultation with faculty, students
and other users and with library staff on major decisions; and
collaboration with library colleagues towards a vision and
strategic plan — provincial!/, regionally and nationally — for
the scholarly communication system of the future.
Ultimately, the Library must help students and faculty
achieve their academic objectives, and discover and create
knowledge. I say goodbye, happy for our accomplishments but
sad to part from such colleagues, knowing that the mission is
in good hands.
Also in this issue—
Koerner move makes history 2-3
An era ends: Sedgewick Library 4
Annual reception celebrates authors 4
New-look computer system debuts 5
Space plan finalized 6
No serials cancellations 6
RECON project targets Koerner 6
Students give Library top marks 7
Planning outreach programs? 7
Spoken English program restarts 7
GST rebate boosts collections funds 8
Donations aid endowments 8
Update from the Development Officer.... 8
Koerner's online resources growing.... 8-9
Spinning your way 10-11
GIS; Journal Citation Reports 10
Soc sci data; Electronic publishing.. 10
Sci/tech databases 11
Keeping track; UnCover Reveal 11
Around the libraries 12
Next University Librarian 12
Introducing Xwi7xwa Library 12
People 12 Koerner Move Makes History
After 71 years, UBC is a giant step closer to replacing its central research library building. Between the end of December
exams and the start of the 1997 spring term, teams of movers transferred over 500,000 volumes from the Main Library to
the new Walter C. Koerner humanities and social sciences library. That's enough books and journals to reach from Point
Grey to the Burnaby border.
The $24 million Koerner Library
integrates UBC's most-used
collections and services in the arts.
Linking the former Sedgewick
Library's underground space to a
new five-storey tower, it brings
together all active serials and post-
1978 materials in its subject range,
plus the University's complete
collection in popular fields such as
English language and literature,
Canadiana, classical studies,
archaeology and anthropology.
Most related reference services have
also moved across from the Main
Library. Koerner is now the place to go
for information and assistance
covering humanities/social sciences,
government publications, microforms,
data files, and borrower services such
as library cards and fines.
What's left in the Main Library?
Besides older materials in the arts,
the bookstacks will still house the
University's science and engineering
collections. The card catalogue will
remain, as will the entire Fine Arts
collection, and specialized divisons
such as Science and Engineering
reference, Special Collections and
Archives, and the Map Library.
Concerns about the building's
physical state means that eventually
these collections too will be looking
for more suitable space.
In terms of space, Koerner shows
what can be done with a limited-
sized site. Abundant natural light,
carpeted stacks, state-of-the-art
computer teaching labs, and
comfortable study areas have
already made it a mecca for all levels
of users. Merging related reference
collections also makes library
research less complex for patrons. A
single Information Desk in the
Koerner foyer and a central reference
The $24 million Koerner Library integrates UBC's most-used collections and
services in the arts.
area on the floor below now handle
questions that formerly went to one
set of staff in Sedgewick and four
separate service divisions in the
Main Library.
The official Opening Day ceremony
for the new library is scheduled for
Monday, March 10,1997. It's the
highlight of a festive 10-day period
of celebrations and activities
designed to include all levels of UBC
users, off-campus patrons, and the
Vancouver community.
For full details of the March 5-15
events, read on. Koerner Opening Celebrations:
Daily Schedule
. --. r * The events listed below give the Library an opportunity x *
""  -   j-. ■    j[    « to welcome visitors, and also to thank the many donors -   „       i    •
who made the new building possible.
Wednesday - Saturday, March 5-8 \     *
Conference: Scholarly Communication in the Next Millennium, SFU Harbour Centre. Co-sponsored by the
University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, AUCC, CARL and others, to mark the opening of
the Walter C. Koerner Library. The program, registration information, and selected fulltext papers can be
found on the conference Web site at<http://www.sfu.ca/scom/>.
Sunday, March 9
1-3 pm: Tour of Koerner Library for conference participants.
3:30 - 5 pm: In Memoriam service for Walter Koerner, UBC Museum of Anthropology.
Monday, March 10
3:30 - 4:15 pm: Walter C. Koerner Library opening ceremony.
4:30 - 6 pm: Tours for guests.
Tuesday, March 11
12 noon -1:20 pm: The Role of the Great Library in the Life of the University: a symposium.
Speakers: President David Strangway, Dr. John Gilbert, and Dean Shirley Neuman. Performance and
readings from selected contents of the Walter C. Koerner Library by English Department Players.
Ridington Room, Main Library.
4:15 - 5 pm: Tours for Authors' Reception guests.
5:30 - 7 pm: President's and University Librarian's Authors' Reception (by invitation only), Cecil Green
Wednesday, March 12
At the midpoint in the public program, a day for library staff to join in their own celebrations. Bagpipe
alert: the final phase will feature a 3 pm parade from the Main Library's Ridington Room to the top floor of
the Koerner Library, led by a kilted piper.
Thursday, March 13
10 am -12 noon, 2-4 pm: Open House and public tours of Koerner Library. Tours begin every half hour in
the Koerner entrance lobby.
Friday, March 14
12:40 pm: Koerner Library Run/Walk: 5K run, 3K run, and IK walk. Everyone welcome!
10 am -12 noon, 2-4 pm: Public tours of Koerner every half hour.
Saturday, March 15
10 am -12 noon, 2-4 pm: Last day of Koerner tours.
For more on the Koerner Library, visit its Web site at <http://www.library.ubc.ca/koerner/celebration>. Besides
details of the Opening Week festivities, it offers a self-guided visual tour of the new building, a slide show, and a look at
the Koerner project from the architect's point of view. Be sure to sign the electronic guest book, file your own comments,
and read others'. An Era Ends-Sedge wick Undergraduate Library
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...T/ze space that will always be "Sedgewick" to two generations of students: the award-winning building with food facilities and
furniture designed for snoozing as well as studying.
As UBC celebrates its newest library,
it's worth remembering that we're
also saying goodbye to something
unique: the Sedgewick
Undergraduate Library.
Like many large universities in the
1960's, UBC created a separate and
more user-friendly library collection
to serve the rapidly expanding ranks
of undergraduates. From 1960 to
1972, Sedgewick was housed in the
south wing of the Main Library, but
in January 1973 it moved into the
space that will always be
"Sedgewick" to two generations of
students: the award-winning
building with food facilities and
furniture designed for snoozing as
well as studying.
Even when the two-storey space had
to be vacated last May, it was still the
familiar Sedgewick staff and
collection that patrons dealt with in
the new Koerner tower. With the
reintegration of the old space and the
new this January, and the mass
arrival of the staff and materials that
go with a 1990's arts research library,
it's easy to forget the foundations
that Koerner was, literally, built on.
Let's not forget.
Thanks, Sedgewick. It was a great 36
Annual Reception Celebrates UBC Authors/Creators
Our March 11 President's and
University Librarian's Authors'
Reception will be a particularly gala
occasion. The annual event, initiated
by Dr. Ruth Patrick in 1990-91, is not
only a highlight of the Koerner
Opening Week celebrations, but is
shaping up into a multi-media event.
As usual, the evening will be given
over to members of the UBC
community and their creative
works from the past year. While
books and monographic
publications are still in the
majority, guests can expect to find
more and more CD's, videos,
musical scores and interactive
software productions on show.
All works must have been produced
during the 1996 calendar year.
Last-minute entries are still being
accepted; call the coordinator,
Pauline Willems, at 822-2803. New-Look Computer System Debuts in May
Our big and visible physical move to the new Koerner Library is about to be followed up with an even bigger
but (thus far) less visible move: to a completely new computer system and online catalogue.
More than 3 million records are involved. The target is to complete the move by mid-May, with minimum
disruption to users and maximum use of their input to ensure that the new catalogue and ancillary services
deliver the best overall package possible.
The UBC Library system currently draws on a mixture of databases and systems built up over 30 years. The
main support for what users see on the UBCLIB catalogue was essentially designed in-house for the University's
particular needs, and in many ways this has worked well. But changes in technology, combined with the
sophisticated demands now being made on aging computer programs, require a move to a more unified and
versatile system. In chosing Data Research Associates (DRA) as our supplier, we are following the lead of some
of the largest Canadian and American university libraries.
The new system supports both Web-based and text-based catalogue searching. Behind both is a search engine
which preserves virtually all UBCLIB's search options while adding new ones. For example, users will have
access to a wider range of keyword indexes and will be able to search by publisher.
Until the DRA system is in place, users will still have access to UBCLIB. Course materials will be available as
usual, and basic checkout of library materials will not be affected.
♦ Book orders will be delayed
during the two-month
conversion period. While we
are happy to accept
suggestions for new
materials, we will not be able
to act on these until the
existing order files have been
loaded onto the new system.
Target date is early May.
♦ Books received and not yet
catalogued will still be
available. However, most full
cataloguing has to stop until
May 15.
♦ For about 16 days in early
April there will be holdups
in getting certain journals
onto the shelves. A
temporary procedure for
high-priority titles is being
worked out.
In May, users will see changes
resulting from the new system. These
♦ A new personal ID and
password for borrower services,
based on existing library card
♦ Some changes in the sign-on
procedure for remote access.
♦ A shutdown of holds and
renewals on the UBCLIB system
for about 10 days just before the
new system goes up for public
use. Loans will be adjusted so
books don't fall due during this
♦ Optional E-mail notification to
replace printed overdue and call-
in notices. Signup for the new
service will begin later this
Amid all this change, some
things will remain:
♦ Although the flagship
version of the new system
will be Web-based, the
Library will continue to
support a Telnet interface,
both for users dialling in
from home who don't have
the required PPP connection
and for access to non-Web
♦ Most library databases, other
than the catalogue, will
retain their current search
features and screen displays.
Examples are UBCLIB article
indexes, Medline on Ovid,
and the SilverPlatter
♦ Current library cards will
still work, and will carry the
same borrowing privileges as
As May approaches, more information will be provided to our 80,000 cardholders. As soon as a test database is
available, we will also be asking patrons for feedback to help customize the new software.
To make the transition easier, the Library will be providing training, and we will be in touch with all our users
about specifics. Space Plan Finalized
Following approval by the Senate
Library Committee, the library
system's Master Space Plan has
officially been submitted to the
University administration.
Co-chairs of the campus-wide
committee behind the plan were
University Librarian Dr. Ruth Patrick
and Kathleen Beaumont, Associate
Director, Capital Programs, for
UBC's Department of Campus
Planning and Development.
The document was the result of an
extensive public review process
aimed at defining future needs for
both collections space and public
user facilities. Highlights were
summarized in the October 1996
Library News. Briefly, the aging Main
Library has been rated as unsuitable
even for storage purposes, so means
must be found to move out the
active-use collections still housed
there and to provide more cost-
effective space for materials less in
For the balance of the 1990's, the top
priorities will be:
♦ Rehousing the Science and
Engineering collections and staff.
(One possibility being studied is
conversion of the Library
Processing Centre into a science
library connected to the
neighbouring Woodward
Biomedical Library.)
♦ Working toward a centralized
research materials facility for
less-used items.
♦ Fundraising for Phase II of UBC's
redeveloped humanities and social
sciences research library. Attached to
the Koerner Library, this would
house the Fine Arts and Music
Libraries, Maps, Special Collections,
the University Archives, and some
of the humanities and social sciences
collections still in Main.
No Serials Cance
llations for 1997/98
At last we can offer users a break
doing without titles users need,
from the seemingly endless
and serials prices are expected to
round of cutting serials titles to
rise another 8 -10% in 1997. The
balance the collections budget. In
next round of serials decision
1997/98 the library system will
making will call for all the
continue all its current
energy and creativity we can
subscriptions. Any shortfall in
the budget will be covered from
the Collections Stabilization Fund.
A year ago the Committee to
Review the University of British
This wasn't an easy choice, since
Columbia Library featured this
publishers continue to bill
issue in its very first
libraries more for the same titles
each year, and our budget
increases seldom keep up.
"That the annual adjustment of
However, the combination of
the Library acquistions budget
the Koerner move and the
for inflation be based
changeover to a new computer
henceforth on a price index
system, all within a period of a
specific to library materials
few months, makes it
rather than, as at present, on
unreasonable to take on a third
the general Consumer Price
large-scale project at the same
Should the University support
We're advised to make the most
this proposal, further serials
of this temporary respite. Most
cancellations could be eliminated
UBC collections are already
or significantly reduced.
RECON Project
Targets Koerner
One of the Library's long-running
projects continues to move ahead.
Our RECON (retrospective catalogue
conversion) project, which puts pre-
1978 catalogue records online, got
$168,000 in one-time funding from
the B.C. government last year. The
grant hired students and temporary
library assistants, who are working
on the project with part-time help
from many other library staff.
The immediate goal is to finish
creating online records for
everything in the Koerner Library.
Some items in that collection are
dated before 1978, and thus will have
only card catalogue entries until the
job is completed. Once this is done,
the effort will be shifted to the rest of
the library system's pre-1978
collection. Eventually, users needing
older materials will be freed from
having to check both card-form and
online records, and the UBC unified
catalogue could become a major
component of a B.C.-wide online
record of library holdings. Just a
million or so more RECON records
to go.... Students Give Library Top Marks
The 1996 Survey of Undergraduate
Experience at Canadian Universities
contains good news for UBC
Students at ten Canadian universities
filled out a 154-item questionnaire
rating their alma mater on areas such
as class size, quality of teaching,
campus services, and overall quality
of their experience at the institution.
It was unusual for any questionnaire
item to receive a "Very Satisfied" or
"Satisfied" response from more than
70% of the 3,357 respondents.
Nationally, the top three positive
scores went to overall quality of the
university education received
(90.9%), class size (85.2%) and
instructional facilities (78.1%).
Libraries drew a 72.1% response,
good enough for fifth place.
It's instructive to look at UBC's
scores on the same items. While
overall quality of education still
ranked highest, only 84.9% of UBC
students gave it a "very satisfied"
or "satisfied" rating. Class size
scored 69.9%, and instructional
facilities 64.3%.
However, UBC library facilities were
rated the second highest of all items
at 81.2%, nearly 10% higher than the
national average score. No other
UBC service beyond those already
mentioned scored above 68.
The survey was originally run in
1994, and there again UBC library
services got an excellent rating
(83.8%) from this campus's students.
If there is a third study in 1998, we
hope to make it three in a row.
Planning Outreach Programs? Let Us Know
These are exciting times to be involved
in teaching. We're seeing more and
more UBC departments planning
innovative programs which use
telecommunications and the Internet
to connect UBC faculty with students
elsewhere in the province, or in many
cases, thousands of miles away.
Now that it's becoming more feasible
to export learning to the user, it's
also important to re-examine some
other assumptions. When courses
require students' physical presence
on campus, faculty can provide lists
of backup readings, share these with
the appropriate library, and assume
that class needs in this area will be
met. A less visible source of support
in the learning process is the
Library's reference and instruction
service. We take it for granted that
UBC students working on course
assignments have access to printed
and online support materials,
coaching on how to use these, and
one-on-one help with specific
questions. The numbers bear this out.
We currently train over 12,000
students annually in basic and
advanced techniques of information
access. The vast majority of the 275,000
substantive questions UBC's library
staff answer each year also come from
students, and are course-related.
Should fee-paying distance
education students expect
comparable resources and support?
In the past, distance education was a
relatively small part of the
University's curriculum, and our
Extension Library could handle both
delivery of reading materials and
reference assistance. Planning for the
coming generation of high-tech
outreach programs will be a different
matter. The University, rightly, is
committed to significant growth in
this area. How can we ensure that
distance learners outside the Lower
Mainland get the services they
require when it comes to library
holdings and help?
One answer is obvious. If you are
developing credit courses for off-
campus students, please consult early
and often with library liaison people in
your area. Not certain who these are?
Most reference desks can provide
copies of the 1996/97 Guide to
Reference Staff.
Spoken English Program Restarts
This term's version of the Spoken
English tutorial program started in
mid-January. Aimed at international
students, it offers a maximum of two
half-hour tutoring sessions a week to
improve fluency and, by association,
information-gathering skills. Four
language-education students have
been hired to handle instruction and
help with selection of learning
The tutorial sessions will take place
in Room 304A of the Scarfe
(Education) Building, but for general
information and signup sheets,
students should see the Education
Library staff.
As a reminder, the Education
Library now has an improved
collection of self-study materials for
advanced learners of English. These
include book-tape sets and videos
focussing on spoken English and
pronunciation in an academic
setting. GST Rebate Boosts Collections Funds
Starting October 24,1996, Canadian
libraries have been exempted from
the 7% federal Goods and Services
Tax on printed books, scholarly
journals, and some similar items.
Overall, this is good news. Even
though we customarily received a
67% rebate on purchases in all media
for the Library's collections (in effect,
paying 2.31% GST rather than the full
7%), the new enhanced rebate means
we will pay no GST at all on many
library acquisitions, and will continue
to get the 67% rebate on the rest.
Because formats such as A-V
materials, electronic media, and
periodicals with more than 5%
advertising content are not eligible
for the exemption, it's difficult to
come up with precise figures on
future savings. However, if the 100%
rebate policy had been in effect in
1995/96, it would have stretched the
Library's purchasing power by
roughly $150,000. Current plans are
to redirect any savings back into
collections funds.
Donations Aid Endowments/ Collections/
Over the past few months generous
donors have contributed more than
$600,000 to UBC libraries on and off
campus. An anonymous benefactor
started things off by giving $250,000
to the Library's Technology
Endowment Fund, and as this
amount will be matched by the
University, we are now $500,000
closer to the fund's $1.5 million goal.
Once this is reached, the annual
interest will be used to support new
and innovative uses of information
technology in the library system.
Then in January the St. Paul's
Hospital received a cheque for its
Rodger Stanton Memorial Trust
Fund in the amount of $150,000,
effectively doubling the endowment.
It now stands at $332,000, with 90%
of the annual income earmarked for
UBC's branch collection at St. Paul's.
Meanwhile the Asian Library was
welcoming Japanese representatives of
the Soka Gakkai Association, who had
donated $63,000 worth of books, CD-
ROMs and videos to the collection.
And in the interests of preserving our
rarest materials, a UBC librarian
stepped in to fill the financial gap
when the provincial government froze
funds for a key project. Facilities and
Preservation Manager Suzanne
Dodson contributed $50,000 to
complete the replacement of the
climate and temperature control
system in Special Collections and
Archives. Lately Suzanne and her
husband Earl have also helped finance
at least three other major projects,
including a second public elevator for
the Koerner Library. They were
recently honoured by President
Strangway at a special luncheon.
Update from the Development Officer
The Library's current priority is to
raise its Collection Enrichment
Endowment Fund to $1 million.
The Development Office's Annual
Fund program receives about
$150,000 for the Library every year
from alumni, parents, Wesbrook
Society members, faculty and staff.
Thanks to matching donations from
the President's Fund, over $625,000
has now been raised toward the $1
million goal.
Resources Keep
Library News readers
may want to clip and
save the list that follows.
It's the January 1997
rundown of online
databases now accessible
in one place: the level 2
reference floor of the
new Koerner Library.
Details have been
minimized for space
reasons. For more help on
format and access, please
call the central Koerner
Humanities and Social
Sciences Reference Desk
at 822-2725.
Please note: also on this
floor is the new
Sedgewick Electronic
Teaching Lab with 23
workstations. Reference
staff can help set up
teaching sessions for
users needing hands-on
help with a particular
Further note: The Koerner
reference collection also has
over one mile of printed
resources, many or most of
which have no online
equivalent. If you don't see
what you need on the
following list, please ask! America History and Life
National Trade Data Bank (NTDB)
American Book Prices Current
NOC System
American Poetry: the Nineteenth
FSTA (Food Science and Technology
OECD Statistical Compendium
Office of the Auditor General of
Amerique Francaise
Canada Annual Reports 1975-
Amnesty Interactive
Olympic Journey
Annual Report of the Auditor
Global Newsbank (replaces FBIS)
Oxford English Dictionary
General (Canada)
Globe and Mail
PAIS (Public Affairs Information
Asia Pacific Database
Greek and Latin
ASTIS (Arctic) Bibliography
Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia
PCensus - U.S.A.
PCensus - Canada
BC Statistics
Her Heritage
Phenytoin Database
Bible in English
PHI - Packard Humanities Institute
Bibliographie du Quebec
Historical Abstracts
Philosopher's Index
Bibliography of Native North
House of Commons Debates
HRAF - Human Relations Area Files
Robert Electronique, Le
Biological Abstracts
Index to Pre-1900 English Language
Royal Commission on Aboriginal
Canada Year Book
Canadian Cultural and Literary
Peoples - The Electronic Series:
Canadian Newsdisc
Public Hearings
Canadian Register of Research and
Index to House of Commons
Researchers in the Social Sciences
Parliamentary Papers
Singapore National Library
Canadian Business and Current
Index to United Nations Documents
Small Blue Planet: the Real Picture
Affairs Newsdisc
and Publications
World Atlas
Canadian Encyclopedia
Index Translationum
Social Sciences Citation Index
Canada 1986 Census Profiles
Inter-Corporate Ownership
Social Work Abstracts
International Medieval Bibliography
Child Abuse and Neglect
International Multimedia Yearbook
Sport Discus
CINAHL - Cumulative Index to
International Political Science
Statistical Abstract of the U.S.
Nursing and Allied Health
Statistical Masterfile
Inventory of Statistical Information
Statistics Canada
Commission on Resources and
on the Weil-Being of BC's Children
& Youth
Thesaurus Linguae Graecae
Contemporary Women's Issues
Inventory of Statistics Canada
The Times, Palmer's Index to
Country Reports: Asia-Pacific
TIERS (Trade Information Enquiry
Current Contents
Job Futures
Retrieval System)
Database of Classical Bibliography
Journal Citation Reports: Social
Dissertation Abstracts International
Treasury Board Publications
Labour Force Historical Review
Tropag & Rural
Economic Census
Linguistics and Language Behavior
UNESCO Databases
Energy Statistics Handbook
Abstracts (LLBA)
United Nations Conference on
Martinus Nijhoff Journal
Environment and Development
ESTC - Eighteenth Century Short
(Earth Summit)
Title Catalogue
Microcomputer Abstracts
United States Foreign Affairs
Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia
Wife of Bath
Expanded Academic Index
MLA Bibliography
Women's Indicators and Statistics
Family Studies Database
National Economic, Social and
Database (WISTAT)
Federal Environment Assessment
Environmental Data Bank (NESE-
Women's Resources International
Index Public Registry
World Biographical Index
Foreign Broadcast Information
National Occupation Classification
World Trade Database
Service (FBIS) - see also Global
GIS: Geographic Information System
Maps Data Visually
Thanks to a grant from the Teaching
and Learning Enhancement Fund,
the Science & Engineering Division is
now offering faculty and students
workshops to introduce the online
Geographic Information System. Those
who feel that their subject areas
don't involve "geography" may
want to think again. GIS can be a
powerful aid if there is any sort of
spatial or map-related component
involved in a research area.
Several sets of different data can be
entered into the GIS program, then
integrated and scanned against a
relevant map so that spatial patterns
show up. For example, "What
houses are currently for sale within
half a mile of school X?" generates a
quick visual plot. Results can be
either downloaded or run off on an
attached colour printer.
For further GIS information and
training, please contact:
Kevin Lindstrom,
Sci/Eng Division,
822-0695, or e-mail
Journal Citation Reports
Calculate Impact Factors
Most academic researchers know
about the printed citation indexes
covering science and social science
journal articles, and the fee-based
searchable databases that back them
up. While these focus on how much
impact a given individual's
publications have had, not all library
users know that the same publisher
issues similar products covering
journals. These allow thousands of
journals in the sciences and social
sciences to be rated according to their
"impact factor".
The calculation is a complex one,
based on how often a journal is cited,
how many articles it publishes, and
its mutual citation relationships with
key journals over time. Users can
enter their own titles and options,
then get back detailed information
on how individual journals rate in a
number of key areas. Another option
is to request a list of journals in a
given subject field, such as clinical
psychology, and have them ranked
according to specified criteria.
The Journal Citation Reports databases
are available on CD-ROM. They're a
useful aid for faculty deciding where
to send a manuscript, or librarians
assessing a journal collection. The
Koerner Library reference division
has the Social Science Journal
Citation Reports, and the Woodward
Library has just received the
science version.
Social Science Data
on the Web
Web users can now access key
statistical files directly via the Data
Library's home page at <http://
www.datalib.ubc.ca>. From the
menu, choose "Data Files Accessible
on the Web". Here's what's currently
♦ CANSIM University Base (current
and historical Statistics Canada
data on a wide range of topics)
♦ Canadian Census Data (selected
files from 1971,1981,1985 and
♦ International Financial Statistics
(features a new, easy-to-use Web
♦ Survey of Consumer Finances
(Stats. Canada files for 1981,1987
and 1993)
Please note that licencing restrictions
apply to these files. They must be
used only by current UBC students,
faculty and staff, and only for
academic, non-commercial
Electronic Scholarly
Canadian Web Site
The headline says it all. Check into
the Canadian Electronic Scholarly
Network (CESN) at: <http://
www.schoolnet.ca/vp/cesn> for an
easily-used source on online
scholarly publishing in Canada.
It contains links to Canadian peer-
reviewed electronic scholarly
journals, and to national and
international electronic publishing
projects and articles.
Campus Sci/Tech Support =
More Accessible Databases
Over the past year there has been a significant increase in the number of
scientific and technical databases which UBC users can access from home,
office or lab. In addition to those stalwarts, the General Science Index and
Applied Science & Technology Index (both part of the UBCLIB ARTicles menu),
six powerful new resources are now available on a dialup basis from virtually
any computer.
We take this opportunity to thank the many individual faculty and students
who have submitted suggestions for remote-access services that would
enhance their teaching and research. In particular, the Science & Engineering
Division staff would like to thank several key people and groups for their
support. The library advisory representatives, department heads and Deans in
the Faculties of Science and Applied Science all made significant contributions
toward expanding the Library's scientific remote access services. Their
contributions range from letters of support for Library grant applications to
shared funding for expensive resources. This mutual approach has had
significant, demonstrable benefits, as can be seen from the following list of
new remote access services.
SilverNet [coming March 1997]
World Wide Web
World Wide Web
Microcomputer Abstracts
Planning is now in progress to provide remote access to the Geographic
Information System (GIS) on the World Wide Web. Two grant applications have
also been submitted which would fund training and remote access to INSPEC,
the interdisciplinary database serving physics, computer sciences and electrical
engineering, as well as limited remote access to Chemistry Abstracts online.
For further information about anything in the above story, as well as
individual or class training on the sci/tech databases mentioned, please
contact Bonnie at <bstford@unixg.ubc.ca> or 822-3826.
Bonnie Stableford
Head, Science & Engineering Division, Main Library
Keeping Track of
The Association of Research
Libraries recently released its latest
Directory of Electronic Journals,
Newsletters and Academic Discussion
Lists. Besides being the standard
resource for collection building, it's
a helpful and detailed tool for
locating subject-related Internet
The 1996 edition is currently held in
the Woodward Library. It's also
available on the Web in two sections.
For journals and newsletters, check
Discussion lists can be found at
UnCover Reveal
Invites Book Orders
One of the Library's most popular
databases now covers newly
published books as well as journal
articles. UBC users who file free
online interest profiles with
UnCover's online Reveal service will
be advised by e-mail if a book in the
database fits the subject description.
To access UnCover, start from the
main search menu on the UBCLIB
catalogue. Choose ART[icles], then
UNC[over]. The database covers
more than 5 million articles
published in over 15,000
multidisciplinary journals since 1988.
Onscreen instructions are given for
setting up a personal subject profile,
searching the database, and ordering
books and documents online for a
fee. However, please keep in mind
that many items listed in UnCover are
already available in UBC libraries.
Next University Librarian to be Named in April
After five months, the committee
charged with selecting a new
University Librarian is about to
announce its short list of candidates.
As part of the interview process,
there will be several opportunities
for library personnel to meet with
the applicants. Each candidate will
also respond to questions at an open
forum for UBC faculty, students, and
other interested users. Members of
the Committee have been impressed
by the number of highly-qualified
applicants, and encourage the
University community to take part in
the public sessions. These are
planned for March, with the final
selection scheduled for early April.
The Search for University Librarian
Committee is chaired by Dr. Maria
Klawe, Vice-President, Student and
Academic Services. Members are:
Dr. John Gilbert (Coordinator,
Health Sciences and Chair, Senate
Library Committee), Dr. Shirley
Newman (Dean of Arts), Dr. Nancy
Sheehan (Dean of Education),
Dr. Robert Evans (Head, Mechanical
Engineering), Dr. Peter Joliffe
(Plant Sciences), Dr. Ed Piers
(Chemistry), Shannon von
Kaldenberg (Director, Development
Office), Bonnie Stableford
(Science & Engineering Division,
Main Library), Jocelyn Godolphin
(Koerner Library), Joyce Friesen
(Collections Accounting and Budget,
Library), Dan Heino (Woodward
Library), Peggy Ng (Library staff),
Jane Shinn (Library staff),
Christopher Gorman (AMS),
and Gail Edwards (Graduate
Student Society).
Introducing First Nations House of Learning (Xwi7xwa) Library
Although the campus's newest
library is only partially funded out of
the UBC Library's budget, it has a
close working relationship with the
larger system. During the remainder
of 1997, Systems librarian Ann Doyle
will be acting head while FNHL
librarian Gene Joseph is on leave. As
holdings are now appearing in the
UBCLIB online catalogue, here are
some notes for people who may need
to use the collection.
♦    How to pronounce that name?
"WEE way".
♦ Located in the First Nations
Longhouse at 1985 West Mall,
the library focuses on all aspects
of the First Nations experience
in B.C. For fuller information
and some links to other First
Nations Web sites, check the
Xwi7xwa Library's home page
at <http://www.library.ubc.ca/
xwi7xwa>. Library hours are 9 -
4:30 Monday to Friday.
♦ The collection of books, videos
and vertical file materials is
available to all borrowers with a
valid UBC Library card. Journals
and archival materials are for in-
house use only. Otherwise most
books circulate for two weeks
and videos for two days. As
circulation is still manual, there
are no online holds or renewals.
The Xwi7xwa staff would like to hear
from anyone with an interest in the
collection. Please contact Ann Doyle
at 822-2385.
1996 ended with farewells to two
longtime librarians: Indy Bhugra, the
Library's Indie languages (and later
law) cataloguer for 25 years, and
Julie Stevens, who became
Undergraduate Services Coordinator
in 1991 after 20 years in public
services positions in the Main and
Sedgewick libraries.
New to the Library are: Donna
Curtis, the Woodward Library's new
Resource Sharing and Processing
Librarian... Dana McFarland,
Reference Librarian, Education
Library ... and Pam Miles, half-time
Library Development Officer.
Changed appointments, transfers
and leaves include Ann Doyle, now
Acting Head of the Xwi7xwa Library
until January 31,1998 ... Terry
Horner, Reference Librarian, Music
Library... Theresa Iverson,
Reference Librarian, Special
Collections, Archives, Maps and Fine
Arts ... and Chris Hives, University
Archivist, seconded part-time to the
Vice-President, Student and
Academic Services as Assistant
Executive Coordinator until April
1997. Jo-Anne Naslund, Reference
Librarian, Education Library, will be
on study leave until September 1997,
as will Gene Joseph (Xwi7xwa
Library) until February 1998.
Editor:    Elsie de Bruijn
Design:  Merry Meredith
Special Collections Division
Main Library
University of British Columbia Library
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