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 new series no. 40/ november 1995
Senate Report Examines Serials Crisis and Technology
With over $1.3 million in serials cuts
over the past four years and more
expected (See More Serials Cut on
page 3), the search for solutions to
the serials crisis has become critical.
The Library's campus symposium
Scholarly Communication System in
Jeopardy? in 1991 and the Senate
Library Committee's year-end report
to Senate in 1993 raised the issues
and recommended university-wide
action. Now a new report to Senate is
moving this process ahead.
In early 1994 the Senate Library
Committee formed a sub-committee
to examine the serials crisis and
emerging information technology.
Chaired by Dr. John Gilbert, chair of
the Senate Library Committee, the
Sub-Committee on Serials and
Technology presented its report
Scholarly Communication, Serials and
Technology: Problems and Possibilities
at the April 1995 Senate meeting.
Speaking to the report at Senate, Dr.
Gilbert stated:
"Over the past five years, the
Library's serials (or journal)
collection has been seriously
compromised. Increasing numbers
of journals, rapidly rising costs,
and encroachment of technologies
has forced our university's
community of library users to
make annual cuts to the serials
collection which this year will
begin to seriously affect our core
research collection, thus affecting
the university's capacity to
conduct first-class research...
[Technology (or more precisely,
computer communication) has
offered radically different means
for the dissemination of research
Message from the University Librarian
The Library's recently completed self study reviewed our accomplishments,
reassessed the environmental factors facing us, and focused on major
initiatives for the next two to three years. Within that planning framework, the
Library's two major priorities for \995I96 are the replacement of in-house
computer systems with a commercial system and preparations for the move
to Phase I of the new Walter C. koerner library In the fall of 1996.
The Koerner Library will bring us better and much needed space for some of our
collections, users and staff. Better equipped computer training rooms will
facilitate teaching our users how to use the new technology that Improves
access to books, journals, and other formats such as sound recordings and
microforms, as well as the growing resources available on the Internet. The
Koerner Library and the new computer system will enable us to make the best
and most cost-effective use of our resources to help students, faculty, and
staff in their teaching, learning, and research.
Although initially Improving the situation for the Humanities and Social
Sciences collections, the move will also release space for the collections
remaining in the Main Library building until Phase II is completed.
findings. The use of computer
communication to report research
findings presents many new
challenges to traditional print-on-
paper formats. These challenges
are recognized throughout the
academic world as nettles which
must be grasped as possible
partial solutions to what is now
termed the 'Serials Crisis'.
As we have tried to show, it is
clear that the many problems and
challenges presented by ever
increasing costs of serials,
increasing number of journals, and
the conjunction of technology are
of such dimensions that they
cannot be resolved solely by the
Senate Library Committee.
Because many issues associated
with adjusting the collection
(see page 2, Senate report)
Also in this issue-
senate report (cont.) 2
More serials cut ..*. 3
Restructuring the Library 3
Fundraising update 4
Grants focus on skills 4
Librarian's circle honoured 5
SSHRC grant for Arkley Collection 5
Demise of SSHRC program 5
Library Web Site 6
GM/S/M on WWW 7
Introducing new UBCLIB 8-10
Innovation funds for CD-ROM 11
ABI/lnform PowerPages 11
Lexis/Nexis on UBCLIB 11
Library News on Net 11
Spinning your way: new CD-ROMs 12
Crane Library joins DRC 12
Around the libraries 12 Senate Report
(continued from page 1)
to the twin problems of
rising costs and
developing technology
lie outside the
jurisdiction of the Senate
Library Committee, it is
apparent that solutions
will require efforts
across a number of
different university
jurisdictions, although
the central role of the
Library is recognized.
We know that the
problems, and proposals
being considered by
many agencies and
institutions for their
remedy, will require a
major shift in how the
academic community
views and implements
the production and
storage of its scholarly
We suggest that this
shift should take place in
a carefully considered
fashion with the major
impetus coming from the broad
academic community of users:
faculty, librarians, and students.
The materials used as the basis for
this report indicate that at times
we can expect the change
associated with the shifting view
to be sometimes painful and
We suggest that well-informed
thought, planning, coordination
and investment - financial and
intellectual - directed at the
identification of critical policies
and initiatives, will allow us. to
make an ordered and orderly
transition over the next fifteen
years to a research library which
preserves the best traditions of its
serials collection while
simultaneously implementing the
best technologies to maintain and
enhance those traditions.
Dr. John Gilbert, Chair, Senate Library Committee and
Senate Library Sub-Committee on Serials and Technology.
university committees be
established to further
investigate the issues and
to report back to Senate
in May 1996. The Senate
approved the motions
and the two committees
are now being
established. The Policies
Committee, chaired by
Dr. Gilbert, will propose
policies with respect to
rights and
associated with use and
management of new
electronic resources and
technologies relative to
scholarly publication and
other related matters
raised in the report.
On behalf of the Senate Library
Committee I should like to
emphasize that we do not believe
the development of electronic
materials to be a panacea for the
crisis (or crises) facing the serials
collection. Neither do we conclude
that electronic forms of scholarly
communication will rapidly (or
completely) replace existing print-
on-paper serials. However ... the
Senate Library Committee
concludes that it would be timely
for the university to begin taking
action to help the orderly
development of means and
mechanisms designed to aid
faculty, students and the
university community in learning
and using the various new forms
of information transfer."
The report to Senate concluded with
recommendations that two
The Scholarly
Committee, chaired by
Dr. Alan Mackworth,
Dept. of Computer
Science, will develop
initiatives related to all
aspects of the
infrastructure necessary
to make scholarly
electronic materials universally
accessible to all members of the
university community, and other
related matters raised in the report.
Members of the Sub-Committee
on Serials and Technology were
John Gilbert (Chair), School of
Audiology & Speech Sciences;
Hilde Colenbrander, Library;
Sian Echard, Dept. of English;
John Gosline, Dept. of Zoology;
Heather Keate, Library; Brian Owen,
Library; Richard Rosenberg, Dept. of
Computer Science; Kelly Russell,
graduate student in School of Library,
Archival & Information Studies;
Maureen Ryan, Dept. of Fine Arts;
and Johann Van Reenan, Library.
The report Scholarly Communication,
Serials and Technology: Problems and
Possibilities is available on the Library
Gopher and Web site; select What's
New at the main menu/home page. More Serials Cut
This summer the Library needed to
cancel an additional 1,650 serial
subscriptions worth $475,000, an
amount similar to last year's
cancellations. Once again, this cut
was mandated by the requirement
that the Library keep within its
budget allocation and at the same
time maintain a balance between
expenditures on books and serials.
During the past four years over 5,000
subscriptions have been cancelled,
worth $1.3 million at the time of
Although the Library received a 4.9
percent ($409,000) increase in the
1995/96 collection budget such an
increase is insufficient to cover cost
increases of library materials. Faxon
Canada, one of the large serial
vendors, reported a cost increase of
18.6% last year for its Canadian
customers; UBC's increase last year
of 14.2% therefore compares
favorably with Faxon's figure.
Vendors are now reporting a 10 to
11% base increase for 1996
subscriptions. Changes in currency
rates may inflate these predicted
increases. At present, the preliminary
estimate of the increase for UBC's
serials costs in 1996 is 15%.
The Library is monitoring the effect
of the serials cancellations by
gathering comments from faculty
and the library advisory groups, and
by examining interlibrary loan
photocopy requests. The Library is
also exploring document delivery
services which can deliver periodical
articles by courier, fax or online. For
example, Project Pegasus in the
Science & Engineering Division, Life
Sciences libraries, and MacMillan
Library is testing self-service
ordering in the subject fields of
science, technology, and medicine.
During these years of restraint, many
new journal titles have been published
which the Library would like to collect.
Unfortunately we can afford to purchase
only a limited number. Over a dozen
new electronic journals have been
ordered, some of them free, others
available at an additional cost with a
subscription to the printed version.
The Library would like to express
appreciation to the many faculty
members who are assisting in
evaluating the Library's serials
holdings. As financial conditions
continue to dictate that universities
cut serials subscriptions, it is
imperative that faculty participate in
making these decisions so that our
collection focuses on the university's
research and curriculum needs.
Janice Kreider
Coordinator of Collections
Restructuring the Library
In December 1994 the Library started
a planning process to restructure.
The challenge is to find money to
upgrade the technological
infrastructure and, at the same time,
to maintain support for traditional
services and collections. Since the
University anticipates static or
diminishing funds for post-secondary
education in the next few years, the
financial pressures are daunting.
The Library needs $1 million in
continuing funds to support
technological change and
development. This money must be
reallocated from within the Library's
existing budget. We cannot undertake
this reallocation without a major
reorganization and a reduction in staff.
To develop the restructuring plan,
the Library administration has
consulted with the university
administration, faculty, students, and
Library staff. Since the spring, the
Library has discussed the options for
restructuring with many campus
groups including the Senate Library
Committee, thirteen faculty and
departmental Library advisory
committees, bargaining unit
representatives, the Alma Mater
Society, the Graduate Student
Society, and the President's Advisory
Committee for the University Library.
A priority of the restructuring plan is
to maintain a balance between
services and collections that will
meet the needs of our primary users
— UBC students, faculty, and staff.
The principal components of the plan
include clustering service points,
introducing more self-service
operations, and integrating support
services such as ordering,
cataloguing and interlibrary loans.
Phase I of the new Koerner Library
will bring about the first major
organizational change. Koerner will
merge staff and services from the
Sedgewick Undergraduate Library,
Humanities and Social Sciences
Division, Government Publications
and Microforms Division, and the
Data Library. In addition, some
services and staff from processing
units will be relocated to Koerner.
Koerner is expected to open in late
1996. Detailed planning for the
organizational structure of the units
which will move to Koerner and
those which will stay behind in the
Main Library is under way.
Several task groups have been
formed to examine other possibilities
for reorganization and to develop
implementation plans. Services and
areas currently under review are
interlibrary loan operations, the
integration of Asian language
processing and public services staff,
levels of cataloguing for different
types of materials, and acquisitions
and fund accounting procedures. |.-WSEjaS5si:..r;%srr.-
Walter C. Koerner standing in front of the construction site for
the new Walter C. Koerner Library. The Library gratefully
acknowledges UBC alumni, parents, faculty, staff, corporations,
and friends who have made gifts to the Collection Enrichment
Endowment fund in memory of Walter C. Koerner, who passed
away on his 97th birthday July 21.
Fundraising Update
Thanks to a combination of private sector
donations and matching funds from both the
provincial government and the President's
Fund, the Library raised over $416,000 during
1994/95. Specific fundraising efforts included
the Walter C. Koerner Library Leave Your Mark
Campaign, the Annual Fund Campaign, the
Faculty and Staff Campaign, Gifts-In-Kind, and
Friends of the Library.
The Koerner Library Leave. Your Mark
Campaign, which raised $164,415 during the
1994/95 campaign, will continue into 1995/96.
For contributions ranging from $250 to $5,000,
donors' names will be inscribed on a book
plate inside a new volume being added to the
Koerner Library collection ($250), a book stack
($500), a skylight roof panel ($1,000), or the
granite foundation blocks ($2,500 & $5,000).
The Library is also establishing two
endowments with targets of $1 million each.
Gifts made to the endowments are eligible for
matching funds from the Hampton Estate
Endowment. The Library Collection
Endowment will enable the Library to continue
to build upon its rich and unique collection.
The Technology Endowment will help the
Library to keep pace with technological
developments. This endowment is off to an
excellent start with an initial gift of $50,000
from Mr. Haig Farris.
The Library has a Friends of the Library
organization. The Friends of the Library
welcome everyone interested in the continued
excellence of the UBC Library. If you wish to
become a member, please call Lesley Ashford,
Development Officer, at 822-5071.
Grants Focus on New Skills and Electronic Resources for Students
In 1995 the Library received $96,000
from the Teaching and Learning
Enhancement Fund for six projects: a
Graduate Advisory Service for the
Electronic Library, Instruction and
Assistance in Computer Based Legal
Research, Research Skills for the
Electronic Library, the Fine Arts Web
Site and Workstation, Skills
Development for Electronic Text in
Classics, and the Talking Book
Narrator - Specialist Project. The
Faculty of Graduate Studies and the
Faculty of Law submitted the first
two projects. The Self-Directed,
Multi-Media-Assisted Learning
Project, submitted by the School of
Library, Archival, and Information
Studies, will also benefit students
using the Library by providing
access to multi-media resources in
the humanities and social sciences.
The Teaching and Learning
Enhancement Fund gives librarians
the opportunity to work with
students and faculty on "wouldn't-it-
be-great" projects arid services. We
welcome suggestions for joint
proposals to improve the Library's
support of teaching and learning.
Julie Stevens
Undergraduate Services Coordinator Librarian's Circle Honoured at Luncheon
At a special luncheon hosted by
President David Strangway and
University Librarian Ruth Patrick
on October 2nd, major donors to
the UBC Library were honoured.
Dr. Maria Klawe, Vice President for
Student and Academic Services,
presented the donors with the
Librarian's Circle lapel pin.
Front Row, left to right
Dr. Peter Millard, Dr. Wallace Chung
Mrs. Suzanne Dodson,
Mr. Toni Onley, Dr. Ruth Patrick,
Dr. Maria Klawe
Back Roiv, left to right
Mr. John Munro, Mr. Philip Thomas,
Dr. David Strangway,
Dr. James Dybikowski,
Mr. Earl Dodson, Mr. Haig Farris,
Mr. Bruce Buchanan
SSHRC Grant for
Arkley Collection
The Library has received a SSHRC
grant of $20,000 to strengthen the
Arkley Collection of early and
rare children's literature, in
response to an application
prepared last spring by Jenny
Forbes and Sheila Egoff.
The Arkley Collection, housed in
the Special Collections Division of
the Main Library, has been
developing since the early sixties
with the dedicated assistance of
Sheila Egoff, Professor Emerita of
the School of Library, Archival
and Information Studies. The
grant will enable the Library to
acquire rare illustrated editions of
eighteenth and nineteenth century
British and American children's
literature. Acquisitions will be
incorporated into Professor
Egoff's forthcoming descriptive
catalogue of the Arkley Collection.
Demise of SSHRC's Specialized
Research Collections Program
The Specialized Research
Collections Program of SSHRC has
been a mainstay for research
collections in the Humanities and
Social Sciences across Canada. It is
unfortunate that the spring 1995
competition was the final one. The
program will be completely phased
out by the end of 1998.
Over the past nineteen years the
Library has received SSHRC grants
for specialized research collections
every year with the single exception
of 1989 (when no application was
submitted). During this period we
have received over $500,000 to
purchase manuscripts, periodicals,
newspapers and rare printed
editions for the Special Collections
and Microforms Divisions of the
Main Library, the Music Library, the
Fine Arts Library, and the Asian
Library. A wide variety of research
areas have been represented:
Epigraphy, Children's Literature,
the Italian Renaissance (Fine
Arts), Pacific Rim Exploration,
B.C. and the Pacific Northwest,
and Asian Studies (China, Japan
and South Asia). Our emphasis
on the nineteenth century has
been strengthened by grants in
Slavic Literature, Music, and
British Women Authors.
Jenny Forbes
English Language Bibliographer
i Library Web Site Expanded
Librarians have traditionally
collected, organized and catalogued
information and we are
continuing that role with
electronic resources available on
the Internet. The Library's
redesigned and expanded World
Wide Web site provides better
access to information about the
library and links users to more
Internet search tools and subject
specific Internet resources.
The new Library entry page
(http://unixg.ubc.ca:7001/) has
been redesigned in a condensed
style in order to include much
more information. From the entry
page, you can link directly to
branch and division entry pages,
the Library's online catalogue
(UBCLIB), step-by-step instructions
on how to use UBCLIB, Library
hours, electronic journals, Internet
search tools, the latest news and
weather, and much more. There's
also a clickable map and guide to
the campus libraries.
Branch & Division
Entry Pages
Most branches and divisions have
developed Web pages with useful
subject specific links to the
Internet. A visit to the Data
Library entry page will give you
access to CANSIM - CANadian
Socioeconomic Information
Management database from
Statistics Canada (see CANSIM
article on page 7). The Life
Sciences site provides instructions
on how to access and search
Medline and other biomedical
databases. The Fine Arts Library
site has an extensive listing of
electronic resources covering art
history, artistic photography,
architecture, community and
regional planning, costume,
dance, and design.
The Humanities and Social
Sciences site includes a guide to
the Oxford Text Archive (the
Oxford Text Archive provides
access to more than 1500
electronic texts) and an electronic
journal site guide (see sidebar), as
well as selected UBC and Internet
resources for anthropology, Asian
studies, German studies, political
science, psychology, social work,
sociology, and women's studies.
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archives and archival research
There's much more. Watch for
detailed descriptions of some
of our larger sites in upcoming
articles. In the meantime, be
sure to check the branch and
division entry page for your
subject area.
Internet Search Tools
As electronic texts and
resources on the Internet
continue to grow, so does the
demand for faster and more
powerful search engines. The
Library is maintaining a list of
links to the best Internet
search tools including
keyword search engines and
subject directories. This is a
good place to begin your
Internet search queries.
Surfer's Paradise
Part of the charm and fun of
the Internet is discovering
new sites. You can check out
the newest, coolest, most
popular, and the worst of the
Web in the Surfer's Paradise
section. Be warned, though,
it can be addictive.
Let us Know
Like most Web sites, we are
constantly updating and
adding information to the
Library Web site. If you have
suggestions for
improvements and new links
to add to our Web site, we
want to hear from you.
Please send your mail to
Brenda Peterson
CANSIM on the World Wide Web
Discover a wealth of Canadian socioeconomic indicators on CANSIM, the
Canadian Socio-economic
Information Management database.
CANSIM is now available free of
charge to UBC users through a
simple World Wide Web interface.
CANSIM is produced by Statistics
Canada, and contains about 620,000
socio-economic time series, regularly
updated, on topics as diverse as
population, prices and price indexes,
labour and income, agriculture, and
national accounts. There are data on
industrial organization and finance,
investment and capital stock, energy
and domestic trade, manufacturing,
international travel, and crime
statistics. Some time series start as
early as 1901.
To access CANSIM you need a Web
browser such as Netscape or Mosaic
mounted on your networked
computer; or Lynx, a text browser,
available to student Netinfo accounts
and to accounts on the central Unix
service (UNIXG or Interchange).
Point your browser at the following
URL: http://www.datalib.ubc.ca
Follow the links and instructions on
your screen. You can use your
browser's search capabilities to
search the alphabetical subject index
files, and its download/mail facility
to download the data you retrieve.
The current Web interface is a first
step, and is very simple. We will
develop it further as time and
resources permit. If you need a more
powerful retrieval tool, the
sophisticated command-driven RDL
retrieval software is available
through UNIXG or Interchange
Legacy accounts.
Conditions of Use of
The CANSIM database is licenced for
use by current UBC faculty, students
and staff for educational and
research purposes only. The data
may not be used for any commercial
purposes, and may not be redistributed to third parties.
Western Canadian
Universities Consortium
Through a resource-sharing
agreement negotiated with COPPUL
(the Council of Prairie and Pacific
University Libraries) and Statistics
Canada, the UBC Library also
provides networked CANSIM access
to ten other Western Canadian
university libraries, including the
three other B.C. universities.
Hilde Colenbrander
Data Library & Electronic Information Services
Ejournal SiteGuide : A MetaSource
A new reference work has been added to the Humanities and Social
Sciences Home Page. The Ejournal SiteGuide : A MetaSource provides
description, annotation, and evaluation for links to thirty selected sites
for finding electronic journals on the Internet. It is designed as a
beginning point for finding any information in this area, and as a
convenient path to regularly visited sites.
Apart from content, the SiteGuide is an essay in what a hypertext
reference work should look like. It is an attempt to move beyond the
familiarity of print, the mechanical amassing of links, and the
complementary scattergun of keyword searching.
The URL (Uniform Resource Locator) for the SiteGuide is
http://unixg.ubc.ca:7001/0/providers/hss/zjj/ejhome.html Introducing the New UBCLIB Menu
UBCLIB, the Library's online catalogue and information
system, has a new menu structure, a new do-it-yourself
online service for placing holds, and more databases than
ever to help you with your library research.
New UBCLIB Main Menu
The UBCLIB main menu has been completely changed to
provide better access to the increasing number of
databases available on the system. Be assured that all
your favourite files are still available and some new ones
have been added. The FirstSearch databases (WorldCat,
ArticleFirst, ContentsFirst, and PapersFirst Conference
Papers) are now available under ARTicle and REFerence
on the main menu.
The best way to familiarize yourself with the new menu is
to take a few minutes and select each item from the main
menu as follows:
UBC Library Files
Select the UBC Library files to search for
materials in the Library's collection.
The CATalogue file lists books, journals, videos, films,
databases, course reserve materials, maps, music scores,
pamphlets, microforms, and other materials added to the
Library's collection since 1978 plus items on order and
many older items (check the Main Library card catalogue
for pre-1978 items). Please note that all serials (including
journals, newspapers, annual reports, etc.) are listed in the
CATalogue file. To search for serials, use the special serial
indexes: ST for serial titles, STW for keywords in serial
titles, and SN for names and organizations associated
with serials.
The RECordings file lists CD's and LP's in the Wilson
Recording Collection and Music Library.
The ARChival Collections and Maps files are new. Search
these files to find:
■ University Archives/archival research collections in
the Special Collections & University Archives Division.
■ Maps, cartographic materials & architectural plans in
the Map Library and Special Collections & University
Archives Division.
■ Archival inventory for MacMillan Bloedel papers.
■ British Columbia historical photographs in Special
Collections & University Archives Division.
The CIRculation and Storage file provides up-to-the-
minute circulation information for all items in the UBC
Library collection and a listing of all materials in storage.
UBCLIB Main Menu ver5.1
UBC    UBC LIBRARY books, serials, a/v, archives, maps
BCL     BC libraries & resources
ART    Article Indexes: Alphabetical list
SUB    Subject Guide to Indexes & Files
REF     Reference Books, Bibliographies & Catalogues
GOP    Library Gopher to campus & Internet resources
BOR    Borrower records & services
COMmandjnode INFormation SUGgestions STOP
Enter your choice:
CAT    Catalogue of UBC Libraries' books, serials, course
reserves, on order items, videos, pamphlets, music
scores, Microlog & CIHM
REC    Recordings in the Wilson & Music Libraries
ARC    Archival Collections & Maps
CIR     Circulation & storage status
OTH    Other campus collections
DDS    Guide to UBC Library Document Delivery Service
MAInjnenu HELp INFormation
Enter your choice:
The OTHer file lists materials in some Reading Rooms
and other campus collections. Consult the file for a listing
of collections included.
The DDS file is a guide to the Library's document
delivery service. British Columbia Libraries and Resources
Select BCL to access British Columbia library catalogues,
union lists, theses on British Columbia history (1940 -
1991), an index to the minutes of Vancouver City Council
meetings (1975 to July 1990), and the Vancouver Regional
The OUTlook file lists B.C. public library, college and
institute library holdings of books, some serials, media
and a/v. The B.C. Electronic Library Network files
(ELM and ELS) list films, videos, periodicals, newspapers
and journals in the B.C. university, college and institute
libraries, and the Vancouver Public Library. The British
Columbia Archival Union List (BCA) has descriptions of
the holdings for B.C. archives (listings do not include
institutional records of an archives' sponsoring body).
The BCN file lists current and historical B.C. newspapers
held by B.C. libraries, archives, museums, and historical
ABI ABI/lnform ENG Engineering Index
ANL Anthropological Literature ERI  ERIC Educational Resources
ARF ArticleFirst HSS Humanities & Social Sciences
ART Art Index LIF   Life Sciences
AVE Avery Architecture PAF PapersFirst Conference Papers
CBC Canadian Business
& Current Affairs
CEI Canadian Education
COF ContentsFirst
PIN  Psychological Information
RGA Readers' Guide Abstracts
SCI  Applied Science & Technology
Biological & Agricultural
DSC Directory of Stats in Canada      & General Science
EDI Education Index UNC Uncover
MAInjnenu   SUBjecLguide    INFormation
.      Enter your choice:
Subject Guide to Indexes and Files
Select SUBject to find a subject classified list of UBCLIB
online files. For example, you can find the databases with
Canadian content, files related to education, etc. In
addition, the ELE selection is a subject listing of all
electronic databases, including CD-ROMs, you can search
at no cost in the Library.
OUT OutLook: BC college & public library holdings
ELM ELN Media: BC university & college holdings
ELS ELN Serials: BC university & college holdings
SFU Simon Fraser University Library
UVI University of Victoria Library
VPL Vancouver Public Library
BCA British Columbia Archives
BCN British Columbia Newspapers
BCT Theses on British Columbia History [1940 -1991 ]
VRF Vancouver Regional FreeNet
VCM Vancouver City Council Minutes Index [1975 -1990]
MAInjnenu HELp INFormation
Enter your choice:
-Article Indexes
Select ARTicle Indexes for an alphabetical listing of
periodical indexes and abstracts available via UBCLIB.
Note that some of these databases are mounted on remote
servers which use different search software. For
information on how to search the different databases,
pick up the guides available at all Library locations.
Or ask for assistance at any Library reference desk.
GEN      General/Multidisciplinary
Business, Statistics & Government
Canadian Content
Sciences & Engineering
Social Sciences & Humanities
Document Delivery Services
Guide to all UBC Library Electronic Databases
(includes CD-ROM)
HELp   INFormation
Enter your choice: -REFERENCE SOURCES-
BIP      Books in Print
PUB    Books in Print: Publishers' Directory
BIB      UBC Bibliographies
CRL    Center for Research Libraries
WOR   WorldCat
Enter your choice:
Library Gopher/WWW
The GOPher takes you to the Library's Gopher on View
UBC, UBC's campus-wide information system. The
Library Gopher links you to campus information as well
as the vast resources available on the Internet. Check here
for Library hours and guides, local bus schedules, UBC
phone numbers, weather reports, online catalogues and
gophers from around the world, and much more.
If you have access to the World Wide Web, check the
Library's Web site. The URL (Uniform Resource Locator)
is: http://unixg.ubc.ca:7001
INF   Display your borrower record information
OUT   Display items checked out to you
REN   Renew items checked out to you
HOL   Place holds on items checked out to other borrowers
DHO   Display your holds (and delete them if you wish)
REQ   Display your UBC Library delivery Request status
PAS   Change your password
Protect your privacy - always enter STOP when you've finished!
Enter your choice (or HELP):
Reference Books, Bibliographies & Catalogues
Select REFerence to find Books in Print, bibliographies
prepared at UBC, WorldCat, a database with over 32
million titles listed in libraries around the world, and the
Center for Research Libraries database. More databases will
be added to REF later this fall.
U. B. C. Library Gopher client
UBC Library & Other Information Sources
1About the UBC Library menu.
2 About UBC Library (hours, branches, services, staff, etc.)/
3 How to Use UBCLIB (UBC Library online catalogue)/
4 Access to UBCLIB <TEL>
5 What's New (announcements, newsletters, etc.)/
6 Netlnfo (new online service for students)/
7 UBC Courses (notes, exams, etc.) (PILOT PROJECT)/
8 Electronic Materials (journals, books, indexes, etc.)/
9 Internet Guides (what it is, how to search, FAQs, etc.)/
10 Internet Resources (by subject)/
11 Other Library Catalogues (B.C., Canada, World)/
12 Other Gophers ('Jewels', experimental, etc.)/
13 Search Gopherspace (using Veronica)/
14 Search Menu Titles in this Gopher?
15 View UBC (Campus information)/
HELP  Quit  Up  Review
Enter your choice:
■ Borrower Records and Services
Select the BORrower item on the UBCLIB main menu to:
■ see a list of everything you have signed out
■ renew your books
■ place holds and check the status of your holds
■ check your fines
■ change your password
■ check the status of your document delivery request(s)
and more.
You can now place a hold on items that are signed out to other borrowers. Online holds can be placed
in the CATalogue file (enter HOL after you have displayed the item you want) or in the BORrower
file (you need to have the full call number of the item). This new self-service was introduced in May.
For more information, pick up the UBCLIB guides available in all library locations, check the Library Gopher or
Web site (select About UBCLIB), or ask at any Library reference desk. You can also use the online SUGgestions box
on the main menu if you have questions or comments about UBCLIB.
10 Innovation Funds Support
Networked CD-ROM Project
Over the last decade, the Library has
been purchasing more and more
CD-ROM databases. While CD-ROM
technology offers fast and powerful
searching capabilities, almost all
CD-ROM databases are available on
single workstations only. Now, with
the assistance of provincial
Innovation Funds, the Library is
implementing a system which will
allow multi-user access to nine
highly-used CD-ROM databases.
Users will be able search the
databases on eight new workstations
set up around the Library and from
their home or office computer using
dial-in access. For more information,
contact the reference librarian for
your subject area.
Databases available:
Economics and related areas
Geography and related social sciences
Geology and supporting science areas
LLBA: Linguistics and Language Beliavior
MLA: Modern Language Association
Language, literature and linguistics
PAIS: Public Affairs Information Service
SWAB: Social Work Abstracts
General sociology and related materials
Athletics, training, and sports health
ABI/Inform PowerPages
A project sponsored by B.C.'s Electronic
Library Network will provide UBC
faculty, students and staff access via
UBCLIB to ABI/Inform PowerPages.
ABI/Inform, an international business
and management database, contains
bibliographic citations and abstracts
of articles appearing in
approximately 800 professional
publications, academic journals, and
trade magazines published
worldwide. Subject areas covered
include accounting, banking,
computers, economics, engineering
management, communications,
finance, health care, human
resources, insurance, international
trends, law, management, marketing,
public administration, real estate,
taxation, transportation.
PowerPages is a specialized subset of
articles indexed by ABI/Inform. Users
can order the full text of these articles
which will be delivered by fax within
15 to 30 minutes. The articles can be
picked up in either the David Lam
Library or the Main Library. Cost of
an article is $2.
UBC Library News on the Net
You can now access the UBC Library News on the Internet in two
electronic versions: text only and hypertext with graphics. The text
version is available on UBCLIB, the Library's online catalogue and
information system. Select Gopher on the UBCLIB main menu, then
What's New. The hypertext version is available on the Library World
Wide Web site at http://unixg.ubc.ca:7001, then select What's New.
Available on
Lexis/Nexis, the world's premier full-
text, online legal, news, government,
finance and business information
service, will soon be available for
UBC students, faculty and staff on
Serving more than 50 countries,
Lexis/Nexis subscribers perform an
estimated 200,000 searches a day.
The Lexis and Nexis services
combine more than 5,620 databases.
One of the most exciting features of
Lexis/Nexis is its currency: it is
updated daily and each week
approximately 1.82 million
documents are added to the more
than 417 million documents online.
Lexis, which began in 1973, contains
archives of U.S. federal and state case
law, continuously updated statutes
of all 50 states, state and federal
regulations and covers all major
fields of legal practice.
Nexis, which started in 1979,
provides news, business and
financial information from over 2,400
full-text sources, including
publications like the New York Times,
Business Week, and the Economist,
international news services (which
includes non-English language
sources), television transcripts,
company and industry profiles, and
directories, as well as more than
2,000 sources of abstracts.
There are several Internet sites you
can visit to learn more about Lexis/
Nexis. Links to these sites are
available on the Library Gopher and
Web site. At the Gopher main menu
or home page, select How to use
UBCLIB, then Lexis/Nexis.
Christina Sylka
David Lam Library
A subject listing of all CD-ROM and online databases in the Library is
available on the Library Gopher and Web site. At the Gopher main
menu or home page, select Electronic Materials.
Humanities & Social Sciences Division
Electronic HRAF
(Human Relations Area Files)
Contains full-text information on
15 cultures, one of which is
Chinese Canadians. This CD-
ROM continues the microfiche
collection which covers 345
FBIS (Foreign Broadcast
Information Service) (1991-)
Indexes a microfiche collection of
news broadcasts translated into
Geobase (1980-)
Indexes materials in geography
and related social sciences.
Index Translationionum (1979-)
Contains more than 600,000
bibliographic references of
translated books from 100
World Bibliographical Index
Contains reproductions of
bibliographical dictionaries from
the 17th to 20th centuries.
Music Library
CPM Plus: Catalogue of Printed Music in the British Library to 1990
Access to all data from the British Library Music Library previously
published in the Catalogue of printed music to 1980 and unpublished records
from the CPM Supplement and the Current Music Catalogue to 1990.
Crane Library
Joins Disability
Resource Centre
On July 1, the Charles Crane
Memorial Library officially
became the Crane Resource
Centre, a unit within UBC's
Disability Resource Centre
(DRC). The DRC is the central
unit on campus providing
services to persons with
disabilities. The move follows
recommendations from the
Hickling Report on the Crane
Memorial Library and Report of the
Committee to Review Services to
Persons with Disabilities.
Paul Thiele, director of Crane,
said that the move is much
welcomed. "Crane has benefited
from 25 years of growth and
development with the UBC
Library but it is appropriate that
it be linked with the Disability
Resource Centre given our
mutual roles in providing
services to persons with
In Memoriam
Graham Elliston
We are sad to report the death of
Graham Elliston on May 17,
1995. He became ill shortly after
his early retirement in June
1994. Graham worked at the
Library for over thirty-three
years, as a cataloguer, serials
bibliographer and Head of the
Gifts and Exchanges Division.
Larry Campbell has been appointed
as a temporary librarian in
Sedgewick Library until March 31,
1996 ... Elizabeth Caskey's
appointment as head of the David
Lam Library has been made
permanent... Mary Beth Clark
resigned as Asian Studies and
Economics Reference Librarian in
the Humanities and Social Sciences
Division effective October 12,1995.
She has accepted a position at the
International University of Japan ...
Gene Joseph has been appointed as
Head of the First Nations House of
Learning Xwi7xwa Library ... Sarah
Sleigh has been appointed as a
temporary Librarian in Circulation until
January 31,1996... Congratulations to
Suzanne Dodson and Norman Amor
for their work on the Library's
Preservation Microfilming Special
Projects Program which won the
1995 Canadian Association of
College and University Libraries
Innovation Achievement Award.
Editor:    Brenda Peterson
Design:  Merry Meredith
University of British Columbia Library
issn 0382-0661
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