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VOLUME  50   I  NUMBER  7  I  JULY  8,2004
2 UBC in the News      4 Books and Mortar       5 Modern Librarian        6 Computer Music        7 Echo Library        8 Cool Reads
Mysteries, racy romances, tell-all
biographies. Every summer, the
same old book picks make it into
the beach bag. In search of more
unusual reading, UBC Reports
thought it only made sense to ask
those who fill the UBC Library
stacks what they'd check out of
their own branches if they had a
warm, lazy afternoon on campus
to spare.
Universiry Librarian Catherine
Quinlan says she's gotten some
"weird" looks in the past when
she's recommended the Oxford
English Dictionary (unabridged)
but, given her druthers, it's still the
tome she'd haul off the shelf on a
summer day because "it's a fascinating source of information: how
the definitions and usages or words
have changed over time, word origins, new words. It's interesting to
me that, in general, our day-to-day
vocabulary is limited to a couple of
thousand words when of course
there are many, many more." And
the best spot to read the hefty
reference book? Given its weight,
Quinlan says an outside reading
spot is probably out of the question, so she'd choose a table and
chair in one of the UBC libraries.
Law librarian Sandra Wilkins is
another fan of Oxford reference
books but her choice would be The
Oxford Companion to Law by
David M. Walker, a compendium
on law and law-related topics,
including legal systems, concepts,
doctrines, principles, institutions
and people.
Wilkins says it's highly readable,
contains a wealth of information -
making it a great starting point for
anyone researching a law-related
topic - and it readily lends itself to
being put down and picked up
again later - great for those who
like a little nap between chapters.
"It solves the mystique surrounding
gowns and wigs, explains that a
'call to the bar' has nothing to do
with libations, summarizes important cases such as Donoghue v.
Stevenson (the ginger-beer case),
and puts Latin phrases such as res
ipsa loquitur into plain language."
And her preferred reading spot?
The Rose Garden because  "it's
What the Librarians are Reading
Books the bookish boost, by michelle cook
UBC Librarian Catherine Quintan's choice of "light" reading is the Oxford English Dictionary (unabridged).
close to the Law Library, near Sage
Bistro where one can take a break
for lunch, and has wonderful views
when one needs a break from
Tim Atkinson is UBC's assistant
universiry librarian for arts, humanities and social sciences so it's no
surprise that his top pick is a classic
work of fiction, Brideshead
Revisited by Evelyn Waugh. He
likes the story, but also the way the
words flow together. "There isn't a
wasted word in the entire book and
the author has chosen them to fit
together in a really lyrical way."
It's a book best read in the British
countryside, says Atkinson, but a
UBC alternative would be on a
bench in the little grove of trees in
front of Main Library and next to
the Physics Building.
Chris Ball, head of the Education
Library, suggests getting a good
coffee, wandering down to the
gardens outside the Asian Library
(and, hopefully, scoring a bench in
the sun) with the best seller
Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old
Man, A Young Man, and Life's
Greatest Lesson by Mitch Albom.
It's the story of a very busy young
sports writer who has lost his way
to some extent, in his quest for
success in life.  Reunited by mere
chance with his favourite professor
from years gone by, he finds himself re-examining what is important
in life and exactly what success
"Whether it's because we
boomers are getting older, because
our parents are reminding us of our
own mortality or because reflecting
on the meaning of life is our privilege, this book hits home. How can
it miss?" Ball says. "The professor
as life mentor, the returning student
looking back fondly on his years on
campus, and courage in the face of
a terminal illness? If you are at all
curious about the psychology of
death, the purpose of our search
for meaning and happiness in life,
or the potential importance of a
single teacher in a person's life then
this book will pull you in and leave
you thinking."
If Jan Wallace, head librarian at
continued on page 8
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award-winning works. ( ) UBC Bookstore has been named Campus Bookseller of the Year. Q *) Since 1971, UBC
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Why Tattoos?
In the latest issue of National
Geographic magazine, UBC
anthropologist John Barker
explains the reasons why people
get tattoos.
"The reason people tattoo are
incredibly varied," said Barker.
"There are different motivations
in different locations at different
For example, in many
Polynesian cultures tattooing is
extremely sacred, forging a connection to the ancestors, Barker
In Papua New Guinea the
Maisin women cover their entire
faces with exotic curvilinear patterns in a puberty ceremony. Until
they are tattooed, they are
thought to have "blank" faces,
not yet ready for marriage.
Walk Against Obesity
A new study led by UBC community and regional planning professor Lawrence Frank provides
detailed evidence of the obesity-
sprawl connection. Frank surveyed nearly 11,000 people in
Atlanta and discovered that for
every hour people spend in their
cars, they are six per cent more
likely to be obese.
For every kilometre they walk
in a day, they are five per cent
less likely to be obese, Frank told
Time Magazine. People who live
in a mixed-use environment are
Ethnic votes were expected to greatly influence the June 28 federal election.
seven per cent less likely to be
obese - probably because they
walk more.
"The policy implication of this
study," says Frank, "is that if
we're going to solve our public-
health issues, we're going to have
to address the built environment."
Ethnic Votes may Sway Election
For the first time in Canada's history, the Chinese and South Asian
communities are expected to greatly influence the results of the June
28 federal election, UBC political
scientist Richard Johnston told
Agence France Presse English.
The number of Chinese and
South Asian Canadians have
increased steadily in the past three
decades, representing half of
Canada's four million visible
They are also asserting their
political clout. "Their mere presence in Parliament will have a profound change in how we see ourselves," said Johnston. "We're getting used to seeing Asian faces in
prominent places, as leaders of the
Labour Board Favours Unions
A recent report published by the
Coalition of B.C. Businesses shows
the B.C. Labour Relations Board
failing to properly administer the
provincial labour code by coming
out with decisions that put the
rights of unions ahead of those of
individual workers.
In recent months the board has
dealt with numerous requests by
employee groups looking to abandon their unions, UBC labour relations professor Mark Thompson
told the National Post.
Thompson said labour legislation put in place in the early '90s
making it considerably easier for
unions to sign up members caused
frustration in the business sector
and the government is still trying
to find a balance that is fair to
both sides. □
The Social Impact of Computers
Mountains of Spam e-mails, viruses, worms, Internet predators luring
children away. . . After 20 years of surveying the effects of computers and
Internet use on society, Richard Rosenberg hasn't chucked his PC out the
window yet. But the UBC computer science professor has catalogued
enough computer-related social issues to fill three editions of his book
The Social Impact of Computers. The third edition, released in April by
Elsevier Academic Press, is almost 40 per cent larger than the previous
version. Not a surprise considering that since his last update, we've faced
the debate about downloading music files, post 9-11 computer security
concerns, the Microsoft anti-trust proceedings and Internet crimes - just
to name a few. □
Three editions later, Richard Rosenberg has plenty to say about computers'
impact on society.
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Books that have Booksellers Sold
Here is a look at UBC Bookstore's five top-selling books by UBC authors from
September 2003 to May 2004
J_ , Toxic Emotions At Work:
How Compassionate Managers Handle
Pain and Conflict
Peter J. Frost (Sauder School of Business)
Toxic Emotions At Work makes a compelling case
for compassion in business by exploring how organizations and their leaders cause emotional pain, and
how it affects performance. Through workplace stories, Peter Frost illustrates specific ways to combat
toxicity, avoid burnout and achieve a healthier
work/life balance.
The Corporation:
The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power
Joel Bakan (Faculty of Law)
An eminent UBC law professor
and legal theorist, Joel Bakan
is the co-creator and writer of
the award-winning documentary film The Corporation,
which is based on this book.
Bakan contends that the corporation functions much like a
psychopathic personality
which, left unchecked, can lead
to scandal and ruin. The book
includes interviews with CEO Hank McKinnel of
Pfizer, business guru Peter Drucker and critic Noam
Chomsky of MIT.
, Navigating a New World:Canada's
Global Future
Lloyd Axworthy (former
director and CEO of UBC's
Liu Institute for Global Issues)
Former Foreign Affairs
Minister Lloyd Axworthy is
internationally known for
advancing the concept of
human security, a philosophy
that promotes the interests of
the individual rather than the
interests of the nation-state or
multinational corporations. Axworthy led the establishment of a global ban on landmines and the formation of the International Criminal Court. In
Navigating a New World, he shows how Canada can
lead the world into a 21st century where human
security is a priority.
Failing Our Kids:
How We are Ruining Our Public Schools
Charles Ungerleider (UBC
Dept. of Educational Studies,
Faculty of Education)
Drawing on the latest
research from across Canada
and the U.S., Charles
Ungerleider describes what's
right and what's wrong with
our public schools and provides solutions for improvement. Ungerleider examines
Bookstore ofthe Year
UBC Bookstore has been
named Campus Bookstore of
the Year for 2004 by the
Canadian Booksellers
Association at their recent
Libris Awards presentation.
UBC Bookstore was
recognized for initiatives such
as hosting several successful
author events including
Lt.-Gen. Romeo Dallaire and
sponsoring a five-event Robson
Reading series for emerging
local writers. In addition, the
Bookstore and UBC
Destinations group hosted a
Neighbourhood Appreciation
Night, the first time many
campus residents came together in a community setting.
UBC Bookstore also won
this award in 1999, tied with
the University of Toronto
Bookstore. □
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issues such as how television, the Internet and video
games influence children as well as changes in public
school finance and governance.
. Making Native Space-.Colonialism, Resistance,
and Reserves in British Columbia
Cole Harris (retired from
UBC Dept. of Geography,
Faculty of Arts)
Cole Harris describes how
native peoples were dispossessed of most of their land
and relocated on reserves. He
offers the first comprehensive
account of the reserve system
in British Columbia, focusing
on local tactics and the
strategies of colonialism. Harris also recommends
how to establish a confident and secure native
presence within a successful settler society.
UBC Bookstore is open regular hours during the
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Making the Fantastic
Anosh Irani takes readers and playgoers on
magic-realist journeys, by erica smishek
Anosh Irani has always loved to tell stories. But only in
recent years did he realize that writing them down was what he
wanted to do with his life.
"I was not one of those kids who knew they wanted to be a
writer," says Irani, who holds a BFA in creative writing from UBC
and will complete his master's degree in the program this fall. "I didn't know what I wanted to do. Ever since I was little, I was good at
telling stories, I was good at invention, making things up on the spot.
"I remember being in school and if we had some free time during
class, the teacher would ask me to tell a story. I had no idea what I
would say but by the time I got up from my chair and went to the
head of the class, that's when I would start making a story up."
While Irani's audience was once limited to his pet cockatoo, classmates and instructors, his stories are now making their way to a
broader audience.
His first full-length play, The Matka King, premiered in October
Anosh Irani has dazzled critics with his debut novel, The Cripple and His
2003 at the Arts Club Theatre in Vancouver while his first novel, The
Cripple and His Talismans, was published in Canada earlier this year
to critical acclaim. It will be published in the U.S. in 2005.
Bom and brought up in Bombay, Irani steeps his fiction in the city's
suffering and strangely beautiful chaos.
The Cripple and His Talismans takes readers on a magic-realist
journey in search of the narrator's severed arm. The novel alternates
between darkness and light, violence and tenderness, humour and
horror, and is infused with fascinating characters - a leper who bites
off his own finger and gives it to the cripple, a woman who sells rainbows, a blind man who cannot defecate unless he hears the sound of
a train, a beggar who lives under an egg cart.
The work originated with a horrible, albeit absurd, picture that
came to the personable and playful 30-year-old's mind while he was
writing the end to a short story.
"I had an image of just amputated limbs hanging from the ceiling
in a dark place," he says. "I had no idea what that meant. But I just
decided to make a note of it. I wrote the first sentence and I just didn't
stop writing for four hours. And then the image refused to go away,
the story refused to go away.
"I think that's the biggest lesson for a writer. When something
refuses to go away, when it keeps coming back it eventually has to be
Irani came to writing after he "wasted five years" earning a
business degree.
"Initially I thought I'd take science because that's
what men do in India. They try to become doctors
or engineers," he explains. "But I had no interest in
becoming anything. I just took it to make my parents
happy and within two days I realized it was a complete
disaster. So I shifted to commerce because it wasn't science. It's not that I liked commerce either. I hated it."
He wowed the creative director of an advertising
agency with his rather imaginative application - "I had
nothing to put on my resume obviously so I made a
very funny resume. For skills, I wrote 'marbles' and
'kite flying,' which would be of no use at all." Irani
spent a year writing ad copy before following friends to
Vancouver in 1998.
While he misses his extended family and friends, and
admits to brutal bouts of loneliness, the move has given
him a fresh start and time to write every day.
"I think the separation has helped me. When you
have distance, both physical and in terms of time, it
helps you look at a place from a distance and you can
be more objective. What's also interesting is as vivid as
my memories are sometimes, I don't remember places.
They're hazy. In this novel, that's what I've used for the
character. He's someone who hallucinates. He's not
entirely sure, he does not have a good sense of place.
He's disoriented."
Irani's talent, charm and ability to mix realism with
pure invention have caught the eye of many, including
UBC creative writing professor George McWhirter, who offered
guidance and encouragement throughout the writing of the book
(done for McWhirter's novel class).
"Anosh is very, very intelligent," McWhirter says. "He identifies
problems with his work ahead of time. He's usually the one with
the questions. He'll be able to be his own questioner and answerer
some day."
Asked about Irani's penchant for succinctness, his instructor says,
"It's so extravagant what he writes concisely about. He writes about
fantastic things yet they seem so matter-of-fact. You know, he's also
a terrific poet. He uses gorgeous, gorgeous images. He's got a gift
for the image."
Irani graciously acknowledges the support and experience of his
teachers at UBC as well as Arts Club Theatre artistic director Bill
Mllerd, who introduced him to playwriting during a summer
Playwriting has given him a particular love for and skill with dialogue, which is evident in his fiction.
"Dialogue gives you a sense of what the people are like. And it
gives you a chance to be humourous. I love listening to the way
people speak especially in Bombay, they have great one-liners.
People just have that dry wit or they're completely ridiculous in the
way they speak. I love that."
Still submitting assignments for his master's, Irani is working on a
fourth draft of Manja's Circus, a play commissioned by the
National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and writing notes for a new novel
and for Bombay Talkie, a commission from Toronto dramaturgical
company Nightswimming which shops scripts around to potential
When asked about his achievements, Irani replies modestly, "I'm
getting there. It's a good start. It's a good start."    □
Irani's Recommended Reads
Too busy playing football and cricket to read much as a child,
the adult Anosh Irani has become a voracious reader
He chooses books based on the quality of the writing,
perspective of the writer, voice, whether there is a story and
whether he cares about the characters. He prefers to read
writers from many countries and cultures to "get a sense of
what different landscapes are doing in terms of the voice, of
what kind of stories they're telling, what kind of style."
His suggested reads include:
• Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski
• Diary of a Mad Old Man by Junichiro Tanizaki
• The Key by Junichiro Tanizaki
• Thirst for Love by Yukio Mshima
• The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea by Yukio
• The Outsider by Albert Camus
• My Name is Aram by William Saroyan
• A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
Books and Mortar - and a Whole Lot More
The $60 million Irving K. Barber Learning Centre takes shape, by erica smishek
Her title reads University Librarian,
but Catherine Quinlan could be mistaken for a kind of super project manager/contractor these days.
Outside her Main Library window,
a construction crew combines concrete
and metal for what will become the
north wing of the Irving K. Barber
Learning Centre at UBC. Inside her
book-lined office, architectural and
schematic designs illustrate how the
historic Main Library will be transformed into a leading-edge education
and research facility that will act as a
portal to information resources, services
and technology for users at UBC,
across the province and beyond.
"Libraries have been affected by
technology for thousands of years,"
says Quinlan.
"Libraries have always been about
helping people find information. We
concentrate not only on getting you the
information you need, but also teaching
you how to find it and how to evaluate
it - how to be a critical consumer of
information. You can't assume that just
because you found the information on
the Internet that it is credible. You have
to be able to evaluate the information
provided as well as the source that is
providing that information."
As managing director for the $60-
million Learning Centre, Quinlan's
responsibilities are massive. After first
envisioning an interdisciplinary and
technologically sophisticated building
that will provide 15 years of growth
space for UBC Library's print collec
tion, she now works with the committee steering the project through development.
Irving K. Barber is as committed as
Quinlan to the development of the
Centre and its programs. A UBC alumnus and founding chairman of Slocan
Forest Products who donated $20 million for the Learning Centre, he was the
first to envision a facility accessible to
all British Columbians, whether they
visit in person, by phone or electronically, as well as to learners worldwide.
Together, they have studied best
practices at other North American
institutions and visited 16 communities across B.C. to exchange ideas that
will shape the facility's programming
and services. A draft operational plan
is anticipated early this fall for review.
And let's not forget the fine details.
Following a recent visit to the just-
opened Seattle Public Library, where
library planners are already planning
changes to the facility, Quinlan's current concern is the tables that must be
purchased for the Learning Centre.
She wants to ensure they are flexible
as well as capable of concealing the
wires and conduit connected to computers that will sit on them.
When complete, the Learning
Centre will be the first facility in
Canada to integrate information
resources and services and interdisciplinary learning support facilities under
one roof.
The Centre will house smart classrooms, a wireless environment, open
space that can be configured as computer labs, seminar rooms, distance
learning support activities and some of
UBC's interdisciplinary learning programs such as Arts One and Science
One. It will boast a laptop loan program for UBC and community users,
Canada' first automated storage and
retrieval system to support the library's
print collection, and a fireproof and
climate-controlled vault for the
library's rare books, archives and special collections.
Quinlan and her team have made
steady progress since the facility was
first announced in October 2002 with
Barber's gift, a $10 million contribution from the B.C. government and
continued on page 5 REPORTS      |      JULY
2 0 04      I      5
Amber Lannon, Modern Librarian
Books play small role in information expert's work, by Michelle cook
How hard is it for a modem-day
librarian to overcome that pesky stereotype of the stern, bespectacled bookworm with a hair bun? Just ask Amber
Lannon, a reference librarian at the
David Lam Management Research
Despite the fact that she's never told
anyone to "shush" and doesn't spend
her days stamping books, Lannon says
even a passing mention of her profession is a party conversation stopper
"People say, 'that must be really boring' or they just don't believe me," says
Lannon, 29, with a shake of her head.
"They say, 'oh you're too young' or
'you don't look like a librarian,' and I
just don't know what to say to that."
Dressed in a stylish black skirt and
high heels, Lannon's look is more Sex
and the City than 'old-maid behind the
help desk' and, in the increasingly
electronic world of reference where
library work is less about books and
more about knowledge management,
Lannon and her fellow librarians may
just be the ones who have the last laugh
about all those tired cliches.
"Running a library is a lot like running a business," Lannon says. And
that's one reason why, in addition to
being a full-time librarian, she's enrolled
in UBC's MBA program.
"An MBA is a more natural fit than
some might think," she explains. "In
the rapidly changing environment of the
modern library with the emphasis on
digital and electronic holdings, librarians
can't be complacent. We've got to stay
on the edge of these things."
On a typical day in her small but
busy branch of UBC Library, Lannon
can usually be found applying her
friendly, open approach to many diverse
tasks. These include evaluating large
electronic databases, addressing access
to information issues, managing the
library's website, or helping students to
access the data they need to prepare
business plans for everything from tattoo parlours to Home Depot franchises.
With much of the library's holdings
online, most days she doesn't even pick
up a book.
"There is this idea that, in order to be
a librarian, you have to really like books
but that's not what makes a good librarian, and neither does being really good
with computers. This is a service profession and that really should be part of
the image," she says.
Lannon's career in the library biz
began at an early age in her hometown
of Halifax. At 14, she got a summer job
as a clerk at her neighbourhood library.
The experience introduced her to the
people who use libraries and the people
who run them - and she liked what she
saw enough to seriously consider library
She went on to earn an undergraduate degree in English at St. Mary's
University and master of library science
from Dalhousie University. Five years
ago, she followed her fiance out to
Vancouver (they are now married). She
worked in libraries at Langara College
and a private law firm before UBC
Library hired her to help get the
Robson Square branch up and running.
Six months ago, she left the downtown campus to come to the David
Lam Library. These days, a big part of
her job is training people how to use the
facility effectively, especially e-resources.
It is an important aspect of library
work and Lannon's boss, UBC
Librarian Catherine Quinlan, says she is
particularly good at it.
"Amber is innovative, always
looking for opportunities to involve the
library in the work of the faculty and
students at UBC," Quinlan says. "She
is particularly astute in her dealings with
students - teaching them how to develop a strategy that will help them find
the information they need, rather than
just giving them the information. The
library works hard to ensure that we
prepare people to be critical consumers
of information, not just passive
recipients. Amber does a remarkable
job in this respect."
Lannon says helping people to help
themselves in the electronic age has its
"You never have a clue who's going
to come up to the desk and what
they're going to ask for help with. It's
fun ifyou at all enjoy the hunt or being
a private detective, but as people
become better users of resources like
Google, they don't need help with easy
questions anymore," she says.
"They come to me with the really
tough, complex questions - things like
the latest consumer spending statistics
for India or available commercial real
estate in Fort McMurray - the kind of
questions that can't easily be answered
with an Internet search or by pulling
just one book off a shelf."
Another challenge has been juggling
her MBA studies and her job, but
working in the David Lam
Management Research Centre (part of
the Sauder School of Business) has
given Lannon an unusual edge. With
her library science background, she has
been able to make up for what she
lacks in previous business experience
with her ability to quickly put her finger
on resources and reference materials.
It's a skill that has made her popular
with her classmates.
"They often want to do projects with
me because they think I'll take care of
the research," she says.
When she's not at work or studying,
Lannon spends time outdoors running,
cycling and hiking. She also likes to
cook but you won't necessarily find her
burying her nose in a book.
"I enjoy reading but I don't have a lot
of time to do it. Lots of my friends are
more voracious readers than I am," says
Lannon with a laugh.
As for the future, Lannon's not quite
sure what kind of library work she'll be
doing 10 years from now. In the rapidly
evolving world of knowledge management, it may be a job that doesn't even
exist yet. Whatever she ends up doing,
she hopes she'll be able to apply her
MBA skills to the library system.
By then, she also hopes to have found
the perfect cocktail party comeback line
for all those detractors who still think
librarians are boring. □
Books and Mortar
continued from page 4
The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
Chronicle of Events
$30 million from UBC. While the
bricks and mortar for the Learning
Centre will take two more years to
finish, innovative programs and services are already being offered.
"We can do things now - things
that are not dependent on a physical
building being accessible," says Simon
Neame, co-ordinator of programs
and services for the Learning Centre.
Five live webcasts, including the
recent special UBC honorary degree
ceremony for three Nobel Peace Prize
laureates, have enabled people around
the province to watch various events
of interest.
And now, through eHelp, a virtual
reference pilot project, people can ask
experts for help without leaving their
eHelp allows you to chat with an
information specialist online, receive
and send documents, co-browse databases and websites, and receive transcripts of your reference session directly to your email - all from the comfort of home, lab, office or neighbourhood Internet cafe.
"We're looking for activities and
programs that mesh with our mandate," says Neame. "It's a very open
While they have started with pro
grams and services for which they
knew there was an interest, what will
remain and what will be added in
months and years ahead depends on
what people, both on campus and
throughout the province, will need.
"There is remarkable consistency in
what we're hearing from people so
far," says Quinlan. "People want
access to more information resources,
continuing education opportunities,
professional development programs
brought to them through the Learning
Centre, business information for small
business, and up-to-date topical and
dependable information."
Quinlan says the Learning Centre
has broadened UBC Library's thinking
about what it can do not only as a university library but also as the province's
"There is a shift in libraries everywhere," says Neame. "This is giving
us an opportunity to jump way ahead,
to be out there and be a facility whose
initiatives will have an impact on people here and across B.C.
"We want the Learning Centre to
be a gateway for people online and for
people who walk in. It should be a
destination for the campus as well as
the province, both virtually and in the
physical sense." □
• Announcement of The Irving K. Barber Learning
• First live webcast from The Irving K. Barber Learning
Centre. Topic: Research, Collaboration and the
Digital Library: Visions for 2010
• Downs/Archambault & Partners (Vancouver) and
Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates (Los Angeles)
selected as the architects for the project
• The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre Building
Project Committee established
• Coordinator, Programs and Services hired
• Architects' first presentation to Library staff
and campus community
• Ridington Room and Pages Cafe closed; Fine Arts
Division and collections relocated
• Second live webcast, produced in partnership with
UBC's Faculty of Education. Topic: Digital Literacy: The
Myths, Realities, Threats and Possibilities
• Third live webcast, produced in partnership with the
Dr. Tong and Geraldine Louie Family Foundation. Topic:
The Power of Knowledge, The Promise of Healing;
Preventative Healthcare
• First provincial consultation meeting held in Gold River,
• Demolition of north wing of Main Library in preparation for construction of Learning Centre
• Launch of eHelp Virtual Reference Pilot Project
• Fourth live webcast. Topic: Premier Gordon Campbell's
Address to the B.C. Chamber of Commerce
• Fifth live webcast. Topic: Special UBC Honorary Degree
Ceremony for His Holiness the XTV Dalai Lama and
fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureates Archbishop
Desmond Tutu and Shirin Ebadi and Keynote Address
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Roll over, Beethoven! Step aside,
Mozart! A new generation of
composers is revolutionizing the classical music industry with interactive
music that is both composed and
played on computers.
Around the world, computer keyboards are replacing old-fashioned
ebonies and ivories. The computer
itself has become an instrument and
musicians literally "play" it by
manipulating software as if it were
strings and bow.
The result? Sounds that are
unheard of, that both please and
challenge the human ear. And no,
we're not talking about the screeching of tires or the scratching of finger
nails on blackboard, although in the
realm of interactive music, they are
viable "raw materials" that could
very well be turned into the background of a new Sarah McLachlan
hit or Lord of The Rings sound
Interactive technology has boosted
the creative capacity of musicians,
but it has also created two problems
rarely-faced in centuries of music
composition. Many of the
techniques, manoeuvres and the end
products of interactive musical
activity are unscorable - there are no
musical notations in existence to
adequately record what is created or
performed. Also, the authenticity of
the digital documents and computer
systems that substitute for scores is
threatened by data corruption and
media obsolescence.
Enter Jill Teasley, a graduate student from UBC's School of Library,
Archival and Information Studies
whose love of music and enthusiasm
for the preservation of digital material led her to a stint in Paris earlier this
year, where she worked closely with
composers to gather information
about their preservation needs that
would eventually help them
accurately preserve interactive music.
As a research assistant for Mustica,
a study that is part of the
International Research on Permanent
Authentic Records in Electronic
Systems project, Teasley is working to
identify the kinds of documents generated while composing and performing interactive music.
"These composers write and perform music for unique instruments
that become unplayable after five
years," says Teasley. "Unless they
have all the records that show how
the instruments worked and what
they were supposed to play, the composers lose the ability to play their
own music."
For three months, Teasley interviewed musicians, software developers and administrators on current
practices at two major French music
research institutions, L'Institut
National de L'Audiovisuel and
L'Institut de Recherche et
Coordination Acoustique/Musique
"At Ircam, for example, composers routinely work with musical
assistants," says Teasley. "Often
composers themselves, the assistants
turn the composers' ideas into
commands for the computer.
"As a result, the assistants understand aspects of the music that may
be taken for granted, such as how the
software components work together
to create a certain piece," says
Teasley, who recently presented her
preliminary findings at the UBC
e-Strategy Town Hall meeting.
"Unless this information is properly documented and preserved, the
music, intended to be experienced as
a live performance, may only be
accessible as an audio recording. □
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Library a Gem in Aboriginal Scholarship
Retiring Within 5 Years?
Nestled between a driftwood
waterfall and the First Nations Long
House's Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall is a
gem of Aboriginal knowledge that
has glistened despite its humble
The Xwi7xwa Library
(pronounced whei-wha), named after
the Squamish word "echo" with the
blessing of Squamish Chief Simon
Baker, began as a small collection in
a mobile home in the '70s. For
decades, it housed material selected
by the B.C. Native Indian Teachers'
Association and UBC's Native Indian
Teacher Education Program until, in
1993, the XwiTxwa Library was
officially named and became part of
the Longhouse.
Today, XwiTxwa counts more
than 12,000 books, videos, historical
documents, art works and artifacts
in its collection, all catalogued and
available online to scholars worldwide.
"The size, scope and location of
the Xwi7xwa Library makes it a
unique Mecca for researchers in
Aboriginal studies," says Acting
Head Ann Doyle. "It is one of the
only places in Canada you can find
this amount of exclusively First
Nations material - all in one distinct
location - open to the public, and
globally accessible on the web."
But it's the perspective from which
the collection is managed that sets
XwiTxwa apart from the 41 other
First Nations collections listed in the
Canadian Directory of First Nations,
Metis and Inuit Collections. It is catalogued using a First Nations classification system, which includes terminology for First Nations concepts
such as self-government, and uses
First Nations names rather than the
European ones assigned by anthropologists.
In addition, Doyle and her predecessor, Xwi7xwa founder Gene
Joseph, have painstakingly created
subject headings for the entire collection that remedy gaps in the Library
of Congress vocabulary for dealing
with Aboriginal issues.
"The Xwi7xwa headings and classification allow the user to quickly
and accurately narrow in on a subject matter and provide a range of
related material that is not only
retrievable through the online catalogue, but visible from where it is
physically located on the shelf," says
"For example, books on
Tsimshian, a nation located along
the Nass and Skeena Rivers in the
Northern coast of B.C., are organized next to Nisga'a, its neighbour to
the north, rather than its alphabetical
successor Tubatulabal, a people in
the southern Sierra Nevada."
Such pioneering work in
Aboriginal scholarship has attracted
visiting researchers from the U.S.,
Europe and New Zealand to use its
unique collection and learn how it is
So it comes as no surprise that
Xwi7xwa has also become a hotbed
for training Aboriginal library students and non-Aboriginal librarians
who deal with First Nations collections at UBC and elsewhere.
"There are currently three
Aboriginal graduate students in the
School of Library, Archival and
Information Studies who will be
spreading their wings in the next
year," says Doyle. "The knowledge
and skills they've obtained from both
the School and the Library will allow
them to play a vital role in the
The Xwi7xwa Library at UBC, named after the Squamish word for "echo.
preservation of First Nations cultural
heritage and help foster mutual
respect among the academic,
Aboriginal and mainstream
With such a stellar record of
achievements, Doyle says the challenge is keeping up with the amazing
growth - circulation has increased by
270 per cent in the past five years - in
a fiscal environment that has not
improved since Xwi7xwa opened its
doors in 1998.
"Most people are shocked to
learn that we actually don't have a
collections budget," says Doyle.
"Everything housed in XwiTxwa
comes from community donations,
bequests and supportive students and
faculty members." □
Stacks, stamps and boxes of books surround librarian
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Library which serves registered students taking credit distance
education courses. Extension library holdings are listed in the
UBC Library online catalogue and distance students are
eligible for most document delivery services free of charge.
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on branches. □
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Special collections librarian Ralph Stanton cracks open a book in a quiet corner of UBC's Nitobe Memorial Garden.
What the Librarians are Reading
the David Lam Management
Research Centre, had a free afternoon, she'd curl up in one of her
library's comfy chairs with The
Experience Economy by James
Gilmore and B. Joseph Pine II.
Wallace says she heard Gilmore
speak at a conference in Virginia
recently and found his theories
"very intriguing."
"Gilmore and Pine argue that
the service economy is about to be
superseded by the experience economy. Just as the service economy
superseded the commodity economy, the experience economy is likely to transform the service industry. Consumers today expect more
than just good service - they want
to feel that they are being offered a
memorable and enjoyable
experience, too. Companies like
Starbucks and Disney have already
shown how to do this. How can
libraries apply the experience
economy to their own operations?
Coffee areas? Live performances?
Musical themes?"
As UBC's rare books and special
collections librarian, you'd expect
Ralph Stanton to pack a few old
and musty favourites into his
knapsack, but his top pick is more
Stanton says The Elements of
Typographic Style (second edition)
by Robert Bringhurst is a very
technical and specialized book, and
continued from page i
one that can be intimidating on
first encounter. But it will appeal to
anyone who wants to understand
what good typography is and how
it functions, or anyone concerned
about how to communicate well in
print, Stanton says.
"Bringhurst is both a poet and a
typographer; his book is considered
to be the '...undisputed standard
reference in its field.' A real mine
of information, it is well and often
poetically written," adds Stanton,
who recommends taking the book
to the Nitobe Memorial Garden on
"the calm of a day off so the reader can enter into the text and get
caught up in the visual and written
magic." □
Bruce Clayman has been appointed president of Great
Northern Way Campus (GNWC), after 11 years as vice-president,
Research, at Simon Fraser University.
GNWC is a consortium of Emily Carr Institute of Art and
Design, BCIT, SFU and UBC. The campus encompasses
approximately six city blocks on Great Northern Way between
Main Street and Clark Drive. □
Japan's PrincessTakamado visited UBC in June to present a collection
of books on Japanese society and culture to UBC's Asian Library. The
donation was made in honour of her late husband, His Imperial Highness
Prince Takamado. While on campus, Her Imperial Highness also toured
the Nitobe Memorial Garden and stopped in at the Liu Centre for a
reception with members of the UBC community involved in Japanese
studies and research. □
UBC Press Hot List for Cool Reads
BY HILARY THOMSON (with files from UBC Press)
UBC Press, established in 1971, is one of the largest university
presses in Canada and publishes more than 40 new books annually.
It is recognized by scholars as one of Canada's foremost publishers
of political science, native studies and forestry books.
UBC Press staff have selected the following books to illustrate the
variety of disciplines they publish.
Canadian Democratic Audit Series
The result of a milestone research project of the Centre for
Canadian Studies at Mount Allison University, the
Canadian Democratic Audit series will comprise a series
of nine volumes, each examining a different aspect of Canadian
democracy, and a 10th that will provide an overview of the project.
Expertly designed to introduce undergraduates to the fundamentals
of Canada's democratic institutions, this series will also be of interest
to scholars, policy-makers, journalists, politicians, and the public.
The series includes: Elections by John C. Courtney; Citizens by
Elisabeth Gidengjl, Andre Blais, Neil Nevitte, and Richard Nadeau;
Political Parties by William Cross; Federalism by Jennifer Smith;
Advocacy Groups by Lisa Young and Joanna Everitt; Legislatures
by David Docherty; Cabinets and First Ministers by Graham White;
Communications Technology by Darin Barney; and The Courts by
Ian Greene.
Unnatural Law: Rethinking Canadian Environmental Law and
■   Policy
David R Boyd
Law and Society series
Unnatural Law is the first book to critically assess the effectiveness
of Canadian environmental laws and policies relative to a sustainable future. The evaluation lays the groundwork for modifying
existing laws and policies.
Saints, Sinners, and Soldiers: Canada's Second World War
Y   'Jf%  Jeffrey A. Keshen
1   Studies in Canadian Military History series
%t ^H   The first-ever synthesis of both the patriotic and the
problematic in wartime Canada, Saints, Sinners, and Soldiers
shows how moral and social changes - and the fears they generated - precipitated numerous, and often contradictory, legacies in
law and society. From labour conflicts to prostitution, Keshen
demonstrates that Canada's Second World War, known as the
"Good War," was actually a complex tapestry of social forces.
Musqueam Reference Grammar
Wayne Suttles
First Nations Language series
Drawing on a half-century of linguistic research, former
UBC faculty member Wayne Suttles documents an
endangered First Nations language. Suttles, an anthropologist,
worked with Musqueam elders to elicit traditional stories, personal narratives, and ethnographic accounts to produce a comprehensive account of this Salish language.
The Oriental Question: Consolidating a White Man's Province,
l£W*V   Patricia E. Roy
|^|   The sequel to her 1989 book, A White Man's Province:
British Columbia Politicians and Chinese and Japanese
Immigrants, 1858-1914, UBC alumna Patricia E. Roy's latest
book continues her examination of the opposition to Asian immigration. Drawing on contemporary press and government reports,
as well as the correspondence and memoirs of individuals, Roy
shows how British Columbians consolidated a "white man's
province" by securing a virtual end to Asian immigration and
restricting Asian competition in major industries. □


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