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Managing Your Scholarship: Mendeley, RefWorks or Zotero?

Monday, October 25th, 2010 at 1:00PM - 4:00PM, Woodward Library Teaching Lab, Room B25

Managing references, articles and bibliographies is a critical part of virtually every academic or scholarly research project. However, selecting the best online tool for the job can be a major challenge for grad students and faculty. This hands-on, interactive workshop will provide an overview to three of the more popular reference management tools in academia -- Mendeley, RefWorks and Zotero -- and will highlight the pros and cons of each. Which tool(s) are used most often in science? In the humanities and social sciences? When full-text downloading with PDFs, which tool performs the best? Finally, which of these tools is open-source and free and which requires affiliation to an academic institution?

The first 2 hours of this session will include a presentation, discussion and demonstration of the products using hands-on examples. The final hour will provide participants with hands-on time to try out all three products with support from the instructors.

Register online to attend.


  • Katherine Miller, Reference Librarian, Woodward Library
  • Dean M Giustini, Reference Librarian, Biomedical Branch Library
  • Teresa Y.H. Lee, Reference Librarian, Woodward Library & Eric Hamber Library

What is GIS?

Tuesday, October 26th, 11am-Noon, Dodson Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Are you wondering what GIS is? Come to this session to find out about the basic concepts of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and see some examples of its use. This session will also cover GIS-related resources provided by the UBC Library, including the new GIS/Research Data Lab.


  • Tom Brittnacher, Geographic Information Systems Librarian, Humanities & Social Sciences Division

Media Rich Electronic Collections Enhance Teaching & Learning

Wednesday, October 27th, 10am-11:30am, Lillooet Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

UBC Library licenses over 800 electronic databases for you to use in research and teaching. Many of these databases provide full-text access to journal literature across disciplines. Increasingly, these resources also provide access to streaming audio and video files, which can be incorporated into classroom and online learning environments. Examples include:

  • ARTstor, a digital library of over 1 million images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities and social sciences designed to enhance teaching, learning, and scholarship.
  • Ethnographic Video Online, the largest, most comprehensive resource for the study of human culture and behavior, which covers every region of the world and features the work of many of the most influential documentary filmmakers of the 20th century, including interviews, previously unreleased raw footage, field notes, study guides, and more.
  • JOVE (Journal of Visualized Experiments), a peer-reviewed journal for biological research in a video format which has more than 500 videos demonstrating laboratory methods in the fields of cellular biology, developmental biology, microbiology, immunology, plant biology, medicine, and neuroscience.
  • Naxos Music Library, the world's largest online classical music library. Currently, it offers streaming access to more than 36,000 CDs with more than 500,000 tracks.
  • Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries, a virtual encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions. The collection provides educators, students, and interested listeners with an unprecedented variety of online resources that support the creation, continuity, and preservation of diverse musical forms.
  • Theatre in Video, contains more than 250 definitive performances of the world's leading plays, together with more than 100 film documentaries, online in streaming video - more than 500 hours in all. This first release contains over 50 titles, representing hundreds of leading playwrights, actors and directors.

Come to this session for a demonstration of these resources and to discuss options for using in a teaching and learning context.


  • Susan Atkey, Reference Librarian, Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Paula Farrar, Librarian, Art + Architecture + Planning
  • Katherine Miller, Reference Librarian, Woodward Library
  • Trish Rosseel, Teaching & Learning Librarian, UBC Library

E-texts, E-books: Are We at a Tipping Point?

Thursday October 28th, 4:30-6:00 p.m., Lillooet Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

“The technology of the book has already seen a number of transitions in its long history: from clay to wax to papyrus to vellum to cloth to paper, stored as tablets or scrolls or folios or books, bound in horn or leather or cloth or paper. With each metamorphosis, the role of the librarian has changed – from scribe to guard to copyist to archivist to selector to teacher.” (2004, Johnson).

In this session, presenters will explore the way digital technologies are modifying and extending conceptions of text and will consider implications for knowledge creation, diffusion,and reception.


  • Dr. Teresa Dobson, Associate Professor and Director of the Digital Literacy Centre, Dept. of Language and Literacy Education
  • Jeff Miller, Senior Manager of Distance Learning at the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology

Sponsored by the School of Library Archival and Information Science, Education Library and Faculty of Education

cIRcle and the Student Experience: How Students can use UBC’s Information Repository to Advance their Academic Career

Friday, October 29th, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Lillooet Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Curious about how to get started with cIRcle? Meghan Radomske, Master of Library and Information Studies Candidate and cIRcle Student Librarian, will discuss UBC’s digital repository, cIRcle, and the benefits it offers students in particular. cIRcle welcomes high quality scholarly contributions from both graduate and undergraduate students—enabling them to showcase their work and establish their academic online identities. If you are a student interested in submitting non-thesis work to cIRcle, join us on Friday, October 29th to discuss the opportunities cIRcle provides you!


  • Meghan Radomske, Student Librarian, cIRcle, UBC Library