Special Events

Guests at the David Mao lecture
UVic Chancellor Shelagh Rogers (l to r) with GVPL CEO Maureen Sawa, University Librarian Jonathan Bengtson, special guest David S. Mao and Associate University Librarian Kim Nayyer at the November 14, 2016 University Librarian's Lecture Series. Photo Credit: UVic Photo Services

Ideafest 2017

Thank you for making this year's Ideafest a success! Watch this space for photos from the event.

Whither plastic? Nurdles & plastics on Victoria beaches


David Boudinot (Business Librarian)
Daniel Brendle-Moczuk (Geospatial Librarian)
UVic geography and chemistry students

March 6 - 2:00 - 3:30 pm
McPherson Library 129

Pollution from plastics is a growing problem in marine environments worldwide. Plastics don't readily break down; they're known to soak up contaminants, and marine animals sometimes mistake them as food, causing plastics to move up the food chain. This session will examine nurdles (kernels or pellets used to make plastics) and plastic debris fouling the beaches of Victoria, and will wrestle with the question: How can we wean ourselves from plastics?

UVic Author Celebration

Panel of Authors:

Moderator: Dr. Reeta Tremblay

Jennifer Bagelman (Alumni), Sanctuary City

Donald Galloway (Faculty of Law), Immigration and Refugee Law: Cases, Materials and Commentary and Immigration Law

Simon Springer (Department of Geography), Violent Neoliberalism

Serhy Yekelchyk (Germanic and Slavic Studies), The Conflict in Ukraine: What Everyone Needs to Know

Monika Winarnita (Postdoc, Anthropology), Dancing the Feminine: Gender and Identity Performances by Indonesian Migrant

March 9 - 3:00 - 4:30 pm
UVic Bookstore

Each year UVic faculty, staff, students and alumni produce an incredible amount of intellectual content reflecting a diverse range of research, teaching, personal and professional interests. Come celebrate the university’s community of authors with the UVic Bookstore and Libraries at this fantastic annual event. For more information, click here.

UVic Author Celebration 2017

Archives in your Attic


Lara Wilson (Director, Special Collections and University Archivist)
Heather Dean (Associate Director, Special Collections)
Jane Morrison (Associate University Archivist)

March 11 - 12:30 - 2:00 pm
McPherson Library A003

Do you wonder if the boxes of photos and documents in your attic contain historically noteworthy material?  Would these materials be of interest to future researchers? Are there rare books in your study, and would you like to learn more about them? Have you ever wondered if you will be able to preserve your digital photos and documents for future generations?  Join UVic Libraries’ archivists and librarians for a lively discussion about rare and unique books and archives and their role in research, followed by an opportunity to discuss specific items from your family collection, their condition and potential significance.

Archives in your Attic

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