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Look Again: A Conversation with Guy Berthiaume

Do libraries and archives need a makeover? In the ever-changing world of technology and trends, cultural institutions are continually reinventing themselves to increase their visibility and maintain their relevance. On Nov. 2, a free public event presented by UVic Libraries in partnership with the Greater Victoria Public Library and Royal BC Museum will explore the important role that galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAM) play in today’s society.

Film Screening: Barbarian Press

Join us for a free screening of a short documentary film, Barbarian Press, by filmmaker Sarah Race. The film explores the work of Jan and Crispin Elsted who are proprietors of Barbarian Press, an award-winning and internationally regarded private letterpress publisher based in Mission, BC. A panel with the Elsteds, convened by Nicholas Bradley and Heather Dean, will follow the film.

Chinese Canadian Artifacts Project

The Chinese Canadian Artifacts Project (CCAP) for the first time brings together and makes accessible in a single, searchable database over 6000 Chinese Canadian artefacts held by 16 local and regional museums throughout British Columbia. CCAP originated as a Chinese Canadian Legacy Initiative project, one of several B.C. government projects to commemorate the historical contributions of Chinese Canadians to the province. Representing the provincial government, the Honourable Teresa Wat, Minister of International Trade and Minister Responsible for Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism, inaugurated the artifact project at the University of Victoria on April 30, 2015.Supported by the B.C. Museums Association, (Theresa MacKay, Executive Director), a UVIC research team (John Price, Project Director) partnered with 16 museums across the province to compile the database. UVIC’s Humanities Computing and Media Centre provided technical expertise and support to harmonize and enter the materials into the web-based, open-source archival repository ATOM (Access to Memory). Visit https://ccap.uvic.ca to view the database.

The Indigenous Language Legacy Recordings project

The Indigenous Language Legacy Recordings project is a collaboration between the University of Victoria Linguistics Department, UVic Dept of Curriculum and Instruction (Indigeous Education), UVic Libraries, and the Royal BC Museum and Archives. At the foundation of this research proposal are more than 320 hours of audio recordings that were collected by UVic researchers in 1978-79.

KULA open access journal

KULA: Knowledge, Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies is a new peer-reviewed, open access journal based at UVic Libraries and published by open access publisher Ubiquity Press. KULA derives its name from the Sanskrit word meaning “community”. Kula is also a reference to the Pacific Rim Terrane called the “Kula Plate” from which Vancouver Island was formed millions of years ago. KULA has a distinguished editorial board of international scholars and senior librarians who encourage the formation of a multi-disciplinary community of scholars studying human knowledge processes through the ages. See the new KULA website kula.uvic.ca for more information about KULA, how to submit a paper, and how to connect to KULA via Twitter, Facebook, and email alerts.

The Mathew Ko colour films

The amateur films of Mathew Ko date from the late 1930s to early 1950s and are examples of the popular home movie genre. As historical documents, Ko’s films are exceptional: in their record of family and community life in Victoria and the region during this time, for the number of events represented in each film, and for the use of colour film stock. Though they contain no sound tracks, his films vividly document significant social, cultural and political events in Chinatown and other areas of downtown Victoria and surrounding neighborhoods, Vancouver Island, the City of Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. In 2016, UVic Libraries organized the digitization of the films by Preservation Technologies' The Media Preserve. Prior to digitization, the films were assessed for shrinkage and original splices were repaired; the digitized film runs at 18 fps (frames per second). View the films: http://www.uvic.ca/library/featured/collections/asian/Mathew-Ko-Colour-Films.php

Photo exhibit: Chinese women in Canada

Timed to celebrate Asian Heritage Month, you can visit UVic Libraries' historical photo exhibit, "Reflections: Images of Chinese Women in Canada." Curated by the Multicultural History Society of Ontario, the exhibit explores the struggles and accomplishments of Chinese women who forged a path for others to follow. Twenty-seven photo panels can be viewed down the central corridor of the Mearns Centre for Learning — McPherson Library from May 9-30.

UVic authors do great work!

As we transition into summer it’s time to put reading back on the menu. See what UVic authors have done lately and check out some great titles available through library collections. Our lists of books by UVic authors are available at: http://www.uvic.ca/library/featured/events/authors/celebratedworks/index.php

Search the Daily Colonist from 1920 to 1950

Researchers interested in Victoria during the Depression and Second World War can now search digitized back issues of the Daily Colonist from 1920 to 1950. The online edition, britishcolonist.ca, is complete for the 1940s, but not all issues from the 1930s are available yet. They will be added to the site when they become available. The historical British Colonist website was launched in 2008. You can browse by date or use the search feature to mine the contents of the paper. The Daily Colonist website is hosted by UVic Libraries, the digitization project’s main sponsor. Other sponsors include the Times Colonist, the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, the Greater Victoria Public Library, the B.C. Electronic Library Network, the Libraries and Literacy branch of the Ministry of Education, and the Legislative Library.

Wikipedia Edit-a-thon workshop

Want to learn more about how to use Wikipedia? Join us, along with librarians, archivists, and UVic Libraries' resident Wikipedian Dr. Christian Vandendorpe, to learn how to create Wikipedia entries. You can use materials from the University of Victoria’s Archives and Special Collections that relate to issues of social justice. Free. All welcome! When: Thursday, May 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Where: Room A003, Mearns Centre for Learning – McPherson Library

A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Music Exhibit

Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is full of musical moments. Over half of the play is written in verse, and the fairies burst into song and dance at almost every opportunity. A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Music Exhibit uses 17th to 20th century books, scores and theatrical ephemera from the University of Victoria Libraries’ Special Collections to celebrate Pacific Opera Victoria’s staging of Benjamin Britten’s operatic adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The exhibit is curated by Telka Duxbury, MA Candidate, Department of English with contributions from Dr. Janelle Jenstad and Dr. Erin E. Kelly, Department of English. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Music Exhibit” is in Room A005, Mearns Centre – McPherson Library Special Collections reading room. Exhibit dates are Thursday, Apr. 14 to Tuesday, May 31. During April, the exhibit is open Monday to Friday 08:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. During May, the exhibit is open Monday to Friday 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Stressed during exams?

The Diana M. Priestly Law Library has launched the Relaxation Station, a pilot initiative aimed to support mental, emotional and physical well-being during the exam period. The Relaxation Station, located in a quiet corner on the main floor of the Law Library, can be a stopping point in anyone’s day. With comfy couches, natural light, and activities that may calm, relax, or refocus the mind, the Station is a place all students, faculty and staff can pause for a while to knit, crochet, colour, or just be.

New - pay your library fines online!

Library users can now pay their library fines online using a credit card - Visa or MasterCard accepted. You can: 1. login to “My Library Account”, 2. click on the “Pay Fines Online” link (only displayed when fines are on account), 3. select the fines you wish to pay, select continue, and 4. fill out credit card information as requested. We make every effort to ensure that your transactions will be secure and safe. We use Moneris, a third-party PCI Level 1 (the highest level) certified service provider, and the industry standard encryption protocol (SSL) to safeguard all of your personal information. No credit card information is stored on our servers. Questions? Contact the Loan Desk 250-721-8230, or loandesk@uvic.ca.

April is National Poetry Month

Take part in this month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets. The concept is to widen the attention of individuals and the media—to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern. Try the poetry subject headings in the library catalogue, there’s no shortage of categories … bawdy poetry, classical poetry, computer poetry, concrete poetry, fairy poetry, love poetry, poetry of places, visual poetry, and many more.

UVic Author Celebration event

Each year UVic faculty, staff, students, alumni and retirees provide an incredible amount of intellectual content reflecting the breadth and diversity of research, teaching, personal and professional interests. UVic Libraries and the UVic Bookstore invite you to celebrate this scholarly publishing at UVic on March 17th from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., held at the UVic Bookstore. The event is moderated by David Leach, chair of UVic’s writing department. Author panelists include: Karen Hibbard, Eve Joseph, Frances Backhouse, Troy Wilson and Rob Hancock. To register for this event, go to http://www.uvic.ca/library/featured/events/authors/documents/registration.php

The British Columbia Theatre History Collection

Join Dr. James Hoffman, professor emeritus of Theatre from Thompson Rivers University, as he discusses the development of British Columbia’s theatre scene, with selections from his archives, recently donated to UVic Libraries. He has recently been examining the relationship between professional theatre companies in small cities (Kamloops, Prince George, Nanaimo) and their communities. Date: March 9, 2016 Time: 11:30 a.m. Location: Room A003, Mearns Centre for Learning-McPherson Library

Medieval Manuscripts in Canada Symposium

The University of Victoria Libraries, in partnership with the Department of English, is proud to co-present Medieval Manuscripts in Canada, a unique program of events sponsored by the SSHRC-funded UVic Libraries initiative, Unravelling the Code(x) Speaker Series. Promoting discovery, exploring new ways of thinking, encouraging creativity and innovation, the program will feature a workshop with former UVic professor Dr. Erik Kwakkel (Leiden University) “Why Study the Medieval Book?” on Thursday March 17; and a one-day symposium on Friday March 18: Medieval Manuscripts in Canada. Without some understanding of the medieval book and its afterlives, it is impossible to understand the remarkable role of the book as a vehicle of both cultural continuity and cultural change. Rich with national and international perspectives, the program will bring together faculty, librarians, archivists, students and community members to discuss the vital impact of medieval manuscript collections in Canada, including collecting practices and scholarship with these valuable and rare materials.

Ideafest, March 7-12

You are invited to attend UVic’s fifth annual Ideafest, a celebration of some of the brightest minds and ideas on campus. Running from March 7-12, this year’s festival showcases 50 outstanding events on topics ranging from human health and urban renewal, to space exploration and climate change. UVic Libraries is hosting/presenting three events this year.

Can a poem live inside a bacterium?

How do you write a poem that lasts forever? A new artistic exercise called “The Xenotext” uses a ‘chemical alphabet’ to translate verse into a sequence of DNA. UVic Libraries is bringing poet and University of Calgary professor Christian Bök—the researcher behind this groundbreaking project—to Victoria for two free public events on March 9/10 to explain how he is striving to engineer a life-form so that it becomes not only a durable archive for preserving a poem, but also as a useable machine for writing a poem that might conceivably survive forever.

Book history event: "Hating Books"

In her recent book, Loving Literature, Deidre Lynch tracks the emergence of an emotional relationship to literature – the shift from brain to heart – in the transition circa 1800 from a rhetorical culture to an appreciative culture. Before we began to love our books, they were a source of instruction and improvement. In his talk on February 25th, Dr. Jonathan Sachs from Concordia University considers the negative affect – hatred, even – that often went hand in hand with later eighteenth-century efforts to protect the value of books as sources of improvement. Time: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. in Room A003, Mearns Centre for Learning – McPherson Library.

Freedom to Read Week

February 21 – 27 2016 is Freedom to Read Week, “an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.“

From snippets to series, book talk

In the 19th and 20th-century British world, readers received a remarkable amount of historical knowledge in the form of newspaper snippets, reviews in journals, and brief magazine articles – more than from the multi-volume series to which professional historians were oriented. Periodical and newspaper trades did much to shape historical writing. This talk by Dr. Leslie Howsam, Distinguished University Professor Emerita, University of Windsor will explore the challenge of incorporating accounts of the past into book history, by using the genre to critique both well-worn and novel theories in our field of study. Location: Room A003, Lower Level, Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library Start time: 4:00 p.m, February 18th

Celebrating W.B. Yeats at 150

UVic Chancellor Shelagh Rogers, respected broadcaster and long-time advocate for adult literacy, will moderate a Jan. 28 afternoon discussion at UVic on the enduring legacy of Irish poet W.B. Yeats, with panelists Dr. Ann Saddlemyer (Professor Emerita, University of Toronto), Dr. Magda Kay (Department of English, UVic) and Linda Hardy (Department of Theatre, UVic). This event is the closing reception for the Celebrating Yeats at 150 exhibit at UVic, which opened in August 2015.