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UBC Expert: Some B.C. kids at risk of falling behind in digital literacy

With smartphones in their pockets and tablets in their backpacks, students growing up in the digital era are the most connected generation yet. But, as UBC’s Ron Darvin notes, simply having access to digital tools doesn’t mean all students are on a level playing field. Darvin, a PhD student in the faculty of education and a UBC Public Scholar, examines how students of different socio-economic backgrounds develop digital skills—and why some children are at risk of being left behind.

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Winter Warmups 30 Minute Library Workshops Jan/Feb 2017

Our latest workshops for Jan/Feb 2017

Early 3pm branch closure today

Due to weather conditions, the Library will close at 3:00 pm today. @ikblc_ubc will remain open 24/7.


De-Stress Week at UBC Education Library

De-stress week at UBC Education Library is upon us and there will be some fun and relaxing activities happening every day. Unless otherwise noted, events will take place in Scarfe 155, 12:00-1:00.


Monday – Therapy dogs Bailey and Lyla, 12:00-2:00 (completed)

Tuesday – Weaving and fidget ball making (completed)

Wednesday – Button making and sock puppet making

Thursday – Weaving and fidget ball making

Friday – Bookmark making and button making

colouringWe are also featuring an oversized colouring wall outside of the library in support of the Oh Canada! art project with Natalie LeBlanc. The image will be constructed over the week as people contribute, piece by piece. Smaller pieces of the larger image have been distributed for people to colour. They can then tape their piece to the larger image. Please come to the UBC Education Library circulation desk to participate in this exciting project!

Hope to see you at some of the events!


Free Event: National School Library Day Colloquium, October 26, 2016

Reconciling Difficult Colonial Truths:  Literature for Children and Youth 

4:00-6:00 pm.  Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Irving K. Barber Center, Chilcotin Board Room, Rm 256

Given the legacy of 500 years of colonization, sharing and telling stories for children and young adults about difficult truths is important in moving forward towards reconciliation.  As part of the journey,  increased sensibilities and approaches are needed and give rise to many questions. How can children’s literature be decolonized and made appropriate for 21st century learners? What role do writers, illustrators, teachers, teacher-librarians and children’s librarians play in the process? What ethical and respectful approaches are employed to decolonize the creation, dissemination and use of literature, especially about issues that readers find stressful and upsetting? Who should tell the stories? What are the risks and benefits of appropriation and commodification of cultural heritage?  And what critical analysis skills are essential when promoting and sharing literature that is both historic and an ongoing expression of colonization? Join our School Library Day conversation, to hear from our panelists.

Maggie De Vries will talk as a writer and editor.  She edited Fatty Legs and A Stranger at Home and wrote the teen novel, Rabbit Ears.

Gordon Powell will provide insights as a teacher, teacher-librarian and district principal for Aboriginal Education in Surrey about First Nations collections and integrating aboriginal content.

Julie Flett will speak about her work as a Cree-Metis Canadian author and illustrator and how she indigenizes picture books for children.

Arushi Raina will comment about apartheid and growing up as a teenager in South Africa and how that influenced her debut young adult novel, When Morning Comes.

Free event, featuring light food and refreshments.


Videopodcasts of past National School Library Day Events are available at
2010 Video Games and Youth Eric Meyers and Kathy Sanford
2011 Project Information Literacy Michael Eisenberg
2012 Engaging Youth with Indigenous Materials   Debra Martel and Allison Taylor-McBryde
2013 BC’s New Education Plan School Libraries at the Centre of Learning   Gino Bondi, Patricia Finlay
2014 Connecting Authors and Readers   Vivian Howard
2015 The Place and Space for Canadian Children’s Literature in Our Lives and Libraries Maggie de Vries,  Jan Hare, Judith Saltman and Yukiko Tosa