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Featured Resources: Updated Core Competencies in the BC Curriculum

The latest display at UBC Education Library features resources supporting the Core Competencies in BC Education.  One side of the display highlights professional books and the other side, picture books.  Each picture book includes a bookmark highlighting which Core Competency it links to.

What changed? A few of the updates include: Collaboration has been added as a second sub-competency to the Communication Core Competency, the second Thinking sub-competency is now Critical and Reflective Thinking (not just Critical Thinking) and the third Personal and Social sub-competency is now Social Awareness and Responsibility (not just Social Responsibility).

Please visit our Core Competencies Booklists if you’re unable to make it to our display in person or would like to browse our curated lists of resources from home.  Printed copies of these booklists are also available at the service desk.

The display is located just outside the Young Learners Library, Main Level, UBC Education Library and will be up until the end of February 2020.

Collection Spotlight: Graphic Novels

UBC Education Library’s newest display theme is Graphic Novels.  Come by and check them out!


Featured New Resources: January 2020

Click on the book cover to take you to the UBC Library catalogue record for the item.

Inquiry illuminated : researcher’s workshop across the curriculum / Anne Goudvis, Stephanie Harvey, Brad Buhrow with Karen Halverson.

LB1027.23 .G683 2019



Labor-based grading contracts : building equity and
inclusion in the compassionate writing classroom / by Asao B. Inoue.

LB2368 .I66 2019



Closing the gap : digital equity strategies for the K-12 classroom / Sarah Thomas, Nicol R. Howard, Regina Schaffer.

LB1028.3 .T55 2019



Adapting early childhood curricula for children with disabilities
and special needs / Ruth E. Cook, M. Diane Klein, Deborah Chen.

LC4019.2 .C66 2020



Featured New Children’s & YA Books: January 2020

Click on the book cover to take you to the UBC Library catalogue record for the item.

Very rich / Polly Horvath.

Pz7 .H8142 Vr 2018

Swing / Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess.

Pz7.5 .A44 Sw 2018

I will be okay : my name is Max, and all day long, I know I’ll be okay / by Laurie Wright ; illustrations by Ana Santos.

Bf697.5 .S47 W85 2018




War storm / Victoria Aveyard.

Pz7 .A9529 Wr 2018 Great Reads





Collection Spotlight: The Truth About Cats & Dogs

The Truth About Cats & Dogs: Children’s Books About the World’s Most Popular Pets

January 6 – 20, 2020

This exhibit features fiction and non-fiction children’s books about cats and dogs.  From well-loved classics like Old Yeller by Fred Gipson to newer graphic novels like Fluffy Strikes Back by Ashley Spires, library patrons and pet lovers of all ages will find something of interest.

Curators: Jennifer Abel, Carmen Marchal, Stephanie Marston, Elena Pederson

Specific location: Collection Spotlight area (Main Level of UBC Education Library)







Other feline and canine themed exhibits at other branches of the UBC Library:

Rare Books and Special Collections

Past Purrrrfect: Cats in the Collection (special supplemental exhibit In the Doghouse: Historic Hounds)

Jan 6 – Feb 29, 2020

Past Purrrfect highlights materials from the 19th to the mid-20th centuries featuring a bevy of furry felines. In this exhibit you will find kitties playing, sleeping, prancing, purring, and being naughty. From our diverse holdings, items on exhibit range from photographs and family albums, children’s literature, correspondence from noteworthy individuals, pop-up books, bookplates, and artist editions.

Curator: Krisztina Laszlo

Specific location: RBSC Reference room.


David Lam Library and Canaccord Learning Commons

Friends from another Species: the Business of Pets

January 13- February 14, 2020

The David Lam Library and Canaccord Learning Commons’ part in the exhibit will include highlighting aspects of the print and electronic collection, as well as search strategies that help people find information on pets and the pet related industries. This includes market research resources like Passport GMID and IBISworld, as well as resources on influencer marketing and social commerce. Engagement activities include a photo wall of a variety of pets that have captured the hearts of many through various social channels.

Curators: Irena Trebic, Kim Fama, Christina Sylka


Koerner Library

It’s Reading Cats and Dogs

February 1 – 28, 2020

It’s Reading Cats and Dogs will explore the literary, historical, and cultural obsession with our canine and feline companions through a selection of materials from Koerner Library’s holdings. The display will also highlight the cats and dogs of Koerner Library staff, with photos as well as book recommendations paw-sonally approved by our furry friends.

Curators: Keith Bunnell and Alexandra Alisauskas

Specific location: Koerner Library, Fireplace


Woodward Library

Wild Observations: Felidae and Canidae around the World

January 6 – February 28, 2020

A selection of books highlighting the fossil history, genetics, and conservation of wild cats and dogs from Woodward Library’s collection.

Curators: Sarah Parker and Chantal Lyons-Stevenson

Specific Location: Woodward Library, Memorial Room