UBCO library upgrade enhances teaching and research

There are now 8,000 students using the library, which was originally built to accommodate a campus population of 3,500.

UBCO’s chief librarian Melody Burton stands next to one of the free standing book cases in the new library

UBC Okanagan’s library has received a $1.4-million makeover to better meet the diverse needs of an expanded campus community and the general public.

Student seating has increased by 25 per cent and new amenities have enriched the student learning experience.

“A campus library needs abundant resources and the latest learning technologies for our students to achieve academic success,” said Deborah Buszard, principal and deputy vice chancellor of UBC Okanagan.

“The importance of the library is underlined by its access to vast electronic databases. The library is the way students connect with the rest of the world, well beyond what used to be.”

The improvements to the library build upon the foundation of excellence that began with the vision and effort of chief librarian Melody Burton and the library staff, Buszard said.

“These renovations enhance the process of discovery and research. We have also created a space that is more comfortable and conducive to learning.”

Students acknowledge the library as an intellectual hot-spot.

“The role of the library and learning commons is to enhance student engagement in their academic and university endeavours which ensures their success at UBC’s Okanagan campus,” said Abdulrahman Alnaar, a fourth-year political science student.

“The improvement to the Library Learning Commons’ physical, social and technical environment has been phenomenal.

“UBC’s Okanagan campus has seen unprecedented growth in a very short time,” Alnaar said.

The UBCO library is also a superb public resource and Buszard hopes people from the wider community will be encouraged to use the campus library and its access to titles, e-books, digital collections and reference materials.

Buszard indicated the next stage for the library is a major expansion—but as an unfunded capital priority not covered by provincial grants, there is an urgent need for donors.

There are now 8,000 students using the library, which was originally built to accommodate a campus population of 3,500. The library is still contained within the same physical space, which has never been expanded.

“We have taken a significant step, but the job is not yet done,” said Buszard. “An expanded library presents an excellent and significant opportunity for philanthropy. We welcome the participation of like-minded individuals and corporations who share our educational philosophy.

“Our students deserve the very best and we are working hard to provide them with the tools they need,” she said.

Students are acutely aware of both what they have achieved and how much further the effort needs to go for a bigger and better library, noted Alnaar.

“The new renovations and the extension of our library will ensure the cultivation of increased collaboration between students, which is always a great thing academically and socially.”

The renovations have resulted in a number of significant changes to the Learning Commons and the general operation of the library. Highlights include:

• A single service point that combines circulation and reference

• More seats

• An additional quiet reading room similar to the Field Reading Room

• Additional group study rooms

• Self-service checkout

• Self-service holds and reserves.

Just Posted

B.C. freestyle skier wins gold

Cassie Sharpe of Comox shines in the halfpipe

Lake Country couple to be recognized with heritage award

James, Anita Baker will receive the Central Okanagan Heritage Society’s Distinguished Service Award

Flipped car snarls Kelowna rush hour traffic

North-bound traffic on Highway 97 backed up Monday afternoon

Suspect in West Kelowna home break-ins apprehended

Police say 31-year-old West Kelowna man is in custody and is also wanted on Canada-wide warrants

UPDATE: Kelowna snowboarder being mourned at Big White

He was a local snowboarder, who went to Rutland high school.

Hope raises thousands for two Kelowna charities

The event Hope in Her Eyes managed to raise more than $17,000 for two Kelowna non-profits

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Virtue and Moir end ice dance careers with Olympic gold

Virtue and Moir’s gold medal win at the Olympics makes them the world’s most decorated figure skaters

Canadians find living in small spaces teaches creativity

Canadian families choosing to live in small spaces to bring closeness to children

NDP Health Minister calls to offer woman seat on Interior Health Board

Joyce Beddow-Buckland of Ashcroft was surprised by the call, and accepted the offer.

No decision yet from Sagmoen bail hearing

Provincial court judge is expected to decide next week if Silver Creek man to remain in custody

SAR suspends search for missing man at Sun Peaks

RCMP will continue to search for a missing man near Kamloops but SAR has suspended their role

Vagina Monologues hits the Kelowna stage this week

Okanagan production set to target a hot topic: vaginas

Lottery will help save children’s lives

Each ticket gets you a chance to win a lot of money, while helping a lot of kids

Most Read