What’s Old is New Again

What’s Old is New Again

The objects within Open Collections are beautiful, often rare, and allow connection with history as only primary sources can. As your humble blog correspondent, I am consistently struck with how different things were, yet what we are interested in, our concerns, and struggles are the same. This week, let’s see what the past has to […]

Searching Open Collections part 2: Subject keywords

Searching Open Collections part 2: Subject keywords

When we last met, we had found a photo of an old growth forest:   Scrolling down on this screen reveals the metadata* attached to the item: I want to continue my search, and so I’m going to look at the area called “Subject”, here listed as Forestry; Logs; Cedar trees. To start out, I’ll […]

Searching Open Collections part 1: Using established collections

Searching Open Collections part 1: Using established collections

This week on the blog, we’ll use Open Collections to search for some images. @VanBigTrees submitted this question on Twitter: Let’s get started! First, we’ll go to Open Collections at https://open.library.ubc.ca/ From here, we can start a search a few ways. Today, we’ll explore using the collections, and next week, we’ll work with keyword searches. […]

Touring the Nitobe Memorial Garden

Touring the Nitobe Memorial Garden

Vancouver is greening up spectacularly with the warmer weather. We’re enjoying many lunchtimes in the beautiful gardens here at UBC, and soaking up as much greenery as we possibly can while it’s here! This week on the blog, we’re taking a photo tour through the Nitobe Memorial Garden.  The Nitobe Memorial Garden is on UBC’s […]

The Gold Rush in Open Collections

The Gold Rush in Open Collections

British Columbia in the second half of the nineteenth century is defined by her gold rushes. Various prospectors, miners, entrepreneurs, and other settlers descended upon BC in waves, and the documents they’ve left behind are as varied as they were. This broadsheet, The Frazer River Thermometer, both offers advice and gently ribs the potential prospector. https://open.library.ubc.ca/collections/bcbooks/items/1.0221999#p0z-5r0f:%22gold%20mines%22   […]

Vancouver-based Collections: Kinesis

Vancouver-based Collections: Kinesis

There are so many amazing local materials within Open Collections at UBC Library (https://open.library.ubc.ca/). When local events and news happen, a text search for topics can reveal some interesting background or even just great stories to read. With the provincial election last week in British Columbia, a search for electoral stories led us to this […]

Exploring the Florence Nightingale Collection

Exploring the Florence Nightingale Collection

As one of many collections of correspondence housed at the University of British Columbia, the Florence Nightingale Letters collection  demonstrates the enjoyment of exploration through the life and thoughts of such a famous person. Postcard featuring a drawing of a young Florence Nightingale Through the timeline browser on the front page of the collection, one […]

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