STILL TIME TO APPLY for Student Travel Grants for Electronic Resources & Libraries 2015 Conference!

We are pleased to announce that the Taylor & Francis Group is sponsoring travel grants for two students traveling to ER&L 2015 (February 22-25, in Austin, Texas). The travel grant includes conference registration, air travel costs, and housing totaling up to $1500 per winner. Applications are being accepted now and awards will be adjudicated by an ER&L volunteer committee. Read more about the conference and the award at:
Application Requirements: This grant is open to currently enrolled students wishing to attend ER&L 2015. Student applicants will be required to supply contact information as well as to answer a few questions related to how attendance at ER&L might assist the applicant in achieving professional and academic goals. Questions about this award should be directed to ER&L at
Application Deadline: Applications are being accepted now on ER&L’s website through Wednesday, November 5, 2014. Winning applicant names will be posted to the website no later than Tuesday, November 18, 2014.

Angela Riggio on behalf of the 2015 ER&L Student Travel Grant Award Committee

Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships

Diamond Jubilee Letter

Diamond Jubilee Letter of Intent

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity to increase support for student learning, international engagement and student accessibility at UBC. The Association of University Colleges of Canada (AUCC) has announced the launch of the call for proposals for the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships.

As an AUCC member, UBC is eligible to submit two proposals for up to $500,000 for projects of two to four years.   In addition to helping develop the next generation of global leaders and local community builders, the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships presents an opportunity for our talented students and faculty in Vancouver and Kelowna to partner with organizations in other Commonwealth Countries and create access to new international learning opportunities.

Projects comprised of one or more of the three components are invited to be proposed:
Canadian graduate students to receive scholarships to study or conduct research for periods of three months to one year in a Commonwealth country;
Canadian undergraduate or graduate students to undertake internships for periods of three months to one year in a Commonwealth country; and
Students from Commonwealth countries to receive scholarships at Canadian institutions at the masters or doctoral level.
We know that our UBC students have a strong track record of visioning and leading innovative initiatives on our campus – and beyond.  We all benefit from a diverse student community and the many partnerships that exist between UBC and organizations around the world.

Many of you are deeply engaged and interested in local and global issues of importance.  In this light, we are inviting the UBC academic community to develop and submit proposals that span across disciplines, departments, and campuses for consideration.

Interested applicants are asked to submit a letter of intent directly to the Vice President’s (Students) Office by October 27th at  Letters of intent will be received and reviewed by a Selection committee (membership and process for this committee is currently being considered).  On November 3rd we will respond to the submissions with an invitation to develop a full proposal for submission to AUCC.

Please refer to the attached document for more information on the scholarships and UBC submission process. If you have any questions, please contact Katherine Beaumont, Go Global at  For more information on the Association of University Colleges of Canada (AUCC) and the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships, click here: AUCC Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships.

Yours truly,

Arvind Gupta
President and Vice-Chancellor

Louise Cowin
Vice-President, Students

Registration for the 2015 January WISE Courses

Registration for the 2015 January WISE courses opens Monday, October 27, 2014. Information on the available courses can be found here:

General information on WISE can be found here:

All students will receive an email on Thursday with details on how to request a space in a WISE course.

It is possible additional WISE courses will be added later. Currently four courses are listed that have been approved for qualified SLAIS students.


A reminder that space in the WISE courses is very limited. Do NOT request a space in a course unless you are firmly committed to taking it if you are offered a space. Being given a requested space and then dropping the course near or after the course begins will put you at the bottom of the wait list for future WISE courses.

Term 2 Course Registration


We have been receiving a lot of emails regarding registration for term 2. In the initial registration and waitlist instructions it was indicated that:

“ Once all students have been contacted on the waitlists the courses will be reopened for general registration”

This has yet to occur for all courses, we are trying our best to contact all students in a timely manner as spaces become available. Please note we are hoping to have all waitlists cleared by late October/early November.

You can help us by dropping any courses you don’t plan on taking in the January-April term and responding to waitlist emails as quickly as possible.

Thank you

Scholarship – Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM)

Awarded biannually since December 2011, the SALALM Scholarship was established to encourage professional and leadership development in Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian studies academic librarianship.

Beginning with the fall 2014 competition, a conference travel award of up to $1500 will be given to a master’s student in an ALA-accredited library and information science or archival studies program to defray the costs of attending the SALALM annual conference. The next conference will be June 13-17, 2015, hosted by Princeton University.

Awardees will be asked to write a summary of their conference experience, to be posted on the SALALM website.

Since its founding in 1956, the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials, SALALM, has provided the only national and international forum focused on Latin American studies research librarianship, library collections, and services. The SALALM Conference Attendance Scholarship will include a one-year membership in the organization.

Who Should Apply:

Applicants able to demonstrate a strong interest in Latin America, the Caribbean, or their diaspora, or Iberia, and who have career aspirations involving service to academic users seeking information about or researching topics involving the Latin American, Caribbean, or Iberian regions are encouraged to apply.

Interest may be demonstrated through previous work, internships, undergraduate or graduate-level study, involvement through volunteer programs with governmental, non-governmental, or private sector organizations, and research and publication on topics relevant to the area. Competency in one of the area’s major languages is highly important.


Applicants must be master’s degree candidates in ALA-accredited programs in library science, information science, or archival studies (with equivalent accreditation where applicable) in the United States or Canada. Applicants must have successfully completed at least one quarter or semester of study, and recipients must be enrolled students at the time the award is made. Anyone having received this scholarship in previous years or a travel grant from SALALM is not eligible to apply.


Selection Criteria:

  • Knowledge of Latin America, the Caribbean, and/or Iberia
  • Commitment to a career in academic libraries and information science or a related field
  • Record of academic achievement
  • Competency in one or more of the area’s languages

Application Materials:

  • Completed application form
  • Personal statement (maximum of 500-800 words)
  • Current résumé (not to exceed 2 pages)
  • Unofficial transcripts for all college and university study
  • Letter of reference




Deadline Award announcement
Fall November 30 December 30
Spring March 15 April 15


Conflict of Interest:

The committee will make every effort to avoid any conflicts of interest. Committee members will recuse themselves from the evaluation of any applicant known to them personally.




Personal statement (500-800 words maximum): In the personal statement please tell the committee about your documented commitment and interest in the Latin American, Caribbean, and/or Iberian region. Describe why you would like to attend the conference and how it would fit in with your career goals. Commitment in related areas, such as human rights, transnationalism, migration, ecology or natural resources, indigenous peoples, politics, etc., is also of interest to the committee. Describe your academic, work, or volunteer experiences and expertise in the region. Documented commitment may take the form of work, research on, or volunteering in the region, or with Latino/a populations; this could be in NGOs, libraries, government service, legal aid, sports, education, after-school programs, etc. PDF files only. Please use the following file naming convention: LASTNAME.firstname_ps


Letter of reference: One letter of reference is required as part of your application. The letter should be from someone able to speak to your abilities, achievements, and perhaps personal qualities. Your reference may be provided by a professor, employer or supervisor, professional colleague, or similar individual involved with Latin America or the Caribbean, or with U.S. Latino/a populations or Iberian studies. Please ask your reference to upload his or her letter at: Note: an application is considered complete only when a letter of reference is received by the committee on or before the deadline. PDF files only. Please use the following file naming convention: LASTNAME.firstname_rec

Unofficial transcripts: Please upload an unofficial transcript of your academic record in the library, information, or archival studies program in which you are currently enrolled, as well as for each institution from which you have received an academic degree. PDF files only. Please use the following file naming convention: LASTNAME.firstname_transcripts

Document checklist: Before submitting your application, please make sure to gather the following documents:

  • Personal statement (500-800 words maximum, PDFs only; please use the following naming convention for the file: LASTNAME.firstname_ps)
  • Current résumé (2 page maximum, PDFs only; please use the following naming convention for the file: LASTNAME.firstname_resume)
  • Unofficial transcripts for each academic degree and transcript of current graduate study (PDFs only; please use the following naming convention for the file: LASTNAME.firstname_transcripts)


Deadline for all application materials: November 30, 2014

For further information, please contact the SALALM Secretariat at


Application materials may be submitted here:


Graduate Pathways to Success Sessions

PhD Connections Lunch for 1st year PhD students:  Building your Community at UBC.  Thursday, November 6th, 12:00 – 1:30 PM. Register for this lunch session by Nov 4th at is now open for the following Graduate Pathways to Success sessions:
SCARL I: Planning a statistically sound research project (This is the first workshop in a 6-part statistics series.)
Wednesday, October 29th 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
For complete session description, see register, visit
Breaking Patterns of Procrastination(offered in partnership with the UBC Life and Career centre, as part of Celebrate Learning Week)
Thursday, October 30th 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
For a complete session description, see register, visit
There is still space available in this week’s LinkedIn webinar, Thursday, October 23rd, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM PST
To register, visit
If you have any questions, please contact Jacqui Brinkman at jacqui.brinkman@ubc.c


November 2014 Graduation

November 2014 Graduation

Students that applied to have their degree awarded in September, but did not meet the deadline should apply again for November graduation. Enrolment Services will not accept any late applications for graduation, and there will be no exceptions to the October 24, 2014 deadline.

Please refer to the following link for more information on Rolling Graduation.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Last day for degree conferral and Congregation applications to be submitted to Enrolment Services by all graduate students expecting to graduate in November. Application is made through the Student Service Centre.

Last day for final master’s theses and doctoral dissertations to be accepted by the Faculty of Graduate Studies for November graduation. Must be approved and accepted by 4:00 pm.

Last day for graduate programs to notify the Faculty of Graduate Studies that all requirements (including major papers) have been met for non-thesis master’s degrees for November graduation.

If you have any questions, please contact Veronika at

Unpacking Canadian Permanent Residency: Career Strategies for Graduate Students

Are you an international graduate student interested in Canadian permanent residency? Wondering how your career will fit in? On Tuesday, October 28 from 5-7pm, join International Student Development and the Centre for Student Involvement & Careers for a free graduate student event – “Unpacking Canadian Permanent Residency: Career Strategies for Graduate Students.” A graduate career advisor, an international student advisor, and a panel of UBC alumni will combine professional advice with first-hand experience to discuss the relationship between career planning and immigration.

While this is not a forum to ask case-specific immigration questions – UBC does not offer advice on permanent residency – we will discuss general tips to help you strategize in advance for your professional development and immigration goals.

Registration is limited and only open to current UBC graduate students. Sign up here: Location details will be sent after you register.

Rittenhouse Jury Award

Criteria:   The award is presented annually for the best unpublished paper, web-based project, video, or resource on health sciences librarianship or informatics submitted by a student enrolled in an ALA-accredited program of library and information studies, or a trainee in an internship program in health sciences librarianship or informatics.  Submitted works may be bibliographical, issue or topic- based, or report the results of research.  The submission must have been written during the student’s course work toward a graduate degree in library science or during an internship program, and during the eighteen-month period preceding the deadline for submissions.  The submission must follow the format specified in the announcements.

A $500.00 cash award is sent after the annual meeting and a certificate is presented at the Annual Meeting.  The recipient’s meeting registration is underwritten by the Association.

Deadline for submission of paper:  November 1

Instructions to Applicants:

Submissions can be bibliographical, issue/opinion, or research in nature.  Papers must be typed, double-spaced, one side of the paper only. The title of the paper must appear at the head of the manuscript. Web-based projects must be copied on one side of the paper only with the URL on the first page. The name, official title, address, telephone and e-mail address of the author must appear on a separate cover sheet, but no place else on the manuscript to expedite blind judging.   A 150-word abstract must be included on a separate sheet of paper.

Professional Development Department

Medical Library Association, 65 E. Wacker Place, Suite 1900, Chicago, IL  60601, (312) 419-9094, FAX:  (312) 419-8950


If you have any questions, please contact Catherine Boss, Jury Chair, Rittenhouse Award,  at

Graduate Pathways to Success Registration: Linkedin (WEBINAR) + Project Management I

VOTE to support UBC’s Stephanie Harvard for People’s Choice in the Universitas21 3MT international competition.  Voting is open until October 20th at .  There are 17 winning 3-minute research videos from all over the world!


Registration is now open for the following Graduate Pathways to Success session:

Foundations of Project Management I

Tuesday, October 21st and Wednesday, October 22nd  9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Registrants must commit to attending both days)

For complete session description, see

To register, visit


LinkedIn (via webinar)

Thursday, October 23rd, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM PST

For a complete session description, see

To register, visit


PDF versions of the information are available below:

Graduate Pathways to Success Webinar

Foundations of Project Management I

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