Blockchain Technology for Recordkeeping: Help or Hype? Date: Monday, October 3, 2016 6:00 PM Location: Decentral, 436 W Pender Street, Vancouver BC Dr. Victoria Lemieux, Associate Professor of Archival Science at the University of British Columbia, and Steve Thompson, will present their research on “Blockchain Technology for Recordkeeping: Help or Hype?”. The talk will cover the technoscape, how blockchain technology meets existing recordkeeping standards, the state of […]

Join us for a free FOI workshop!  Click here to download the poster (PDF). FIPA will be celebrating this year’s Right To Know Week by hosting another of our highly-acclaimed workshops on filing Freedom of Information (FOI) requests. Join us in Vancouver on Thursday, September 29 for FOI 101,and learn the basic practical skills needed to start tackling your own FOI projects, as well as tips and strategies on how to […]

BC Info Summit with Canada’s Information Commissioner, Suzanne Legault Dr. Vicki Lemieux will speak on a panel at the BC Info Summit with Canada’s Information Commissioner, Suzanne Legault, about the “duty to document.” For more information see:  The iSchool is a sponsor of this event.

iSchool Faculty Tenure Appointments Please join us in congratulating Doctor Heather O’Brien and Doctor Eric Meyers who begin this academic year as Associate Professors.  Both were promoted with tenure during the summer, in recognition of their outstanding research accomplishments, their dedication and service to the iSchool and their academic communities, and their excellent teaching contributions. This is very well […]

Luke McLeod, MLIS recognized for co-op work Luke McLeod, an Arts Co-op student completing his Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) with the UBC iSchool, was recently recognized for his work as an Information Specialist at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) Patent Branch. Luke was awarded for his contribution to the identification and implementation of the Library Discovery Tool, which allows patent examiners to quickly retrieve literature necessary for patent reviews.

Incoming PhD student Bonnie Tulloch awarded Killam Doctoral Scholarship The Killam Doctoral Scholarships are provided each year from the Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Fund for Advanced Studies and are awarded to the top doctoral candidates in the annual Tri-Agency/Affiliated Fellowships competition. These scholarships provide up to $30,000 per year plus a $2,000 research travel allowance over a two-year term. Congratulations Bonnie!

Dr. Heather O’Brien Awarded SSHRC Insight Grant This proposed SSHRC-funded research will investigate the predictive role of specific user characteristics (e.g., cognitive load, interest, expertise) and information tasks on user engagement, and seek to establish an empirical link between user engagement and learning in the exploratory search context.

iSchool students, faculty and friends working with the Heiltsuk Cultural Education Centre iSchool students, faculty and friends were able to travel to Bella Bella, BC this summer thanks to the Remote Community Learning Fund.

Dr. Victoria Lemieux co-authors new World Bank publication This book explores the historical development of RTI laws, the factors that drive passage and effective implementation of these laws, the operation of these laws, and the impact these laws have had in different country contexts and sectors.

Dr. Heather O’Brien’s new book explores User Engagement in Digital Media The book will appeal to established and emerging academic and industry researchers looking to pursue research and its challenges.