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on the Verge writing contest

Co-sponsored by UVic Libraries and the office of Equity and Human Rights (EQHR), and with significant support from other units on campus, the annual on the Verge writing contest deadline is next Wednesday, February 15.

As many of you know, the contest showcases and celebrates emerging UVic student voices with an annual theme under the broad rubric of equity, diversity, and human rights. This year’s theme is DIALOGUE and our guest judge is interdisciplinary spoken word artist Johnny D Trinh.  $1600 in cash prizes are available in the categories of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and spoken word — $250 for first place and $150 for second place in each category.

Please share widely with your faculties, departments, and faculty champions. For more information please visit our contest webpage.

For more information, please contact otvcontest@uvic.ca.

UVic Libraries Publication Launch: in CIRCULATION

We are pleased to announce the library’s new signature publication, in CIRCULATION––a magazine focused on library impact at UVic and abroad.

Featuring stories about podcasting, digital preservation, the Peter and Ana Lowens UVic Libraries Special Collections Student Fellowship, and recent library news, this donor-focused magazine celebrates the committed work of library staff on campus and in the community.

in CIRCULATION will be published annually with a small print run.

Please share widely with your colleagues and friends.

Lisa A (on behalf of Christine, Samantha, Artie and Shahira)

UVic Libraries – Lowens-Libraries Fellowship Program

October 31, 2022

UVic Libraries is running the Lowens-Libraries Fellowship Program again in 2023, with applications due on November 15.  With the deadline approaching, I would be grateful for your support promoting the program in your networks.  To that end, please find attached the digital slide and below an email blurb for circulation. Next week Christine and I will be hosting two information sessions for prospective applicants (links for registration are included below).

The program is open to all UVic undergraduate and graduate students from any discipline. Student fellows undertake an independent research or creative project using materials from Special Collections and University Archives.  In support of this work, student fellows attend workshops, are mentored by library and faculty members, and receive a $1, 000 award.

Please let me know if you have any questions about this program, and thanks, in advance, for your support.

Apply to be a Student Fellow

UVic Libraries welcomes applications to the Peter and Ana Lowens University of Victoria Libraries Special Collections Student Fellowship Program.  The Fellowships are open to UVic undergraduate and graduate students from any discipline.

Student fellows undertake an independent research or creative project using rare and unique materials from Special Collections and University Archives. Projects can include ongoing research or new areas of scholarship.  Student fellows receive a $1, 000 award, attend workshops, and are mentored by library staff and faculty. For more information see: https://www.uvic.ca/library/about/awards-contests/awards-fellowships/lowens/index.php. Applications are due November 15th.

Two information sessions will be offered in early November to provide more information about the program and application process. For more information about the sessions, and to register, please see: https://libcal.uvic.ca/event/3691193 and https://libcal.uvic.ca/event/3691197.

Heather Dean
Associate Director, Special Collections
Special Collections & University Archives
University of Victoria Libraries

SciVal 101 workshop

SciVal 101SciVal is a web-based analytics solution with unparalleled power and flexibility that provides comprehensive access to the research performance of over 20,900 research institutions and their associated researchers from 235 nations worldwide. In this introductory session, we will cover the analytical potential of SciVal and review its major use cases at Canadian institutions.

Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Time: 10:00am – 11:30pm

Location: Digital Scholarship Commons A308, Library


UVic Libraries Student Awards

Every year, the University of Victoria Libraries is pleased to offer three student awards: the David Harris Flaherty Undergraduate Library Scholarship; the William Petrie Graduate Student Library Scholarship; and the Gladys Nipp and Stephen Mah Family Award. Our awards recognize and honor the contributions and achievements of all our students, enhancing the sense of personal growth and accomplishment in our academic community. Each award is valued at $1000 and the annual deadline is May 31.


Established in 2014 and named for donor David Harris Flaherty, this $1000 scholarship is awarded to an in-course, academically outstanding undergraduate student in any discipline who can demonstrate how they have utilized library resources for a class project, assignment or research paper. Eligible students must complete a 500-word essay explaining their use of library resources in an application accessible through the SAFA (Students Awards and Financial Aid) scholarship portal on My page.


Established in 2014 and named for bequest donor William Petrie, this $1000 scholarship is awarded to an in-course, academically outstanding graduate student in any discipline who can demonstrate how they have utilized library resources for a class project, assignment or research paper. Eligible students must complete a 500-word essay explaining their use of library resources for a class project, assignment, or research paper. Apply here.


Established in 2019 and named in honor of Gladys Nipp and Stephen Mah, this $1000 award is given to one or more undergraduate or graduate UVic student(s) in any discipline who are utilizing and/or enhancing the UVic Libraries’ Chinese-Canadian collections for the purposes of research, outreach initiatives (including both physical and/or digital exhibitions) or oral history projects. Eligible students must submit a proposal (maximum 500 words) demonstrating how UVic Libraries’ Chinese-Canadian collections will assist in their research. Apply here.

To apply, or to learn more information about UVic Libraries’ student awards, our donors and our recipients, and to view previous award-winning essays by UVic students, please visit the UVic Libraries Student Awards and Fellowships webpage.

If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at cwalde@uvic.ca

Digital Scholarship Commons Workshops – April 2022

We are happy to release our online workshop schedule for this coming month. Currently, you can participate all of our workshops via Zoom only (please note that in May we are planning on moving back to our hybrid face-to-face and online format for maximum flexibility for our learners):

  • Intro to Data Analysis with RStudio
  • Qualitative Data Analysis with NVivo
  • Data Visualization with Tableau
  • Data Analysis with Excel
  • Intermediate Research Statistics with RStudio
  • Infographics with Canva
  • Video Editing with iMovie or Windows Video Editor

To see all of our upcoming workshops, please check out our website.

If you are a UVic professor and would like us to run a workshop just for your class, please contact Rich McCue, and we’ll do our best to work with your class’s schedule, and customize the instruction to best meet the learning objectives of your class and needs of your learners: rmccue@uvic.ca

Open Education Week 2022: March 7-11

Open Education Week 2022 is being held internationally from March 7-11. It is celebrated every year as a community-built forum to raise awareness and highlight innovative Open Education successes worldwide. It was first launched by Open Education Global in 2012.

OE Week gives practitioners, educators, and students the chance to learn more about open educational practices and be inspired by the amazing work that is being done by the community across the world.

What is Open Education?

According to a definition from Opensource.com, Open Education is a philosophy about how individuals should generate, distribute, and build on knowledge. Open education advocates believe that everyone around the globe should have access to excellent educational experiences and materials, and they strive to remove obstacles to that aim. High monetary costs, outdated or expired resources and legal restrictions that limit collaboration between students and educators are examples of such hurdles. A collection of different definitions of Open Education can be found here.

Which core concepts behind Open Education bring the idea to life?

  • Open Educational Resources (OER) are learning, teaching, and sometimes research resources that have been published under an open license (such as Creative Commons) or that are part of the public domain. No technological or copyright-related barriers should exist to freely reuse, revise, remix, retain, and redistribute OERs (the 5Rs).
    While the roots of OER reach back further, the term was established during a UNESCO forum in 2002. To this day, UNESCO remains one of the most important contributors to the evolution of OER and has issued its Recommendation on Open Educational Resources, which is the world’s only international framework for establishing norms in this field. Promoting Open Education, especially OER, is also part of UNESCO’s efforts to meet the United Nations Sustainability Goals. Find the UNESCO definition for OER and detailed information on their commitment in that area here.

  • Open Pedagogy is a concept that aims to open up the entire teaching, learning, and study experience, not only through the use of OERs but also by challenging established methods of knowledge creation. By using dynamic, open, and innovative methods, students, hand-in-hand with instructors, liberate themselves from the role of passive consumers of lectured “chalk and talk” content and become an active part of the educational process, for example by creating a textbook together with their instructor over the course of a semester.
    It is important to note that the Open Education movement did not
    invent alternative pedagogical approaches but can draw on many groundbreakers in this area. What is new in this context are the chosen methods and the strong association with the Open philosophy.

What are Indigenous perspectives on Open Education? Which resources address the relationship between Indigenous ways of Teaching, Learning and Knowing and Open Education?

Indigenous ways of knowledge building and sharing can be fundamentally different from Western approaches. The desire to (re)open access to knowledge and education for all only emerges from a predicament created by a Western claim to education and educational resources as a potentially marketable good and means of gaining distinction and power, which may not necessarily be found in Indigenous practices around knowledge creation, retention, and sharing.

The white paper Community First: Open Practices and Indigenous Knowledge by Skylee-Storm Hogan and Krista McCracken offers a first perspective on the relationship between Open Education and Indigenous Knowing and emphasizes that this relationship needs to be reflected on more, as the Open Education movement gathers momentum around the world.

UBC hosted The 6R’s of Indigenous OER: Re-imagining OER to Honour Indigenous Knowledge and Sovereignty, an online talk about the relation of Indigenous Knowledge Systems and OER on March 10 as part of OE Week. Find the recording of that session here.

Pulling Together: A Guide for Curriculum Developers by Asma-na-hi Antoine, Rachel Mason, Roberta Mason, Sophia Palahicky, and Carmen Rodriguez de France is a companion on the Indigenization of curricula and other educational contexts, that was developed as a collaboration between Royal Roads University, University of Victoria, and Arrive Consulting. It is part of the Pulling Together series, a set of professional learning guides stemming from a project on the Indigenization of post-secondary institutions in B.C.
The series is available as OER in the BCcampus Open Textbook Collection, each in a variety of formats.

What role does Open Education play in the UVic community?

Awareness of and advocacy for Open Education is widespread among stakeholders on UVic Campus.

  • An overview of Open Education and Open Educational Resources (OER) is being provided by the Office of Scholarly Communications at Uvic Libraries. 
  • UVic awards OER grants, to foster the adoption, adaptation or creation of Open Educational Resources (OERs). The aim is to replace existing textbooks or other educational resources with OERs that will be useable not just at UVic, but other post-secondary institutions, bringing down prohibitive barriers like high cost along the way.
  • The University of Victoria Student’s Society (UVSS) is providing a template for an advocacy letter, ready to be sent out to professors and lecturers to inform them about the benefits of OER. Read more about the initiative here.

Where can resources around Open Education be found?

Events for Open Education Week

The OE Week website lists a large number of events being organized around the globe
Events hosted in BC, sometimes with a provincial focus, are being listed on the BC Campus website. Some archived events of note include:

This blogpost was created adapting material from the following sources, which are licensed under a Creative Commons license:

January 27 marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This annual date serves not only as an official commemoration of the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, and the millions of other victims of Nazism, but to promote Holocaust education throughout the world.

For more than a decade, UVic has played a leading role in Holocaust studies. Home to the I-witness Holocaust Field School (the first of its kind for undergraduate students at a Canadian university when it launched in 2010), the Faculty of Humanities also offers a master’s stream in Holocaust studies (the only one of its kind in Canada).

In the ongoing SSHRC-funded work led by UVic Professor of Germanic and Slavic Studies Charlotte Schallié, our Head of Advanced Research Services, Matt Huculak, is part of an international team of researchers for the Narrative Art & Visual Storytelling in Holocaust and Human Rights Education interdisciplinary project. As stated on their website, their mission is a “multiperspectival, participatory, arts-and-human-rights-based collaboration among academics, educators, Holocaust survivors, and artists for teaching & learning about the Holocaust in diverse, international public contexts.”

As part of this mission, they offer free and accessible visual storytelling resources in order to engage in dialogue-based teaching & learning processes for newer generations, including a podcast series. The latest conversation about Pedagogy and Narrative Art in Human Rights and Education is now available here. Relatedly, our University Archives is home to the Holocaust and World War II Memory Collection and we also have a Holocaust LibGuide.

These resources reflect the focus of both UVic and UVic Libraries’ commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, specifically UN SDG Goal 16 on peace and justice, as the UVic community continues to tackle contemporary issues of hatred, racism, antisemitism, Islamophobia, xenophobia, ethnic conflict and genocide.

(on behalf of the Communications, Events, and Community Engagement Operational Group (CECE-OG): Christine Walde, Emily Garry, Inba Kehoe, Jennifer Wells, Lara Wilson, and Lisa Abram)