Managing the Library’s collections now means managing the collections in a digital context.
Content is our strength. As we develop the digital library we will maintain our commitment to print collections and provide powerful tools for discovery.
• Implement a comprehensive digitization program to provide unlimited online access to materials of research and teaching value
• Enhance and integrate access to print and digital collections to make them easier to find
• Strengthen and preserve collections to meet changing curriculum and research needs
• Achieve a stable, sustainable collections funding model
(From the UBC Library Strategic Plan 2010.)
UBC Library Digital Collections and Services provides an overview of the various digital collections and on-line resources created and maintained by the University of British Columbia Library. Collectively they document a diverse range of people and places, activities and events, and serve as an important on-line resource for historians, genealogists, and other researchers, as well as the public at large.
The Library wants to help increase the impact of UBC research by making it widely available in open access digital repositories. cIRcle is the University of British Columbia’s digital repository for research and teaching materials created by the UBC community and its partners. Materials in cIRcle are openly accessible to anyone on the web, have persistent URLs, and will be preserved for future generations.
The Wallace B. Chung and Madeline H. Chung Collection contains over 25,000 items including documents, books, maps, posters, paintings, photographs, silver, glass, ceramic ware and other artifacts. Much of the collection has been digitized.
The Asian Library at UBC has been involved in a number of digital projects, including the Faces of Irregular Migrants Photograph Collection and the Historical Chinese Language Materials in British Columbia Electronic Inventory, with many digitized photographs.