Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

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Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
Country Canada
Type Academic library
Location University of British Columbia, Greater Vancouver
Coordinates 49°16′03″N 123°15′10″W / 49.2674°N 123.2528°W / 49.2674; -123.2528
Branch of University of British Columbia Library

The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (IKBLC) is a facility at the Vancouver campus of the University of British Columbia. The Learning Centre is built around the refurbished core of the 1925 UBC Main Library.[1][2] The Centre is named for Irving. K. Barber, philanthropist and a graduate of UBC.

Programs and services[edit]

The IKBLC provides library systems, education centre, library and a conduit of knowledge for lifelong learners and space for UBC Library's print collection and collections of rare and special materials.[3]

BC History Digitization Program[edit]

Started in 2006, the goal of the digitization program is to promote access to British Columbia's historical resources, with free online access to provincial historical materials.[4]


The Indigitization program supports Indigenous communities and organizations in British Columbia to digitize their cultural heritage materials by providing grant funding and digitization training.[5] The program is unique as it prioritizes communities' needs and ensures that communities retain copyright and control over their cultural heritage materials.[6] Indigitization is a joint project of IKBLC, the Museum of Anthropology, the iSchool at UBC, and Northern BC Archives (at UNBC), and continuously receives feedback from Indigenous project partners and grantees through initiatives such as the Indigenous Futures Forum held in 2016.[7][8]

Multimedia repository[edit]

Webcasts of lectures are archived and accessible through the Webcasts Portal.

Chapman Learning Commons[edit]

The Chapman Learning Commons, in a refurbished central section of the Learning Centre, provides space for group work as well as seating for individual study. It provides support and services for research and information literacy instruction, writing assistance, learning skills programs and technology through one-to-one help, workshops, peer mentoring and virtual resources and services.


External links[edit]


  1. ^ Statement of Purpose and Charter of Principles, October 2002, Irving K. Barber learning Centre. Retrieved July 3, 2008
  2. ^ "Modern Ways of Improving Kids Learning Skills". 10keythings. 2016-02-15. 
  3. ^ Facilities June 5, 2008, Irving K. Barber learning Centre. Retrieved July 3, 2008
  4. ^ "BC History Digitization Program |". Retrieved 2018-03-02. 
  5. ^ ALLEN, Samantha WRIGHT. "Indigitization program aims to preserve aboriginal history". Prince George Citizen. Retrieved 2018-03-02. 
  6. ^ "With an Eye on the Future, First Nations in Canada Are Switching From Audio Cassettes to Digital · Global Voices". Global Voices. 2017-05-09. Retrieved 2018-03-02. 
  7. ^ "Five cohorts of Indigitization project participants unite for inaugural Indigitization Futures Forum at UBC | BCLA Perspectives". Retrieved 2018-03-02. 
  8. ^ "Indigitization | Toolkit for the Digitization of First Nations Knowledge". Retrieved 2018-03-02.