University of British Columbia

University of British Columbia Library

Digital Initiatives;

Primary Contact:
Bronwen Sprout
Head, Digital Programs and Services

Program Overview

Digital Initiatives is a key part of the Library’s strategy to support the evolving needs of faculty and students and to support teaching, research, and learning at UBC. Our goal is to create sustainable, world-class programs and processes that promote digital scholarship, make UBC research and digital collections openly available to the world, and ensure the long-term preservation of UBC’s digital collections. cIRcle is an open access digital repository for published and unpublished material created by the UBC community and its partners. Its aim is to showcase and preserve UBC’s unique intellectual output by making content freely available to anyone, anywhere via the web.

Year publishing activities began: 2007

Organization: services are distributed across library units/departments

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: professional staff (2); paraprofessional staff (1)

Funding sources (%): library operating budget (100)

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5):

Open access focus (1–5):

Advisory/editorial board:

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2016: N/A

Library publications in 2016: campus-based faculty driven journals (8); campus-based student driven journals (2); faculty conference papers and proceedings (109); ETDs (548); undergraduate capstones/theses (77)

Number of open access titles: journals (14); monographs ()

Number of paid titles: journals (331,343); monographs (5,656,948)

Number of hybrid titles: journals (); monographs ()

Media formats: text; images; audio; video; data

Disciplinary specialties: For cIRcle: Mining Engineering; Mathematics; Forestry; Education; Earth and Ocean Sciences

Top publications: For cIRcle: BIRS Workshop Lecture Videos; Guidelines for Mine Haul Road Design” (technical report); Sechelt dictionary (monograph); A time-dependent seismic resilience analysis approach for networked lifelines (conference paper); Ideologia y humor en La Dama Boba de Lope de Vega y Carpio (thesis); UBC Japanese Canadian Students of 1942 (audiorecordings)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 75

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

Internal partners: individual faculty; graduate students; undergraduate students

External partners: Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS); emerita

Publishing platform(s): CONTENTdm; DSpace; OJS; Wordpress

Digital preservation strategy: Archive-It; Archivematica; CLOCKSS; COPPUL

Additional services: cataloging; metadata; author copyright advisory; digitization hosting of supplemental content; audio/video streaming; analytics

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions:
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