University of British Columbia

University of British Columbia Library

Digital Initiatives;
@cIRcle_UBC; @DigitizeUBC

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 cIRcle is an open access digital repository for published and unpublished material created by the UBC community and its partners.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 2017:

Library publications in 2017: campus­-based faculty-­driven journals (8); campus-based student-driven journals (10); monographs/textbooks (3); technical/research reports (14); faculty conference papers and proceedings (3); student conference papers and proceedings (1); newsletters (1); ETDs (1125); undergraduate capstones/honors theses (75)

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Number of paid titles:

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

Disciplinary specialties: engineering; mathematics; physics; forestry; planning

Top publications: World happiness report [2012] (report); Okanagan Charter : An international charter for health promoting universities & colleges (report); "Digital Library Federation Opening plenary & keynote address 2015" (video); BIRS Workshop Lecture Videos (video series); Institutional repository software comparison: DSpace, EPrints, Digital Commons, Islandora and Hydra (report)

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); TRIUMF; Digital Library Federation (DLF)

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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