New head librarian for UBC Okanagan library

Melody Burton has been appointed head of the UBC Okanagan library, effective September 19. She comes to UBC Okanagan from Queen’s University where she served as head of access services for the Stauffer Library and as acting associate university librarian.

“A great library is essential in developing the kind of research-intensive learning community we are creating at UBC Okanagan,” says Deputy Vice Chancellor Barry McBride. “Melody Burton will lead library services of the highest quality for students and faculty in support of the educational mission of this new institution.”

Burton holds a master’s degree in library science from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Arts degree (honours) from the University of King’s College, Dalhousie University.

Gwen Zilm, UBC Okanagan Associate Vice President, Learning Services, notes that Burton has extensive experience in providing reference, collection development and informational services, in managing and developing frontline library services, and in collaborating on the development of new and innovative services such as the Ontario Scholars Portal and the Learning Commons for the Stauffer Library at Queen’s University.

About UBC Library

The UBC Okanagan Library is part of the UBC Library system. UBC Okanagan students, faculty and staff will now have access to a collection that includes 4.7 million books and journals, 5 million microforms, over 800,000 maps, videos and other multimedia materials and over 46,700 subscriptions. UBC Library has the largest biomedical collection in Western Canada and the largest collection of Asian language materials in the country.

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