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Report to Senates 2023, Towards Open.

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I am very pleased to present this year’s UNB Libraries Report to Senates.

We have titled this year’s Report Towards Open, with a specific focus on the evolving scholarly communications landscape. UNB faculty and student researchers experience a publishing landscape that is dramatically different from even a few years ago. Universities across the country, and indeed across the world, are working both collaboratively and within their institutions to develop strategic approaches to the “open science” landscape. Within UNB Libraries we share the goals of our Canadian Association of Research Libraries colleagues to foster timely, equitable, and enduring global access to, and dissemination of, knowledge. We are committed to strengthening UNB’s research contributions to the advancement of science, scholarship, and the betterment of society.

While significant developments are emerging across the world for stronger “open science” policies, and gains continue to be made to ensure that the results of publicly funded research are made openly available (when appropriate), investment in these initiatives is required. As our Report explains, UNB Libraries actively supports our researchers in meeting their own publishing objectives, and in meeting open access requirements. We contribute to the national commitment to sharing and preserving the outputs of Canadian research, and to containing the costs of subscribed access.

With our Report to Senates we are seeking a commitment from UNB at an institutional level for an Open Access Policy, aligned with the role that UNB Libraries plays in contributing our expertise, our services, and support locally for UNB researchers and the necessary regional, national, and international open infrastructures and services. I invite you to read our Report.

Read this year's report:

Report to Senates 2023, Towards Open.

You will find a draft version of a UNB Open Access Policy as Appendix A, for which your support is requested.

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Lesley Balcom,
Dean of Libraries

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Images of Research and Models of Research Winners and Exhibits

Images of Research winners submissions


The School of Graduate Studies and UNB Libraries' Harriet Irving Library Research Commons announce the winners of this year's Images of Research and Models of Research Challenge.

The 2023 editions of the Images of Research and Models of Research challenges invited UNB graduate students to submit either an image or 3D model they believe encapsulates their research and to explain in 200 words or less its association to their research.  Each challenge was adjudicated by a separate cross-disciplinary panel of UNB faculty, and the winners were announced March 23rd, 2023 at the Graduate Student Research Conference, held in the Wu Centre on the UNB Fredericton Campus.

Winners for Images of Research 2023 are:

First Place:

To look upon a star by Tim Blackmore
Department of Physics, Faculty of Science

Second Place:

Glooscap by Percy Sacobie
Faculty of Education

Third Place:

Out of office! by Ella Middleton
Faculty of Science, Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, Applied Science and Engineering

Honourable Mentions:

The Mud of Vimy Ridge Archived Forever by Bradley Shoebottom
Department of History, Faculty of Arts

Duck's Eye View by Kiirsti Owen
Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management

Images of Research and Models of Research submissions will be exhibited in the Harriet Irving Library Research Commons Data Visualization Lab (Room 320D) noon until 1:30 weekdays from April 3rd until April 14th. 

There will also be a concurrent exhibit in the Hans W. Klohn Commons on the UNB Saint John campus.

Winners for Models of Research 2023 are:

First Place:

Development of sustainable low-carbon bionics-based lightweight panels by Elena Vladimirova
Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management

Second Place:

Wind Power by Muhammad Usman Ghani
Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

Third Place:

Local correlations in bio molecular systems by Mostafa Javaheri Moghadam
Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science

Honourable Mention:

Rodeska Robotics by Dhruv Patel
J. Herbert Smith Centre for Technology Management and Entrepreneurship, Faculty of Engineering

Models of Research submissions will be exhibited physically in the Harriet Irving Library Research Commons Exhibits cabinets in the central thoroughfare.  
For more information and to view challenge submissions and winners online, please visit:

Anthroposcream: Fiction Writing in the Climate Crisis

Header image for Anthroposcream. Brids eye view of a dystopian, flooded street. Dark and moody colours with digital distortion.

Creative Writing Workshop with Mike Thorn

Wednesday, March 29, 3:00 pm
Innovation Hub, Research Commons, Harriet Irving Library

This one-hour workshop will address the concept of the Anthropocene, and the fraught relationships between human and nonhuman animals therein. It will also explore the difficulties and possibilities of creative writing within the climate emergency, with some references to the genre-coded opportunities endemic to horror fiction.

Participants will be invited to "free-write" reflections on life within this contemporary, ecologically tenuous moment.

To register, please email Maximum of 20 seats available.
Please note: this event is in conjunction with the Teach-in on Climate Justice, but registration is separate given audience limits. You are welcome to attend other parts of the Teach-in.

UNB Libraries Winter Research Booster II: Leveraging Business Resources

UNB Libraries Winter Research Booster II: Leveraging Business Resources

Get down to business with this 45 minute introduction to leveraging business resources no matter your disciplinary focus, led by librarians Jeannie Bail (Liaison Librarian, Faculty of Management and Renaissance College, UNBF) and Phil Taber (Liaison Librarian, Faculty of Business and the Department of Humanities and Languages, UNBSJ.


11:00 - 12:00 noon on Thursday, March 23, 2023.

Harriet Irving Library Research Commons' Innovation Hub (Room 316)
This session will be held both online and in person

Onsite walk-ins are welcome!

We will cover:

  • Market Intelligence
  • Using Business Resources for Job Hunting
  • Free and Open Access Business Resources

    Workshop: Introduction to Podcasting and Audio Projects

    Introduction to Podcasting and Audio Projects Workshop with Marc Bragdon

    Thursday March 9th from 1 to 4pm

    Digital Scholarship Hub, Room 320A (in person only)
    Harriet Irving Library Research Commons

    In 3 hours or less - with generous breaks - we will cover the basics of:

    • Microphones
      what they are and how to choose and use them in various recording environments
    • Software for recording and editing
      we will use Audacity since it is freely available for Mac and PC but also talk about more advanced options and why you would consider them
    • Principals of audio story telling
      i.e., how sound shapes a narrative and how to write and edit for an audience of ears 
    • Sound design
      adding music and special effects that serve your story rather than distract from them - and where to find these

    All you need is a laptop or tablet and by the end of our time you'll have your first - albeit very short - podcast along with many ideas and tips for going further.

    To register, please email

    Publish your next paper at no cost

    Did you know UNB Libraries is covering the cost of publishing in any PLOS journal?

    PLOS is a non-profit, fully open access publisher with a suite of journals in science and medicine. UNB Libraries' two-year All-Titles Agreement provides unlimited APC-free publishing in all PLOS journals for any UNB-affiliated corresponding authors. PLOS publishes the following twelve journals:

    • PLOS Biology
    • PLOS Climate
    • PLOS Computational Biology
    • PLOS Digital Health
    • PLOS Genetics
    • PLOS Global Public Health
    • PLOS Medicine
    • PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
    • PLOS ONE
    • PLOS Pathogens
    • PLOS Sustainability and Transformation
    • PLOS Water

    Publishing Open Access advances information equity by making your research more visible, useful, and more transparent. As a PLOS partner, UNB Libraries researchers can publish Open Access at no cost with select PLOS journals.

    View the Open Access APC Discounts Guide for more information.