Cuneiform Tablets of the UBC Special Collections Division

By Nicholas Kraus   What is known today as the Third Dynasty of Ur, or the Ur III period, began in Mesopotamia around 2100 BCE and lasted until 2000 BCE. The founder, Ur-Namma king of the city of Ur in southern Iraq, was the first of his line to begin…

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Digitizing the O. J. Todd Collection: A Crash Course

By Chloe Martin-Cabanne On a busy day in April 2015, professors Gwynaeth McIntyre and Lynn Welton were storing old exams in the CNERS Department storage room when they spotted a small grey box in a corner of the room, stacked high upon a pile of boxes. It was a Spalding…

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FSTS or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Fundraising

We do a lot of fundraising here at FSTS. If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter, you have probably been inundated with notices about our latest initiative, the Instructional Skills Workshop series. It may seem like we’re constantly asking for money and if you don’t know the behind-the-scenes details,…

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How We Spent Our Summer Vacation

Like ducks on a pond, our site may have been quiet over the summer but we were madly churning away, digitizing new collections, creating teaching modules and getting our army of awesome volunteers enough work to keep them satisfied. We also had another summer of paid positions, funded by our…

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