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Community Engaged Research

This guide is intended for faculty, students, staff, and community members who are interested in learning more about community-engaged research.

Community Engagement and Open Education Librarian

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Donna Langille
Subject Librarian for Digital Humanities, Media Studies, Theatre, and Film Studies
UBC Okanagan Library

Get Help from a Librarian

Here to help you along the way are your friendly Community Engagement Librarians, Aleha, Donna, Kayla, and Nick. We’re happy to steer you in the right direction or answer your research questions. Please feel free to reach out!

 Donna Langille (she/her/they/them)

 Community Engagement and Open Education Librarian

 UBC Okanagan Library

 Email: | Phone: 250 807-9233


As Community Engagement and Open Education Librarian, Donna works to improve access to scholarly research for community members and support researchers with community-engaged research. You can often find her at the UBC Innovation Library where community members can access many of UBC’s electronic resources. Contact them by email to schedule an appointment.

Nick Ubels (he/him/his)


Community Engagement Librarian


UBC Learning Exchange & Irving. K. Barber Learning Centre


Email: | Phone: 604 827-0905



As an embedded community engagement librarian at the UBC Learning Exchange in the Downtown Eastside (DTES), Nick works with community members and non-profit organizations to improve access to scholarly research. Contact him by e-mail to set up a free one-to-one research consultations or get help using the DTES Research Access Portal.

 Kayla Lar-Son (she/her)

 Indigenous Programs and Services Librarian

 Xwi7xwa Library 

 Email: | Phone: 604-817-8091


Kayla is Metis from Treaty Six Territory and is the Indigenous programs and services librarian for the Xwi7xwa Library. Along with her colleagues at Xwi7xwa, she works to provide Indigenous communities with culturally relative services and programs on the UBC campus and beyond. Kayla is also the program manager librarian for the Indigitization program. You can contact her through email.

Photo: Aleha McCauley in Irving K. Barber Learning Centre building

Aleha McCauley (she/her)

Community Engagement Librarian
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, UBC Vancouver
Email: | 604-827-3906

Aleha is involved in several community initiatives that strive to improve access to research for community members, organizations and businesses across BC. Aleha is a co-investigator on the Supporting Transparent and Open Research Engagement and Exchange (STOREE) project which aims to support community and university-led initiatives targeted at increasing the accessibility of research. Aleha welcomes you to connect with her by email.