Divisions & Units

Library-Wide Divisions

  • Academic Services
    Spanning all disciplines and working with university partners, Academic Services connects learning and research to your information needs through a variety of services offering resources and expert advice.
  • Collection Development and Assessment
    The Collection Development and Assessment (CDA) division provides leadership and coordination in the development, stewardship and assessment of collections to support the research, teaching and learning needs of the university, and contributes to the development of information resources strategies. The division manages the acquisitions budget by working with units and the Information Resources Working Group to determine spending targets and providing monthly budget updates, plans and monitors spending in all acquisitions accounts, including operating and endowments/trusts, and manages e-resource decisions and license agreements. The division represents Queen’s interests in consortia (Canadian Research Knowledge Network, Ontario Council of University Libraries, Consortium of Ontario Academic Health Libraries) and maintains vendor relationships. CDA provides support and usage data for evaluations conducted by unit heads and liaison librarians, and writes/reviews reports involving analysis and descriptions of collection strengths.
  • Discovery and Technology Services
    Discovery Technology Services (DTS) is responsible for a set of interrelated services, systems and tools connecting users with rich and varied information resources and services. The division's name emphasizes the user experience as its raison d'être, and an understanding and application of user experience design in all its work.
  • Information Services
    ​Information Services manages the development and delivery of high-quality user experiences at the library’s physical and virtual service points, where questions are answered or referred and a variety of interactions occur relating to library services, collections and spaces. The physical service locations include Stauffer Library, Douglas Library, Bracken Health Sciences Library, Education Library, and Lederman Law Library; service points at W.D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections and the University Archives are currently managed by staff at those locations, due to their focus on physical collections.

Faculty Liaison Units

  • Education
    Education works directly with teacher candidates, faculty, graduate students and Continuing Teacher Education in the Faculty of Education, and community teachers and librarians.
  • Engineering and Science
    Engineering and Science works directly with students, faculty and staff in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and science departments of the Faculty of Arts and Science, as well as related research centres.
  • Health Sciences
    Health Sciences works directly with students, faculty, staff and health professionals in the Faculty of Health Science disciplines of medicine, nursing and rehabilitation therapy, and the life sciences. As well, the unit has partnerships with a number of community hospitals and health care providers.
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
    Humanities and Social Sciences works directly with students, faculty and staff in the humanities and social sciences departments of the Faculty of Arts and Science, the Smith School of Business and the School of Policy Studies.
  • Law
    Law works directly with students, faculty and staff in the Faculty of Law and other members of the Queen’s and local communities engaging in legal research.

Special Collections & Archives

  • Special Collections
    W. D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections preserves and provides access to impressive collections of rare books, maps, posters and other special resources covering all subjects.
  • University Archives
    Queen’s University Archives preserves and provides access to the information assets and historical record of the university, private papers related to Kingston and the region, and the City of Kingston Archives.

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