Library Update – January 27, 2017

Post Date:
Jan 27, 2017

I have a number of updates about our work together but first I’d like to highlight some recent events.

  • Thank you to all who attended the all staff meeting this week to think about the themes of Truth and Reconciliation and indigenous cultures and research, and thank you to our speakers Nathalie Soini and Armand Ruffo.
  • It was a pleasure to present the Promoting Student Inquiry Teaching Award to Steven Maynard at the Principal’s Teaching and Learning Awards event on Wednesday.  This award is sponsored and coordinated by the library. Jackie Druery is my delegate in this process – thank you Jackie – and she notes the pleasure and challenge her committee had in judging the nominations. (See more information on the awards.)
  • I attended the 2017 INKE (Implementing New Knowledge Environments) gathering in Victoria last week, for CARL, and left with the mantra “networked open social scholarship.” I’ll look for opportunities to share more on this topic in the months ahead. (See the meeting program.)

Now those  updates…

  • I’d like to thank all who put forward their names for working groups and projects in response to my recent calls for expressions of interest. The Library Leadership Team has reviewed the memberships, and sponsors will begin the follow-up with individuals next week.
  • A new project charter has been posted, for a project to guide the Mobile Self-check Pilot, involving a new type of self-check solution named MeeScan. MeeScan allows users to check out materials in the stacks with an app available for Android and iOS devices, and to desensitise them as they leave the library. The project will involve completing the configuration and testing of MeeScan and integrating it into the service model at the Lederman Law Library and encouraging users to check out their own materials where possible. The pilot will assess the MeeScan solution and make recommendations about whether to continue and possibly further expand its use.
  • The Library Leadership Team has been working on updating our Organizational Design document to reflect current details about our organizational structure and relationships across the matrix, and we’re aiming to have a draft out in February.
  • I’d like to let you know about some thinking occurring regarding University Archives and W.D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections. The University Archivist has been reporting to me for five years now, and I feel it’s time to explore the organizational relationship in more detail, in particular as LAMP envisions the physical joining of University Archives and W.D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections with a Centre for Digital and Print Culture in Douglas Library. We’re going to proceed with three steps:  the University Archivist, the Head of W.D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections, the two Associate University Librarians and myself are now meeting together regularly to develop a more comprehensive shared understanding of archives and special collections plans and operations in relation to library and university strategic priorities; an external review of University Archives and W.D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections will be conducted in Fall 2017; in late 2017 or early 2018, a planning group, with membership including individuals from each of the units, will be formed to address the recommendations of the external review. This is all at an early stage and I would welcome your questions and thoughts.
  • We have new development support! We have entered into an arrangement with the Faculty of Arts and Science and the Office of Advancement to have an assigned development officer who can also draw on the expertise of a strong advancement team. John Kraemer is now the development officer assigned to the library. His role with us relates to the library as a whole, not just priorities involving the Faculty of Arts and Science. John is familiar with the university as both an employee and a student, having completed his Master of Arts in Political Studies with a focus in Canadian Politics at Queen’s in 2014. Prior to moving to Kingston, John earned his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Manitoba. With regard to John’s working arrangements, he will continue to be in the faculty but he will also use the office immediately outside the Office of the Vice-Provost and University Librarian. John will be getting to know the library over the next little while and you may see him visiting your units (See a picture of John.)

Have a good weekend everyone!

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