Library Update – March 24, 2017

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Mar 24, 2017

As we approach the end of the winter term (yes, winter will end!), we complete and re-start our annual planning cycle. We have an all staff meeting scheduled for Wednesday April 5th at 10am, where I’ll outline our 2017-18 budget, and then we have our annual staff planning event on May 24th. Mark your calendars, and let us know if you have any suggestions for the planning event.

Senate this week included a presentation of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Task Force, which is also both a conclusion and a beginning. The commission has completed its work and its impact will be seen in the months and years ahead. One of the first steps is the university’s creation of an Office of Indigenous Initiatives.

Senate approved the following programs:

  • establishment of a PhD program in Gender Studies, effective September 1, 2017
  • major modifications to the National Executive MBA program, effective immediately.

There was also notice of motion to approve the Report of the Academic Integrity Working Group at the next meeting of Senate. The group’s chair, John Pierce, spoke to the notice of motion, observing that the Senate approved the Academic Integrity Policy Statement in January 2006, and that the working group concluded that although significant progress has been made since 2006 in terms of the development of policies, procedures and practices, there are still areas for improvement.

You may have heard that Queen’s was successful in receiving approximately $1.2 million in funding from eCampusOntario to develop or redesign seven online programs through the New Program Development grant program. One of the seven programs is the Certificate in Advanced Research Skills, which includes the course the library is developing in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts and Science.

Jackie Druery and I spoke with the Ad Hoc Committee for the Review of the Academic Plan last week, providing initial library input in the consultation process. The consultations are in the preliminary stage, and there will be additional opportunities for library input in the next stage as well. Feedback from these consultations will be used by the ad hoc Committee to formulate recommendations to the Senate Committee on Academic Development to ensure that the Academic Plan is relevant and continues to articulate a broad set of principles, priorities and recommendations for the University.

The Queen’s Digital Scholarly Record Working Group had its first meeting this week. This committee includes representatives of the Library, the Office of the Vice-Principal Research, University Research Services, the Centre for Advanced Computing, ITServices, the School of Graduate Studies, the Society for Graduate and Professional Students and an Associate Dean Research. I am the Chair, and Rosarie Coughlan and Jeff Moon are ongoing resources to the group. Next steps for the group are development of a work plan, including two high priority “quick wins”:  increased support for Data Management Plans and implementation of institutional support for ORCID IDs.

The Open and Affordable Course Materials Working Group met again last week and is taking steps to prepare for a call for proposals for pilot projects. Its work plan and other materials are available on the Queen’s wiki page for the group, and a web guide is in development. We hope you’ll come to Stauffer Library Rm.121 on Tuesday March 28 from 2-3:30pm to learn more about the Open Education Resources landscape and the work of this Queen’s group.

Have a good weekend everyone – stay warm.

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