Library Update – May 5, 2017

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May 5, 2017

Good morning, it’s May and the trees are budding! I’m just back from the spring ARL meeting in Philadelphia, and happy to be in Canada, Ontario, Kingston, Queen’s. This morning I have the pleasure of welcoming a group of Education librarians from across Ontario who are meeting at Queen’s. Thank you Brenda and Mary Claire for the invitation!

Today I’m most delighted to congratulate Bonnie Brooks, who was recognized for her 50 years of service at the campus-wide Celebration of Service Dinner on Thursday. Bonnie was invited to celebrate her “golden anniversary” at the head table alongside the Queen’s Principal, Daniel Woolf, and Canadian businessman and philanthropist, Aubrey Dan. Bonnie began her time with Queen’s and the library back in 1967 when she was hired in the acquisitions department as a typist. Throughout her many years with us she has worn a number of different hats during her positions in: Interlibrary Loans, Special Collections, Ordering, Access Services, Content Management Systems, and her current position as Interlibrary Loans Coordinator in Information Services. Congratulations, Bonnie! We thank you for your many years of hard work and achievements!

It was a pleasure to hear recent division and unit updates at a Heads meeting on April 25. At that meeting we also reviewed the Organizational Design document sent to all of you on April 5, and it is now available the May 1, 2017 version.

Last week, Heather McMullen and I met with individuals from several peer institutions for an ad hoc discussion about how we’re each approaching our efforts to modify acquisitions practices and influence publishing models. Here at Queen’s we’re looking forward to the next stage of analysis resulting from the country-wide journal usage survey facilitated by CRKN. That analysis will be another engagement point for librarians and faculty. We’ll also keep in touch with our peers over the summer as we approach this fall’s round of big deal offers and decisions.

Last Friday I attended a day-long meeting of the SSHRC Programs and Quality Committee in Ottawa, always an interesting opportunity to connect with researchers from across the country and SSHRC staff. Earlier in the week I attended a teleconference meeting of the Ontario Council of Research (OCUR) Task Force on Research, Innovation and Community Impacts Metrics, which I serve on as a representative of OCUL. I’m delighted that our local Research Working Group is getting under way and that the kinds of things I have the opportunity to learn about through the Tri-Agencies and OCUR will become a greater part of our common institutional knowledge.

Last week I also had an engaging visit with the Executive Director of the Leadership Council on Digital Research Infrastructure (LCDRI) and Queen’s Vice-Principal (Research), a teleconference meeting of the Executive of the LCDRI, meetings of the McGill Queen’s University Press Finance and Audit Committee and the Board, and a teleconference with the Portage Advisory Committee. Best of all, we had the Open and Affordable Course Materials Working Group discussion sessions with instructors and a useful debrief with the facilitator on Monday. More on that in the days ahead.

Next week I’m speaking and representing CARL at the Confederation of Open Access Repositories in Venice, followed by meetings in somewhat less exotic locations. CRKN is having a special meeting on May 15 in Toronto regarding recent discussions about merging with Canadiana, then the CARL Spring meeting will be held in Hamilton, May 16-18.  So, my next update will include developments in our national and international communities.

Meanwhile, enjoy the gentle rain and gradual greening of our local world, and have a good weekend.

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