Earlier this week the Service Point Development project group held its last meeting, and we celebrated its work and the new Information Services division. In moving from project mode to ongoing operations, implementation of the new service model will still continue to involve individuals in multiple units. As I said in my remarks, I have appreciated how people across the library system have embraced planning for this new service model and I have great confidence in all who will be moving us forward.
Library heads met last week. Discussions included the materials coming out of this summer’s planning and budget process (I’ll discuss these at our September all staff meeting and meanwhile see the documents posted on our Planning and Assessment page), website redesign content authorship and the service point development project. Roundtable updates from each unit and division are available on the staff website.
Planning for our Sir Sanford Fleming exhibit first began when I responded to the President of Sir Sanford Fleming College, Tony Tilly, about his interest in any ways Queen’s and the College could work together in honouring Sir Sanford Fleming on the 100th anniversary of his death. Fleming College’s celebration of Sir Sandord Fleming’s legacy occurred on that anniversary, July 22, and our exhibit opened at that time. It was a great pleasure to see Dr. Tilly visit the exhibit last Friday and have a guided tour from Alvan Bregman and Deirdre Bryden. Thank you to all in the Jordan Library and the Archives.
In recent weeks, we’ve been preparing promotional materials about LAMP and considering ways to move forward with specific aspects of the plans for Stauffer Library and Douglas Library. This short description is appearing in a list of current Queen’s capital projects seeking funding:
At the academic junction of University Avenue and Union Street are the award-winning Stauffer Library on one corner and the iconic Douglas Library diagonally opposite. The project envisions innovative renovations to 375,000 sq ft of these two libraries, and to the public square between them, to dramatically increase student learning spaces, advance research opportunities and build community engagement. Libraries are transforming to meet current and future academic needs. Stauffer Library will feature the academic support services of the Queen’s Learning Commons. Students will explore existing treasures and create new ones in the Douglas Library’s Centre for Digital and Print Culture. Expected outcomes include a 40% increase in learning space: the welcoming warmth of the traditional library augmented by digital studios, special collections and archives, collaborative study rooms, contemplative corners, community event space, and the knowledge of the world at your fingertips.
In case you’ve missed mention of this elsewhere, I’d like to point out the recent release of the Horizon Report Library Edition 2015 from the New Media Consortium (NMC). It’s quite a good and easy-to-read summary of matters we’re all thinking about in research libraries today.
In the middle of August I attended IFLA’s World Library and Information Congress in Cape Town, South Africa, on behalf of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL). Being immersed in this international gathering was informative and interesting, and the setting was beautiful. Here is CARL Executive Director Susan Haigh’s brief report on how CARL and its members contributed to a strong Canadian presence at the congress.
Of over fifty Canadian delegates, many have played long-standing roles at IFLA and they should be proud of their international contributions. Among the most dedicated is Ingrid Parent, past President of IFLA who, as we announced separately, was formally recognized for her achievements.
Collectively, CARL and its members contributed widely to the programme. CARL President Martha Whitehead (Queen’s) and our Research Associate Kathleen Shearer presented about Portage at a session on the collaborative use of technology. At a rich Copyright session chaired by Victoria Owen (U of T), Dr. Colleen Cook (McGill) provided a fascinating overview of Canada’s role in the development of the Marrakesh Treaty and the road toward Canada’s accession to it (which we hope will take place in the next session of Parliament). At a session on assessing library value co-chaired by Leslie Weir (Ottawa), Vivian Lewis (McMaster) presented about the need to translate assessment data into the effective communication of library worth. Todd Suomela (Alberta) presented about University of Alberta’s web archiving experience at a strong session on web archives. Ingrid Parent (British Columbia) chaired a session about UNESCO’s PERSIST Project and described its draft Guidelines for the Selection of Digital Content for Long-term Preservation, and Diane Beattie (LAC) added the perspective of importance of the new guidelines for archives. Joseph Hafner (McGill) described McGill Library’s experience as an open access journal publisher at a session on libraries as publishers. At the session on standards, Chris Oliver (Ottawa) described the impact and evolution of IFLA’s three conceptual models for bibliographic data. And finally, at the open session on national libraries, Dr. Guy Berthiaume (LAC) delivered a paper assessing the successes, challenges and directions for Library and Archives Canada ten years after the merger of Canada’s national library and national archives.
CARL also mounted a poster describing the role and outputs of its Open Access Working Group. At the busy poster sessions, Jane Burpee (McGill) and I talked with delegates from around the world and handed out CARL’s primer on recognizing predatory publishers.
I know we’re all feeling a bit surprised that it’s September already and at the same time enjoying the vibrancy of the campus filled with students. Thank you for all the preparations of the summer, and all the best for the first days of term. Have a good long weekend.