Monday’s Library staff planning and development event held at the Queen’s University Biological Station (QUBS) was a great day, judging by the conversations that took place there and the feedback received since. The theme, The Library is Everywhere, seemed appropriate in that beautiful setting – so remote and yet so connected with Queen’s and with researchers around the world. As mentioned, presentations and notes will be posted, and any further thoughts on priorities and actions are most welcome.
Mark your calendars for Sunday June 28, noon to 3pm, for the QUBS open house, which includes the grand opening of the Jessie V. Deslauriers (BA’87, BSc’91)Centre for Biology and the Jack Hambleton Library.
On the day before our QUBS visit, several Queen’s librarians attended the open house at the Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre (one even stayed overnight!). The Library was thanked for our support of the new trail guide app – particular thanks go to Francine Berish and Cate Jackson for supplying images from our maps and geospatial data collections.
The Library Leadership Team met yesterday and agreed that its membership will change slightly going forward. As I’m sure you’re aware, the LLT facilitates connections across several functional divisions, in support of Library services and operations. It makes decisions on policies that impact multiple divisions and is one of the vehicles for input to my office’s budget and personnel decisions. Members will now include the heads of all functional divisions – Academic Services (Sharon Murphy), Collection Development and Assessment (Anne Smithers), Discovery and Technology Services (Sandra Morden) and Information Services (Nathalie Soini) – as well as the Vice-Provost and University Librarian and the Associate University Librarians. The Business Officer, Communications Coordinator and Human Resource Officer are resources to the team.
The LLT reviewed and approved a project charter for the development of the online course module Information Skills: Strategies for effective and efficient use of information. This is one of the Queen’s courses/modules supported with funding from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, for development as part of the Ontario Online initiative. The project involves the Faculty of Arts and Science (Continuing and Distance Studies) and the Library, with Nasser Saleh working on course development with an instructional design team. Nasser will be ensuring participation and disciplinary input from liaison librarians in the module content development to maximize its use and implementation in Queen’s courses for Fall 2015 and beyond. The module will be developed for adoption by any first or second year undergraduate Ontario Online course on any course management software.
I became President of CARL on May 14, after two years as Vice-President. I look forward to working closely with the CARL office staff, Directors and other colleagues on matters of significance to research libraries across the country, in our global context. One of my first activities was a statement regarding CARL’s support for the Hague Declaration. The month of May also brought the end of my term as Chair of OCUL, and I moved into the role of Past Chair.
At both the CARL and OCUL meetings in May, there were many items of interest. CARL agreed to fund the position of Director of the Portage research data management network, further enabling the development of services that will benefit researchers at Queen’s and across the country. The CARL meeting agenda had two excellent programs, one including directors of information schools in discussing human resources needs and the other reviewing the results of the inaugural Canadian run of the Ithaka S + R faculty survey. The OCUL meeting involved the normal wide range of business of the consortia, plus a focus on the Collaborative Futures project.
Immediately following the CARL Directors meeting, CARL hosted Leviathan North: Long-term Access to Government Information in the Digital Era. Attendees included Graeme Campbell, Queen’s Open Government Librarian. It was an excellent program, starting with keynote speakers Janice Stein and Thomas Blanton, and including presentations on various aspects of federal and provincial/territorial government information and international perspectives.
This past weekend, right after the OCUL Directors’ meeting, the partners in the Downsview shared storage project met in Toronto to discuss terms of a memorandum of understanding. Anne Smithers, Michael Vandenburg and I attended on behalf of Queen’s. The new facility at the Downsview site is scheduled to open in September.
Senate met this week, with agenda items including an update from the Provost regarding the 2015-16 budget approved by the Board on May 8. Recent approved Senate Committee nominations include Dierdre Bryden on both the University Promotions and the Scholarships and Student Aid committees, effective September 2015.
I’ve heard many people musing lately about the mysteriously missing month of May – it has indeed gone quickly! That must mean that we’re all immersed in the myriad of things we try to accomplish in the spring and summer. I hope you’ll all take a few moments to enjoy the campus in the days of convocation over the next few weeks. There’s nothing like beaming graduands!
Wishing you all a relaxing spring weekend,