At the start of May I like to reflect on the past academic year and all that has been accomplished. Our students and faculty pursued lines of inquiry, created new ideas and shared knowledge, with the help of the Library and the Archives. And we learned and developed as well – through our service model explorations, collections projects, research data management initiatives, open access progress, experiential learning opportunities, teaching and learning developments, accessibility services self-study, multiple special events, new colleagues and the delivery of our day-to-day services. It has been an interesting and productive year thanks to the stellar work of many dedicated people.
At Senate this week there were several proposals and approvals to note:
- ·Biotechnology Specialization Plan in Biology and a joint Degree/Diploma in Biotechnology in conjunction with St. Lawrence College, effective September 1, 2015
- Amalgamation of the Schools of Drama and Music in the Faculty of Arts and Science, to create a School of Drama and Music, effective July 1, 2015, subject to ratification by the Board of Trustees
- Major modification to the Bachelor of Science General in Life Sciences in the Faculty of Arts and Science, to make the exiting program available as well via a new mode of delivery, i.e fully online, effective September 1, 2015
- Renmin University, Beijing, China, as a location to deliver the Queen’s Master of Finance Program, and significant changes to the faculty delivering the Queen’s University Master of Finance program at Renmin University, Beijing, China
- Introduction of a graduate field in “International Business” in the MSc and PhD programs, Queen’s School of Business, effective September 2016
- Combined BCom/JD Degree Program in the School of Business and Faculty of Law, effective September 1, 2015
As well, two nominations of Library people were approved: Cory Laverty for the Senate Cyclical Program Review Committee and Sharon Murphy for the Senate Committee on Academic Development.
The Senate Library Committee had its last meeting of the academic year on April 24 and the Chair is now drafting the committee’s annual report for Senate.
The group guiding a strategic review of the Union Gallery received a report last week from the two graduate students assigned to carry out the first stages of the review. Its recommendations for the ongoing sustainability of the UG were well received. The report is undergoing a few revisions and will then go to the UG Board.
Library Heads met last week, and reviewed the staffing changes arising from the service point development project. The roundtable updates prepared by each unit provide helpful updates on activities across the system.
Kudos to Rosarie Coughlan and Sharon Murphy this week, for their webinar held by the Canadian Association of Research Administrators. Titled “Between the Green and the Gold: Open Access to Canadian Research,” their talk explored what the Tri-Council policy means for funders, institutions and researchers, the methods and mechanisms available to enable compliance (both free and fee routes) as well as ways to address any concerns and/or barriers to open access which faculty and other key stakeholders may have.
I began this update with comments about the academic year just completed, so I’ll close with a new beginning. The Faculty of Education is top of mind for many people these days, as we watch with interest the start of the new Consecutive Education program. It takes the unique approach of four successive terms, starting in May and ending in August the following year. I’m greatly appreciating the strengths of the Faculty as I serve on the Principal’s advisory committee for the appointment of the next Dean. The Faculty is clearly held in very high regard across the country.
I hope you have an opportunity to enjoy these early days of May, and are looking forward to the spring and summer months ahead.