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New Database Trial: InCites

Posted: May 26th, 2016

Available 26 May – 27 June, 2016, InCites is a customized, citation-based research evaluation tool on the Web that lets academic, government and research administrators and funders conduct analyses on their productivity and benchmark their research output against peers worldwide.

To learn more about InCites™ go to http://researchanalytics.thomsonreuters.com

Webinar on how to use InCites: Play recording

For more see: YouTube channel

Guides: InCites Handbook

Open House: Cultural Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

Posted: November 21st, 2016

Students from all disciplines welcome!
Friday November 25, 2:30-4:30
Mackintosh-Corry Hall B176
Register: www.queensu.ca/culturalstudies

Campus Security Reports an increase in personal property thefts

Posted: November 3rd, 2016

Campus Security has noted a recent increase in personal property thefts on campus resulting from items left unattended or in unsecured areas. Laptop computers, cell phones, cash, bicycles, and other valuables have recently been stolen while left unsecured or unattended even for just a brief period of time.

Please keep your belongings in your sight at all times while in public areas, including the library.

Greening the Library: We recycle

Posted: October 28th, 2016

We are committed to reducing waste! Queen’s diversion initiatives need all of our participation to succeed, and we are asking for your help to reach our goals.

We recycle at the Library, and have recycling bins in all of our locations. Please do your part by making use of them, including putting your waste and recyclable items into the proper containers. Sorting practices on campus are similar to the way you recycle at home.

Opening: Group Study Rooms with Indigenous Names and Art

Posted: October 28th, 2016

We are pleased to announce the official opening of twelve new group study rooms in Stauffer Library. These rooms have been given Indigenous names, and Indigenous artists were commissioned to create paintings that depict the meaning of the study room names.

Please join us on the third floor of Stauffer Library on Friday October 28 from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. for remarks, a drumming circle, and room viewings.


Posted: October 28th, 2016

GIS Day provides an international forum for users of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society.

This year we will be celebrating GIS Day in Stauffer Library’s Speakers Corner, starting at 1pm on Wednesday, November 16th, 2016.

Speakers include guests from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation and Public Health. Agenda and more information coming soon!

Enter to WIN! Library Calendar Contest

Posted: October 28th, 2016

What do you love about your Library? Send us a photo and you could win!

Prizes include Queen’s merchandise from the Campus Bookstore, including first prize, a 100% pure wool Queen’s Tartan blanket, and a copy of the calendar in which your name, photo, and description appears.

Check out library.queensu.ca/about-us/news-events/enter-win-library-calendar-contest for more information!

Join us for Science Literacy Week Activities at Queen’s University Library!

Posted: September 19th, 2016

For the schedule of events, please see our website: http://library.queensu.ca/about-us/news-events/science-literacy-week-activities-queens-university-library

W.D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections, Queen’s Library, Student Assistant Position

Posted: August 5th, 2016

We are hiring for the fall!

Under the direction of library staff, the student assistant will work at W.D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections, performing a wide range of tasks. Duties will include, but are not limited to, assisting library patrons, setting up items and monitoring their use in the reading room, shifting/moving collections, re-housing of poster/map collection, assisting with various conservation and preservation projects.

Shifts range from 2.5 to 4 hours in length, Monday to Friday, from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, averaging 10 hours per week. The hourly rate of pay is $12.00 which includes 4% vacation pay. If you wish to be considered for possible employment, complete and submit the application.

Review of applications will begin immediately and successful applicants will be contacted by email to confirm the receipt of a Work Study Bursary and to schedule an interview. Preference will be given to those receiving full bursaries.


  • Must be eligible for the Work Study Bursary
  • Must be a Queen’s student
  • Must be able to work independently and within a team and with attention to detail
  • Basic computer/technological skills are an asset.
  • Applicants should be able to perform light –medium physical work which may require bending and squatting, pushing book carts, as well as repetitive motion involving the hand and arm.

Now Hiring!: Digital Humanities Undergraduate Assistant

Posted: July 22nd, 2016

Do you want to work with rare books and primary materials? Are you excited about digital scholarship? Consider applying for the Digital Humanities Undergraduate Assistantship and come work with us at the W.D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections.

Digital Humanities Undergraduate Assistantship

The Digital Humanities Undergraduate Assistantship was created in September 2014 in collaboration with the Bader International Study Centre’s (BISC) Field School in the Digital Humanities. In 2016 the assistantship will be open to all interested Queen’s University undergraduates.

The Digital Humanities Assistant will undertake a project under the direction of the W.D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections. Project details will be determined collaboratively by the student and the Head of Special Collections, drawn from a list of prioritised projects derived from current holdings which have been targeted as key in the dissemination of collections to a broader audience. She/he will be co-supervised by the Head of Special Collections and Special Collections Librarian.

Through this assistantship students will be introduced to proper techniques for the use of special materials and how digitization can both describe collections and interpret them for researchers. Projects should be geared towards encouraging research and use. Examples of project products include, but are not limited to, interpretive exhibits, visibility on social media platforms, mapping applications, and development of metadata templates. At the conclusion of the assistantship, the student will:

  • Be practiced in analyzing and organizing material for digitization; applying descriptive metadata to digitized material; and providing public access to digital material
  • Be familiar with physical materials that are the sources of digitized images and texts, and understand their organization, handling, conservation and post-digitization disposition with respect to digital projects.
  • Understand the practical implications of digital preservation as these affect their projects
  • Know how to present and/or publish their work in public venues such as “Inquiry@Queen’s”

The Digital Humanities Assistant will report to the Head of W.D. Jordan Rare Books & Special Collections. She/he will be required to work approximately 10 hours per week however, it is well understood that this position is held by a student and therefore, some shifts may need to be rearranged or cancelled to accommodate academic requirements. Regular hours are to be decided and agreed upon at the beginning of each term.

Duration and Remuneration

The Digital Humanities Undergraduate Assistantship is a paid position ($12.00/hour) with flexible schedule averaging up to 10 hours per week during the Fall 2016 and Winter 2017 academic terms.


Only registered Queen’s University undergraduate students are eligible to apply. Applicants must demonstrate an interest in digital humanities or digital preservation, present a solid record of academic achievement, and must register an interest in research through the application statement.

Application Process

Candidates must submit a résumé and statement (max 1,000 words) outlining the skills or talents the candidate would bring to the department, especially any skills or background external that might be of use in a digital project (i.e. software or online application competencies, facility in coding or programming, etc.). The statement should also indicate how this position will help forward the candidate’s academic or professional aspirations. Contact information for one or two references who can speak to the candidate’s academic and career aspirations should also be submitted. Please send all materials to jordan.library@queensu.ca.

Applications received by August 22nd will be considered first.

Web Redesign – New Design, part 2

Posted: July 8th, 2016

As a continuation of our last post about the new design, here are a few more designs:

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