We invite the Queen’s and Kingston Community to the 8th Annual Inquiry@Queen’s Undergraduate Research Conference. The conference is a celebration of inquiry-based learning that showcases research projects from Queen’s undergraduates across all disciplines. The conference takes place Thursday, March 6 and Friday, March 7 in Speaker’s Corner and the Seminar Room in the Queen’s Learning Commons, Stauffer Library. For more information about the conference go to our website: http://queensu.ca/iatq/conference/program.html
A new virtual exhibit has been launched to correspond with the opening of A Pocket Cathedral, which opens March 3 at the W.D. Jordan Special Collections and Music Library, featuring the collected works of Geoffrey Chaucer printed by the Kelmscott Press in 1896.
To view the virtual exhibit, please go to:
From Euromonitor International, Passport is a database of market research on countries, markets and companies. It provides country demographics and economic conditions; consumer lifestyle profiles; sales volume, value and forecasts for retail products; major brands and companies. It covers consumer products and services in 80 national markets, demographics and economic data for 206 countries and has over 100 million exportable statistics and 18,000 regularly updated qualitative reports on industries, companies, countries, and consumers. Data spans 40 years with 15 year forecasts. Formerly known as GMID, Global Market Information Database.
Access: Passport or via http://library.queensu.ca/research/databases/record/10964
Hundreds of hours of video and thousands of pages of text resources to meet the growing needs of engineering programs worldwide; in-depth coverage for the most frequently taught and seminal engineering case studies and failures, from the Titanic to the Challenger space shuttle explosion, to help students and scholars understand each case’s valuable takeaways.
Trial runs February 26 – March 25
Join us on Wednesday, February 26 and Thursday, February 27th @ 12:00-1:00 pm in Speaker’s Corner.
Guests will read passages from challenged or banned books as part of the Freedom to Read Week.
For more information about Freedom to Read, go to: http://www.freedomtoread.ca/
Join us Tuesday, February 25th at 12:00-1:00pm in Speaker’s Corner for a conversation with Stephanie Simpson, Human Rights Office and Dr. Barrington Walker, Department of History about the following topic:
“Outside agitator: Black North American civil rights activism and the Canadian response”
Light refreshments will be served.
The APIC Text Online website will be unavailable Friday, February 21 through Monday, February 24, 2014.
Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics brings together the latest research from across a range of disciplines which contribute to our knowledge of Ancient Greek; an indispensable research tool for scholars and students of Greek, of linguistics, and of other Indo-European languages, as well as of Biblical literature.
John Willinsky, founder of the Public Knowledge Project, which developed the Open Journal Systems (OJS) used at Queen’s, has been honoured as the January 2014 SPARC Innovator. The SPARC Innovator program recognizes advances in scholarly communication propelled by an individual, institution, or group.
Willinsky, currently the Khosla Family Professor of Education at Stanford University, gave the keynote address, titled The Intellectual Properties of Learning in the Digital Age, during the 2009 Open Access Week @ Queen’s program.
Queen’s University Librarian Martha Whitehead first met Willinsky in the late 1990s at the University of British Columbia, when he was Pacific Press Professor of Literacy and Technology in the Faculty of Education. “John was an innovator then, and he really hasn’t stopped,” says Whitehead, “It’s a great pleasure to see him honoured now by SPARC, an organization that has provided such strong leadership in the open access movement.”
As a result of a conference conversation in 2010, Whitehead agreed that Queen’s would contribute to a study Willinsky was starting at Stanford, published as “Setting Aside the Course Reader: The Legal, Economic, and Pedagogical Reasons” in Innovations in Higher Education (2013). Sharon Murphy, Head of Academic Services, enjoyed liaising with the Stanford team and the Queen’s Campus Bookstore, who supplied course packs for Queen’s part of the project. “We benefitted greatly from the goodwill and generosity of the bookstore,” says Murphy, “From the moment we approached them, they were supportive.” Library technician Kim Bell, who analyzed 50 course packs at Queen’s, says the results of the study were interesting: for the 110 course packs studied at the two universities, 45% of the readings were freely available either through the university library or open access sources.
In the article, authors Brent J. Evans and Willinsky also discuss “a number of pedagogical benefits to having students work directly with scholarship within a dynamically hyperlinked environment.” In a poster presented at the Ontario Library Association SuperConference in 2013, Bell observed that “the study strongly suggests the need for further multi-institutional investigation to bring course reading offerings in line with student cost considerations, copyright law, and educational priorities of post-secondary institutions.”
The January 2014 SPARC Innovator Profile is online at http://www.sparc.arl.org/initiatives/innovator
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