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Visitors at Fleming Exhibit

Posted: September 1st, 2015

Deirdre Bryden , Queen’s University Archives and Alvan Bregman, Curator of Queen’s University Library Special Collections recently presented the Fleming Exhibit to Principal Woolf and the President of Sir Sandford Fleming College, Tony Tilly.

Read more of the gazette story here.

Fleming Exhibit at Special Collections

New crossing – Library Square

Posted: August 29th, 2015

Work is completed on the new accessible crossing at Union & University!

Read more of the Queen’s Gazette story here.

New Union & University crossing improves accessibility

New Union & University crossing improves accessibility

Improving access to Electronic Reserves

Posted: August 28th, 2015

Access to electronic reserves is expanding – read more of the Queen’s Gazette article here.

Expanded Electronic Reserves at Queen's Library

Expanded Electronic Reserves at Queen's Library

E-reserve Fall Deadline (August 31) and Newsletter

Posted: August 25th, 2015

Fall Deadline

Please submit your readings by August 31st if you need them all available at the start of the Fall semester. After that point, we will fulfill requests by date in order to ensure that readings are available on the date that they are assigned. When adding readings, please categorize your readings by week that we can prioritize requests.

If you have a new course, you can start adding electronic reserve items by following the instructions located at: http://guides.library.queensu.ca/ereserves/instructor-tutorials

New – Stand alone courses

Instructors can now create stand-alone E-reserve courses that are independent from Moodle or onQ. Students will be able to visit https://ereserves.library.queensu.ca/ares/ and see all of their courses and course readings. To create a stand-alone course:

  1. Go to https://ereserves.library.queensu.ca/ares/
  2. Login and select your course from “Add upcoming courses to E-reserves using Queen’s registration data”. Your course will now appear in the “Current courses” menu.
  3. Click on your course and start adding readings. Students will be able to access readings by using the url provided above.

Drop-in sessions on Copyright and Electronic Reserves

Do you need help getting started with E-reserves? Drop by the library and we can help get you started and answer any questions you may have (Stauffer Library Room 121):

  • August 25 from 9-11
  • August 27 from 9-11
  • September 1 from 9-11
  • September 3 from 9-11

If these times do not work for you, please set up an appointment with Mark Swartz by calling ext. 78510.

Tips for next semester

  • Material that meets the requirements listed in our Fair Dealing policy is processed much more quickly than material that requires a transactional license. Please review the linked flowchart and policy when compiling your readings to ensure that as many readings as possible meet the guidelines listed in the policy.
  • Send all requests and questions related to print and electronic reserves to slreserv@queensu.ca. This will ensure that all of our requests are in one place.
  • Tag your readings by week using the “instructor tag” field or the “Week/Unit” field. This helps your students navigate through the readings and helps us prioritize our work – ensuring that your readings are up before the week when they are required.
  • Re-use items from last semester by reactivating (or cloning) your reading lists. You can also have an entire course cloned by sending an email to slreserv@queensu.ca.

The Internet Archive Scribe Table-Top Book Scanner

Posted: August 25th, 2015

Introducing the Internet Archive Table-Top Scribe

Processing for E-reserve fall term courses is well underway, and we now have an “Internet Archive Table-Top Scribe” Book Scanner to help with the process.

The scribe facilitates the creation of high quality scans of books, journal issues and large format objects like maps. It is also designed in a way that allows for “worry-free, safe and non-destructive digitization for both bound and unbound items.”

The scribe was generously donated to us by the Queen’s Campus bookstore. It will be a useful tool for services like electronic reserves and library services for students with disabilities, as well as for major digitization projects.

e-CPS is now RxTx

Posted: August 21st, 2015

The eCPS has changed. It is now called RxTx and has a new, improved search interface. You can check it out here: http://proxy.queensu.ca/login?url=https://www.e-therapeutics.ca/search. A user guide and product video are available.

Web Redesign – Wireframes

Posted: August 21st, 2015

We have recently begun a very interesting part of the web redesign project called wireframing. The purpose of wireframing is to arrange content on the page, also known as blocking. When examining wireframes, it is important to realize that it is not the same as design; that is to say that a wireframe does not attempt to address design issues such as fonts, colours and imagery. Read the rest of this entry »

Promoting Student Inquiry Teaching Award

Posted: August 18th, 2015

We are delighted to spread the word about a new award for Promoting Student Inquiry at Queen’s University.

This award is sponsored and coordinated by Queen’s University Library, and is one of six Principal’s Teaching and Learning Awards. These awards are intended to celebrate teaching excellence and to increase transdisciplinary exposure to exemplars in teaching and the diverse ways in which the student learning experience is enhanced by educators and educational supports at Queen’s.

The Teaching Award for Promoting Student Inquiry recognizes innovative instructional design which enables active student engagement in learning. The call for submissions is now open, and the deadline for submissions is September 30, 2015. You may send nomination packages in PDF format to the Selection Committee at academic.services@queensu.ca.

Please see the Promoting Student Inquiry Teaching Award webpage for all of the details, including nomination criteria.

Web Redesign – Working with a Web Design Firm

Posted: August 14th, 2015

The Library web redesign project team has hired an external web design firm to work with us on the next phase of the project.  As you can imagine, there are many companies to choose from, and we had to carefully consider our criteria.  We developed a project brief that outlined the work that we needed done, and described the foundational work that we had prepared.  As with everything, we had to consider budget, and were looking for the best and most cost-effective match for QUL. Read the rest of this entry »

ATC Coordinator Presentation: ACE

Posted: August 1st, 2015

Adaptive Technology Centre Coordinator Michele Chittenden presented at the Assistive Technology Conference at Kings College, University of Western Ontario early in June – the video of this presentation has now been made available by the N.o.O.A.T. (the Network of Ontario Assistive Technologists). Michele’s presentation provided information regarding ACE, the Accessible Content E-Portal, which has grown from a pilot project started in 2012 to an ongoing Scholars Portal service in 2014.

To view Michele’s presentation and learn more about ACE, please click here.

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