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Essential Maintenace Required for Nature.com on Saturday, December 13

Posted: December 11th, 2014

This is a notification to all customers of downtime for essential maintenance to Nature.com, Palgrave-Journals.com and Palgraveconnect.com. The maintenance window will run from 8.00am EST to 12.00pm EST on Saturday 13th December 2014. During this time the sites will not be accessible. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Stress Relief Activities in the Seminar Room

Posted: December 5th, 2014

The Queen’s Learning Commons is pleased to offer some stress relief activities in the Seminar Room (main floor of Stauffer Library) during the exam period.  Take a break from studying, and don’t forget to pick up an exam schedule from Learning Strategies.  Good luck on your exams!

New QCAT Feature!

Posted: December 2nd, 2014

At a suggestion from the Queen’s Alma Mater Society (AMS) we have implemented the ability to text a call number and title to you cell phone from the catalogue and have released it this week in its Beta phase for public testing.

If there is a call number you should see a link ‘Text me this Book Location’  just below ‘Show on Floorplan’ on the Full Record View of an item. If there is no call number there should be no link.

Clicking the link will allow you to enter your cell number and choose your provider. Submitting the form will send the title, call number, location and an optional note to your cell phone. Neither your cell phone number nor your service provider are saved or stored on the library’s server.

NOTE: you will be responsible for any charges or fees levied by your service provider for receiving the incoming text message. We welcome your feedback about this feature. Submit feedback by clicking this link.

Stress Relief Week December 1-5

Posted: November 25th, 2014

Need a break from studying?

Post your answer to our Question of the Day.

Drop by  the Engineering & Science Library (level 5) on Tuesday, December 2nd, and enjoy a treat complements of the QLC and the staff at the Engineering & Science Library.

Food For Fines

Posted: November 25th, 2014

The SGPS Holiday Assistance Program and the AMS/SGPS Food Center are happy to bring you FOOD FOR FINES!

For every item of non-perishable food that you donate, $1.00 will be deducted from your overdue library fines, to a max of $10.00 per student.

Donate between 8 am and 8 pm at the circulation desk in Stauffer Library, from December 1st to December 4th only.

Chairs at Queen’s

Posted: November 24th, 2014

For the university community, a chair is a position of distinction. Chairs provide the means for universities to recognize, attract and retain top researchers and scholars, both from within the university and from around the world. Research chairs carry special privileges and obligations.

The Douglas Chair in Canadian and Colonial ­History came with its own custom-made armchair. In 1910, James Douglas, Queen’s third chancellor, personally funded the chair and later commissioned an elaborately carved Burmese teak armchair to accompany the position.

The current chair holder is Dr. Don Akenson, a specialist in Irish history. The armchair, being restored, in 2010, by Stéphane Doyon, a Master of Art Conservation student, is now on display in the Special ­Collections room of Douglas Library. Read the entire alumni review story about chairs at Queen’s (by Andrea Gunn, MPA’07)

Principal Woolf Interviewed About Incunabula Exhibit

Posted: November 17th, 2014

The incunabula exhibit, on display in the W.D. Jordan Library from October 20 – December 1, 2014, includes materials from the Library’s collection as well as two works from Principal Woolf’s private collection.

In a recent interview with the Queen’s Gazette, Principal Woolf encouraged people to visit the exhibit, saying that “(t)he exhibit is fabulous because these aren’t just old books. They’re among the rarest in the world and they appeared right at the dawn of printing.” Read the full interview in the Gazette, and be sure to come to the W. D. Jordan Special Collections and Music Library to see the exhibit, continuing until December 1.

GIS Day

Posted: November 14th, 2014

depicts an Open Street Map created map of Kingston with GIS Day written below

To celebrate GIS Day on Wednesday, November 19th http://www.gisday.com/, Queen’s University Library will be hosting 100 high school students from Loyalist Collegiate Vocational Institute (LCVI) for a series of talks, tours and demonstrations in collaboration with the City of Kingston as well as the Department of Geography and Geology. The City of Kingston and Queen’s University Library will have a display set up in the atrium of Stauffer Library to generate awareness and to educate Queen’s students, the LCVI school group, staff, faculty and the greater public about how geography makes a difference in our lives through Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology.

Stauffer Library, November 19th , 2014
8:30 am – 2:00 pm (the City of Kingston and QUL will be set up in the Atrium demonstrating GIS applications and will be raffling off 3 GIS prize packs)
12:30 pm -2:00 pm (Geology Department demonstrations of Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle (UAV) with geophysical sensors and Terrestrial Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) equipment)

Former Queen’s Librarian Receives Queen’s Distinguished Service Award

Posted: November 12th, 2014

Barbara Teatero, who’s career at Queen’s spanned 45 years and several roles, was presented with a Distinguished Service Award at the University Council’s annual dinner on November 8, 2014.

During her time at the Library, Barbara provided leadership in the realm of special collections and rare books in various capacities, starting as a Library Technician in Special Collections in 1969 and retiring from her role as Curator of Special Collections in 2013. Highlights of her work with special collections include guiding the acquisition of significant collections such as Robertson Davies’s personal library.

Barbara also played a key role in facilities planning, acting as the Library’s representative on the ‘Library of the 21st Century’ projects resulting in the opening of the Governor General’s Award for Architecture winning Joseph S. Stauffer Library and the renovation of the Douglas Library.

From 1999 to 2012, Barbara served as Associate University Librarian, a role with responsibilities ranging across all aspects of the Library. In this role she offered guidance and support to numerous units and individuals engaged in developing Library services, collections and spaces; providing organizational leadership in a time of transformative change in libraries, including massive shifts in how information is acquired, managed and preserved.

We join the University Council in congratulating Barbara on receiving this award. Well done Barbara!

See the story in the Queen’s Gazette for more information and a photo of all of the recipients.

Vesalius at 500

Posted: November 6th, 2014

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A lecture by Dr. Jacalyn Duffin, Professor and Hannah Chair: History of Medicine, and Dr. Alvan Bregman, Curator of Special Collections celebrating the 500th birthday of Andreas Vesalius.

Bracken Health Sciences Library, November 11, 2014, 4:30-5:30.

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