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.
Posted: November 14th, 2014
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)
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.
Posted: November 6th, 2014
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.
Posted: November 6th, 2014
Drawn from the Queen’s University Library Collection and from the Collection of Principal Daniel Woolf, Incunabula is on exhibit in the W.D. Jordan Special Collections and Music Library from October 20 – December 1, 2014.
Posted: November 3rd, 2014
Friday, November 14, 2014 10:00 a.m. Speaker’s Corner, Stauffer Library. Presentation by W. George Lovell (Geography, Queen’s), Christopher H. Lutz (CIRMA, Guatemala), and Wendy Kramer (CIRMA, Guatemala) in recognition of the Plumsock Mesoamerican Studies Collection at Queen’s University.
CIRMA, the Centro de Investigaciones Regionales de Mesoamérica, was co-founded in 1978 by Christopher H. Lutz and William R. Swezey (1933-1989) in the old colonial capital of Central America today known as Antigua Guatemala. The acquisition for CIRMA, through the good offices of Dr. Oscar H. Horst (1924-2010), of the library of Dr. Franz Termer (1894-1968), one of the twentieth century’s greatest scholars of Mesoamerica, was a landmark event. Armed conflict in Guatemala in the 1980s, alas, meant that the Termer Collection had to be housed, for safe keeping, at Plumsock Mesoamerican Studies (PMS) in Vermont until a peace accord was signed in 1996, whereupon it was moved to CIRMA (www.cirma.org.gt), its permanent home. Some of the collection, however, stayed behind at PMS, including also parts of the personal library of Dr. Horst. The remaining titles from both these libraries, a generous gift that we acknowledge today, now form the Plumsock Mesoamerican Studies Collection at Queen’s University.
Posted: October 22nd, 2014
Exambank has been updated to include exams from the 2013-2014 academic year.
Posted: October 15th, 2014
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Posted: October 15th, 2014
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Posted: October 14th, 2014
The Library has been made aware of some privacy and security concerns around the newly released Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) 4 Reader. ADE Reader is a commonly used desktop application for accessing e-books that contain Adobe’s Digital Rights Management (DRM) software. Adobe DRM is used by many booksellers and online library lending services.
Adobe has confirmed that information about titles protected with Adobe DRM software is being passed to Adobe by the ADE 4 Reader, and in an unencrypted format. This issue affects ePUB format titles opened in ADE 4 only. It does not affect DRM-protected titles on Scholars Portal Books, which are available exclusively in PDF. Initial investigation at Queen’s indicates that we have few if any databases that use Adobe ePUB format, so impact at Queen’s will be limited.
However, users with concerns about the operation of the new ADE 4 Reader may wish to use older versions of the software, which do not communicate reading activity to Adobe. The ADE 3 Reader does not communicate with Adobe except to validate the license to unlock the DRM protected book. ADE 3 Reader is available for download at this address: http://www.adobe.com/support/digitaleditions/downloads.html
Users may also choose to use tablet-based reader apps for iOS and Android such as Overdrive or the Bluefire Reader. These apps can unlock e-books protected with the Adobe DRM but do not communicate reading statistics to Adobe.
OCUL is working on our behalf to pass this concern on to Adobe and to update OCUL members. More details at: More details at: http://www.ocul.on.ca/node/3325