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Information Desk in Stauffer Library

Posted: November 18th, 2015

Returning students, faculty and staff may have noticed some changes in Stauffer Library this year.  This summer, the Information Desk, which included IT Services’ Support desk, Research Help and the QLC Student Assistants, was removed to make room for new comfortable seating and outlets for charging devices.  We’ve moved a number of armchairs into the area until the new seating arrives, and are happy to see them getting lots of use. We think you’ll be enjoy the new curved couches and tables we’ve selected, and look forward to your feedback about this and others changes you notice in the library.

The removal of the desk is part of a larger change at all service points across the library system.  Over the last two years, the library has undertaken a review of its public services with the goal of providing the best possible interactions, both online and face-to-face in each of our locations.  As a result of this review, all service points in the library are now part of one unit called Information Services.

There is now one service point on the main floor in Stauffer Library, which includes services such as research help, circulation, interlibrary loans, and reserve.  If you need help, please go to the desk and we will help you, whether it is referring you to the Writing Centre, the Adaptive Technology Centre or a subject-specific liaison librarian.

Please stay tuned to the Library News page as we post updates about this exciting new change.

“The History of Fado” Exhibit

Posted: April 22nd, 2015

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (LLCU) presents a poster exhibit entitled: “The History of Fado” courtesy of Camões I.P.  Fado is a performance genre incorporating music and poetry widely practised by various communities in Lisbon. It represents a Portuguese multicultural synthesis of Afro-Brazilian sung dances, local traditional genres of song and dance, musical traditions from rural areas of the country, and the cosmopolitan urban song patterns of the early nineteenth century. The dissemination of Fado through emigration and the world music circuit has reinforced its image as a symbol of Portuguese identity, leading to a process of cross-cultural exchange involving other musical traditions (UNESCO.org) 20 April to 11 May 2015 Joseph S. Stauffer Library, Queen’s University.

For more information about the exhibit, please contact:

António Macedo
Adjunct Lecturer
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
103 Stuart St., Kingston Hall, room 407
Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario
K7L 3N6, Canada
613-533-2072 (LLCU office)

Inquiry@Queen’s Undergraduate Research Conference

Posted: March 4th, 2015

We invite the Queen’s community to come and support student research at the 9th annual Inquiry@Queen’s Undergraduate Research Conference.

For program information, please go to I@Q website: www.queensu.ca/iatq/conference/program.html

Freedom to Read Lunchtime Events

Posted: February 10th, 2015
The Queen’s Learning Commons would like everyone to uoin us on Tuesday, February 24, Wednesday, February 25, and Thursday, February 26 @ 12:30-1:30 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/

The Queen’s Learning Commons would like everyone to join us on Tuesday, February 24, Wednesday, February 25, and Thursday, February 26 @ 12:30-1:30 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/

Can’t join us? View the presentation (pptx)

Inquiry@Queen’s Undergraduate Research Conference – Call for Proposals

Posted: January 21st, 2015

Present your research or your innovation/experiential learning projects! The 9th Annual Inquiry@Queen’s Undergraduate Research Conference will be held in the Queen’s Learning Commons, Stauffer Library, March 5-6, 2015.

The conference is an opportunity for you to share your research while participating in an academic conference. As a presenter you will gain graduate and career skills, such as critical thinking, effective writing and presenting. You will engage in scholarly communication with students and faculty from many disciplines.

For more information and to submit your abstract: Go to http://www.queensu.ca/iatq/
Submission deadline: Midnight January 30, 2015.

Are We All Digital Humanists Now?

Posted: January 16th, 2015

Demystifying Digital Humanities: Theory, Practice, Pedagogy presents a multi-faceted session with Dr. Jason Boyd, Assistant Professor of English and Digital Media and Associate Director of the Centre for Digital Humanities at Ryerson University. He is also Assistant Director of the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria. Dr. Boyd will be discussing the relationship between the humanities, the digital humanities, and the future of the humanities; the history and future of digital technology in scholarly practice; and the debate over what defines a digital humanist.

Monday, January 19th 2:30 to 4:00 pm
Speaker’s Corner in Stauffer Library

“Demystifying DH” is a joint initiative of Queen’s University Libraries , The Department of English, and BISC to promote understanding of and interest in humanities-based research in a digital age.

New Database: Criterion on Demand

Posted: January 12th, 2015

Queen’s University Library now subscribes to Criterion-on-Demand


criterion on demand

Developed by Criterion Pictures, Criterion-on-Demand is an online digital delivery feature film system that allows members of the Queen’s University community to access films for teaching, research and personal use.  Users may stream or download from a selection of over 2900 films ranging from classic film, documentaries, international film, North American feature films, cult classics, and more. Criterion-on-Demand represents a large number of feature film producers, including, 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight, Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks SKG, Mongrel Media, Sony Pictures Classics, Alliance Films, Miramax Films, Warner Brothers, Lionsgate Films, The Weinstein Company, as well as a smaller number of independent producers.

Within the Criterion-on-Demand platform users can search for titles or browse by title or subject. Records for individual films will be loaded into QCAT when available and will then be discoverable via searching the library catalogue and Summon.

Queen’s University Library subscribes to a number of streaming video databases. A complete list can be found at http://library.queensu.ca/research/databases/t/852

Register for QLC Workshops

Posted: January 6th, 2015

Welcome back!  The Queen’s Learning Commons offers a wide variety of workshops. To register, go to: www.queensu.ca/qlc/workshops

Material Matters Graduate Student Discussion Group

Posted: October 2nd, 2014

A “tragic blindness”: South Asians in Kenya and their Negotiations between Pan-Indianism & Pan Anti-Colonialism
Heena Mistry, 1st Year PhD Student, History
Tuesday, October 7th, 1:30 pm, Speaker’s Corner, Stauffer Library

In 1893, the construction of the Ugandan Railway and the consolidation of British colonial control over East Africa marked the beginning of large scale migrations of South Asians to Kenya. Although South Asians were a diverse group, containing a plethora of religious, linguistic, national, and caste identities, the British colonial administration, nationalists from the Indian subcontinent, and Kenyan nationalists referred to them using the homogenizing categories of “Indian” or “Asian.” While in Kenya, various South Asian communal groups perpetuated their traditional individualisms, integrated, or adopted new identities. However, elite South Asians occasionally unified on the basis of a manufactured common “Indian” heritage in order to advance or protect their interests despite their communal diversities. I argue that after India’s independence in1947, it became unclear whether and Indian identity in Kenya constituted a Pan-Indian or Pan-Anticolonial consciousness, and that this confusion is one of many factors that made the place of South Asians unstable in colonial and independent Kenya.

Material Matters is an interdisciplinary graduate student discussion group. Our weekly meetings foster discussion among students across a variety of disciplines, and begin with a short talk to spark the conversation.
All graduate students are invited to join the discussion!


Material Matters Tuesday, October 7th, 1:30pm Speaker’s Corner, Stauffer Library

Digital Humanities in Academia – Expanding Horizons Workshop for Graduate Students

Posted: September 24th, 2014

Digital Humanities is a hot topic in academia, but what is it and how can you include it in your research? The Queen’s Learning Commons and the Queen’s University Library will host a panel discussion with Graduate Students, Faculty, and Librarians about their experiences with Digital Humanities (DH).  The event will take place on Wednesday, October 1, 4-5:30PM in Speaker’s Corner (main floor of Stauffer Library).

Panelists for the discussion:

Dr. James Carson, Department of History

Emily Murphy, Department of English

Jon DeTombe, Department of English

Kendall Garton, Department of History

Jennifer Hardwick, Department of English

Dr. Catherine Dhavernas, Department of French Studies

Graduate students can register for this workshop by going to the School of Graduate Studies’ website: http://www.queensu.ca/exph/

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