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Falling Canadian dollar raises longstanding issue of journal costs

Posted: February 9th, 2016

Research libraries in universities across the country are experiencing severe budget pressures owing to the weakening Canadian dollar combined with the extraordinarily high costs of international scholarly journals. In response to this, the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) has released a communique, Falling Canadian dollar raises longstanding issue of journal costs. This communication complements information about our cost reduction strategy at Queen’s University Library.

Keynote speaker at Inquiry@Queen’s 2016 is Dr. Arthur McDonald

Posted: February 4th, 2016

We are very pleased to announce the keynote speaker for I@Q this year will be Professor Emeritus Arthur McDonald, co-winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in physics.

We hope you will join us for the keynote on March 11, and for the many other exciting presentations, posters and events. A full schedule of events will follow.

Undergraduate students who would like to share their research, projects and experiential learning experiences with the Queen’s community and beyond are invited to submit an abstract.  For more information see our website.

Quiet Writing Time for Faculty and Post-Docs at the Library

Posted: January 25th, 2016

We are pleased to announce that we are teaming up with The Office of the Vice-Principal (Research) to offer communal space for quiet writing on a monthly basis to Queen’s faculty and post-docs. These quiet writing times are in response to faculty feedback expressing an interest in having time and library space to gather to write on a regular basis.

This space will be offered once a month on Friday mornings in the Fireplace Reading Room in Stauffer Library for the rest of the academic year. The first quiet writing time will be held this Friday, January 29, from 8 am – noon.

In addition to this Friday, writing times for faculty and post-docs are scheduled from 8 am-noon on the following dates:

Friday, February 26

Friday, March 18,

Friday, April 29

Friday, May 27

Friday, June 24

Space is limited, and registration is recommended to ensure a spot. To register for January 29 writing session on please click here: http://queensu.fluidsurveys.com/surveys/kelly-blair-matuk/quiet-writing-time-january-29/

Questions and suggestions may be directed to Yolande Chan at ychan@queensu.ca.

Deadline Extended: I@Q Undergraduate Research Conference – Call for Proposals

Posted: January 25th, 2016

The deadline for the submission of proposals to the Inquiry@Queen’s Undergraduate Research Conference has been extended to February 5 at 4:30 pm.

We are inviting undergraduate students from any discipline with research results to share to submit an abstract for the 10th annual conference to be held March 10 and 11th in the Queen’s Learning Commons, Stauffer Library.

We hope you will take part in this conference. Your participation provides the opportunity to:

  • share your research with the Queen’s community
  • experience an academic conference
  • enhance graduate and career skills including critical thinking, effective writing and presentation skills
  • engage in scholarly communication with students and faculty from many disciplines.

For more information on submitting a proposal, see our website.

For questions, please contact iatq@queensu.ca

Live-In for Literacy at Stauffer library this week

Posted: January 25th, 2016

From January 25-January 31, 2016, Queen’s University students Sean Kim and Eric Sandham will live, eat, and sleep in the Joseph S. Stauffer Library for seven consecutive days to raise funds and awareness for world literacy and gender equality in education. This is part of the annual campaign Live-In for Literacy, which was started at Queen’s University in 2005.

A tent will be set up for the campers in the atrium of Stauffer Library. Kim and Sandham will be staying at the campsite for the entirety of the following week, leaving only to go to class and to shower. In addition to engaging with library patrons, university and community members, the campers will also be holding daily activities including faculty competitions, free tea, and interactive games.

“This is a cause that I identify with personally so I’m super excited to be able to contribute,” says Amelia Zheng, a fifth year Concurrent Education student and Co-Chair of Room to Read, Queen’s Chapter.

This is the eleventh year that the event has taken place and has proven to be very successful in the past. Queen’s students have shown interest in learning about the amazing cause and contributed to fundraising.

All proceeds from Live-In for Literacy support Room to Read and their programs in school and library construction, girls’ education, local language publishing, teacher training and curriculum development in developing areas of Asia and Africa. Those wishing to donate are asked to visit the campsite during the event, or http://roomtoread.kintera.org/Canada/queens for other donation methods. Tax receipts will be provided by request for donations of $20 and over.

Robert Burns Day Pop-Up Exhibit on January 25th

Posted: January 20th, 2016

Celebrate Robert Burns Day with Special Collections next Monday, January 25th, from 11:00am to 2:00pm. We will have several editions of Burns’ poems on display and free buttons to give away in Stauffer Library! But don’t forget to stop by our Reading Room in Douglas Library for a closer look at Burns’ very own chair and more books! All are welcome!

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New Exhibit: Vero Wynne-Edwards and the 1937 MacMillan-Thebaud Expedition

Posted: January 14th, 2016

The Jeannie and Vero Wynne-Edwards Book Collection consists of over 1800 books, pamphlets, periodical and ephemeral pieces in the field of natural history. It was the working library of Vero C. Wynne-Edwards (1906-1997) C.B.E, F.R.S., Regis Professor of Natural History, University of Aberdeen, 1946-1974. This exhibit focuses on a selection of material from the Queens Archives and W.D. Jordan Special Collections Library.

Curated by Morag Coyne, Undergraduate Services Librarian, Engineering and Science Library

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I@Q Undergraduate Research Conference – Call for Proposals

Posted: January 5th, 2016

Help us mark the 10th anniversary of the Inquiry@Queen’s Undergraduate Research Conference!

We are inviting undergraduate students from any discipline with research results to share to submit an abstract for the 10th annual conference to be held March 10 and 11th in the Queen’s Learning Commons, Stauffer Library.

We hope you will take part in this conference. Your participation provides the opportunity to:

  • share their research with the Queen’s community
  • experience an academic conference
  • enhance graduate and career skills including critical thinking, effective writing and presentation skills
  • engage in scholarly communication with students and faculty from many disciplines.

The deadline for the submission of proposals is January 29, 2016 at 4:30pm.

For more information on submitting a proposal, see our website.

For questions, please contact iatq@queensu.ca

Thank you to Seymour Schulich and Principal Daniel Woolf for a most generous gift

Posted: December 18th, 2015

We are thrilled to announce a joint gift of rare books dating back to the 16th century that will make up The Schulich-Woolf Rare Book Collection at Queen’s University Library.

Seymour Schulich, one of Canada’s foremost philanthropists, has partnered with Queen’s Principal Daniel Woolf to make a donation of rare volumes. In addition to this, Mr. Schulich has made a $1-million gift to help the library preserve and expand the collection.

“We are honoured to receive these gifts from Mr. Schulich, Principal Woolf and the Schulich Foundation. We are fortunate at Queen’s to have strong special collections, and this donation raises them to a new level” says Martha Whitehead, Vice-Provost and University Librarian.

These treasured works will enhance research, teaching, and learning, both at Queen’s and within our academic community. Queen’s Library staff members are currently preparing the collection and intend to offer the public access to the volumes in spring 2016.

For more information on this exciting gift, please see the article in the Queen’s Gazette.

To view the rich and diverse materials currently held in our Special collections, please see: http://library.queensu.ca/webmus/index.htm

2015 Principal’s Teaching and Learning Awards

Posted: December 14th, 2015

The inaugural winners of the Principal’s Teaching and Learning Awards were announced today, and we congratulate all recipients, including the winner of the library sponsored award, and two members of our staff who were recognized by an award.

Library staff members, Suzanne Maranda and Sandra Halliday received The Curriculum Development Award, sponsored by Centre for Teaching and Learning. With fellow team members, Dr. Heather Murray, Department of Emergency Medicine; Dr. Melanie Walker, Division of Cancer Care and Epidemiology; Dr. Linda Levesque, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research; and Ms. Sheila Pinchin, School of Medicine, they developed a new curriculum for the Undergraduate School of Medicine’s M.D. program. Working alongside students and researchers, the team developed an innovative new curricular plan for the four-year program, introducing students to evidence-based medicine and research.

The library sponsored and co-ordinated award, The Promoting Student Inquiry Teaching Award recognized Dr. Gabor Fichtinger, of the School of Computing. Dr. Fichtinger teaches his students the rigors of scientific inquiry, encouraging students at all levels to conduct research in his laboratory. Over the past six years, undergraduate students under Dr. Fichtinger’s supervision has authored and co-authored over 50 refereed research publications.

For a complete list of award winners, please see the Queen’s Gazette.

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