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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

Vesalius1
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.

Incunabula: An Exhibit of 15th Century Printing

Posted: November 6th, 2014

Incunables
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 12, 2014.

Exambank – past exam from your courses

Posted: October 22nd, 2014

Exambank has been updated to include exams from the 2013-2014 academic year.

Search Exambank

Trial to AccessScience: October 14 – November 15

Posted: October 15th, 2014

AccessScience is an authoritative and dynamic online resource that contains incisively written, high-quality reference material that covers all major scientific disciplines. An award-winning gateway to scientific knowledge, it offers links to primary research material, videos and exclusive animations, plus specially designed curriculum maps for teachers. With these and other online features, AccessScience is continually expanding the ways it can demonstrate and explain core, trustworthy scientific information in a way that inspires and guides users to deeper knowledge.

Trial to AccessEngineering extended to November 15

Posted: October 15th, 2014

AccessEngineering is an engineering reference tool that provides seamless access to a collection of authoritative, regularly updated engineering reference information. Trial date ends November 15. Please send your feedback on this database to engsci@queensu.ca

Ebooks and Adobe Digital Editions privacy concerns

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:  http://www.ocul.on.ca/node/3325

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

Open Access Week 2014

Posted: October 14th, 2014

Queen’s University is participating in International Open Access Week (Oct. 20-26) with an event held on Oct 23 from 1-4;30 pm in The Atrium, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. The aim of this event is to engage the research community in discussion about the issues and trends related to open access and promote awareness and understanding of open access – access to material publicly available online.

This year the week’s spotlight is on young people with the theme “Generation Open”. The week will celebrate the contribution we’ve made to the Open Access movement, and address the unique challenges we face.

Find more information on this year’s OA Week event on our website.

Drone Awareness and Perceptions: A Three Country Study

Posted: October 8th, 2014

From Angus Reid Global, this 2014 study aims to understand awareness and perceptions surrounding the use of drones to identify and collect information in Canada, United States, and United Kingdom. The questions asked individuals whether they had a basic awareness of various Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) applications, as well as assessed support for how they are being used and in what scenarios.

The survey was based on a set of questions developed by the Surveillance Drones Research Team, Surveillance Studies Centre, Queen’s University.

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