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December 10: Nobel Prize Ceremony

Posted: December 9th, 2015

Nobel Prize Ceremony

Please join us as we honour Professor Emeritus Arthur McDonald as he receives the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics for his research on neutrinos at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory. Dr. McDonald and his fellow Nobel laureates will formally receive their Nobel Prizes from King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden in a ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall.

The Office of the Vice-Principal (Research) is hosting a special celebration and viewing party in the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy for the 2015 Nobel Prize ceremony in Stirling Hall (Theatre D), starting at 10:30 am EST.

For those unable to make it to Stirling, we will also be broadcasting the live streaming of the Nobel Prize Ceremony in Speaker’s Corner at Stauffer Library.

Stress-relief activities for exams

Posted: December 8th, 2015

Each December we see many students putting in long hours here at the library. We know how hectic this time of year can be for you, and so the library and Queen’s Learning Commons (QLC) are hosting stress relief activities in all library locations during the exam period. We hope you will join us on Tuesday December 15 at 10:30 for a Hot Chocolate break!  You are invited to enjoy hot chocolate at the library location of your  choice: Stauffer, Douglas, Bracken, Law or Education library.

Be sure to check out our other fun activities, such as:

  • Stauffer Library, room 121: Stress-relief activities, including large colouring posters, a puzzle, and healthy snacks.
  • Bracken Library, main floor: A bookmas tree! There will also be a table with craft supplies for students to make a decoration to place on the tree or to take home. Other activities include a 500 piece jigsaw puzzle, and a doodle pad for drawing or writing. On December 8 there will be food for students to enjoy.
  • Law Library: Healthy snacks
  • Engineering and Science Library: A stress-relief coffee break on the afternoon of Tuesday, December 8th.

We know you have been studying hard, and hope you will join us for a break.

The Alma Mater Society will also be hosting 12 days of Exam De-stressors. For more information, please see: https://www.facebook.com/queensams/

2015 Staff Recognition Awards

Posted: December 7th, 2015

We are pleased to announce that Kimberley Bell, Services Coordinator at W.D. Jordan Special Collections and Music Library, has been selected to receive one of eight annual Queen’s University Staff Recognition awards. Kim will receive her award from Principal Daniel Woolf at the Principal’s Holiday Reception on December 8, 2015.

Congratulations Kim!

From Student to Scholar: New online learning initiative prepares students to be researchers

Posted: December 3rd, 2015

Western University, the University of Toronto, and Queen’s University are pleased to announce the release of Student2Scholar, a series of 10 self-paced, interactive, openly available online modules designed for graduate students in the social sciences.

Modules will help students develop their critical thinking, organization, research, and communication skills, enabling them to participate more actively and confidently in their communities of research. The learning experience is intended to be flexible: students may complete the entire series or most relevant modules and activities at point of need. Module design is closely aligned with the Association of College & Research Libraries’Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education and the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance  Graduate Degree Level Expectations.

Visit Student2Scholar, or  eCampus Contario in the coming weeks. All content has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-Share Alike 4.0 International License.

Production of the modules was funded in 2014-2015 by the Council of Ontario Universities’ Ontario Online Initiatives Shared Online Course Fund. University of Toronto Chief Librarian Larry Alford expressed his thanks for the funding, “We are grateful to the Council of Ontario Universities’ Ontario Online Initiatives for the funding of this project.” He then praised the project saying,  “The Student2Scholar online learning modules are a great example of the kind of scalable and sustainable instruction tools that libraries are building to support teaching and learning. Student2Scholar will be able to reach more students than is possible with in-person library instruction.”

Dr. Cory Laverty, Teaching & Learning Specialist at Queen’s University commented, “Student2Scholar is a wonderful example of cross-institutional creation and collaboration. The team evolved as a community of practice and this invigorated our efforts and enabled us to meet our challenges.” The  full list of Student2Scholar team members and contributors is available on the Student2Scholar website.

Please join us for “A Celtic Temperament: Robertson Davies as Diarist”

Posted: November 26th, 2015

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On Wednesday December 2, between 7:30 – 8:30 pm, Queen’s University Library and Kingston WritersFest invite you to a book launch in Speaker’s Corner at Stauffer Library to mark the 20th anniversary of the death of great Canadian novelist, playwright, critic, journalist, and professor, Robertson Davies.

This special event will include a special theatrical reading by Eric Friesen from A Celtic Temperament: Robertson Davies as Diarist, and an onstage conversation with its two editors, Jennifer Surridge, daughter of Davies, and Ramsay Derry. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing.

Between 1932 and 1935, Davies was a student here at Queen’s University, and his renowned Salterton Trilogy is based in a university town inspired by Kingston, and features ”Waverly University,” modelled on Queen’s. While at Queen’s Davies was active in theater, and a contributor to The Journal.

Tickets are $17 in advance (incl. HST and handling) – $19 at the door – and are available online at kingstonwritersfest.ca and at Novel Idea Books on Princess Street. FREE rush seats available to Queen’s, RMC, and SLC students with valid ID.

Before the reading, all are welcome to attend a unique open house and tour of Robertson Davies’ library from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the W.D. Jordan Special Collections and Music Library–located on the 2nd floor of the Douglas Library. Highlights from the collection will be on display in the reading room. Visitors may also view Davies’ library preserved in its original order.

The Union Gallery welcomes winter with two new exhibitions

Posted: November 19th, 2015

The union Gallery presents two new exhibitions from November 17, 2015 – January 23, 2016 :

MAIN SPACE | Selections from North Adams: Re-mapping a history of printmaking from Queen’s

PROJECT ROOM | The Last Resort: Kevin Rodgers

Please join us on Friday Nov 20 between 5-7 pm for our opening reception.

GIS Day is tomorrow

Posted: November 17th, 2015

Please join us tomorrow (November 18) as we commemorate GIS Day with our Queen’s and community partners! GIS Day is an annual event when people all over the world come together to celebrate geographic information systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society.

Agenda

9:20 to 9:30 a.m. - Welcome: Coffee and tea provided

9:30 to noon - Open Panel Presentation and Discussion

9:30-10:10 a.m. – Bringing Data to Life at City of Kingston (Phil Healey, City of Kingston and Elizabeth Griffiths, Utilities Kingston)

10:10 to 10:30 a.m. - UAV Applications for GIS Solutions (Derek Cooper, Kingston Aerials)

10:30 to 10:50 a.m. – GIS for Public Health at KFL&A (Brian Mosley, KFLC Public Health)

10:50 to 11:10 a.m. – Mapping History with KML: Integration of Classics with Digital Earth Modeling for Education and Tourism (Shawn Rivoire, Queen’s University)

11:10 to 11:30 a.m. – Leveraging New and Old Data Sources for Building GIS Datasets(Michael See, Ministry of Transportation)

11:30 to 12:00 a.m.First Q&A Session

12:00 to 1:00 p.m. – GIS Cake and lunch break

1:00 to 1:30 p.m. – Second Q&A Session.

1:30 to 3:30 p.m. - GIS project posters and demos/showcases

We hope we will see you at the Geography and Planning GIS lab (E223) and main hallway in Mackintosh-Corry Hall to learn about the many applications of well as the future of GIS, as demonstrated by Queen’s students, and Kingston businesses and employees.

If you have any questions, please contact Francine Berish at francine.berish@queensu.ca

Did you miss the recent Open Access panel discussion? Replay now available

Posted: November 11th, 2015

This lively panel discussion explored knowledge exchange and exposure from different angles, including authors, publishers, funders, research administrators, open science advocates and librarians.

Recorded on: October 20, 2015

Speakers

Play.

Please join us on GIS Day!

Posted: November 11th, 2015

Queen’s University Library invites you to join us as we commemorate GIS day with our Queen’s and community partners on November 18, 2015.

GIS day is an annual event when people all over the world come together to celebrate geographic information systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society.

Agenda

9:20 to 9:30 a.m. - Welcome: Coffee and tea provided

9:30 to noon - Open Panel Presentation and Discussion

9:30-10:10 a.m. – Bringing Data to Life at City of Kingston (Phil Healey, City of Kingston and Elizabeth Griffiths, Utilities Kingston)

10:10 to 10:30 a.m. - UAV Applications for GIS Solutions (Derek Cooper, Kingston Aerials)

10:30 to 10:50 a.m. – GIS for Public Health at KFL&A (Brian Mosley, KFLC Public Health)

10:50 to 11:10 a.m. – Mapping History with KML: Integration of Classics with Digital Earth Modeling for Education and Tourism (Shawn Rivoire, Queen’s University)

11:10 to 11:30 a.m. – Leveraging New and Old Data Sources for Building GIS Datasets(Michael See, Ministry of Transportation)

11:30 to 12:00 a.m. First Q&A Session

12:00 to 1:00 p.m. – GIS Cake and lunch break

1:00 to 1:30 p.m. – Second Q&A Session.

1:30 to 3:30 p.m. - GIS project posters and demos/showcases

We hope we will see you at the Geography and Planning GIS lab (E223) and main hallway in Mackintosh-Corry Hall to learn about the many applications of well as the future of GIS, as demonstrated by Queen’s students, and Kingston businesses and employees.

If you have any questions, please contact Francine Berish at francine.berish@queensu.ca

GIS

Announcing DMP Assistant, a new bilingual data management planning tool

Posted: November 3rd, 2015

As part of its Portage initiative, the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) recently launched DMP Assistant, an open, web-based, bilingual data management planning tool made available to all researchers in Canada.

Data management plans (DMPs) are widely recognized in the international research community as a best practice. DMP Assistant takes users through a series of questions based on a general template for research data stewardship, and provides specialized guidance to help researchers develop their plan. It also offers the option of fulfilling DMP requirements of specific funders or using templates from other organizations. Martha Whitehead, Vice-Provost and University Librarian, and president of CARL says, “The tool was developed to meet the needs of researchers, with input from them and from the broader stakeholder community. Queen’s is very pleased to be part of this national initiative and to offer the tool to our own researchers.”

Jeff Moon is a Data Librarian, and Academic Director of Queen’s Research Data Centre. He says that this new tool will be an essential component of the services we offer researchers at the library, “We have a data management service, and we would welcome the opportunity to help researchers, whether they are planning a project or they already have data. Ideally a researcher will use the DMP Assistant at the outset and return to the tool throughout the research process. We are happy to be involved at any step in the process”.

DMP Assistant is available at: https://portagenetwork.ca or https://reseauportage.ca.

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