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Data Day 2016: Maximize the Impact of Your Data

Posted: April 26th, 2016

Please join us for Queen’s University’s third annual Data Day. You will learn about evolving Queen’s data services, national guidelines (e.g. Tri-Council), and national and international initiatives for managing, linking and promoting your research data. You will hear from Queen’s researchers about their experiences in data management and learn more about digital scholarship across disciplines.

Registration and the program for Data Day 2016 are available here.

Quiet Writing Times for Faculty Members and Post-Doctoral Fellows

Posted: April 19th, 2016

The Office of the Vice-Principal (Research) and Queen’s University Library have teamed up to offer communal space for quiet writing on Friday mornings on a monthly basis in the Fireplace Reading Room in Stauffer Library. The room is located on the second floor, directly above the library’s main entrance. The Library Café downstairs will be open and faculty and post-docs are welcome to bring coffee and snacks into the space.

Our next session is scheduled for April 29, and we are pleased to announce that URS Research Projects Advisor, Kristina Arseneau, will be present to offer advice on research proposals between 10 – 11 am.

To help us monitor interest in the program, registration is requested, but not required: http://queensu.fluidsurveys.com/s/quiet_writing/

For the remainder of the academic year, other Quiet Writing Times have been confirmed as follows:

  • Friday, April 29, 8am-noon
  • Friday, May 27, 8am-noon
  • Friday, June 24, 8am-noon

Celebrate National Poetry Month with us!

Posted: April 4th, 2016

On Wednesday April 20 between 7:30 and 8:30 pm, Queen’s University Library and Kingston WritersFest invite you to a poetry book launch in Speaker’s Corner at Stauffer Library.

This exciting event showcases five acclaimed poets reading from their new spring poetry collections! Featuring Roo Borson and Kim Maltman, Suzanne Buffam, Michael Crummey, and Steve Heighton. Copies of the books will be available for sale and signing.

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.

Special Collections will be hosting a pop-up exhibit one hour before the event. More information to come!


Martha Whitehead reappointed Vice-Provost and University Librarian

Posted: April 1st, 2016

Queen’s University has announced Martha Whitehead accepted re-appointment as Vice-Provost and University Librarian for a five-year term, effective July 1, 2016. The principal’s advisory committee unanimously recommended her reappointment.

Martha is recognized as a leader in her field with national and international profile. Her external activities position Queen’s as an active player in the research library landscape, and help build collaborations and develop new perspectives. She is President of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and she has served as Vice-Chair/Chair/Past Chair of the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL).

For the full story, please see the Queen’s Gazette.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s I@Q a success!

Posted: March 16th, 2016

The 10th annual Inquiry@Queen’s (I@Q) conference was held last week, and we have been receiving rave reviews of the programming.

Congratulations to our undergraduate researchers! The Queen’s and Kingston community came together to celebrate their research achievements through presentations, posters, and events. Many positive comments have been received on both the quality of the research and the presentations. Other highlights included the keynote presentations by undergraduate researchers (including a play!), a Kingston Youth Group, and an address by Dr. Art McDonald, Professor Emeritus and co-winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics, and a panel discussion on experiential learning.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a success by dedicating your time to organize and attend the events.

Please see our Instagram for photos, and feel free to share any that you might have.

See you next year!

ProQuest Materials Science Collection

Posted: March 14th, 2016

ProQuest Materials Science Collection is a materials-focused research tool with renowned indexes including Metadex plus full text. For research into materials including metals, polymers, ceramics, composites, and biomaterials. Facilitates everything from comprehensive literature reviews to simple Google-style searches retrieving full-text results.

Exhibit: Prison Sentences: Penitentiary Literature in Kingston

Posted: March 10th, 2016


Prison Sentences: Penitentiary Literature in Kingston is an exhibit that focuses on prison newsletters, or ‘joint magazines’ from Kingston area prisons. The exhibit provides an in-depth look at writings by prisoners. It examines the content and historical significance of these works, and draws attention to the quality of these publications, especially in the 1950’s and 60’s. It attempts to establish the context and tension in which these newsletters were produced.

March 2 – April 15, 2016

Curated by Kim Bell, W.D. Jordan Special Collections and Music Library

Experiential Learning: a student perspective

Posted: March 9th, 2016

Inquiry@Queen’s is hosting a panel discussion on experiential learning on Thursday, March 10th, 11:30-12:30, in Speaker’s Corner, Queen’s Learning Commons, Stauffer Library.

The session will be moderated by Gemma Boag, Queen’s alumnus. The discussion will feature Queen’s undergraduates, Emily Lewis, Jamie Mowbray, Sean Price and Lauren Turner who will share their experiential learning experiences, which include studying in Cuba, working with the Lieutenant Governor’s Aboriginal Summer Reading Camps, participating in field courses in geological mapping and geophysics, and, working with The Stop, a community food centre in Toronto.

All are welcome to attend!

Celebrating a Decade of Promoting Undergraduate Research

Posted: March 8th, 2016

The 10th annual Inquiry@Queen’s (I@Q) conference is coming up this Thursday, March 10th and Friday. March 11th, 2016.

Please come out and celebrate the research achievements of a new generation of scholars as they present their research results via presentations, posters, and conference events in the Queen’s Learning Commons in Stauffer Library.

The keynote session is on Friday, March 11, 9:00-10:30 and includes presentations by undergraduate researchers, a Kingston Youth Group, and an address by Dr. Art McDonald, Professor Emeritus and co-winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics.

The full conference program is available here.

We hope to see you there!

CARL issues new white paper: Canadian Universities and Sustainable Publishing

Posted: February 25th, 2016

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) has issued a new white paper, Canadian Universities and Sustainable Publishing, authored by Martha Whitehead and Brian Owen. The paper is best described by its introduction:

The scholarly communications landscape in Canada is on the cusp of transformative change. Many factors are converging: the continuing impact of digital technology on teaching and research, the growing expertise of academic libraries in utilizing and supporting technology-based initiatives, the move towards policies of open access, the oligopoly of international academic publishers and the financial constraints of university budgets.

In Canada and worldwide, universities need to decide how best to invest in scholarly communications to support research today. The purpose of this paper is to outline the issues and potential paths forward, for discussion and planning with researchers and administrators of Canadian universities, in the international context. Our common goal is to enable research results to be as widely distributed and accessible as possible, internationally, in high quality publishing venues at the lowest possible costs.

CARL’s strategic priorities include fostering new knowledge creation and sustainable scholarly communication, including open access, and encouraging the role of the library in publishing, as well as facilitating collaborations to create, acquire, share, and preserve Canada’s research resources. The white paper is intended as a framework to stimulate conversations and collaborative action in support of these priorities.

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