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W.D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections, Queen’s Library, Student Assistant Position

Posted: August 5th, 2016

We are hiring for the fall!

Under the direction of library staff, the student assistant will work at W.D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections, performing a wide range of tasks. Duties will include, but are not limited to, assisting library patrons, setting up items and monitoring their use in the reading room, shifting/moving collections, re-housing of poster/map collection, assisting with various conservation and preservation projects.

Shifts range from 2.5 to 4 hours in length, Monday to Friday, from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, averaging 10 hours per week. The hourly rate of pay is $12.00 which includes 4% vacation pay. If you wish to be considered for possible employment, complete and submit the application.

Review of applications will begin immediately and successful applicants will be contacted by email to confirm the receipt of a Work Study Bursary and to schedule an interview. Preference will be given to those receiving full bursaries.


  • Must be eligible for the Work Study Bursary
  • Must be a Queen’s student
  • Must be able to work independently and within a team and with attention to detail
  • Basic computer/technological skills are an asset.
  • Applicants should be able to perform light –medium physical work which may require bending and squatting, pushing book carts, as well as repetitive motion involving the hand and arm.

Now Hiring!: Digital Humanities Undergraduate Assistant

Posted: July 22nd, 2016

Do you want to work with rare books and primary materials? Are you excited about digital scholarship? Consider applying for the Digital Humanities Undergraduate Assistantship and come work with us at the W.D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections.

Digital Humanities Undergraduate Assistantship

The Digital Humanities Undergraduate Assistantship was created in September 2014 in collaboration with the Bader International Study Centre’s (BISC) Field School in the Digital Humanities. In 2016 the assistantship will be open to all interested Queen’s University undergraduates.

The Digital Humanities Assistant will undertake a project under the direction of the W.D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections. Project details will be determined collaboratively by the student and the Head of Special Collections, drawn from a list of prioritised projects derived from current holdings which have been targeted as key in the dissemination of collections to a broader audience. She/he will be co-supervised by the Head of Special Collections and Special Collections Librarian.

Through this assistantship students will be introduced to proper techniques for the use of special materials and how digitization can both describe collections and interpret them for researchers. Projects should be geared towards encouraging research and use. Examples of project products include, but are not limited to, interpretive exhibits, visibility on social media platforms, mapping applications, and development of metadata templates. At the conclusion of the assistantship, the student will:

  • Be practiced in analyzing and organizing material for digitization; applying descriptive metadata to digitized material; and providing public access to digital material
  • Be familiar with physical materials that are the sources of digitized images and texts, and understand their organization, handling, conservation and post-digitization disposition with respect to digital projects.
  • Understand the practical implications of digital preservation as these affect their projects
  • Know how to present and/or publish their work in public venues such as “Inquiry@Queen’s”

The Digital Humanities Assistant will report to the Head of W.D. Jordan Rare Books & Special Collections. She/he will be required to work approximately 10 hours per week however, it is well understood that this position is held by a student and therefore, some shifts may need to be rearranged or cancelled to accommodate academic requirements. Regular hours are to be decided and agreed upon at the beginning of each term.

Duration and Remuneration

The Digital Humanities Undergraduate Assistantship is a paid position ($12.00/hour) with flexible schedule averaging up to 10 hours per week during the Fall 2016 and Winter 2017 academic terms.


Only registered Queen’s University undergraduate students are eligible to apply. Applicants must demonstrate an interest in digital humanities or digital preservation, present a solid record of academic achievement, and must register an interest in research through the application statement.

Application Process

Candidates must submit a résumé and statement (max 1,000 words) outlining the skills or talents the candidate would bring to the department, especially any skills or background external that might be of use in a digital project (i.e. software or online application competencies, facility in coding or programming, etc.). The statement should also indicate how this position will help forward the candidate’s academic or professional aspirations. Contact information for one or two references who can speak to the candidate’s academic and career aspirations should also be submitted. Please send all materials to jordan.library@queensu.ca.

Applications received by August 22nd will be considered first.

Web Redesign – New Design, part 2

Posted: July 8th, 2016

As a continuation of our last post about the new design, here are a few more designs:

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Construction noise on the second floor of Stauffer Library: July 8-15

Posted: July 8th, 2016

Beginning today, and continuing until the end of next week we will be making some changes to the shelves on the second floor of Stauffer Library. We are working to keep disruptions to a minimum, but there will be some construction noise until the end of next week. For those looking for silent study, we would recommend that you consider making use of some of our other great Library spaces. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we make changes to serve you better.

For more information on the Library and Archives Master Plan, please see the LAMP website.

Launch of new website July 27, 2016

Posted: June 30th, 2016

We are pleased to share with you the launch of our new website. After months of planning and hard work, we are delighted to announce the official launch on July 27, 2016!

Our goal with this new website is to provide our visitors with the same great services and resources, through a more modern, accessible, and mobile-friendly site.

Beginning on July 27 2016, you will find the new website at our current location at library.queensu.ca.

Web Redesign – New Design

Posted: June 24th, 2016

We have been very busy these last months building the new website. As we prepare to announce our launch date (coming soon!), we would like to share some designs with you. It was quite a task to come up with a design that fit in well with the Queen’s landscape and also suited our needs here at the Library. We are quite pleased with the end result. A big thank you to all the participants and collaborators in this process – we couldn’t have done it without your help.

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Inspired by ‘old ideals, old publications’

Posted: June 15th, 2016

The Adaptive Technology Centre and Queen’s University Libraries congratulate James McNutt.

To read more about James’ scholarly achievements and contributions to the Queen’s community,

read the new online Gazette article here.

James McNutt successfully defends Masters of Education thesis 2016

James McNutt successfully defends Masters of Education thesis 2016

Queen’s Librarian Receives the OCUFA Service Award

Posted: May 12th, 2016

We are pleased to announce that Constance Adamson, an academic librarian at Queen’s, has been selected as one of this year’s recipients of The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) Service Award.

Constance served as OCUFA’s president from 2011-2013, providing exemplary leadership to the organization. She also served as Chair of OCUFA’s Board of Directors from 2013 to 2014. Through it all, she has been a stalwart and tireless defender of the rights of faculty, librarians, and archivists.

For more information, please see the OCUFA announcement.

Congratulations Constance!

New Database Trial: South Asian Newspapers, 1864-1922

Posted: May 6th, 2016

Available 6 May – 5 June, 2016, South Asian Newspapers, 1864-1922, is a one-of-a-kind collection providing online access to a select group of South Asian newspapers from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Featuring English-, Gujarati- and Bengali-language papers published in India, in the regions of the Subcontinent that now comprise Pakistan, and in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), South Asian Newspapers offers extensive coverage of the people, issues and events that shaped the Indian Subcontinent between 1864 and 1922.

June Dissertation Boot Camp at Douglas Library

Posted: May 2nd, 2016

Want to achieve the momentum you need to write your thesis? Then register now for June Dissertation Boot Camp, brought to you by the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) and Student Academic Success Services (SASS).

Pre-boot orientation is on Friday 3rd June, followed up with five more days of writing from Monday 6th June to Friday 10th June.

Spaces are limited and priority goes to doctoral students nearing completion.

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