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New crossing – Library Square

Posted: August 29th, 2015

Work is completed on the new accessible crossing at Union & University!

Read more of the Queen’s Gazette story here.

New Union & University crossing improves accessibility

New Union & University crossing improves accessibility

Improving access to Electronic Reserves

Posted: August 28th, 2015

Access to electronic reserves is expanding – read more of the Queen’s Gazette article here.

Expanded Electronic Reserves at Queen's Library

Expanded Electronic Reserves at Queen's Library

e-CPS is now RxTx

Posted: August 21st, 2015

The eCPS has changed. It is now called RxTx and has a new, improved search interface. You can check it out here: http://proxy.queensu.ca/login?url=https://www.e-therapeutics.ca/search. A user guide and product video are available.

Web Redesign – Wireframes

Posted: August 21st, 2015

We have recently begun a very interesting part of the web redesign project called wireframing. The purpose of wireframing is to arrange content on the page, also known as blocking. When examining wireframes, it is important to realize that it is not the same as design; that is to say that a wireframe does not attempt to address design issues such as fonts, colours and imagery. Read the rest of this entry »

Promoting Student Inquiry Teaching Award

Posted: August 18th, 2015

We are delighted to spread the word about a new award for Promoting Student Inquiry at Queen’s University.

This award is sponsored and coordinated by Queen’s University Library, and is one of six Principal’s Teaching and Learning Awards. These awards are intended to celebrate teaching excellence and to increase transdisciplinary exposure to exemplars in teaching and the diverse ways in which the student learning experience is enhanced by educators and educational supports at Queen’s.

The Teaching Award for Promoting Student Inquiry recognizes innovative instructional design which enables active student engagement in learning. The call for submissions is now open, and the deadline for submissions is September 30, 2015. You may send nomination packages in PDF format to the Selection Committee at academic.services@queensu.ca.

Please see the Promoting Student Inquiry Teaching Award webpage for all of the details, including nomination criteria.

Web Redesign – Working with a Web Design Firm

Posted: August 14th, 2015

The Library web redesign project team has hired an external web design firm to work with us on the next phase of the project.  As you can imagine, there are many companies to choose from, and we had to carefully consider our criteria.  We developed a project brief that outlined the work that we needed done, and described the foundational work that we had prepared.  As with everything, we had to consider budget, and were looking for the best and most cost-effective match for QUL. Read the rest of this entry »

ATC Coordinator Presentation: ACE

Posted: August 1st, 2015

Adaptive Technology Centre Coordinator Michele Chittenden presented at the Assistive Technology Conference at Kings College, University of Western Ontario early in June – the video of this presentation has now been made available by the N.o.O.A.T. (the Network of Ontario Assistive Technologists). Michele’s presentation provided information regarding ACE, the Accessible Content E-Portal, which has grown from a pilot project started in 2012 to an ongoing Scholars Portal service in 2014.

To view Michele’s presentation and learn more about ACE, please click here.

Reference Desk Removal at Stauffer

Posted: July 21st, 2015

Today we begin to remove the reference desk at Stauffer Library. The recommendations of the Public Services Renewal Project called for a reconfiguration of our service points to meet the needs of our users. Many of our locations have already consolidated to a single service point, and after much deliberation we decided to develop the circulation desk at Stauffer Library into an integrated service point. This integration will make it easier for Library users to connect with our services, and will also open up much needed study space.

Services provided by the QLC student assistants will continue in their new location at the circulation desk, reference by librarians will be provided through referral, and ITServices will move their help desk to the Micro Repair drop off desk on the Lower Level of Stauffer Library.

As we look forward to the exciting times ahead, we also honour the past of one of Queen’s signature buildings, and the space will be configured in the spirit of the building.

We are working to keep any disruptions caused by the increased activity to a minimum, and we will continue to keep you informed as this project progresses.

For more information on the Public Services Renewal Project, please see the Library and Archives Master Plan (LAMP) website.

Web Redesign – Browser Support

Posted: July 10th, 2015

For the next version of the Library website, we have been wrestling with what versions of legacy browsers we will support. We have come to the decision that we will support Microsoft’s Internet Explorer versions 9 and newer (IE9+).This means that our current users of IE7 and IE8 will need to upgrade or choose a different browser in order to have a functional experience on our new website.

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Sir Sandford Fleming Exhibit: W.D. Jordan Library

Posted: July 9th, 2015

Sir Sanford Fleming

This exhibit examines the life of Sir Sandford Fleming: engineer, innovator and Queen’s Chancellor for 35 years. Curated by Pam Manders and Dr. Alvan Bregman, W.D. Jordan Special Collections and Music Library, and Deirdre Bryden, Queen’s University Archives.

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