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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.

Reach of libraries increasing.

Posted: July 8th, 2015

Reach of Libraries increasing

Reach of libraries increasing – read more of the Queen’s Gazette interview with Vice-Provost & University Librarian, Martha Whitehead in the July 7th issue – see page 5.

Queen’s Library Services Represented at SOAR

Posted: July 3rd, 2015

Queen’s Learning Commons, Student Academic Success Services, and the Adaptive Technology Centre provided information to new Queen’s Students and families today at SOAR.

Queen's Learning Commons staff at SOAR

Queen's Learning Commons staff at SOAR

Liz Parsons (SASS); Andrew Ashby (Accessibility Hub)

Liz Parsons (SASS); Andrew Ashby (Accessibility Hub) at SOAR

SOAR (Summer Orientation to Academics and Resources) continues throughout July on Campus – for more information, see the SOAR webpage for details.

Jack Hambleton Library at Queen’s University Biological Station

Posted: June 29th, 2015

Happy 70th anniversary, and congratulations to Queen’s University Biological Station (QUBS) on the grand opening of the Jessie Deslauriers Centre for Biology. It was a treat to see the newly located Fowler Herbarium, and naturally, we were particularly excited to view the Jack Hambleton Library.

Congratulations on the great turnout to your open house, especially on what we heard described as a “good day for frogs”.

Web Redesign – Environmental Scans

Posted: June 26th, 2015

One type of research the Web Redesign team does is simply looking at what other academic libraries are doing on their websites, also known as environmental scans. We have found it valuable to be able to quickly check conventions, because we know that following convention is good usability.

For the purposes of this project, we have developed a list of 30 academic libraries whose sites we check in a systematic way when we are doing this kind of research. This is not to say that we don’t also check other library websites from time to time, but we have found this list helpful for consistency. The list consists of 15 Canadian and 15 American academic libraries based on the following criteria:

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Pedestrian-related improvements at University and Union, Library Square

Posted: June 17th, 2015

Stauffer intersection

At the June 16, 2015 City of Kingston council meeting, a report was presented to council examining the feasibility of a pedestrian “scramble” crossing at the intersection of University Avenue and Union Street, a key crossing point at Queen’s and a gateway to campus.

Council unanimously approved the installation of the scramble, and the changes are targeted to be in place for September. The planned improvements at the Library Square intersection include audible signals, a right-turn-on red ban and thermoplastic “brick pavers” crosswalk markings. These changes prioritize pedestrian movement, accessibility and safety at the intersection.

The Swan Song of my Undergrad

Posted: June 8th, 2015

Tiffany Chan had a student assistantship in the W.D. Jordan Special Collections and Music Library in 2014-2015. Read her Love Letter to Digital Humanities Research, where she talks about her experience.

Content Inventory and Audit

Posted: May 25th, 2015

One of the most important steps in planning for a new version of the Library website is knowing what content we have and what content needs to be migrated to the new site. In order to plan for this, a two-step process of content inventory and content audit are commonly used; the inventory outlines what content is currently available and the audit outlines the plan for that content moving forward. Here is how we completed this process as part of our redesign.

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