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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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Union Gallery launches new exhibitions!

Posted: May 22nd, 2015

The Union Gallery would like to extend an invitation to you for the opening reception of two excellent exhibitions at The Union Gallery, Common Ground and It’s Not Working. The opening reception will take place May 30th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, see you there!

Union Gallery Spring / Summer 2015 Exhibitions

Union Gallery
1st Floor Stauffer Library
Queen’s University , Kingston ,ON
K7L 5C4
613 533-3171
web: uniongallery.queensu.ca

Law Librarians publish two new books

Posted: May 19th, 2015

We are very happy to announce the latest publications from two of our Law Librarians, Amy Kaufman and Nancy McCormack.


Out of Practice: Exploring Legal Career Paths in Canada
By Amy Kaufman and Leeann Beggs

Is it time to try something new? While this is a common question for anyone to ask over the span of a career, for people in law it can be particularly challenging to answer. You’ve already invested lots of time, money and effort to get where you are. But sometimes you need to take some time to reflect on whether your current path is right for you. This book will guide you through that process.

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The Practical Guide to Canadian Legal Research, Fourth Edition
By Nancy McCormack, John Papadopoulos and Catherine Cotter

Now in this fourth and completely revised edition, this essential guidebook to legal research introduces users to the various legal research materials available to lawyers, law students, law clerks and legal academics. It teaches readers efficient legal research skills, and acts as a reference source by providing some of the essential background required to research specific areas of the law. Along with detailed research strategies, a comprehensive checklist is included.

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Congratulations to Amy and Nancy!

A bloom of thanks …

Posted: April 24th, 2015
Library staff surprise the library’s café workers, Kim Crawford and Cindy Delaney, with flowers and cards.

Library staff surprise the library’s café workers, Kim Crawford and Cindy Delaney, with flowers and cards.

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Preserving the history of Queen’s.

Posted: April 24th, 2015

In his role as Queen’s Digital and Private Records Archivist, Jeremy Heil is tasked with “preserving the authentic record of individuals, corporations and the university.”

Read more of the most recent “People of Queen’s” article here

Preserving the history of Queen's

Preserving the history of Queen's

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