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Awards recognize excellence in teaching and learning – Curriculum Development!

Posted: February 10th, 2016

Winners of the Curriculum Development Award, for the Undergraduate School of Medicine’s M.D. program, included Queen’s Librarians Sandra Halliday and Suzanne Maranda, of Bracken Library.

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For more information, please see page 8 of the newest issue of the Queen’s Gazette.

Awards recognize excellence in teaching and learning!

Posted: February 10th, 2016

Vice-Provost & University Librarian, Martha Whitehead assisted Principal Woolf in presenting the Promoting Student Inquiry Teaching Award, sponsored and coordinated by The Queen’s Library, to Dr. Gabor Fichtinger, School of Computing.

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For more information, please see page 8 of the newest issue of the Queen’s Gazette:

Falling Canadian dollar raises longstanding issue of journal costs

Posted: February 9th, 2016

Research libraries in universities across the country are experiencing severe budget pressures owing to the weakening Canadian dollar combined with the extraordinarily high costs of international scholarly journals. In response to this, the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) has released a communique, Falling Canadian dollar raises longstanding issue of journal costs. This communication complements information about our cost reduction strategy at Queen’s University Library.

Keynote speaker at Inquiry@Queen’s 2016 is Dr. Arthur McDonald

Posted: February 4th, 2016

We are very pleased to announce the keynote speaker for I@Q this year will be Professor Emeritus Arthur McDonald, co-winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in physics.

We hope you will join us for the keynote on March 11, and for the many other exciting presentations, posters and events. A full schedule of events will follow.

Undergraduate students who would like to share their research, projects and experiential learning experiences with the Queen’s community and beyond are invited to submit an abstract.  For more information see our website.

Special Collections New Acquisitions

Posted: February 1st, 2016

Special Collections recently acquired five 17th and 18th-century plays which were purchased from the Helen K. Garrett Memorial Fund, presented by Dr. T.J. Garrett in memory of Helen K. Garrett. These books are not only beautiful, but also wonderful examples of English drama, culture, and printing. Only one play remains in its original binding, The Beggar’s Opera. The other four have been rebound–The Conscious Lovers has been rebound in marbled paper and the remaining three were rebound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. One of most important bookbinding companies of the early 20th century, Sangorski & Sutcliffe are renowned for their sumptuous and decorative leather bindings. Our plays have red and green full leather bindings with exquisite marbled end papers. Stop by for a closer look!

Marriage A-la-Mode by John Dryden, 1673    PR3415 .M3 1673

The Man of Mode by George Etherege, 1676   PR3432 .A67 1676

The Beaux Stratagem by George Farquarh, 1707    PR3437 .B4 1707

The Conscious Lovers by Sir Richard Steele, 1723    PR3704 .C6 1723

The Beggar’s Opera by Mr. Gay, 1729    PR3473 .B7 1729

Quiet Writing Time for Faculty and Post-Docs at the Library

Posted: January 25th, 2016

We are pleased to announce that we are teaming up with The Office of the Vice-Principal (Research) to offer communal space for quiet writing on a monthly basis to Queen’s faculty and post-docs. These quiet writing times are in response to faculty feedback expressing an interest in having time and library space to gather to write on a regular basis.

This space will be offered once a month on Friday mornings in the Fireplace Reading Room in Stauffer Library for the rest of the academic year. The first quiet writing time will be held this Friday, January 29, from 8 am – noon.

In addition to this Friday, writing times for faculty and post-docs are scheduled from 8 am-noon on the following dates:

Friday, February 26

Friday, March 18,

Friday, April 29

Friday, May 27

Friday, June 24

Space is limited, and registration is recommended to ensure a spot. To register for January 29 writing session on please click here: http://queensu.fluidsurveys.com/surveys/kelly-blair-matuk/quiet-writing-time-january-29/

Questions and suggestions may be directed to Yolande Chan at ychan@queensu.ca.

Deadline Extended: I@Q Undergraduate Research Conference – Call for Proposals

Posted: January 25th, 2016

The deadline for the submission of proposals to the Inquiry@Queen’s Undergraduate Research Conference has been extended to February 5 at 4:30 pm.

We are inviting undergraduate students from any discipline with research results to share to submit an abstract for the 10th annual conference to be held March 10 and 11th in the Queen’s Learning Commons, Stauffer Library.

We hope you will take part in this conference. Your participation provides the opportunity to:

  • share your research with the Queen’s community
  • experience an academic conference
  • enhance graduate and career skills including critical thinking, effective writing and presentation skills
  • engage in scholarly communication with students and faculty from many disciplines.

For more information on submitting a proposal, see our website.

For questions, please contact iatq@queensu.ca

Live-In for Literacy at Stauffer library this week

Posted: January 25th, 2016

From January 25-January 31, 2016, Queen’s University students Sean Kim and Eric Sandham will live, eat, and sleep in the Joseph S. Stauffer Library for seven consecutive days to raise funds and awareness for world literacy and gender equality in education. This is part of the annual campaign Live-In for Literacy, which was started at Queen’s University in 2005.

A tent will be set up for the campers in the atrium of Stauffer Library. Kim and Sandham will be staying at the campsite for the entirety of the following week, leaving only to go to class and to shower. In addition to engaging with library patrons, university and community members, the campers will also be holding daily activities including faculty competitions, free tea, and interactive games.

“This is a cause that I identify with personally so I’m super excited to be able to contribute,” says Amelia Zheng, a fifth year Concurrent Education student and Co-Chair of Room to Read, Queen’s Chapter.

This is the eleventh year that the event has taken place and has proven to be very successful in the past. Queen’s students have shown interest in learning about the amazing cause and contributed to fundraising.

All proceeds from Live-In for Literacy support Room to Read and their programs in school and library construction, girls’ education, local language publishing, teacher training and curriculum development in developing areas of Asia and Africa. Those wishing to donate are asked to visit the campsite during the event, or http://roomtoread.kintera.org/Canada/queens for other donation methods. Tax receipts will be provided by request for donations of $20 and over.

Robert Burns Day Pop-Up Exhibit on January 25th

Posted: January 20th, 2016

Celebrate Robert Burns Day with Special Collections next Monday, January 25th, from 11:00am to 2:00pm. We will have several editions of Burns’ poems on display and free buttons to give away in Stauffer Library! But don’t forget to stop by our Reading Room in Douglas Library for a closer look at Burns’ very own chair and more books! All are welcome!

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New Exhibit: Vero Wynne-Edwards and the 1937 MacMillan-Thebaud Expedition

Posted: January 14th, 2016

The Jeannie and Vero Wynne-Edwards Book Collection consists of over 1800 books, pamphlets, periodical and ephemeral pieces in the field of natural history. It was the working library of Vero C. Wynne-Edwards (1906-1997) C.B.E, F.R.S., Regis Professor of Natural History, University of Aberdeen, 1946-1974. This exhibit focuses on a selection of material from the Queens Archives and W.D. Jordan Special Collections Library.

Curated by Morag Coyne, Undergraduate Services Librarian, Engineering and Science Library

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