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New lab boosts support for international students

Posted: April 16th, 2015

The Queen’s Learning Commons (QLC) Academic Skills Lab in Stauffer Library is a welcoming and flexible space that can accommodate small group discussions and one-on-one meetings with professional staff and trained peer assistants.

More about this story here.

Min Xing Zhu uses the new Queen's Learning Commons Academic Skills Lab to practice her presentation skills with Donna Katinas, ESL co-ordinator in the Writing Centre

Min Xing Zhu uses the new Queen's Learning Commons Academic Skills Lab to practice her presentation skills with Donna Katinas, ESL co-ordinator in the Writing Centre

Now Hiring: Education Library Student Assistants for Fall/Winter 2015/16.

Posted: April 10th, 2015

Are you interested in working at the Education Library during the 2015/16 academic school year?

The Education Library is now accepting applications – please contact Peter Lewis (peter.lewis@queensu.ca) to apply.

Applicants must qualify for the Queen’s University Student Awards WorkStudy Program.

For more information:

Visit our Student Employment Opportunities website.

New Exhibit at W.D. Jordan Library 1 April, 2015 – 31 May, 2015

Posted: April 1st, 2015

Photography and the Book in the Nineteenth Century

Beth's exhibit

The introduction of photography to book illustration forever changed the experience of the book. Photographic imagery revealed the famous people of the day as they really looked, accurately recorded the latest scientific discoveries in incredible detail, and offered alluring views of the world near and far. In viewing the photographic record left behind in these books, however, it becomes apparent that the camera was not always an objective recorder of reality. Early photographic technologies could be very difficult to use, so that each picture had to be carefully staged, edited, and often touched-up by artists to correct for problems caused by long exposures and imbalanced sensitivity across the spectrum of visible light. In addition, the selection of an image for a book could be influenced by previously established graphic traditions, and some authors consciously attempted to make photographs look like engravings, lithographs, or aquatints. The books that survive with original photographs and early photomechanical processes are not simply records of the past, but fascinating glimpses into the minds of nineteenth-century authors, publishers, and audiences coming to terms with a new visual tool.

New Database Trial: Statista

Posted: March 30th, 2015

Available March 30 – April 17th, Statista offers 1.5 million statistics from over 18,000 sources (including both national and international data) and over 60,000 topics in 21 multidisciplinary categories, ranging from agriculture to media & marketing and consumer & demographic data.   Including 10,000 studies and reports from third parties and 1,000 Statista dossiers and industry reports.  Up-to-date statistical data from around the globe (e.g., most played PC games, number of World of Warcraft subscribers, national tax revenues from commercial casinos in the U.S. in 2013, etc.) plus market reports on specific subject matters (social networking in China, e-commerce), popular industries, technology & telecommunication, retail & trade, etc. Check it out!

Unrecorded Vesalius first edition discovered at Queen’s University

Posted: March 25th, 2015

In this 500th anniversary of the birth of Vesalius, it is fitting that at least one unrecorded copy of the first edition of his De humani corporis fabrica (1543) should be uncovered. This happened here at Queen’s University while we were examining books from the St. Mary’s Cathedral collection, now on permanent deposit in the W.D. Jordan Special Collections and Music Library. No finding aid existed for the collection, and the famous engraved title-page of De fabrica was not present in the book. The volume was also bound in blue paper boards, not a form one associates with 16th -century books.

Vesalius

Vesalius

New database Trial: Bloomsbury Drama Online Library

Posted: March 23rd, 2015

Bloomsbury Drama Online Library: provides contextual and critical background through scholarly works and practical guides; play tools with character grids, words and speech graphs and part books offer a new way to engage with plays for close study or for performance; access to the finest drama texts from Aeschylus to the present day; student editions, scholarly works and first night programme texts; features the pre-eminent theatre lists of Methuen Drama, the Arden Shakespeare and Faber and Faber as well as production photos from the Victoria and Albert Museum and The American Shakespeare Center; forthcoming collections from L.A. Theatre Works (Audio Plays) and the Nick Hern Books Play Collection will be available this year.

Database trial from 17 March – 15 May 2015.

Drama Online Database trial

For more information, see: Bloomsbury Drama Online Library.

About the Website Redesign

Posted: March 13th, 2015

Welcome to the first in a series of updates about the Library Website Redesign project. We hope that these updates will help you to better understand the process. We invite you to contact us with your questions about the project by emailing us at library@queensu.ca

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Vice-Provost and University Librarian Martha Whitehead featured in the current issue of the Queen’s Gazette Campus News!

Posted: March 11th, 2015
Supporting Queen's through appeal

Supporting Queen's through appeal

Please read the complete article about the Campus Community Appeal on page 7 of the March 10th, 2015 Queen’s Gazette.

New Tri-Agency Policy to Expand Access and Reach of Research Results

Posted: March 5th, 2015

Open Access logo

The Tri-Agency – the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) – recently announced an open access policy on publications.

Grant recipients who receive funding from the three federal granting agencies after May 1, 2015 must make their peer-reviewed journal publications freely accessible online within 12 months of publication.

The new policy requirements do not pertain to other research outputs – for example, books, chapters or creative writing.

See the joint statement issued by the Vice-Principal (Research) and Vice Provost and University Librarian. March 3rd 2015.

For more information on easy compliance with the new policy see: Meeting Tri-Agency Open Access Policy Requirements.

Inquiry@Queen’s Undergraduate Research Conference

Posted: March 4th, 2015

We invite the Queen’s community to come and support student research at the 9th annual Inquiry@Queen’s Undergraduate Research Conference.

For program information, please go to I@Q website: www.queensu.ca/iatq/conference/program.html

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