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June Dissertation Boot Camp at Douglas Library

Posted: May 2nd, 2016

Want to achieve the momentum you need to write your thesis? Then register now for June Dissertation Boot Camp, brought to you by the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) and Student Academic Success Services (SASS).

Pre-boot orientation is on Friday 3rd June, followed up with five more days of writing from Monday 6th June to Friday 10th June.

Spaces are limited and priority goes to doctoral students nearing completion.

Data Day 2016: Maximize the Impact of Your Data

Posted: April 26th, 2016

Please join us for Queen’s University’s third annual Data Day. You will learn about evolving Queen’s data services, national guidelines (e.g. Tri-Council), and national and international initiatives for managing, linking and promoting your research data. You will hear from Queen’s researchers about their experiences in data management and learn more about digital scholarship across disciplines.

Registration and the program for Data Day 2016 are available here.

Quiet Writing Times for Faculty Members and Post-Doctoral Fellows

Posted: April 19th, 2016

The Office of the Vice-Principal (Research) and Queen’s University Library have teamed up to offer communal space for quiet writing on Friday mornings on a monthly basis in the Fireplace Reading Room in Stauffer Library. The room is located on the second floor, directly above the library’s main entrance. The Library Café downstairs will be open and faculty and post-docs are welcome to bring coffee and snacks into the space.

Our next session is scheduled for April 29, and we are pleased to announce that URS Research Projects Advisor, Kristina Arseneau, will be present to offer advice on research proposals between 10 – 11 am.

To help us monitor interest in the program, registration is requested, but not required: http://queensu.fluidsurveys.com/s/quiet_writing/

For the remainder of the academic year, other Quiet Writing Times have been confirmed as follows:

  • Friday, April 29, 8am-noon
  • Friday, May 27, 8am-noon
  • Friday, June 24, 8am-noon

Queen’s Library Hiring Student Assistants for Fall 2016

Posted: April 18th, 2016

The posting is now up for fall Student Assistant positions in the Library. The link on the Library website is at http://library.queensu.ca/about/jobs/student. Please submit your application as soon as possible as the deadline is next Thursday, April 21st. Also, please be sure to apply for a Work Study bursary as this is a condition of employment. Information about the Work Study program and the application is available at http://www.queensu.ca/studentawards/financial-assistance/work-study-program.

Snack Break @ Bracken

Posted: April 4th, 2016
Studying for exams? Take a healthy snack break at Bracken! Thursday morning, April 7 at 10:00.

Celebrate National Poetry Month with us!

Posted: April 4th, 2016

On Wednesday April 20 between 7:30 and 8:30 pm, Queen’s University Library and Kingston WritersFest invite you to a poetry book launch in Speaker’s Corner at Stauffer Library.

This exciting event showcases five acclaimed poets reading from their new spring poetry collections! Featuring Roo Borson and Kim Maltman, Suzanne Buffam, Michael Crummey, and Steve Heighton. Copies of the books will be available for sale and signing.

Tickets are $17 in advance (incl. HST and handling) – $19 at the door – and are available online at kingstonwritersfest.ca and at Novel Idea Books on Princess Street. FREE rush seats available to Queen’s, RMC, and SLC students with valid ID.

Special Collections will be hosting a pop-up exhibit one hour before the event. More information to come!


Martha Whitehead reappointed Vice-Provost and University Librarian

Posted: April 1st, 2016

Queen’s University has announced Martha Whitehead accepted re-appointment as Vice-Provost and University Librarian for a five-year term, effective July 1, 2016. The principal’s advisory committee unanimously recommended her reappointment.

Martha is recognized as a leader in her field with national and international profile. Her external activities position Queen’s as an active player in the research library landscape, and help build collaborations and develop new perspectives. She is President of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and she has served as Vice-Chair/Chair/Past Chair of the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL).

For the full story, please see the Queen’s Gazette.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s I@Q a success!

Posted: March 16th, 2016

The 10th annual Inquiry@Queen’s (I@Q) conference was held last week, and we have been receiving rave reviews of the programming.

Congratulations to our undergraduate researchers! The Queen’s and Kingston community came together to celebrate their research achievements through presentations, posters, and events. Many positive comments have been received on both the quality of the research and the presentations. Other highlights included the keynote presentations by undergraduate researchers (including a play!), a Kingston Youth Group, and an address by Dr. Art McDonald, Professor Emeritus and co-winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics, and a panel discussion on experiential learning.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a success by dedicating your time to organize and attend the events.

Please see our Instagram for photos, and feel free to share any that you might have.

See you next year!

ProQuest Materials Science Collection

Posted: March 14th, 2016

ProQuest Materials Science Collection is a materials-focused research tool with renowned indexes including Metadex plus full text. For research into materials including metals, polymers, ceramics, composites, and biomaterials. Facilitates everything from comprehensive literature reviews to simple Google-style searches retrieving full-text results.

Tudor-Era Books Acquired for the Schulich-Woolf Collection

Posted: March 10th, 2016

The first acquisitions have been made for the Schulich-Woolf Collection, thanks to funds generously provided by Mr. Seymour Schulich.  They become part of a signature collection of books on history, exploration and culture from the 16th to the 19th centuries, donated by Mr. Schulich and by Queen’s Principal Daniel Woolf. The Schulich Woolf Collection is housed in the W.D. Jordan Special Collections and Music Library.

The newly acquired books are important examples of the Tudor interest in history and governance, and as artifacts, they carry with them indications of personal ownership and use, and other traces of the time in which they were produced. Six titles, dating from 1557 to 1596, have been received.

The Boke Named the Governor, by Sir Thomas Elyot, 1557      Schulich-Woolf Dated 1557.E49

The Chronicle of Fabian, by Robert Fabyan, 1559                       Schulich-Woolf Dated 1559.F33 folio

Certain Discourses, by Sir John Smythe, 1590                             Schulich-Woolf Dated 1590.S69

Elyot’s Boke Named the Governor is a treatise on the learning and education required to govern well.  It is considered one of the earliest examples of the confident use of the English vernacular for serious purposes.  The Chronicle of English history written by Robert Fabyan (d. 1512) was first published posthumously, in 1516, and enlarged by others in editions of 1533 and 1542.  The 1559 edition brings forward the history from the time of Henry VII to the end of Queen Mary’s reign.  An example of fine “black letter” printing, our copy is in particularly good condition, in a noteworthy mid-19th-century binding by the firm of Clarke & Bedford.  Smythe’s Certain Discourses present the argument that archers and the English longbow should be maintained in battle rather than relying upon new-fangled armaments such as “mosquets”.  It’s not so much the argument that makes this book important, however, but the fact that it was suppressed by Lord Burghley because of impolitic personal statements made in the text.  As a “banned book”, this volume will have a place in our Freedom to Read displays and events.

Three works have come bound together in one volume                    Schulich-Woolf Dated 1596.C66

The Historie of Philip de Commines, 1596

The Florentine Historie, by Niccolò Machiavelli, 1595

The Historie of France, by Lancelot-Voisin La Popelinière, 1596.

These three historical works are still in what appears to be their original folio binding, which can be dated to May 1597.  Two strips of manuscript waste are used to secure the fly-leaves; these are written in an English “secretary” hand.  Numerous early signatures, notes and underlinings tell us about who owned the volume and something about what readers found interesting in the contents.  The histories of France by de Commines and La Popelinière both have the same elaborate woodcut frame on their title-pages, associated with William Ponsonby, the printer of Edmund Spenser and Sir Philip Sidney.  The prefaces and dedications to the works explain the reasons for making translations to inform, educate and entertain the reading public in the age of Shakespeare.

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