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Now Hiring!: Digital Humanities Undergraduate Assistant

Posted: July 22nd, 2016

Do you want to work with rare books and primary materials? Are you excited about digital scholarship? Consider applying for the Digital Humanities Undergraduate Assistantship and come work with us at the W.D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections.

Digital Humanities Undergraduate Assistantship

The Digital Humanities Undergraduate Assistantship was created in September 2014 in collaboration with the Bader International Study Centre’s (BISC) Field School in the Digital Humanities. In 2016 the assistantship will be open to all interested Queen’s University undergraduates.

The Digital Humanities Assistant will undertake a project under the direction of the W.D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections. Project details will be determined collaboratively by the student and the Head of Special Collections, drawn from a list of prioritised projects derived from current holdings which have been targeted as key in the dissemination of collections to a broader audience. She/he will be co-supervised by the Head of Special Collections and Special Collections Librarian.

Through this assistantship students will be introduced to proper techniques for the use of special materials and how digitization can both describe collections and interpret them for researchers. Projects should be geared towards encouraging research and use. Examples of project products include, but are not limited to, interpretive exhibits, visibility on social media platforms, mapping applications, and development of metadata templates. At the conclusion of the assistantship, the student will:

  • Be practiced in analyzing and organizing material for digitization; applying descriptive metadata to digitized material; and providing public access to digital material
  • Be familiar with physical materials that are the sources of digitized images and texts, and understand their organization, handling, conservation and post-digitization disposition with respect to digital projects.
  • Understand the practical implications of digital preservation as these affect their projects
  • Know how to present and/or publish their work in public venues such as “Inquiry@Queen’s”

The Digital Humanities Assistant will report to the Head of W.D. Jordan Rare Books & Special Collections. She/he will be required to work approximately 10 hours per week however, it is well understood that this position is held by a student and therefore, some shifts may need to be rearranged or cancelled to accommodate academic requirements. Regular hours are to be decided and agreed upon at the beginning of each term.

Duration and Remuneration

The Digital Humanities Undergraduate Assistantship is a paid position ($12.00/hour) with flexible schedule averaging up to 10 hours per week during the Fall 2016 and Winter 2017 academic terms.


Only registered Queen’s University undergraduate students are eligible to apply. Applicants must demonstrate an interest in digital humanities or digital preservation, present a solid record of academic achievement, and must register an interest in research through the application statement.

Application Process

Candidates must submit a résumé and statement (max 1,000 words) outlining the skills or talents the candidate would bring to the department, especially any skills or background external that might be of use in a digital project (i.e. software or online application competencies, facility in coding or programming, etc.). The statement should also indicate how this position will help forward the candidate’s academic or professional aspirations. Contact information for one or two references who can speak to the candidate’s academic and career aspirations should also be submitted. Please send all materials to jordan.library@queensu.ca.

Applications received by August 22nd will be considered first.

Construction noise on the second floor of Stauffer Library: July 8-15

Posted: July 8th, 2016

Beginning today, and continuing until the end of next week we will be making some changes to the shelves on the second floor of Stauffer Library. We are working to keep disruptions to a minimum, but there will be some construction noise until the end of next week. For those looking for silent study, we would recommend that you consider making use of some of our other great Library spaces. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we make changes to serve you better.

For more information on the Library and Archives Master Plan, please see the LAMP website.

Calling all students and emerging poets!

Posted: July 4th, 2016
The Union Gallery will be hosting a poetry reading on October 1st, 2016 as part of
Culture Days and in conjunction with Kingston WritersFest. The gallery invites student
and emerging young poets to apply.
Selected poets will be invited to participate in the event at the Union Gallery (1st Floor
Stauffer Library, Queen’s University), on October 1st from 4:30-6pm. Poets will have
approximately five minutes to perform their piece(s). Members of the public are invited
to attend this free poetry reading.
Please see the attached guidelines for submissions or visit our website

The Union Gallery will be hosting a poetry reading on October 1st, 2016 as part of Culture Days and in conjunction with Kingston WritersFest. The gallery invites student and emerging young poets to apply.

Selected poets will be invited to participate in the event at the Union Gallery in Stauffer Library on October 1st from 4:30-6pm. Poets will have approximately five minutes to perform their piece. Members of the public are invited to attend this free poetry reading.

Please visit their website for more details, including submission guidelines.

Launch of new website July 27, 2016

Posted: June 30th, 2016

We are pleased to share with you the launch of our new website. After months of planning and hard work, we are delighted to announce the official launch on July 27, 2016!

Our goal with this new website is to provide our visitors with the same great services and resources, through a more modern, accessible, and mobile-friendly site.

Beginning on July 27 2016, you will find the new website at our current location at library.queensu.ca.

Union Gallery Fall Silent Auction – Call for Submissions

Posted: June 29th, 2016

Submissions are now being accepted for the Union Gallery Fall 2016 silent auction: REIMAGINED. Please visit their fundraising page for more information.

Inspired by ‘old ideals, old publications’

Posted: June 15th, 2016

The Adaptive Technology Centre and Queen’s University Libraries congratulate James McNutt.

To read more about James’ scholarly achievements and contributions to the Queen’s community,

read the new online Gazette article here.

James McNutt successfully defends Masters of Education thesis 2016

James McNutt successfully defends Masters of Education thesis 2016

Summer Exhibits at The Union Gallery

Posted: May 25th, 2016

This summer The Union Gallery is pleased to present two new exhibitions:

The Main gallery will feature Robert Hengeveld’s, Erratic Turns, mixed media installation, 2016

The Project Room will showcase Judy Ruzylo’s, The Order of Things, multi-media documentary installation, 2013

The opening reception will be held June 3, 2016, from 5-7pm. The exhibitions will run from from: June 7 through August 11, 2016.

Please note, the gallery will be closed from May 21st to June 3rd for maintenance and the installation of the new exhibition.

InterLibrary Loans (ILL) Email Phishing Scam

Posted: May 16th, 2016

A number of phishing emails that are ostensibly from the Library have been received by Queen’s email account holders.

This email requests a response that users should recognize as a phishing attempt, and may be similar to this example that was reported recently:

“Dear User,

Your access to the Interlibrary Loans (ILL) is expiring soon, and you will be not eligible for Document Delivery Service. To continue to have access to the library services, you must reactivate your account. For this purpose, click the web address below or copy and paste it into your web browser. A successful login will activate your account and you will be redirected to the ILL homepage.

If you are unable to log in, please contact the IT Support Centre for immediate assistance.

Kind Regards,

Interlibrary Loans & Document Delivery Services
Queen’s University Library
99 University Ave, Kingston, ON K7L 3N6, Canada
Phone: (613) 533-2526

If you receive a message of this type, do not follow the link and please delete the email.

Additional information on email phishing is available on the ITS Phishing Awareness information page.

Queen’s Librarian Receives the OCUFA Service Award

Posted: May 12th, 2016

We are pleased to announce that Constance Adamson, an academic librarian at Queen’s, has been selected as one of this year’s recipients of The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) Service Award.

Constance served as OCUFA’s president from 2011-2013, providing exemplary leadership to the organization. She also served as Chair of OCUFA’s Board of Directors from 2013 to 2014. Through it all, she has been a stalwart and tireless defender of the rights of faculty, librarians, and archivists.

For more information, please see the OCUFA announcement.

Congratulations Constance!

New Database Trial: South Asian Newspapers, 1864-1922

Posted: May 6th, 2016

Available 6 May – 5 June, 2016, South Asian Newspapers, 1864-1922, is a one-of-a-kind collection providing online access to a select group of South Asian newspapers from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Featuring English-, Gujarati- and Bengali-language papers published in India, in the regions of the Subcontinent that now comprise Pakistan, and in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), South Asian Newspapers offers extensive coverage of the people, issues and events that shaped the Indian Subcontinent between 1864 and 1922.

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