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Stress Relief Activities in the Seminar Room

Posted: December 5th, 2014

The Queen’s Learning Commons is pleased to offer some stress relief activities in the Seminar Room (main floor of Stauffer Library) during the exam period.  Take a break from studying, and don’t forget to pick up an exam schedule from Learning Strategies.  Good luck on your exams!

Food For Fines

Posted: November 25th, 2014

The SGPS Holiday Assistance Program and the AMS/SGPS Food Center are happy to bring you FOOD FOR FINES!

For every item of non-perishable food that you donate, $1.00 will be deducted from your overdue library fines, to a max of $10.00 per student.

Donate between 8 am and 8 pm at the circulation desk in Stauffer Library, from December 1st to December 4th only.

Principal Woolf Interviewed About Incunabula Exhibit

Posted: November 17th, 2014

The incunabula exhibit, on display in the W.D. Jordan Library from October 20 – December 1, 2014, includes materials from the Library’s collection as well as two works from Principal Woolf’s private collection.

In a recent interview with the Queen’s Gazette, Principal Woolf encouraged people to visit the exhibit, saying that “(t)he exhibit is fabulous because these aren’t just old books. They’re among the rarest in the world and they appeared right at the dawn of printing.” Read the full interview in the Gazette, and be sure to come to the W. D. Jordan Special Collections and Music Library to see the exhibit, continuing until December 1.

GIS Day

Posted: November 14th, 2014

depicts an Open Street Map created map of Kingston with GIS Day written below

To celebrate GIS Day on Wednesday, November 19th http://www.gisday.com/, Queen’s University Library will be hosting 100 high school students from Loyalist Collegiate Vocational Institute (LCVI) for a series of talks, tours and demonstrations in collaboration with the City of Kingston as well as the Department of Geography and Geology. The City of Kingston and Queen’s University Library will have a display set up in the atrium of Stauffer Library to generate awareness and to educate Queen’s students, the LCVI school group, staff, faculty and the greater public about how geography makes a difference in our lives through Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology.

Stauffer Library, November 19th , 2014
8:30 am – 2:00 pm (the City of Kingston and QUL will be set up in the Atrium demonstrating GIS applications and will be raffling off 3 GIS prize packs)
12:30 pm -2:00 pm (Geology Department demonstrations of Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle (UAV) with geophysical sensors and Terrestrial Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) equipment)

Vesalius at 500

Posted: November 6th, 2014

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A lecture by Dr. Jacalyn Duffin, Professor and Hannah Chair: History of Medicine, and Dr. Alvan Bregman, Curator of Special Collections celebrating the 500th birthday of Andreas Vesalius.

Bracken Health Sciences Library, November 11, 2014, 4:30-5:30.

Incunabula: An Exhibit of 15th Century Printing

Posted: November 6th, 2014

Incunables
Drawn from the Queen’s University Library Collection and from the Collection of Principal Daniel Woolf, Incunabula is on exhibit in the W.D. Jordan Special Collections and Music Library from October 20 – December 12, 2014.

Research Frontiers in Spanish Central America

Posted: November 3rd, 2014

Friday, November 14, 2014 10:00 a.m. Speaker’s Corner, Stauffer Library.  Presentation by W. George Lovell (Geography, Queen’s), Christopher H. Lutz (CIRMA, Guatemala), and Wendy Kramer (CIRMA, Guatemala) in recognition of the Plumsock Mesoamerican Studies Collection at Queen’s University.

CIRMA, the Centro de Investigaciones Regionales de Mesoamérica, was co-founded in 1978 by Christopher H. Lutz and William R. Swezey (1933-1989) in the old colonial capital of Central America today known as Antigua Guatemala. The acquisition for CIRMA, through the good offices of Dr. Oscar H. Horst (1924-2010), of the library of Dr. Franz Termer (1894-1968), one of the twentieth century’s greatest scholars of Mesoamerica, was a landmark event. Armed conflict in Guatemala in the 1980s, alas, meant that the Termer Collection had to be housed, for safe keeping, at Plumsock Mesoamerican Studies (PMS) in Vermont until a peace accord was signed in 1996, whereupon it was moved to CIRMA (www.cirma.org.gt), its permanent home. Some of the collection, however, stayed behind at PMS, including also parts of the personal library of Dr. Horst. The remaining titles from both these libraries, a generous gift that we acknowledge today, now form the Plumsock Mesoamerican Studies Collection at Queen’s University.

Exambank – past exam from your courses

Posted: October 22nd, 2014

Exambank has been updated to include exams from the 2013-2014 academic year.

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Ebooks and Adobe Digital Editions privacy concerns

Posted: October 14th, 2014
The Library has been made aware of some privacy and security concerns around the newly released Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) 4 Reader.  ADE Reader is a commonly used desktop application for accessing e-books that contain Adobe’s Digital Rights Management (DRM) software.  Adobe DRM is used by many booksellers and online library lending services.
Adobe has confirmed that information about titles protected with Adobe DRM software is being passed to Adobe by the ADE 4 Reader, and in an unencrypted format.   This issue affects ePUB format titles opened in ADE 4 only.  It does not affect DRM-protected titles on Scholars Portal Books, which are available exclusively in PDF.   Initial investigation at Queen’s indicates that we have few if any databases that use Adobe ePUB format, so impact at Queen’s will be limited.
However,users with concerns about the operation of the new ADE 4 Reader may wish to use older versions of the software, which do not communicate reading activity to Adobe.  The ADE 3 Reader does not communicate with Adobe except to validate the license to unlock the DRM protected book.
ADE 3 Reader is available for download at this address: http://www.adobe.com/support/digitaleditions/downloads.html
Users may also choose to use tablet-based reader apps for iOS and Android such as Overdrive or the Bluefire Reader.   These apps can unlock e-books protected with the Adobe DRM but do not communicate reading statistics to Adobe.
OCUL is working on our behalf to pass this concern on to Adobe and to update OCUL members,  More details at:  http://www.ocul.on.ca/node/3325

The Library has been made aware of some privacy and security concerns around the newly released Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) 4 Reader.  ADE Reader is a commonly used desktop application for accessing e-books that contain Adobe’s Digital Rights Management (DRM) software.  Adobe DRM is used by many booksellers and online library lending services.

Adobe has confirmed that information about titles protected with Adobe DRM software is being passed to Adobe by the ADE 4 Reader, and in an unencrypted format.   This issue affects ePUB format titles opened in ADE 4 only.  It does not affect DRM-protected titles on Scholars Portal Books, which are available exclusively in PDF.   Initial investigation at Queen’s indicates that we have few if any databases that use Adobe ePUB format, so impact at Queen’s will be limited.

However, users with concerns about the operation of the new ADE 4 Reader may wish to use older versions of the software, which do not communicate reading activity to Adobe.  The ADE 3 Reader does not communicate with Adobe except to validate the license to unlock the DRM protected book.  ADE 3 Reader is available for download at this address: http://www.adobe.com/support/digitaleditions/downloads.html

Users may also choose to use tablet-based reader apps for iOS and Android such as Overdrive or the Bluefire Reader.   These apps can unlock e-books protected with the Adobe DRM but do not communicate reading statistics to Adobe.

OCUL is working on our behalf to pass this concern on to Adobe and to update OCUL members.  More details at:  More details at: http://www.ocul.on.ca/node/3325

New Trial: Kanopy Video Streaming Service

Posted: October 14th, 2014

Kanopy Video Streaming Service (including DEFA Films): a video streaming service that includes films in various subject areas (arts, business/training, health, sciences, media/communication, humanities, education (K-12). The trial is available until November 13th, 2014.

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