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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

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!

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.

Exhibit: Prison Sentences: Penitentiary Literature in Kingston

Posted: March 10th, 2016


Prison Sentences: Penitentiary Literature in Kingston is an exhibit that focuses on prison newsletters, or ‘joint magazines’ from Kingston area prisons. The exhibit provides an in-depth look at writings by prisoners. It examines the content and historical significance of these works, and draws attention to the quality of these publications, especially in the 1950’s and 60’s. It attempts to establish the context and tension in which these newsletters were produced.

March 2 – April 15, 2016

Curated by Kim Bell, W.D. Jordan Special Collections and Music Library

Experiential Learning: a student perspective

Posted: March 9th, 2016

Inquiry@Queen’s is hosting a panel discussion on experiential learning on Thursday, March 10th, 11:30-12:30, in Speaker’s Corner, Queen’s Learning Commons, Stauffer Library.

The session will be moderated by Gemma Boag, Queen’s alumnus. The discussion will feature Queen’s undergraduates, Emily Lewis, Jamie Mowbray, Sean Price and Lauren Turner who will share their experiential learning experiences, which include studying in Cuba, working with the Lieutenant Governor’s Aboriginal Summer Reading Camps, participating in field courses in geological mapping and geophysics, and, working with The Stop, a community food centre in Toronto.

All are welcome to attend!

Celebrating a Decade of Promoting Undergraduate Research

Posted: March 8th, 2016

The 10th annual Inquiry@Queen’s (I@Q) conference is coming up this Thursday, March 10th and Friday. March 11th, 2016.

Please come out and celebrate the research achievements of a new generation of scholars as they present their research results via presentations, posters, and conference events in the Queen’s Learning Commons in Stauffer Library.

The keynote session is on Friday, March 11, 9:00-10:30 and includes presentations by undergraduate researchers, a Kingston Youth Group, and an address by Dr. Art McDonald, Professor Emeritus and co-winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics.

The full conference program is available here.

We hope to see you there!

Performing Pedagogies: March 15th at the Union Gallery

Posted: March 8th, 2016
UNLEARNING EXHIBITIO N | March 11-21st, 2016 | at the Art and Media Lab, Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts.
Faciliated by the Vancouver-based artist-run free school, The School for Eventual Vacancy (TSEV ) students will create ‘ and exhibit distance education packages’ which will eventually be sent back to Vancouver as part of an unlearning symposium at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. Hours: 9AM-4PM Monday-Friday.
PANEL DI SCUSSIO NS | March 16th, 2016 | Cultural Studies SPEAKS series
To conclude events, participating performance artists will discuss their works and interest in the relationship, challenges and potentials between art and critical pedagogy during the a panel discussion taking place March 16th, 2016 as part of Cultural Studies SPEAKS series: 2:30-4pm: Kingston Hall, Room 200.

Performing Pedagogies is a week-long series of performances and events curated by Shalon Webber-Heffernan in partnership with the Union Gallery, Queen’s Department of Film and Media and the Cultural Studies Program. The series at the Union Gallery will feature performances by national and international artists Basil AlZeri, Golboo Amani, Francisco-Fernando Granados, Saul Garcia Lopez (from international performance troupe La Pocha Nostra) and Andrew Rabyniuk.

Performing Pedagogies considers performance as a way of knowing through various embodied, affective, relational, and experiential processes. This series prioritizes subjugated knowledges by drawing upon embodied methods for unlearning and the presentation of alternate curricula.

Please see the Union Gallery for a listing of events taking place from March 11-21.

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