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Library News August 2006

Anthropology Plus

Posted: August 31st, 2006

Anthropology Plus
Comprehensive index to journal articles, reports, commentaries, edited works and obituaries in the fields of social, cultural, physical, biological, and linguistic anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, folklore, material culture, and interdisciplinary studies. Date coverage is from late 19th century to present. More information.

QCAT Library Catalogue – Back Online!

Posted: August 30th, 2006

As of late this afternoon, QCAT is operational once again. All patron services are up and running (e.g. renewing books online, checking your patron account, placing holds and recalls, etc.).

To patrons who have books that were due in late August: If you end up with fines charged for the period that QCAT was off-line or you encounter any problems renewing online, please contact us at any of our circulation desks.

We regret that QCAT was unavailable for such a long time and thank our patrons, once again, for being so patient during the outage period.

Stauffer Library Changes

Posted: August 30th, 2006

Stauffer Library Information Desk

Implementation of plans for the Queen’s Learning Commons continue on the first floor of Stauffer Library…

  • Now: Current periodicals have moved to the south end of the second floor. New soft seating in this area will arrive soon.
  • Sep.5: ITServices support and research help will both be offered at a new information desk. It looks unfinished, because it is — we’re testing a temporary structure to see how it works before finalizing the design.
  • Sep.11: Library Services for Students with Disabilities (formerly Special Readers’ Services) will move from Douglas Library into the new Adaptive Technology Centre, located just inside the entrance to Stauffer.
  • Sep.11-15: New soft seating and a portable podium will complete the Speakers’ Corner at the north end of the atrium, a space for Queen’s Learning Commons events and comfortable reading.

For more information on the Queen’s Learning Commons, visit http://www.queensu.ca/qlc/

QCAT Catalogue Upgrade: Wed pm Update

Posted: August 30th, 2006

The system upgrade has finally completed successfully and we anticipate that QCAT will be fully back online by the end of today (Wednesday).  Library staff currently are customizing the catalogue interface to make it appropriate for Queen’s and entering circulation book loan data accrued over the past ten days.  Thank you to all our patrons for understanding and patience during this upgrade period.

QCAT Library Catalogue Upgrade: System Status

Posted: August 28th, 2006

Report as of Monday evening, 28 August 2006

The upgrade to QCAT, our library catalogue system, is still in process. Search access to the collection continues via the substitute catalogue. Circulation transactions are being done manually at each library circulation desk. We regret this extended inconvenience.

Book Loan Due Dates Extended and Fines Waived

Some patrons may have books which are marked as due this week. Be assured loan periods are considered extended until the system is back online. If you have any questions, please contact the Stauffer Library Circulation Desk at 613-533-2524.

We thank all our patrons and visitors for their patience during this system outage.

New Library Homepage

Posted: August 28th, 2006

You may have noticed that the library homepage looks different! We have redesigned the library homepage to make our website easier to navigate.

Major Changes:

  • The most important links are listed “front and center” on the homepage
  • Quick search box on the top of the page — you can search the library catalogue (QCAT), search for journal articles, or search the library website using this handy search box.
  • Library news headlines are published live on the right side of the page. Click the orange button to access the RSS feeds for library news and new resources.

We’d appreciate your feedback! Feel free to post a comment below, or contact Wendy Huot directly.

Wendy Huot
Web Development Librarian
Queen’s University Library
Tel: (613) 533-6000 ext. 75250
Email: wendy.huot@queensu.ca

Student Job Opportunities in the Library

Posted: August 28th, 2006

Now Hiring Student Assistants for 2006/07

Are you interested in working in a campus Library during the 2006/07 academic year? There are a variety of positions available for students who qualify for the Queen’s Work Study Program.

For More Information

Visit our Student Employment Opportunities website.

Apply Soon!

Multisearch Journal Article Search Trial: Update

Posted: August 28th, 2006

Our thanks to all students, faculty and staff who participated in this summer’s four-week trial of the MultiSearch cross-database search engine (see trial description). The feedback we received, by way of responses to the online survey, has been interesting and informative. Indeed, based on this feedback, we will be retaining a link to MultiSearch both on the Library homepage (via the “quick search” box) and on the Find Journal Articles (& More) site. The links will remain until December 15, 2006 so that we can continue to evaluate MultiSearch prior to the subscription renewal date in the new year.

Survey Draw Winners

Congratulations to the four survey respondents who were winners in our weekly draw for a $25.00 Library Plus print/photocopy card: Julie Burghardt, Jill Scott, James Hur, and Eden Siwik.

Opportunity Continues to Provide Feedback on MultiSearch

We welcome ongoing comments about this beta journal article search engine. Our online survey — at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=980122491351 — remains open 24×7 for feedback from members of the Queen’s community.

Contacts For More Information:

Brenda Reed
Co-Chair, Queen’s Library Scholars Portal Search Working Group
Tel: (613) 533-6000 ext 77644
Email: reedb@post.queensu.ca
Susan Greaves
Co-Chair, Queen’s Library Scholars Portal Search Working Group
Tel: (613) 533-6952
Email: greaves@post.queensu.ca


Posted: August 22nd, 2006

A multilingual, multidisciplinary index to journals, books, conference papers, french dissertations and other documents covering the humanities and social sciences, with particular strength in areas such as archaeology, geography, linguistics, philosophy, religion, and sociology. Includes abstracts in either French or English.  More information.


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