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Library News February 2007

RefWorks Workshop, Thursday, March 8th

Posted: February 28th, 2007

The Engineering and Science Library will be offering a Refworks Workshop on Thursday, March 8th, 2:00-3:00pm.  To register please go to: http://library.queensu.ca/webeng/workshop-registration_refworks2007.htm

For more information about Refworks please go to: http://library.queensu.ca/libguides/refworks.htm

This Week! 10th Annual Food for Fines Campaign

Posted: February 23rd, 2007

Barrel of donated food itemsJoin us in celebrating the 10th anniversary of Queen’s Library’s annual Food for Fines Campaign!  Since its beginning, the campaign has raised several thousands of dollars in cash donations, as well as many many barrels of food items, for the Queen’s AMS Food Bank and the Kingston Area Partners in Mission Food Bank.

How does it work? Donors can choose to apply their donated items against their library fines, by receiving $1.00 of fine reduction for each food item donated to a maximum reduction of $20.00. Alternatively, if delivering food items is not feasible, donors may make a cash donation to a maximum of $20.00.  In addition, food or cash donations not applied to fines records are always welcome.

New this year, to mark the 10th anniversary, is the increase in the donation limit to 20 items or $20.00.

What are the dates again?  The 2007 campaign will be launched on Monday, March 5th at 9:00 a.m. and will continue through to Friday, March 9th. Donations will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the circulation desks in Bracken, Engineering and Science, Education, Law, and Stauffer Libraries.

What food items are recommended donations?  Consult our Food for Fines Campaign brochure for lists of suggested and non-acceptable items.

How can you get more information about the Campaign?  Contact either member of our 2007 Food for Fines Committee:

  • Elizabeth MacDonald-Pratt   (Bracken Health Sciences Library, 533-2510)
  • Maureen Myers   (Stauffer Library, 533-2521)

QCAT Outage on Wed Morning (Feb 21st)

Posted: February 19th, 2007

The QCAT Library Catalogue, as well as online circulation, will be unavailable Wednesday morning while a software upgrade is installed on the catalogue servers. We regret this inconvenience but fully anticipate that the system will be back online, as normal, by noon at the latest.

Read the Engineering and Science Library February Newsletter

Posted: February 16th, 2007

The February newsletter is now available.

Some of the topics covered in this issue are:

  • Undergraduate Conference
  • Knovel Challenge
  • Black History Month
  • National Engineering Week 
  • QCAT Outage Scheduled for Sunday Morning

    Posted: February 15th, 2007

    On Sunday February 18th, QCAT will be inaccessible from approximately 8:30 to 10:30 am, to permit system server maintenance.

    Stauffer Library, Douglas Library Building, Education Library CLOSED on Monday, February 19th (Heritage Day)

    Posted: February 14th, 2007

    The following libraries will be CLOSED for Heritage Day — Monday, February 19th:

    Stauffer Library
    Education Library

    Douglas Library Building:

    The Bracken Health Sciences Library and the Lederman Law Library will be open, though with restricted hours:

    Bracken Health Sciences Library:

    Monday, February 19th: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m

    Lederman Law Library:

    Sunday, February 18th: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m
    Monday, February 19th: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m

    Beilstein and Gmelin on DiscoveryGate

    Posted: February 12th, 2007

    Beilstein and Gmelin on DiscoveryGate
    Queen’s Library has upgraded access to two key chemistry research databases: Beilstein Crossfire and Gmelin Crossfire.

    Beilstein contains references to more than 8 million organic compounds and 9 million reactions linked to 37 million chemical property and bioactivitiy data records. It is the largest compilation of chemical facts in the world. Gmelin covers preparations, reactions and properties in organometallic and inorganic chemistry. It includes more than 2.1 million compounds and 1.6 million reactions.

    Both databases are now available on the MDL DiscoveryGate web platform, which may be accessed from on and off campus. ( http://www.discoverygate.com) First-time users are required to run a brief installation program. Off-campus users must first login to the Queen’s web proxy service before using DiscoveryGate.

    Bracken Document Services now opens at 8 am

    Posted: February 9th, 2007

    To improve access for our users, the Bracken Library Document Services office will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, starting Monday, 12 February 2007.

    Please visit here to learn more about Document Services at Bracken Health Sciences Library.

    LibQUAL Survey Now Underway; Deadline for Participation: Feb 16th

    Posted: February 6th, 2007
    LibQual logo Are you one of the Queen’s students, faculty or staff members who has received an email message, inviting you to participate in the Library’s 2007 service quality survey (known as LibQUAL)?  If so, did you respond?  Perhaps you thought, “I’ll do that later”?     

    Good news:  it’s not too late to be a survey partipant!  We have had a very encouraging reply rate in the first week of the survey — for which we thank all respondents very much – but we do encourage everyone who was invited to take the few minutes required to complete the online questionnaire.  The larger the number of respondents across all faculties and user groups, the more informative and reliable will be the data we receive and use in the coming year to shape Queen’s Library services.

    Don’t leave it too late to reply!  The survey closes on Friday, February 16th. 

    LibQual is a survey developed by the Association of Research Libraries.  Over 200 libraries worldwide participate in this measure of library services, including all the Canadian university libraries.  As a thank you for participating at Queen’s, once you’ve completed the questionnaire you can choose to enter a draw to win an iPod or one of ten (10) other cool prizes.

    More information about LibQUAL is available on our website at  http://library.queensu.ca/webir/libqual.htm  In addition, as always, you can send us comments, questions or suggestions by email to:  library@post.queensu.ca


    Knovel University Challenge

    Posted: February 6th, 2007

    Queen’s Library subscribes to Knovel, an online science and technology database, which makes Queen’s students eligible to enter Knovel’s University Challenge contest.

    The Knovel Challenge is a five question multiple-choice quiz requiring students to use Knovel Library to correctly answer each question. Prizes include a $1500 scholarship and eight iPod Shuffles.

    To enter the contest go to http://www.info.knovel.com/ipod

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