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Library News August 2007

Learn how to use technology to enhance your teaching over lunch

Posted: August 30th, 2007

Health Sciences Teachers: Please join us on Thursday September 6th for the e-teaching Lunchtime Series session, Five Ways to Integrate Technology Into Your Teaching. The session is from 12:30 – 1:30 in Bracken 127 with an optional hands-on session afterwards. Please bring your own lunch to enjoy while you learn how to effectively teach with technology.The series is put on by the e-teaching collaborative (etc), a joint venture from within the Faculty of Health Sciences whose aim is to provide one-stop access to expertise in electronic learning resources, technological tools and educational methodology. Please visit http://meds.queensu.ca/eteaching to find out more.

Students: Win an iPod Shuffle!

Posted: August 30th, 2007

Welcome (back) to Queen’s!

As a small token of welcome and well wishes for 07/08, the Library is running two draws for shiny new iPod Shuffles. Graduate and professional students will find entry cards in the complimentary tote bags distributed by SGPS – be sure to drop by the SGPS office on the ground floor of JDUC to collect your tote! Entry cards for the undergraduate draw will be available from the Library booth at the AMS Sidewalk Sale on Friday, September 7.

In order to qualify for the draw, you must correctly answer a “skill-testing” question on the entry card for your draw. If you’re not sure about the correct answer, it’s ok to ask! (Hint for graduate and professional students: ALL of the services indicated are provided by librarians at Queen’s. Check with your departmental liaison librarian to find out how she or he can help you save time in your research and teaching.)

Best wishes for success over the coming academic year. We look forward to seeing you at the Library.

Canadas First-ever Public Health Geomatics Conference

Posted: August 21st, 2007

GeoConnections is pleased to be providing support to Canada’s first Public Health Geomatics Conference, entitled Geographic Information Systems in Public Health. The event, which will be held as part of the 98th Annual Conference of the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA), will take place at The Westin Ottawa/Ottawa Congress Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, September 16-19, 2007.

“The Public Health Geomatics conference will have two streams—Advancing Public Health Practice through GIS, and GIS Applications to Public Health Research—that will cut across all 13 streams of the CPHA conference. It is expected to attract researchers and practitioners using GIS technologies and spatial data to inform public health decision making, who are being encouraged to submit abstracts under one or more of the CPHA conference themes.

“Partners in the Public Health Geomatics conference include the CPHA, the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canadian Institute for Health InformationCanadian Population Health Initiative, and the Canadian Institutes of Health ResearchInstitute of Population and Public Health. The conference is also being held in association with the Ontario Public Health Association.

“For more information, please or visit the conference website: http://www.conference.cpha.ca.”

Lectures online! Watch or add your own.

Posted: August 20th, 2007

Although currently strongest in the area of Computer Sciences, VideoLectures.net is a growing collection interesting and informative lectures video-recorded and made freely available online. It even has a few medical lectures available. The 2560 video collection is searchable but is also easily browsed by most viewed, most recently added, by author, by event (such as a specific conference), by type (such as interviews and tutorials), and by a growing list of categories.

Register for free and log in to add content or just watch and learn!

It would be really great if Queen’s faculty could submit their own lectures to this collection. With the video technology and expertise available from our own ITS people (see the Streaming Video @ Queen’s section on their New Media page), it’s easier than ever!

ACLS Humanities E-Book

Posted: August 17th, 2007

Queen’s Library now has a subscription to the American Council of Learned Societies’ ACLS Humanities E-Book database. ACLS Humanities E-Book

This digital collection includes over 1500 full-text, cross-searchable books in the humanities selected by scholars for their continuing importance for research and teaching. Imprint dates range from the mid-1900s to the early 2000s.

Subject areas covered include: African, American, Asian, Latin American, European (Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, and Modern), Middle Eastern, World/Comparative, Byzantine/Mediterranean and  Australasian/Oceanian history, plus history of the Native Peoples of the Americas and of Science and Technology.  A complete list of titles currently in the collection is available at: http://www.humanitiesebook.org/titlelist.html

The project includes both in-print and out-of print books and adds 300 titles a year.  It is a collaboration of the American Council of Learned Societies, various constituent member learned societies of the ACLS, and nearly 80 publishers.

For more information:  Read the vendor’s overview.

2001 Census PUMF for Individuals updated

Posted: August 17th, 2007

The 2001 Census Public Use Microdata File (PUMF) for Individuals has been updated on the Nesstar server. Check it out at URL: http://130.15.161.127:81/webview/.

For more information, contact us at madgic@queensu.ca.

Give Us Your Feedback on QCAT

Posted: August 13th, 2007

Queen’s University Library is planning to make significant changes to our library catalogue QCAT in 2008. We want to make it easier for you to search the library’s collection to find the information you need. As such, we’re very keen to hear your feedback on QCAT.

Here are some open questions for all library users:

  1. Concerning QCAT – what would you like to change? What would you like to keep the same?
  2. What kinds of searches are easy to do with QCAT? What kinds of searches are difficult?
  3. What do you wish QCAT could do that it doesn’t do already?

Did you think of a response to any of these questions? Feel free to fill out the “Leave a Reply” form to share your comments below. If you’d like your comments to remain private, send an email directly to librarian Wendy Huot (wendy.huot@queensu.ca).

Some Ovid tools will be down 11th and 12th

Posted: August 9th, 2007

In order to improve their “North America data center system infrastructure”, Ovid has schedule a downtime for some of their applications. The downtime will take place from 9pm, Saturday, August 11, 2007 to 2am, Sunday August 12, 2007 Eastern Daylight Time (Sunday, August 12, 2007 01:00-06:00 GMT).

This update has been specifically scheduled for a period of low usage and Bracken does not subscribe to all of the applications involved so it should not be an issue but Ovid and the librarians at Bracken Library apologize for any inconvenience.

Now Hiring Student Assistants for 2007/08

Posted: August 3rd, 2007

Library employment opportunities for students!
Are you interested in working in a campus Library during the 2007/08 academic year? We have 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.

Contact us soon! In most cases, Library staff will begin reviewing applications in mid-August, with interviews starting shortly thereafter.