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New Fair Dealing Policy Outlines Copyright Changes

Posted: December 21st, 2012

As posted on Queen’s News:

Queen’s new policy for using copyrighted works reflects recent amendments to the Copyright Act and Supreme Court of Canada decisions. It will have a major impact on teaching at the university.

The most significant change for Queen’s is that education has been added to fair dealing. Fair dealing is an exception under copyright law that permits the copying of a protected work without payment or permission in certain circumstances. Queen’s University’s Fair Dealing Policy has been updated to reflect this and other changes.

“The policy provides instructors with clear direction for navigating the new copyright landscape in Canada,” says Alan Harrison, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic). “

The new policy provides guidelines for using handouts and posting scanned materials for students without seeking permission from copyright holders. Instructors can now copy and share with their students a short excerpt from copyrighted material, for example, up to 10 per cent of the work or a chapter, whichever is greater.

Other significant changes include:

  • Material publicly available on the Internet can be copied for educational purposes without permission as long as there is no clear notice stating otherwise; the work is not posted illegally; and it is not protected by a digital lock, for example, streaming videos on YouTube
  • Videos can now be shown in class without buying public performance rights as long as instructors have a legal copy.

“The changes will have a positive impact on faculties and departments across campus and make it easier for instructors to provide educational material for their students,” says Mark Swartz, Queen’s Copyright Specialist.

The Copyright Advisory Office will continue to offer permission services for material that exceeds the limits of the new policy. After receiving the required information from instructors, the Copyright Advisory Office will request permission from publishers and rights-holders.

Contact the Copyright Advisory Office for more information about the changes to the Copyright Act, or the Fair Dealing Policy and how it might apply to individual courses.

Season’s Greetings from QUL

Posted: December 17th, 2012

Red candles alight on dark background. Quote: "The Glow of Inspiration Warms Us" - Ovid

ProQuest Congressional Publications

Posted: December 11th, 2012

ProQuest Congressional Publications provides an easy search of United States congressional and legislative histories held at Queen’s University Library. Explore Congress with the most comprehensive online resource available for congressional and legislative research. You can perform in-depth research in public policy, historical, and legal areas of interest. Also, find testimony on issues of the day, track a bill’s legislative history, find members of Congress, committee assignments and voting records.

Coverage includes:

  • Legislative Histories, 1969-present
  • Bills and Laws, 1987-present
  • Committee Prints and Miscellaneous Publications, 1817-present
  • Congressional Record Daily Edition, 1985-present
  • Hearings, 1789-present
  • House and Senate Documents, 1789-present
  • House and Senate Reports, 1789-present

New Industry and Market Research Database: IBISWorld

Posted: December 6th, 2012

The Library now subscribes to the current U.S. and global industry research report modules from IBISWorld.

Covering over 700 industries, each report consists of 30-40 pages of key statistics and analysis on market characteristics, operating conditions, performance (current & forecast), competitive landscape and more. Search for industries by keyword(s) or browse a list of American industries defined according to the five-digit North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).

Exambank – past exams from your courses

Posted: December 5th, 2012

Access the Exambank to see past exam questions from your courses. Exambank! Exambank is the official database of past exam questions from courses offered at Queen’s University.

See a visual breakdown of Exams added to the Exambank since 1999

Stress Relief Week at Bracken: Dec. 3-7

Posted: November 30th, 2012

Watch for these fun activities:

  • puzzles & games
  • doodling
  • holiday crafts
  • question of the day – on our Facebook page & in the library
  • treats!


Extended Hours During Exams

Posted: November 28th, 2012

Bracken Library hours will be expanded during the exam period:

December 2- 20, 2012

  • Monday – Thursday         8 a.m. – midnight
  • Friday                                  8 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday           10 a.m. – 11 p.m.

For info on hours at all libraries, go to: http://library.queensu.ca/library/hours

Imagine Queen’s Library of the Future!

Posted: November 26th, 2012

Would you like to help Queen’s Library imagine and build its future? As part of the Library and Archives Master Plan process, focus group sessions are taking place this week and we’d like you to participate! The session for undergraduate students takes place Friday, November 30, from 1:30 – 2:30, and the session for graduate students from 2:30 – 3:30. Both are being held in the University Club at 168 Stuart Street. Pizza will be served. Please come and share your thoughts about the library of the future!

Library and Archives of the Future

Posted: November 16th, 2012

Queen’s has embarked on a major redevelopment: imagining the Queen’s Library and Archives of the future.

The LAMP Steering Group is collaborating with a core team of internationally respected  expert consultants in a rigorous and imaginative planning exercise to develop Queen’s Library and Archives Master Plan.  CS&P Architects are specialists in education, Reich + Petch Architects are collection specialists and Aaron Cohen Associates, library specialists. This core team will be supported by a group of subconsultants in key disciplines including costing, engineering, heritage, audiovisual and information technology. The LAMP Steering Group is working with the lead planning partner CS&P Architects to develop a clear understanding of space needs and opportunities in both the Library and the Archives. The Master Plan Report will guide future planning and identify priorities for future investments.

Queen’s Library and the Archives invite all stakeholders of the Queen’s community to attend the upcoming project overview presentation on Thursday, November 29th, 9:00 – 9:45 am, Robert Sutherland Hall Rm. 202. This presentation will kick off two days of intensive consultation with all Queen’s stakeholders. CS&P, will facilitate discussion sessions with staff groups relating to each library, the Archives, collections, information technology and academic services (reference/information, teaching, research services).  Other group sessions include QLC partners, faculty, undergraduates, graduate students and university operations (campus planning, security, etc).

Queen’s encourages you to engage in the re-visioning of Queen’s Library & Archives campus network. Imagine your Queen’s Library & Archives of the future and help us build it.

Consider these questions:

1. Existing Facilities – Queen’s Library & Archives Strengths & Weaknesses

What are some of the noteworthy strengths and weaknesses you can identify with the Facilities you use and work in, that we should address in the Master Plan?

2. Library & Archives Master Plan of the Future

The Library & Archives Master Plan presents an extraordinary opportunity to consider the Queen’s Library & Archives network in new and exciting ways which better support changing technologies, teaching, learning and research environments today and in the future. What do you think the plan will look like?

Please share your ideas in person or online with our planning partners.

Welcome Home Hugo!

Posted: November 12th, 2012

Hugo has returned after being on display at the VOX Contemporary Image Gallery in Montreal. Read more about the exhibit here: http://www.voxphoto.com/english/expositions/gould_trevor/gould_trevor.html


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