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Chasing Ice + A Talk by Dr Scott Lamoureux

Posted: November 8th, 2012

The Screening Room Speaker Series Presents:
CHASING ICE + A Talk by Dr. Scott Lamoureux
Sunday November 18 @ 4pm
Advance tickets go on sale November 1

CHASING ICE is a new documentary about National Geographic photojournalist James Balog’s photographic records of the impact on global warming on glacial ice.

Dr. Scott Lamoureux is a geography professor at Queen’s University; his research interests are concerned with long term landscape changes in the arctic, particularly the interactions between climate, hydrology and geomorphology. Having carried out field research in the Canadian Arctic since 1988, he runs the Environmental Variability and Extremes Laboratory and is a participant in ArcticNet.

Closure of Interlibrary Loan Service at Library and Archives Canada

Posted: November 8th, 2012

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) will cease its interlibrary loan (ILL) service as of December 2012. Queen’s will no longer be able to borrow material held at LAC which includes newspapers and archival material on microfilm and Canadian university theses.

Users of LAC’s current services should note the following dates:

November 16, 2012: End of renewals. All items loaned after this date will be non-renewable and need to be returned to Interlibrary Loans.

December 11, 2012: End of loan requests, location searches, and ILL-related photocopying services.

Bill C-11 (the Copyright Modernization Act) is now law

Posted: November 7th, 2012

Most of Bill C-11 – the Copyright Modernization Act – is now in force (as published in the Canada Gazette).

Queen’s Copyright Policy and the Copyright Advisory Office website will be updated to reflect this change over the coming weeks in order to help faculty members prepare course materials for next semester.  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my office.

Email: copy.right@queensu.ca
Phone: 613-533-6000 ext. 78510

Bill C-11 is the most recent attempt to amend the Canadian Copyright Act – something that has not been done successfully since 1997.

Think about 1997 and how you were using copyrighted materials in your class. Is it different than how you use them today?  If you look at the educational exceptions in the current copyright bill, you will find reference to things like overhead projectors and flip charts, but no reference to the types of digital materials that are being used in classrooms today. Thankfully, this will change when Bill C-11 becomes law.

One of the biggest changes is an expansion of the fair dealing exception to cover education, parody and satire.

Why is this important? Fair dealing is an exception that allows you to make copies of copyrighted materials without requesting permission from the copyright holder. To use the fair dealing exception, you have to apply a two-step test to your reproduction – first, you have to determine that your copy will fall under one of the allowable purposes listed in the Act, and then you have to prove that your dealing is fair using criteria set out in the CCH v. Upper Canada Law Society Supreme Court case (For more information on this process and on this case, try our Fair Dealing Evaluation tool).

The big thing about this expansion is that there now can be no question that copying for educational purposes will pass the first step of this test (although, as you will see when we look at the Supreme Court decisions, this may not have been as big of a hurdle as it was once thought).

There are a number of other really interesting new exceptions that will have an impact on educators, including one that will allow you to show videos in class without having to purchase public performance rights, another that will allow you to copy materials that are publicly available on the internet and another that will allow you to mash together copyrighted materials in order to create a new work (think YouTube). For a more thorough summary of the upcoming changes, see the following websites:

Queen’s Librarian Receives Career Achievement Award

Posted: November 6th, 2012

Sam Kalb of Queen’s University Library is one of the 2012 recipients of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Library Assessment Career Achievement Award.  ARL’s web page states: “These awards recognize individuals with substantial contributions to effective, sustainable, and practical library assessment as evidenced through presentations/publications, methods, service, advocacy, and other work.”

Sam was presented with his award on October 30 before a large group of colleagues from around the world at the 2012 Library Assessment Conference in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Sam’s leadership in expanding library assessment across Canada and coordinating the  LibQUAL+® Canada consortium were among the notable achievements cited by ARL in its news release announcing this year’s recipients.  Congratulations to Sam on this well-deserved honour!

Nerve, a student run science, technology and engineering magazine

Posted: October 29th, 2012

Nerve is an online science, technology and engineering magazine based out of Queen’s University. The magazine is completely student run and issues are published on the first Tuesday of every month.

Catherine Owsik, the founder, was featured in a recent Queen’s news profile http://www.queensu.ca/news/articles/profiles/catherine-owsik-student-and-online-science-journalist

Queen’s University Library gets an A

Posted: October 23rd, 2012

In the Globe and Mail’s Canadian University Report for 2013, distributed with Tuesday’s paper and also available online, Queen’s University Library has once again received an A grade – the only medium-sized university library to achieve that ranking.  Queen’s Library has consistently received high grades in the report over the years.

University Librarian Martha Whitehead cites a number of factors that contribute to the high regard for Queen’s Library.  These include the exceptional services provided by Library staff in supporting students to achieve academically, the depth and breadth of the Library’s collections, and welcoming Library spaces across campus where students gather to study, learn and collaborate with their peers.  “The Library is integral to student success and to campus life,” states Ms. Whitehead.  “The A grade in this year’s Canadian University Report is a tribute to the dedicated people who ensure the Library provides the services and resources our students need.”

See all of the  2012 University Report Card library rankings.

Scopus (Elsevier) – on Trial Until Nov 2

Posted: October 18th, 2012

Scopus: Over 19,000 titles from more than 5,000 international publishers; a comprehensive resource to support research needs in the scientific, technical, medical and social sciences fields and arts and humanities. On trial 18th October – 2nd November.

See a complete list of trial databases. Access restricted to Queen’s faculty, students and staff.

Nineteenth Century Collections Online

Posted: October 17th, 2012

The Library now subscribes to Nineteenth Century Collections Online.

A multi-year global digitization and publishing program focusing on primary source collections of the nineteenth century; will be comprised of numerous collections to be released over many years, including a variety of material types–monographs, newspapers, pamphlets, manuscripts, ephemera, maps, statistics, and more–in one cross-searchable location. At present the database contains four extensive archives: British Politics and Society, Asia and the West: Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange, European Literature, 1790-1840: The Corvey Collection, and British Theatre, Music, and Literature: High and Popular Culture.

Africa Knowledge Project

Posted: October 17th, 2012

The Library now subscribes to the Africa Knowledge Project.

Known as AKP, it disseminates Africa-centered, evidence-based knowledge on Africa and African Diaspora. It includes six journals – JENdA: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies, West Africa Review, Ijele: Art eJournal of the African World, African Journal of Criminology and Justice Studies, ProudFlesh: New Afrikan Journal of Culture, Politics, and Consciousness, and Journal of African Philosophy. It also include three databases – the Biafran War Database, the Kiswahili Story Database, and the African Music Database.

Open Access Week 2012

Posted: October 17th, 2012


Queen’s University is participating in International Open Access Week (Oct. 22-28). The aim of this event is to engage the research community in discussion about the issues and trends related to open access and promote awareness and understanding of open access – access to material publicly available online.

For more information on OA Week activities at Queen’s, click here: http://library.queensu.ca/node/10240

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