Several changes are under way in Douglas Library, with a view to the longer term directions envisioned in the Library and Archives Master Plan discussions. Circulation services formerly handled by the Engineering and Science Library are now under the umbrella of Collection Management and Services. The service desk on the entry level of Douglas Library remains in place, but the small amount of course reserve materials previously handled there has been moved to Stauffer Library course reserve. All the Engineering and Science librarians and reference assistant will be on the floor above. The Jordan Special Collections and Music Library remains unchanged.
The most recent development is the addition of the McGill Queen’s University Press on the ground floor of Douglas, in vacant offices resulting from the Engineering and Science Library changes. The Press is in the process of restaffing its Queen’s offices with two acquisitions editors, one of whom will arrive on Monday. Nancy Petri will work with the Press and others on any space changes required. Although this isn’t the longer term location for the Press in the building, it is a step towards the vision of a centre for digital and print culture. Closer proximity with the Press is of benefit to the Library, in that we share a common purpose in scholarly communications. For the Press, it provides higher visibility and accessibility in a central location on campus. A strong positive relationship between university presses and libraries is good for both of us, as seen in many recent developments in scholarly communications.
With an academic leave upcoming for Nasser Saleh, from September through April, Jackie Druery will be Acting Head of the Engineering and Science Library. Jackie will provide leadership for the unit during Nasser’s absence, and will lead several projects emerging from the Library and Archives Master Plan and her current responsibilities. This includes considering ways in which services in the Engineering and Science Library relate to or are distinct from services in the Learning and Research Services unit, in anticipation of future opportunities to work together in new ways. Jackie’s ongoing position as Head of Learning and Research Services will be filled by Nathalie Soini as Acting Head from September through April. Nathalie will work with Jackie in exploring new opportunities, such as the connections between the Queen’s Learning Commons in Stauffer Library and activities in Douglas Library.
In OCUL news, the cloud storage project approved by Directors in May has an impressive number of partners in the pilot phase, including Queen’s. Others at this point are Carleton, Guelph, McMaster, Ottawa, Toronto, Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier and York. The project aims to develop a distributed storage network to meet the need for large-scale, cost-effective storage to house the growing digital collections of Ontario’s university libraries. The project calls for the development of a network with storage hardware located in the Scholars Portal / University of Toronto data centre in Toronto and in server facilities at other OCUL libraries across the province. At Queen’s, the Library will collaborate with ITServices. The Library Leadership Team will be discussing our local project details later this summer, with input from our e-research and digitization project groups. Steve Marks at Scholars Portal will act as Project Coordinator.
Last but not least, congratulations to Michael Vandenburg, who has been selected to participate in the 2013-2015 ARL Leadership Fellow program. This executive leadership program is designed to meet the increasing demands for leadership positions in large, complex institutions. The applicant pool was highly competitive. The selection committee, composed of the ARL directors sponsoring the program, chose 26 fellows representing a broad array of backgrounds and experiences and from multiple ARL and non-ARL institutions. For the list of participants and other information on the program, see the full announcement, here.