One of the great pleasures of my job is hearing how people in our library make a difference. Last week, I was overjoyed for the student sending this note, and the librarian (Morag Coyne) receiving it: “Just wanted to thank you again for the other day, you helped me both with my assignment and gave me a reason to fall back in love with science. For this I’m very grateful.”
Isn’t that lovely? After this busy time of term papers and projects, those are great words to have ringing in our ears.
In that spirit, I’d like to alert you to Staff Appreciation Day events coming up on Tuesday, December 16. To celebrate in the Library, refreshments will be delivered to each unit early in the day and we hope you’ll take some time to enjoy each other’s company. Campus events include interesting tours, free fitness classes, the Principal’s holiday reception and staff recognition awards. Human Resources is finalizing the event schedule, and information about signing up for activities will be available in coming weeks. A free shuttle bus between Duncan McArthur Hall and the ARC will operate every half hour between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm. For further information, see the recent Queen’s Gazette article.
The past couple of weeks for me have been packed with interesting initiatives and people.
Moments before attending a regular Research Data Canada Steering Committee meeting in Ottawa last Tuesday, I participated in the first meeting of a group also related to the data realm, here at Queen’s. Both Jeff Moon and I are involved with this group of stakeholders from units across campus, which is considering the possibilities for an institute that is so far being referred to as Advanced Computing, Analytics and Data at Queen’s. Jeff reported on this at the Library’s Research Data Working Group meeting yesterday, and we’ll look forward to learning and sharing more as discussions proceed.
Much of last week was also devoted to the Ontario Council of University Libraries, with the Fall Directors meeting taking place at the University of Guelph. Highlights included review of a project charter for Collaborative Futures and a Geo Community proposal for digitizing and sharing Ontario’s public domain topographic maps. Watch for the meeting digest available in the next few weeks.
The Senate Library Committee met this week and had ‘digital scholarship’ as its main agenda focus. We had a wonderful presentation by Tiffany Chan, our student in the Digital Humanities Assistantship in Jordan Library. She talked about the project she’s working on involving 19th-century stereoscopic view cards, and mentioned its relevance to her current studies in English. The conversation prompted comments and suggestions from committee members in other disciplines, and it all gave a taste of our envisioned Centre for Digital and Print Culture. You can follow Tiffany’s writing about her project on the HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science and technology Alliance and Collaboratory) site. Tiffany is one of the current HASTAC scholars.
Another highlight of my week was a workshop offered by the Ministry of Labour and attended by members of the QUFA and University bargaining teams (including Constance Adamson, Michael White and myself) set to begin negotiations in early 2015: Building and Maintaining the High-Trust Labour-Management Relationship. It was led by expert mediators from the Ministry’s Dispute Resolution Services, and was a day of good conversations.
It was great to see the workshop on citation management options happening in the Library yesterday. Sharon Murphy and Sandra Morden will be reviewing feedback and analyzing the options to arrive at recommendations for the Library Leadership Team early in the new year. They’ll also create a transition plan, including migration paths and communications with our RefWorks account holders. The current RefWorks service offered through Scholars Portal will no longer be available after August 2015.
This week ends with a conference call late today with the Directors of the libraries involved in the Downsview storage collaboration. Anne Smithers and Joe Davis will be joining me. One of Joe’ first priorities is to bring together the LAMP Collections project group, which includes the Queen’s individuals involved in the Downsview initiative. They are Anne Smithers on the Coordinating Committee, Sandra Morden on a Metadata Subcommittee and Sharon Musgrave on a Service Standards Subcommittee, and Nancy Petri and Michael Vandenburg on the Business Committee reporting to the Steering Committee of Directors. Joe is reviewing the current LAMP Collections project charter, which includes a full list of members.
A coffee this week with our Scholarly Publishing Librarian and our resident acquisitions editors of McGill Queen’s University Press prompts me to highlight the latter’s catalogue, noted in Monday’s Queen’s Gazette. Whenever I peruse the MQUP site I discover something I want to read – this time it was Ursula Franklin Speaks, because she was on my mind after hearing her on the Next Chapter with Sheila Rogers. Time to start amassing the holiday reading e-pile?
Hard to believe we’re at the end of November and the end of classes. Once again, thank you all for your work with our students and faculty this term.