The Public Services Renewal project group submitted its final report last Friday. I’d like to thank the group for their guidance of the project, with the leadership of Sharon Murphy, and our consultant, Rebecca Jones, for facilitating and synthesizing information and ideas into a very useful set of recommendations. The report is now available on the PSR page of the Staff Web. The Library Leadership Team reviewed it this week and discussed next steps in the context of related elements of the Library and Archives Master Plan and other aspects of our 2014-15 to 2016-17 Strategic Priorities. Project charters are now being drafted and further updates will be shared in the next few weeks.
Amidst the LLT discussion of priorities and capacity, there was confirmation that an important project this academic year will be the process to discuss options and develop a strategy for citation management at Queen’s after OCUL RefWorks hosting ends in August 2015, as mentioned in Sandra Morden’s message of August 8th. Meanwhile, if you have any questions, or any feedback from users, please contact Sandra or Sharon Murphy.
I attended the first meeting of the Student Life Space Plan Advisory Subcommittee on October 6th. This group is advisory to the Campus Plan Advisory Committee, which met yesterday and included a LAMP update as information on its agenda. The work of these two groups and LAMP is very interwoven, particularly with regard to the concept of LINQs (Library Information Network at Queen’s). The mandate of the Student Life Space Plan Advisory Subcommittee is to develop a Student Life Space Plan to support and complement the Campus Master Plan (CMP) and the Library and Master Plan. It draws on the recommendations of the CMP that state, in part: “Student Life Spaces should be considered priority areas for additional social infrastructure. Social infrastructure includes all space and informal environments that facilitate student and faculty interaction, sustaining or enhancing programming that supports a more holistic Queen’s out-of-classroom learning experience. These include group study spaces, cafés, LINQ locations, student government offices, club spaces, and student-run services.”
Did you see our tactical urbanism approach to Library Square yesterday? The section of the CMP noted above goes on to say, “Areas with a high concentration of social infrastructure should be considered priority areas for public realm improvements that incorporate infrastructure for gathering and socializing, such as outdoor patios, public seating, and attractive landscaping.” What a thrill to see what happens when a few tables and chairs are set up in front of Stauffer Library! As one passerby noted, it transformed the whole campus.
If you missed yesterday’s set-up – which we did to help with a student research project in the School of Urban and Regional Planning – you can see it again with some added flair, today 2-4pm and Saturday 9:30am-12pm. We’re listed in the Homecoming events as “Future Library Square: Pull up a chair at one of the bistro-style tables in “Future Library Square,” a Homecoming café outside Stauffer Library! You can enjoy some coffee and a library-themed cupcake and watch a video of what’s in store in the coming years for the Library and Archives.” A big thank you to Kathy Christmas for her extraordinary planning and implementation of this event.
Our work with our philanthropic consultant, arranged by Advancement, is progressing well. As mentioned in my LAMP update, this is about writing a vision for the student learning experience, including LAMP, to position it prominently in the Initiative Campaign. We’ve met a few times now, most recently last week.
Last week I attended the ARL Membership Meeting and Fall Forum. The Forum, Wanted Dead or Alive: The Scholarly Monograph, was a fabulous set of presentations and discussions involving numerous scholars. It was well covered in an article in Inside Higher Ed the next day. There were many takeaways for me, including intriguing digital humanities conversations about the shift from “monograph thinking” to “virtual research environment thinking” and what such shifts in scholarly communications mean for our traditional discovery channels.
Next week includes the first meeting of the Senate Library Committee for 2014-15. Its agenda topics this year are Library and Archives Master Plan, acquisitions support, and digital scholarship. Two librarians were elected to other Senate Committees this year: Michele Chittenden is serving on the Senate Committee on Educational Equity and Nasser Saleh is serving on the International Centre Council, both from October 1 2014, to August 31, 2016. Congratulations Michele and Nasser.
Happy Homecoming weekend – enjoy the tricolours along with the fall colours!