Library Update – February 5, 2016
The end of January included several good Library moments. The Principal’s Teaching and Learning Awards presentations on January 27 were bracketed by Library mentions: first up were the Curriculum Development Award winners, including Sandra Halliday and Suzanne Maranda in a team from Health Sciences, and it ended with the Library-sponsored Promoting Student Inquiry Teaching Award that went to Dr. Gabor Fichtinger, School of Computing. And then at the Ontario Library Association SuperConference that week it was a pleasure to see Queen’s so well represented amongst the conference planners, speakers, conveners and participants. Congratulations to all!
At the Senate meeting of January 26, there were several approvals related to academic programs: introduction of a Dual Degree M.Sc. in Chemistry (Queen’s University and the University of Stuttgart), effective immediately; major modification to the Certificate in International Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Science, effective September 1, 2016; name change of the Department of Art to the Department of Art History and Art Conservation, effective May 1, 2016.
We had a fruitful day with CS&P Architects this week discussing several interconnected LAMP sub-projects. The goal is to allow short-term gains in Stauffer Library and Douglas Library with a view to the overarching building concepts and the longer-term move of Archives. The projects are at different stages of development, but we expect that we’ll have opportunities for staff input on all the concepts over the next few weeks.
The Humanities and Social Sciences Library Advisory Committee met on Wednesday. As in the Health Sciences Library Advisory Committee meeting a few weeks ago, I provided an update on acquisitions issues relating to the Canadian dollar and commented on the other longstanding scholarly publishing issues highlighted by that financial challenge. Heather outlined the collections layers of access concepts in relation to bound journals and there was good discussion of that whole aspect of the Library and Archives Master Plan. We’ll be covering both of these topics with the Senate Library Committee at its upcoming meeting as well.
Over the past two weeks I’ve attended several meetings on behalf of CARL that touched on quite different but equally important themes in our landscape. At OLA, several CARL Directors and members of the Council of Canadian Information Schools had a very positive informal meeting that resulted in the identification of a number of ways that our two communities could collaborate, such as joint research opportunities. Two conversations with the Association of Canadian University Presses provided insights into their perspectives on business model issues and collaborative paths. The Leadership Council on Digital Infrastructure had a full day meeting in Ottawa that brought together various member stakeholder groups and included discussion of challenges in meeting advanced research computing demands with current capacity and funding. A highlight of that meeting was a visit from the federal Minister of Science, the Honourable Dr. Kirsty Duncan, who expressed the Government’s respect for science and scientists, their commitment to a national digital research infrastructure strategy, and her readiness to work with the Leadership Council as representing the broad community of stakeholders.
February! The month of FebFest, chocolate treats, Family Day, reading break and lengthening days. I hope it brings you some February fun.