Martha's Update - April 27, 2018

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Apr 27, 2018

As we near the end of the academic year, and finally welcome spring, let’s pause. There is much to reflect upon from the past year, and much to consider for the year ahead. I’m looking forward to seeing you at our annual staff development and planning event on May 8!

Meanwhile, we have Data Day coming up on Wednesday, a great learning opportunity. The VOICE theme reflects the principles for the dissemination of research results developed by the Digital Scholarly Record Working Group in consultation with research stakeholders. The working group’s report to the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) and Vice-Principal (Research) is now available on the Digital Scholarly Record Working Group’s wiki.

Another library-facilitated campus group wrapped up in April – the Open and Affordable Course Materials Working Group. The group laid a path forward for further support of open education resources in its report, now available on the Open and Affordable Course Material Working Group’s wiki. The recommendations will be reviewed by the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Teaching and Learning in May.

A significant library project is nearing completion: our Action Plan to Support Anti-Racism, Diversity, Inclusion and Indigenous Cultures. I’d also like to highlight the significant progress on our Modifying Acquisitions Practices project. As you’ve seen in our recently launched Information Resources Strategies web pages, we’re continuing to engage the university community in this topic. As well there are many conversations occurring with peers across the country. Thank you to all who are working on advancing this thoughtful analysis of paths forward in a complex landscape

The Library Leadership Team signed off on two project closure reports recently,:

  • Comprehensive Information Resources Strategy
  • Mobile Self-Check Pilot Project

The final Senate meeting of the academic year, held April 17, included approval of the Strategic Research Plan as well as several academic program changes:

  • Certificate in Urban Planning Studies
  • Certificate in Mohawk Language and Culture
  • MASc in Chemical Engineering – Major Modification
  • Certificate in Business Program – Major Modification
  • BSHc Program – Major Modificiations
  • PhD in Law Program – Major Modification

Earlier this week I attended the Association of Research Libraries meeting in Atlanta, and early next week the Canadian Association of Research Libraries meets in Regina. The former is an opportunity for insights into a wide range of issues across a diverse set of institutions. The latter will dive into specific collaborative initiatives. I’ll be giving an update on the Leadership Council on Digital Research Infrastructure and the Open Repositories Working Group and chairing the Policy Committee, and Jeff Moon will be presenting on Portage as its current Director.

There has been a great deal of valuable CARL activity recently, including the interesting matters covered in these two recordings:

As always, many interesting things going on to advance teaching, learning and research at Queen's and beyond!

Happy late April everyone, have a good weekend, and see you in May!

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