Martha’s Update – February 10, 2017

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Feb 10, 2017

Since my last update we’ve had the Ontario Library Association SuperConference, with strong Queen’s participation. For me, it means a variety of meetings of other groups as well, such as the CARL Board, the Canadian National Heritage Digitization Strategy Steering Committee and a CARL meeting with directors of Canadian information schools.

I’ve appreciated recent opportunities at OLA and elsewhere to contemplate values, in these early weeks of the new US government and in the wake of the killings at a mosque in Sainte-Foy, Quebec. The latter occurred the night before our CARL Board meeting, and we all shared the devastation felt by our Board colleague from Quebec. The Principal’s Statement spoke of Canadian values and Queen’s values, and our library community has affirmed our core library values. When I review our own Queen’s University Library values, I’m proud that a sense of openness, inclusivity and community is woven throughout our set of words.

Building on those values… I tend not to highlight reports that you’ll have seen through regular channels such as the CARL weekly digest E-lert,  but I would like to point out several recent items that frame important aspects of our “information access” value and strategies:

The Senate Meeting of January 31 included:

  • Approval of the major modifications to the Master of Education, effective September 2017, allowing for a dual M.Ed. degree program between Queen’s University and the South China Normal University (SCNU).
  • Approval of the major modifications to the Certificate in Business, effective January 2017, allowing it to be completed in its entirety online in order to permit students outside of Queen’s to benefit from the program and allowing students to register for the certificate if they are either enrolled in, or have completed, an undergraduate degree.
  • Committee of the whole discussion of the External Review of Research.

As always, please contact me if you’d like to discuss any of these topics.

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