Stauffer Library celebrates 25 years
This year, Stauffer Library marks 25 years as an integral space on campus, dedicated to intellectual discovery, knowledge exchange, and creative exploration. Queen’s University Library officially kicks off celebrations with the launch of an anniversary website, which provides details of the many events planned over the course of the academic year, as well as a timeline of milestones during the past 25 years, and information about Queen’s alumnus and library namesake, Joseph S. Stauffer.
“This anniversary is an opportunity to celebrate all that Stauffer offers to the Queen’s community,” says Michael Vandenburg, Interim Vice-Provost and University Librarian.
“It is a beautiful space with exceptional collections and services housed inside, where students, faculty, and staff, along with the greater community, engage in the shared experience of learning. It is also where we can see firsthand the shifting nature of libraries in the digital age, and how our users are changing the ways in which they access materials and benefit from library spaces.”
For the anniversary, the library received a gift of $500,000 from the Stauffer Foundation, which provided $10 million to support the construction of Stauffer 25 years ago. This funding will be used for the creation of an Indigenous Learning Space in Stauffer’s lower level, slated to open in spring 2020. The funding will also be used to create additional Indigenous-named study rooms in other library locations, and to support a celebratory speaker series during the anniversary year.
The speaker series will feature events with Indigenous journalist and activist Tanya Talaga on Nov. 26th and Queen’s alumnus and journalist Ali Velshi on March 5th. There will be a number of other events throughout the year, including collaboration with existing Queen’s programs such as The Page Lectures (Oct. 18) and Queen’s Reads (March 11), and a finale event in the spring to celebrate the opening of the Indigenous Learning Space that will bring together many current and former librarians and staff. The Stauffer@25 group also participated in the ASUS Sidewalk Sale during orientation week and staff have created a historical display in Stauffer’s atrium.
“This anniversary has given us the chance to reflect on the past 25 years at Stauffer, and thanks to the funding from the Stauffer Foundation, to prioritize Indigenous spaces and voices,” said Heather McMullen, Associate University Librarian and Stauffer@25 project lead. “I would like to thank everyone in the project group for their hard work on the anniversary celebrations. I am really proud of what we have accomplished and look forward to the ongoing events through winter and spring 2020.”