What exciting uses, services or partnerships would you like to see in the transformed spaces of the Library and Archives system?

3 thoughts on “What exciting uses, services or partnerships would you like to see in the transformed spaces of the Library and Archives system?

  1. In seeking funding, administrators tend to look to the short-term rather than the long-term. This has become apparent over their reluctance to press the Board of Governers to name the New Medical Sciences Building “Romanes Hall,” after the great Kingston-born biomedical scientist George John Romanes and (indirectly) after his father (one of the founding Senators at Queen’s, Professor of Classics and our first Librarian), George Romanes. Instead, they are looking for some wealthy benefactor with deep pockets whose name on the building will be his/her “reward.”
    I recently deposited some 19th century documents relating to Romanes in the Queen’s Archives, which added to the existing collection of Romanes-related documents. However I, and perhap others, are much aware that these documents have a value on the open market that may grow in future years. We doubt whether future Administrations, ever-ready for a fast buck, will be able to resist the temptation to sell off Archival materials of this nature (not to mention paintings in the Agnes Etherington Arts Centre).
    Thus, if Queen’s wishes to build a great archive (and also special collections, and art collections) by attracting valuable depositions, it should be made quite clear in some written “mission statement” that an archival document is there “for ever” (come hell or high water)!

  2. The Writing Centre is an existing service that is very important and helpful to all of the University community. It warrants expansion, both in terms of space and hours open. It is regularly full and unable to offer new appointments. Learning how to write is a crucial skill that all students should possess. Yet, not enough classes give it the attention it deserves. The Writing Centre is an elegant solution that allows instructors to teach what they want while allowing students to get the hands-on writing training that they need. We need more Writing Centre!

  3. Also, we need refillable water-bottle stations. The drinking fountains don’t currently fit that purpose. The bathroom taps are the only other option!

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