Queen’s University Library (QUL) initiated the Public Services Renewal Project (PSR) to develop a new model for delivering expert library and archival support and assistance for the 21st century learner and researcher. The final report recommends shifts in how QUL service points are configured, managed and staffed, and how they make use of technology.
This project team focuses on implementing the recommendations of the Public Service Renewal (PSR) final report in alignment with LAMP recommendations, at each of the service points within Queen’s libraries. The team will also work with stakeholders to standardize the customer experience at each service point and develop training protocols for front line staff.
The Lederman Law Library will be condensed from three floors to two. The lower level of the library space will be designated for the Faculty of Law for additional study space and group meeting rooms. The law journals have been assessed and those that have limited use will be stored at Stauffer Library, and those that are low demand will be stored off site. Users may also continue to access both categories of journals through the interlibrary loan system. This move of the journals began during reading week and was completed in May, with renovations beginning in early July.
At the June 16, 2015 City of Kingston council meeting, a report was presented to council examining the feasibility of a pedestrian “scramble” crossing at the intersection of University and Union, a key crossing point at Queen’s and a gateway to campus.
Council unanimously approved the installation of the scramble, and the changes are targeted to be in place for September. The planned improvements at the Library Square intersection include audible signals, a right-turn-on red ban and thermoplastic “brick pavers” crosswalk markings. These changes prioritize pedestrian movement, accessibility and safety at the intersection.
Please see The Report of the President and CEO of Utilities Kingston for more information on the recommendations, and see the Library and Archives Master Plan for a vision of the Queen’s Library and Archives of the present and the future.
The terrace on the second floor of Stauffer Library, adjacent to the Alan G. Green Fireplace Reading Room, was originally meant to be open public space. In planning for the building, there were thoughts that it could be a sculpture garden or some other form of community space, however it is not currently accessible and needs a number of changes to enable public use. As part of its LAMP vision, the Library wants to do just that – enable public use – and wants to hear ideas from the Queen’s community. A series of focus groups are being held in early March; for further information see the Queen’s Gazette story, Terrace of dreams.
The Lederman Law Library is noted in LAMP as “an essential laboratory for legal research and a valued place for study, providing the critical staff and collection resources to support its curriculum and scholarly research.” LAMP recommended that this library be renovated to improve its top two floors and to make the lower level available to the Faculty of Law. When the Faculty expressed keen interest in this opportunity, the Library made the project a top priority for LAMP implementation.
Concept drawings have been prepared and are available for view:
The goal of this renovation, to take place this summer, is to improve study and service spaces for students, and to care for print collections. High-use or core print-only journals will remain in the law library and will move to the main floor. Other journals, now available online, will move to the library’s existing storage space in the basement of Stauffer Library. Extremely low-use print journals are destined for remote storage.
Highlights of the renovation project include:
- Main floor: new open study space, study rooms, adaptive technology space and a new washroom.
- Lower level: individual study space and additional meeting rooms for law students.
- Air conditioning and enhanced ventilation to accommodate increased capacity.
- Larger and improved space for graduate students.
- Improved lighting and light flow.
- Improved accessibility.
The project will also include a new bannister for the third floor of the Lederman Law Library, which was the graduating gift of the class of Law’14.
Law library staff will begin moving many of the journals destined for storage during reading week, Tuesday, Feb. 17-Friday, Feb. 20. The law library aims to have all of the material relocated from the first floor by the end of April 2015 so that construction can occur over the summer.
The main and upper floor of the Lederman Law Library should remain quiet during the move for students who want to study in the facility over reading week. All other campus libraries also remain open during reading week. If students can’t find material they require while materials are being moved, Lederman Law Library staff would be happy to provide assistance.
A story on the project appears in today’s Gazette.
Queen’s alum and other passersby were treated to free coffee and library-themed cupcakes outside Stauffer Library today, and a place to mingle. The bistro tables and chairs gave a taste for the potential of the ‘Library Square’ envisioned in the Library and Archives Master Plan and the Campus Master Plan. The area was set up similarly on Thursday as well, just to see what would happen on a normal day without a special event. What happened was that people used it — to study, to chat with friends, and in some cases just to rest as they were walking by. People were excited:
- “It feels so urban!”
- “This should always be here!”
- “It’s about time this happened.”
- “It transforms the whole campus.”
Thanks to the City of Kingston for lending us some of their tables and chairs from Market Square!
The Globe and Mail’s Canadian University Report 2014, issued today, includes an article titled ‘The university library of the future’ that talks about our planning at Queen’s.
At recent workshops, the steering group has explored the concept of a campus network of Library Information Networked Clusters (LINC). This includes the smaller libraries in the current system — in the Education, Health Sciences and Law buildings — which will continue to evolve over time as more print resources become digital and spaces change to support the student learning experience in new ways. As well, we’re introducing the idea of LINCs that could be developed in parts of campus currently lacking community learning spaces. Like libraries, these would be open to all students, and they would have the ambience of a library, with strong connections to virtual information and services. Unlike a traditional library, they wouldn’t involve the management of print collections. Those collections will continue to be housed in our existing libraries or, for materials rarely used, accessed through storage retrieval services.
For more on these ideas, see the May 24 and 31 workshop slides posted on the Steering Group & Minutes page.
The Library and Archives Master Plan (LAMP) project is now at the stage of developing options based on several key ideas.
First, a set of guiding principles was developed following stakeholder input and a careful examination of existing facilities and background information. These principles are presented in a display currently in Stauffer Library, and online.
Second, several programmatic elements and the relationships between them were established for all library and archives facilities: services, collections and learning/study. Collections (physical and virtual) remain at the core of the library and the archives, surrounded by a variety of services, and those services are intertwined with spaces for learning and research.
Third, it was established that the existing facility for the Archives, Kathleen Ryan Hall, is inadequate for archival collections and services and a new location must be found. Synergies with special collections argue for its relocation to Douglas Library where Jordan Library is housed.
With all this in mind, the LAMP Steering Group and the planning team led by CS&P Architects have been considering the suggestions heard in the stakeholder consultations regarding services and spaces for learning and research, concentrating first on Douglas Library and Stauffer Library. These two signature buildings at the intersection of University and Union are seen as key academic spaces forming a ‘library town square.’ Revisions to their interior plans and to the public realm that connects them are being suggested to enhance both the student learning experience and research services.
A set of drawings for Stauffer and Douglas is available online and in Stauffer Library to generate feedback and ideas. These are broad stroke representations of space for services, collections and learning/study. More detailed layouts would be established for specific projects as they proceed in the months and years following completion of the master plan. In April and May, planning will focus on the other libraries and the system as a whole. The master plan is scheduled for completion in June.
An information session and Q&A on the LAMP project will be held on Friday, April 26th from 11:00-11:45 a.m. in Robert Sutherland Hall Rm.202. All are welcome.
Today’s Plan Your Campus: Campus Master Plan Information Exchange in the ARC was a great opportunity for conversations about planning for the Library and the Archives of the future. See the LAMP posters here.
Update: also check out the post on draft emerging concepts for Stauffer and Douglas, here.