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  1. I am unable to attend the focus group due to a schedule conflict but wanted to stress the importance of group meeting rooms for faculty and for students. I use them in Bracken Library on a regular basis and do not how I would do my work without them. More and more, we are stressing team-based learning and collaborative learning, and the inclusion of flexible space designed to accommodate these needs are vital in my opinion. The library space sets the tone for quiet, industrious activity.

    • Thanks very much for your input Anne. One of the things we’re hoping to hear more about is whether there are particular features people would like in additional group meeting rooms. Any thoughts?
      I’m also really interested in your comment that “the library space sets the tone for quiet, industrious activity.” I’m often struck by that in our library spaces at Queen’s, and know that’s not always the case in libraries at other universities. Understanding the factors that create this feeling of a community learning space seems important.

  2. I attended the focus group and while listening to the ideas being promoted I had an idea.One young lady asked about what one might call the ”south” or what we called the “old” reading room in Douglas.

    I had an office cum work room just off that reading room for a number of years. As a result I walked through the room several times every working day. What struck me most about that room is that it was the place were so many generations of Queen’s students sweated out study time over the years. I often thought that it was in its way a memorial to those thousands of students who passed though Queen’s.

    It has now occurred to me that perhaps Queen’s should do just that. Keep the room as a study space, albeit one that can be used for special occasions from time to time. On the other hand universities are very good at memorializing famous graduates, faculty and donors. Why not a memorialize all the students who passed through Queen’s and what better place to remember them than in that lovely study hall.

    As my enthusiasm grew I began to think of ways to make this work. For example why not put a collection of publications written by Queen’s people in the bookshelves along the walls. It does not need to be a formal collection, the books can be donated and simply placed on the shelves in some sort of order so that contemporary students can brows and understand what some of their predecessors have accomplished. The could also be a collection of faculty publications, Queen’s Quarterlies, publications about Queen’s history and for that matter about the history of Kingston and area. Just think of the space books by Robertson Davies, George Munro Grant, William Lawson Grant and his son George Parkin Grant would make up. Perhaps a committee of Alumni could take up the task of finding the books. Most books could come from second hand shops and I know that the Archives often receives such material and since it is published and does not fall into their mandate is often discarded.
    It is just an idea, but one I think worth a few thoughts. Certainly the idea of honoring all the graduates would be a bit of a departure but they are, after all, the real body of the college. Moreover it might prove interesting enough to prompt some of those tight fisted old Scots to part with a few pennies to help the cost of the renovation.

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