Library Departments

Digital Initiatives and Open Scholarship
Digital Initiatives and Open Scholarship (DIOS) is responsible for a set of interrelated services, systems and tools connecting users with rich and varied information resources and services. The division's name emphasizes the user experience as its raison d'être, and an understanding and application of user experience design in all its work.

Education works directly with teacher candidates, faculty, graduate students and Continuing Teacher Education in the Faculty of Education, and community teachers and librarians.

Engineering and Science
Engineering and Science works directly with students, faculty and staff in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and science departments of the Faculty of Arts and Science, as well as related research centres.

Health Sciences
Health Sciences works directly with students, faculty, staff and health professionals in the Faculty of Health Science disciplines of medicine, nursing and rehabilitation therapy, and the life sciences. As well, the unit has partnerships with a number of community hospitals and health care providers.

Humanities and Social Sciences
Serves Arts & Science (Humanities & Social Sciences), Smith School of Business, the School of Public Policy, and related research centres.

Information Resources
The Information Resources division provides leadership and coordination in the development, stewardship and assessment of collections to support the research, teaching and learning needs of the university, and contributes to the development of information resources strategies. The division manages the acquisitions budget by working with units and the Information Resources Working Group to determine spending targets and providing monthly budget updates, plans and monitors spending in all acquisitions accounts, including operating and endowments/trusts, and manages e-resource decisions and license agreements. The division represents Queen’s interests in consortia (Canadian Research Knowledge Network, Ontario Council of University Libraries, Consortium of Ontario Academic Health Libraries) and maintains vendor relationships. CDA provides support and usage data for evaluations conducted by unit heads and liaison librarians, and writes/reviews reports involving analysis and descriptions of collection strengths.

Information Services
Information Services manages the development and delivery of high-quality user experiences at the library’s physical and virtual service points, where questions are answered or referred and a variety of interactions occur relating to library services, collections and spaces. The physical service locations include Stauffer Library, Douglas Library, Bracken Health Sciences Library, Education Library, and Lederman Law Library; service points at W.D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections and the University Archives are currently managed by staff at those locations, due to their focus on physical collections.

Law works directly with students, faculty and staff in the Faculty of Law and other members of the Queen’s and local communities engaging in legal research.

Queen's University Archives
Queen’s University Archives preserves and provides access to the information assets and historical record of the university, private papers related to Kingston and the region, and the City of Kingston Archives.

Special Collections

Special Collections comprises distinctive collections found physically in Douglas Library and Stauffer Library and virtually through Queen's University Library Digital Collections.


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