News & Events: March 30, 2015

Tom Cohen and Joan Stahl explain the process of digitizing materials from the library. Image courtesy of CUA Office of Public Affairs.

Oliveira Lima Library Highlighted in Feature Article – A large portion of the Oliveira Lima Library was recently made available online through Gale Cengage Learning. The careful process of turning the collection of 19th and early 20th century manuscripts, pamphlets, and other historical documents into a digital library was recently highlighted in a feature article by CUA’s Office of Public Affairs.

WRLC Newsletter – The March issue of the Washington Research Library Consortium Newsletter is now available. To subscribe to the newsletter via email, please click here.

Holiday Hours – In observance of Holy Week and Easter, Mullen Library will close at 5 pm on Wednesday, April 1 and be open 9 am to 5 pm Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (April 2-4). We will be closed Sunday, April 5, and will resume normal hours at 11 am, Monday, April 6. Campus Libraries will close at 5 pm on Wednesday, April 1 and will reopen at their regular times the morning of Tuesday, April 7. For more information, visit our hours page.

Graduating this May? – If you will be graduating this semester, please make sure your library account is in good standing before May 15. You may do this by logging into My Library Account to check for any outstanding library loans or unpaid fines. Unpaid fines or overdue items will result in a hold on your account and prevent graduation. If you have any questions regarding your library account, please call Access Services at 202-319-5060.

Newest in Popular Reading: Strong People, Monopolists, Flashpoints, Italians, Blue Stars, Marriage Game

The popular reading collection is located on the 1st floor of Mullen Library.
The popular reading collection is located on the 1st floor of Mullen Library.



What a great year so far at The Catholic University of America. As the semester continues, we wanted to let you know of some of the great books that we have here in Mullen Libraries’ Popular Reading Program located on the first floor of Mullen Library in the Reference Reading Room. If you need something to take your mind off your classes, come to the library.

Some of our newest titles are listed below. Hold your cursor over the Title to see a short description of the book, or click to view the catalog record. The status of the book is shown beside the call number.

Looking for more options? You can always see a full list of our Popular Reading books in the catalog, by searching under keyword, “CUA Popular Reading.” Happy reading!









 

Title Author Status
13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do: Take Back Your Power, Embrace Change, Face Your Fears and Train Your Brain for Happiness and Success Morin, Amy
The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society Zelizer, Julian E.
The Work: the Search for a Life that Matters Moore, Wes
The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World’s Favorite Board Game Pilon, Mary
The Interstellar Age: Inside the Forty-Year Voyager Mission Bell, Jim
Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe Friedman, George
My Father’s Wives Greenberg, Mike
To Explain the World: The Discovery of Modern Science Weinberg, Steven
Trust No One Krentz, Jayne Ann
The Italians Hooper, John
The Internet Is Not the Answer Keen, Andrew
Inside a Silver Box Mosley, Walter
Blue Stars Tedrowe, Emily Gray
A History of Loneliness Boyne, John
The Marriage Game: A Novel of Queen Elizabeth I Weir, Alison
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind Harari, Yuval Noah
Performing Under Pressure: The Science of Doing Your Best When It Matters Most Weisinger, Hendrie & Pawliw-Fry, J. P.
Getting to Yes With Yourself: (And Other Worthy Opponents) Ury, William
Power Forward: My Presidential Education Love, Reggie
West of Sunset O’Nan, Stewart

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Appy Hour: BrowZine

App: BrowZine™  BrowZine
By: Third Iron, LLC
Price: Free
Device: Reviewed on an iPad

BrowZine™, by Third Iron, LLC, allows users to easily access free and licensed content from scholarly journals available from CUA Libraries.

BrowZine™ promises to deliver your academic journals to your tablet in a way that’s “fun, practical, and intuitive.” And it kind of lives up to those claims.

Before I could use the app, I had to sync my device with my BrowZine™ account. BrowZine™ sent a confirmation email. Once I clicked on the link, I was ready to go. When I open the app, the menus are at the top and the dashboard is along the bottom. I went into settings to make sure I was logged in. You need to use My Library Account login to authenticate. What’s nice about this app is that once you add your login information in the settings, you won’t have to authenticate again later.

I decided to build up a bookshelf for myself. I started browsing subjects and could not locate any on Library & Information Science. But that’s no problem because there is a subject search box and I was able to locate library journals by searching. If you know the title of the journal you’d like to peruse you can use the title search function.

You can put journals on custom bookshelves by clicking on “Add to my Bookshelf” and arrange titles where you want them. It’s a little clunky. My bookshelf disappeared a few times after I closed the app and then went back in. Sometimes it’s there, sometimes it isn’t. The best feature of the bookshelf is that when new content is added to a journal title on one of your bookshelves, you receive a push notification. That’s a very easy way to keep up with your favorite journals.

The saved articles feature allows you to read articles you save later, even when you’re offline. If you are online it offers the option to browse the journal title from the saved article.

Overall, I’d say this app is not exactly fun, but it is practical and fairly intuitive. I can go up to 4 stars on this one.

Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Open Data – Tipping Point?

Chief Data Scientist… that’s a good title! The United States has named it’s first Chief Data Scientist – D.J. Patil. His official title is Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Data Policy and Chief Data Scientist in the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Read Dr. Patil’s memorandum Unleashing the Power of Data to Serve the American People. He outlines the emphasis on Open Data Initiatives beginning with U.S. Government Data.

Open Data fron DataPub http://datapub.cdlib.org/
Open Data from DataPub http://datapub.cdlib.org/

Open Data isn’t important only for the sciences. While science funders National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) have required Data Management Plans, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is including training in digital data curation as an imperative digital initiative. NEH has highlighted open data tools previously; this example Celebrating Open Data of combining computer science expertise and history and archaeology is of particular interest to The Catholic University of America community of researchers.

The NEH news release highlights William Noel’s TEDTalk on The Archimedes Palimpsest. The Archimedes Palimpsest project is a scholarly interest of researchers at CUA. See this presentation from CUA Chemistry Department Reading Between the Lines: The Archimedes Palimsest, and more on technical issues with the Archimedes Palimpsest.

Recent reading from Phill Jones at the Scholarly Kitchen summarizes federal policy, the players perspectives in open data (funders, publishers and researchers) and asking Are We at a Tipping Point for Open Data?

New in government agencies Open Data: see the new NASA DATA Portal!

News & Events: March 23, 2015

Sights & SoundsNEW EXHIBIT IN MAY GALLERY – The exhibit Sights & Sounds: The 50th Anniversary of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music will be on display in the May Gallery from March 22 through May 18. Come learn about the history of DC’s premiere school of music.

Graduating this May? – If you will be graduating this semester, please make sure your library account is in good standing before May 15. You may do this by logging into My Library Account to check for any outstanding library loans or unpaid fines. Unpaid fines or overdue items will result in a hold on your account and prevent graduation. If you have any questions regarding your library account, please call Access Services at 202-319-5060.

Upcoming Holiday Hours – In observance of Holy Week and Easter, Mullen Library will close at 5 pm on Wednesday, April 1 and be open 9 am to 5 pm Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (April 2-4). We will be closed Sunday, April 5, and will resume normal hours at 11 am, Monday, April 6. Campus Libraries will close at 5 pm on Wednesday, April 1 and will reopen at their regular times the morning of Tuesday, April 7. For more information, visit our hours page.

NEW! Distance Learning Page – A new page for Distance Learners has been created, putting all of our most useful resources for off-campus library use in one convenient place. This page is recommended for students in online programs as well as doctoral candidates completing dissertations away from CUA. Along with links to databases, online tools, and contact information for subject librarians, the page also includes a link to our new Off-Campus Delivery Request Form (restrictions apply).

“Sights & Sounds: The 50th Anniversary of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music” – May Gallery, March 22 – May 18

1967 Ward Hall Dedication with Justine Ward
Justine Ward with His Eminence Patrick Cardinal O’Boyle and Vice Rector Monsignor James A. Magner at the dedication ceremony of Ward Hall, October 4, 1967. Courtesy of University Archives, University Libraries.

The exhibit “Sights & Sounds: The 50th Anniversary of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music” will be on display in the May Gallery from March 22 through May 18.

Maintaining a tradition of excellence from the studio to the Broadway stage, from singing at the Met to teaching piano in Afghanistan, faculty and students of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music have served as ambassadors for The Catholic University of America. This exhibit highlights some achievements and the people behind those efforts.

The Archivist’s Nook: The Fledgling Field of Educational Archivy

Mr. Jefferson, archives-promoter and denizen of CUA pre-history.
Thomas Jefferson, archives-promoter and denizen of CUA pre-history

Way way back in 1791, at the dawn of the American experiment in democracy, Thomas Jefferson put something prescient to paper:  “Let us save what remains: not by vaults and locks which fence them from the public eye and use in consigning them to the waste of time, but by such a multiplication of copies, as shall place them beyond the reach of accident.”  Surely Mr. Jefferson put his money where his mouth was when he donated his collection of 6,487 books to the Library of Congress, forming its core collection, and preserved his own papers for future scholars.

I’d argue, too, that Jefferson was an outreach kind of guy.  He wanted “what remains” of lives lived, as in the archival records of public servants in particular, out in the public sphere, where future generations could examine and learn from them.  So went the way of archives in America.  Generally speaking, American archives are open and accessible to the public, and have become more so over time.

Thanks to archival records, in fact, we know that Jefferson had ties to the Catholic University of America here in Washington, D.C.  It was Jefferson who advised Samuel Harrison Smith, a Philadelphia native, to relocate to what is now the campus of Catholic University, in order to establish Washington’s first newspaper, the National Intelligencer. Smith and his wife, Margaret Bayard Smith, followed Mr. Jefferson’s advice and built a home that would remain part of the Catholic University campus until it was demolished in 1970.

The circulation of archival information is the province of the Education Archivist. Continue reading “The Archivist’s Nook: The Fledgling Field of Educational Archivy”

Appy Hour: lynda.com

App: lynda.com  lynda.com logo
By: lynda.com
Price: Free
Device: Reviewed on an iPad

The lynda.com app, by lynda.com, allows users to access their lynda.com content from mobile devices.

While lynda.com offers a wide variety of education videos, my experience with lynda.com has been learning about desktop softwares and applications. What makes this application great is that I can watch the videos on the iPad, or other mobile device, while simultaneously working with the software on my desktop.

When you open the application, you see “recommendations for you” on top half of the dashboard and a combination of new and recently viewed courses on the bottom half. The triple line icon in the upper left intuits options. When you click, you are asked to log in. Once logged in, your courses, assignments, playlists and history are there on a left side menu. In addition, you are offered courses by subject, a settings option, and a contact option. Meanwhile, you can still see the dashboard on the right.

The true value of the lynda.com experience is the content. This application offers a very accessible and uncomplicated space to view their content. I usually disregard the star rating on reviews if there are less than 100 reviews. This app has 22 reviews in the App Store averaging 4 ½ stars. Considering the lynda.com app experience, I agree with the high rating.

Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Open Access – Continuing Course

There should be a course for this! Open Access does not mean free. The Public Library of Science (PLoS) defines Open Access as “unrestricted access and unrestricted reuse.” The Open Access movement founding is often attributed to the Budapest Open Access Initiative (2002) and Peter Suber has written and presented in detail about Open Access. For the most informative and concise overview please read Open Access Overview by Peter Suber.

Nancy K. Herther in her recent post  Scholarly Publishing & Peer Review Face the Future explains the peer review issue with Open Access; and Joe Esposito enumerates some of the complex issues with publishers and Open Access in his post  The Context of Scientific Publishing.

If you prefer your explanation visually, Nick Shockey and Jonathan Eisen, at PHD Comics, explain Open Access for Open Access Week 2012.

News & Events: March 16, 2015

Washing Research Library Consortium LogoWRLC Holds Annual Meeting – On Tuesday, March 10, the WRLC held its annual meeting in the Marvin Center at The George Washington University.  The annual meeting provides an opportunity to discuss updates, challenges, and success from across the consortium. For more information about the WRLC, visit www.wrlc.org and considering subscribing to the WRLC Newsletter.

Graduating this May? – If you will be graduating this semester, please make sure your library account is in good standing before May 15. You may do this by logging into My Library Account to check for any outstanding library loans or unpaid fines. Unpaid fines or overdue items will result in a hold on your account and prevent graduation. If you have any questions regarding your library account, please call Access Services at 202-319-5060.

COMING SOON! Sights & Sounds: The 50th Anniversary of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music – An exhibit will soon open in the May Gallery commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music. Look for more information next week!

NEW! Distance Learning Page – A new page for Distance Learners has been created, putting all of our most useful resources for off-campus library use in one convenient place. This page is recommended for students in online programs as well as doctoral candidates completing dissertations away from CUA. Along with links to databases, online tools, and contact information for subject librarians, the page also includes a link to our new Off-Campus Delivery Request Form (restrictions apply).

Writing Center in Mullen Library – Please note that the Writing Center will be holding satellite hours in the lobby of Mullen Library Wednesdays from 5 pm to 8 pm and Saturdays from 11 am to 2 pm. Walk-ins are welcome; look for the sign. For more information about writing center, including additional hours and appointment policies, please visit their website.

Have you tried lynda.com? – The University Libraries is proud to bring the CUA Community access to lynda.com, an online video training library offering more than 2,000 self-paced training classes on a wide range of computer and project management skills for beginner, intermediate, and advanced users. Topics offered include: the entire suite of Microsoft and Adobe products, website development, business skills, design skills, audio and video tools, creative inspirations, and much more.  All of the courses are taught by expert instructors and come with fully searchable transcripts. Curated playlists are also available for over 150 topics. To learn more, check out this introductory video.