“American Catholics and Immigration: Past and Present” – Thursday, March 12, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Caldwell Auditorium

Picture1The Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies (CUA), in conjunction with The American Catholic History Research Center & University Archives (CUA) and the Office of Migration and Refugee Policy (USCCB), will be hosting a conference entitled American Catholics and Immigration: Past and Present on Thursday, March 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Caldwell Auditorium. The purpose o the conference is to “bring historians and policy experts together to compare how Catholics in the United States have responded to new immigrant groups, from the nineteenth century to the present.” Three expert panels will discuss such issues as national policy debates, culture and religious life, and immigrant workers.

For more information, including a detailed schedule of events and a link to R.s.v.p., please visit the event website.

Fair Use Week 2015

Fair Use Week 2014 poster
Fair Use Week Poster 2015 from Harvard Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) encourages  libraries to celebrate Fair Use Week February 23 – 27 because “…fair use is employed on a daily basis by students, faculty, librarians, journalists, and all users of copyrighted material.” http://www.arl.org/component/events/event/148

The first Fair Use Week was sponsored at Harvard in 2014.

Do you know Fair Use?

From the US Copyright Office:

The doctrine of fair use has developed through a substantial number of court decisions over the years and has been codified in section 107 of the copyright law.

Section 107 contains a list of the various purposes for which the reproduction of a particular work may be considered fair, such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Section 107 also sets out four factors to be considered in determining whether or not a particular use is fair.

1.      The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes

2.      The nature of the copyrighted work

3.      The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole

4.      The effect of the use upon the potential market for, or value of, the copyrighted work

The distinction between what is fair use and what is infringement in a particular case will not always be clear or easily defined. There is no specific number of words, lines, or notes that may safely be taken without permission. Acknowledging the source of the copyrighted material does not substitute for obtaining permission.

US Copyright Law Code Sections 107 thru 118 codify the provisions of Fair Use.

Links you can use about Fair Use:

From The Catholic University of America see these links  Fair Use guidelines at CUA chart; CUA Copyright Guidelines; and Copyright Q & A’s from the CUA Libraries.

For librarians and researchers see these links: ARL Code of Best Practices in Fair Use and  Research Library Issues, no. 285 (2015): Special Issue on Copyright 

Fair Use Week blog chronicles case studies and frequently asked questions on Fair Use  from the Harvard Libraries Office of Scholarly Communication; and follow the  Fair Use Week web site from ARL and on Twitter via @fairuseweek and #fairuseweek2015.

Newest in Popular Reading: Boston Girl, Strange Library, Gateway to Freedom, American Dreams, Robert E. Lee, Comfortable Wife

We hope the first half of your semester at The Catholic University of America has been as fruitful as ours. As Spring Break approaches, 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 near the Reference Reading Room.

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.

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.

Title Author Status
The Boston Girl: a novel Diamant, Anita
Captive Paradise: A History of Hawaii Haley, James L
Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age Doctorow, Cory
When Books Went to War: The Stories That Helped Us Win World War II Manning, Molly Guptill
Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension: A Mathematician’s Journey Through Narcissistic Numbers, Optimal Dating Algorithms, at Least Two Kinds of Infinity, and More Parker, Matt
Call Me Debbie: True Confessions of a Down-to-Earth Diva Voigt, Deborah
The Man Who Would Not Be Washington: Robert E. Lee’s Civil War and His Decision That Changed American History Horn, Jonathan
Tales From Both Sides of the Brain: A Life in Neuroscience Gazzaniga, Michael S.
Holy Cow Duchovny, David
A Comfortable Wife Laurens, Stephanie
Mind Change: How Digital Technologies Are Leaving Their Mark on Our Brains Greenfield, Susan
American Dreams: Restarting the Economy and Restoring the Land of Opportunity Rubio, Marco
The Skeleton Road McDermid, Val
Moriarty Horowitz, Anthony
Perfect Sins Bannister, Jo
The Strange Library Murakami, Haruki
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
Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad Crummey, Michael
It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War Addario, Lynsey
Funny Girl Hornby, Nick

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!

CUA Libraries is now on Facebook and Twitter. Follow us at:

Mullen Library Facebook; Twitter: @CUAlibraries
Religious Studies, Philosophy, and Canon Law Library Facebook; Twitter: @CUATheoPhilLib
CUA Science Libraries Facebook; Twitter: @CUAScienceLib
CUA Architecture & Planning Library Facebook; Twitter: @CUArchLib
CUA Music Library Facebook; Twitter: @CUAMusicLib

Trial Database – Washington Business Journal

Until Thursday, February 19th, the CUA Libraries has a free trial to the database Washington Business Journal, the major weekly newspaper for business, real estate, and industry news for the Washington D.C. area. The portal provides access to its sister publications in 42 other metropolitan markets in the United States.  It may be especially helpful to students looking for jobs, internships, or local business opportunities in those areas.  .

Our librarians are evaluating the usefulness of this resource.  Try it out and let us know what you think.  Email your comments to Mary Agnes Thompson thompsom@cua.edu

May Gallery Exhibit: “Bridging Sign & Script” – January 31 – February 28

Exhibit Poster, lobby (2x3')Mount Serabit in the Sinai desert of Egypt is the site of the discovery of some of the earliest examples of West Semitic alphabet writing.  This Proto-Sinaitic script has been called the first alphabet.  The exhibit focuses on the work of the 1930 Harvard-Catholic University Joint Expedition to Serabit-el-Khadim and on the contributions of Fr. Romain Butin, S.M. who served as research epigrapher.

 

Curated by Michelle Datiles, GLP, the exhibit includes materials from the Epigraphic Collection in the Semitics/Institute of Christian Oriental Research Library. The exhibit is on display now through February 28 in the May Gallery of the John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library

Newest in Popular Reading: Game of Thrones, Driving the King, Richard Pryor, Her Brilliant Career, & Science … for Her!

The spring semester is just beginning at The Catholic University of America. We hope that your classes are going well. If you are looking for an entertaining read throughout the semester, look no further than our Popular Reading Program located on the first floor of Mullen Library near the Reference Reading Room.

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.

Title Author Status
Inside HBO’s Game of thrones: seasons 3 and 4 Taylor, C. A.
Another Night, Another Day Rayner, Sarah
The Assassination Option: A Clandestine Operations Novel Griffin, W. E. B. & Butterworth, William E.
Becoming Richard Pryor Saul, Scott
The Cause of All Nations: an International History of the American Civil War Doyle, Don H.
Her Brilliant Career: Ten Extraordinary Women of the Fifties Cooke, Rachel
Driving the King Howard, Ravi
Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life From an Addiction to Film Oswalt, Patton
The Last American Vampire Grahame-Smith, Seth
Before I Go Oakley, Colleen
Science … for Her! Amram, Megan
The Keeper Howard, Tim
Vanessa and Her Sister Parmar, Priya
Sweet Damage James, Rebecca
The Strange Library Murakami, Haruki

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!

CUA Libraries is now on Facebook and Twitter. Follow us at:

Mullen Library Facebook; Twitter: @CUAlibraries
Religious Studies, Philosophy, and Canon Law Library Facebook; Twitter: @CUATheoPhilLib
CUA Science Libraries Facebook; Twitter: @CUAScienceLib
CUA Architecture & Planning Library Facebook; Twitter: @CUArchLib
CUA Music Library Facebook; Twitter: @CUAMusicLib

Trial Databases- Loeb Classical Library and Niermeyer Mediae Latinitatis Lexicon Minus

We welcome you to test out two databases and provide us with feedback.

The Digital Loeb Classical Library contains more than 500 titles in Greek or Latin with English translations. This online edition is fully searchable and includes options for annotating and extracting text.

J. F. Niermeyer’s Mediae Latinitatis Lexicon Minus provides English, French, and German translations for Medieval Latin terms and concepts with citation examples for context. The online edition is based on the 2002 2nd edition.

Please give it a go, and send Dustin Booher any feedback you have at booher@cua.edu.

Did you knowCUA Libraries is on Facebook and Twitter? Follow us at:

Mullen Library Facebook; Twitter: @CUAlibraries
Religious Studies, Philosophy, and Canon Law Library Facebook; Twitter: @CUATheoPhilLib
CUA Science Libraries Facebook; Twitter: @CUAScienceLib
CUA Architecture & Planning Library Facebook; Twitter: @CUArchLib
CUA Music Library Facebook; Twitter: @CUAMusicLib

Research methodologies

Open access and social networking readings seem to be coalescing around the “idea” of reading carefully!

The Pew Research Center documents that usage of social media is increasing.  Two other articles question whether social media or open access have any impact on scholarly communications.

Social Media and Its Impact on Medical Research by Phil Davis

Is Open Access a Cause or Effect? by Phil Davis

Read carefully! It’s all in the methodologies.