News & Events: March 20, 2017

THE CATHOLIC ARCHIVES IN THE DIGITAL AGE  – The American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives will be hosting a free conference, “The Catholic Archives in the Digital Age: The Fate of Religious Order Archives,” in the Pryzbyla Center on March 29th, 2017 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. The event will feature a range of scholars and archivists of the American Catholic experience and archival stewards of religious order records. For the full schedule and to register, visit the website: http://iprcua.com/2017/03/29/the-fate-of-religious-order-archives/.   The conference is generously funded by the Our Sunday Visitor Institute, and sponsored by the American Catholic History Research Center/University Libraries, the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies, and the Department of Library and Information Science.

CENTER FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS AND WRITING CENTER – Need some extra help in one of your courses? Want to take your writing to the next level? Check out the the Center for Academic Success and the Writing Center on the second floor of Mullen Library. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment online please visit the Center for Academic Success’s website at http://success.cua.edu/ or the Writing Center’s website at http://english.cua.edu/wc/.

DIGITAL ARTS LAB – For the remainder of the Spring 2017 semester, the Salve Regina Digital Arts Lab on the second floor of Mullen Library will be open to the CUA community Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. To learn more about the lab and the software available, please visit art.cua.edu/Campus-Resources/salve-regina-digital-art-lab.cfm.

News & Events: March 13, 2017

SNOW EXPECTED – A severe winter storm is approaching the Mid-Atlantic region, and emergency closings may be possible this week. Remember that when Catholic University closes due to severe weather, the University Libraries also close. However, any closings or delayed openings will also be posted here on the What’s Up blog. In the meantime, why not prepare for the storm by checking out a title or two from our recently updated Popular Reading collection?

THE CATHOLIC ARCHIVES IN THE DIGITAL AGE  – The American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives will be hosting a free conference, “The Catholic Archives in the Digital Age: The Fate of Religious Order Archives,” in the Pryzbyla Center on March 29th, 2017 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. The event will feature a range of scholars and archivists of the American Catholic experience and archival stewards of religious order records. For the full schedule and to register, visit the website: http://iprcua.com/2017/03/29/the-fate-of-religious-order-archives/.   The conference is generously funded by the Our Sunday Visitor Institute, and sponsored by the American Catholic History Research Center/University Libraries, the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies, and the Department of Library and Information Science.

WRLC AND BEYOND – When CUA doesn’t have the book or article you’re interested in, there are two services available to help you get what you need:

  • Consortium Loan Service (CLS) – CUA is a member of the Washington Research Library Consortium, a partnership between nine universities in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Our online catalog will show results from all nine WRLC libraries. When CUA doesn’t have the item you need, but another university in the consortium does, you can request that the book be delivered to CUA for you to check out at Mullen Library. To learn how to place a request through the Consortium Loan Service (CLS), check out this short video.
  • Inter-Library Lending (ILL) – If none of the WRLC institutions are able to lend the item you need, we can search beyond the consortium to find a library that is willing to lend us their copy through Inter-Library Lending (ILL). The easiest way to submit an ILL request is to first locate the book’s record on WorldCat. To learn how to submit an ILL request, watch this short video.

News & Events: March 6, 2017

Libretto of Alessandro nell’Indie, 1730. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

OPERA LIBRETTI ONLINE – The Albert Schatz Collection of opera libretti at the Library of Congress is now available online!  According to the collection’s website, “The scope of this digital presentation comprises all 12,253 libretti in the collection; the images were generated from the Library’s microfilm copy of that collection. Albert Schatz (1839-1910) was a German music dealer with life-long interest in opera and its history. In 1873, when Schatz assumed ownership of the Musikalienhandlung Ludwig Trutschel Nachfolger in Rostock, Germany, he confirmed his intent to write a comprehensive history of opera through the study of primary sources. Research for the book necessitated extensive travel throughout Europe to collect libretti including many first and early Italian, German and French editions from the 17th and 18th centuries: in the end, his collection totaled 12,000 operatic and 238 oratorio and cantata libretti.”

THE CATHOLIC ARCHIVES IN THE DIGITAL AGE  – The American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives will be hosting a free conference, “The Catholic Archives in the Digital Age: The Fate of Religious Order Archives,” in the Pryzbyla Center on March 29th, 2017 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. The event will feature a range of scholars and archivists of the American Catholic experience and archival stewards of religious order records. For the full schedule and to register, visit the website: http://iprcua.com/2017/03/29/the-fate-of-religious-order-archives/.   The conference is generously funded by the Our Sunday Visitor Institute, and sponsored by the American Catholic History Research Center/University Libraries, the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies, and the Department of Library and Information Science.

DISTANCE LEARNERS – If you are a student in one of CUA’s online programs through Engage, or if you are a graduate student completing your dissertation away from campus, please visit our page for Distance Learners. This page conveniently places all the tools you need to access the library’s resources from afar.

News & Events: February 27, 2017

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Happy Mardi Gras!

THE CATHOLIC ARCHIVES IN THE DIGITAL AGE  – The American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives will be hosting a free conference, “The Catholic Archives in the Digital Age: The Fate of Religious Order Archives,” in the Pryzbyla Center on March 29th, 2017 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. The event will feature a range of scholars and archivists of the American Catholic experience and archival stewards of religious order records. For the full schedule and to register, visit the website: http://iprcua.com/2017/03/29/the-fate-of-religious-order-archives/.   The conference is generously funded by the Our Sunday Visitor Institute, and sponsored by the American Catholic History Research Center/University Libraries, the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies, and the Department of Library and Information Science.

COLLOQUIUM ON SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION AT AMERICAN UNIVERSITY – March 2, 10:30 am – noon, Bender Library at American University – In this presentation entitled “How Libraries and Faculty Are Partnering to Advance Scholarly Communication,” Marilyn Billings,  Scholarly Communication and Special Initiatives Librarian at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will focus on how the UMass Amherst library established a journal publishing program within its suite of scholarly communication services, the process of getting started, providing ongoing support, and will share lessons learned along the way. Faculty, administrators and graduate students interested in issues in scholarly communication are encouraged to join us for this series. The event is free, but an RSVP is required.

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News & Events: February 20, 2017

Netsuke of Two Cats, 19th century Japan, courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART – The Metropolitan Museum of Art (MMA) has released over 375,000 images of artworks from their collection for free download, with no restrictions under the copyright law. That means you are free to download the images and use them in assignments, papers, blogs, tumblr, journal articles and anyplace else that calls for an image! MMA partnered with institutions and companies including Creative Commons, Wikipedia and Pinterest. to make this collection as accessible as possible.

To access the images, users can search through the Creative Commons database. Here, you can find drawings of historic architectural works like the Pantheon, as well as paintings from masters such as Vincent van Gogh. From there you can search for images and download them to your desktop or to Pinterest. Images will also be available in Wikimedia Commons, where the museum’s new in-house “Wikipedian in Residence,” will work to pair images within the WikiProject. Users can also search through the collection on the Met’s webpage, though not all images here are included in the public domain so select the “public domain artworks” box in the search menu.

COLLOQUIUM ON SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION AT AMERICAN UNIVERSITY – March 2, 10:30 am – noon, Bender Library at American University – In this presentation entitled “How Libraries and Faculty Are Partnering to Advance Scholarly Communication,” Marilyn Billings,  Scholarly Communication and Special Initiatives Librarian at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will focus on how the UMass Amherst library established a journal publishing program within its suite of scholarly communication services, the process of getting started, providing ongoing support, and will share lessons learned along the way. Faculty, administrators and graduate students interested in issues in scholarly communication are encouraged to join us for this series. The event is free, but an RSVP is required.

THE CATHOLIC ARCHIVES IN THE DIGITAL AGE  – The American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives will be hosting a free conference, “The Catholic Archives in the Digital Age: The Fate of Religious Order Archives,” in the Pryzbyla Center on March 29th, 2017 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. The event will feature a range of scholars and archivists of the American Catholic experience and archival stewards of religious order records. For the full schedule and to register, visit the website: http://iprcua.com/2017/03/29/the-fate-of-religious-order-archives/.   The conference is generously funded by the Our Sunday Visitor Institute, and sponsored by the American Catholic History Research Center/University Libraries, the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies, and the Department of Library and Information Science.

News & Events: February 13, 2017

Main Reading Room Book Display: “Literature, Literally” – Authors often employ figurative language and colorful expressions for titling their works. In this exhibit, we’ve interpreted the titles of several literary classics literally, yielding some rather humorous results! Can you guess which works are represented? Check it now in the Main Reading Room, second floor of Mullen Library. Designs conceived and constructed by librarian Kristen Fredericksen.

Gilding Demonstration – Artist Kay Jackson (www.KayJacksonArt.com) will provide a gilding demonstration Wednesday, February 15, from 4:00 to 5:00 PM in the May Gallery of Mullen Library. The event is free and open to the public. To request accommodation, please contact Joan Stahl at stahlj@cua.edu or 202-319-6473 at least one week before the event. The event is in conjunction with the current exhibit in the May Gallery of Jackson’s work, “On the Verge of Extinction: Gilding Techniques & Vanishing Species.”

Meet with a Librarian – CUA students and faculty can now schedule a consultation with a librarian through Meet with a Librarian. Our librarians are available to meet with you about finding useful information resources, using a citation style, developing a research strategy, and much more. Please allow at least 24 hours between requesting a meeting and your suggested meeting times.

News & Events: February 6, 2017

GILDING DEMONSTRATION – Artist Kay Jackson (www.KayJacksonArt.com) will provide a gilding demonstration Wednesday, February 15, from 4:00 to 5:00 PM in the May Gallery of Mullen Library. The event is free and open to the public. To request accommodation, please contact Joan Stahl at stahlj@cua.edu or 202-319-6473 at least one week before the event. The event is in conjunction with the current exhibit in the May Gallery of Jackson’s work, “On the Verge of Extinction: Gilding Techniques & Vanishing Species.”

DISTANCE LEARNERS – If you are a student in one of CUA’s online programs through Engage, or if you are a graduate student completing your dissertation away from campus, please visit our page for Distance Learners. This page conveniently places all the tools you need to access the library’s resources from afar.

CENTER FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS AND WRITING CENTER – Need some extra help in one of your courses? Want to take your writing to the next level? Check out the the Center for Academic Success and the Writing Center on the second floor of Mullen L ibrary. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment online please visit the Center for Academic Success’s website at http://success.cua.edu/ or the Writing Center’s website at http://english.cua.edu/wc/.

On the Verge of Extinction: Gilding Techniques & Vanishing Species

The University Libraries is proud to be showcasing the work of local artist, Kay Jackson, in an exhibit titled “On the Verge of Extinction: Gilding Techniques & Vanishing Species.” Jackson’s unique style employs ancient gilding practices to draw attention to at-risk and endangered wildlife. Describing her work, Jackson writes:

For the past twenty-five years, the environment and endangered species have been the major focus in my work. Using gilding techniques originating in ancient Egypt and perfected by European artists during the 14th and 15th centuries, I have attempted to bring attention to fragile ecosystems and vanishing animal populations with a medium that is also in danger of being lost. Medieval and Renaissance artists used these same materials and techniques to create some of the world’s most beautiful and enduring religious artwork. The light reflected from a gilded surface represents a spirituality that awakens reverence in the viewer and, even in today’s world, mesmerizes us with its symbolic optical power. I hope the golden aura illuminating from this work helps shine a light on endangered species and allows the viewer to reflect on our interdependence with nature and all God’s creatures.

Kay Jackson received a MFA in painting from George Washington University in 1984 after studying at Virginia Tech and the Corcoran School of Art. Her work has been shown in private galleries across the United States and exhibited at the National Academy of Sciences, the National Sporting Museum in Middleburg, Virginia, The College of William and Mary, American University and George Washington University. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the National Academy of Sciences, the Muscarelle Museum at The College of William and Mary, The Federal Reserve, the U.S. Department of State and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art. To learn more about Jackson and her other works, visit www.KayJacksonArt.com.

The exhibit is on display in the May Gallery on the first floor of the John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library now through March. A gilding demonstration with the artist will be held Wednesday, February 15, from 4:00 to 5:00 PM in the May Gallery of Mullen Library. The event is free and open to the public. To request accommodation, please contact Joan Stahl at stahlj@cua.edu or 202-319-6473 at least one week before the event.

News & Events: January 30, 2017

DIGITAL ARTS LAB – For the remainder of the Spring 2017 semester, the Salve Regina Digital Arts Lab on the second floor of Mullen Library will be open to the CUA community Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. To learn more about the lab and the software available, please visit art.cua.edu/Campus-Resources/salve-regina-digital-art-lab.cfm.

GILDING DEMONSTRATION – Artist Kay Jackson (www.KayJacksonArt.com) will provide a gilding demonstration Wednesday, February 15, from 4:00 to 5:00 PM in the May Gallery of Mullen Library. The event is free and open to the public. To request accommodation, please contact Joan Stahl at stahlj@cua.edu or 202-319-6473 at least one week before the event. The event is in conjunction with the current exhibit in the May Gallery of Jackson’s work, “On the Verge of Extinction: Gilding Techniques & Vanishing Species.”

WRLC AND BEYOND – When CUA doesn’t have the book or article you’re interested in, there are two services available to help you get what you need:

  • Consortium Loan Service (CLS) – CUA is a member of the Washington Research Library Consortium, a partnership between nine universities in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Our online catalog will show results from all nine WRLC libraries. When CUA doesn’t have the item you need, but another university in the consortium does, you can request that the book be delivered to CUA for you to check out at Mullen Library. To learn how to place a request through the Consortium Loan Service (CLS), check out this short video.
  • Inter-Library Lending (ILL) – If none of the WRLC institutions are able to lend the item you need, we can search beyond the consortium to find a library that is willing to lend us their copy through Inter-Library Lending (ILL). The easiest way to submit an ILL request is to first locate the book’s record on WorldCat. To learn how to submit an ILL request, watch this short video.

News & Events: January 23, 2017

NEW EXHIBIT – On the Verge of Extinction: Gilding Techniques and Vanishing Species – Contemporary artist Kay Jackson harnesses the power of medieval panel painting to call attention to the endangered species through the use of ancient techniques that are on the verge of being lost in our high-tech age.  This rare medium lends poetry to the message about vanishing species. May Gallery, Mullen Library. Opening Reception – January 25, 4:30 – 6 pm.

DIGITAL PUBLIC LIBRARY OF AMERICA– The Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) is partnering with the DC Public Library to become a service hub of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). The DPLA is an all-digital library that aggregates metadata and thumbnails for millions of photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States. If the application to become a DPLA Service Hub is accepted, the WRLC will provide information technology and service support while the DCPL will coordinate outreach efforts to local cultural heritage institutions. The target date for completing the initial ingest of metadata for the more than 55,000 digital objects in our combined collections is July 1st, 2017.

MEET WITH A LIBRARIAN – CUA students and faculty can now schedule a consultation with a librarian through Meet with a Librarian. Our librarians are available to meet with you about finding useful information resources, using a citation style, developing a research strategy, and much more. Please allow at least 24 hours between requesting a meeting and your suggested meeting times.