News & Events: May 15, 2017

Summer Hours – Beginning today, Mullen Library’s hours of operation will be as follows:

Mon-Thu: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

For a complete listing of our hours, including holidays and special closings, please visit http://libraries.cua.edu/about/hours.cfm.

Relocation of Music Collection – During the summer, the collections and services of the Music Library located in Ward Hall will be consolidated into Mullen Library as those of the other branch libraries have been during the past year.

If you need help locating specific scores or books during the relocation of the collections please contact Access Services staff in Mullen Library at lib-circulation@cua.edu. Faculty needing to place items on course reserve should write lib-reserves@cua.edu. Students and faculty are encouraged to arrange for research consultations through the Meet With A Librarian service, http://cua.libcal.com, or by contacting Thad Garrett directly, garrettt@cua.edu.

Change to Login Method – Effective today, CUA faculty, staff, and students will no longer use their last name and 7-digit ID number to login to My Library Account, place CLS/ILL requests, or access online resources off campus. Instead, users will be prompted to login using their Cardinal Credentials (network/email username and password). If you need to reset your password, please visit https://computing.cua.edu/password/index.cfm. Students from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family and Visiting Scholars  will need to request Cardinal Credentials from Technology Services.

News & Events: May 1, 2017

NEW JOURNALS THROUGH JSTOR – The University Libraries is excited to announce the addition of JSTOR’s Arts & Sciences XIV,  Arts & Sciences XV, and Jewish Studies Archive to our online holdings. Together, these three collections will provide the CUA community access to approximately 350 new journal titles.

  • JSTOR Arts & Sciences XIV – Journals in the collection span 17 countries, 23 disciplines, and date back to 1839. They are drawn primarily from the fields of archaeology, language & literature, communications studies, Asian studies, political science, and education. Click here for a list of titles.
  • JSTOR Arts & Sciences XV – Extensive coverage in the humanities, social sciences and sciences, including literature, film, art, music, religion, classical studies, history, education, economics, political science, and sociology. A list of titles is available here.
  • Jewish Studies Archive – Features journals that cover a unique range of historical and regional aspects of Jewish Studies. Comprising more than 50 titles, this collection includes published content dating back to 1889, as well as titles in English, German, French, Dutch, Italian, and Hebrew.

To determine if the University Libraries provides access to a particular journal, in print or online, use Journal Title Search. To search for articles by title, author, or keyword, use SearchBox for Articles on our homepage, libraries.cua.edu.

FINALS WEEK – For finals week, we are pleased to provide:

  • 24-Hour Access – Mullen Library will be open around the clock Monday through Friday. Saturday, Mullen will be open 9 am to 5 pm.
  • Coffee, Tea, and Snacks – Visit the May Gallery in Mullen Library for refreshments.

ATTENTION GRADUATES – If you will be graduating this semester, please make sure your library account is in good standing before May 12. 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 contact Access Services at 202-319-5060 or lib-circulation@cua.edu.

News & Events: April 10, 2017

Collegiate Church of San Gimignano, New Testament cycle: the Last Supper, Lippo Memmi

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE – Mullen Library will observe the following hours during Holy Week and Easter:

Wednesday, Apr 12: 8am – 5pm
Thu – Sat, Apr 13-15: 9am – 5pm
Sunday, Apr 16:  CLOSED
Monday, Apr 17:  11am – 11:30pm (limited services after 11:30pm)

FOUNDERS DAY GIVING CHALLENGE – Make a gift today of any amount to the University Libraries, and you will be counted in our Founders Day Giving Challenge! Throughout the day, $130,000 worth of gifts will be unlocked as we reach donor goals. To direct your gift to the University Libraries, select “Mullen Library” under “Specific areas of support.” Help us make a difference for current students in honor of the 130th anniversary of The Catholic University of America!

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: April 3, 2017

FOOD FOR FINES + DIAPERS FOR DOLLARS – Monday, March 27 through Monday, April 10, for each nonperishable food item donated at Mullen Library, get $1 off outstanding fines. For each unopened package of diapers, get $2 off per diaper!* Donations will benefit the Capital Area Food Bank.

*CUA overdue fines only; lost item replacement fees and other WRLC fines not eligible.

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/.

HOLIDAY CLOSINGS – Mullen Library will observe the following hours during Holy Week and Easter:

Wednesday, Apr 12: 8am – 5pm
Thu – Sat, Apr 13-15: 9am – 5pm
Sunday, Apr 16:  CLOSED
Monday, Apr 17:  11am – 11:30pm (limited services after 11:30pm)

News & Events: March 27, 2017

FOOD FOR FINES + DIAPERS FOR DOLLARS – Monday, March 27 through Monday, April 10, for each nonperishable food item donated at Mullen Library, get $1 off outstanding fines. For each unopened package of diapers, get $2 off per diaper!* Donations will benefit the Capital Area Food Bank.

*CUA overdue fines only; lost item replacement fees and other WRLC fines not eligible.

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.

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: 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

Photo by jsmoorman/Flickr
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.