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.

Newest in Popular Reading: The Case against Sugar, Rogue One, Mastering Civility, Storm in a Teacup, and Own It

In the dead of winter, the lives of mortals come alive………………with a good book!  Come and see some of the latest titles in our Popular Reading collection located on the first floor of Mullen Library in the Reference Reading Room. There you will find an assortment of best sellers and other popular titles.

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” ~ Augustine of Hippo

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 Case Against Sugar Gary Taubes
Rogue One (Star Wars) Alexander Freed
American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus Lisa Wade
Citizen Science: How Ordinary People Are Changing the Face of Discovery Caren Cooper
Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet’s Future David Grinspoon
The Boy Who Escaped Paradise J.M. Lee, Trans by Chi-Young Kim
Extreme Makeover: Apocalypse Edition Dan Wells
A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women: Essays on Art, Sex, and the Mind Siri Hustvedt
Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace Christine Porath, with Christine Pearson
The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire Brad Stone
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life Helen Czerski
Own It: The Power of Women at Work Sallie Krawcheck
Spark: How to Lead Yourself and Others to Greater Success Angela Morgan, Courtney Lynch, and Sean Lynch
Small Admissions Amy Poeppel
Are Numbers Real?: The Uncanny Relationship of Mathematics and the Physical World Brian Clegg
The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters Emily Esfahani Smith

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.”
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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.

News & Events: January 9, 2017

Welcome Back!Mullen Library in the snow.

Changes to Nursing/Biology Library – The Nursing/Biology Library currently located in Gowan Hall is being re-purposed, with print books and journals being relocated to Mullen Library. After the collection move is complete, the first floor of the existing Library will be re-opened by the School of Nursing as a learning commons where faculty and students may do research and work together. Plans are underway to utilize the second floor of the current space in Gowan for other nursing purposes.

Anyone needing help locating specific print books during the transition and relocation of collections may contact Taras Zvir, Interim Stacks Supervisor (zvir@cua.edu). Faculty needing to place items on course reserve may contact our Access Services staff (circ@mail.lib.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 Linda Todd directly (todd@cua.edu).

Temporary Closure of Music Library Reading Room – Due to a facilities emergency that occurred over the weekend, the reading room (main stacks) of the Music Library will need to remain closed to patrons indefinitely. This is to protect the collection as well as everyone’s safety. We are working with Facilities to resolve the issue quickly so that the room may be reopened as soon as possible.

If you need to retrieve a book or score from the Music stacks, please ask the Music Library staff, and someone will retrieve the item for you. Remember that items placed on reserve are already available at the circulation desk. Also, until we are able to reopen the room to patrons, all students will be welcome to use the graduate study room in addition to the listening/computer room. We apologize for this inconvenience, and will do our best to get the room open as quickly as possible.

News & Events: December 12, 2016

12374811_10154350579954325_3085663813511792542_oIt’s Finals Week! #CUgotthis

EXTENDED HOURS – Mullen Library is open 24 hours through midnight on Friday and 9am to 5pm on Saturday.

FREE COFFEE – Coffee (while it lasts) will be provided on the first floor of Mullen Tuesday through Saturday.

HELP AVAILABLE – We’re here to help connect you to the information and resources you need!

GRADUATING? – If you will be graduating this semester, please make sure your library account is in good standing to avoid a hold on your account. 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.

News & Events: December 5, 2016

Advent candlesTHE MUSIC OF ADVENT – Don’t rush to deck the halls just yet! This is the season of Advent, in which the Christian world prepares their hearts for the birth of the Savior. Enjoy the music of Advent with the Naxos Music Library! Here are just a few albums we suggest:

Note: The University Libraries provides a limited number of simultaneous users for the Naxos Music Library. If you are turned away, please try again later.

FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION – Though classes will not be held on Thursday, December 8, in observance of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Mullen Library will remain open normal hours. However, the Nursing / Biology Library, Music Library, and University Archives will be closed. For complete hours, including holidays and special closings, please visit http://libraries.cua.edu/about/hours.cfm.

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.

LYNDA.COM  – Why not take advantage of the online learning video library at lynda.com? Sharpen your skill set with courses on graphic design, time management, presentation skills, and so much more. Visit our lynda.com page to get started!