Digital Scholarship @ CUA: On the Road to Research with Don Quixote and Sancho

Don Quixote and Sancho Panza 3 .Madrid. Detail of Monumento a Miguel de Cervantes by Kullo-Valera (1876 - 1932) by Vitold Muratov
Don Quixote and Sancho Panza 3 .Madrid. Detail of Monumento a Miguel de Cervantes by Kullo-Valera (1876 – 1932) Picture by Vitold Muratov

2015 is the four hundredth anniversary of the novel Don Quixote of La Mancha by Miguel Cervantes. This article by Arturo Conde (NBC News) Cervantes Don Quixote Has become a Handbook for Life likens Don Quixote to a superhero – “a man who created a new identity, made his own armored costume, and fought to change the world into a better place.”

Readers treat the novel like an “open book with blank pages” because depending on where they are in life, they can see themselves reflected in many ways.

Blank pages is an apt metaphor for the beginning of an academic year; a new life on a college campus for First Year students and new challenges for all undergraduates; a deeper dive into research and teaching for graduate students; and new students, conversations and opportunities for faculty.

Blank pages mean something entirely different to the librarians collaborating with researchers. Librarians abhor blank pages – whether they be print or digital. We want those pages filled with the essential research you need. For your research quest – your essential research needs –  reach out to your liaison librarian, not so much squires, as subject experts, all! Continue reading “Digital Scholarship @ CUA: On the Road to Research with Don Quixote and Sancho”

Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Public Good

Vannevar Bush AwardAt universities around the country, Fall 2015 is mere weeks away. At The Catholic University of America (CUA) Resident Assistants are moving in this week. Teaching Assistants will have a syllabus writing workshop this week. Next week, new faculty, graduate students and, best of all, the Class of 2019 will move onto to campus! The CUA Liaison Librarians are gearing up to collaborate with learning communities – from First Year Experience students; to Graduate Students; to  Distance Learners; and new and experienced Faculty facing new teaching opportunities.

Remembering my first graduate class in Library and Information Science, one of our first seminars included reading Dr. Vannevar Bush’s classic essay As We May Think. In 1945 Dr. Bush comments “The world has arrived at an age of cheap complex devices of great reliability; and something is bound to come of it.” Something did come of it, the Internet (originally envisioned as “memex” by Dr. Bush.) With the rise of the Internet, research universities have been instrumental collaborators in connecting and preserving knowledge. Continue reading “Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Public Good”

Digital Scholarship @ CUA: CUA Published!

In previous posts entitled “Newly Published” (here, here & here) we have sought to highlight current scholarship by CUA researchers. You would think there would be one good “feed” for this information, but alas it needs to be curated from many sources. As we work with tools from the scholarly publishing ecosystem we will highlight some newer publications and lead you to other feeds to examine publications for yourself.

This month we bring to your attention:

  • MYTH AS REVELATION By: Miller, Robert D. LAVAL THEOLOGIQUE ET PHILOSOPHIQUE  Volume: 70   Issue: 3   Pages: 539-561   Published: OCT 2014


Feeds updated weekly from Web of Science Arts & Humanities Index, Social Science Index and Science Citation Index; and from WorldCat can be found here.

Try this search at WorldCat and sort by your interests:


Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Impact Summer

IMPACTResearch metrics in the news!

In June 2015 Thomson Reuters Breaks New Ground in Journal Evaluation with Release of 40th Annual Journal Citation Reports.

In July 2015 JISC published a report The Metric Tide: Report of the Independent Review of the Role of Metrics in Research Assessment and Management with key details reported in Data infrastructure key to the quality and impact of UK research.

This led to a review of the report with accompanying video here: Independent review of the role of metrics in research assessment.

This report has garnered a high level of interest and commentary, including this quote from Metrics: how to handle them responsibly:

According to the report, responsible metric use involves being transparent about the use of a range of robust metrics that are inclusive of all fields, while bearing in mind the potential wider effects of their use and “updating them in response”. Curry admits that this notion of responsibility is not a new one: it has already been pushed in recent declarations against the misuse of metrics, such as 2013’s San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment and 2015’s Leiden Manifesto for Research Metrics.

How do you really measure impact?

And researchers this email seems to be making the rounds again this summer – Beware of Spam Email With Offers to Promote Your Research.



Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Summertime Learning

Where do you find your learning opportunities this summer? Online learning in the form of webinars, university courses, educational platforms or subscription services provide a myriad of ways to learn new skills and keep up with advances in software and digital tools.

Professional organizations  and universities

The State of E-Learning in Higher Education: An Eye Toward Growth and Increased Access

 Webinars in Higher Education

Coursera Courses 

Why not take advantage of the online learning video library at during the summer break? Hit the ground running in the fall with courses on graphic design, time management, presentation skills, and so much more. Visit our page to get started! Check out their Playlist Center, or view all subjects.

Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Learning Digitally

Next week we will share some ways we collaborate and learn digitally. Learning now happens at the desktop – even mobile – level with the use of webinars, MOOC’s and video tutorials.

This week, we suggest you try a podcast. This American Life and Chicago Public Media debuted the podcast in Serial with 12 episodes in the Fall of 2014 and reached a global audience. A podcast can breathe life into a subject as a passionate researcher explains and clarifies and tells a good story.

This podcast by David Weinberger, based on his paper The Rise, Fall, and Possible Rise of Open News Platforms: The Twisty Path towards a Net Ecosystem That Makes News More Discoverable, Reusable, and Relevant explores the news industry and the use of digital tools, API’s.

If you are interested in more on podcasts and higher education you might read: Lonn, S., & Teasley, S. D. (2009). Podcasting in higher education: what are the implications for teaching and learning?. The Internet and Higher Education, 12(2), 88-92.

Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Trending RX for Higher Ed

Trending reports from the New Media Consortium 2015 Higher Education edition Horizon Report and the Online Computer Library Center, Inc. OCLC’s The Evolving Scholarly Record remind us of the evolving world of information resources and services. This slide from Rick Erway (OCLC) sums up the changes. The most telling feature of this slide may be the words “the entire process.”

Other new reports focus on Digital Technology tools for higher education and research beyond the literature review – the meta-analysis of information resources.

Working with faculty and researchers it is clear that it is no longer enough to provide the right book or database or article. Complex research demands engagement with multiple sources and systems and tools.

RX = Researcher Experience

The fact is: Scholars today are becoming experts at traversing an ever-changing system of onramps onto the scholarly information superhighway. This RX reality means that we need to support the way research is really done (not the way we wish it would be done). From Guest Post: Lettie Conrad on Metadata Promiscuity and the Researcher Experience, June 30th, 2015

See also: Guest Post: Lettie Conrad on Understanding the Researcher Experience, Apr 21, 2015; and Blazing New Paths: Charting Advanced Researcher Patterns, ACRL 2013

Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Digital Humanities in the Library

dhlibraryLast March, the Catholic University of America embarked on a voyage of digital humanities discovery. We had our first DH cross campus inaugural meeting, involving faculty, students, librarians, archivists, curators, and administrators. We outlined our individual and institutional challenges and focused on our needs going forward. Consequently, in the fall 2015 semester, we will begin having workshops on collaborating on our projects, exploring new software, and in general, getting to know each other. Stay tuned!

Our roles as librarians has changed rapidly over the past few years. Once just keepers of print warehouses and guides for library tours, we have now become harbingers of change agents across the entire scholarly communication paradigm. Subject (or liaison) librarians that have experience and knowledge in subject expertise, information literacy and research skills, collection management skills, and collection development, have a foundation on which to make contributions to digital humanities scholarship. The big question is, ‘Where to begin?’

Digital Humanities in the Library: Challenges and Opportunities for Subject Specialists is a long overdue addition to the burgeoning interest in digital humanities by librarians. Edited by Arianne Hartsell-Gundy, Laura Braunstein, and Liorah Golomb–all humanities librarians in their own right–the work is designed specifically for subject/liaison humanities librarians who are seeking ways to collaborate with scholars and students on a wide variety of projects, and it provides an overview of the challenges and opportunities that abound at any institution, whether at a two-year college or at a research institution. The book is divided into four parts: 1) the first part discusses why librarians should acquire DH skills, 2) ways one can get involved, 3) the issues of collaboration, spaces, and instruction, and last, 4) conceiving, implementing, and maintaining a DH project.  The fourteen chapters have been written by a variety of specialists: DH librarians, social science librarians, archivists, editors, faculty, graduate students, and others. The chapters range from practical advice (e.g. a checklist for DH scholarship), to case studies (e.g. librarians teaching DH in the classroom) to theoretical/philosophical discussions (e.g. literary critical theory as it pertains to DH). Continue reading “Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Digital Humanities in the Library”

Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Newly Published

DateSign_May15_June16Newly Published will periodically highlight research produced at The Catholic University of America. These entries are indexed from the Web of Science (Arts & Humanities Index; Social Science Index; and Science Citation Index.) The entries below were indexed from May 14 – June 16, 2015.

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Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Link Rot

Libraries care about “discovery” and usage statistics to justify the high costs of scholarly resources.  Libraries also deeply care that these scholarly resources can be discovered and used for generations to come. The Internet has made the art of curation much more complex. CUA Archivists have elegantly written about their new dark arts of digital curation:

Last week the topic here was persistent identifiers and all the players in the scholarly ecosystem. This week we reiterate why this is important, as we look at scholarly products. Continue reading “Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Link Rot”