Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Where’s the Data?

Researchers at universities are beginning to think beyond the requirements to author a data management plan. Kristen Briney, Data Services Librarian at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee has taught and advised researchers on practical data management, creating data management plans and working with electronic lab notebooks. Her recently published TedxUMilwaukee Talk Rethinking Research Data asks researchers to go further and publish their data when they publish an article.


Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Telling the Story Digitally!

Have you seen the new exhibit Ius Ecclesiae: An Historical Look at Canon Law?

11-9-2015 2-31-22 PM

Ius Ecclesiae: An Historical Look at Canon Law is a new exhibit from CUA Libraries. The physical display is located at CUA in the second floor lobby of Mullen Library. There is an excellent virtual exhibit demonstrating the use of a StoryMap. The power of Story Maps use geography, history and links to local content to show you the story and connect you to library resources.

In the simplest terms, canon law is the body of laws that governs the Church. Through nearly two thousand years of history, Catholic canon law developed parallel to civil legal traditions while incorporating evolving theological ideas into its framework. To learn more, check out our 2nd floor book display and online exhibit.

The digital tool(s) used to create this StoryMap begin with the GIS software from ESRI. “Esri Story Maps let you combine authoritative maps with narrative text, images, and multimedia content. They make it easy to harness the power of maps and geography to tell your story.”

For more information on the making of this virtual exhibit, please contact Religious Studies and Humanities Services (314, 316 Mullen) 202-319-5088.

Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Open for Collaboration Every Week!

Let the #openaccesscua conversations continue!

During October 2015 the CUA University Libraries hosted three events to start people talking about open access.

How Open Access Benefits Faculty and Research; Open Access & Institutional Repositories; and Scholarly Publishing & the Open Access Ecosystem.

Rikk Mulligan, ARL provided overview slides and panel moderation for our third event; read the blog post from Kevin Gunn, CUA Coordinator of Religious Studies and Humanities Services.

Thanks to all who presented, all who came to the presentations and all those who asked questions! Questions came from university administrators and faculty and graduate students and librarians. Questions during the events ranged from – what is open access  – to mandates for open access – to levels of open access – to what will really increase the access, preservation and impact of a university’s scholarly output?

One question kept coming up in every event – how do we keep up with the evolving issue of open access? During the Scholarly Publishing event, the moderator, Rikk Mulligan from the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) pointed to three headlines from last week:

From Martin Paul Eve,’s peer-review experiments 

From Kathleen Fitpatrick, Academia, Not Edu 

And, this announcement, Groundbreaking University of California policy extends free access to all scholarly articles written by UC employees

It is obvious from these articles and our events that open access conversations across the campus will continue!

Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Where is it?

University communities add to open access scholarship by building their own institutional repositories. During Open Access Week 2015, CUA University Libraries hosted Terry Owen, Digital Scholarship Librarian at University of Maryland Libraries.  Mr. Owen shared the history and experiences of building DRUM, the institutional repository at UMD.

Kevin Gunn, CUA Coordinator of Religious Studies and Humanities Services, writes about the event at Open Access and Institutional Repositories: the DRUM Experience.

CUA Libraries institutional repository can be found at Digital Collections.

Please join us for our next Open Access event!

Oct. 28 @ 6:30 pm—Scholarly Publishing & the Open Access Ecosystem (Busboys & Poets)

Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Grades & Shades of OA



CUA hosted Dr. Steven Lerman, Provost and Geneva Henry, University Librarian from George Washington University today as keynote speakers on Open Access. Kevin B. Gunn, CUA Coordinator of Religious Studies and Humanities Services wrote about the presentation and conversation in his blog, Open Access and Faculty Acceptance.

Ms. Henry provided a succinct overview of a complicated topic and reminded us to know the grades – the spectrum – of open access models; and the shades of open access – Gold OA (delivered by journals) and Green OA (delivered by self-archiving in repositories.)

Open Access (book) by Peter Suber
Yes, it’s Open Access!


  • GOLD Open Access
  • Journals make articles available at the time of publication
  • A variety of payment models
  • Some gold journals are for profit, others are non-profit
  • GREEN Open Access
  • Repositories that make published articles openly available
  • University open access policies are green
  • Requires permission from publishers, but most permit green OA
  • Increased readership and more citations

For more on Gold OA & Green OA see Open Access by Peter Suber (section 3.1.)

Please join us for the next two events on Open Access!

Oct. 20 @ 4 pm—Institutional Repositories (Mullen Library, May Gallery)
Oct. 28 @ 6:30 pm—Scholarly Publishing & the Open Access Ecosystem (Busboys & Poets)

All events are free and open for everyone to attend!

Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Open Access – Questions and Conversations

OpenAccess for BB&P

The questions and conversations about open access (OA) have been happening for over a decade. Open Access was first codified in the Budapest Open Access Initiative in 2002. Open Access now exists as a “mix of fully open access publishers, hybrid publishers who offer some open access titles, and publishers who provide open access articles alongside subscription-only articles in the same journal.” Read the update Open Access Publishing: What it is and how to sustain it by Marcus Banks (September 8, 2015) here.

Open Access is an issue at research universities. From the 2008 Harvard Open Access mandate to the 2013 OSTP Open Access policy and the University of California Open Access policy – open access to scholarly research is evolving. What is the current state of Open Access? Continue reading “Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Open Access – Questions and Conversations”

Digital Scholarship @ CUA: October and #openaccesscua

Please join us for a series of programs marking

International Open Access Week


KEYNOTE ADDRESS: How Open Access Benefits Faculty + Research

Tuesday, October 13 11:00 AM Great Room A, Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center

Learn about the experiences at universities that have adopted an open access policy.

  • Dr. Steven Lerman, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, George Washington University
  • Geneva Henry, University Librarian and Vice Provost for Libraries, George Washington University

PRESENTATION: Institutional Repositories

Tuesday, October 20 4:00 PM May Gallery, Mullen Library

Consider the impacts of institutional repositories and how they affect faculty and student contributors.

  • Terry Owen, Digital Scholarship Librarian, Digital Repository at the University of Maryland (DRUM)

PANEL DISCUSSION: Scholarly Publishing and the Open Access Ecosystem

Wednesday, October 28 6:30 PM Pearl Bailey Room, Busboys & Poets (Brookland)

What do scholarly authors and researchers need to know?

  • Dr. Rikk Mulligan, ACLS Public Fellow and Program Officer for Scholarly Publishing, Association of Research Libraries


  • Dr. Trevor Lipscombe, Director, The Catholic University of America Press
  • Dr. James Greene, Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies, The Catholic University of America
  • Dr. Jennifer Paxton, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of History, and Assistant Director, Honors Program, The Catholic University of America

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These events are open to the public. No R.S.V.P. required. Please contact Kim Hoffman at at least one week prior to the event to request disability accommodations. In all situations, a good faith effort (up until the time of the event) will be made to provide accommodations.


Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Open Library of the Humanities Launches

Open – it is a trend! Just announced this week, the Open Library of the Humanities is launched. This is a platform currently hosting seven journal titles. See the titles here.

Dr. Martin Eve and Dr. Caroline Edwards acknowledge that starting a new journal or (in this case) a new journal platform is even more dicey in 2015 than it was in previous decades of economic turmoil. They also speak to the concern of “open” in the humanities, that the economic models of APC’s (article processing charges) do not work in the humanities. Their hope for this new platform is for it to be “the seed of a scalable model for journal transition to open access in the humanities that does not rely on payment from authors or readers.”

Follow on Twitter: OpenLibHums @openlibhums

Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Digital tools they are a changin’

Have you noticed enhancements to some of the platforms from publishers?measure-629659_640

Article level metrics are now incorporated in Science Direct (Elsevier), Wiley and Sage publications.

Altmetric is now on board for all Wiley journals

From Elsevier: Article level metrics: a valuable way to gauge an article’s real-time impact

From Sage: Article Metrics & Usage Statistics Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The value of this to a researcher may mean finding new collaborators or communicating research results to a wider audience.


twitter-292988_640For example, take a look at the article from a CUA researcher and collaborators Performance pay or redistribution? Cultural differences in just-world beliefs and preferences for wage inequality by Douglas H. Frank, Klaus Wertenbroch and William W. Maddux. This article was published in September 2015 and has been tweeted 3 times.

Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Fall 2015 Mindset

While the Beloit Mindset List has been around as long as today’s first year students, it had never caused such a kerfuffle as it has this year. This list seeks to inform university professors and librarians as to the “mindset” of the new students they will encounter this year. All of a  sudden, this year, the list seems to be widening the divide. Stay calm! It doesn’t prove that faulty are old. It doesn’t prove that first year students are mindless. Learn from it!


Some may decry that the class of 2019 has never licked a postage stamp (#3); yet, we all should applaud that they have avidly joined Harry Potter, Ron, and Hermione as they built their reading skills through all seven volumes(#4).

The Class of 2019 has always had Google; email is formal communication, while texts and Facebook messaging are the quick communication option; and universities are paying attention to what it means to say yes and no

When talking with all students this year, remind them to visit their library – in person and digitally! The Pew Research Center published the surprising statistics that 59% of younger people 16-17 have visited the library in the last twelve months. While the Beloit Mindset list documents that the Class of 2019 has always had Google, remind them that their library webpage can connect them to a world of resources and tools!

We might add to the list:

Faculty and librarians should know the lingo of the class of 2019, hopefully NOT TL;DR  or ROFLOL!