Digital Scholarship: CH CH CH CH Changes!

9781442238572 (1)I quote from the Spring 1997 Editor’s Page of The Society for Historians of the Early America Republic.

Tempora mutantur, nos et mutamur in illis- Anonymous
Ch, Ch, Ch, Ch, Changes, turn and face the strain- David Bowie [1]

As we deal with closing branch libraries on our campus, we can re-imagine what our University Libraries provide students and faculty. A new book by David W. Lewis (discussed in his webinar) Reimagining the Academic Library [2] exhorts us to concentrate on library space and  preserving digital scholarship while using the disruption of library finances to change practices and processes to deliver resources.

“What product or service can help students and faculty do more effectively, conveniently and affordably a job they’ve been trying to do in their scholarly lives?”

MIT has a task force charged with the future of the modern library. See their idea bank at The Future of Libraries. [3]

The Aspen Institute report Libraries in the Exponential Age Moving from the Edge of Innovation to the Center of Community  encourages us to use design thinking in this reimagination process.

CH CH CH CH Changes …new service models and resources will come to our academic library. We are not alone in this, and it is a good reminder to all on campus and in the land of higher ed that “Times change, and we change with them.”



[1] “Editors’ Page.” Journal of the Early Republic 17, no. 1 (1997): 131-34. http://www.jstor.org/stable/3124646.

[2] Lewis, David W. 2016. Reimagining the academic library.

[3] “The Future of Libraries | Massachusetts Institute of Technology.”, https://future-of-libraries.mit.edu/.

 

 

Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Keeping up! BrowZine now on the web!

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It’s digital tools January! A new semester requires a new focus on how we get our jobs done.

How does a researcher keep up with ideas, innovations and industry? They read the scholarly literature – usually available in journal or pdf format.

Researchers at CUA may search across platforms using the SearchBox; or they may use digital tools like Feedly for RSS feeds; or they may sign up for TOC alerts in email.

Since 2013, the digital tool BrowZine has been available for mobile computing across tablets, iPads and Smart Phones. Now, BrowZine is adding a web platform! Continue reading “Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Keeping up! BrowZine now on the web!”

Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Telling the Story Digitally!

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

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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.