Coming Soon: Increased Group Study

During the Christmas break work will begin to create a larger group study space by merging the study rooms adjacent to Stacks 2 Center.

At the heart of Mullen Library, this area will be improved to restore original continuity, both visual and circulatory, between the front of the building and the Stacks. With views of the Stacks and both courtyards, this re-unified room will provide a unique intellectually inspiring group work space. 

Unfortunately we will no longer offer a dedicated graduate study space. However, silent study space can be found in the third floor reading rooms where fifty-nine new carrels were installed last year. 

The work to be done includes:

  • Interior partitions removed between the graduate study room, the group study room and the Stacks;
  • New lighting and relocation of electric outlets;
  • Carrels to the first floor Reference Room;
  • Group study tables from the Reference Room to the new space;
  • New carpeting; and
  • Wall repairs and painting.

We expect the room to re-open shortly after the start of the Spring semester.

New appointments in Special Collections

The University Libraries is pleased to announce new appointments in our Special Collections. John Shepherd has been named as the new University Archivist and Head of Special Collections at the Catholic University of America. Dr. Maria Mazzenga has been named as the new Curator for the American Catholic History Research Center at the Catholic University of America. Shane MacDonald will also officially take on expanded responsibilities as our Special Collections Archivist.

Mr. Shepherd earned his MA in History in 1986 from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has been employed at Catholic University since 1989, most recently serving as the Associate Archivist since 2002 and Acting University Archivist since April 2018. He is the creator, editor, and a principal writer for the blog, The Archivist’s Nook. He has served as a panel grant reviewer for The National Endowment for the Humanities. He has contributed to numerous books and authored many articles on military, Mid-Atlantic, and U.S. Catholic histories.

Dr. Mazzenga has served as Education Archivist at Catholic University since 2005. She has taught in the Departments of History and of Library and Information Science. She received her Ph.D. in U.S. History from Catholic University in 2000 and has presented and published in the field of American Catholic history and Archival Education and Outreach for more than a decade.

The Special Collections unit of the University Libraries oversees: the University Archives, the American Catholic History Research Center, the Museum collection, and the Rare Books collections. The mission of Special Collections is to collect, organize, preserve, make accessible, and promote scholarly and public understanding of the records of The Catholic University of America and the unique books and materials which document our Catholic intellectual and cultural heritage.

Kristen Fredericksen named 2018 Belanger awardee

Kristen Fredericksen, Information Processing Librarian, has been selected as the recipient of the Edward J. Belanger Jr. Staff Award for Excellence in Service for 2018.

One colleague nominated Kristen saying:

Kristen single handedly shepherded us through the Alma transition. She became one of the most knowledgeable people within WRLC regarding this new next generation system. She keeps a very calm and even keel as she approaches often very frustrating and unknown situations. Kristen has a keen ability to problem solve.

Another wrote:

I … have always found her dependable, efficient, and hard working. Her skills do not end with her work. She also projects a warm, cheerful attitude to all. I can think of no one more deserving of this award than Kristen.

Ed Belanger worked for the university for over 40 years before retiring in 2002 as the Libraries’ business manager. His service and dedication to his fellow staff was extraordinary, and he is one of the most positive, up-beat, and good natured people you will ever meet. After his retirement, his children made a donation to the Libraries for the creation of an award in his honor. Each year the Libraries select a staff member of the year who not only contributes outstanding service to the library but also shares Ed’s good nature. Past honorees serve as the award committee, selecting from among nominations submitted by library staff.

Shane MacDonald named 2017 Belanger awardee

Shane MacDonald, Archives Technician, has been selected as the recipient of the Edward J. Belanger Jr. Staff Award for Excellence in Service for 2017.

One colleague nominated Shane saying:

He is a primary asset in the Archives serving the library, the university campus, and the broader research community. He is a dynamo of energy as he amiably performs multi task service ranging from answering reference questions, arranging researcher visits, managing museum objects, directing student workers, organizing archival collections, and writing thoughtfully funny blog posts. He often begins work early and stays late as he is a dedicated,dependable, and intelligent library professional more than deserving of this award.

Ed Belanger worked for the university for over 40 years before retiring in 2002 as the Libraries’ business manager. His service and dedication to his fellow staff was extraordinary, and he is one of the most positive, up-beat, and good natured people you will ever meet. After his retirement, his children made a donation to the Libraries for the creation of an award in his honor. Each year the Libraries select a staff member of the year who not only contributes outstanding service to the library but also shares Ed’s good nature. Past honorees serve as the award committee, selecting from among nominations submitted by library staff.

Music collections moving this summer

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.

Charito-Grace Antiporda named 2016 Belanger awardee

Charito-Grace Antiporda, Collection Management Assistant, has been selected as the recipient of the Edward J. Belanger Jr. Staff Award for Excellence in Service for 2016.

One colleague nominated Charito saying:

… outside of being a dedicated and hard-working employee, [she] is a wonderful person. She never fails to come to work with a smile and good attitude. She remembers every birthday, every anniversary, and every happy occasion and will, unfailing, congratulate you on any good news in your life.

Another said:

I have worked with [her] for more than 25 years. She is a pleasure to work with and has a positive attitude at all times. I have seen her so many days working late, and when I ask her why she was still there, she would reply to me that she had to finish what she was doing. …

I have seen her taking so many responsibilities within her department [as times change]… and she is an expert in all of them….

[She is ] the one person who remembers pretty much every library staff’s birthday…. There were days that I forgot my own birthday and she had to remind me.

Ed Belanger worked for the university for over 40 years before retiring in 2002 as the Libraries’ business manager. His service and dedication to his fellow staff was extraordinary, and he is one of the most positive, up-beat, and good natured people you will ever meet. After his retirement, his children made a donation to the Libraries for the creation of an award in his honor. Each year the Libraries select a staff member of the year who not only contributes outstanding service to the library but also shares Ed’s good nature. Past honorees serve as the award committee, selecting from among nominations submitted by library staff.

Nursing/Biology Library changes

At the end of the Fall 2016 semester, the Nursing/Biology Library currently located in Gowan Hall will be 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 (lib-circulation@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).

Thad Garrett named as 2015 Belanger awardee

GarrettBelangerAwardThad Garrett, Instruction & Marketing Librarian, has been selected as the recipient of the Edward J. Belanger Jr. Staff Award for Excellence in Service for 2015.

Ed Belanger worked for the Libraries for over 40 years before retiring in 2002 as our business manager. His service and dedication to his fellow staff was extraordinary; and he is one of the most positive, up-beat, and good natured people you will ever meet. After his retirement, his children made a donation to the Libraries for the creation of an award in his honor.

Each year the Libraries select a staff member of the year who not only contributes outstanding service to the library but also shares Ed’s good nature. Our recent practice has been for the past honorees to serve as the award committee, selecting from among nominations submitted by library staff.

One colleague nominated Thad saying:

“Excellence in service” epitomizes Thad’s professional attitude and work ethic. He has been a significant leader, an innovator and a productive member of the staff. He has had many achievements in the short time that he has held the position. He has done all this with a “can do” attitude, a smile, and with respect for his colleagues, library users, and faculty. He meets or exceeds deadlines, thinks creatively, and is willing to “pitch-in” on any project. He also keeps abreast of changes in the field; he is flexible in his thinking; and a team player as much as he is a leader.

Anne Lesher named as 2014 Belanger awardee

Anne Lesher, Reference Librarian, has been selected as the recipient of the Edward J. Belanger Jr. Staff Award for Excellence in Service for 2014.

Ed Belanger worked for the Libraries for over 40 years before retiring in 2002 as our business manager. His service and dedication to his fellow staff was extraordinary; and he is one of the most positive, up-beat, and good natured people you will ever meet. After his retirement, his children made a donation to the Libraries for the creation of an award in his honor.

Each year the Libraries select a staff member of the year who not only contributes outstanding service to the library but also shares Ed’s good nature. Our recent practice has been for the past honorees to serve as the award committee, selecting from among nominations submitted by library staff.

Excerpted from one nomination:

She juggles many hats and does it with a smile. She orders books for and physically maintains a large variety of collections. Her coordinating work involves a lot of training of a variety of library employees. She is a team player and flexible when changes in procedure are made or having to learn new technology. She works well with students and faculty at the desk and with faculty in her liaison departments. I find her to be a wealth of institutional history since she has worked for the University Libraries for over 20 years. When I need advice on how to tackle a project or just advice in general I find her.

Meghan Gates named as 2013 Belanger awardee

Meghan Gates, Stacks Inventory Project Manager, has been selected as the recipient of the Edward J. Belanger Jr. Staff Award for Excellence in Service for 2013.

Ed Belanger worked for the Libraries for over 40 years before retiring in 2002 as our business manager. His service and dedication to his fellow staff was extraordinary; and he is one of the most positive, up-beat, and good natured people you will ever meet. After his retirement, his children made a donation to the Libraries for the creation of an award in his honor.

Each year the Libraries select a staff member of the year who not only contributes outstanding service to the library but also shares Ed’s good nature. Our recent practice has been for the past honorees to serve as the award committee, selecting from among nominations submitted by library staff.

Excerpted from one nomination:

Meghan exemplifies the attributes recognized by the award. She is committed to high quality work–especially in the service aspects of her work–being mindful of how her work affects both colleagues and patrons. She does this all with great dedication and an extremely positive attitude and cheerful enthusiasm. She always serves as a strong ambassador for the Libraries.