Spring Break Reading Extravaganza

Heading someplace warm? Take one of our Popular Reading books with you! Our most recent additions by Thomas Picketty, Jon Meacham, and works on George Washington, lost diaries, and football, are listed below. You can browse the rest of our collection on the first floor of Mullen Library in the Reference Reading Room.

Romance Book (giphy.com)

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
Franklin & Washington: The Founding Partnership Larson, Edward J.
The Scientist and the Spy: A True Story of China, the FBI, and Industrial Espionage Hvistendahl, Mara
You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington Coe, Alexis
The Lost Diary of M Wolfe, Paul
The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis Figueres, Christiana & Rivett-Carnac, Tom
The Lost Book of Adana Moreau Zapata, Michael
The Age of Football: Soccer and the 21st Century Goldblatt, David
The Opposite of Fate McGhee, Alison
Weather Offill, Jenny
The Storm Before the Calm: America’s Discord, the Coming Crisis of the 2020s, and the Triumph Beyond Friedman, George
Broken Faith: Inside the Word of Faith Fellowship, One of America’s Most Dangerous Cults Weiss, Mitch & Mohr, Holbrook
The Hope of Glory: Reflections on the Last Words of Jesus from the Cross Meacham, Jon
Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman’s Search for Justice in Indian Country Murdoch, Sierra Crane
Capital and Ideology Piketty, Thomas. Trans by Arthur Goldhammer
1774: The Long Year of Revolution Norton, Mary Beth

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Learn about Fair Use / Fair Dealing this week

Welcome to Fair Use / Fair Dealing Week (Monday, February 24 – Friday, February 28). This week is an annual event devoted to the doctrines of fair use and fair dealing, important components of scholarly research. From the Association of Research Libraries:

Fair use and fair dealing are essential limitations and exceptions to copyright, allowing the use of copyrighted materials without permission from the copyright holder under certain circumstances.

Fair use and fair dealing are flexible doctrines, allowing copyright to adapt to new technologies. These doctrines facilitate balance in copyright law, promoting further progress and accommodating freedom of speech and expression.

While fair use and fair dealing are employed on a daily basis by students, faculty, librarians, journalists, and all users of copyrighted material, Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week is a time to promote and discuss the opportunities presented, celebrate successful stories, and explain the doctrines.

What is Fair Use?

Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act (Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use) provides four factors in determining fair use as you balance your needs with that of the copyright holder:

In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include—

(1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;

(2) the nature of the copyrighted work;

(3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and

(4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

The fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factors.

Determining Fair Use

CUA students, faculty, staff, and librarians should be aware of the concept of fair use and its many applications to creating, building, and writing original works. There are a number of sites that can walk a person through the quagmire of determining fair use:

Fair Use Evaluator: https://librarycopyright.net/resources/fairuse/index.php

The Scholarly Communications & Copyright Office at the Penn State Libraries has a checklist for balancing the pros and cons of fair use.

The Copyright Advisory Services at the Columbia University Libraries has a roadmap for determining fair use.

How one obtains permission from an author to use a copyrighted work can be daunting. The Library of Congress has provided a handout to address some concerns. Also, there is a great post on knowing when to use a copyrighted work.

Fair Use and Open Educational Resources (OER)

Open Educational Resources (OER) is a growing trend in education. Students can save money by using open access textbooks and faculty can create books for courses using OER. Consequently, having a solid grasp of fair use practices is essential for conforming to the law. One way to evaluate whether something is fair use or not is to use the Fair Use Evaluator mentioned above. The evaluator will walk the instructor through the process and provide an explanation at the end. This explanation can be put in the OER to notify everyone that a fair use evaluation took place. For background information on OER, check out our recent blog posts here and here.

Association of College & Research Libraries webinar

The U.S. Copyright Office has an index that follows judicial decisions on fair use. ACRL is offering a free webcast celebrating Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week. Join the webinar on Tuesday, February 25, at 2:00 pm EST, for “Understanding Fair Use Through Case Law,” presented by Sandra Aya Enimil, Assistant Professor and Copyright Services Librarian, and Maria Scheid, Copyright Services Coordinator, both at The Ohio State University.

Resources

Fair Use Fundamentals Infographic.

How Fair Use Helps In Saving Software Infographic.

Fair Use Week on Twitter.

Fair Use Week blog.

Winterize your Reading

No snow outside? We have you covered with this lovely picture!  Stay warm, dry, and inside with one of our books from the Popular Reading Collection. Our most recent additions are listed below.  You can browse the rest of our collection on the first floor of Mullen Library in the Reference Reading Room.

 

Snowy Woods (giphy.com)

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 Art of Resistance: My Four Years in the French Underground: a Memoir Rosenberg, Justus
Becoming a Man: The Story of a Transition Carl, Polly K.
All You Have to Do Is Ask: How to Master the Most Important Skill for Success Baker, Wayne
Highfire Fenster, J. M.
You’re Not Listening: What You’re Missing and Why It Matters Murphy, Eleanor Kate
Stateway’s Garden: Stories Drain, Jasmon
The Future Is Faster Than You Think: How Converging Technologies Are Transforming Business, Industries, and Our Lives Diamandis, Peter H. & Kotler, Steven
Father of Lions: One Man’s Remarkable Quest to Save the Mosul Zoo Callaghan, Louise
Martha Stewart Organizing: The Manual for Bringing Order to Your Life, Home & Routines Stewart, Martha
Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America Chatelain, Marcia
Hill Women: Finding Family and a Way Forward in the Appalachian Mountains Chambers, Cassie
Blue Flowers Saavedra, Carola
House on Endless Waters Elon, Emuna
The Tenant Engberg, Katrine
Arguing With Zombies: Economics, Politics, and the Fight for a Better Future Krugman, Paul
Consider This: Moments in My Writing Life After Which Everything Was Different Palahniuk, Chuck
Agency, No. 2 (The Peripheral) Gibson, William
F*ck No!: How to Stop Saying Yes When You Can’t, You Shouldn’t, or You Just Don’t Want to Knight, Sarah
999: The Extraordinary Young Women of the First Official Jewish Transport to Auschwitz Macadam, Heather Dune
Processed Cheese Wright, Stephen
The Math of Life and Death: 7 Mathematical Principles That Shape Our Lives Yates, Kit
Brain Wash: Detox Your Mind for Clearer Thinking, Deeper Relationships, and Lasting Happiness Perlmutter, David & Perlmutter, Austin, with Kristin Loberg
Murder Your Darlings: And Other Gentle Writing Advice From Aristotle to Zinsser Clark, Roy Peter
A Game of Birds and Wolves: The Ingenious Young Women Whose Secret Board Game Helped Win World War II Parkin, Simon

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Digital Scholarship Workshops Spring 2020 Schedule

The Catholic University Libraries are offering a number of Digital Scholarship Workshops this semester. Can’t make it? We are available for individual consultations (students and faculty) and we can provide in-class workshops on a variety of tools and methodologies that can be tailored to your particular course needs. Come have a conversation with us! The workshops are co-sponsored by the Department of Library and Information Science.

Location: Mullen Library Instruction Room
R.S.V.P. for all workshops: Kevin Gunn, gunn@cua.edu

Text Analysis with Voyant Tools and AntConc Thurs., Feb. 13, 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Computational analysis of textual data can aid in reading and interpreting large corpora. Exploring a large number of texts can uncover linguistic patterns for future exploratory analysis. Participants will gain hands-on experience analyzing textual data with AntConc and some Voyant Tools. No coding experience necessary. Instructor: Kevin Gunn, Coordinator of Digital Scholarship

Data Cleaning with Excel Wed., March 4, 12:10 pm – 1:40 pm
Continuing with our series on manipulating data, we will do some basic data cleaning using Excel. We will show you some tricks, formulae, and tools in working with datasets in Excel. Identifying and treating blank cells, removing duplicates, identifying errors, removing formatting, and converting data into more flexible formats, are just some of the skills imparted. Basic Excel experience is recommended. Instructor: Kevin Gunn, Coordinator of Digital Scholarship

Amplifying Your Research Impact Mon., March 23, 2:10 pm – 3:10 pm
Learn how to effectively promote and share your research online. We will discuss best practices for using social media, depositing research in disciplinary repositories, and working with tools and platforms that can help authors expand their readership. Instructor: Kevin Gunn, Coordinator of Digital Scholarship

Visualizing Network Data with Gephi Fri., April 3, 12:10 pm – 1:40 pm
See your data from a fresh perspective through network analysis and visualization. Using Gephi, we will create some network graphs from sample datasets. Basic concepts of network analysis will be covered while we learn to use Gephi to explore, analyze, and visualize network data. Instructor: Kevin Gunn, Coordinator of Digital Scholarship

Introduction to the Open Science Framework Tues., April 7, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
The Open Science Framework (OSF) is a platform for research project management and collaboration. Come and see how to use the OSF for your entire project lifecycle (e.g. discovering research, work with other researchers at other institutions, and share your research and datasets). Humanities and Social Science researchers are welcome. Instructors: Lea Wade, STEM Librarian and Kevin Gunn, Coordinator of Digital Scholarship

Christmas Break reading

Enjoy your well deserved Christmas break with some books from our Popular Reading collection. You can browse the rest of our collection on the first floor of Mullen Library in the Reference Reading Room.

Christmas Tree (giphy.com)

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
Why We’re Wrong About Nearly Everything: A Theory of Human Misunderstanding Duffy, Bobby
Canyon Dreams: A Basketball Season on the Navajo Nation Powell, Michael
Jay-Z: Made in America Dyson, Michael Eric. Foreword by Pharrell
Cheaters Always Win: The Story of America Fenster, J. M.
How to Speak Machine: Computational Thinking for the Rest of Us Maeda, John
Serotonin Houellebecq, Michel
Medieval Bodies: Life and Death in the Middle Ages Hartnell, Jack
Mary Toft, Or, the Rabbit Queen Palmer, Dexter
Letters From an Astrophysicist Tyson, Neil deGrasse
The Man Who Played With Fire: Stieg Larsson’s Lost Files and the Hunt for an Assassin Stocklassa, Jan
Life in a Cold Climate: Nancy Mitford—the Biography Thompson, Laura
This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Medical Resident Kay, Adam
Trace of Evil Blanchard, Alice

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Thanksgiving Reading

Enjoy the Thanksgiving break with some spicy offerings from our Popular Reading collection. You can browse the rest of our collection on the first floor of Mullen Library in the Reference Reading Room.

Books (giphy.com)

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
Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin’s Most Dangerous Hackers Greenberg, Andy
All Blood Runs Red: The Legendary Life of Eugene Bullard—boxer, Pilot, Soldier, Spy Keith, Phil
Don’t Be Evil: How Big Tech Betrayed Its Founding Principles—and All of Us Foroohar, Rana
Carrie Fisher: A Life on the Edge Weller, Sheila
Conversations With RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty, and Law Rosen, Jeffrey
Jet Girl: My Life in War, Peace, and the Cockpit of the Navy’s Most Lethal Aircraft, the F/A-18 Super Hornet Johnson, Caroline
I Am C-3PO: The Inside Story Daniels, Anthony. Foreword by J. J. Abrams
The Lost Art of Scripture: Rescuing the Sacred Texts Armstrong, Karen
Checkpoint Charlie: The Cold War, the Berlin Wall, and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth Macgregor, Iain
A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee Fingeroth, Danny
Wounded Shepherd: Pope Francis and His Struggle to Convert the Catholic Church Ivereigh, Austen
Kiss the Girls and Make them Cry Clark, Mary Higgins
Edison Morris, Edmund
A Month in Siena Matar, Hisham
One Day: The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary 24 Hours in America Weingarten, Gene
Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders Foer, Joshua; Morton, Ella; and Thuras, Dylan
The Deserter DeMille, Nelson and DeMille, Alex
A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith Egan, Timothy

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Workshop: OpenRefine: Regular Expressions & APIs

 

Building on the previous OpenRefine workshop, we will work with regular expressions and construct a script from scratch and run some basic recipes for solving common problems. We will construct a simple API call to search for our data.

 

Instructors: Christian James, Web Application Librarian, and Kevin Gunn, Coordinator of Digital Scholarship

Thursday, November 21, 2019

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

115 Mullen Library Instruction Room

R.S.V.P. to gunn@cua.edu.  

Check out our other Digital Scholarship services and workshops.

Happy GIS Day!

November 13, 2019 is GIS Day, an international celebration of geographic information systems (GIS) technology. “GIS is a scientific framework for gathering, analyzing, and visualizing geographic data to help us make better decisions” (GIS Day website). GIS is the technology that answers the fundamental question “Where?” GIS captures, displays, and analyzes geospatial data to assist in making decisions. For example, GIS helps understand where best to build a wind farm to avoid noise pollution, predict areas of flooding, inspecting space usage for available commercial space, or planning the most efficient truck routes.

Why is GIS important? Let Dr. Joseph Kerski explain:

 

CUA Libraries has delved into GIS projects in the past. In 2015, we did a GIS exhibit titled “A Brief History of Canon Law” that was part of the physical exhibit in the John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library. The story map traces the origins of “The nature of the Church as a visible society existing in the world demands that there be a formal legal structure guiding and coordinating the faithful to the attainment of a common goal. The body of these ecclesiastical laws is called Canon Law. Since there is continual change in society, there is constant change in Canon Law.” C. Vogel.

Some of the links are outdated so here is your chance to demonstrate your GIS prowess! Rebuild the online exhibit yourself by downloading the raw data files (CSV and text files). Send us a link on how you did! (You will need a Google mail account).

For an understanding of how GIS can be applied to everyday life, check out 1000 GIS Applications & Uses – How GIS is Changing the World.

Events

If you are interested in creating your own Story Map Tour and Journal, come to the workshop “ArcGIS with Story Maps” TODAY at 12:30 PM in 115 Mullen (Instruction Room).

For more information, events, data, etc. about GIS Day 2019, see the website: https://www.gisday.com/en-us/overview

Citation

VOGEL, C. et al. “Canon Law, History of.” New Catholic Encyclopedia. 2nd ed. Vol. 3. Detroit: Gale, 2003. 37-58. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web.

 

 

Workshop: ArcGIS with StoryMaps

Come celebrate GIS Day (November 13th) by telling an interesting story using ArcGIS StoryMaps. Combine your map with narrative text, images, and multimedia content. We will create a StoryMap Tour and a Story Map Journal.

Instructor: Kevin Gunn, Coordinator of Digital Scholarship

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

115 Mullen Library Instruction Room

R.S.V.P. to gunn@cua.edu.  

Check out our other Digital Scholarship services and workshops.

 

Workshop: Using OpenRefine for Manipulating Data


When working with your dataset, have you wondered how to remove ‘null’ or ‘N/A’ from fields, handle different spellings of words, or determining whether a field name is ambiguous? For this workshop, we will use the Open Access software, OpenRefine, to clean, manipulate, and refine a dataset before analysis. You are welcome to bring your own dataset.

Instructor: Kevin Gunn, Coordinator of Digital Scholarship

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

115 Mullen Library Instruction Room

R.S.V.P. to gunn@cua.edu.  

Check out our other Digital Scholarship services and workshops.