Celebrating the life and works of Saint Albert the Great

Albertus Magnus (fresco, 1352, Treviso, Italy). Author: Tommaso da Modena [Public domain]
On November 15 the Catholic Church celebrates the feast day of Saint Albert the Great (Albertus Magnus), Doctor of the Church, philosopher, and the patron saint of scientists. “Known as Albert the German, Albert of Cologne, and Albert of Ratisbon, Saint Albert was known as Great even during his lifetime”. [1] Being one of the most prominent scholars of the 13th century, he is also known for being a teacher of Saint Thomas Aquinas”. [1]

Saint Albert was born in 1206 in Lauingen, situated on the left bank of the river Danube in Germany [4]. He comes from a wealthy military family and received education, which included arithmetic, grammar, and arts. His further education was in humanities and natural sciences in Bologna, Italy [2]. This is where he became acquainted with Aristotle’s physics and ethics for the first time.” [2] Saint Albert was fascinated by science and was “gifted with special instinct for scientific investigation and research”. [3] The love of study and deep piety led Saint Albert to answer God’s invitation to join the Order of Preachers (popularly known as the Dominican Order). [1]

“Saint Albert studied and learned not just for the sake of knowing, but he also investigated and challenged the works and studies of others often conducting his own experiments”. [4] Because he was an expert in not just one branch of learning but in all, his contemporaries were so impressed by his knowledge that they conferred on him a doctorate that no other man ever received – the Universal Doctor (Doctor Universalis). [3] In his work on Saint Albert, Joseph Wimmer says: “Albert has studied and described the entire cosmos from its stars to its stones”. [3] Speaking in his own words about the wealth of knowledge he accumulated, Saint Albert says the following: “When there is a question of faith and morals Augustine enjoys the greatest authority; of medicine, Galen and Hippocrates; of natural sciences, Aristotle”. [3]

Albertus Magnus - manuscript. Author: Rudolf H. Boettcher [CC BY-SA 4.0]
Albertus Magnus – manuscript. Author: Rudolf H. Boettcher [CC BY-SA 4.0]
Having a lot of administrative work and various teaching assignments, and even when serving as a bishop of Ratisbon, Saint Albert was still able to find time to write lengthy multi-volume works about natural sciences, philosophy, and theology. [2] Among many works written by Saint Albert, some of the most prominent ones include a commentary on Aristotle’s Physics, commentaries on the Sentences of Peter Lombard, Summa Theologiae, and commentaries on the Gospels and various books from the Scriptures.

Saint Albert the Great died on November 15, 1280 in Cologne, Germany. [2] He was beatified by Pope Gregory XV in 1622 and canonized in 1931 by Pope Pius XI. [2] Pope Pius XI proclaimed Saint Albert a Doctor of the Church and named him patron of students of the natural sciences. [2] Albert, the Pope said, “is precisely the saint whose example should inspire the present age, which seeks peace so ardently and is so full of hope in its scientific discoveries”. [2]

Albertus Magnus on the Frankfurt Dominican family tree. Author: Hans Holbein der Ältere [Public domain]
Albertus Magnus on the Frankfurt Dominican family tree. Author: Hans Holbein der Ältere [Public domain]
Mullen Library offers many resources on Saint Albert the Great. Please consult the library catalog or refer to the list of select resources below:

Alberti Magni Opera Omnia (database)
This is the critical edition of the works of Saint Albert the Great (Alberti Magni Opera Omnia, Editio Coloniensis).

Opera Omnia, Coloniensis Edition (1951-).
This 28-part set reproduces the complete works of Saint Albertus Magnus in Latin. This critical edition began in 1951 and lead by the Albertus-Magnus-Institut of Bonn. It is still unfinished. The text includes a critical apparatus, notes, and prefaces, in addition to bibliographical references and indexes. BQ 6334 1951 (Religious Studies and Philosophy Library Folios, room 314)

Opera Omnia, Vivés Edition (1890-1899)
This edition is based on Lyon’s edition of 1651. Edited by Auguste and Emile Borgnet. Parisiis: apud Ludovicum Vivès, 1890-1899. BQ 6334 1890 (Religious Studies and Philosophy Library, room 314)

Albert the Great: a Selectively Annotated Bibliography (1900-2000). BQ 6338 .M6 Z97 (Religious Studies and Philosophy Library, room 314)
[1] Weisheipl, J. A. “Albert the Great, Saint” New Catholic Encyclopedia, 2nd ed., vol. 1, Gale, 2003, pp. 224-228. Gale eBooks, https://link.gale.com/apps/doc/CX3407700281/GVRL?u=wash31575&sid=GVRL&xid=a87a256e. Accessed 13 Nov. 2019.
[2] Butler, Alban, Farmer, David Hugh., and Burns, Paul. Butler’s Lives of the Saints. New full ed., vol. 11, pp. 118-120. Tunbridge Wells, Kent: Burns & Oates, 1996.
[3] Schwertner, Thomas M. Saint Albert the Great. New York: The Bruce publishing company, pp. vii-xi and 169-210. 1932.
[4] Sighart, Joachim. Albert the Great, of the order of friar-preachers: his life and scholastic labours., pp. 101-148. Dubuque, Iowa: W.C. Brown, 1967.

The Archivist’s Nook: From the Rhineland to Washington-Soldier’s Homecoming, 1919

A useful publication for soldiers on occupation duty in Germany: Burger Sprachfuhrer: Burgers Help for The Englishman The American to Learn How to Speak German Without a Teacher, n.d., O’Connell Papers, Special Collections, Catholic University of America.

Robert Lincoln O’Connell (1888-1972), a World War I Connecticut army engineer of Irish-Catholic heritage, was the subject of two of my previous blog posts. They explored his letters home to family while training for the military in Washington in 1917, and his active service on the western Front in France in 1918. The third and concluding post of this trilogy looks at his experiences in the U.S Army’s brief postwar occupation of the Rhineland, as well as victory parades in New York and Washington in 1919. As with previous letters, they are written by “Rob” primarily to his mother and his sisters, Ellen and Sarah, who lived in their hometown of Southington, Connecticut. O’Connell’s archival papers, which have also been digitized, are housed in the Special Collections of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

O’Connell served in the U. S. Army of Occupation in postwar Germany. His First Engineer Regiment was part of the First Infantry Division (later immortalized in the Second World War as ‘The Big Red One’). They crossed the Moselle River into Germany on December 1, 1918, and arrived at Coblenz, along the Rhine River, on December 12. During the occupation, which lasted until August 15, 1919, the engineers constructed shelters, improved sanitation, built pontoon bridges, and repaired roads. With ample recreation time, O’Connell engaged in hiking and sightseeing tours where he collected many colorful postcards. In one letter home he wrote(1):

“It took about an hour to reach the river near Coblenz” and “the place was crowded with 2nd Division men, mostly Marines, it seemed, and one of them threw a snowball into our truck.  As we were jammed in and had no top, that ball couldn’t miss and we could only yell back, which started a barrage of snowballs…. I got one on the ear and we all had snow down our necks. I didn’t care much for the game because the mud made the ball slippery– and the 1st Division team needed a lot of practice.  The score was 6 to 0 in favor of the second team.”

First Engineers, Army of Occupation, Wirges, Germany, 7/19/1919, O’Connell Papers, Special Collections, Catholic University of America.

Unlike the aftermath of World War II, the U.S occupation of German territory in 1919 was short lived. O’Connell returned stateside with main elements of the First Infantry Division at Brest on August 18, and arrived at Camp Mills, New York, on August 30. He took part in victory parades in both New York City on September 10 and in Washington on September 17. The final (undated) letter in the collection, addressed to his sister Ellen from Camp Leach, part of the campus of American University in Washington, was probably written a few days after the parade in New York (2):

“This is a camp of 8-man tents on frames and they had been dumped on the floor…We got there at 10:30 and never was there such a disgusted bunch. About four o’clock some ice cream was brought around and the cook managed to get supper at 8:15…Now we are getting plenty of good eats and passes into town 7 c carfare and the K of Cs especially are doing all they can, lots of cigarettes, matches, hand kerchiefs, sightseeing trips around the city in busses and free beds. The papers and the posters rave about the famous or glorious First Division and the recruiting officers are making the most of it.”

Letter to Ellen O’Connell from Camp Leach, September 1919, O’Connell Papers, Special Collections, Catholic University of America.

The campus of American University was also the base of the Army’s Chemical Warfare Unit, which also had a sub-unit at nearby Catholic University. These facilities developed deadly chemical munitions, especially Lewisite Gas. This weapon of mass destruction was invented by C.U. student-priest Julius Nieuwland, though it was not ready in time for use during World War I. However, O’Connell’s visit to Washington had nothing to do with poison gas. It was his final military march. The soldiers paraded to great ovation from the Capitol along Pennsylvania Avenue. Marching past the White House, they were reviewed by the Vice President and members of the Cabinet, who were representing President Woodrow Wilson, while he was away canvassing the country on a doomed mission to sell ratification of the Versailles Peace Treaty. From Washington, the men were shipped to Camp Meade, Maryland, where many were demobilized. O’Connell went on to Camp Devens, Massachusetts, where he was mustered out on September 27, 1919.

Washington, D.C., 1919. First Division, American Expeditionary Forces. Miscellaneous view of parade. Harris & Ewing glass negative, Shorpy.com

After the war, O’Connell briefly returned to Southington, where he worked as a machinist in a bottling mill. He eventually settled in New York City where he married and worked in an auto garage. His story is quintessentially American, yet represents a slice of Catholic Americana depicting the struggles of soldiers and their families during war-time. In comparing O’Connell’s letters with those of soldiers from other wars, certain universal themes emerge, such as longing for home and excitement for new places. There are also references to music, movies, and opinions on race and gender that are very specific to place and time. War is essentially a young man’s game, but O’Connell, who turned thirty during the conflict, was relatively older.  His account shows a maturity that is often absent in the surviving letters that were written by younger soldiers.

(1) Letter to Sarah O’Connell, February 8, 1919.

(2) Letter to Ellen O’Connell, ca. September 1919

(3) Thanks to TK and MM.


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  • Learn a quick skill–or follow the path to a new career.
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It’s easy. Click here. You will be prompted to sign in with your Cardinal Login (username/password). Watching an introductory video can be helpful and informative. You can browse for courses or videos in LinkedIn Learning.  All courses are also listed in SearchBox, the University Libraries’ online catalog.

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If you have any questions about LinkedIn Learning or need help with your account, please contact lib-research@cua.edu.


The Archivist’s Nook: The Provenance and Providence of a Public Historian

This semester, we said goodbye to Dr. Timothy Meagher, University Archivist and Curator of the American Catholic History Collection at The Catholic University of America. In addition to his service as University Archivist, Meagher was Associate Professor with the Catholic University History Department, where he regularly taught Irish-American and immigration history. Though we will miss him at the Archives, we know he will be happily plugging away at his magnum opus in his “retirement”: a comprehensive history of Irish America.

Provenance is a word archivists love. It refers to the origin of a collection of archival materials, yes, but embedded in those origins is identity. For this reason, archivists use provenance as an organizing principle for their records and collections. In other words, we try to maintain and organize materials as faithfully as we can to the intention of the original creator and/or organizer of the collection, in order to preserve the integrity and identity of the collection itself.

Dr. Timothy Meagher at his desk when the University Archives was still in the Mullen Library Building. A generous grant from NCSSS Professor Dorothy Mohler enabled a move to a larger facility in Aquinas Hall, which Meagher and then Assistant Archivist W. J. Shepherd oversaw.

Meagher’s own origins are manifest in his career. Certainly, his own Irish and Catholic ancestry inspired his study of Irish America. But he also occupied a unique position as both an academic historian and a public one.  While completing his Ph.D. in history at Brown University in the early 1980s, he taught history in his hometown of Worcester, Massachusetts. But after four years, that job ended and he found himself unemployed. “There were no historian jobs,” he says of the time. So he improvised. There was a position as Assistant Archivist at the Archdiocese of Boston Archives. “Jim O’Toole was there, a historian himself getting a Ph.D. from Boston College.” The two formed a lasting friendship, with O’Toole becoming a prominent scholar of both archival practice and American Catholicism and who in fact, has served on our archives’ advisory board since its inception in 2002. For Meagher’s part, he saw that there were potentially multiple uses for the skills of a historian.

A 2003 photo of Meagher and Dr. Yuki Yamazaki, a former history student at Catholic University and employee of the Archives, examine an artifact from our collections, a Japanese anti-Christian edict dated from 1682.
Archivist’s favorite: Meagher especially appreciates these vestments worn by Archbishop John Carroll. Ordained in 1790, Carroll was the first bishop and archbishop in the United States. The vestments date to ca. 1750-1800.

In the late 1980s, Meagher made his way from Boston to Washington, D.C., where he had years earlier graduated with his Bachelor’s in History from Georgetown University. His interest in public history was now heightened by both his work in archives and a concurrent rejuvenation in the museum field, especially in the area of exhibition and public programming. He speaks fondly of his work with the National Endowment for the Humanities, where he served as Program Officer until accepting his post at Catholic University. The NEH required those who worked in public history institutions to work directly with relevant scholars in the academy, “we had historians and museum people coming in and evaluating the quality of the exhibits we funded—there were some great conversations.”

Having spent seven years making humanities scholarship accessible to broader audiences, Meagher decided it was time to move on. He was particularly interested in the museum collection at the University Archives when he began working here in 1997. From the start, his primary mission was using the archival materials in our collections to teach history to a variety of audiences. “There was a move within the Catholic Church at that point to save material culture.” At the time, few in the field of Catholic archives knew much about preserving sacred objects, so Meagher organized the Saving Sacred Things conference in 1999 to address the matter.

In 2018, the American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives received the American Catholic Historical Association’s (ACHA) Distinguished Service Award. From left, ACHA President Father Richard Gribble, Meagher, Reference Archivist Shane MacDonald, and Education Archivist Maria Mazzenga attend that year’s annual meeting to receive the award.

Drawing from his experiences working with professionals in a range of cultural institutions, Meagher expanded the Archives’ outreach and educational programming dramatically. “I was aware that there were other places doing public outreach in archives. I knew people at NARA [National Archives and Records Administration] and other places who put together educational packets using their archival materials.” So he worked with staff and teachers to put together packets related to a variety of aspects of Catholic history for Catholic high school students with materials from our archive. These formed the basis of the now fully digital American Catholic History Classroom an online education site featuring hundreds of digital documents, photos, and teaching resources. “We were trying to teach young people how historians solve historical problems. To look at source material and figure out what happened. We tried to do it with this material related specifically to Catholic life. No one else was doing it on a broad basis. A whole dimension of American life, we wanted to fill it with good history. Our collections lend themselves to understanding national Catholic history.”

Today, the Archives’ outreach and educational programming is thriving.  Thank you, Professor Meagher!


Digital Scholarship: How & What? We Read!


This week’s post was meant to be a treatise on libraries role in students’ journey to information and reading habits – and we will get to that. We were overwhelmed by well-intentioned people referring us to this article: The Mistrust of Science By Atul Gawande  June 10, 2016. It is a part-scathing and part-hopeful piece on the role of science communication today. One of the important tenets in this article is the indication that ‘neuroscience and computerization’ are linking the fields of science and humanities in a new and important way.

Few working scientists can give a ground-up explanation of the phenomenon they study; they rely on information and techniques borrowed from other scientists. Knowledge and the virtues of the scientific orientation live far more in the community than the individual. When we talk of a “scientific community,” we are pointing to something critical: that advanced science is a social enterprise, characterized by an intricate division of cognitive labor. Individual scientists, no less than the quacks, can be famously bull-headed, overly enamored of pet theories, dismissive of new evidence, and heedless of their fallibility. (Hence Max Planck’s observation that science advances one funeral at a time.) But as a community endeavor, it is beautifully self-correcting.

Beautifully organized, however, it is not. Seen up close, the scientific community—with its muddled peer-review process, badly written journal articles, subtly contemptuous letters to the editor, overtly contemptuous subreddit threads, and pompous pronouncements of the academy— looks like a rickety vehicle for getting to truth. Yet the hive mind swarms ever forward. It now advances knowledge in almost every realm of existence—even the humanities, where neuroscience and computerization are shaping understanding of everything from free will to how art and literature have evolved over time. Continue reading “Digital Scholarship: How & What? We Read!”

Latest in Popular Reading: Urban Monk, Football, George Washington, Excellent Daughters, & Leonard Nimoy

We truly hope you have been enjoying a relaxing and well deserved Spring Break from your studies at The Catholic University of America! Upon your return, we welcome you to come and explore our popular reading collection located on the first floor of Mullen Library in the Reference Reading Room. There you will find an assortment of best sellers and other popular titles.
Popular Reading Collection 2016.03.02 Frederick Douglas Quote
Some of our newest titles are listed below. 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 Urban Monk: Eastern Wisdom And Modern Hacks To Stop Time And Find Success, Happiness, And Peace Pedram Shojai
It Ended Badly: Thirteen Of The Worst Breakups In History Jennifer Wright
The Game’s Not Over: In Defense Of Football Gregg Easterbrook
Beatrice and Benedick Marina Fiorato
The World Of Vikings Justin Pollard
The Change Your Biology Diet: The Proven Program For Lifelong Weight Loss Louis J. Aronne
Sweetgirl Travis Mulhauser
The Art Of X-Ray Reading: How The Secrets Of 25 Great Works Of Literature Will Improve Your Writing Roy Peter Clark
In A Different Key: The Story Of Autism John Donvan & Caren Zucker
Republic of Spin: An Inside History of the American Presidency David Greenberg
What She Left T. R Richmond
First Entrepreneur: How George Washington Built His and the Nation’s Prosperity Edward G. Lengel
Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of Young Women Who Are Transforming the Arab World Katherine Zoepf
Second House From the Corner Sadeqa Johnson
Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man William Shatner

Looking for more options? You can always see a full list of our Popular Reading books in the catalog, by searching under keyword, “CUA Popular Reading.”

Mullen Library Trivia:
“An interesting part of the history of Mullen Library is that the space where the May Gallery stands was originally the office for the University Rector/President. The Office of the President was in Mullen Library, room 107, from 1928 up until the Nugent Hall property was gifted to the University from the Vincentian Fathers in 1979. Dr. Clarence Walton was the last university president to work in Mullen Library.” (Knoblauch and Mazzenga, 2012)

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Knoblauch, Leslie, & Dr. Maria Mazzenga. (2012). The History of Mullen Library. CUA Libraries Online, Spring 2012. Retrieved from http://www.lib.cua.edu/wordpress/newsletter/2012/03/the-history-of-mullen-library/

Latest in Popular Reading: Vatican Prophecies, You’re Never Weird on the Internet, Beautiful Bureaucrat, & The Best Team Money Can Buy

The semester is in full force here at The Catholic University of America! We have a great supply of new titles in our popular reading collection located on the first floor of Mullen Library in the Reference Reading Room.
During thanksgiving week, we will be open Tuesday, November 24th, from 8am-5pm and then we will be closed from Wednesday, November 25th, until Friday, November 27th. We will then reopen on Saturday November 28th at 9am. If you will be on campus during the break, you are invited to give thanks with the CUA community during the annual Thanksgiving Potluck. While you are away, grab a couple books to take with you, or take some lessons on Lynda.com.

“We read to know we are not alone.” - C.S. Lewis

Some of our newest titles are listed below. 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
All Dogs Go to Kevin: Everything Three Dogs Taught Me (That I Didn’t Learn in Veterinary School) Vogelsang, Jessica
Christmas in Mustang Creek Miller, Linda Lael
The Vatican Prophecies: Investigating Supernatural Signs, Apparitions, and Miracles in the Modern Age Thavis, John
SuperBetter: A Revolutionary Approach to Getting Stronger, Happier, Braver and More Resilient—Powered by the Science of Games McGonigal, Jane
The Girl in the Spider’s Web: A Lisbeth Salander Novel Lagercrantz, David
You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir Day, Felicia
The Gratitude Diaries: How a Year Looking on the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life Kaplan, Janice
The Ambassador’s Wife Steil, Jennifer
1636: The Cardinal Virtues Flint, Eric & Hunt, Walter H.
Prophets of Eternal Fjord Leine, Kim
The Darkest Heart Smith, Dan
The Beautiful Bureaucrat Phillips, Helen
Applied Minds: How Engineers Think Madhavan, Guru
Genomic Messages: How the Evolving Science of Genetics Affects Our Health, Families, and Future Annas, George & Elias, Sherman
The Best Team Money Can Buy Knight, Molly

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Newest in Popular Reading: Wearing God, One Man Against the World, Eve, & The Hand That Feeds You

What a busy semester so far here at The Catholic University of America! We had a great time welcoming Pope Francis to campus to celebrate the canonization of St. Junípero Serra, but now, as we progress towards midterms and enjoyed the relaxing holiday break of Columbus Day, let us pause with fresh breath to delight in a new book. We have an ample supply of new titles in our popular reading collection located on the first floor of Mullen Library in the Reference Reading Room.

Image of popular reading shelf with text: “For one who reads, there is no limit to the number of lives that may be lived, for fiction, biography, and history offer an inexhaustible number of lives in many parts of the world, in all periods of time.” ― Louis L'Amour

Some of our newest titles are listed below. 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
Wearing God: Clothing, Laughter, Fire, and Other Overlooked Ways of Meeting God Winner, Lauren F.
Star Wars, Dark Disciple Golden, Christie
A Full Life: Reflections At Ninety Carter, Jimmy
One Man Against the World: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon Weiner, Tim
Eve Young, William Paul
Under Tiberius Tosches, Nick
The New Spymasters: Inside The Modern World Of Espionage From The Cold War To Global Terror Grey, Stephen
Shakespeare and the Countess: The Battle that Gave Birth to the Globe Laoutaris, Chris
The Hand That Feeds You Rich, A. J.
On Your Case: A Comprehensive, Compassionate (and Only Slightly Bossy) Legal Guide for Every Stage of a Woman’s Life Green, Lisa
Dance Of The Bones: A J.P. Beaumont And Brandon Walker Novel Jance, Judith A.
West Of Sunset O’Nan, Stewart
ISIS: The State of Terror Stern, Jessica & Berger, J. M.
Getting to Yes With Yourself: (And Other Worthy Opponents) Ury, William
The Nightingale Hannah, Kristin
The Country of Ice Cream Star Newman, Sandra
The Burma Spring: Aung San Suu Kyi And The New Struggle For The Soul Of A Nation Pederson, Rena. Foreword by Laura Bush
Murderer’s Daughter Kellerman, Jonathan
Nine Essential Things I’ve Learned About Life Kushner, Harold S.
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things Lawson, Jenny

Looking for more options? You can always see a full list of our Popular Reading books in the catalog, by searching under keyword, “CUA Popular Reading.”

Mullen Library Trivia:
The library is an Italian Romanesque building built of Kentucky limestone and containting twenty-eight columns of rare Italian marble. It was designed by architects Frederick Vernon Murphy and Walter B. Olmsted and constructed by Cassidy Company under the supervision of Bishop Thomas Shahan, President of The Catholic University of America from 1909-1927.

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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”

Newest in Popular Reading: Strong People, Monopolists, Flashpoints, Italians, Blue Stars, Marriage Game

The popular reading collection is located on the 1st floor of Mullen Library.
The popular reading collection is located on the 1st floor of Mullen Library.

What a great year so far at The Catholic University of America. As the semester continues, we wanted to let you know of some of the great books that we have here in Mullen Libraries’ Popular Reading Program located on the first floor of Mullen Library in the Reference Reading Room. If you need something to take your mind off your classes, come to the library.

Some of our newest titles are listed below. 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.

Looking for more options? You can always see a full list of our Popular Reading books in the catalog, by searching under keyword, “CUA Popular Reading.” Happy reading!


Title Author Status
13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do: Take Back Your Power, Embrace Change, Face Your Fears and Train Your Brain for Happiness and Success Morin, Amy
The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society Zelizer, Julian E.
The Work: the Search for a Life that Matters Moore, Wes
The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World’s Favorite Board Game Pilon, Mary
The Interstellar Age: Inside the Forty-Year Voyager Mission Bell, Jim
Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe Friedman, George
My Father’s Wives Greenberg, Mike
To Explain the World: The Discovery of Modern Science Weinberg, Steven
Trust No One Krentz, Jayne Ann
The Italians Hooper, John
The Internet Is Not the Answer Keen, Andrew
Inside a Silver Box Mosley, Walter
Blue Stars Tedrowe, Emily Gray
A History of Loneliness Boyne, John
The Marriage Game: A Novel of Queen Elizabeth I Weir, Alison
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind Harari, Yuval Noah
Performing Under Pressure: The Science of Doing Your Best When It Matters Most Weisinger, Hendrie & Pawliw-Fry, J. P.
Getting to Yes With Yourself: (And Other Worthy Opponents) Ury, William
Power Forward: My Presidential Education Love, Reggie
West of Sunset O’Nan, Stewart

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