Workshop: Working with Tableau

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Learn the basics of Tableau Public (free service) to create interactive visualizations of your data. This workshop will focus on the structure of the program and the terminology used. We will have a sample data visualization and mapping project.

Instructor: Kevin Gunn, Coordinator of Digital Scholarship

Thursday, October 17, 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: Data Visualization Basics

Have you wondered when you should use a pie chart (almost never), a scatter plot, or a heat graph?

Before working on how to best present your project through data visualization, understanding the basic principles of visual perception, design and representing data, and communicating your research to an audience, is essential. We will examine how your data can be applied to various visualization methods and how to visually present data accurately. 

Instructors:

Julie Loy, Research and Instruction Librarian

Kevin Gunn, Coordinator of Digital Scholarship

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

115 Mullen Library Instruction Room

R.S.V.P. to gunn@cua.eduCheck out our other Digital Scholarship services and workshops.

 

 

Autumn Readfest Begins

Fall has arrived and so have our bumper crop of new books in our Popular Reading program. Check out some of our recent selections below and come in to browse the rest of our collection on the first floor of Mullen Library in the Reference Reading Room.

cat in leaves
Cat in Leaves (or Leaves on Cat) (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 Testaments Atwood, Margaret
Akin Donoghue, Emma
For the Love of Men: A New Vision for Mindful Masculinity Plank, Elizabeth
The Girl Who Lived Twice: A Lisbeth Salander Novel, No. 6 (Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Series) Lagercrantz, David
The Fifth Domain: Defending Our Country, Our Companies, and Ourselves in the Age of Cyber Threats
Clarke, Richard A. & Knake, Robert K.
In Oceans Deep: Courage, Innovation, and Adventure Beneath the Waves Streever, Bill
The Chain McKinty, Adrian
American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump Albert, Tim
On the Clock: What Low-Wage Work Did to Me and How It Drives America Insane Guendelsberger, Emily
Talking to Robots: Tales From Our Robot-Human Futures Duncan, David Ewing
Rebooting AI: Building Artificial Intelligence We Can Trust Marcus, Gary & Davis, Ernest
Quichotte Rushdie, Salman
The Stoic Challenge: A Philosopher’s Guide to Becoming Tougher, Calmer, and More Resilient Irvine, William B.
The Meritocracy Trap: How America’s Foundational Myth Feeds Inequality, Dismantles the Middle Class, and Devours the Elite Markovits, Daniel
The Soulful Art of Persuasion: The 11 Habits That Will Make Anyone a Master Influencer Harris, Jason
Yale Needs Women: How the First Group of Girls Rewrote the Rules of an Ivy League Giant Perkins, Anne Gardiner
How to Raise a Reader Paul, Pamela & Russo, Maria
Cold Storage Koepp, David
Lady in the Lake Lippman, Laura
Young Castro: The Making of a Revolutionary Hansen, Jonathan M.
Boss Up!: This Ain’t Your Mama’s Business Book Moreno, Lindsay Teague
Chase Darkness with Me: How One True-Crime Writer Started Solving Murders Jensen, Billy
The Beekeeper of Aleppo Lefteri, Christy
The Immoral Majority: Why Evangelicals Chose Political Power Over Christian Values Howe, Ben
The Intelligence Trap: Why Smart People Make Dumb Mistakes Robson, David
Inconspicuous Consumption: The Environmental Impact You Don’t Know You Have Schlossberg, Tatiana

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Workshop: Developing Your Digital Profile

people

Promoting your scholarly presence online can be an arduous task. You’re not alone! With such diverse platforms as Google Scholar, Humanities Commons, Academia.edu, Linkedin, ResearchGate, ORCiD, institutional repositories and more, the options for online promotion can be daunting. This workshop will discuss the best ways to build your scholarly digital profile and the advantages and disadvantages of each platform.

Instructor: Kevin Gunn, Coordinator of Digital Scholarship

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

115 Mullen Library Instruction Room

R.S.V.P. to gunn@cua.eduCheck out our other Digital Scholarship services and workshops.

Database Trial thru 10/25: Access World News

From 9/16/2019 – 10/25/19, the University Libraries has arranged trial access to Access World NewsAccess World News consolidates current and archived information from newspaper titles, as well as newswires, web editions, blogs, videos, broadcast transcripts, business journals, periodicals, government documents and other publications. The database covers more than four decades of information. With easy-to-use, customizable search features, Access World News provides full-text information and perspectives from 4,000 domestic and over 6,000 international news sources, each with its own distinctive focus offering diverse viewpoints on local, regional and world issues. Date coverage varies with individual newspaper. Access Business is a shortcut to the wealth of business information in the database.

The University Libraries may consider this subscription in the future and we welcome your feedback.  Click here and tell us what you think about this database.  Thank you!

Meet the Humans of Mullen

Chris Suehr
Ph.D. candidate Chris Suehr says that in addition to being a great place to study, Mullen Library has “the second-best water on campus.”

From uniting a community to sparking imagination to supporting scholarship and lifelong learning, libraries change lives.

“Without libraries we have no past and no future.” – Ray Bradbury

With a library you are free, not confined by temporary political climates. It is the most democratic of institutions because no one – but no one at all – can tell you what to read and when and how.” – Doris Lessing

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” – Jorge Luis Borges

“The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man.” – T.S. Eliot

It’s not just the books that make libraries special–it’s the people. Librarians, scholars, teachers, and patrons of all ages make their mark on a library as much as it makes a mark on them. Here are a few examples from our own Mullen Library:

Karen Berry
Karen Berry received her master’s degree at Catholic University; she also launched her career here in Mullen Library.

Professor Laura Daugherty loves libraries so much that she once accidentally almost spent the night in one; now she hopes to instill that same love in her National Catholic School of Social Service students. Ph.D. candidate Chris Suehr says that in addition to being a great place to study, Mullen Library has “the second-best water on campus.” And former liaison librarian Karen Berry not only studied for her master’s degree here–she also launched her career here. 

What’s your library story?

This fall, Mullen Library is launching the “Humans of Mullen” campaign, an ongoing series of video vignettes. We’re highlighting the students, faculty, and staff who come to Mullen–to study, to browse, to help others do research, to view artwork or attend lectures, to receive tutoring or writing assistance, and more.

Carly
Ph.D candidate Carly Jones talks about how she uses Mullen Library in her studies.

We were inspired by Humans of New York, a photoblog launched in 2010 by the photographer Brandon Stanton. Stanton’s intimate street portraits and brief interviews with ordinary citizens put a personal face on a huge and thriving city. We want to do the same for Mullen Library–a place where academic journeys are launched, where friends and classmates gather, and where a lifelong love of learning is instilled. 

What brings you to Mullen Library? Perhaps:

  • you met your best friend here
  • you took a class in the Instruction Room or searched the Stacks to select research materials
  • you found inspiration for your first undergraduate research paper–or for your last university opus, your dissertation
  • you explored your career path or took the first steps toward a career in librarianship as a student worker

Whatever your Mullen Library story is, we want to hear it–and to share it with the rest of the Catholic University community. 

Watch for our weekly videos on the CUA Libraries’ social media accounts:

Laura Daugherty
Professor Laura Daugherty loves libraries so much that she once accidentally almost spent the night in one; now she hopes to instill that same love in her National Catholic School of Social Service students.

Help us share our stories–and if you have a Mullen story of your own you’d like to tell, let us know.

To volunteer or to learn more about the Humans of Mullen series, contact a member of the Mullen Library social media team:

  • Julie Loy: (loy@cua.edu)
  • Emily Brown: (brownec@cua.edu)
  • Tricia Bailey: (baileytc@cua.edu)

Workshop: Starting a Digital Scholarship Project

snowy woods

Planning your project is becoming a critical skill in contemporary research. Are you a student or a faculty member interested in beginning your project or you would like to discuss how digital scholarship methods can help with your research and teaching? Come with all your questions as we walk through the process of getting started (e.g. formulating the right research question, locating and selecting data/tools/methodologies, methods for analysis, project and data management issues, and grant writing tips). Make sure that you don’t get lost in the wilderness!

Instructor: Kevin Gunn, Coordinator of Digital Scholarship

Tuesday, September 10, 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.

 

Enhance Your Skills with LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning, an upgrade to Lynda.com, is an on-demand library of high-quality instructional videos covering a wide range of skills, from specific software applications to leadership and management skills. There are more than 7,500 courses made up of more than 200,000 video modules, with more added every week. All of the courses are taught by expert instructors and come with fully searchable transcripts. Curated playlists are also available. 

Learn at your own pace.LinkedIn Learning uses the insights from its nearly 650 million members to stay up to date on the most relevant, useful skills needed by today’s workforce. That allows them to not only add the best courses to help you get ahead, it also allows customized recommendations for your particular job title and interests.

Currently available courses include:

  • Engineering courses on development topics such as PHP, C++, Java, and cloud computing
  • Business classes on project leadership and management
  • Classes on graphic design applications, including Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketch, Rhino, and CSS
  • Audio and music courses, such as audio recording, producing podcasts, sound engineering, and mixing techniques
  • Management support through classes on becoming a manager, improving your coaching skills, managing change and stress, time management, and communicating with confidence

You can also follow custom learning paths, which combine courses toward a specific role such as customer service representative, digital illustrator, or front-end web developer (to name just a few of the more than 150 available). 

Benefits of LinkedIn Learning

There are many good reasons to use LinkedIn Learning to help you achieve your academic, career, or personal goals:


  • Learn a quick skill–or follow the path to a new career.
    Both “micro-learning” and “macro-learning” are available, so whether you need to watch a short video to learn a new software application or follow a custom learning path with multiple courses, you can find the learning experience you need. 
  • Use LinkedIn Learning on any device.Learn at your own pace. LinkedIn Learning courses are available round the clock, and each course is on demand and self-paced. There are courses for every level of learner, from beginner to advanced. If you want to challenge yourself or have a deadline for learning a particular skill, you can a weekly goal–anywhere from half an hour to two hours–and LinkedIn Learning will track your progress. 
  • Use any device you want. You can watch training videos on your desktop, laptop, smart phone, or iPad. If you can’t get to a screen, each course is available in audio-only mode (imagine how productive your daily commute could be!).
  • Learn in your native language. In addition to English, LinkedIn Learning courses are available in Spanish, German, French, Japanese, Mandarin, and Brazilian Portuguese.
  • Learn from — and connect with — the experts. All LinkedIn Learning courses are taught by experts–including the CEO of Warby Parker, Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer, and distinguished fellows at Harvard Law School. And you won’t just learn from these luminaries–you can also connect via LinkedIn to get the benefit of their own vast networks. 
  • Apply your learning hands on. Learning by doing is the best way to retain your new skills. Most courses offer templates, exercise files, and other documents to help you apply what you’ve learned. 
  • Highlight your status as a lifelong learner. When you take courses via LinkedIn Learning, you can add them to your LinkedIn profile to show that you’re self-motivated, curious, and eager to continue learning to make the most of your career. 

Get Started TodayApply your learning hands on

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.

Note: You do not need to create a LinkedIn account to use LinkedIn Learning.   

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

 

Cool Summer Reads

Our Popular Reading program has been renewed for the 2019-2020 academic year! See some of our recent selections below or come and browse our titles on the first floor of Mullen Library in the Reference Reading Room.

summer beach
Nice Day Summer (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
Eyes in the Sky: The Secret Rise of Gorgon Stare and How It Will Watch Us All
Michel, Arthur Holland
The Conservative Sensibility Will, George F.
The Guest Book Blake, Sarah
Last Day Ruta, Domenica
The Last Time I Saw You Constantine, Liv
The Learning Curve Berman, Mandy
The Orphan’s Song Kate, Lauren
The Power of Human: How Our Shared Humanity Can Help Us Create a Better World Waytz, Adam
The Red Daughter Schwartz, John Burnham
The Skin Game Woods, Stuart & Hall, Parnell
This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant’s Manifesto Mehta, Suketu
Why You Like It: The Science and Culture of Musical Taste Gasser, Nolan
100 Side Hustles: Unexpected Ideas for Making Extra Money Without Quitting Your Day Job Guillebeau, Chris

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Let’s Get Summer Reading Started!

Happy Summer Go Time! Our latest selections have arrived in our Popular Reading collection. You can find them on the first floor of Mullen Library in the Reference Reading Room.

Out of Office (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 Age of Living Machines: How the Convergence of Biology and Engineering Will Build the Next Technology Revolution Hockfield, Susan
The Ditch Koch, Herman
Every Tool’s a Hammer: Life Is What You Make It Savage, Adam
Exhalation: Stories Chiang, Ted
Fight Like a Mother: How a Grassroots Movement Took on the Gun Lobby and Why Women Will Change the World Watts, Shannon. Foreword by Julianne Moore
Full Count: The Education of a Pitcher Cone, David
Giants of the Monsoon Forest: Living and Working with Elephants Shell, Jacob
The Hive, No. 2 (Second Formic War) Card, Orson Scott & Johnston, Aaron
How Not to Die Alone Roper, Richard
It’s Great to Suck at Something Rinaldi, Karen
Kingdom of Lies: Unnerving Adventures in the World of Cybercrime Fazzini, Kate
The Latte Factor: Why You Don’t Have to Be Rich to Live Rich Bach, David and Mann, John David
Mrs. Everything Weiner, Jennifer
Orange World and Other Stories Russell, Karen
Reckoning: The Epic Battle Against Sexual Abuse and Harassment Hirshman, Linda
Rules for Visiting Kane, Jessica Francis
Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis Diamond, Jared

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