The New 222: Expanded Group Study

At the heart of Mullen Library, room 222 has been 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 provides a unique intellectually inspiring and flexible group work space. 

Looking for the carrels? We’ve moved the carrels down to the first floor Reference Room. You can also find many more carrels on the third floor in the Greek & Latin and Religious Studies/Philosophy reading rooms. 

Kevin Gunn named 2019 Belanger awardee

Kevin Gunn, the Libraries’ Coordinator of Digital Scholarship, has been selected as the recipient of the Edward J. Belanger Jr. Staff Award for Excellence in Service for 2019.

One of his nominations cited his accomplishments and collegiality:

During the Fall 2019 semester, he planned and carried out a successful series of workshops on data science, visualization of data and GIS storymapping. He also hosted and moderated a panel discussion on open access journals and the business of scholarship following a film on the topic. His cheerful, positive nature makes it easy to learn from him. He has taken on multiple responsibilities over the years, most recently as Coordinator of Digital Scholarship. He is currently co-editor for the journal College and Undergraduate Libraries, and has been a peer reviewer for several years. He has continued to maintain his scholarship by reading professional literature on his own time, and willingly provides advice to his colleagues on their own scholarship.

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.

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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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.

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.

Halloween comes….

Time for some pumpkin pie and good reading! Check out some of our recent 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.

Pumpkins (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
Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead Mattis, Jim & West, Bing
The Giver of Stars Moyes, Jojo
The Girl Who Reads on the Metro Féret-Fleury, Christine
Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation Marantz, Andrew
Who Says You’re Dead?: Medical & Ethical Dilemmas for the Curious & Concerned Appel, Jacob M.
How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems Munroe, Randall
What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence Schwarzman, Stephen A.
Dad’s Maybe Book O’Brien, Tim
Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years Andrews, Julie, with Emma Walton Hamilton
Warrior of the Altaii Jordan, Robert
Right After the Weather Anshaw, Carol
Full Throttle: Stories Hill, Joe
Art of Making Memories, The: How to Create and Remember Happy Moments Wiking, Meik
Christmas Shopaholic Kinsella, Sophie
The Way I Heard It: True Tales for the Curious Mind With a Short Attention Span Rowe, Mike
Grand Union: Stories Smith, Zadie
How Charts Lie: Getting Smarter About Visual Information Cairo, Alberto
Our Better Angels: Seven Simple Virtues That Will Change Your Life and the World Reckford, Jonathan. Foreword by Jimmy Carter
Change Is the Only Constant: The Wisdom of Calculus in a Madcap World Orlin, Ben

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