His Eminenence Cardinal Berhaneyesus Souraphiel of Ethiopia Visits Mullen Library

On Wednesday October 25, 2019 Cardinal Berhaneyesus Souraphiel and the Ethiopian ambassador to the United States Fitsum Arega visited the Semitics/ICOR Library to view a special exhibit of manuscripts selected from 183 Christian parchment codices in the ICOR collections. They are part of the Gerald and Barbara Weiner gift of 727 Ethiopian manuscripts deposited in the ICOR collections (183 Christian parchment codices, 367 scrolls, and 177 Islamic manuscripts with connections to the historic Ethiopian city of Harar). Material from the Clementine Library in the Rare Books Collections also was on display. The Clementine Library bears witness to the study of Ethiopic in the Roman colleges during the 16th through 18th centuries.

The Semitics/ICOR collections support research in Ethiopic studies. The study and teaching of Ethiopic language and literature began at CUA in 1895 with the establishment of a program in Semitic and Egyptian Literatures. Today CUA’s Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Ethiopic (Ge`ez). Prof. Aaron Butts directs the Ethiopic programs. Dr. Jeremy Brown, Visiting Assistant Professor, selected the manuscripts on display and guided the Cardinal and Ambassador and other visitors through the exhibit on the garden level of Mullen Library. Woinishet Negash of CUA’s Institute for Policy Research arranged this visit. Below, in the front row: Dr. Jeremy Brown, Visiting Assistant Professor (Semitics Dept.), Cardinal Berhaneyesus Souraphiel, Ethiopian Ambassador Fitsum Arega, Prof. Janet Timbie (Semitics Dept.), Katie DeFonzo (Semitics/ICOR Library GLP), and Woinishet Negash, (Institute for Policy Research). In the back row: Meghan Howard, Michael Hensley, and Dawit Muluneh, (Semitics dept. students in Ethiopic classes), Prof. Shawqi Talia (Semitics dept.), Prof. Robin Darling Young (School of Theology and Religious Studies), and Dr. Monica Blanchard (Curator, Semitics/ICOR Collections) Visit of Cardinal Berhaneyesus Souraphiel

Open Access Week: Getting to Know OA

What is Open Access? The Berlin Declaration states:

Open access contributions must satisfy two conditions: The author(s) and right holder(s) of such contributions grant(s) to all users a free, irrevocable, worldwide, right of access to, and a license to copy, use, distribute, transmit and display the work publicly and to make and distribute derivative works, in any digital medium for any responsible purpose, subject to proper attribution of authorship ….

Essentially, knowing your rights as an author and deciding the way you will dispense your work (license) are the two main factors in determining the degree of open access. Understanding what is Open Access can be daunting. For a detailed explanation of what OA is, what it is not, and popular myths debunked, consult the guru of OA, Peter Suber:

Open Access Overview


A Field Guide to Misunderstandings About Open Access


More information about OA can be found at the Open Access Directory which is maintained by the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at Simmons College. The Directory has a compendium of fact lists on a variety of topics related to OA.

Recent articles

Recent developments illustrate the shifting perspectives on OA. These articles published this week reflect this changing dynamic.

Oya Y. Rieger, Roger C. Schonfeld. Beyond Innovation: Emerging Meta-Frameworks for Maintaining an Open Scholarly Infrastructure. Ithaka. October 21, 2019.

Byron Russell. The Future of Open Access Business Models: APCs Are Not the Only Way. Scholarly Kitchen. October 23, 2019.

Ann Michael. Ask the Chefs: The Future of OA business models. October 24, 2019.

About Journals

Virginia research libraries endorse MIT framework for publisher contracts. Virginia Tech News. October 24, 2019.

Colleen Flaherty. Where research meets profits. Inside Higher Ed. October 23, 2019.

Ann Michael. Open Access business models. Scholarly Kitchen. October 24, 2019.

Eanna Kelly. Research organization releases publishing costs to highlight the challenge of going to full open access. Science Business. October 24, 2019.

Paywall: The Business of Scholarship. September 5, 2018. Free documentary on the problem of paywalls for journals.

About Books

About Data

Briony Fane, Paul Ayris, Mark Hahnel, Iain Hrynaszkiewicz, Grace Baynes, and Emily Farrell. State of Open Data Report 2019. Digital Science. October 24, 2019.  A short video explains the report’s findings: https://www.digital-science.com/blog/news/the-state-of-open-data-2019/

SPARC Open Data Factsheet.

About Open Education Resources (OER)

Anita Walz,  Assistant Director for Open Education and Scholarly Communication Librarian at Virginia Tech Libraries, has created an information handout Differentiating Between Open Access and Open Educational Resources.



Film Screening: Paywall: The Business of Scholarship

Paywall: The Business of Scholarship is a documentary which focuses on the need for open access to research and science, questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook and Google.” – Website

Join us for a panel discussion of journal subscriptions and open access alternatives.


Dr. Binh Tran – Department of Biomedical Engineering
Dr. Lilla Kopár – Department of English
Kevin Gunn – Libraries

Wednesday, October 23, 2019  2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Mullen Library, May Gallery

Light refreshments will be served.


Sponsored by the Catholic University Libraries & the University Honors Program

For questions or accommodations, please contact Kevin Gunn: gunn@cua.edu

Open Access Week: Open For Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge

Open Access Week (October 21 – 27, 2019) begins today! For those who are unfamiliar with the concept of Open Access, the term refers to “the free, immediate, online availability of research articles coupled with the right to use these articles fully in the digital environment. Open Access ensures that anyone can access and use these results—to turn ideas into industries and breakthroughs into better lives.” (SPARC*).

For a current understanding, see the following video:


The Catholic University of America Libraries is hosting a number of events this week:

Open Access Week Events

Workshop: Organizing and Documenting Your Data


Managing, organizing, and documenting your data is an increasing concern for researchers. This workshop is an overview of research data management basics, including using data management plans; following proper guidelines for naming and organizing data, folders, and files; organizing, storing, and backing up your files; and documenting your data using README files, codebooks, and data dictionaries. This workshop will provide you with techniques in managing your data (and time!) better.

Instructor: Kevin Gunn, Coordinator of Digital Scholarship

Monday, October 21, 2019

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

115 Mullen Library Instruction Room

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

Workshop: Working with Tableau


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. 


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.

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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


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!