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Welcome to the special Orientation edition of CUA Libraries Online. To those of you returning: welcome back! To newcomers: congratulations and welcome! In this issue we would like to tell you how CUA Libraries can help you achieve academic success! We are pleased to share with you information about our resources and services.

As always, we welcome comments, questions, and suggestions at our online comment form.

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Welcome Dr. Kimberly B. Kelley

Dr. Kimberly B. Kelley

Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., president of The Catholic University of America, has announced the appointment of Kimberly B. Kelley as Associate Provost, University Libraries.

Prior to coming to CUA, Dr. Kelley was the vice provost and dean of academic resources and services at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC), a position she held since 2005. She managed a faculty and staff of 150, and led the unit responsible for developing and implementing new approaches to course design through technology innovation. From 1991-2005 she served as director of library services, and associate provost of information and library services before being promoted to Vice Provost.

While at UMUC, Kelley established the nationally prominent Center for Intellectual Property. The center has provided leadership through research, teaching and outreach about the impact of digitalization on the creation, dissemination and management of intellectual property.

Before her work at UMUC, Kelley was the chief librarian at the Museum Support Center of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., from 1990 to 1991. From 1985 to 1990, she was the engineering and psychology librarian at Columbia University in New York.

She also served as the health sciences librarian at the A.W. Calhoun Medical Library (1985-1986) and as a researcher at the Yerkes Primate Research Center (1982-1985), both in Atlanta.

Kelley is an award-winning administrator in the area of library science. Among her awards are the Excellence in Service Award for Outstanding Information Resources Management and the Excellence in Service Award for Non-Credit Program Offerings, both received from the University Continuing Education Association in 2004. She received a commendation from Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening in 2000 for the creation and initiation of the Maryland Digital Library, which provides access to electronic resources to students and faculty at universities and colleges throughout the state.

She created the digital library with a $900,000 grant from the Maryland Information Technology Board. In 1998 she was elected to Phi Kappa Phi, a faculty honor society, for her service to the University System of Maryland. Kelley earned her bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's of library science at Emory University. She received her Ph.D. in higher education policy, planning and administration from the University of Maryland in College Park.

Dr. Kelley arrived at CUA in August, 2007 to assume the post of Dean, School of Library and Information Science. Since her arrival, Dr. Kelley has led the professional re-accreditation process for the American Library Association (ALA) in collaboration with the School's faculty. Most recently, the School submitted its Program Plan to the American Library Association and received a commendation for the quality and thoroughness of the report. Further, Dr. Kelley launched a new weekend college format for the school library media track and completed an agreement with the Library of Congress to begin offering courses at the Library of Congress's National Audio Visual Conservation site in Culpeper, VA. In addition, Dr. Kelley has hired a new faculty member to join the School in January 2009 who specializes in diversity and law issues. In June, 2008, Dr. Kelley was given additional responsibility by becoming the Associate Provost for the University Libraries. In her new, combined role, she established a transition team and a facilities committee to find new avenues for synergy between the School and the Libraries. One of these initial efforts is establishing an institutional repository at CUA, a combined effort of the Libraries and the School led by Dr. Hsieh-Yee. Dr. Kelley's long term goals are to have a successful accreditation visit in March, 2009, to successfully launch a pilot institutional repository effort for CUA, and establish a strategic plan for the Libraries.

~ Anne Marie Hules, Reference Librarian for Library and Information Science

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Farewell Mike McLane

Mike McLane

Michael McLane, Director of University Libraries at the Catholic University of America, retired from that position in May 2008. Mike became Director of in August 2005 coming to us from Central New York Library Resources Council in Syracuse, NY where he served as its executive director.

He brought to Catholic his nearly 40 years of experience in a library setting such as a librarian, dean of libraries and instructional resources, and head of librarian consortium. Mike was eager to return to the academic setting, particularly a Catholic institution with a strong sense of community.

While here Mike accomplished many very significant tasks which put the library on an excellent path toward the future. To name a few:

He helped to extend the GLP program from four to six positions in the following areas of the library: Semitic/ICOR library, Reference and Instructional Services, Engineering/Architecture/Math Library, Technical Services, Electronic Services, and the Religious/Philosophy/Humanities Departments.

He hired a consultant to develop a Disaster Preparedness and Response Manual to assist the library staff recovering from a variety of potential disasters or emergencies, which could affect the library's collections.

A 1000 square foot space on the second floor of Mullen Library was secured to be a multi-purpose center that houses the Children's Literature collection, a Reference Librarian's office and a space, which can be used for group study, seminars and student projects.

Mike felt the staff at CUA Libraries was strong, dedicated and extremely competent and demonstrated loyalty to CUA and contributed to its mission. He left the University Libraries in good shape and poised to advance to the next level of excellence and support of the University and its programs.

Mike was very supportive of the staff. He maintained an open door policy and participated in the various celebrations through out the library. He encouraged library staff to seek out career and personal development opportunities.

Although retired, Mike is still active in the profession. He is now associated with the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) as a visiting program officer. McLane will play an integral role in carrying out the recommendations of the ACRL task force on national advocacy. He will work with ACRL members and staff to recruit new legislative advocates, plan training opportunities and assess the program.

We miss Mike's hearty laugh and collegial presence but we wish him well on his retirement and in his endeavors at ACRL.

~ Mary Mathews, Business Manager, CUA Libraries

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Library Services and Resources

Three cards you need to use the Library:

  • Cardinal Card (CUA ID) to check out library material and login to our online databases from off campus
  • Copy Card (to make copies in the library)
  • Business card of your subject librarian if you need advice on how to get started on your research project

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Access Services (1st floor Mullen Library)

Circulation and Borrowing
Circulation desk in Mullen Library

This is where you check out and return library materials. Students, faculty, faculty associates, and staff members with a current ID may obtain borrowing privileges at the Mullen Circulation Desk. Student privileges are renewed each semester approximately ten days prior to the first day of classes provided the student has registered for classes or dissertation/comprehensive examination guidance. Faculty and staff must renew privileges in person at the Mullen circulation desk at the beginning of each academic year. Patrons must present an active Cardinal Card at the circulation desk to borrow any circulating items, including books, laptops, and movies.

Access to certain ALADIN databases, ejournals, MyALADIN, CLS, and ILL from off campus will require a valid cardinal card.

You may renew items in person at the Mullen Circulation Desk or through myALADIN. Most items may be renewed three times.

Course Reserves

Course Reserve holds print and audio-visual items that instructors request be made available for their students. Only instructors can give out login and password information for electronic course reserves.

Electronic Reserve holds items made available by individual faculty members in an electronic format. Electronic reserves are available through Blackboard ( only to current CUA faculty, staff, or students in good standing. Please contact the course instructor for the required username and password.


myALADIN is your personal library account. To activate your myALADIN account:

  1. Click on myALADIN on the library home page (underneath quick links)
  2. Type your Patron ID and Last Name
  3. Go to Patron Information and E-mail Registration and click on Edit
  4. Select CLS Requests and Web Document Delivery and click on Update
  5. Go back to the Patron Information and E-mail Registration page. Type your e-mail address in the text box (Make sure that Web delivery is not disabled.) and click on Update E-mail.

Once you have registered you can check on the status of ILL or CLS requests, access online databases and ejournals from off campus, download scanned documents, and renew CUA and CLS materials, You can also sign up for text messages or RSS feeds.

WRLC Consortium

The Washington Research Libraries Consortium is made up of the following universities:

  • American University (AU)
  • Catholic University (CU)
  • Gallaudet University (GA)
  • George Mason University (GM)
  • Georgetown University (GT)
  • George Washington University (GW)
  • Marymount University (MU)
  • Trinity College (TR)
  • University of the District of Columbia (DC)
  • WRLC Center (WR)
Consortium Loan Service (CLS)

Patrons with CUA undergraduate, graduate, faculty, faculty associate, and staff privileges may use CLS. Materials such as:

  • Circulating books not owned by CUA. The books must display the status Available in the WRLC Libraries Catalog.
  • Articles from journals and reference books not owned by CUA. The articles must be less than 50 pages.
  • Books and journals owned by CUA that are shelved at the WRLC Center or are missing, lost, or charged.
  • Please note: Requests from CUA patrons for CUA items will not be processed.
To submit a CLS request:
  1. Search for your item (book or journal) in the WRLC Libraries Catalog (
  2. Click on the title that is owned by a library other than CUA and confirm that the item is available or that the volume is owned.
  3. Click on the Request button at the top of the screen and enter the barcode from your Cardinal Card (student ID). Enter your last name and click on Login.
  4. Verify that the Library for Pickup is Catholic U. - Mullen Library.
  5. Complete the form as directed. For articles fill in the Vol/Issue/Date, Article Title/Author, and Article Pages fields.
  6. Enter your Patron ID and click on Submit Request.
To check the status of a CLS request:

You will be notified by e-mail if the item requested is eligible or ineligible for CLS. Requests for ineligible items are cancelled.

You also may check the status of a request in myALADIN 30 to 45 minutes after you submit the request. Go to Consortium Loan Services Activity and click on View.

When a request is ready you will be notified by e-mail.

Consortium loan requests usually take three to five business days, but they may take longer. Please plan ahead. Materials that are not sent via email can be picked up at the Mullen Circulation Desk. CLS materials can be renewed through MyALADIN. Click on George Mason and Georgetown to renew items from those libraries. If you need an item immediately, you are permitted entry to any of the WRLC libraries with your Cardinal Card and can check out items.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Through ILL, patrons may obtain materials not available in the CUA libraries or at other WRLC libraries. Material usually arrives within 2-3 weeks, but may take longer depending on the rarity and availability of the item. Please plan ahead! When material arrives, we will contact you via email or you can check MyALADIN.

Overdue ILL books and overdue recalled ILL books are subject to the same fines as overdue CUA books.

Laptop and Wireless Network

The CUA Libraries provide a wireless network in Mullen Library. This network allows you to access library resources and the Internet from laptop computers in any of the study areas in Mullen Library.

Do your research where it's convenient for you. With the wireless network, you can get up and move as you need to! We advise that you do not leave laptops unattended in the library.

We have a limited number of PC laptop computers available for use, on a first-come, first-serve basis. Come to the Circulation Desk on the first floor of Mullen Library to check out a laptop for four hours. The laptops are only available to current CUA students, faculty, and staff with valid, updated borrowing privileges.

If you have a laptop and you want to configure it to use the library printers click here for directions.

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Reference and Instructional Services

Information/Reference Desk (1st floor Mullen Library)
Information desk

This is where you go if you have questions about research, using the library, call number locations, finding a specific book or journal or how to begin searching the Aladin databases.

ALADIN: Catalog & Databases
What is ALADIN?

ALADIN is the name for the online databases available to CUA patrons through the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC).

The Library Catalogs show the collections of the WRLC libraries, including CUA. Use the WRLC Libraries Catalog to search for books, hard copy journals, and other materials that are available in the libraries. More information about the collections at George Mason University and Trinity College is available through their separate catalogs.

The Article and Other Databases are produced by companies, scholarly societies, or government agencies outside CUA. These databases cover the major publications in particular subject areas. Some of these databases include the full text of the articles. Access to the article databases off campus is available to users with valid, updated library privileges.

Finding the Right Databases

Using the right tools is a key part of doing effective research. You need to search the appropriate databases to find the best material in your subject. There are a number of ways to get information about the ALADIN databases. Go to our the Libraries home page and look for Catalog or Article Databases & More.

Use the Alphabetical List

This will show you all of the databases available in ALADIN. If you're looking for a specific database, you'll find it here. Most of the databases have clear names that should give you an idea of whether or not you'll be interested by them. For more information, you can click the (Description) icon for a brief description of the database.

Use the Subject Lists

These will show you the most relevant databases in a general subject area. At CUA, we have lists of multidisciplinary databases, and databases in the arts, humanities, and religion, business and economics, health sciences, physical sciences and engineering, and social sciences. Some databases are useful for more than one category.

Read the Online Help

Once you have chosen a database, look for Help or Information screens. These provide more detailed information about what the database covers and the best way to search it.

CUA students and faculty only have access to subject databases that CUA Libraries subscribes to. Access to databases from other schools in the WRLC Consortium is only available in their home libraries. Students and faculty can gain access to any WRLC Library with their valid Cardinal Card.

Electronic Journal Title Finder

Its easy to find out if CUA libraries has access to online journals. Go to the CUA Libraries' home page and look for CU's e-Journals. Click on CU's e-Journals then type in the title of the journal such as, Psychology Today. A list of databases that provide full text access to Psychology Today will appear. Click on one of those databases and search for the article you need. You will notice that two databases provide full text from 1992 on while two others provide full text from 1988. If you need an article that was published before 1992 you will want to click on a database that provides access from 1988 on.

To use Aladin databases from off campus

Anyone may use the WRLC Libraries Catalog.

To use the article databases, go to the Libraries' home page. Look under Article Databases & More, when you are prompted enter your university ID number or library user barcode in the blank marked Patron ID, then press return. You should see the list of article databases appear on your screen.

If you see a new screen saying "patron validation failed," try retyping your information to make sure the problem was not just a typographical error. If you are sure this message is in error, contact the Access Services office (202-319-5060).

If you do not have current, valid borrowing privileges, you may visit the CUA Libraries and use our resources on-site.

Instant Messaging (IM) Reference

Sometimes its inconvenient to come to the library for help. For this reason CUA Libraries offer an IM reference Service. Ask a question via a live IM session and a librarian will gladly help you find the information you need. For information on how to use our IM reference using your IM software, check our Instant Messaging page.

This service is only open to current CUA enrolled students, staff, and faculty.

Individual Consultations

Individual consultations are for CUA Students, Faculty, and Staff who want to learn how to use the library's ALADIN Catalog, article databases, online dictionaries and encyclopedias, and full-text electronic journals. Consultations are tailored to your research needs and last about an hour.

To identify the reference librarian in your subject area, please check the list of subject librarians. Request an individual consultation. In the drop down menu in the subject line choose Request a meeting or a workshop with a librarian.

For Help
  • Contact Access Services if you have questions about borrowing materials, course reserves or your library account (202-319-5060)
  • Contact Reference and Instructional Services (first floor of Mullen Library; 202-319-5070) if you have questions about your research or how to use ALADIN.
  • Send us a question using the online form (you can also request an individual consultation using this form).
  • Contact the librarian for your subject area if you have a subject specific question or how to use a specialized database.
  • Contact a librarian through CUA Libraries Instant Messaging Reference.
  • Stacks Map
  • Take a virtual tour of Mullen library

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Special Collections and Branch Libraries

Canon LawRare Books
Special Libraries

Oliveira Lima Library
022 Mullen

The Lima Library is a collection of the history and culture of the Portuguese-speaking peoples from the 16th to the early 20th century.

Semitics/ICOR Library
035 Mullen

The Semitics/ICOR Library holdings include: the languages of the Bible and the Ancient Near East; and the languages, literatures, and history of the Christian Near East.

Rare Books and Special Collections
214 Mullen

The holdings of the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, some 65,000 volumes, range from medieval documents to first editions of twentieth century authors.

Main Reading Room
2nd Floor Mullen

Current social sciences and humanities journals, current newspapers, print indexes, bibliographies, and atlases are located in the Main Reading Room.

Juvenile Reading Room
2nd floor Mullen

This houses children's picture books, the juvenile history collection and award winning children's and young adult books.

Religious Studies, Philosophy and Canon Law
314/316 Mullen

The Religious Studies and Philosophy collections comprise some 250,000 to 300,000 volumes. The reading rooms contain non-circulating reference material. The subjects covered in the reading rooms are: Biblical Studies, Church History, Early Christian Studies, Medieval and Byzantine studies, Religion and Religious Education, and Theology.

Two smaller reading rooms cover Greek and Latin and Canon Law.

Greek & Latin Seminar Room

This collection contains important reference and series books

Canon Law Reading Room

It contains important papal registers, church council documents and various code commentaries. This room is restricted to Canon Law students and faculty.

Campus Libraries

American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives
101 Aquinas Hall; 202-319-5065

Engineering/Architecture Library
200 Pangborn; 202-319-5167

Music Library
101 Ward; 202-319-5424

Nursing/Biology Library
212 Gowan; 202-319-5411

Physics Library
101 Hannan; 202-319-5320

University Museum Collection
101 Aquinas Hall; 202-319-5065

Campus Library map

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Library Facilities

  • Copiers are on each floor in Mullen (and in all branch libraries.)
  • MERIC Computer lab (PCs and Macs in the library do not have word processing software installed. They are used primarily for accessing the Libraries' online resources. Students can check out laptops which have word processing software installed.)
  • Computers for public use on second floor outside the main reading room.
  • The CUA Libraries provide a wireless network in Mullen Library. This network allows you to access library resources and the Internet from laptop computers in any of the study areas in Mullen Library.
  • We have a limited number of laptop computers available for use (CUA students, faculty staff only), on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is word processing software installed on the lap tops.
  • Microfilm room and readers/printers.
  • Group and Quiet study areas
  • Media Collections
    • Media equipment available (such as head phones and television for viewing videos)
    • DVDs/VHSs available in the University Library Collection

~Anne Marie Hules, Reference Librarian for Library and Information Science

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New Staff

New Staff

( l - r ) Sean Hogan, Access Services Librarian;
Steve Connaghan, Interim Director of Library Administration;
Jamie Banister, Library Assistant, Nursing Biology Library;
Linda Todd, Acting Head of the Nursing/Biology Library

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The editors would like to the thank the following contributors to the Orientation 2008 Newsletter:

Mary Matthews, Business Manager for CUA Libraries

Content Editor: Anne Marie Hules, Reference Librarian for Library and Information Science

Web Editor: Jonathan M. Smith, Electronic Services Librarian

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