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Message from the Editors

Welcome to the spring 2007 edition of CUA Libraries Online. After a brief hiatus we are pleased to bring you the latest library news.

Is something missing? Any objections? Is there an article you enjoyed? Please direct comments, questions, and suggestions about the newsletter to us via the contact form.

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Mental Measurements: Coming Soon to a Library Near You!

Could it be, is it possible… is Mental Measurements online???

YES! Starting in March, "Mental Measurements Yearbook" will be available to all CU's patrons through ALADIN.

This database contains the most recent descriptive information and critical reviews of new and revised tests from the Buros Institute's 9th through 16th print yearbooks. It covers more than 2200 commercially available tests in personality, developmental and behavioral assessment, achievement, education, speech & hearing, etc.

Compared with the printed versions, the online version provides easier and more powerful keyword search function.

Please contact our Reference Services staff at 202-319-5070, if you have questions about using this database.

Please note the print versions will still be kept in Mullen's Reference room with call number "L103.4.P8B96M5". The 1st through 8th yearbooks will be ONLY available in the print versions.

~ Shanyun Zhang, Electronic Resources Librarian, Psychology

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The Edward J. Belanger, Jr. Staff Award for Excellence

"The Edward J. Belanger, Jr. Staff Award for Excellence in Service" has been awarded to AV/AC Catalog Maintenance Supervisor, Aida Lopez. The award was created to honor the over forty years of service rendered by Edward J. Belanger, Jr., retired Head of Administrative Services.


Aida Lopez, Guatemala

Aida Lopez is the perfect recipient for the award, in many respects. Like Mr. Belanger she has served the CUA Libraries community for more than forty years.

The story of Aida's path to CUA is a fascinating and global one.

A native of Guatemala, Aida has served in libraries nearly her entire adult life. To speak to Aida one would never know she grew up in Central America; her perfect English stems from her mother, who was from Dallas, Texas.

In 1957, while working at a library in Guatemala, she attended a USIA sponsored librarian exchange course at CUA. That experience, along with curiosity over her mother's culture, inspired her plan to come and live in D.C. for a year. A professional connection from the USIA course resulted in a job at CUA in 1965.

It is CUA's great fortune that Aida remained here for longer than a year, staying instead for the duration of her career (disregarding a brief two year hiatus in the early 1980's). She has seen the library evolve over the years and sincerely loves her job.

Mr. Michael McLane, Director of Libraries, perfectly described Aida's contribution to the CUA community by stating: "She brings to all of her duties a strong sense of care, competence, accuracy, and diligence.she creates an atmosphere of serenity". To know Aida is to know the truth of that statement.

For her the true value of the award is in knowing that the CUA community will remember her.

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FACULTY: Get the most bang for your research buck!

As a faculty member, I'm sure you dream of multitudes reading and citing your research. One of the ways to make that happen is to publish in a journal, right? Maybe not…

Publishing an article in a journal may actually mean that few people will be able to afford to read your article. As a result, there is less chance that your article will have the impact you desire. The prohibitive cost of journals is a real threat that exists and is becoming more serious.

As a librarian, I see the subscription prices for journals skyrocket each year. Many libraries have to cancel their subscriptions to some journals. Additionally, people rely more and more on the Internet to search for information. Some research showed that articles freely available on the Internet are cited 300% more than the articles that are not!

Feel disappointed? Take heart, there is hope.

The University Libraries have been working with WRLC to build a repository, which not only preserves your work permanently, but also publicizes the descriptive information you provide within your file. It allows potential readers of your work easier access, by using many popular search engines, such as Google, Yahoo!, and MSN.

To find out how to set up a collection of your work in the repository and/or more about how it works, please feel free to contact Shanyun Zhang (Electronic Resources Librarian) [].

Look at the current repository at ALADIN Research Commons.

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Better than Carnival: The Oliveira Lima Library

In July 2006 the Oliveira Lima Library, whose collections focus on the history and culture of Portugal and Brazil from 1500 to 1930, completed the transfer of its cataloguing records from OCLC to WRLC/Aladin. This was the culmination of several months of close collaboration with WRLC and CUA Libraries colleagues, for whose assistance the library is profoundly grateful.

It represents a major advance for the library's bibliographic and reference services and has enhanced the library's profile by facilitating worldwide access to its collections.

The records transferred - over 17,200 in all - represent one-fourth of the library's bibliographic holdings. Around one-third is for works of which the library possesses the only copy in OCLC and an even larger share represent unique additions to WRLC. They include dozens of works published in Brazil and Portugal of which no copy is known to exist in either country. Most are from the original donation of 40,000 volumes from the Brazilian historian and diplomat, Manoel de Oliveira Lima (1867-1928).

In addition to its cataloging achievement the library participated in two international exhibitions that opened in October.

"Brazil-U.S. Intersections: 140 Years of Partnership," sponsored by the Brazilian Embassy, was held at Union Station from October 2 to 14. The Library provided two dozen objects that were reproduced and displayed in the form of framed posters and comprised the exhibition's historical core.

The library's portrait of Francisco de Miranda (1750-1816), the "precursor" of Latin American independence, traveled to Caracas, Venezuela for inclusion in the exhibition "Miranda y su Tiempo" ("Miranda and His Times") which opened October 31 at the Galería de Arte Nacional. The portrait is a hand-colored print published in London in 1806; it is the only known copy and one of only two portraits of Miranda to have been created from life.

~ Maria Leal, Oliveira Lima Library Assistant Curator

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New Bibliographical Citation Management Software: Zotero!

If you have been thinking of purchasing EndNote or acquiring a subscription to RefWorks, check out the new bibliographical citation software called Zotero, introduced last October. Zotero is free and operates as an extension in the Firefox web browser.

In addition to harvesting records from library catalogs, Zotero can save web pages through the snapshot feature, download and store PDF files from journal repositories like JSTOR, and create and search notes that you have written or uploaded from your computer. You can store files on your computer and work offline.

Zotero works with Firefox 2.0 and later versions only (not Internet Explorer). It runs in Windows, Mac and Linux. There is even a description on how to convert Endnote records to Zotero. You are able to manage information with notes, attachments, metatags, and freestanding notes. Smart folders hold "to do" notes. You can plug your Zotero collections into other existing web applications (eg. web visualization-concept maps).

Alas, downloading citations from library catalogs continues to be a problem for bibliographical citation software in general and Zotero is no exception. Certain fields are missed in the download process resulting in the need to manually 'clean up' records.

Zotero is currently in beta mode; version 1.0 is scheduled to be released in Spring, 2007. Zotero is open source so developers can download it and modify it at will. There is a community of developers who have created translators for certain sites. Hundreds of library and web sites have been tested.

The folks at the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University created Zotero. It is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

~ Kevin Gunn, Coordinator of Religious Studies and Humanities Services

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Update: Suggestion Box; IM; Contacting a Librarian

In the Spring 2006 newsletter we asked, "Do you have a suggestion for the CUA libraries?" The resounding answer has been yes. Thank you for taking the time to let us know how you feel.

If you have spare time feel free to read the suggestions that we have received. They are located in the notebook in front of the suggestion box in the lobby of Mullen Library. You may find an answer to a question you never knew you had.

In related news, there are now even more ways for you to ask a librarian a question and/or make a suggestion.

Our IM service is in full swing, and you can track when we are online from our homepage.

New for the Spring 2007 semester is the online comment form, which acts like an electronic suggestion box.

These are just some of the many ways to contact a librarian.

Please keep submitting suggestions and asking questions, whether it be in person, on paper, by phone, or electronically.

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Welcome: Kitty Tynan

Kitty Tynan, Assistant Director for Public Services, started February 5th 2007. Welcome!

Tynan has deep roots at Catholic University of America, dating back to the late 70's. Tynan worked at Mullen library full time while attending graduate school. She received her master's in library science from CUA in 1980.

After graduation she worked at American University and eventually moved to the New England area. The span of her career has encompassed many libraries and innumerable tasks, most incorporating reference services and instruction.

A commitment to professional growth and familiarity with the D.C. area made the position at CUA a natural fit. Tynan notes how impressed she has been with the dynamic energetic commitment of the CUA Libraries staff. Her aim is to provide staff with the support that will lead to the best possible delivery of public services.

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Welcome: New Staff

Pictured from left are: Lezchek Czubik (Cataloger), Jessica Dovi (Access Services Librarian, formerly Circulation Services Supervisor), Kitty Tynan (Assistant Director for Public Services), Betsy Jayasuriya (Science/Nursing/Technology Librarian), Melissa Witcher (GLP/Reference & Instructional Services)

Not Pictured: Dennis Obermeyer (Rare Books library assistant)

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What to Read: Book Reviews

Cesar Chavez, the Catholic Bishops, and the Farmworkers' Struggle for Social Justice. By Marco G. Prouty. (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2006. 185 pages, hardback). HD6509.C48 P76 2006 in the Mullen Library Stacks

The author is to be congratulated for this scholarly yet readable account of the involvement of the American Catholic Church with the struggle of farm workers for social justice.

Based upon solid archival research, including access to the records of the Bishops' Ad hoc Committee on Farm Labor and the papers of Msgr. George Higgins, this is a condensed version of Dr. Prouty's doctoral dissertation from the Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, DC. Unlike many re-worked dissertations for publication, this account is a coherent and well-written study that also tells a compelling story.

Prouty's sympathy for Cesar Chavez, a hero of almost saintly proportions to many Hispanic Americans, is not blind to Chavez's shortcomings in building a strong farm workers union that could sustain itself beyond the heady days of boycotts and hunger strikes of the 1960s and 1970s.

Dr. Prouty also discusses the roles of the three churchmen who, as members of the Bishops' Ad hoc Committee on Farm Labor in the 1970s, were crucial to the accomplishments of the nascent United Farm Workers union in receiving labor contracts from growers, many of them Catholic, as well as the passage of significant legislation by the State of California. These men, Cardinal Roger Mahoney, Bishop Joseph Donnelly of Connecticut, and the aforementioned Msgr. Higgins, strongly supported the farm workers when many of their clerical colleagues were indecisive or even hostile.

~ W. John Shepherd, Archives


Developing and Promoting Graphic Novel Collections. By Steve Miller. (Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2005. 130 pages, paperback). Z692.G7 M55 2005 in the Mullen Library Reference Room: non-circulating.

A graphic novel is a novel written in comics form. These novels are usually sold in bookstores rather than magazine stores or newspaper stands. A graphic novel is typically bound using durable materials such as a light card stock for softcover bindings and a heavier card for the hardback editions. They are also typicaly manufactured and sold by major book publishers. Graphic novels appear not only in fiction but also in collections of loosely related anthologies and even non-fiction.

This book is a useful for school or public librarians who want to build library collections but also anyone who has an interest in collecting graphic novels. Even libraries that already have existing graphic novel collections would find this a useful tool in promoting the collection and collection development.

A history of the art form is provided as well as the different genres. Librarians will also find useful sections devoted to how to get administrator's backing for a graphic novel collection, how such a collection can be good for the library, how to fend off potential challenges to the collection as well as cataloging suggestions. The publication also includes a glossary, bibliography, list of graphic novel publishers, and three indexes.

~ Anne Marie Hules, Library Science


Ilf and Petrov's American Road Trip: the 1935 Travelogue of Two Soviet Writers. By Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov. Edited by Erika Wolf. (Princeton Architectural Press, 2007) E806. I 27713 2007 in the Mullen Library Stacks

"Advertising lurks in wait for you everywhere: at home and at your friends' homes, on the street and on the highway, in taxis, in the subway, in trains, in planes, in ambulances, everywhere."

Guess when this was written. Last year? No. 1935? Correct!

Iyla Ilf and Evgeny Petrov were Russian photojournalists who traveled across the United States in the summer of 1935 in a Ford. They took pictures and recorded their impressions-one of which was our love of advertisements. Their resulting photo-essays were first published in 11 installments in a Soviet news magazine, later in a book, and now in this newly edited and translated edition.

It's a touching, lightly satirical glimpse of 1930's Depression-era America. This is an early example of photojournalism and deserves a place within the genre of travel narratives written by foreigners about America. It's especially interesting to note that between the two world wars, before the Stalinist terror and the Red Scare, these Russian journalists were welcome visitors to the United States.

~ Anne Lesher, Reference Services, History, Politics

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Staff Notes

  • Ela Rymsza-Pawlowska, Head of Information Processing for the University Libraries, was recently appointed Acting Head of Technical Services. In this role, Ms. Rymsza-Pawlowska, who has been a member of the Mullen Library professional staff for over twenty years, oversees the Acquisitions, Cataloging, Collection Management and Serials Departments of the Library. Thank you Ela!
  • Denis Obermeyer became a full-time Mullen Library staff member on Monday, February 19 as Library Assistant in the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. Many of you might know Denis, as he has been a part-time library employee for many years in Acquisitions and, lately, Rare Books. Welcome Denis!
  • Melissa Witcher, a Graduate Library Preprofessional in Mullen Library, has been awarded an ACRL National Conference Library Support Staff scholarship to attend the national conference of the ACRL which will be held in Baltimore from March 29-April 1, 2007. "The purpose of the scholarship is to provide opportunities for academic and research library support staff to update their skills and knowledge by participating in an ACRL professional development experience."

    The Graduate Library Preprofessional (GLP) program, administered by the CUA University Libraries and the School of Library and Information Science, has a two-fold purpose: to provide selected new students in the Library School with preprofessional work experience in the university libraries, and providing the libraries with a cadre of highly motivated and dedicated employees. The GLPs are full-time employees of the Library while pursuing their MLS degree.
  • ~ Mike McLane, Director of Libraries

  • Becir Zekovic, a library staff member in Facilities, has become a naturalized U.S. citizen. He took his oath in Baltimore, MD on February 16th, 2007. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services consider, "citizenship (is) one of the most coveted gifts that the U.S. government can bestow, and the most important immigration benefit that USCIS can grant." Those that know him know the valuable contribution he makes to the CUA library community and how deserving he is of the gift of citizenship. Congratulations Becir!
  • Emilie Krut, Reference Librarian for Instructional Services and Education, delivered a healthy baby boy on December 1st, 2006. Mom and son are doing great.

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Contributors

The content editor would like to the thank the following contributors to the Spring 2007 Newsletter:

Kevin Gunn, Coordinator of Religious Studies and Humanities Services; Anne Marie Hules, Reference Librarian for Library & Information Science; Maria Leal, Oliveira Lima Library Assistant Curator; Anne Lesher, Reference Librarian for Reference Services, Politics, History; Mike McLane, Director of Libraries; W.John Shepherd, Associate Archivist; Shanyun Zhang, Electronic Resources Librarian [MERIC], Psychology

Content Editor: Melissa Witcher, Graduate Library Pre-professional

Web Editor: Jonathan M. Smith, Electronic Resources (MERIC) Assistant

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