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Exhibition Commemorating CUA’s First Original Musical

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:53

Exhibition Title: When Yankee Doodle Came to Town

Where: May Gallery, Mullen Library

When: April – August, 2014

In 1939, CUA’s newly formed Department of Speech and Drama mounted an original musical, Yankee Doodle Boy.  The show portrayed the life of George M. Cohan, a legend of the American musical stage, and used for the first time the now standard device of telling a composer’s life through his own music.  Generating a photo spread in Life Magazine, inspiring the 1942 motion picture Yankee Doodle Dandy, starring James Cagney; and bringing national attention to the university, CUA’s musical was a hit!

With photographs, memorabilia, and contemporary accounts, this exhibit, created by the CUA University Libraries, tells the little-known story of the production and the people who made it happen.

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Book Talk today at 5pm: Electronic Iran

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:38

Niki Akhavan, assistant professor of media studies, will discuss her book Electronic Iran: The Cultural Politics of an Online Evolution in the May Gallery of Mullen Library on Thursday, April 10th at 5:00pm.

Electronic Iran explores the idea of an Iranian internet both in terms of virtual and offline spaces. Focusing on the years between 1998 and 2012, Akhavan discusses how a variety of actors from the state and its supporters to online activists, have constructed, challenged, and defended concepts of Iranian identity and politics. The book surveys overlooked aspects of the Iranian blogosphere to develop a more complete look at its dynamic landscape. Electronic Iran shows the transformative effect digital media can have on local and transnational geopolitics.

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University Libraries Open @ 12:30 PM

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 05:33

Due to the snow, the University Libraries will open at 12:30 PM on Monday, March 17.

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Chronicle of Higher Education Available to Entire CUA Community

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 15:15 is your gateway to on campus and remote access to the reputable publication, The Chronicle of Higher Education, as well as several e-newsletters, job listings, a blog, and forums for discussions.  This is the essential resource for those who want to keep up with the latest news, trends, facts and figures in higher education. Go to to set up your account for access on your desktop, iPad, smartphone, or tablet. This indispensable resource is available free to everyone with a university email address, courtesy of the University Libraries.

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Newest in Popular Reading: Dangerous Women, Our Picnic in the Sun, and Innocence

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 14:34

We hope you are having a wonderful year so far at the Catholic University of America. If you are still in town over the break, and are looking for some wonderful reading material to distract you from your studies, then we invite you to come and relax with one of our popular reading books. The Popular Reading books are located in the Main Reading Room on the second floor of Mullen Library.

Some of our newest titles are listed below. 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 Dangerous Women Martin, George R. R. & Dozois, Gardner R. The Death Trade Jack Higgins Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade Minter, Adam Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage Delaney, Rob Parasite Grant, Mira W Is for Wasted Grafton, Sue Uncharted: Big Data As a Lens on Human Culture Aiden, Erez & Michel, Jean-baptiste Our Picnics in the Sun Joss, Morag The Final Cut Coulter, Catherine & Ellison, J. T. Robert Ludlum’s the Bourne Retribution, No. 13 (Jason Bourne) Lustbader, Eric Servants: A Downstairs History of Britain from the Nineteenth-Century to Modern Times Lethbridge, Lucy A Big Fat Crisis: The Hidden Forces Behind the Obesity Epidemic – and How We Can End It Cohen, Deborah Nine Inches Perrotta, Tom Innocence: A Novel Koontz, Dean R. Rosarito Beach Lawson, M. A. Hazardous Duty Griffin, W. E. B. & Butterworth, William E.

Looking for more options? You can always see a full list of our Popular Reading books in the catalog, by searching under keyword, “CUA Popular Reading.” Happy reading!

Looking for other free things to do this spring? There are plenty around Washington D.C. to take advantage of. Spring is a great time to meet that neighbor you haven’t spoken to yet, or to continue building and strengthening relationships with friends. From all of us at Mullen Library, we wish you a wonderful Spring.

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Communication Source: Free Trial of Database

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 10:51

Until May 1,  CUA Libraries has a free trial to the database Communication Source. The database offers abstracts and indexing as well as full-text content from publications worldwide pertaining to communication, linguistics, rhetoric and discourse, speech-language pathology, media studies and related fields. Back file coverage includes top titles in communication reaching deep into the 20th century.

Librarians are evaluating the usefulness of this resource. Try it out and let us know what you think.  Email your comments to Meghan Gates, Subject Librarian for Media Studies:

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University Libraries Open 9:30 AM on Tuesday, March 4

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 06:01

Due to yesterday’s storm, the University Libraries will delay opening until 9:30 AM on Tuesday, March 4.

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University Libraries Closed on Monday, March 3

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 00:58

Mullen Library and the campus libraries will be closed on Monday, March 3, due to the expected snowstorm and hazardous travel conditions.  The IM/Chat with a Librarian service will be available 2-5 pm and 6-9 pm.

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Mullen Library Closes @ 10 PM on 2/20

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 22:44

Due to power outage that affected several buildings on campus, Mullen Library closed at 10 PM on Thursday, February 20.  There will be no overnight hours.

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Get the Most from Web of Science (WoS) + EndNote, February 27

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:24

CUA Libraries is providing 2 in‐depth training sessions for researchers; no registration required.

Date: Thursday, February 27
Time:  10:00 AM (WoS) and 11:30 AM (EndNote)
Location:  Scullen Room, Pangborn Hall, First Floor

10AM ‐ Web of Science Core Collection
The world’s leading citation databases provide authoritative, multidisciplinary coverage
from more than 12,000 high impact research journals worldwide, including Open Access
journals. Cover‐to‐cover indexing of content is provided by Science Citation Index
Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index Expanded, Conference Proceedings Citation
Index, and Arts & Humanities Citation Index.

11:30AM ‐ EndNote
EndNote® is for more than just bibliographies. It lets you find, store, and share research
in the most efficient way possible to speed up the research, writing, and publishing
process. With a Web of Science subscription, EndNote provides you with an integrated
and seamless way to collect references and move them to a space where they can be
easily managed and shared.

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University Libraries Closed on February 14

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 06:12

Mullen Library and the campus libraries will be closed on  Friday, February 14.  The IM/Chat with a Librarian service will be available 2-5 pm and 6-9 pm.

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University Libraries Closed on February 13

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 05:23

Mullen Library and the campus libraries will be closed on Thursday, February 13.  The IM/Chat with a Librarian service will be available 2-5 pm and 6-9 pm.

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Mullen Library Overnight Hours Cancelled, Feb. 12

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 11:28

Due to the predicted snow storm tonight, the University Libraries is cancelling our overnight hours.  Mullen Library will close at 10 P.M. on Wednesday, February 12.

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Trial for Drama Online through May 5th

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 16:22

The University Libraries has a trial for Drama Online through May 5, 2014.

Drama Online is the award-winning online resource that offers a vast array of full-text plays complete with scholarly notes, annotated texts, critical analysis and contextual information. Access covers the earliest days of Greek drama to the present day, epics, monologues, new authors and the great playwrights. The resources are searchable by full-text or
through a myriad of filters including content type, genre, period, author, setting and theme. Drama Online also includes over 500 images from the Victoria and Albert Museum’s rich archive of production photos.

To try this new resource or find more information visit .

Let us know what you like or do not like about Drama Online.  Send comments to Lynn Weinstein, Digital Acquisitions Librarian:

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Salve Regina Digital Arts Lab Adds Hours for CUA Community

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 14:23

The Salve Regina Digital Arts Lab (218  Mullen Library) supports the digital arts classes offered by the Department of Art.  Students enrolled in those classes have always had access to the lab, but the Department of Art is now opening the lab to all  CUA students, faculty, and staff on: Tuesdays: 9:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.; Thursdays: 5:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.; and Fridays: 9:00 A.M. – 9:00 P.M.

The hardware and software available in the lab is listed on the Art Department’s web page. A digital lab monitor will be available to provide assistance.

The following room guidelines are in place:

  • No food or drink
  • No disruptive behavior
  • No laptops connected to the wired network
  • No moving of equipment and / or cables
  • No illegal copying of ANY materials




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University Libraries Open @ 9:30 on Wednesday, 1/22

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 06:19

Due to inclement weather, the University Libraries will open at 9:30 A.M. on Wednesday, January 22.

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University Libraries Closed, Tuesday, January 21

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 08:01

The University Libraries will be closed on Tuesday, January 21, due to the snow storm expected to arrive in the Washington, D.C. area this morning. “Chat with a Librarian,” the IM service, will be available 2-5 P.M. and 6-9 P.M.

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Congratulations 2014 Mohler Grant Winners!

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 16:28

Congratulations to our 2014 Dorothy Mohler Research Grant winners Jeanne Petit and Peter Cajka!

Jeanne Petit, Ph.D. is the recipient of a $500 Mohler Research Grant for her project “Protestants, Catholics, and Jews in World War I America: The 1918 United War Work Campaign.”  Dr. Petit is professor of history at Hope College in Holland Michigan and the author of The Men and Women We Want: Gender, Race, and the Progressive Era Literacy Test Debate (2010, in the Race and Gender in American History Series, University of Rochester Press).  She is currently working on a book on Catholic laywomen in World War I America.

Peter Cajka is the recipient of a $200 Mohler Research Grant for his project  “The Greatest Awakening and Its Discontents: The Formation of Conscience and the Renewal of Moral Autonomy, 1939-1991.”  Pete is a historian of religion and morality in postwar America whose work intersects often with political, legal and intellectual history. His main interests are in American religious history, the history of morality and ethics, the history of the American and Global Catholic Church, secularization and religious devotions. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Boston College.  Pete’s dissertation, provisionally entitled “The Greatest Awakening and Its Discontents: The Formation of Conscience and the Renewal of Moral Autonomy, 1939-1991,” explains why during and just after the 1960s, the conscience became the premier moral and religious solution of its age.

Awarded yearly, the Dorothy Mohler Research Grants help defray research and travel costs for those using the collections at the American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives at The Catholic University of America (ACUA).

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Spring 2014 lockers available

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 08:51

Spring 2014 Lockers Available to Graduate Students!

Mullen Library will be offering a limited number of lockers to all graduate-level students for the Spring 2014 semester. Please note the following schedule and come by the Circulation Desk to check out a locker key

Monday January 13, 2014:
Lockers will be made to all graduate-level students. First come, first serve

Saturday May 10, 201:
All lockers must be cleared out and keys returned to the Circulation Desk Note: lockers cannot be renewed

Questions? Please contact Mullen Library’s Circulation Desk (202-319-5060)

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Meghan Gates named as 2013 Belanger awardee

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 12:25

Meghan Gates, Stacks Inventory Project Manager, has been selected as the recipient of the Edward J. Belanger Jr. Staff Award for Excellence in Service for 2013.

Ed Belanger worked for the Libraries for over 40 years before retiring in 2002 as our 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. Our recent practice has been for the past honorees to serve as the award committee, selecting from among nominations submitted by library staff.

Excerpted from one nomination:

Meghan exemplifies the attributes recognized by the award. She is committed to high quality work–especially in the service aspects of her work–being mindful of how her work affects both colleagues and patrons. She does this all with great dedication and an extremely positive attitude and cheerful enthusiasm. She always serves as a strong ambassador for the Libraries.


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