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Holiday Happenings in the Rebecca Crown Library

Nativities From Around the World Display

From the collection of University Librarian, Felice Maciejewski

December 7-January 7, 2013

Rm. 111-112 Alcove, Rebecca Crown Library

 

NUC Christmas Tree            Library Parlor area

Designed by Bryan Deziel and constructed by Jill Bambenek, Jason Carter, Amanda Jachec, Isabelle Ryan and Bryan Deziel using 477 volumes of the 754 Pre-1956 Imprints of the National Union Catalog.  The ornaments were created from the pages of books already withdrawn from the collection. The tree is a good example of repurposing materials to create a sustainable tree for the Crown Library.  The volumes of the Union Catalog used to create this tree will be returned to the collection after the holiday season.

 

The National Union Catalog Christmas Tree

-written by Jill Bambenek, Public Services Librarian

NUC XmasThe National Union Catalog (NUC) is a list of all books, pamphlets, maps, atlases and music in the Library of Congress as well as major works in over 750 other libraries across the United States and Canada.  Before the Internet, the National Union Catalog was the only way to discover books in nearby libraries for Interlibrary Loan.  Even though these searches can now be done quickly through a library’s website or WorldCat, the NUC is still important because as of 2005, an estimated 27% of books from before 1956 only be found in the National Union Catalog!

History

In 1901, the Library of Congress began a cooperative program with the New York Public Library, the Boston Library, the Harvard University Library and the John Crerar Library to exchange information about the books and other materials each institution held.  This program quickly grew to include the Newberry Library, the libraries of the University of Illinois and the University of Chicago, in addition to many others across the country.  In 1963, the Library of Congress decided to publish these records on all materials published before 1956.  The resulting NUC: Pre-1956 Imprints is sometimes referred to as the “Mansell” in reference to the publisher.  The 754 volume set was published over a period of 13 years and weighs around a ton and a half!

The NUC Christmas Tree

The first Christmas tree created from the National Union Catalog was created in 2006 at the University of Aalborg Library in Aalborg, Denmark.  Since then, the tradition has spread with NUC Christmas trees appearing in the libraries of Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, the University of Nevada at Reno and Minnesota State University.  The tradition has become particularly popular at the University of San Francisco’s Gleeson Library.

Our tree was designed by Bryan Deziel and constructed by Jill Bambenek, Jason Carter, Amanda Jachec, Isabelle Ryan and Bryan Deziel using 477 volumes of the 754 Pre-1956 Imprints.  The National Union Catalog Tree is a good example of repurposing materials to create a sustainable tree for the Crown Library.  The volumes of the Union Catalog used to create this tree will be returned to the collection after the holiday season.

Upcycled Art Contest Entries

Rewound RootsRewound RootsFluffy is a Relative TermFluffy is a Relative TermRecycled SportsRecycled Sports
The Sound of NatureThe Sound of NatureHardcover NookHardcover NookStudy BreakStudy Break
Gaga Eat Your Heart OutGaga Eat Your Heart OutCandle-setteCandle-sette

Upcycled Art Contest, a set on Flickr.

As part of Dominican’s Leaf Fest, November 12-16, 2012, the Media Center is holding an art contest to reuse the old cassette tapes we are deaccessioning in artwork. The entries were amazing creative and showed off the talent of our staff and students. Please visit the library’s display area near Crown 112 to see this exhibit while it’s up.

And check back soon to find out who won the contest!

New database: ICPSR

We are pleased to announce the addition of a new database from ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research ). The ICPSR is a group of over 700 universities working together to collect data sets and preserve research data for future use.  The archive contains more than 500,000 data sets covering fields including education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and other fields. This is unlike any other databases to which the library subscribes, and will be a crucial resource for students and faculty in social science fields.

Students can find special tools and resources on this page. Instructors can find resources and lesson plans for data-driven teaching on this page.

While you can access the database from on or off campus via the library website, you should create a personal user account if you will be accessing data sets. Once you have created this account, you can go directly the to ICPSR website to sign in without going through the library website. Please this guide for more information.

New database: Berg Fashion Library

We are pleased to announce the addition of the Berg Fashion Library to the holdings of the Rebecca Crown Library. This database contains multiple types of resources for studying fashion, apparel design, apparel merchandising, and costume history. The centerpiece is the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, as well as multiple journal and book excerpts and abstracts.

Take a guided tour of everything this database offers here. Instructors can find a suggested lesson plan here.

Banned Books Week: Sepetember 30-October 6, 2012

Freedom to ReadIt’s the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week this week. We have compiled the top ten banned books from the last five years that we have in our collection.  Check them out, read them and support the Freedom to Read!


And Tango Makes Three

By Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

Brave New World

By Aldous Huxley

The Chocolate War

By Robert Cormier

Olive’s Ocean

By Kevin Henkes

The Golden Compass

By Philip Pullman

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

By Mark Twain

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

By Maya Angelou

It’s Perfectly Normal

By Robie Harris

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

(Scary Stories Series)

By Alvin Schwartz

To Kill a Mockingbird

By Harper Lee

Twilight

(Twilight Series)

By Stephenie Meyer

Catcher in the Rye

By J.D. Salinger

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

By Sherman Alexie

The Hunger Games

(The Hunger Games Series)

By Suzanne Collins

Lush

By Natasha Friend

What My Mother Doesn’t Know

By Sonya Sones

Nickel and Dimed

By Barbara Ehrenreich

The Color of Earth

By Kim Dong Hwa

The Agony of Alice

(Alice Series)

By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

The last four books with the authors in red were owned by Dominican but are now lost or missing and never repurchased.

The Color Purple

By Alice Walker

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

By Stephan Chbosky

Bless Me, Ultima

By Rudolfo Anaya

The Kite Runner

By Khaled Hosseini

Enjoy Banned Books Week!