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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  The ornaments were created from the pages of books already withdrawn from the collection.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!


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 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


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!

New in the Labs: A Student’s View of Mendeley

You may have heard the word “Mendeley” around campus lately. One of our GSLIS students spent some time working with Mendeley to give his perspective on using it for his work. If you want to learn more about Mendeley, come take one of our library workshops.

Written by Rajeev Mathai

Mendeley is a free reference manager, citation manager, and research organizer. This web tool and website was initially a bit hard to figure out. However, once I became familiar with it, its many features were astounding.
Mendeley has a “live” text search which goes through all of the papers. It also has a feature to share and synchronize your library. In addition, Mendeley’s research database contains over 200 million documents. Through testing, I found Mendeley can work on an iPhone, iPad, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Safari. It also offers access anywhere at any time to one’s citations and documents.
Mendeley requires a username and password. Once entered and contractual terms are agreed to, you are in! Setup takes only ten minutes. Mendeley is great for research in academic departments such as Business, History, English, and GSLIS. It costs nothing for 1GB of storage, and premium plans are available at a modest cost. Mendeley targets researchers and scientists in undergraduate, graduate, and PhD programs. It truly serves scholars and educators.
I think the Dominican University community can really benefit from this research tool. It is easy to use and a great research organizer. It will really help me to bring clarity to my own research. It also enables students to easily link to and learn from the expert research in their particular discipline. Mendeley really brings reference management to another level. Scholars will be able to organize their research libraries and in the process do collaborative work with others and discover current research statistics. With Mendeley researchers can now connect, share ideas, ask questions or start a discussion. It will also help academic library managers to gain insight into the way researchers work and use their library collections.

Rajeev is an August 2012 graduate of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

Exciting new updates to study rooms

We’ve been listening to your needs for the group study rooms, and have made some changes to the policies for these rooms starting today.
The biggest things to note are that you can now reserve the study rooms for three hours (book up to a week in advance) and check out kits with dry erase markers and other office supplies you might need to finish your project.
Complete guidelines:
  • The group study rooms are now  for current Dominican University students only.
  • You must check in at the second floor help desk and show your Dominican ID.
  • Rooms may be reserved for up to three hours. You may book the room for an additional three hours if it is available.
  • A group is defined as two or more people actively using the study room. Individual Dominican University students may use the group study rooms if no group is currently using the room, but must vacate the room if a group needs to use it. Please be prepared to show your current Dominican ID.
  • All drinks must be in a spill proof container.
  • You must clean up after yourself and leave the group study room neat.
  • The white boards in the group study rooms are for your use. You may check out a group study kit, which includes dry erase markers, at the second floor help desk. Please be sure to return the kit to the desk. You are responsible for erasing the whiteboard before leaving the group study room.
  • If you vacate a study room for more than 15 minutes your reservation will be forfeited. Any items left unattended in the room will be removed and turned over to University Security. The library is not responsible for any items left behind or for loss of or damages to said items.
  • The group study rooms will be locked at 11:45 p.m. Anyone using these study rooms must leave when the first closing announcement is made.
  • Group study room users must abide by the Student Code of Conduct.

New electronic resources in the library catalog

HathiTrust logo1.2 million additional electronic resources, many of which you can access full text in one click, will soon be searchable right through the Dominican catalog. How is this possible? A group of over 60 research libraries formed a collective for digitizing books that are out of copyright or otherwise in the public domain (like government documents). This is known as the HathiTrust (hathi is the Hindi word for “elephant”) and relies on books digitized by the Google Books project and other sources. These books  have been available for some time through the I-Share catalog, but we wanted to make it easier to get you the electronic content you need for research. This means that you will see many of these records that you haven’t seen before when searching the catalog–in some cases they may be the majority of titles in your search.

Changing your search

You may want to search only books physically available in the library or otherwise owned by Dominican in your search.  In this case, you have two choices. After you’ve completed your search, you can click on any of the location links in the side bar to limit to Dominican locations. “Main Collection” will give you books physically available in the library, “Electronic Resources” will give you electronic books owned by Dominican–which will be new books still under copyright.

If you know before you start your search that you want to exclude HathiTrust books, select Advanced Search from the home page of the library website. Type in your search, and scroll to the bottom and select “Exclude HathiTrust eResources”.

HathiTrust exclude

Getting the full text

As with any electronic resource you access through the library catalog, you can scroll down to the item information to get the link to the content. Click on HathiTrust Digital Library to link to the content.

Get it Online

Once you’re in there, you can search for the exact content you want, or flip through the pages. You can download a page at a time. You won’t be able to download the whole book from HathiTrust, but since many of the books are also in Google Books you can download it from there.

Here’s the catch: due to contractual issues beyond our control, HathiTrust doesn’t always link directly to the Google Books version. Wherever possible, the library catalog itself will link you to the Google Books version, or you can search Google Books directly.

Why you might want to use this

You might be asking yourself: “Why not just search Google Books directly? Why does the library link me to Google resources? Why should I bother?”

First, you get the advantage of library cataloging in searching for appropriate books for your research, which is more thorough and aimed at the type of academic research you are doing. (Of course, many of these books were published before 1923, and so not appropriate for some types of research.) Second, the HathiTrust platform itself is much easier to use and navigate through books than the Google Books platform. Lastly, the HathiTrust is only concerned with making information more accessible to researchers. Unlike Google, it’s not trying to sell you anything and you can feel very confident that your research remains confidential.


We consider the addition of these records into our catalog an experiment for the fall 2012 semester. We will see how it goes and consider if this is meeting the needs of the Dominican community. We welcome your comments and questions. You can leave us a comment in our comment box, or get in touch with a reference librarian by phone or chat.