The National Union Catalog (NUC) Christmas Tree is constructed from over 500 volumes of the NUC Pre-1956 Imprints, and is a good example of re-purposing materials to create a sustainable tree. 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 (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 find 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, Elena Maans, Isabelle Ryan and Bryan Deziel.
Read more about the tree’s ornaments and the rest of the Library’s holiday display in future blog posts.
All Dominican faculty, staff and students are invited and encouraged to participate in this year’s Adopt-a-Kid Program. Buy 2 Christmas gifts for a child who might not otherwise receive any. Here are the details:
November 19-22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lewis Alcove.
The former Sisters’ Community Room (behind the Sisters’ Commons) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on December 5-6 and December 9-10.
The cost per gift is $5-10 each, with each child receiving two gifts – one fun and one practical. For some of these children, this represents the only gift they will receive this holiday season.
You can contribute in to the Adopt-a-Kid Program in the following ways:
Sign up individually
Have your academic/administrative department consider adopting some children
Students, have your group adopt a few children as well
Adopt-a-Kid at Christmas is an important and valued initiative. As you take time to reflect on your blessings, this represents an opportunity to make someone else’s holiday season an enjoyable and memorable experience. Your participation is greatly appreciated.
Contact: Cathy Nichin and Dolores Carrizosa | Co-chairs, Staff Benevolence Committee on behalf of all DU Staff Committees
Picture from: http://christmasstockimages.com/free/decorations/slides/purple_christmas_decorations.htm
As part of Campus Sustainability Day, Library Media Center and Sustainability staff helped students make wallets out of old cassette tapes. Thank you to everyone who helped put together the event, and to everyone who made a wallet. Enjoy!
Wednesday, October 23 is Campus Sustainability Day. Use the Library’s old cassette tapes to make yourself a new wallet, 11am – 1pm in the Library Link. We have plenty of tapes and Media Center staff will be on hand to help. Other events include the Water Conservation Display (also in the Library Link, seen below), Bike for Bagels and a Halloween costume Spooky Swap. See the times of and more information on these events here: http://bit.ly/16sOvSC.
It’s a long weekend. Though there are no classes, the Library is open regular hours: 8am – 8pm Friday and Saturday, and 8am – midnight on Sunday.
Enjoy your weekend!
Happy homecoming weekend to all former and current Dominican students. We hope you enjoy reconnecting with friends and seeing what’s new on campus.
Alumni are allowed to check out books from Dominican’s library. If you wish to do so, come to the library circulation desk on the 1st floor to register. Be sure to bring your Dominican alumni card and a photo ID.
Alumni may also access our online resources while on campus. The circulation desk staff will give you a guest login and password that work in the library. You’ll need your ID for this, too.
The free web version of ERIC, the Education Resource Information Center, is not available during the government shutdown. But there is a way to access the records for the ERIC Documents, and a way to access the full text of journal articles within ERIC.
EBSCO is currently offering a free version of ERIC in which users can search for citations for ERIC Documents. The full text of the Documents themselves are unavailable. Search the free version here.
To find the full text of journal articles, you must access ERIC through the Library’s A-Z List of Databases. Under the Es, look for ERIC and make sure you click on the link with EBSCOHost under it. (Only available to current Dominican students, staff and faculty.) Once in ERIC, limit your search to only journal articles by scrolling down to the Journal or Document limit and highlighting Journal Articles.
Other EBSCO databases are working normally.
Recientemente, la Biblioteca Rebecca Crown recibío fondos de la Biblioteca Estatal de Illinois para comprar libros en inglés y español escritos for autores latinos e hispanos. Los libros, algunos clásicos por los autores como Pablo Neruda y Jorge Luis Borges y obras urbanas por autores nuevos y jóvenes como Junot Diaz, están disponibles para sacar de la biblioteca. Fíjanse por los libros escritos por la autora Ana Castillo, quien estaría aqui en el campus de Dominican, el 10 de octubre, para una discusion de sus obras: http://bit.ly/184Qxvz. Hay aproximadamente 235 libros en esta colección y están disponibles para sacar de la biblioteca. La colección se encuentra cerca de la aula #111 en la Biblioteca Crown. ¡Todos a leer!
The Rebecca Crown Library recently received a grant from the Illinois State Library (LSTA Grant funds) to purchase books in English and Spanish by Latino and Hispanic authors. The books range from the classics by Pablo Neruda and Jorge Luis Borges to edgy urban novels by new authors such as Junot Díaz.
Be sure to look for the books written by Ana Castillo, who will be on campus for a book reading and discussion on October 10. There are approximately 235 titles in this collection and they are available for checkout. The books are currently on display on the main floor of the library near Room 111. ¡Todos a leer!
The book display is accompanied by musical instruments, texts and other items from Latin America. We are adding objects to the display case as Hispanic Heritage Month goes on. Below is 1 item, from Library Special Collections, currently on display.
Reference librarians are now next to the circulation desk on the first floor of the library. We’re still here to answer all your questions, just in a new location.
You can still get help at the desk on the lower level near the cafe, but you may be asked to head upstairs to see the librarian for more in-depth research questions.
As always, send us an IM, text or email if you can’t stop by the desk: http://beta.dom.edu/library/services/reference.