Banned Books

The Rebecca Crown Library has a brand new display showing off some rap sheets of some of the most banned/challenged authors in recent memory. Some of the authors displayed include Harper Lee (To Kill A Mockingbird), J.K Rowling (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix), and Sherman Alexie (The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian). The prison chains around some of the materials were created using the 3D Printer in the Media Center of the Rebecca Crown Library.  This display is made in coordination with ALA Banned Books Week.

For the next month, come take a photo of your mug shot and tweet @domlibrary. Use the hashtags #BannedBooks2015 #DULibrary #RebeccaCrownLibrary and #Possibilities.

Rebecca Crown Library Excellence in Research Awards

Design by Kelsey Keithly, class of 2017
Design by Kelsey Keithly, class of 2017

Apply for the first annual Rebecca Crown Library Excellence in Research Awards:

The awards recognize excellence in scholarly or creative written papers or projects that demonstrate quality and in-depth use of Rebecca Crown Library resources and services.

All Dominican University undergraduate and master’s students enrolled in at least one class for the fall 2015 semester and/or the spring 2016 semester, including students who graduate in December 2015, are eligible.  Papers and projects submitted for consideration must have been completed for credit courses or Dominican-sponsored research programs (such as the Undergraduate Summer Scholar Program) during the summer 2015, fall 2015 or spring 2016 semester.

All applicants must write a short (up to 750 words) essay in which s/he demonstrates her/his originality, depth, breadth, and sophistication in the use of Library resources and services; ability to select, evaluate, synthesize, and utilize Library resources in the creation of a scholarly or creative written paper or project; and personal or professional growth through the acquisition of newfound knowledge.

Winners must agree to give the Library permission to publish winning papers and projects in Constellation, Dominican’s online repository of scholarship.  Access to projects that are part of ongoing scientific research intended for future publication will be restricted to you and the Constellation administrator.

Winners must also present a summary of their research at the Library Excellence in Research Awards ceremony on Monday April 18, 2016.  The time of the ceremony is TBD, but will likely be 5:00pm.

One undergraduate student and one master’s student will receive a first place award.  One undergraduate student and one master’s student will receive an honorable mention award.

First Place:
Publication of research in Constellation
Recognition at the Library Excellence in Research Awards ceremony on April 18, 2016
Bookplate dedication in library book of student’s choice

Honorable Mention:
Publication of research in Constellation
Recognition at the Library Excellence in Research Awards ceremony on April 18, 2016
Bookplate dedication in library book of student’s choice
Applications due April 11, 2016

Online application

Questions?  Email

3D Printing @ DU

3D PrintingAs the new academic year starts at Dominican University, the Rebecca Crown Library has a new and exciting service for students, faculty, and staff to use. The library has purchased a FLASHFORGE Creator PRO Dual Extrusion printer which can print in blue, red and white plastic. The 3-D printer is capable of producing objects that can be used for multiple classroom applications, such as models for group projects, prototypes for design ideas and visual aids in presentations. Our printer, located in the Media Center, makes printing anything from a functional whistle to a miniature femur model a possibility.

For more information and to make an appointment, check out our 3-D Printing page.

$435,000 Grant Awarded To Dominican Neuroscience Professors

Bob and Irina Calin-Jageman, Professors in Neuroscience, recently received another prestigious grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to continue their research on memory.  This $435,000 grant will be used to study the process of forgetting in Aplysia californica, California sea slugs.  Read more about the specific research process and its implication on Campus News.

The Calin-Jagemans have several undergraduate students working with them in their lab each semester.  This NIH grant is designed for universities with strong undergraduate research programs, and brings recognition to these neuroscience students, and all Dominican students conducting research.

The results of this memory research have been published in five academic journal articles; the results of the new project on forgetting will also be published.  These articles are, and will be, open access, so no paid subscriptions to journals are needed.  The NIH, and several other federal agencies, publish articles that are results of their grants in PubMed Central and other freely accessible research databases.

In addition, you can access the articles, and see other research articles produced by Dominican faculty and students, in our open access repository of scholarship, Constellation.

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The Rebecca Crown Library is displaying helpful apps for all students in various forms of college life.  Apps for help inside the classroom include Google Drive, Duolingo, and Canvas.  There are also useful apps for outside of the classroom which include GrubHub, Amazon Student Prime, and AllRecipes Dinner Spinner.  These apps are free in the App Store for Apple Devices and Google Play for Android Devices.  Some film and literature can be checked out as well. Pitch Perfect and The Great Debaters portray different examples of college life. My Roommate is Driving Me Crazy by Susan Fee and The College Fear Factor by Rebecca D. Cox are a few examples of books that provide information about surviving college life.

10 Years After Katrina: Commemorating Libraries and Librarians

Reblogging Title and Excerpt from American Libraries

August 29 marks 10 years since Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast and became the costliest—and one of the deadliest—natural disasters in US history. Over recent weeks, stories have been recounting the damage to structures, institutions, families, and communities; offering tribute to the people lost; and showing how far we’ve come and how far we have left to go toward recovering local economies and populations, improving government services, and healing.

Jefferson Parish (La.) Library’s (JPL) Grand Isle branch (left) destroyed after Hurricane Katrina, and the newly rebuilt Grand Isle Library (right) that opened in 2012. JPL was one of the library systems the State Library of Louisiana communicated with following the storm. Photos: Jefferson Parish Library
In this six-part series, American Libraries looks back at the stories of libraries and librarians in the 10 years since Katrina.

Read the entire series at American Libraries. Also, the HVAC system at the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library was only finished being repaired this month after ten years of using a temporary system.  Read about the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library’s recovery.

Upcoming Free Workshops & Webinars

By: Natasha Crespo

The fall term is kicking into gear and hopefully all new and returning students, staff, and faculty are as well. We’ve been waiting for it and have free workshops and webinars (for those of you unable to come to campus) available to teach you new skills or update your existing ones.

Check out workshops for Prezi (and other dynamic presentation tools), learn how to do an advanced web search and use Google Scholar, create your e-portfolio and a website, and learn to use Zotero for making bibliographies and in-text citations easier.

Upcoming September workshops:

Workshop Date Time Location (Room) Campus
Advanced web search, Google Scholar 09/14/2015 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Crown 111 Main
Zotero 09/15/2015 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Crown 111 Main
E-portfolio tools, Google Sites 09/16/2015 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Crown 111 Main
E-portfolio tools, Google Sites (webinar) 09/16/2015 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Virtual Session Virtual Session
Prezi 09/17/2015 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Crown 111 Main


This workshop covers the basics of setting up an account and using an interactive template to create your first Prezi presentation. No prior experience is necessary for this workshop.

Advanced web search and Google Scholar:

This covers how to use Google’s advanced search features, Google Scholar, and Google Books to find the information you need from reliable web sites.  Learn how Google works, about the filter bubble, and alternative search engines.

Google sites and other e-portfolio tools:

Graduation requirement or not, e-portfolios are a tool to highlight your work and help land that first job.  This workshop will get you started creating a Google Sites e-portfolio and introduce several other free e-portfolio builders.

Zotero – Citation management tool:

Save all your sources–books, articles, and web sites–in one place and automatically create bibliographies and in-text citations using a tool that lives in your web browser. Add anything you’re viewing with one click.

Please register at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled research workshop/webinar and be on time.


There will be workshops and a webinar offered in October as well.

Workshop Date Time Location (Room) Campus
Zotero 10/12/2015 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Crown 111 Main
Advanced web search, Google Scholar 10/13/2015 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Crown 111 Main
Prezi 10/14/2015 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Crown 111 Main
Zotero (webinar) 10/14/2015 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Virtual Session Virtual Session
E-portfolio tools, Google Sites 10/15/2015 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Crown 111 Main

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