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 The ornaments were created from the pages of books already withdrawn from the collection.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.
-written by Jill Bambenek, Public Services Librarian
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
Welcome to the sixth annual Open Access Week, a week in which we learn about issues surrounding open access and scholarly communication. We will have a few features this week that will guide you to more information about open access efforts on campus and around the world.
For now, visit Dominican University’s own open access digital scholarship repository, Constellation.