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Partnership with Business School to share faculty research

The student loan crisisThe mortgage crisisSocial responsibilityBusiness education.

These are just a few of the areas in which faculty in Dominican’s Brennan School of Business are doing research and publishing.  The library began a partnership with BSB to archive those faculty publications and make them widely available in our online repository of scholarship, Constellation.

We’ve already uploaded over 20 peer-reviewed journal articles, and will continue uploading all eligible articles from the last five years from all faculty members.

If you’re looking for a specific faculty publication, or doing your own research on areas in which BSB faculty are experts, try Constellation.  The articles are easy to access and free to you.

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De-stress Week, December 7-11

You’ve been working hard all semester, and the Library, Student Involvement and the Dean of Students Office are here to help you through the last few weeks.  Next week, December 7-11, is De-stress week, a time for students to relieve the stress of the semester and be calm and ready to take finals the following week.  Events will be held each day and all students are welcome.  Here’s the schedule (also available at

Every day, Monday-Friday : Coloring and Games
Take a break, show your creative side and play games. We’ll have coloring book pages and colored pencils, and board games in the Library.  Share your coloring creations on Twitter @domlibrary and @DUbeInvolved.

Every day, Monday-Friday : Hot Beverages and Snacks 8:30-10:00pm
Warm up, get caffeinated, and fulfill your late night cravings.  Enjoy coffee, hot chocolate and snacks every night in the Library at 8:30pm.

Tuesday, December 8: Chair Massages 1:00-5:00pm
Take care of those stress knots in your neck and shoulders.  Come to Room 111 in the Library to get a free chair massage.

Wednesday, December 9: Winter Wonderfest 11:00am-2:00pm in the Underground
Get into the holiday spirit with festive games and food from campus clubs and organizations.  This event is in the Underground.

Thursday, December 10: Therapy Dogs 2:30-3:30pm in the Underground
Our popular event returns.  Take in the cuteness and relieve stress in the company of therapy dogs.  The dogs will be in the Underground.

We hope everyone can stop by these events, and that these last weeks of the semester go well.  Librarians are here to help with all your research, and stress-relieving, needs.


World AIDS Day

In honor of World AIDS Day, the library has a section from the AIDS Memorial Quilt on display on the 2nd floor.  View it now until this Friday, December 4.  Learn more about the Quilt on its web site, and by attending a talk in Library 320 today, Tuesday, December 1 by Nanica Brown, Dominican alum and coordinator of the Chicago chapter of the Names Project.  Below are images from the section of the quilt on display in the library.





Another Research Award Opportunity From Mission and Ministry

So Proudly Dominican: 800 Years and Counting on You ….
Supporting Undergraduate Research in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition


The year 2016 marks the 800th anniversary of the founding of the Dominican Order.  In celebration of this historic moment and in order to advance the Dominican, Catholic intellectual life on campus, the Jubilee Committee invites applications for five undergraduate student research awards, each in the amount of $500, for work to be presented at our annual Exposition of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Investigation (URSCI Expo) in April 2016.

Awards will be given in each of the following five categories:

1)            Albertus Magnus Award for project in the natural and physical sciences

2)            Thomas Aquinas Award for work in the humanities

3)            Catherine of Siena Award for work in the social sciences

4)            Fra Angelico Award for work in fine arts

5)            Bartolome de las Casas Award for pre-professional work in business or education

To be considered for an award, students will propose research, scholarship, or creative work that engages Dominican University’s mission to “to pursue truth, to give compassionate service and to participate in the creation of a more just and humane world,” and actively engages one or more of the Catholic intellectual tradition’s features, namely “commitment to the continuity between faith and reason; respect for the cumulative wisdom of the past; an anti-elitist bent; attention to the community dimension of all human behavior; concern for integration of goals and objectives; and keen awareness of the sacramental principle.”   Further, student work that links the Catholic intellectual tradition to Dominican’s interfaith and multicultural commitments will be especially encouraged.

Students selected for one of the research awards will produce two items:  the research, scholarship or creative work itself, and a short essay reflecting upon the ways in which the work engages the Dominican mission.  Note that both scholarly work already completed at the time of application, as well as work to be conducted during the spring 2016 semester are eligible for the awards.  All student applicants must be mentored in their scholarly or creative work by a member of the Dominican University faculty.  The intent of this project is to encourage student research which is rooted in the disciplines, but engages the Catholic intellectual tradition as a tool for reflection.  Applicants should demonstrate a clear understanding of the ways in which their work has been shaped by their Dominican education.

To be considered for the award, we ask that students submit a letter of interest which includes the following:

1)            A brief description (no more than 250 words) of the scholarly or creative project.

2)            A preliminary discussion (no more than 250 words) of how the work is connected to one or more of the dimensions of the Catholic intellectual tradition.

3)            The name of the faculty mentor.

4)            The category in which the student would like to have the work considered (natural and physical sciences, humanities, social sciences, fine arts, or pre-professional).

This letter should be submitted to Claire Noonan, Vice President of Mission and Ministry, by email ( by 12:00pm on November 30.  The faculty mentor must be copied on the letter of interest.

If selected, the award will be dispersed upon successful completion of the project, reflective essay, and presentation at the April 2016 URSCI Expo.  The exact nature of the URSCI presentation will be determined based upon the projects that are selected.

The Days of Interlibrary Loan Phone Calls

This image is from a 1967 proposal for a union card catalog for libraries in the LIBRAS consortium – liberal arts college libraries, including Dominican’s library, in and around Chicago.  Yes, that means paper cards, in stacked drawers.  Cards for all holdings of each library would reside in one catalog at one institution, and microfilm copies of the catalog would be sent to each library.  When a Dominican student needed a book that was unavailable in her library, the librarian, rather than call around to all libraries hoping to find one that owns the book, would just check the union catalog, find out who owns the book, and contact that library.  Only 3 minutes.  Now, of course, students use I-Share on their own and requests can be placed in a matter of seconds.

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