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Complete your research more efficiently

Work smarter and faster right after Spring Break. Simply register for a March Library workshop at http://www.dom.edu/library/workshops.

Our schedule is online and features workshops and webinars on:

• Zotero: Save all your sources–books, articles, and web sites–in one place and automatically create bibliographies and in-text citations.

• Advanced Web Search and Google Scholar:  Get more from your Google searches and find reliable web sites quickly.

• Free website creation tools and tips on creating an ePortfolio: Create websites using Weebly plus tips on creating professional websites and ePortfolios

• Presentation tools, featuring Prezi: No more boring presentations! Learn to use Prezi and other free tools to create effective presentations.


Complete Google’s Security Checkup Today and Add 2GB to your Google Drive

Google is promoting a quick and simple security checkup in honor of February 10th’s Safer Internet Day. Not only does this security checkup allow users to review the devices connected to their Google account, it also allows its users to review the locations they were recently active in. In addition, users can update all of their recovery information—recovery email, security questions, and phone numbers—in case of an account intrusion.

If you are not sold yet,  completing this checkup by February 17th comes with benefits. Google will permanently add 2 extra gigabytes to your Google Drive storage plan! A simplistic security check taking under 3 minutes is a great opportunity to assure your own privacy and gain some extra storage.

Proceed to Google’s security Checkup


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Upcoming Research Workshops!


Rebecca Crown Library not only brings you one but THREE free research workshops available to all current Dominican students, faculty and staff this week!

The research workshops are as follows: 

Monday, September 15th, 4:00-5:15 p.m. (Zotero)

During this workshop you will engage and learn how to use the Zotero free online resource, which allows you to manage all your research sources by automatically collecting citations on the web, create bibliographies as well as share references with your fellow team members.

Wednesday, September 17th 4:00-5:15 p.m. (Google) 

Learn how Google works and how it customizes search results, use the advanced search to find reliable information more quickly, explore Google Scholar and Google Books, and discover alternative search engines.

Thursday, September 18th 4:00-5:15 p.m. (Prezi) 

Engage with Prezi where you will learn how to create interactive online presentations from Prezi templates.

Saturday, September 19th, 4:00-5:15 p.m. (Zotero Webinar) 

Collect citations automatically on the web, store citations on your own computer as well as on the web, create bibliographies and share references with your co-author(s) or team members.

Please register at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled research workshop and arrive promptly to Crown 111 to be amazed. 

Future opportunities to attend a workshop this semester visit here. 

Welcome Back to Campus!

Rebecca Crown Library has greatly missed seeing all the studious and smiling faces of our students, faculty/staff, alumni, sisters and guests this summer! But we are happy to have you all back on campus and are ready for this up coming semester.

With that said, we wanted to remind everyone of the Rebecca Crown Library’s hours and locations in addition to our Research Workshops concentrating on Zotero, Google and Prezi this semester!

Lastly, we wanted to invite everyone to become more acclimated with the Rebecca Crown Library Website so we set up a few tutorials for using the library, accessing the library services off campus and many more. If you have any questions, comments or concerns about the Rebecca Crown Library please do not hesitate to contact us at 708-524-6875 or  simply pay us a visit!

Please note: The library is closed Monday, September 1 for Labor Day. We are open on Saturday 8am-8pm and Sunday 8am-12am.


Will Google Replace Museums?

By: Bryan Deziel

Nothing gets a librarian’s blood pressure up more than the suggestion that Google is a replacement for libraries.  It is a subject that has been addressed at length in the literature of the field as well as in countless blogs and other online arenas.  Although it is clear that Google cannot replace brick and mortar libraries or the librarians and information professionals that run them, it is a question that surfaces again and again.  However, we librarians may have some company in the near future as Google brings the collections and exhibitions of museums around the world to the masses.

Launched in 2011, the Google Art Project began as an effort to provide access to high-resolution images of artwork from the collections of 17 different libraries.  That number quickly grew to over 150 in 2012, and by the close of 2013, the project had been subsumed into the much grander Google Cultural Institute.  The Google Cultural Institute not only provides high-resolution images of various items from museums around the world, but allows visitors to virtually explore those museums using their Street View technology.  Additionally, it includes the World Wonders Project, and Archive exhibitions.  The World Wonders project allows visitors to use Street View to explore historic sites around the world.  The archive exhibitions allow museums and other institutions to provide access to the wealth of information contained in their archives.  While many of the collections come from institutions Google has directly partnered with, Google now offers Google Open Gallery, a suite of free tools and a custom culturalspot.org domain for institutions and artists to put their content online.

There are many advantages to these projects from both the user and museum’s standpoint.   For users, the sites are welcoming and intuitive.  Users can create their own galleries of items from museums around the world and share them with friends.  For museums, the platform allows the institutions to reach out and create new virtual relationships with people around the globe.  Additionally, there is the advantage of space.  Museums can create virtual exhibitions without having to create a physical installation.  This is space, time, and money saving.  But the biggest boon to all is that it is free to create and free to use.

The greatest disadvantage to the Institute is that many libraries and museums have already invested in various infrastructures to host their digital collections, such as CONTENTdm, Omeka, and Fedora, to name a few.  They have developed highly customized frameworks that allow the institutions to describe their collections according to their own standards.  It is highly unlikely that these institutions will suddenly migrate to Google.  Google will need to do a lot of convincing if they wish to become a one-stop portal to the cultural contents of the museums of the world.

Returning to the question that titles this post – will Google replace museums?  In short, no.  Museums protect and preserve our cultural heritage and collective memory.  They are educational institutions as much as shrines to our past; and the expertise of museum curators and staff is crucial to understanding that past.  Just as nothing can replace the mentally stimulating and scholarly atmosphere of the physical library; there is no substitute for the historical contemplation and self-reflection inspired by the museum itself.


The Google Cultural Institute can be found at: https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute

Crown Library is offering three online library workshops this semester, perfect for off-campus students!


If you’re writing papers, you need Zotero.  It’s a free, online tool that lets you manage all your research sources– articles, books, and web sites — in one place and easily create bibliographies and in-text citations.  It lives in your browser so you can quickly add sources as you find them.

Tuesday, February 18, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 8, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Advanced Google

We all use Google—get the most out of every search!  We’ll cover Google’s advanced search features and Google Scholar, look at how Google customizes search results, and discover alternative search engines.

Monday, February 24, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Webinars are free but registration is required: http://beta.dom.edu/library/workshops

Get in touch with questions, or suggestions for future webinar topics!