Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Last Post: Goodbye Blogger, Hello Tumblr!

For those who follow Gumberg Library via Blogger at http://gumberglibraryevents.blogspot.com, we've moved to Tumblr! You can find our new blog at http://gumberglibrary.tumblr.com. Thanks for following us and we'll see you on Tumblr!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

"Everyday Miracles" Art Exhibit Coming to Gumberg this Summer

Image credit: NLM. For more photos visit
This summer, we are pleased to announce we will be hosting the unique traveling exhibit from The National Library of Medicine (NLM): Everyday Miracles: Medical Imagery in Ex-Votos. This exhibit presents examples of the ex-votos tradition of devotional art created in times of illness and despair. These remarkable paintings are responses of gratitude to the heavens for miraculous healings. NLM also notes that ex-votos offer a “rare opportunity to view health, healing, and illness through the hearts and minds of the ordinary person.”

The display will be available on the 5th floor of Gumberg Library from June 23-August 2, 2014 during the library’s normal operating hours. As an introduction to the exhibit and the ex-votos tradition, we will host a Lunch and Learn event on June 30, 2014, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m on the 5th floor of Gumberg. Refreshments will be provided. An additional educational event will follow later in the summer. Check back here for further information.

The exhibit's intriguing intersection of medicine, art, and faith reflects the diverse range of disciplines and the interdisciplinary nature of Duquesne University. The exhibit is of interest to the Catholic community at large, in addition to students, faculty and staff in the health sciences, theology, and art history as well as in English, history, modern languages, philosophy, and communication.

More information about ex-votos can be found on the National Library of Medicine’s Everyday Miracles webpage.

For more information about the exhibit and educational events at Gumberg Library, or if you have questions, please visit the Gumberg Library Everyday Miracles webpage.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

EndNote: "The Most Powerful Tool for Managing Your Research" is coming!

Beginning June 2014, EndNote will be made available to the Duquesne University community through a campus site license. EndNote, which works across Windows and Mac operating systems, provides the ability to find, store, and organize citations, as well as generate and format citations within documents. For more information on this robust tool, visit Gumberg's EndNote guide. As we will no longer subscribe to RefWorks after June 30, 2014, the EndNote guide includes information on how to transfer any saved data from RefWorks to EndNote.

Instructions for obtaining a copy of EndNote are in development and will be shared as soon as possible. Updates will be posted here, to the EndNote guide on the library’s website, as well as our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Day of Four Popes: Two Popes, Two Saints (Research Guide)

Image credit: Time.com
On Divine Mercy Sunday this year, hundreds of thousands of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square to witness Pope Francis’ canonization of two of the most influential popes of modern times, John XXIII and John Paul II. Retired Pope Benedict XVI was in attendance. This now historic day has been called the "Day of Four Popes," because it was the first time in the history of the Church that two popes were made saints in the same day, with two living popes taking part in the mass and ceremony.

Pope John XXIII was the main architect of the Second Vatican Council and the wide-ranging changes in all aspects of the Church that it brought about. Pope John Paul II was the most-traveled pope in history as he sought to bring the Gospel to the far-corners of the world. The first Polish pope, he also played an important role in the fall of the Soviet Union.

Pope Francis ended his homily on Sunday eloquently declaring, “May both of [the new saints] teach us not to be scandalized by the wounds of Christ and to enter ever more deeply into the mystery of divine mercy, which always hopes and always forgives, because it always loves.”

In honor of this historic, unprecedented event, Gumberg librarian Ted Bergfelt has created a research guide designed to help Duquesne University students, faculty, and staff learn more about the two new saints. The guide includes links to Pope Francis’ homily, a video of the canonization, biographies of the new saints, and information on connections to Pittsburgh and the Duquesne community.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Gumberg Library May Presentations

Explore Zotero

Date: Tuesday, May 6, 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Presenter: Dannie Dudas
Location: Gumberg Library, Room 408
“Grab your research with a single click!” Come explore Zotero, a free online citation manager and research tool. This class will teach you the basics of Zotero, from grabbing citations off the web to creating bibliographies from a list of resources. A great alternative to RefWorks, learning the basics of Zotero will help you decide which citation manager is right for you.


Documenting the Impact of Your Scholarship

Date: Thursday, May 8, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Presenters: David A. Nolfi and Allison Brungard (Co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence)
Location: Gumberg Library, Room 408
The workshop's goal is to help faculty members applying for promotion and tenure to make the case for excellence in scholarship by using tools such as citation analysis, journal metrics, and other methods. Newer faculty who are just starting to publish can also benefit by using these tools to develop effective publishing strategies. Following the presentation, participants will have hands-on opportunities to use the tools and begin documenting the impact of their own scholarship. The workshop will conclude with a faculty-led discussion about using scholarship data in the promotion and tenure process.


Predatory Publishing: What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You…

Date: Thursday, May 8, 3 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Presenters: David Nolfi, Dr. Joan Lockhart, and Charlotte Myers (Sponsored in partnership with CTE.)
Location: Gumberg Library, Room 408
A growing number of new publishers are inviting researchers and recent Ph.D. graduates to publish their work in journals of questionable value. These “predatory publishers” often present themselves as reputable publishers and then charge fees in order to get the author’s work published. Predatory publishers mimic the business models of well-respected Open Access journals, making them difficult to recognize.

This workshop is aimed at faculty and graduate students looking to publish their research. Its goals are to help you understand predatory publishing and recognize predatory publishing inquiries. The presenters will discuss ways that you can investigate the reputations of publishers and journals as well as how you can combat predatory publishing in the context of your own discipline or profession.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Gumberg Goes 24/7 for Finals!

Gumberg Library will be open continuously from 7 a.m. on Monday, April 28th to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6th.

Bonus: free food! Free snacks will be provided at midnight during this period of extended hours courtesy of Gumberg Library. Additionally, on Tuesday, April 29th from 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m., the Student Government Association will host a “Study Break” in Gumberg, providing pizza, baked goods, and other snacks and refreshments for students.

As always, Gumberg accommodates quiet, individual study as well as group study. Choose the noise level that works best for you:
  • Quiet study space is located on the first, second, and third floors.
  • Group study areas are located on the fourth and fifth floors.
Don't forget your DU Card! You'll need your ID for card swipe entry between 5 p.m.-7 a.m. weekdays, and all weekends. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring into Crafts @ Gumberg Library!

Take a break from prepping for finals and celebrate Earth Week by crafting at the Gumberg Library! We supply the materials and the know-how, you supply the creativity.

Don’t throw out your favorite old shirt—transform it! Learn how to upcycle an old t-shirt into something new in less than ten minutes. Bring your own t-shirt or pick one from our stash.
 Prefer paper crafts? We’ll show you a quick way to recycle an old book into a work of art.
 Follow @GumbergLibrary on Twitter and “like” us on Facebook for more details!