News & Events


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Libraries, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Special Collections and Archives

Tales From the Archives : Parking Woes

College of St. Thomas students in front of Foley Theater posing with a "Tin Lizzie." ca. 1922Members of Omicron Alpha Nu with a “Tin Lizzy,” 1922.

As we circle the campus parking lots and ramps looking for that elusive open parking space, many might think that parking issues are a new thing on the St. Thomas campus.  But as early as 1925, the St. Thomas student newspaper – The Purple and Gray — was reporting problems with cars at the College.   In particular, the noise made by cars entering and leaving campus disrupted classroom instruction so much that the school’s administration was forced to ask the students to park only  in an open area south of the Armory (now the site of the Anderson Student Center).

sta-1925-10-02-0-002Purple and Gray, October 2, 1925

The St. Thomas students, however, extolled the virtues of the automobile in aid of their education.  The vehicles brought students from great distances (for example, Minnetonka and White Bear Lake) to attend classes on campus.  Plus, the cars were seen as less of nuisance than the horses which carried commuter students to the College in the past (and perhaps airplanes in the future).

sta-1925-10-16-0-001Purple and Gray, October 16, 1925


To find out more about the College of St. Thomas in the 1920s, browse the Purple and Gray newspaper and the Kaydet in the Historic University Publications database.



Business & Economics, Database Highlights & Trials, News & Events

Database Trial: Morningstar Investment Research Center

According to Morningstar: “This resource offers real-time access to comprehensive data and independent analysis on thousands of investments, spanning mutual funds, stocks, exchange-traded funds, and closed-end funds. Customized to meet any organization’s needs, Investment Research Center serves all levels of investors with a range of dynamic tools and thoughtful perspectives to help them make more informed investment decisions.

But the fun does not stop there!

Morningstar Investment Research Center is also an excellent tool to use for research assignments involving public companies and/or U.S. industries. The public company data available through Morningstar is both comprehensive and easy to access. To search for a specific company, just use the search box located in the upper-right corner of the site; you can use either a ticker symbol or the company name.

Here’s a sample of the fun and exciting data that is available on public companies: stock performance, quarterly and annual financials, ratios, company valuation (current, forward, and historical), shareholder demographics, SEC filings, and detailed coverage of bonds issued by the company.

Please take a look at Morningstar and send any feedback to Scott Odman.


Charles J. Keffer Library, Faculty News, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Faculty Feature: Display Student Research in the Library!

Did you make it to Inquiry at UST this year?  It always includes such an impressive amount of research, and I can only imagine how you as faculty members must be proud of what your students have accomplished.

We at UST Libraries share your pride, and we are always willing to share the research itIMG_0222self, too!

We have several options to help ensure that students’ work can be shared with the larger UST community for longer than the typical 90-minute presentation window:

  1. OSF Library Rotunda: We have several easels on which we keep a rotating display of student posters – to catch the interest of everyone who seems to swing by this hub of Tommie activity. We’d be happy to add yours to the list!
  2. OSF Reference Area: The lower shelving in the OSF reference area is also a great place to display projects – it generates a lot of attention from people at Coffee Bene! We look forward every year to the amazing feats of the Physics 101 roller coasters. Does your class produce anything similar?
  3. Digital Display Monitors: If a physical poster is not available, monitors at both OSF and Keffer Libraries can display PDF versions.

Sound intriguing?  Contact Laura Hansen  to arrange a time to get your student’s work its time in the UST Libraries limelight!

Database Highlights & Trials, News & Events

E-Books Database Trial – Morgan & Claypool

IEEE has partnered with Morgan & Claypool to bring additional high-quality eBooks content in engineering and computer science to the IEEE Xplore digital library.  The collection consists of nearly 700 eBooks that synthesize an important research or development topic, authored by an expert contributor to the field. The Synthesis digital library offers unique value to the reader by providing more analysis and depth in the format of a 80- to 140-page book than in a typical research article.  This free trial is available to UST patrons through October 19.  Please send feedback about this database to Eric Kallas.

Database Highlights & Trials

Trial – Flipster

Two years ago we introduced BrowZine, a powerful, digital browsing experience for academic journals, and now we are trialing a similar product for popular magazines. Until the end of October, you can browse, flip through, and read the more than 650 magazines available on Flipster, a digital newsstand for anytime access on your computer or mobile device. Magazines in Flipster have true-to-life layout with all the full color pictures and advertisements. Flipster Mags

Flipster allows you to browse the latest issues of high quality digital versions of popular magazines, courtesy of the library. As I said, our current trial includes their entire collection of magazines, but in the event that we subscribe to Flipster, we would have to pick and choose which titles we could offer. It may also be the case that we HAVE to subscribe to certain titles through Flipster, because rumor has it, titles such as Science News may ONLY be available to us in the future through Flipster.

Flipster has many features designed to give readers an easy and fun digital reading experience. You can browse magazines by category as well as perform searches for specific magazines. An online newsstand provides a carousel of the most recent issues, as well as a carousel of all issues allowing for quick access to magazines. The table of contents contains links to quickly go to articles of interest and hotlinks within magazines are hyperlinked, opening in separate tabs when clicked. In addition, there is an option to zoom in and out for better readability.

Please check out this fun resource before our trial ends on October 31. Send any feedback and which magazines you would like to see it host to Meg Manahan <>, or leave your comments below.

Libraries, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Summit Singers and Cadenza in Concert in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library



 The Summit Singers

The Summit Singers

On Thursday, October 8, beginning at 8pm you are invited to the second floor of the library. Follow the sounds of your friends singing in the “Harry Potter” room.  There will be popular songs, a chance to relax with friends, some refreshments, too.  These two  a cappella groups have received growing notoriety and accolades and are so much fun to hear.  Read on for more information about each of these student groups – Summit Singers and Cadenza.

Libraries, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

noonartsound: Wilkinson James to perform at noon Oct 6 in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Noon to 1pm

O’Shaughnessy Room in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library

As explained by our performers, Drs. AJ Scheiber and Liz Wilkinson – members of UST’s English Department, traditional country music was once defined as “three chords and the truth.” It’s a song tradition in which simplicity of expression is valued, and which describes the everyday struggles of ordinary people to put food on the table, to find love, community, and justice, and to go forward with hope despite the frequent scarcity of all these things. It is a song tradition that is realistic and unsentimental, yet capable of artfully expressing longing, love, and pride — sometimes with passion, sometimes with humor.

Folk/honky-tonk duo Wilkinson James will perform some of their original songs in this genre of “three chords and the truth,” and Dr. Shelly Nordtorp-Madson of UST’s Art History Department will present and discuss some visual artifacts that reflect these musical themes and attitudes.   Please plan to join us!

For background on the library’s noonartsound series which began in March of 2013, please read on.


noonartsound presentations are free and open to the public

 light refreshments will be provided

Questions?   Please call Julie Kimlinger at 651-962-5014

Faculty News, News & Events

Faculty Feature: BrowZine – Not Just for Tablets Anymore!

We’re thrilled to announce that as of this summer, our ever-popular BrowZine service is also available on a web platform!


Two years ago, UST Libraries introduced BrowZine, a service used by hundreds of institutions around the world that allows you to browse, read and follow thousands of the library’s scholarly journals from your Android and iOS mobile devices. Now its features are also available on the web! To learn more, please take a look at this short introductory video. Some current highlights are listed below:

With BrowZine, you can:BZ_AndroidPhone_NoDevice2

  • Browse and read journals: Browse journals by subject, easily review tables of contents, and download full articles
  • Share your reading list with students and colleagues: Use the durable linking capability of to easily link to subject-specific and personalized “shelves” in BrowZine. (Imagine the possibilities of embedding a widget of titles in Blackboard to help students familiarize themselves with journals in their field!)

In the mobile app, you can create a personal experience as well: 

  • Create your own bookshelf: Add journals to your personal bookshelf and be notified when new articles are published
  • Save and export articles: Save articles for off-line reading or export to services such as DropBox, Mendeley, RefWorks, Zotero, Papers and more

More features are on their way as develops this new interface. You can look forward to additional updates in the months to come!

Start using BrowZine today by visiting On your mobile device, download the free app from the Apple App Store, Google Play Store or Amazon App Store. One simple authentication with your UST credentials is all it takes to create an account and start exploring (and sharing!) our collection in this dynamic new way.

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We hope you enjoy using BrowZine. Please send any comments or questions to Laura Hansen.

Database Highlights & Trials


It’s that wonderful time of year again when, twice a year, once in fall semester and again in spring semester, we trial new products. Throughout the month you’ll see a wide variety of products we are considering for purchase. Please stop by every few days, take these resources for a test drive and comment – either directly on the blog or privately to the librarian (email addresses will be provided) if you feel we should add this resource to our collection.