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It’s National Library Week!

Published on: Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Since 1958, the American Library Association has chosen a week in April to celebration National Library Week.  It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special – participate.

National Library Week is April 13-19th this year, and the national theme is “Lives Change @ Your Library.” UST Libraries will be celebrating from April 14-17th and have come up with a variety of programs and events throughout the week. We are excited to share it all with you!

Check out the schedule below or view our National Library Week website to learn more!


Special Events:

Tuesday, 4/15
Ireland Library Academiclete Games – 4-5:00pm

Wednesday, 4/16
Daniel Volovets Concert – 6:30pm in the Great Hall

Thursday, 4/17
Tom Hennen Poetry Reading – 12-1:00pm in the Great Hall


Ongoing Events:

OSF Booksale
Noon-6pm, OSF Leather Room
4/14-17 and 4/19

Theology Used Booksale & Silent Auction
8am-10pm, Ireland Library

Daily Trivia
Questions will be posted Monday-Thursday on the UST National Library Week website

Food for Fines
Back again for 2014, donate nonperishable food items to help pay off any library fines you may have

“Why Get an MLIS?” Display
Throughout the week, information will be on display in the OSF library about Masters of Library and Information Science degrees and what they’ve meant to staff here at UST.

How have Libraries Changed Your Life?
Join the community discussion of this year’s National Library Week theme on the OSF Rotunda whiteboard, Twitter, Flickr, and other social media sites (viewable on our website, as well)

“Tommies on the Loose” Selfie Scavenger Hunt
Do you like taking selfies?  This week, look for pictures of Tommie reading scattered throughout the libraries and share selfies with them for prizes.

Book Sales in the UST Libraries means it’s time to celebrate National Library Week: April 13 – 19

Published on: Thursday, April 10th, 2014

You are all invited to shop our Library Week book sales . . . and bring your friends!

1. The O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library opens its book sale doors at Noon on Monday, April 14. This year we have been particularly blessed with large donations of beautiful books and you will be glad you did if you make a point to stop in and shop early!

Book sale hours at O’Shaughnessy-Frey:  Noon to 6pm,  Monday – Thursday,  April 14 – 17.
Prices:  3.00 for hardcovers and 2.00 for paperbacks.  

Library Week Specials:   Monday is Tommie Discount Day, so be sure to show your UST ID for discount!   

Thursday, is $5.00 a Bag Day -  everything you can fit into a bag is $5.00.

Then on Saturday, April 19, books that were not sold will be available for free all day long.    Call Julie at 962-5014 if you have any questions.

2. Staff from the Ireland Library invite you to their Annual Theology Book Sale and Silent Auction!    

Hours:  8am Monday, April 14 through  noon Thursday, April 17.
All books that remain after 12 noon on Thursday are free.     Please call Betsy at 962-5452 if you have questions.

See you at the book sales — we do believe you will not be sorry you stopped in!

history table at book sale

This year’s history section has been carefully organized by student assistant Meg Walter! Thank you, Meg!

Local Poet Tom Hennen to Read in Library’s Great Hall, Thursday, April 17 at Noon

Published on: Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

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Tom Hennen, local poet

One of the highlights of this year’s Library Week will be the poetry reading by local writer, Tom Hennen.   We invite you to meet and hear Mr. Hennen in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library at Noon on Thursday, April 17, 2014.   You’ll find him at the north end of the Great Hall on the second floor.   

Born and raised in rural Minnesota, Tom Hennen  is the author of six books of poetry.   He helped found the Minnesota Writer’s Publishing House, then worked for the Department of Natural Resources wildlife section, and later at the Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge in South Dakota.  Now retired, he lives in Minnesota.  His writings are honest and of the earth. 

For a beautiful introduction to Tom Hennen, please see Dana Jennings’ New York Times review of Mr. Hennen’s latest book, Darkness Sticks to Everything: Collected and New Poems.  darkness sticks to everything

 This event is free and open to all.  Bring your lunch if you wish - a light dessert will be provided.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call Julie at 651-962-5014.





Senior Daniel Volovets in Concert April 16 – Celebrate New CD Release in Library’s Great Hall

Published on: Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

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Daniel Volovets

You are cordially invited to attend a concert during Library Week, Wednesday evening, April 16 beginning at 6:30 pm.   Daniel Volovets is a guitarist, composer, and arranger with over 14 years of professional experience.  Majoring in neuroscience at the University of St. Thomas, he aspires to balance careers in medicine and music.    You may be familiar with this incredibly talented Tommie senior from the recent TommieMedia piece about his personal story and about the production of his fourth album, Rainy Highway

Daniel specializes in classical, flamenco, Latin American, jazz, and Russian music, as well as original compositions.  He often performs with his brother, Adrian Volovets, who is also an accomplished musician.  Adrian plays flute, violin, tenor/soprano saxophones, piano, pipe organ and the melodica.   Duets by the brothers demonstrate the unique interplay that is possible between Adrian’s instruments and Daniel’s guitar.

Daniel’s program begins at 6:30 pm on Wednesday evening, April 16.  He will be playing in the Great Hall, second floor of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library.  All are welcome to attend this free concert.   Please don’t hesitate to call Julie at 962-5014 if you have any questions.



Coming Soon: Storytime at OSF Library!

Published on: Monday, April 7th, 2014


Wednesday, April 9th – 10-11:00am

on the front patio (weather permitting)

or the Leather Room - 1st floor, OSF Library

Children of all ages – and those who are young at heart! – are welcome to help us kick off an early preview to National Library Week with springtime stories, songs, and fun.

Classes from UST’s Child Development Center will join us in a joint celebration of National Week of the Young Child and National Library Week.

National Week of the Young Child is from April 6-13, 2014.

National Library Week is April 13-20.  Get a sneak preview of all the fun in store at UST Libraries next week on our National Library Week webpage.

GeoRef will rock your world!

Published on: Monday, April 7th, 2014

Established in 1966, GeoRef is produced by the American Geosciences Institute and is now one of the most comprehensive databases for the geosciences (or earth science, as it is sometimes known).  Some specific topics covered include:

  • Environmental and engineering geology
  • Hydrology
  • Economic geology
  • Geophysics
  • Petrology
  • Paleontology
  • Marine geology and oceanography
  • Mineralogy.

This focus lends itself well to use by those studying geology, engineering, environmental sciences, archeology, and similar disciplines.  Students can search a number of different formats, like journal articles, books, maps, conference papers, and reports in order to find information dating back to 1785.

Othello at the Guthrie

Published on: Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

I want to alert the community to a presentation of Shakespeare’s Othello at the Guthrie Theatre. I’ve read it; I’ve seen it; I’ve heard it AND it doesn’t get old. This production is breath-taking. Certainly one of the best things I’ve seen at the Guthrie. And we have season’s tickets! We usually do our homework. Read at least a bit of it to prepare ourselves for the experience. The libraries have dozens of versions. And thousands of articles that discuss the play from every conceivable point of view. Every actor was believable and Yoakam did Iago in a most insidious way. But for me the two standouts were Peter Macon as Othello and Regina Marie Williams as Emilia, wife of Iago. Othello’s disintegration was visible through his whole body and Emilia – you could feel her horror for her role in the tragedy down to her finger-tips.  I recommend it to you all!

New Borrowing Policy for Alumni, Neighbors, and Friends

Published on: Friday, March 28th, 2014

The UST Libraries will be changing to a new computer system over the next few years.  In advance of this development, we’re changing the lending policy for our books (and other physical materials) or alumni, neighbors, and friends borrowing card holders.  Your new borrowing period will be 28 days in length, with one additional 28-day renewal available one week before the due date if there are no other hold requests waiting.  A six (6) item material limit remains.  Review other restrictions by patron category on the libraries’ “Borrowing” page.  These privileges are effective Monday, March 31, 2014. 

If you have recently moved or changed your email address or phone number, please take a moment to contact the circulation desk of the UST library you frequent and update your contact information with us. 

Thank you for being part of the UST Libraries’ community of users.  As always, everyone is welcome to use our building and resources when we are open.  Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about this or any other library policy. 

Contact us by email at or call:

  • O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library, St. Paul (North Campus):  651-962-5494
  • Ireland Library, St. Paul (South Campus):  651-962-5450
  • Keffer Library, Minneapolis:  651-962-4642

New Ireland Library Academiclete Games date! Tue, Apr 15, 4 p.m.

Published on: Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

AcademicleteIreland Library staff is excited to share the date for the Ireland Library Academiclete Games! 

Academicletes, mark you calendars for Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 4 p.m.

Tommies are good academic sports.  So we challenge your mental toughness, intellectual flex, academic rigor, and scholastic agility!  Compete in the Ireland Games and show us your burn to learn in three Academiclete events. 

  • For the daring, play a round of SkeeBook, sending eager journals rocketing down a banister* like greased lightning with the accuracy of Swiss Biathletes! 
  • For the focused, race against time as you bring harmony to a shelf of books faster than anyone before! 
  • For the adventurous, plumb the stacks for hidden volumes and bring them home for all to see!


  • First, second, and third place finishers in each event will be awarded chocolate for their efforts. 
  • The best all-around winner will be awarded a $25 gift card from the UST Bookstore. 
  • The first 50 participants will receive a commemorative Ireland Library Academiclete button. 
  • The best Academiclete uniform will be awarded a special prize. 

Register now at!

Contact us at if you have questions! 

Fortuna Fortibus Favet! 

~ Ireland Library Staff

* Disclaimer:  No university library property will be harmed in the playing of these games. 

Art & Music of the French Baroque Chambre – April 1st noonartsound in the Library

Published on: Tuesday, March 25th, 2014










The O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library’s noonartsound series continues its spring season over the noon hour on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 and you are all invited.

Noonartsound is an artful blend of musical performance and historical perspective, presented by Drs. Shelly Nordtorp-Madson, chief curator and a member of the clinical faculty in the Department of Art History, and Chris Kachian, guitarist and professor of music, Department of Music. 

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Shelly Nordtorp-Madson and Chris Kachian

Nordtorp-Madson and Kachian have been performing these popular lecture-concerts together for more than 10 years. The professors are known for their unique style and humor, along with beautiful, satisfying, yet “unstuffy” presentations of their art.

The April 1st program ”The Art & Music of the French Baroque Chambre” will provide music of the period, an introduction to French Baroque costume (especially relaxed costume), and a tour through the Palace of Versailles . . . along with all of its gossip!

All are welcome – feel free to bring your lunch – light refreshments will be provided.

After Tuesday’s program, the final in this series will take place on May 6, 2014: “Romantica: Spanish Art and Music of 1880-1910.″ 

Please plan to join us!   We’ll be in the O’Shaughnessy Room – Room 108 – of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library.