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IBISWorld Access has been Restored

Published on: Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Thanks for all your patience. Our access to IBISWorld has been restored. For all of you out there looking for industry information, you shouldn’t encounter any problems now.

Duo Arpeggione in concert – O’Shaughnessy-Frey Great Hall – November 19 at 7pm

Published on: Friday, November 14th, 2014

Thomas Schönberg and Chris Kachian

Thomas Schönberg and Chris Kachian

The Arpeggione Duo – guitarist Dr. Christopher Kachian and cellist Dr. Thomas Schönberg will perform their 10th anniversary  7 p.m. concert Wednesday, Nov. 19, in the Great Hall on the second floor of O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library.

Program features the French Suite in G major by J.S. Bach, another French suite by Gabriel Faure and Maurice Ravel, and Hello Cello by Claude Gagnon. The duo also will premier several new works they have commissioned: Campfire Songs by Michael Karmon, Fantasy by Bryan Johanson, and Frozen Columns by Ron Pear.  The evening’s program is the same one the duo will perform on their November concert tour throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota.

Schönberg and Kachian, who are educators as well as performers, formed the Arpeggione Duo after meeting at the Guitar Festival of Sollentuna, Sweden, in 2004. Since that time, they have toured annually and have recorded four albums.

Schönberg is a native of Sweden and was accepted to the Royal Music Academy of Stockholm at age 13. He received his doctorate at the University of Hartford, Conn., and is dean of the Lidingo School of Music in Sweden. He performs throughout Europe, Asia and the United States on a cello made by Guarneri filius ca 1715.

Kachian, whose doctorate is from the University of Minnesota, heads the Guitar Studies Program at St. Thomas and in 2011 was inducted into the renowned Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity. A champion of new music, he has commissioned and premiered more than 40 works for guitar. He has given more than 500 performances in Japan, China, Africa, Cuba, Costa Rica, Peru and throughout Europe and North America.  Kachian is a founding member of the Society for the Affectation of Baroque Music and also plays the blues harmonica.

The duo’s name reflects the musicians’ blend of guitar and cello. Invented in 1823 by Viennese guitar maker Johann Stauffer, the arpeggione has six strings and frets like a guitar, but it is similar in size to a cello and played with a bow. Only one major work was written for the instrument, the Sonata in A Minor for Arpeggione and Piano by Franz Schubert.

The Duo Arpeggione’s 10th anniversary concert is free and open to the public —  refreshments will be provided.   For more information please call Julie Kimlinger at (651) 962-5014.






Oxford is Fixed (Encyclopedia of Social Work)

Published on: Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

I’m so pleased to report that the error message of maximum number of users reached on our various Oxford University Press products has been fixed. Those of you looking for articles from the Encyclopedia of Social Work can breath a sigh of relief. It took about a week for Oxford’s tech support to fix this problem, but it’s all good now.  Please let me know if you experience any problems ( or have any questions or comments.

Let’s examine the PROs and CONs

Published on: Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

There seems to be a bit of buzz around pros and cons lately. For those of you with this assignment, take a look at:proscon

These three databases all kinda work the same way. They cover multiple sides (pros and cons) of various social issues. They offer background information, topic overviews, and pros and cons pulled from a variety of sources including primary sources, newspapers, TV & radio news transcripts and magazines.

St. Thomas during World War I

Published on: Tuesday, November 11th, 2014


On this Veteran’s Day – 100 years after the start of World War I – it is fitting to reflect on the role of St. Thomas during this period.  Nearly 900 students, faculty, staff and alumni of the College of St. Thomas and St. Thomas Military Academy  served during the conflict.   Many took up commissions as officers in the United States Army, Navy, and Marine Corps.  Others served in the the fledgling aviation corps, the ambulance corps or as members in the Canadian and British military units.   At least 20 men with connections to the College lost their lives during the conflict.

kay-1919-a-063Some of the St. Thomas alums who served during WWI, Kaydet, 1918.

The College of St. Thomas was designated as a site for one of the Student Army Training Corps (S.A.T.C.) units in 1918.  The S.A.T.C utilized the facilities, equipment, and faculty of colleges and universities across the country to select and train officer candidates and provide technical and vocational training for recruits.  A barracks building to house 250 men in the program was constructed near the Armory in the fall of 1918.  It was used for only a short period of time before Armistice was declared and the S.A.T.C. unit was demobilized.


Armory and S.A.T.C. barracks, 1918.

For more information on the history of St. Thomas during this period, search the Kaydet yearbooks and Purple and Gray magazine in the Historic University Publications database.



Oxford Error Messages (Encyclopedia of Social Work)

Published on: Thursday, November 6th, 2014

We have several e-resources (literally thousands) published by Oxford University Press. These include:

And many, many other titles. I am sad to report that they are experiencing technical difficulties and limiting access to these resources.  We are seeing an error report that reads,


The problem is, we don’t don’t have limited users. This message shouldn’t be appearing on these resources. Oxford tech support is aware of the problem and trying to fix it. It’s been over 24 hours now and they’re not sure what’s causing it.  They also told us Michigan State and Yale were experiencing the same thing, so it’s certainly a big system problem.

We are terribly sorry for the inconvenience. If you want to reply to this blogpost, I can notify you when the problem is fixed.  Again, we are really sorry this is happening.




New Adjustable Standing Desk At The Keffer Library

Published on: Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Standing DeskHave you ever found yourself spending countless hours just sitting and staring at a computer screen while trying to complete your school work?  Sitting all day is generally a poor idea for your posture and general health.  Also with darker winter days around the corner comes a stronger chance of the winter blues.  Physical activity helps in the battle against these adversaries of health and well-being. The Keffer Library has recently acquired an adjustable standing desk for use in its public computer lab in effort to improve student health.  Standing desks allow you the flexibility to stand and move around while completing your school work. Feel free to stop by, try it out, and let us know what you think!

New Movie Collection: Criterion on Demand

Published on: Friday, October 31st, 2014


The UST Libraries is pleased to announce the new subscription to Criterion on Demand, a streaming movie collection delivered by “Criterion Pictures USA,” not to be confused with the Criterion Collection. We have over 1000 films available via any computer on campus or from your home computer.

Access to these films through the Library Catalog CLICnet, follow these directions: go to “advanced search” and do an “all fields” search on “criterion on demand” (use the quotation marks). You can also search by a specific film by also searching on the title of the film. OR you can access it via Summon and you can browse by genre.

To watch a film, click on the “available online” link under the holdings tab on the record. You will be taken to a title screen for the film where you can choose Stream or Download, and English Audio with English Subtitles or English Audio. The recommendation is to Stream which is the simplest way to watch a movie. Currently, Criterion Pictures does not work in mobile devices. Off-campus and wireless users will be prompted to log in with their username and password. Criterion on Demand is licensed for use only within the United States and its territories.

If you have questions about this streaming film collection, please feel free to contact Cindy Badilla-Meléndez, Media Resources Librarian at

Spend your noon hour surrounded by all things Irish – O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library – Nov 4 noonartsound

Published on: Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

ireland scene 2It’s an Irish noonartsound this time  . . . and we’ll be treated to readings by Jim Rogers along with insights into the art, the music, and the people of Ireland.  Be sure to join us if you can!

In describing the upcoming November 4th  noonartsound, our presenters Chris and Shelly tell us:  “We all have ideas of what the ancient Celtic lands were like.  We have seen real, ancient objects, such as the Book of Kells and half-pagan, half-Christian jewelry — but how much of this is filtered through the numerous revivals that have occurred over the years?   See how it all fits together.   Irish music, perhaps more than most, adheres to tradition in the form of jigs, reels and waltzes.  And then there’s the Pogues…”

Please plan to join us Tuesday, November 4th at noon in the O’Shaughnessy Room of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library.   Our noonartsound presentations are always free and all are welcome!   Bring your lunch if you wish – light dessert will be provided.  Any questions?   Please don’t hesitate to call Julie at 651-962-5014.

Don’t Let that Research Paper Scare You!

Published on: Tuesday, October 28th, 2014



Do you have a research paper to write that’s making you shake in your boots?

Have no fear:  UST Libraries are here to help!

Check out all the ways you can contact your freindly neighborhood librarian on our “Ask a Librarian” page, and get ready to scare your research woes away with our power searching skills!