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

noonartsound: traditional jazz and art deco – November 1 in the Library

art-deco-and-guitarnoonartsound, a fun and informative blend of musical performance and historical perspective,  offers a delightful way to enjoy your lunch break.

The programs are held from noon to 1 p.m. in the O’Shaughnessy Room (Rm 108) of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library.

Free and open to all, noonartsound is hosted by Shelly Nordtorp-Madson, Ph.D., chief curator and a member of the clinical faculty in the Department of Art History, and Chris Kachian, Ph.D., guitarist and professor of music.

November’s featured musician will be Joan Griffith – performer, composer, teacher.

About this month’s noonartsound:

The Art:  “Art Deco, short for Arts Décoratifs, was made up of numerous styles, some directly in opposition.  However, the driving force was modernity. It took the form of smooth, shiny, almost space-age motifs and lines.  From the Ballet Russe to movie theaters built from the 20s through the 40s,  Art Deco is instantly recognizable, if not easily described.  This slide-illustrated lecture will explore the decorative arts, the clothing, and the painting  that formed the visual vocabulary, or the jazz, that formed modern society.”               – Shelly Nordtorp-Madson

The Sound:   You’ll hear Joan Griffith and Chris Kachian play traditional jazz by composers Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, and Cole Porter

Bring your lunch if you wish – we’ll provide beverage and dessert!

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

Simmons OneView trial

We now have a trial for Simmons OneView – just click OK when it says we have no challenge question.) Simmons is a database of consumer demographic information (formerly known as the Simmons Study of Media and Markets); it provides national survey data from the Simmons National Consumer Study and the National Hispanic Consumer Study. These studies include demographic and psychographic characteristics, including attitudes and shopping habits, of product users. They have several YouTube tutorials; a good one to start with is “Create, Export & Save a CrossTab.”

We are comparing this to MRI University Reporter. A big difference between them is that unlike MRI, Simmons OneView has no “canned” reports. Users can choose their variables, which makes it more powerful, but there is more of a learning curve.

Our trial to Simmons OneView runs through November 17. Please send your comments on this resource to Marianne Hageman.


News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Special Collections and Archives

Treasures from the Rare Books Collections : The Book of Common Prayer (1904)

Another beautiful book found in the UST Library’s Rare Books collection is authorized American edition of The Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments, & other rites & ceremonies of the church, according to the use of the Church of England published by M. Walter Dunne in 1904.  This edition is a replica of the English edition of this title published in 1903 by the Essex House Press.



The Essex House Press was founded by C R Ashbee (who also ran the Guild of Handicraft).   After William Morris’s death,  Ashbee bought the Kelmscott Press’s Albion printing presses and employed one of the Kelmscott’s compositors to work for him. This private press captured the sentiment of the Arts and Crafts movement that ‘art was for the people’ and that it was created ‘by the people’ to beautify their own lives.



The masterpiece of the Essex House Press was the Book of Common Prayer which was produced to celebrate the coming to the throne of King Edward VII.  Ashbee designed the type used within the volume  and drew the illustrations used throughout the work.  The wood block illustrations were cut by the artists Clemence Housman and W. H. Hooper.

For more information on the UST Libraries rare books and manuscripts collections see our website.

Database Highlights & Trials, News & Events

APA Style Central Trial

APA Style Central

Using the APA Style Publication Manual, but have tons of questions about headings, in-text citations, writing style, references or where to publish your brilliant work? Here’s the all-in answer for you. We’re trialing APA Style Central!



student assignments




journal information

and links into the APA Publication Guide.

Please play around in APA Style Central. Tutorials help you find support for your teaching and publishing, as well as for your students’ writing.

Do you think this will be helpful to you for publication purposes? Or for our students to help them in writing papers and in understanding APA Style?

Let Merrie Davidson know if you have any questions or comments.

Trial ends 11/2/2016

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

Business Source Complete Trial Available

During the month of October we will be trialing Business Source Complete, an updated and larger database than our largest full-text business database, Business Source Premier (BSP). In fact, if you have ever used BSP, you will notice that the search screen and results list of Business Source Complete look the same as that long standing resource.

However the collection of material available for you from Business Source Complete is much larger and varied than what BSP currently has to offer. For the first time there are video seminars, interviews, and author profiles in the collection. Along with this new material is the same sources you get using BSP, but much more so. There are more books, case studies, company profiles, including private company profiles, and of course, business and news articles. Lots of business and news articles, the majority of which are full text. Business Source Complete contains more than 3,800 full-text journals, including nearly 2,000 peer-reviewed journals.

Business Source Complete covers all facets of business research at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

This trial will run to 10/31/16. If you have any feedback or questions please contact Andrea Koeppe.

News & Events

Gale Researcher Trial Available

Gale ResearcherDuring the month of October we will be trialing Gale Researcher, a database that “gives college students on-the-go access to research materials, peer-reviewed journals, and credible articles through an intuitive platform designed for undergraduate level research.” Gale Researcher enables users to connect to other Gale resources, such as Gale Virtual Reference as well as articles and journals, that our library subscribes to, hereby enhancing access and value to our collections. The database covers a variety of Areas of Study, including American and British Literature, Criminal Justice, Economics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and U.S. and World History. Gale Researcher provides scholarly content and technology-fueled tools, aimed at enabling students to improve their ability to find, evaluate, and apply a range of sources in their research and coursework.

The trial runs through 10/28/2016. Please send comments to:

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

Trial – eMarketer

This month we are trialing a marketing and advertising resource called eMarketer. It provides market data, statistics, and analysis including trends in e-business, mobile, social media, and online advertising. The data can be used to look at consumer behavior and market size. eMarketer includes articles, analyst reports, and statistical tables which can be downloaded to Excel for further analysis.


This trial runs through 10/27/2016. Please send your comments on this resource to Marianne Hageman.

Archbishop Ireland Library, Charles J. Keffer Library, Libraries, Media/Music Collections, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Streaming Video Issues (Academic Video Online Database)

We are sorry to report that we are having issues with the database for streaming videos Academic Video Online. We are working on the problem.

If you are experiencing issues such as the links don’t work; the link takes you to the database site and give you the preview only, or tells you that the school does not have access to the video try these tips in the meantime:

If you get a link that looks like this: and does not work add, change the periods for dashes and rearrange the order to look like this:

Feel free to contact Cindy Badilla-Melendez, Media and Music Librarian, for help.


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

Tales from the Archives – St. Thomas in 1916

Have you ever wondered what St. Thomas was like 100 years ago?   Well — the University Archives recently acquired a photo album created by a student who attended the college in 1916.   Browsing through it is an interesting peek into the past!

There were some obvious differences between the College of St. Thomas in 1916 and the University of St. Thomas in 2016.  For example, in the past only male students were enrolled and they were required to take military training.


And many of the campus buildings (like the old wooden Chapel and the Administration Building) no longer stand on the Saint Paul campus.


But, it turns out that there are several similarities between the time periods.  Students lived in Ireland Hall (although it was called the “New Building”).


They attended football games on the site of the O’Shaughnessy Stadium / Palmer Athletic Field.


And students wore apparel with the St. Thomas logo.


I wonder what people in 2116 will think of images of St. Thomas from 2016?

To find out more about the history of the University of St. Thomas, visit the University Archives webpage.