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

March 1 noonartsound highlights Native American culture and music

Dr. Robert J. Werner, Professor Emeritus

Dan Gjelten, Associate Vice Provost for University Libraries

All are invited to noonartsound on Wednesday, March 1, at noon in the O’Shaughnessy Room of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library.  This month’s talk features the Culture of the Dakota and Contemporary Native American Music.

Dr. Robert J. Werner, Professor Emeritus, will speak about one of Minnesota’s principal Native groups: the Dakota;  their migrations, history, culture and music.   Dan Gjelten, Associate Vice Provost for University Libraries, will introduce themes and sounds heard in the music of the Plains Native Americans and several well-known artists.

We look forward to this conversation and hope you will join us at noon on March 1.

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

Jim Rogers’ Irish-American Autobiography reading & book signing, Feb 28 at Noon

The O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library will host a book-signing and reading from noon to 1pm on Tuesday, February 28 with author James Silas Rogers, director of the university’s Center for Irish Studies.  All are welcome!

Rogers will read from his recently published Irish-American Autobiography:  The Divided Hearts of Athletes, Priests, Pilgrims, and More.  Refreshments will be served and books will be available for purchase.

Praise for Jim Rogers and his Irish-American Autobiography:

“Any study of Irish Americans telling tales about themselves is bound to encounter some blather, some blarney.  James Silas Rogers sorts through it all in this delightful collection of smart essays.  From the angels and the saints to Ralph Kramden and Frank McCourt, he understands the voices that define, and embellish, Irish-American life.”   – Alice McDermott, novelist and National Book Award winner

“Rogers draws on a richly varied assembly of autobiographies to offer a dynamic portrait of Irish-American identity and experience.  Combining expert historical insight with fine-trained textual analysis, this important study challenges us to revisit our preconceptions about this often misunderstood community.  A sparkling achievement.”   – Liam Harte, University of Manchester, editor of A History of Irish Autobiography and Modern Irish Autobiography:  Self, Nation and Society.

Author, James Silas Rogers

Jim Rogers, 63, is the director of St. Thomas’ Center for Irish Studies.  For the past 12 years he has edited its quarterly journal of Irish studies, New Hibernia Review, considered a journal of record for Irish studies scholars and the only Irish studies quarterly in North America.  He began his professional career in Irish studies with the Irish American Cultural Institute in 1983.  He has a bachelor of arts degree in Irish studies from Metropolitan State University and a master of arts in English from St. Thomas.  He has served as president of the American Conference for Irish Studies and in 2011 received the Curtin-Conway Award from the Minnesota Irish Fair.  Rogers, who has published and lectured widely on Irish-American literature and culture, is the author of a chapbook of poems, Sundogs, and his 2015 book, Northern Orchards: Places Near the Dead.

From the webpage of the distributor of  Rogers’ book,  “Irish-American Autobiography is the story of a continued search for connection—documenting an “ethnic fade” that never quite happened.”

We look forward to hearing Jim talk about his book and hope you will join us.  You’ll find him in the O’Shaughnessy Room, Room 108.



News & Events, Special Collections and Archives

#ColorOurCollections at St. Thomas

It’s Color Our Collections Week!

If you have ever visited the Special Collections Department, you know we have a strict pencils-only policy.  But during the week of February 6 – 10,  we are joining libraries and archives from around the world to share images from our collection for you to color.  Break out your stash of crayons, colored pencils, and gel pens to color the images and make them your own.  It is a great way to relieve stress and exhibit your creativity!

See what other institutions have posted for #ColorOurCollections or download a PDF  of images from St. Thomas’s collection below.

Download seven pages of images from the St. Thomas Special Collection to color.

Database Highlights & Trials

Technical Difficulties — ScienceDirect

Please know that we are aware of problems loading ScienceDirect articles. Not only are we aware of it, but so are the tech support teams at ScienceDirect, and Proquest, which is the company that makes our GET IT function.  They are working to resolve the problem and hope to have it fixed within the next few days.

In the meantime, if you end up with this error:






Just redo a search on the title (or even a few keywords from the title) in the search box circled above.  Or, as always, ask us.



Database Highlights & Trials

Scheduled downtime for some library resources

Please note that on Saturday, Jan. 28 and Sunday, Jan. 29 several library resources will be unavailable during the time of (roughly) 10pm Saturday through 6am Sunday.  Resources unavailable include:

Proquest Congressional
Books in Print
And all of our Proquest databases.

I guess this is just the universe’s way of telling you to not pull an all-nighter doing research this Saturday night, but instead to get out there and so something fun. A few suggestions:

Dust off the -30 degree sleeping bag and go winter camping
Join me in celebrating my mother-in-law’s 90th birthday
Binge watch The Crown on Netflix

There are no guarantees that these resources will be back up and running smoothly at 6am Sunday, so if there is some funkiness with the above resources on Sunday, just wait it out and try again in the afternoon. These updates usually go smoothly, so I don’t expect any real problems, but just wanted to make you aware of the scheduled downtime.


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

Exhibit of 2017 Photo Contest Winners in Library’s Coffee Shop

Nick Hable’s 1st place winning photo in the Tommies Abroad category

The 2017 Annual Study Abroad Photo Contest Winning photos are on display in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library’s Coffee Bené gallery.  Students who had previously spent a semester or J-Term abroad were invited to submit photos documenting their time while studying in various host countries

Photos were submitted and judged in four categories:  Sense of Place, Global Classroom, Tommies Abroad, and Most Epic Selfie.   Winners from the first three categories are displayed now thanks to Allison Beardsley, Study Abroad Graduate Assistant. 

Read on for complete article and slideshow.

Congratulations, study abroad students, on your beautiful photographs and the many memories they will provide you for years to come.  Thank you for sharing them with us!   

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

Meditative Prayer Walk in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library, January 12


All are invited to experience The Labyrinth – A Meditative Prayer Walk on Thursday afternoon, January 12, 2017.  Following a J-term Aquinas Honors seminar in Contemplative Practices that will be using the labyrinth that morning, Professor Susan Stabile has graciously offered to make the Labyrinth available for anyone to experience.  Come to the second floor of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library between 11:30am and 2:30pm and she will help you get started on this meditative prayer walk and answer any of your questions.

Taken from the class handout:  The Labyrinth is an ancient tool for prayer and meditation, consisting of a winding path that begins at the periphery always leading to a central space, and then out again by the same path.  A Labyrinth is unlike a maze in that it has no blind alleys or dead ends.  There are no tricks or short cuts.  The path winds throughout and becomes a mirror for where we are in our lives.  It touches our sorrows and releases our joys.

We hope you will consider taking time out of your day’s work and activities to learn more about the Labyrinth and experience this spiritual journey.

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

Lock it up in the Library!

Library student workers Lorna Nakabuye and Sarah Kamba Binamu demonstrate the great feeling patrons get when their valuables are stored safely in a free locker at the library circulation desk.

Library student workers Lorna Nakabuye and Sarah Kamba Binamu demonstrate the great feeling patrons get when their valuables are stored safely in a free locker at the library circulation desk.

Don’t let the haste and stress of the last weeks of the semester lead to the loss of your valuables.    You don’t need to lug everything when you go to class, or take a break to eat – there are free lockers for you to use in the library.

Bring your books, laptops, other possessions to the library circulation desk and request a free locker.

Your belongings will be kept safe until you return.