Libraries, News & Events

Find Love at the Library

Are you ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day, library-style?!

It seems that love is in the air everywhere you look this week, including at UST Libraries! Stop by this week to join us in these heart-felt (pun intended!) celebrations:

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Have you ever been on a blind date with a book? Stop by this week to try it out…titles are wrapped up so you won’t know what you’re getting, but isn’t that the fun of finding a new book?

All titles have been hand-picked by library staff. Happy Reading!

All Week, OSF Rotunda Reference Desk


Therapy Pets

Who doesn’t love a good snuggle with the ever-popular UST Libraries Therapy Pets?

This time, the dogs and bunnies will have some Valentine’s swag with them just perfect for you to take a snuggly selfie with you and your friends!    #ustlibfindlove

Thursday, Feb. 11, 6-8pm in the OSF Rotunda

News & Events, Political Science

Countdown to the 2016 Presidential Election: New Hampshire Primary & Another Round of Debates This Week

preselectionTomorrow, Feb. 9th, the nation kicks off its first primary election in New Hampshire, following Iowa’s Caucuses that were held on Feb. 1st.  Following those results, both the Democrats and Republicans have scheduled live debates. The Democrats’ debate is scheduled to air on Feb. 11th at 8 p.m. on PBS, and the Republicans’ debate is to air on Feb. 13th at 8 p.m. on CBS.

To find out more about election events and the presidential candidates, check out our guide to the 2016 General Election.

Here you will find links to all sorts of useful information including:

  • A quiz to find out which candidate you REALLY support
  • Video and transcripts for all past public debates
  • Fact checking sites that show who is being honest and who is bending the truth
  • A news aggregator showing the top political headlines from sources all around the web

Visit it today and throughout 2016 to make sure you are in the know this campaign season.

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

New Libraries website launches

You may have noticed by now that our new Libraries website launched last night. We’ve moved our web content into a template that incorporates the University’s new web styles.  The look and feel is quite different, but the structure of the site is largely the same, so most of the features you’re used to seeing are roughly in the same place.

We now move on to “reskinning” many of the associated web applications you’ve likely used in the past: Research & Course Guides, the Get It and Journals A-Z pages, EZ Proxy login, Interlibrary Loan, and some others.  This will take a few days, and you may notice some minor hiccups as the systems are changed. If you run into difficulties getting pages to appear or function properly, try the following:

  • refresh your browser window
  • wait a few minutes and try again
  • contact us via Ask A Librarian

Sorry in advance for any inconvenience you may experience during this transition period. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 2-5018 or

John Heintz
Associate Director for Digital Initiatives

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Libraries, News & Events, Recently Read

President Sullivan’s Winter 2016 Bookshelf

Photo credit: Mark Brown (in the Newroom’s original article)

Did you know you can get all the books President Sullivan named in the Midweek’s “Seven Questions with President Julie Sullivan” at UST Libraries?

We are happy to have such a voracious reader at the helm of UST and even more so to report that all of her chosen titles are available in our collection.

Here are direct links to them:


College Disrupted: The Great Unbundling of Higher Education by Ryan Craig

St. Martin’s Press, 2015

(to read)


The Name of God is Mercy by Pope Francis

Random House, 2016

(to read)


Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads  by Chris Lowney

Loyola Press, 2013

President Sullivan’s comments: “Lowney relates the pope’s history to his current leadership style. He also offers leadership lessons we can learn from Pope Francis: Know yourself deeply, serve others, immerse yourself in the world, withdraw from it daily, live in the present and revere traditions, even as you energetically go about creating the future.”

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End  by Atul Gawande.

(Metropolitan Books, 2014)

President Sullivan’s comments: “There are lessons to be learned from Gawande’s book too. I learned from Being Mortal that our reasons for living are just as important at the end of life as at any other time in our lives.”


President Sullivan’s comments: “Both (are) set in occupied France during WWII  these historical novels were excellent. I read one of them during a cruise that my husband and I took on the Seine between Paris to Normandy last summer. I read the other when we came home.”

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

St. Martin’s Press, 2015



All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Scribner, 2014



Happy Reading!  Please let any UST Libraries staff know if you have any questions/comments while accessing these.

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

Tales from the Archives – The Mid-Winter Frolic

Saint Paul is currently in the midst of celebrating its annual Winter Carnival.  But did you know that St. Thomas used to host its own version of the this celebration of winter?


The Midwinter Frolic got its start in February 1938, sponsored by the Inter-Club Council. Miss Marion O’Hara, the reigning St. Paul Winter Carnival Queen, oversaw the event, which included an ice cream eating contest and an all-college dance. sta-1938-02-11-0-001

In 1956, it was expanded it to a week long celebration, co-sponsored by St. Thomas’s All College Council and the student government at the College of St. Catherine.  The annual celebration included a variety of activities each year including a broomball tournaments, snow sculpture contests, treasure hunts, beard growing contests, and tanning contests. The festival was discontinued in 1991.



To find out more about this and other St. Thomas traditions, search the Historic University Publications database.

Circulation, Libraries

Time Limits Shortened for E-book “Checkouts”

ebookUST Libraries has thousands of books online that you can read from anywhere! While you can read each of them right from your internet browser, there may be times when you want to download one or more to your phone, computer, or other mobile device.

When you download an online book, this is considered a “checkout,” just like when you check out a print book from your favorite library desk. Just like a print book, it will have a due date, but unlike your print book, it will return itself!

Starting this semester,  many of our online books will “return themselves” after one day, though some will stay on your device for up to seven days. The reason is that many of our online books restrict the number of people who can use it simultaneously, and we want to make our high demand, online books as easily accessible to everyone as possible. The great news is, if you want to use the book again after it’s returned itself, you can just check it out again if no one was waiting for it.

Find out more about e-books at UST here, or Ask a Librarian!

Database Highlights & Trials

Trials – Women’s Magazine Archive


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The Libraries are looking at a new historical publications database — the Women’s Magazine Archive.  It is a full-text and full-image database of consumer magazines aimed at a female readership.  These magazines are recognized as critical primary sources through which to interpret multiple aspects of 19th and 20th-century history and culture.

Among the titles included in the database are:

  • Good Housekeeping and Ladies’ Home Journal, which serve as a record of evolving assumptions about gender roles and cultural mores.
  • Parents magazine for research in the fields of children’s education, psychology, and health, as well as reflecting broader social historical trends.

In combination, the publications in this database cover topics such as family life, home economics, health, careers, fashion, culture, and many more; this material serves multiple research areas, from gender studies, social history, and the arts, through to education, politics and marketing/media history.

Please take look at this database and send your comments to Ann Kenne <> before the trial ends on February 29, 2016.

Art, Business & Economics, Charles J. Keffer Library, Higher Education, Political Science, Science

Where does the money go? Whose money? Our money! Our hard-earned tax dollars to be specific.

If you are interested in this subject then I recommend that you visit the U.S. Federal Government’s website. What you’ll find here is a partial answer to the bigger: “where does the money go?” question.

Before digging into the research tools on the site I suggest going to the “About” section of the website first. What you’ll find here is a brief and useful introduction to the site including its history and purpose. Next, I recommend following the “What Can You Do On The Site” link. This will take you to an overview of the various ways to use this resource such as:

  • Mapping
  • State and Territory Summaries
  • Find Data by Agency
  • Advanced Data
  • Download the Data
  • Glossary Find

To illustrate the ease with which the site works I ran a quick search for the number of recipients and dollar value of U.S. Federal Government spending within my area code, 55104, during FY2015. The result of my search is the interactive “Spending Map” copied below:


According to, in 2015 there were 454 transactions (awards) valued at $20,394,819.00 within my ZIP Code. Each transaction has a hyperlink that enabled me to look at a detailed summary of the award and recipient. This resource is capable of running far more sophisticated and complex searches than the one I’ve highlighted here. I hope you find as interesting as I did! If you have any questions regarding this post please contact me at:

Database Highlights & Trials

Proquest Unavailable for 1/16-1/17

proquestlogoAll of ProQuest & its related databases will be unavailable to the public starting at 9 p.m. Saturday and lasting until 5 a.m. on Sunday.  This means any library resource that has this logo will not be available.  Here’s a sample list:

Research databases
– ProQuest platform (
– ProQuest Congressional (
– Chadwyck-Healey databases (full list available)
– ProQuest Digital Microfilm

Reference management/Research support tools
– RefWorks
– COS Funding Opportunities
– COS Scholar Universe

Bibliographic and catalog enrichment resources
– Books in Print®
– LibraryThing for Libraries™
– Resources for College Libraries

If you need these resources, please wait it out until later on Sunday morning.   Thanks for your understanding.