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A Tale About Award Winners

Published on: Thursday, January 29th, 2015

On Monday, February 2, youth services librarians and children’s literature enthusiasts will be anxious to hear the announcements of the major award winners for 2014.  Among the awards to be announced will be the Newbery and Caldecott Medals, Coretta Scott King awards, Michael L. Printz award, and a number of others.  Authors and illustrators will be congratulated; and writers, reviewers, and bloggers will be predicting that the winners will “NEVER go out of print”.

Well, here’s the other side of the story.  On January 28, Keffer Library added the last Newbery Medal winner that was missing from our collection.  Daniel Boone, the 1940 winner has been out of print for many years.  UST library staff have been watching for a used copy to become available, and finally one did! So let’s hear a cheer for the good news, and give a thanks to library acquisition staff for their work to find and acquire this rare book.


It’s a Birthday Party and You’re Invited!

Published on: Thursday, January 29th, 2015


Happy Birthday to Coffee Bene in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey! It’s been five years since the shop opened in the library and we invite you to celebrate with us on Tuesday, February 10, from 10am until 2pm. Enjoy live music, free sugar cookies, get your picture taken with Mugsy the Mascot! A “free mug with your purchase” for the first 80 customers! Play Plinko to win prizes and coupons! See you at the party!

Benezit Dictionary of Artists

Published on: Friday, January 16th, 2015

The Benezit Dictionary of Artists is now available online for the first time via Oxford Art Online. With nearly 170,000 entries on artists from antiquity to the present day and featuring regular updates, Benezit is one of the most comprehensive and definitive resources on artists in the English language. Entries are clear and concise, and Benezit contains thousands of auction records, museum holdings, and bibliographies. In addition to its outstanding scope and depth, two features in particular make Benezit unique among art reference works: its superb coverage of obscure artists and the inclusion of images of artists’ signatures, monograms, and stamps.

Key Features of Benezit Include:

  • Nearly 170,000 entries on artists from the first English edition (2006), the largest edition to date, plus revisions and new biographies exclusively available online
  • More than 11,000 images of artists signatures, monograms, and stamps of sale
  • Detailed museum listings, bibliographies, exhibition information, and auction records
  • Ability to view Benezit results separately or alongside Grove Art and other Oxford art reference works
  • Comprehensive coverage on artists across all media, from painters and sculptors to calligraphers, ceramicists, illustrators, installation artists, and performance artists
  • Updated three times per year to reflect new scholarship, additions to the bibliographies, and corrections – concurrent with Grove Art updates

Please contact Kate Burke with your comments

Routledge Handbooks Online on trial until March 11, 2015

Published on: Monday, January 12th, 2015

Routledge Handbooks Online




Routledge Handbooks Online brings together the world’s leading scholars to provide a cutting-edge overview of classic and current research and future trends in the Social Sciences and the Humanities. Every title is fully searchable.

Key features include:

  • All chapters are accompanied by an abstract and rich metadata that make searching and research more efficient and effective
  • Intuitive search tools enable users to find the material they need across the Handbooks’ and Companions’ multiple subject areas
  • Peer-reviewed content ensures quality of research
  • Over 15,000 chapters from 300+ volumes available at launch
  • Expansive coverage of 18 subject areas including Sociology, Linguistics, Education, and Asian Studies
  • Content available as HTML and PDF, allowing functionality such as highlighting, adding notes, downloading, and printing

Please contact  Talia Nadir with your comments.

No Access to SRDS Media Solutions from Dec. 24-29

Published on: Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

SRDS Media Solutions will experience a planned downtime affecting their online services during the winter break. Beginning at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 24, they will perform scheduled network infrastructure and security maintenance that will cause SRDS services on the web to be unavailable until Monday, Dec. 29. During the outage, they will post any updates to Twitter @SRDS. Check-in there to keep up-to-date on when everything is back up and running.

General Science Collection is now more specific

Published on: Friday, December 19th, 2014

Generageneralsciencel Science Collection is a database of full-text of science journals. It is provided free from the state through the Electronic Library of Minnesota (ELM).  I am pleased to announce that the product has become far less general and far more peer-reviewed.  What was a database of mostly general science magazines has now become a database of mostly peer-reviewed scholarly journals in the sciences.  When you search the results default to full text academic journals. You can narrow those results to peer-reviewed journals only, or only magazines, news and even  videos.

‘Tis the season to return books!

Published on: Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Greetings, Ireland Library users!  Congratulations on finishing another term strong! OSFBookdropMap1

After the semester ends you’ll be catching up on lots of mundane but important tasks, like sleep, laundry, paying bills, and returning library books! 

Ireland Library will be closed for the majority of Christmas Break, so please plan to return library items to the book returns outside of O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library.  There are two of them.  The easiest one to get to is located on the south side of the building in the loading dock area off of Cleveland Ave.  The other book drop is located off the quad on the northwest corner of the building. 

Of course, you can return library items and chat with staff when Ireland is open as well. 

  • Fri, Dec 19:  8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Mon, Dec 22:  8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Tue, Dec 23:  8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • J-term hours begin at 8 a.m. Mon, Jan 5, 2015.  For more details see

You can also return items by mail.  Please see details on the library’s Returning Books page

Blessings on your holiday preparations and celebrations with family and friends.

Your friends at Ireland Library, Curt, Betsy & Conie

Bookdrop Locations during Christmas Break!

Published on: Thursday, December 18th, 2014

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Just a brief reminder that if you need to drop off library materials that are due after regular library hours or over holidays, you can use one of our various bookdrop locations:

  • Outside O’Shaughnessy-Frey:  north of the front door at the bottom of the steps
  • Outside O’Shaughnessy-Frey:  south side of the library
  • Outside Keffer: in skyway near old front entrance & elevator

For more info, see our Returning Books page.

Stressed About Finals? UST Libraries Can Help!

Published on: Thursday, December 11th, 2014

It’s the most stressful time of the year!
Keyboards are clicking and printers are printing and tables are full… 
Of students waiting to be done.
Oh, it’s the most stressful time of the year… 

As we see stressed out faces around campus, we just wanted to remind everyone that UST Libraries are here to help out!  We have prepared a variety of resources for the next week to help you get through.  Here’s a list of the highlights:


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As the Newsroom reported, we will be opening early and/or closing late many days in the next week.   Here’s a quick rundown of the extended hours (in bold):

Friday, 12/12: 7:00am – 10pm
Saturday 12/13:  10am  - 10pm
Tuesday-Thursday, 12/16-12/18: 6am – 2:30am
Friday, 12/19: 6am – 6pm

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Therapy Pets

Yes, folks – the therapy pets are back!  Stop by 6-8pm on Study Monday, 12/15, to get some furry cuddles in with dogs, rabbits, and a Guinea pig!


Look for updates about regular study break treats, hosted by the USG and Wellness center.


Coffee Bene has also graciously agreed to be open on Saturday (!), 12/13, from 10:30am-4pm

Stress-Free Zone

Do you need to just get away from it all for a moment or two?  Stop by our “Stress Free Zone” in room 102 each afternoon 12/15-19 for some coloring, puzzles, card games, and more.  Remember, it’s been proven that regular study breaks can help with concentration!

Ear Plugs and Lockers

Need some help focusing?  Grab some earplugs in the OSF Rotunda and/or drop off your valuables in a locker at the circulation desk.  Noise and worry about theft will be gone, leaving more time to focus on your work!

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We are ALWAYS here to help you – whether to find out how to cite that pesky article or figure out a quiet place to study, we are here for you!  Let us know if there’s anything else we can do to help out, and best of luck on Finals!

IBISWorld – now covering more of the world

Published on: Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Those of you who use IBISWorld probably use it to look up US industry information. I’m pleased to announce that IBISWorld now covers more of the world. Sure, you can still use it as your go-to for US industry information, but we’ve expanded our subscription to include

  • U.S. Specialized Industry Reports
  • Canada Industry Reports
  • China Industry Reports
  •  Global Industry Research Reports

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