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Help us improve by taking the 2014 LibQUAL survey

Published on: Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Dan Gjelten

Dan Gjelten

On Monday, October 27, students, faculty and staff will receive a link to a library satisfaction survey (known as LibQUAL)  via UST email.  Please help us out by taking a few minutes to complete the survey.  Those who respond will be eligible for a drawing for several Amazon gift certificates.

In 2008, the UST Libraries conducted the LibQUAL survey for the first time.  LibQUAL has been conducted by over 1,200 libraries at institutions all over the world and helps libraries understand user perceptions of collections and services.  The feedback from LibQUAL helps us develop a culture of excellent service and collections, improve programs and innovate, compare our library to peer institutions and, generally, to better communicate with our users.  We are conducting the survey again this fall and the data we obtain will be compared against the 2008 benchmark so that we’ll be able to see the areas of the library enterprise that have changed.  (More on what we learned in 2008.)

LibQualThere are three major areas of the library enterprise that will be covered by the survey: “information control” which measures the extent to which users can find the information they need; “affect of service” which measures the quality of service and interactions with library staff; and “library as place” which concerns the physical library environment.  The survey also gives users a chance to comment in their own language on the library.

This year, as the university and the Libraries engage in strategic planning, we again want to learn more about our users’ expectations and experience with the libraries at St. Thomas. Conducting this highly regarded survey again will allow us to benchmark ourselves against the 2008 findings as well as UST’s comparable institutions.

When you receive the email link to the survey, we ask that you please take the time (10 – 15 minutes) to let us know about your experiences with the UST Libraries. Your responses will influence the direction of the libraries in the near future. Visit the LibQUAL web site if you would like more information about the survey.

Ireland with Chris Kachian and Shelly Nordtorp-Madson – Nov 4th noonartsound – O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Published on: Monday, October 20th, 2014

ireland scene 2In describing the upcoming November 4th  noonartsound, 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…”

You are invited to learn about the art and music of the people of Ireland.  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 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.

Therapy Pets are Coming on October 21st!

Published on: Monday, October 20th, 2014

Dogs, rabbits, and a Guinea pig will be at the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library on

Tuesday, October 21st from 6-8 pm

to visit St. Thomas students and friends. The animals are certified therapy animals who also visit schools, hospitals, and care facilities with their owners.  At St. Thomas, they provide stress relief for students who might be anxious about papers or exams at midsemester.

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Hundreds of students turn out for the popular events, and some arrive early to help with set-up or just because they are so excited to see the animals come through the doors.  The event is free and everyone is welcome!

Would you like to get more involved?!

This time, library circulation supervisor Karen Batdorf is looking for a few students who are willing to be “bunny escorts,” that is, to help the volunteers from Minnesota Companion Rabbit Society carry bunnies to and from the library to  volunteers’ vehicles.   Email her at if you would be willing to help or have questions about the event.

Here are some of the therapy pets who will be here on Tuesday: Buster, Buddy, Sophie, and Remi!

Arpeggione Duo to present guitar and cello 10th anniversary concert Nov. 19 at the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Published on: Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Thomas Schönberg and Chris Kachian

Thomas Schönberg and Chris Kachian

The Arpeggione Duo of guitarist Dr. Christopher Kachian and cellist Dr. Thomas Schönberg will perform a 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.

Education Research Complete from Ebsco

Published on: Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

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ERIC, the major education database, published by the US government,  has decided to limit its indexing and full-text to scholarly journals and reports.  This means they will no longer include trade journals, newsletters or magazines that include articles that simply describe the authors’ experiences in classrooms or are news items (Education Week, The Chronicle of Higher Education.) We are considering adding Education Research Complete to make up for those losses. Do you feel this additional resource will be useful in your classes or for your students? (We will NOT stop our subscription to ERIC. This would serve to enhance, not replace, ERIC.)

Please contact Merrie Davidson with your comments.

Try PRIZM Reports in SimplyMap database (trial)

Published on: Monday, October 13th, 2014

We are seeking your feedback on a new resource we’re trialing.  It’s an add-on to the popular SimplyMap database, which allows users to explore various kinds of demographic and marketing data via maps and reports.

This particular add-on is the Nielsen Claritas PRIZM reports, which segregate consumers into various lifestyle groups for market analysis.  From their promotional literature:

“PRIZM combines demographics, consumer behavior, and geographic data to help marketers identify, understand, and target their customers and prospects. . .PRIZM defines every U.S. household in terms of 66 demographic and behavior types or segments to help marketers discern those consumers’ likes, dislikes, lifestyles, and purchase behaviors.”

Users can pick geographies and see lists of the number and percentage of households within one or more of these defined market segments, and map the data in various ways if desired. You can find a fuller description of the market segments on their website.

The trial is in place until November 14, 2014.  These reports have just been made available in our existing SimplyMap database.  Log in to the database, pick a geography, navigate to the Variables section, select the Claritas PRIZM category, and then pick one or more variables to see the data.

Please send any comments you have on this resource, and whether you think we should subscribe to it to me via UST email (jpheintz), or by commenting on this post.

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Getting Set Up in SciFinder

Published on: Friday, October 10th, 2014


Hey Chemistry Researchers!

Have you been procrastinating about getting your SciFinder account set up?  Maybe the initial log-in procedure was a bit intimidating, or you just plain weren’t sure how to do it?

Well, be confused no more!

To make sure we’re all getting our research taken care of so we can relax and take full advantage of Mole Day celebrations, I just made a quick tutorial video on setting up your account.  Learn how to register for an account*, and then access SciFinder via the UST Libraries website for all your amazing Chemistry needs.  (You’re also more than welcome to contact me if you need or want any help figuring out how best to go about getting to the best references for your serach).

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Have a great weekend!

*Note: SciFinder is for the exclusive use of UST faculty, staff and students.  An UST email address must be used during registration to authenticate your account.

IBISWorld global industry reports trial is up and running

Published on: Thursday, October 9th, 2014




One does not simply walk into a marketing or entrepreneurship class without consulting IBISWorld reports that contain detailed facts, trends, and analysis of major North American industries. It is one of our most popular databases amongst both undergraduate and graduate business students. The downside is that IBISWorld focuses on North American industries when many students and faculty are increasingly asking for international market and industry data.

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The UST Libraries have established a trial throughout October 24th that will give students and faculty access to their global reports for the first time. The global reports follow the same basic format as the North American reports, and are just as easy to search.
The new material includes

  • Global Industry Database that contain 75 global industry reports
  • Canadian Industry Databases that contains 400+ industries
  • China Industry Database that contains 400+ industries
  • UK Industry Database that contains 400+ industries
  • Australia Industry Database that contains 400+ industries

If you would like to take a first hand look at these reports, contact Andrea Koeppe ( to get a username and password.

LGBT Life with Full Text Trial

Published on: Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Students are interested in LGBT and gender issues for both scholarly and personal reasons.

Let’s give them the best scholarly and grassroots resources to assist in their inquiries.
LGBT Full Text from EbscoHOST
What do you think? Check out LGBT Life with Full Text and let us know!

LGBT Life with Full Text indexes the world’s literature regarding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender issues.
Full text for LGBT journals, magazines and regional newspapers includes

  •  The Advocate
  •  Gay Parent Magazine
  •  Girlfriends
  •  GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian & Gay Studies,
  •  James White Review
  •  ISNA News,
  •  Ladder
  •  Lesbian Tide
  •  New York Blade
  •  ONE
  •  Tangents.

AND it contains full-text monographs and books including

  •  Classics in Lesbian Studies
  •  Gay Science: The Ethics of Sexual Orientation Research
  •  Handbook of Research with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Populations
  •  Queer Theory & Social Change
  •  Additionally, all relevant bibliographic data from NISC’s Sexual Diversity Studies is also included.

LGBT Life was created with the assistance of the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, which holds a very significant collection of archival and present content in the area of LGBT studies. The Lesbian Herstory Archives of the Lesbian Herstory Education Foundation also assisted EBSCO to further develop the collection of content in LGBT Life.

Contact Merrie Davidson with your questions, suggestions, and opinions.

Homecoming – Throwback Thursday

Published on: Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Did you know that the first Homecoming at St. Thomas happened on May 21, 1918?  Instead of a parade, a football game and a dance, the day included lunch, a baseball game against Macalester plus dinner and a reception.

Over the past 96 years, several Homecoming traditions have been lost or changed.  For example, during the 1950s, student groups erected displays on the lower quad to show their school spirit.  Creative slogans devised by the groups were one of the main criteria the judges used in evaluating the displays.  The best displays won big prizes of $15, $10 and $5 to be used for future activities of the organizations.

Homecoming Display "Tilt the Kilts" 

“Tilt the Kilts” built by Alph Kappa Psi outside O’Shaughnessy Hall, 1958.

Another bygone tradition is the  bonfire that was traditionally held the night before the football game.  From the 1920s through the early 1960s, college freshman under the supervision of the Tiger Club would spend up to two weeks gathering branches and other materials to add to the pile.   During the bonfire, the students would throw their freshman beanies to the blaze as a sign that they had become “True Tommies.”  Fire codes, unfortunately, prevent this event from happening today.


Crowd of students watch the Homecoming bonfire, 1938.

To see more photographs from Homecomings of the past, search the online University Archives Photograph Collection.