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“Not needed after” or “Cancel if not fill by” date or “Why you need to allow time for shipping and handling”

Published on: Sunday, September 28th, 2014

Have you ever bought a gift for someone online, only to have it arrive after the important event? Doesn’t that just ruin your day?

Wouldn’t it really ruin your day if, oh, you had a grade hanging on that package which never came?

When you want an item from another library, make sure you don’t shoot yourself in the foot! As you fill out the request, you will be asked to provide a “CANCEL IF NOT FILLED BY” date.  CLICnetRequestNNA

Be sure you give us enough time! For items currently on the shelf, we need at least a few days to get it to your library of choice. For items currently checked out by another patron, place a date further out, as they have a right to the book until their due date comes.

If your cancel date is too soon, your order will be canceled! Give us time to fill the order, and we’ll get it to you on the double.

~ Mason M.,  Ireland Library Graduate Student Staff

UST Faculty Reaching Audiences Far & Wide

Published on: Friday, September 26th, 2014










According to a story in the UST Newsroom from September 24th, 2014, Assistant Professor Lawrence Chui from the Opus College of Business has been able to generate significant interest in his research by placing links to his articles in UST’s Research Online institutional repository. Congratulations Professor Chui!

Not only are both UST and non-UST readers able to view Professor Chui’s work but he is able to make use of the analytical feedback built into Research Online to clearly measure the impact and reach of his research. If you would like to know more about the institutional repository please visit UST Research Online.


UST Authors Shine Nationally via UST Research Online

Published on: Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Did you know that UST has an institutional repository where faculty and student research is showcased?  Did you know that the papers displayed there are highly discoverable online and are being viewed by scholars across the country?

I was just notified that our content is among the most popular in the country in the Digital Commons Network, which contains over a million works from 358 institutions.  Digital Commons is the vendor that hosts our repository, UST Research Online.  At last count, we have 1,016 papers available, which have been downloaded over a quarter of a million times, 134,797 in the last year alone.  This content is aggregated into the national Digital Commons Network, who aggregate the papers into common disciplinary combinations based on the content, which helps researchers discover new content and new scholars.

Disciplines where our researchers shined in September 2014 included:

Congratulations to all of our authors for this impressive performance!  If you go to either the Digital Commons Network or UST Research Online, you can use the discipline wheel (pictured below) to explore the content, or search and browse using other tools.

I’d be remiss in not recognizing the efforts of my recently retired colleague, Linda Hulbert, who was the brainchild and primary architect of conceiving our repository and working with the departments to get content loaded.

If you have any questions about the repository, please let me know.  (John Heintz,, 2-5018).

Digital Commons Network

Therapy Dogs and Bunnies at the Library!

Published on: Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Hear ye, hear ye!  The ever-popular Therapy Pets will be in the OSF Library rotunda

6-8pm on Wednesday, September 24th!

We’re nearly a month into the semester, and that back-to-school energy is starting to wane.  But have no fear: the library is here!

Take a break from your paper to give a friendly dog a pat or watch a few hops from a fluffy (and amazingly talented) agility bunny.*

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They are sure to bring to a smile back to your face and bounce back to your own step as you remember a fluffy loved one at home.  Bring your friends, roommates, and cameras and be ready for a fun time!

Tweet at #ustlibpets; we can’t wait to see your pics.

As always, remember that library staff are available to assist you find any help or information you need!


*Curious about agility bunnies?  These fun rabbits are from a group that is determined to beat out cats in the cute video department. Check this short clip out  to see more about the “Rabbit Revolution” –  it stars several of “our” bunnies!

World War II era Jazz comes to the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library on Oct. 7

Published on: Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Shelly Nordtorp-Madson and Chris Kachian

Shelly Nordtorp-Madson and Chris Kachian

noonartsound” returns to the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library on Tuesday, October 7 - noon to 1pm in the O’Shaughnessy Room, Rm 108.

Free and open to all, noonartsound brings together the talents of Dr. Shelly Nordtorp-Madson, chief curator and a member of the clinical faculty in the Department of Art History, and Dr. Chris Kachian, guitarist and professor of music.   Often the programs are enhanced by students or faculty members who bring their own expertise to the specific programs.

This semester’s first noonartsound on Oct. 7 will focus on jazz from the 1940′s and World War II era.

“From zoot suits and bobby soxers to rationing and victory gardens, to the GI Bill and Rosie the Riveter, the 1940′s was a time of great social upheaval, leaving no part of society untouched,” says Kachian, giving a taste of what will be offered.  “Frank Sinatra was a teenaged star and Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire brought a whisper of a carefree, sophisticated society that was far from armament factories and foxholes.”

Nordtorp-Madson and Kachian have been performing these popular lecture-concerts together for more than 12 years. The professors are known their unique style and humor, along with beautiful, satisfying, yet “unstuffy” presentations of their art.   If you have any questions, please contact Julie Kimlinger at 651-962-5014 or

Here is the noonartsound schedule for the rest of the year – we hope you will be able to join us!

  • Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014:         Ireland
  • Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014:         Spanish Flamenco with Guest Guitarist Tony Hauser
  • Tuesday, March 3, 2015:      Vienna and Franz Schubert
  • Tuesday, April 7, 2015:        The British Invasion: 1964-1967
  • Tuesday, May 5, 2015:         The 1930′s With Songs of the Early Labor Movement



The OSF Library White Board Question

Published on: Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

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For the last couple of years, the staff in O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library have been posting a question on a big white board near the entrance. Sticky notes are provided for anyone to respond to the question.   We’ve asked questions like:

-  What would you tell a prospective student about the library?
-  Books – print or digital, which do you prefer?
-  What’s the best discovery you’ve made in the library?
-  What’s your favorite political movie?
-  What are you thankful for?
-  What helps you get to sleep?
-  What is your best study tip?
-  What are you working on right now?
-  What are you most excited about this semester?
-  How do you get your political news?

Our goal with the white board is to create a conversation with the people who come into the library, and to, we hope, learn more about them. We will ask a mix of lighthearted, social questions as well as more serious questions about your use of the library and our resources.
The answers to our latest question ‘What was the high point of your summer?’ demonstrates how interesting our users are. All the answers (necessarily brief, since the sticky note is small) suggested stories behind our users’ lives:

-  People travelled to Peru, Chile, England, Spain, Italy, Vietnam, Brazil, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and South Africa as well as many points in the U.S.
-  The Iowa State Fair!
-  More than one attended the Bonnarroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tennessee
-  People worked at a number of jobs, volunteered, coached, and took classes
-  The usual Minnesota summer activities were represented – boating, camping, laying in the sun, hanging with the family, hiking up north
-  And one person won a lot of money in Las Vegas!

We’ll keep putting up questions throughout the year – and hope to continue to learn more about you!

Happy 129th Birthday St. Thomas!

Published on: Monday, September 8th, 2014



The Administration Building and Lake Mennith, ca 1886

On September 8, 1885, the St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary (now known as the University of St. Thomas) celebrated its opening day.   The five faculty and sixty-two students lived, studied and attended classes in the only building on campus, the Administration Building.  This building sat on what is now the upper quad of the Saint Paul campus. Board and tuition for the year was $180.00 with an addition $20.00 for the washing and mending of clothes.

John Quinlan studying in his room in the Administration Building

John Quinlan studying in the Administration Building, 1906

Unlike the many majors students have to choose from in 2014, the first students of St. Thomas followed a strictly regimented course of study.  Courses in Latin, Greek, German, Mathematics, Natural Science, English and Christian Doctrine were required for all students.  Classes in Drawing, Instrumental Music and French were offered as optional courses.

 For more information on the history of the University of St. Thomas, browse through the Timeline of UST History.




Welcome Back!

Published on: Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Welcome back to campus, everyone! It was so fun to cheer on the class of 2018 as they marched through the arches yesterday, and today it’s great to see the Quad filled with smiling faces as we all reconnect and get geared up for a wonderful academic year.

We hope you had a fun summer! Things were busy around here at the library and, as usual, we have some fun news to share.

As you gear up for your fall research projects, remember to check out our handy Subject Guides - what I like to call handy “mini library websites” geared specifically towards your course and subject content (and I’m not making that up – we  work with your professors to make sure we have what you need to do your assignments!).

We’re also happy to report that Summon, our popular library search engine, has received an upgrade that we hope will make it easy to use.  Some highlights we’ve heard students liking already include: recommendations of subject specialists based on what you’re searching, automatic breakdown of content by type (like Google does), and more.  Check it out and let us know what you think! 

We’ve also added many more online resources, including these favorites of mine:

  • ASTM Standards and Engineering Digital Library - a collection of industry-leading standards and technical engineering information
  • Digitalia Hispánica - database of e-books and e-journals in Spanish and English, with access to some of the most renowned publishers in Spain and Latin America
  • Early English Books Online - primary source collection featuring English-language books, pamphlets, tracts and ephemera printed between 1473 – 1700
  • Literature Online (“LION”) - criticism and reference resources as well as full text of poetry, drama, and prose fiction from the 8th century to the present day
  • Nature - we have expanded our subscription to the journal “Nature” to include archives going back to 1987

And, of course, we have much more!

As I like to joke, you can stick a quarter in me and I’d go on and on about all of the wonderful resources we have here at the UST Libraries, but I know we’re all busy so I’ll stop here.  Instead, make an appointment with your favorite librarian today find out more about what we have to help you with your research today!

Summer vacation fun

Published on: Friday, August 22nd, 2014


Keffer librarian Donna Nix, lover of kids’ books, spent a few minutes with Ramona at the Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden in Portland last week.

UPDATE: O’Shaughnessy-Frey to Rearrange its Books and Periodicals Collections

Published on: Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Captu2re While it is commonly thought that academic libraries hibernate in the summer months, this is quite the misnomer for the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library these last few months.

As some of you may have noticed we are in the middle of a massive book and periodical rearrangement in the building. Our goal with the project: move ALL bound journals to the Sub Level of the library and start the book collection on the Lower Level, extending up to Level 4.

As the Fall semester begins in less than two weeks the following book call number ranges will be on these new floors:

Level 4: PQ – Z 

Level 3: HX – PN

Level 2: will eventually hold E – HV, but this will be an ongoing shift throughout the fall semester

Lower Level: will eventually hold A – D, but this will be an ongoing shift throughout the fall semester

Note that Periodicals with titles that begin S – Z have been shifted from Level 4 to Sub Level. 

If you have questions or comments about this project, please let us know.

See the Library’s March 12th, 2014 blog post for more details on the project