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noonartsound: Music as Metaphor for Leadership – April 4 in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Michael Klein, Justice and Peace Studies faculty member.

You are all invited to the library’s April 4 noonartsound presentation:  Music as Metaphor for Leadership!    Join us at noon in the O’Shaughnessy Room, where Mike Klein will demonstrate how the close collaboration of our own St. Thomas a capella singers provides a model for leadership.  Enjoy the conversations, the music, and the insights.  With the help of singers from the ever popular Cadenza and Summit Singers, it promises to be a note-worthy offering!    Invite your friends – all are welcome – cake and coffee will be provided.

The Summit Singers

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Sacred Arts Festival Poetry Reading, March 30 at 7pm

All are invited to a Sacred Arts Festival event in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library on Thursday evening, March 30 at 7pm.

Poetry reading and discussion, Creative Writers in Conversation About Sacred Spaces in the Twin Cities, features Bao Phi and Sequoia Nagamatsu.

To learn about tonight’s speakers please read on.

Please join us in the Great Room on second floor of the library at 7pm.

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Donate your Books to the Library Week Book Sale

Happy Spring!!

Are you ready to box up those books you used to love but don’t want any more?

Please consider donating them to the Library Week Used Book Sale.

Library Week Book Sale will be Monday – Thursday, April 10 – 13 – Noon to 6pm in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Room 108!!

Book donations will be accepted at the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Circulation Desk any time:  now through Friday, April 7

Thank you very much!!

Our Book Sale Shoppers especially love:

Novels, Mysteries, Literature, Hobbies, Pets, Self-Help, Cookbooks, Art, Music, Children’s Books, Summer Beach Reading, DVDs!

(No textbooks, please)

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Digitalia Films Library

The UST Libraries is pleased to announce the new subscription to Digitalia Films Library (video streaming database). The database with more than 900 titles, is a multilingual, multi-national collection of movies and documentaries from Spain, France, other European countries, North America (Classic) and Latin America (especially Mexico, Cuba, Argentina and Brazil). Among the subjects included in the documentaries are archeology, history, nature, arts, and more. The entire collection is available via any computer on campus or from your home computer.
Note: To activate the English subtitles please click under the CC icons

If you have questions about this streaming film collection or any other video or music streaming collection, please feel free to contact Cindy Badilla-Meléndez, Media/Music Resources Librarian at

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Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Celtic Collection!

Join the Department of Special Collections and the Center for Irish Studies in celebrating 100th Anniversary of the founding of  Celtic Collection.  This celebration will be a part of our annual St. Patrick’s Day Open House to be held Tuesday, March 14th from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm in the Special Collections Department (LL09 O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library).  In addition to a display of some of the treasures from the collection, a short program featuring Irish poetry will be held at 12:15 pm.

(image from The Fair Hills of Ireland by Stephen Gwynn, Maunsel Press, 1906)

The Celtic Collection can trace its origin to a September 1916 vote by the Minnesota chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians to provide funds to establish an Irish Library at the College of St. Thomas.  From this initial gift of $600, the collection has grown to over 14,000 volumes containing significant materials related to Irish local history and antiquities, folklore, art, music, Irish language and literature and modern Irish poetry.

(image from The Irish Fairy Book by Alfred P. Graves, T.F. Unwin, 1909.)

  For more information on the UST Libraries rare books and manuscripts collections see our website.

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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.

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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.



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#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.

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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.



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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.