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:
Go on a Blind Date with a Book
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
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
Tomorrow, 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.
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 email@example.com.
Associate Director for Digital Initiatives
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
The Name of God is Mercy by Pope Francis
Random House, 2016
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
Happy Reading! Please let any UST Libraries staff know if you have any questions/comments while accessing these.
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.
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.
For the month of February UST Libraries are providing free access to computer science e-books from Springer . UST Libraries welcome feedback on all database trials – these are resources that we are considering for subscriptions. Please send any comments, questions or suggestions regarding Springer computer science e-books to Eric Kallas or Kate Burke, thanks!
UST 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!
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org> before the trial ends on February 29, 2016.
If you are interested in this subject then I recommend that you visit the U.S. Federal Government’s USAspending.gov 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:
- 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 USAspending.gov, 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 USAspending.gov as interesting as I did! If you have any questions regarding this post please contact me at: email@example.com
All 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:
– ProQuest platform (search.proquest.com)
– ProQuest Congressional (congressional.proquest.com)
– Chadwyck-Healey databases (full list available)
– ProQuest Digital Microfilm
Reference management/Research support tools
– 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.