Libraries, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Beatles and Stones and More – oh my! Noonartsound on Tuesday, April 7 in the Library

beatlesOur next noonartsound highlights “The British Invasion: 1964-1967.”  Please plan to join us at at Noon on Tuesday, April 7, in the O’Shaughnessy Room (Room 108) of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center.

The program is free and open to all — it 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.

“The British invasion was, in a word, groovy,” Kachian says. “But it wasn’t all tie-dye.  It was Mods, Rockers, and Teddy Boyz, white lipstick and Twiggy . . .  and pop art and op art.  Unfortunately for all those who see the British invasion that it was ‘peace out’ you will be lectured by someone who strove mightily to be not only groovy, but far out and right on.   And, kids, the right-on music that goes right in that rockin’ grooviness?   You don’t need me to tell you!”

You are welcome to bring your lunch if you wish – beverages and a light dessert will be provided.

What’s next?  Our final noonartsound of the spring semester will be held at noon on Tuesday, May 5 and will feature songs of the 1930’s and the early labor movement.

Please call Julie at 962-5014 if you have any questions.  Thank you very much and we hope to see you at Noon on April 7!




Libraries, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Special Collections and Archives

St. Patrick’s Day Open House



Join the Department of Special Collections and Center for Irish Studies for our annual St. Patrick’s Day Open House, Tuesday, March 17, 2015 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm in the Special Collections Reading Room (OSF Library LL09).   A brief program featuring a selection of Irish poetry will be presented at 12:15 pm.  And a display of rare and unique items from the library’s Celtic Collection will be on exhibit. Light refreshments (alas no green beer!) will be served.

News & Events, Science

Celebrate 350 Years of Scientific Publishing!

The Royal Society is celebrating the 350th anniversary of Philosophical Transactions, the world’s first science journal.

Philosophical Transactions, first published in 1665, pioneered the concepts of scientific priority and peer review which, together with archiving and dissemination, provide the model for almost 30,000 scientific journals today.

Landmark papers that have been published in Royal Society journals include: RS350

  • The gruesome account of an early blood transfusion (1666)
  • Sir Isaac Newton’s landmark paper on the nature of light and colour (1672)
  • Benjamin Franklin’s account of flying a kite in a storm to identify the electrical nature of lightning – the Philadelphia Experiment (1752)
  • Han’s Sloane’s account of inoculation with small pox (1755)
  • A scientific study of a young Mozart confirming him as a musical child genius (1770)
  • The discovery of a comet by the first recognized female scientist, Caroline Herschel (1794)
  • Maxwell’s discovery of the electromagnetic properties of light (1865)
  • The paper that proved Einstein right (1920)
  • Stephen Hawking’s early writing on black holes (1970)

To celebrate the anniversary, the Royal Society is holding a series of events looking back at the history of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society and forward to the future of scientific publication. If you happen to be planning a trip to England, visit the exhibition of archives in London, or, if not, just check out the exhibition’s brochure. You can also just read more about the history of Philosophical Transactions here.

As part of their 350th anniversary celebrations, all Royal Society journals content is free to access until the end of March 2015.

Archbishop Ireland Library, Circulation, New Materials

Waiting in Line for a Best-Seller

You’re waiting with bated breath. The library just got a copy. It’s that series your friend hooked you on, a new mystery, biography, or adventure, and its hot… too hot to touch! Welcome to the back of the line for this week’s bestseller, but before you do:

HOLD your horses! Before you place a request through CLICnet, pay attention to your competition or else you’ll sell yourself short. When you view your objet desire, ask yourself how many copies are available, what their due dates are, and how many holds are already in the queue.


Let’s say you want to read Anthony Doerr’s latest novel. Observe: of three copies, none is guaranteed to be back in circulation until late April. It gets worse: while no one will be able to renew their loan before you can take a peek, everyone gets a full loan period of at least two months, and eight people are ahead of you in line! Thankfully, there are some fast readers in this world, and spot #9 will become #1 soon enough.

What’s a bibliophile to do?

If you’re desperate, you can put in an Inter-Library Loan (ILL) request.  But think, the public library queues are probably longer and they’re likely to pass on filling another library’s request.  While it never hurts to check your local library, be realistic about your prospects.

If you can wait, just place a request with us, but do it intelligently. After logging in, you’ll be asked to set a date for your request to expire.  It is AUTOMATICALLY SET AT 30 DAYS FROM TODAY. Obviously, you may need more time than that for your ticket to be called.


When you come to the screen pictured above, enter the latest date you’d be interested in receiving the book. You’ll get the book based on the date you place your request, NOT the date your hold request expires.

Or if you want to get mathematical about it, multiple 8 weeks (shortest student loan period plus some time on the holdshelf) by 8 requests (or however many requests are ahead of you), then divide by 3 (the number of copies).  Here the total is 21+ weeks, so extend that request expiration date out 5 months or so.

Keep waiting, but breathe easy. Play it smart: those eight people waiting in line, they might not be so clever; in two months, maybe less, their holds may expire while yours is there to stay.

~Mason M., Ireland Library Staff, Graduate Student

Database Highlights & Trials

TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES – Political Risk Yearbook

RESOLVED! We have reports from our colleagues in the field that this problem has been resolved. If you experience otherwise, please let us know.


For those of you in the international business law class looking for Political Risk Yearbook, I have bad news and good news. First the bad news… Political Risk Yearbook is not working from off-campus. I’ve contacted the vendor and they are experiencing problems on their end. A few other university libraries reported the same problem yesterday. I am working with the vendor tech support to resolve the problem. In the meantime, the good news… We have Political Risk Yearbook available in Business Source Premier.  Here’s how you get there:

Go to Business Source Premier




Type in your country’s name and then limit to PUBLICATION TYPE/COUNTRY REPORT


In the list of results you’ll see many different types of country reports, but the Political Risk Yearbook report should be near the top of results.


I’ll update this post when I get good news from the vendor. Sorry about the hassle.

Database Highlights & Trials, Libraries, News & Events, Services

Do you Summon?

Hi Students! As your research is gearing up this semester, we have a question for you:

Do you Summon?

Summon is a Google-like search tool here at UST Libraries, and you can use it just like you’d use Google…Go ahead and search our databases, book catalog, video collection, and more – all at once!

We know your professors ask you to find specific types of resources for assignments.  With Summon, you can easily filter for peer-reviewed articles, items published in a particular time range, and more.  Even better, it automatically refers you to a relevant UST librarian if you need more help!

Watch the short video below for more great tips and hints about using Summon, and (as always), Happy Searching!

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Libraries, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Tommie Grad Wins Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award


Lisa Hinchliffe – former Tommie and O’Shaughnessy-Frey reference library student assistant

Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, coordinator for information literacy services and instruction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is the winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section’s (IS) Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award. The award honors Miriam Dudley, whose efforts in the field of information literacy led to the formation of IS.The honor recognizes a librarian who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of instruction in a college or research library environment.  Hinchliffe will receive her $1,000 award, along with a plaque, at the IS program during the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

“The Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award was created to honor librarians who have made especially significant contributions to the advancement of instruction in a college or research library environment, and no one is more deserving of this recognition than Lisa Hinchliffe,” said award Chair Christy Stevens, head of reference and instruction at Cal Poly Pomona. “Indeed, the breadth and depth of Lisa’s contributions to instruction librarianship cannot be overstated. Lisa is a prolific contributor to library instruction and information literacy scholarship, having authored or co-authored more than 44 journal articles and 10 book chapters.

“As a member of the ACRL Immersion Program faculty since 2003, Lisa has worked with hundreds of librarians, helping them to become skilled teachers, instructional leaders, and information literacy advocates at their institutions,” continued Stevens. “She has also been an active member of ACRL and IS, serving as section chair from 2005-06, and later as ACRL president from 2010-11. During her term as president, Lisa successfully foregrounded the educational role of libraries through the Value of Academic Libraries initiative. She is an outstanding, internationally recognized leader in the profession whose scholarship, professional service, and participation in the Immersion Program have shaped the teaching and assessment philosophies and practices of countless instruction librarians around the world.”
Hinchliffe received her B.A. in Philosophy from the University of St. Thomas, Minnesota, and her M.L.I.S. and Ed.M. in Education Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

For more information regarding the ACRL IS Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award, or a complete list of past recipients, please visit the awards section of the ACRL website.

For Immediate Release Mon, 02/23/2015 – Chicago


Libraries, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

The Music of Vienna and Franz Schubert – noonartsound March 3 at Noon in the Library

vienna dancers

The Deutsche Tanz (1823)(German dance) presented here is a fast dance in triple time, in which the couple turns in circles. It developed into the counterpart of the French menuet in the 18th c. (E. Stadler)

You are all cordially invited!

Our first noonartsound of the spring semester will be Tuesday, March 3 at noon in the O’Shaughnessy Room of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library.

Our very creative and entertaining presenters, Shelly-Nordtorp Madson and Chris Kachian continue to transport us to another time with  noonartsound and we are especially fortunate that they will be joined by David Jenkins on the piano.   You will be treated to stories of Vienna, the clothing, the art, and manners of the time, as well as  the music of Franz Schubert.

Chris and Shelly describe their talk this way:   “Romantic Vienna, the most musical city in the western world, claims most of the great composers of the 18th and 19th centuries.  One musician and music writer of the early 19th century was Franz Schubert, the favorite of the Romantic movement and a society filled with waltzers and consumptive, over-corseted ladies carrying smelling salt containers and subsiding onto fainting couches. The setting of Vienna is sublime and the music no less so – if a bit lugubrious. Bring your silver vinaigrettes with you!”

We hope you will join us – you’ll hear guitar and piano performing the entire “Arpeggione Sonata” along with other surprises.


Libraries, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Director of UST Libraries Shares Results of LibQUAL Satisfaction Survey

Dan Gjelten, Director UST Libraries

Dan Gjelten, Director UST Libraries

In fall 2014, the UST Libraries contracted with the Association of Research Libraries to conduct the LibQUAL survey, a well-regarded measure of the satisfaction of users of academic libraries. The findings of the survey will help the libraries as we develop strategic directions in support of university’s strategic plan.

LibQUAL is designed to assess the extent to which our library services are meeting the needs and expectations of our users. Answers to 27 questions in the areas of services, collections and library as place document our users’ perception of actual and desired level of quality.

Since 2000, more than 1,200 libraries nationwide have participated in LibQUAL; this is the second time that the UST Libraries have conducted the survey (it was previously done in 2008). Because the libraries conducted the same survey in 2008 and because comparable academic libraries around the country also have conducted the survey, we are able to measure changes in user perceptions over time and with our peers.

This year, we sent the survey to all UST students, faculty and staff, and received valid responses from 1,455 library users (including 693 undergraduate students, 446 graduate students and 172 faculty). The data we received can be analyzed by user group, discipline, library most used and other variables. In addition to the raw data we received nearly 500 comments from various users, all of which are being analyzed and classified by theme. We will continue to analyze all of our findings over the coming months.

Our initial findings show that the libraries are exceeding user expectations in a number of areas including “giving users individual attention,” providing “multimedia collections users need,” “making me aware of library resources and services” and “providing information resources reflecting diverse points of view.” Because users identified their role, we are able to look at results by user group, and learn where our constituencies have the highest expectations. For example:
◦Undergraduate students seem to place a high value on the library as place and want comfortable and inviting spaces to study.
◦Graduate students are most interested in accessing library resources from their home or office.
◦Faculty seem to be happy with library staff services and library spaces, and have the highest expectations for us in the area of electronic resources availability and a website that enables them to locate information on their own.

In terms of changes between 2008 and 2014, we learned that overall satisfaction with library services increased for all user groups during the six-year period. When we compare findings from our survey with LibQUAL results from comparable institutions (Marquette University and Santa Clara University both conducted LibQUAL in 2014) we’ve learned that the UST libraries rate higher in overall quality and library support for learning, research and teaching than either of those university libraries.

While we are happy with many of the findings from this survey, we also acknowledge that there are areas where we can improve. We’ve learned there are some frustrations with finding the best resources using the libraries’ Web page. One comment captures what we think too many of our users experience when interacting with library: “Excellent resources, but it seems more difficult than it should be to get the resources, and oftentimes the information can be overwhelming.”

In fact, the UST libraries, having been well-supported by the university for many years, do offer great treasures in electronic content to our users. Given that we live in a time of information abundance rather than information scarcity, it is a challenge for the libraries to help our users navigate and effectively use that information in their work. The libraries currently are developing strategic objectives for the coming years, and this challenge will remain a high priority for us. As the University of St. Thomas strategic plan states, it is a goal for us to “provide innovative education that develops the skills necessary for success within an increasingly complex contemporary world, where information is readily available but wise use of that information is critical for human flourishing.”

The UST Libraries take seriously our role in helping to achieve that strategic objective.

Other areas where we will look to improve the libraries include updating library furnishings and addressing space issues in the Minneapolis campus library.

UST Libraries would like to thank all of you who responded to our survey and assure you that what we’ve learned with your help will make library services even more effective in the coming years.

– Dan Gjelten

Art, Libraries, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Now at the OSF Library: A Peace of My Mind

An exhibit asking “What Does Peace Mean to You?”

By St. Paul artist John Noltner

Monday, February 9 until Monday, February 23 in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library Lobby, and satellite locations across campus.

A Peace of My Mind is a multimedia art project that fosters public dialogue about issues related to conflict resolution, civic responsibility, and peace. With engaging portraits and compelling personal stories, more than fifty subjects describe what peace means to them, how they work toward it in their lives, and some of the obstacles they encounter along the way.

Those profiled include Holocaust survivors and a homeless man, a Somali refugee and a military chaplain, a pottery instructor and an oil company executive. Artists, volunteers, politicians, and business leaders all share their thoughts and inspiring stories in a series that celebrates our common experience and sense of community.

Banners with individual portraits and stories will be on view in the OSF Library Lobby and in satellite locations across the St. Paul campus. Several programs will gather the St. Thomas community to engage in conversations about the meaning of peace. QR codes on the banners will allow smartphone users to access podcasts, video interviews, and other online resources.

For more information about the exhibit: For questions about the exhibit, please contact Mike Klein, Clinical Faculty in the Department of Justice and Peace Studies:

Sponsored by the Department of Justice and Peace Studies
Co-sponsored by: American Culture and Difference, Student Diversity and Inclusion Services, The Office for Mission, O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library, and Students for Justice and Peace.