Database Highlights & Trials

Summon not available for iOS

We are very sorry to report that there is a glitch in the system somewhere and Summon is not working on iOS products. The company we get Summon from is aware of the problem. We are sorry for the inconvenience. Hopefully things will right themselves soon. Please use Summon from a laptop or desktop until this is resolved. Thanks. And again, sorry.

News & Events, Political Science

Primary Election Day Is Tuesday, August 9th!



Get ready to get your vote on, Tommies – the MN Primary Election is Tuesday, August 9th.  While MN held its set of caucuses in March for voters to cast their presidential preference ballots, this primary election is to determine which other candidates for local, state, and federal offices will show up on the general election ballot in November.

If this is your first primary election in MN, know that there will be both partisan and nonpartisan offices up for election on your ballot. Minnesota does not have political party registration, so you decide which one of the two parties you will vote for.

For more information about this upcoming election or the election in November, check out #USTLibraries Research Guide: Vote 2016


News & Events


I’m sorry to report that nearly all library systems are experiencing severe technical difficulties today. That’s the brief version.


The long version of this story is that we pay for the services of a company called Proquest. From them we get Summon, GET IT, and literally hundreds of thousands of other pieces of content that make up the modern library. Over the weekend Proquest did an upgrade to its system, which is typical and happens with great regularity. However, atypical is that something went horribly wrong with this upgrade. It’s taken down most of our functionality.


Please be patient as we look to Proquest to solve this rather large problem. Let us know how we can help, but be prepared to hear the answer “just wait it out.”  Ugh. And sorry.


UST Libraries 8th Annual Food for Fines Drive

The UST Libraries 8th Annual Food for Fines Drive wrapped up end of May with a total donation of 323 lbs.

Since the Library’s first drive in 2009, the UST community has donated more than 4,023 pounds of food.

Donations from 2015 Food Drive - thank you!

This year’s donation recipient was the Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul’s food shelf:

“As more and more families use our services, we are encouraged when individuals like you step-up to help meet these increasing needs. Your contribution helps fill basic needs of existence. The food shelf serves more than 2,000 people annually and provides special food distribution during Thanksgiving and Christmas.”

Thank you!

News & Events

Research Online Usage Report

Here is the latest usage report for UST Research Online, the university’s online scholarly research repository.

Monthly Readership Totals:
Last month, UST Research Online had 11249 full-text downloads and 23 new submissions were posted, bringing the total works in the repository to 1566.
University of St. Thomas, Minnesota scholarship was read by 1534 institutions across 146 countries.

The most popular papers were:
A Phenomenological Study of the Lived Experiences of Elementary Principals Involved in Dual-Career Relationships with Children (537 downloads)

Factors Influencing Student Placement Decisions in Elementary School Assignments (500 downloads)

The sky’s the limit: An activity for teaching project management: an experiential learning activity (347 downloads)

The most popular publications were:
University of St. Thomas Law Journal (3614 downloads)

Education Doctoral Dissertations in Leadership (2233 downloads)

Professional Psychology Doctoral Projects (1562 downloads)


See the Dashboard for user maps, institution & country download counts, referrers, etc.

USTRO download map

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

noonartsound: O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library May 3 at noon

Shelly Nordtorp-Madson and Chris Kachian

Shelly Nordtorp-Madson and Chris Kachian

It’s the final noonartsound of the academic year and we look forward to seeing you Tuesday, May 3 at noon!
The art:  Shelly Nordtorp-Madson will speak on various romantic periods and will compare and contrast the Victorian period with modern times, WWII, turn of the 20th century, 1970’s, the present.
The sound:  Chris Kachian will present love songs – strictly American and from 30’s to 40’s –  lots of jazz – and always a surprise or two.
Come to the O’Shaughnessy Room in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library. Free and open to all!


Database Highlights & Trials

Big Day for Thomas Aquinas

AquinasThe UST Libraries just added the Collected Works of Thomas Aquinas (Electronic Edition) to our collection. If you can believe it, this title was available on CD-Rom before now. I’m happy to report that, like nearly everything else in the known world, it has been made available on the web for your 24/7 viewing pleasure.  And as an added bonus, if you were to require some help in interpreting the works of Thomas Aquinas, we’ve also just added the Oxford Handbook of Aquinas, which is one of 64 titles included the new Oxford Handbooks of Philosophy collection.

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

Poetry on the Patio at Noon on Tuesday April 26


It’s April and it’s National Poetry Month!  Plan to take your break over the lunch hour on the patio of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library on Tuesday, April 26 at Noon!  As soon as the carillon stops singing, we’ll begin the poetry reading and you’ll hear from several of your colleagues across campus, including Linda Baughman-Terry, Carol Wilkie, Jessica Gjerde, Kristi Ames, Ciara Parks, retiree and French scholar Mary Lou Wolsey, students Christopher Vance and Jennifer Gish.   Hosted by Director of Libraries, Dan Gjelten, this annual event is a favorite among poetry lovers and people who just like to discover what poems are favorites of their co-workers and friends.   We look forward  to seeing you on Tuesday.  Questions?  Please call Julie Kimlinger at 962-5014.