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Special Collections Shelving Project – Phase 2

Published on: Friday, July 18th, 2014

Phase II of the Special Collections compact shelving project is well underway.  The rails on which the shelving will run and the carriages on which the shelving will sit have been installed.  The shelving itself is currently being assembled and attached to the system.

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We appreciate our users patience as the Special Collections/Archives reading room will remain closed until the project’s completion.  The department can provide some reference assistance by phone and email.  However, the majority of the collections are in storage and will not be accessible for the duration of the project.  In the interim, we encourage the use of the department’s digitized collections.


Published on: Friday, July 11th, 2014

Last week we experience problems with ValueLine.  The company had a bit of trouble during a platform migration. I’m pleased to announce it’s working again.

Where are you going with books?

Published on: Friday, June 27th, 2014

OutdoorBkPic-MMYou can tell a true book lover by their vacation habits. No longer burdened with assignments, we turn to our reading lists. When given a day off, we naturally consider which novel we’ll finish. Most uniquely, we take advantage of the beautiful weather like everyone else…

…only with books!

This summer, Ireland Library would like to encourage you to enjoy books AND the great outdoors, and we’re strong believers in leading by example. From time to time this summer, we’ll send a few pics of our outdoor adventures.OutdoorBkPic-DD

Care to join us?

Share vacation photos of you and your summer reading outdoors with us on Facebook or Twitter (@USTIRLLIB) and tag them with #outdoorbookpic to spread the love of reading!

From the beach to the trail to a backyard Adirondack, there isn’t a place a good book can’t go!

~ Mason M., Ireland Library graduate student worker

Special Collections/Archives Compact Shelving Project – Phase 1

Published on: Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Phase one of the Department of Special Collections compact shelving project is complete!  Over two days, we moved over 2500 boxes of materials out of their home in the department’s climate controlled storage area.

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One of the spaces we are using for temporary storage is the Special Collections reading room.  Because of this, the department cannot accommodate on-site researchers until the end of the project.   The department will provide phone and email reference service.  As the majority of the manuscript and University Archives collections are in storage, the staff will not be able to access the content of most of the collections.

In the interim, we encourage the use of the department’s digitized collections.

New Walk-in Borrowing Policy with Macalester!

Published on: Friday, June 13th, 2014

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The University of St. Thomas and Macalester College libraries announce reciprocal walk-in borrowing policy.

Active Macalester patrons can walk into any UST library with their current Macalester ID and register it to check-out 6 books from the general stacks for a 4 week loan. One renewal is allowed for another 4 weeks. See the online policy here.

Active University of St. Thomas patrons can walk into the DeWitt Wallace Library at Macalester College with their current UST ID and register it to check-out 6 circulating items. Book loans will be 4 weeks long, with one 4 week renewal. DVDs and CDs will be checked out for a 1 week loan.

For more details on this change, see the June 4th blog post, “New Process for Requesting Materials from Macalester

Downshifting into summer mode

Published on: Friday, June 13th, 2014

James, our ever-smiling & capable CLIC courier!

James, our ever-smiling & capable CLIC courier!

It’s that time of year again. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and the Twin Cities’ many colleges are strangely quiet. 

With fewer students on campus, the libraries downshift for the summer months as well. One way you may feel this change is when you request a book from another CLIC library.  The courier that shuttles library material will only be making one stop at each library per weekday (larger libraries have two during the school year), which slows things down a bit. 

If you request a book from another CLIC library, expect an additional workday for it to arrive at your library of choice.

~ Mason M., Ireland Library graduate student worker

Summon 2.0 debuts!

Published on: Monday, June 9th, 2014

We’re excited to announce a new version of our library content search engine! Dubbed Summon 2.0, it’s the newest version of the default search we’ve had on the library home page for the last several years.

Features of the new version include:

  • a three-pane layout, with search results in the center, search refinement facet options on the left, and featured content or summary information on individual results when you hover over them
  • a more modern display: visually pleasing, clustering of content types like images and news articles to better organize results, plus continuous scrolling (no more next page, next page, next page, etc.)
  • search suggestions,  plus automatic expansion of queries to get all versions of the key terms in the search
  • a new “Discipline” facet to filter results: may be useful for when the prof says “I only want you to use articles from psychology journals”
  • responsive, mobile-friendly design

Note also that the display now includes a CLIC consortium view of holdings, so you’ll see availability information on books and other CLIC items right in the results display–hit the “More” link if displayed to see all versions of the item.  You can use the main search to discover catalog items in line with journal articles and other content, or you can use the “CLICnet Catalog” facet in the left pane to limit to that content.

There’s a screenshot below of the new results screen. Please check out Summon 2.0 at your convenience, and ask your librarian for more tips.

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SCHEDULED SERVICE INTERRUPTION: ProQuest (Including RefWorks) System Maintenance and Downtime Saturday Night

Published on: Friday, June 6th, 2014

ProQuest will be performing system maintenance beginning on Saturday, June 14th at 9:00 p.m. through Sunday, June 15th at 5 a.m.

The products and platforms listed below will not be available during this time.
• ProQuest
• ProQuest Congressional
• ProQuest Digital Microfilm
• RefWorks

ProQuest will be making improvements to its internal systems to accommodate a growing number of users and to reduce the need for future downtime. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

UST Libraries Food for Fines (2014 Results)

Published on: Thursday, June 5th, 2014

The O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library and the Archbishop Ireland Memorial Library wrapped up their annual Food for Fines drive this past week.

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UST Library patrons donated a total of 927.2 lbs. of canned food. Donations went to the Emergency Food Shelf at the Saint Paul Area Council of Churches.

Library patrons were able to donate canned food in exchange for the waiving of overdue fines (1 can = $2).

Over the past 5 years we have donated a total of 3,344 lbs. of food. Our first year in 2009 we donated 156 lbs.

Previous recipients have been the Franciscan Brothers of Peace and Francis Basket Food Shelf.

Thank you to all who participated in this semester’s drive!

New process for requesting materials from Macalester

Published on: Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Beginning June 3rd, 2014, Macalester College Library materials will no longer be findable or requestable through the CLICnet and should be requested through Interlibrary Loan.

In recent months, the CLIC library consortium conducted a process to select a new next generation integrated library system. As part of this process, schools in the consortium made a systematic comparison of the major vendors, and selected the Intota system from Proquest. Intota includes the Summon discovery search, which we’ve used at UST for the last several years, as well as other components to manage acquisitions, circulation, and the management of electronic resources. Components of the new system will be rolled out over the next 18 months.

During this process, Macalester selected a different vendor, OCLC’s WorldShare, which they are implementing immediately. It is not feasible to easily integrate these systems, and so Macalester’s content will no longer be findable and requestable through the CLICnet catalog, effective immediately.

However, UST and Macalester users can still borrow each other’s content via the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) system. Journal articles and book chapters typically come via email within two business days; physical materials may take up to a week, though items from Macalester will come via courier and may arrive faster. If you wish to search for materials you think might be at Macalester, see their website, just remember to use UST’s ILL system to request them.