News & Events

Book a Media Viewing/Listening Room for your next group project!

By Sofia Wolf

The second UST summer session just began and before you know it, so will fall classes! Many courses require students to view or listen to content which will contribute to assignments, tests, or class discussion. However, students often face the problem of where this content should be viewed, especially if it must be done as a group. The Music & Media Collection in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library makes it convenient to watch a film or listen to audio with a group by offering two Viewing/Listening rooms, now available for reservation! Booking one is as simple as booking a group study room at the library – simply visit the “Films” tab within the OSF Library homepage, select “Book A Media Viewing/Listening Room,” choose your date, duration, and which room you would like to reserve, then reserve a room using your UST student information.

Be sure to take advantage of one of the many fantastic resources offered by the Music & Media Collections and ace your next group project!

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

Tommie alum reads from his new baseball novel in O’Shaughnessy-Frey, July 26, 6:30 pm

Tom Murray ,78 and his father John Murray ’50

Tom Murray, St. Thomas class of ’78, will read from his new novel, Father, Sons and the Holy Ghosts of Baseball, on Wednesday, July 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the O’Shaughnessy Room (Room 108) of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center.
Reading is free and open to all – books will be available for purchase – refreshments provided!

For complete details, please read Newsroom article here!

News & Events

Summer Movies

By Sofia Wolf

Although the first calendar day of summer was not long ago, it is fair to say that the season is in full swing. Just as beaches, vacations, and the occasional sunburn are staples of summer, so are the highly anticipated summer blockbusters. It is a time for action, comedy, and adventure to draw in the crowds. However, if you want to see fantastic films without battling a crowd, the Music & Media Collections at the St. Thomas O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library is the place to be.

In the form of both physical DVD copies and thousands of online streaming options, now is your opportunity to catch up on the summer blockbusters you might have missed. These are only a few of the great films, documentaries, and TV series the Music & Media Collections has to offer all summer long. If you cannot make it to campus, be sure to explore the extensive streaming services available for your use!Notable past summer blockbusters available at OSF:

Star Wars, A New Hope Call #: PN 1997 .S733 ep.4 2006 DVD
E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial Call #: PN1997 .E8777 2012 DVD
The Dark Knight (Streaming) currently available for streaming on Swank
Inception Call #: PN1997 .I5325 2010 DVD
Inception (Streaming) currently available for streaming on Swank
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Pt. 2 Call #: PR6068 .O93 H3 2011
Inside Out Call #: PN1997 .I556 2015 DVD

Database Highlights & Trials, Libraries, Media/Music Collections, Music, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Happy summer!!!

By Liz Legatt

As everyone departs from campus and begins their summer jobs, classes, and vacations, don’t forget that the Music & Media Collections is still capable of meeting your needs from home! Because of our continuously updated streaming services, members of the St. Thomas community have access to thousands of films and music through our databases.


If you find yourself in need of a film for class or simply have some free time on your hands, you can find our Online Video and Music Sources right through the St. Thomas Libraries website. And if you still need to come in to the Music & Media Collections for face-to-face help, effective May 22nd our hours will be changed as follows:

Music and Media Collections Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 8am to 8pm
Friday: 8am to 5pm
Saturday – Sunday: Closed

Libraries, Media/Music Collections, News & Events

Go-to films

By Liz Legatt

We all have those go-to films.  The ones that we have seen dozens of times and still crave to watch regularly. Whatever your reason is for gravitating towards films, I often find that these are a good representation of one’s personality. My go-to films tend to be aesthetically pleasing to the eye, or there’s usually something about the flawed main characters that I find myself extremely able to relate to. Here are my top three recommended go-to films, that we have available right here in the Media & Music Collections:

Featured Film: Pride & Prejudice Call #: PR4034 .P75 2006
Mr. Bennet is an English gentleman living in Hartfordshire with his overbearing wife and 5 daughters. The family’s future happiness and security is dependent on the daughters making good marriages. Life is uneventful until the arrival in the neighborhood of the rich gentleman Mr. Bingley, who rents a large house so he can spend the summer in the country. Mr. Bingley brings with him his sister and the dashing, rich, but proud Mr. Darcy. Love soon buds for one of the Bennet sisters, while another sister may have jumped to a hasty prejudgment.

Featured Film: Ratatouille  Call #:  PN1997 .R385 2010

A rat named Remy dreams of becoming a great chef despite his family’s wishes and the obvious problem of being a rat in a decidedly rodent-phobic profession. When fate places Remy in Paris, he finds himself ideally situated beneath a restaurant made famous by his culinary hero. Despite the apparent dangers of being an unwanted visitor in the kitchen of one of Paris’ most exclusive restaurants, Remy forms an unlikely partnership with Linguini, the garbage boy, who inadvertently discovers Remy’s amazing talents.

Featured Film: (500) Days of Summer Call #: PN1997 .F5774 2009
For Tom, it was love at first sight when Summer Finn walked into the greeting card company where he worked. Summer is the new administrative assistant. Soon, Tom knows that Summer is the woman with whom he wants to spend the rest of his life. Although Summer does not believe in relationships or boyfriends, Tom and Summer become more than just friends.

Libraries, Media/Music Collections, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Services

The Music and Media Collections at the OSF Library are a great resource!


By Liz Legatt

The Music and Media Collections are a great resource if you’re looking for a new film, tv series, or documentary to watch. This past J-term, in between working at the Music and Media Collections, exploring new coffee shops, catching up with friends and reading, I quickly found that I actually had a lot of time on my hands. I was running out of new things to do when I began working on an Academy Award-Winning Films display project for my job. While working on this project, I discovered that there are hundreds of mainstream films that we all have access to, so I decided to embark on a little journey and watch all the award-winning films that I had been meaning to see for years. Without further ado, here are my top 3 recommendations:

Room (2015)
After five-year old Jack and his Mom escape from the enclosed environment that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a miraculous discovery: the outside world.
Call #: PR6054.O547 R6 2016

Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting, a raging battle for family fortune, a desperate chase on motorcycles, trains, sleds, and skis, and a love affair–all against the backdrop of a dramatically changing continent.
Call #: PT2653.W42 G7 2014

Still Alice (2015)
“Alice Howland …, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer’s disease, Alice and her family find their bonds thoroughly tested. Her struggle to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking, and inspiring.”–Container.
Call #: PS3607.E55 S7 2015

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

Emily Dickinson Marathon Wednesday, April 26 begins at 8am

Dickinson lovers of all ages are invited!

Come and go as you please; stay for half an hour or all day.  Participants sit in a circle and read the poems in turn, beginning with #1 and ending with #1789.   The marathon begins at 8am and will continue through the day and end at about 9:30 pm!

Listeners are welcome, too!!

Questions?  Please contact Erika Scheurer at ecscheurer@stthomas.edu or 651-962-5669

Read on for details!

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

Poetry on the Patio – April 25 at Noon

You are all cordially invited to the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library’s annual nod to April as National Poetry Month!   Hear members of the St. Thomas community share their favorite poems in the warm spring air!  The event will begin out on the library terrace as soon as the carillon finishes its song.  Bring your friends – the library will provide refreshments!

Please note: If the weather is too rainy or chilly, the reading will be held inside — same day, at noon, in the O’Shaughnessy Room, 108.

Enjoy getting to know another side of your St. Thomas colleagues as they share one or two of the poems they love.  Each year we try to hear new voices – seeking readers from all areas of campus life.  Dan Gjelten will begin, followed by Emma Kopp, David Moore, John Heintz, Glenn Caruso, Seanne Harris, Todd Lawrence, Eric Tornoe, Jan Becker, Ngeri Nnachi, and Danielle Hermanny.

Please visit the online history of the St. Thomas Poetry on the Patio events. You’ll get an idea of what it’s like – who has read – what they have read – and some interesting pieces of information relating to poetry!

We look forward to seeing you Tuesday at Noon out on the Patio!

CLICsearch, News & Events

Announcing CLICsearch

Dan Gjelten, Director UST Libraries

Dan Gjelten, Associate Vice Provost, UST Libraries

The UST Libraries’ strategic plan includes this goal: “Provide greatest access to a variety of print and digital content with reliable and robust discovery systems to support the university’s strategic goals…” Maximizing the value of all the Libraries’ collections to support twenty first century research and teaching practices – global, interdisciplinary and interconnected – is a priority for our Libraries.

In light of that, we (and our CLIC consortial partners) are migrating to a new library management system (what you might think of as “CLICnet.”) On May 31, we will cut over to the new system (called CLICsearch) and pull the plug on the old CLICnet, which we have been using since 2000 (a long time in technological years!)

Over the last three decades, the online library catalog has evolved from an electronic version of the paper card catalog to a system which managed most of the library’s “business” and user activities in a module format: acquisitions, cataloging, searching and circulation. That traditional system became supplemented over the years by additional services which helped us to manage the rapidly growing collections of electronic content.

Our new system moves beyond those moduled silos and is a true example of a “next generation” integrated library system. It takes the library’s technology another step forward by not only connecting library resource management workflows, but by communicating and exchanging information with other campus systems, including course management, identity management, student information, the institutional repository and other data sources. As a cloud-based system, updates and new developments can be handled quickly and remotely by the vendor; and advanced analytics will allow for better-informed, evidence-based library decision-making (in the area of collection development and user services).

CLICsearch logo

The new CLICsearch logo

While the Libraries’ new system provides improved management of acquisitions/purchasing and the inventory control functions that many library users never see, it also includes a very sophisticated search function – the main interface for library users who seek to discover the information they need. We know that today’s library users have no problem finding information, but may have problems finding the right information. CLICsearch attempts to address that need for efficient and effective discovery in an environment of abundant (and largely digital) information. It differs from previous library systems, in part, due to the ways that library collections have evolved in the last decade. While traditional library catalogs have been designed to search and find print materials primarily, CLICsearch is a discovery layer that searches nearly everything (print and electronic) that the Libraries own and manage, regardless of format, including e-books, electronic journals, individual chapters and articles, streaming content, audio and video resources, content in our institutional repository, our digitized special collections, and more. This “unified resource discovery” system is intended to more effectively enable students, faculty and researchers to discover and obtain needed information by connecting the searcher directly to the content, whether in our local collections or owned by our colleagues in CLIC or beyond.

As we roll out CLICsearch, there will likely be bumps (this is a very sophisticated system) but we hope you’ll start to work with it and let us know of any problems you are having. The UST Libraries have three staff who are certified administrators in the new environment and we hope to be able to address any issues fairly quickly. In addition, and significantly, many of the other academic libraries in the state (including the University of Minnesota, St. Olaf, and Carleton) will be on the same system, and we hope that efficiencies, knowledge sharing and collaboration will result in that environment.

Future developments include the more efficient delivery of course materials to students through integration of our course management system and CLICsearch, and that we’d be able to leverage library content for use in courses with the goal of improving student success, not to mention saving them money and saving faculty time.

We are very excited about the implementation of this system, which we think is another example of the ways in which the academic library often leads the way in educational technology. We look forward to the coming years in which as other campus systems get upgraded to “next gen” systems, the UST Libraries and our collections and services will be more deeply integrated into the academic mission.

If you have any questions regarding this development, please contact me at drgjelten@stthomas.edu or use our CLICsearch feedback form.