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New Tommies! New Resources!

By Sofia Wolf

As UST welcomes new students to campus – whether first year, international, or transfer students – the Music & Media Collections at OSF Library cannot wait to share the many resources we have available for these new (or returning) Tommies. Found in room 104A in O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library, the Music & Media Collections has over 25,000 physical DVD and CD titles available for check out as well as numerous streaming databases featuring academic films and interviews, documentaries, foreign films, major motion pictures, and everything in between. Viewing stations, listening/view rooms, and external disc drives available for check out make it easy to utilize our resources. If you have been to the Music & Media Collections in the past, make sure to drop by this semester to browse the many new titles that were added throughout the summer.

 

Media/Music Collections, New Materials, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

New Additions to Swank Streaming Service

By Sofia Wolf

If your summer of Netflix-binging has left you desperately searching for a good movie, Swank has your solution. Swank is a video streaming service available for free to all UST students, faculty, and staff through the Music & Media Collections and we recently added 41 great movies to its online collection

These new films include many recent hits spanning multiple genres to match any movie night you are planning. Adventure and comedy can be found in the hilarious coming-of-age story The Edge of Seventeen or Newt Scamander’s magical missteps in Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them. Get your fill of drama, romance, and heartbreak in the films The Danish Girl, Sense & Sensibility, or Things to Come. Seeking action and suspense? The crime drama Dheepan or the horror/thriller Get Out are sure to excite.

Swank can be found in the list of “Online Video Resources” on the UST Films page and easily accessed on or off-campus by signing in with your St. Thomas username and password. Follow the arrows to access the database.

 

 

 

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

Tales from the Archives — 40th Anniversary of Coeducation

Did you know that University of St. Thomas was officially an all-male school in its undergraduate program for the first 92 years of its history?  It wasn’t until September 1977  that women were first admitted as full members of the undergraduate class.   While the school’s administrators anticipated that only 100 – 125 women would enroll in the first year, St. Thomas welcomed 221 women students for the Fall Semester.

 

From the Aquin, September 7, 1977

To accommodate the women undergraduates, the physical campus underwent a bit of a facelift prior to their arrival.   Bathrooms and locker rooms were remodeled in existing buildings to provide spaces for women. But the most visible change to the campus landscape was an addition to Murray Hall.  Constructed during the summer of 1977, housing for up to 94 female students was created.

Construction of the Murray Hall residence addition June 1977. 

The transition to a coeducational institution went very smoothly by all accounts.  By the 1980-81 academic year, 40 percent of the undergraduate student body were women.  That same year, Rachel Wobschall was voted the by the student body to be the first female Tommie Award (formerly the “Mr. Tommy” award) winner.

Two female students in a Murray Hall residence room, May 1978. 

To explore more of the history of the University of St. Thomas, visit the University Archives webpage.

 

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

Coffee Bené Rewards its Loyal Customers!

Get Rewarded!

The Coffee Bené Rewards program is now in place – you can sign up at coffeebene.com/rewards to earn points for your purchases at Coffee Bené!

Just remember to give your phone number to the barista whenever you order and your purchase will be recorded and points awarded.  Click to  Read more about it!

The O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library’s Coffee Bené shop is set to open again this Fall Semester and we can’t wait!!    Enjoy your August and we’ll see you soon!

 

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

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!

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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

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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.

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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