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Noonartsound: Traditional Jazz and Art Deco – November 1

art-deco-and-guitarnoonartsound, a series of fun, informative and beautiful musical performances with historical perspectives,  offers a delightful way to enjoy your lunch break.

The programs are held from noon to 1 p.m. in the O’Shaughnessy Room (Rm 108) of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library.

Free and open to all, noonartsound is hosted by Shelly Nordtorp-Madson, Ph.D., chief curator and a member of the clinical faculty in the Department of Art History, and Chris Kachian, Ph.D., guitarist and professor of music.

November’s featured musician will be Joan Griffith – performer, composer, teacher.

About this month’s noonartsound:

The Art:  “Art Deco, short for Arts Décoratifs, was made up of numerous styles, some directly in opposition.  However, the driving force was modernity. It took the form of smooth, shiny, almost space-age motifs and lines.  From the Ballet Russe to movie theaters built from the 20s through the 40s,  Art Deco is instantly recognizable, if not easily described.  This slide-illustrated lecture will explore the decorative arts, the clothing, and the painting  that formed the visual vocabulary, or the jazz, that formed modern society.”               – Shelly Nordtorp-Madson

The Sound:   You’ll hear Joan Griffith and Chris Kachian play traditional jazz by composers Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, and Cole Porter

Bring your lunch if you wish – we’ll provide beverage and dessert!

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: http://apeaceofmymind.net/ For questions about the exhibit, please contact Mike Klein, Clinical Faculty in the Department of Justice and Peace Studies: mcklein@stthomas.edu

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.

Art, Business & Economics, English, Latin America, Libraries, Modern Languages, News & Events, Science

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to campus, everyone! It was so fun to cheer on the class of 2018 as they marched through the arches yesterday, and today it’s great to see the Quad filled with smiling faces as we all reconnect and get geared up for a wonderful academic year.

We hope you had a fun summer! Things were busy around here at the library and, as usual, we have some fun news to share.

As you gear up for your fall research projects, remember to check out our handy Subject Guides – what I like to call handy “mini library websites” geared specifically towards your course and subject content (and I’m not making that up – we  work with your professors to make sure we have what you need to do your assignments!).

We’re also happy to report that Summon, our popular library search engine, has received an upgrade that we hope will make it easy to use.  Some highlights we’ve heard students liking already include: recommendations of subject specialists based on what you’re searching, automatic breakdown of content by type (like Google does), and more.  Check it out and let us know what you think! 

We’ve also added many more online resources, including these favorites of mine:

  • ASTM Standards and Engineering Digital Library – a collection of industry-leading standards and technical engineering information
  • Digitalia Hispánica – database of e-books and e-journals in Spanish and English, with access to some of the most renowned publishers in Spain and Latin America
  • Early English Books Online – primary source collection featuring English-language books, pamphlets, tracts and ephemera printed between 1473 – 1700
  • Literature Online (“LION”) – criticism and reference resources as well as full text of poetry, drama, and prose fiction from the 8th century to the present day
  • Nature – we have expanded our subscription to the journal “Nature” to include archives going back to 1987

And, of course, we have much more!

As I like to joke, you can stick a quarter in me and I’d go on and on about all of the wonderful resources we have here at the UST Libraries, but I know we’re all busy so I’ll stop here.  Instead, make an appointment with your favorite librarian today find out more about what we have to help you with your research today!

Art, Database Highlights & Trials, Services

Featured Librarian: Kate Burke

It’s time for the third in our Featured Librarian series!

This week I spoke to Kate Burke, a reference and student experience librarian at the St Paul campus.   You’ll see her in a wide variety of classes as well as heading up many of the fun activities that happen around the libraries.  Here is what she had to say:

  1. What departments are you a liaison for?kate
    I am responsible for Art History, Philosophy, Air Force ROTC, Mathematics, Physics, Geography, and Geographic Information Systems and Computer and Information Sciences.
  2. What resource – in your topic area – do you think is the coolest?
    I love ARTstor
  3. What’s one cool thing that resource can do?
    ARTstor can be used by all students to help them create awesome presentation using fabulous artwork

Getting to know Kate…

  • What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?
    Haagen-Dazs Vanilla Chocolate Chip.
  • Who is your favorite author?
    I love Jane Austen and Sue Grafton.
  • Do you prefer the Minnesota Twins or the St Paul Saints?
    As a native St. Paulite, I am going with the Saints.
  • Is there something random about you that you’d like us to know?
    I make a wicked Angel Food cake.  There is no box involved.  It is completely homemade.  All my children ask me to make it for their birthdays.

Kate may be contacted by email, or by phone at (651) 962-5027.  See more information about her on the library website.