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Technical Difficulties: ProQuest Databases


We are currently experiencing some difficulties accessing our ProQuest databases.  You may find that when you attempt to link to a database on the ProQuest platform that the page won’t load. To correct this problem, please choose another non-ProQuest database first and get logged in. Then, without closing your browser, proceed back to your link to the ProQuest database and it should load for you.  We are very sorry for this inconvenience, and we are actively working on a solution to this issue.

Libraries, Media/Music Collections, News & Events

Welcome Back! Music & Media Collections

Have you stopped into UST’s Music and Media Collections? If you haven’t already, now is the best time whether you’re preparing for a class or just taking a break from the chilly temps! We’re located to the far right of main circulation desk at O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library.

There are so many ways to utilize the Music & Media collection. If your professor assigns films or documentaries, come in to Music and Media and you can watch the course reserve title at a viewing station. Are you working on a group project and need to watch the same film? You can request a viewing room for a group of two or more people. Need to watch a DVD on your computer? You can borrow DVD drives from us! They connect right to your computer from a USB port.
Whether you’re looking for a theology documentary, a television mystery series, an opera film, or a foreign classic, there’s something here for you! Another great feature of Music and Media is our music collection. We have classical and world music as well as jazz and soundtracks to popular musicals. It’s a great place to find tracks to listen to while you’re studying!

In addition to our collection of over 15,000 DVDs and CDs, we have many streaming options available. Check out current feature films on Swank, a huge selection of foreign films on World Cinema, and exciting documentaries from Films on Demand to name a few! You can also search films by country or by popularity. Visit our Films Page for the full list of streaming links! We always have new additions to our collection, so drop in and check them out! All are welcome to stop by and browse! Follow UST libraries on Twitter and Instagram for additional updates!

By Sarah Pavey

Database Highlights & Trials, Libraries, News & Events

Database Trial – ASTM Digital Library

UST Libraries are providing free access to the ASTM Digital Library from February 7 through March 7. This resource includes full text coverage of ASTM and ASTM/ISO engineering standards, research reports, journals, technical papers, data series, proceedings, bulletins, materials research and more. Link to the ASTM Digital Library here: .  Please send comments/feedback to

Image showing an example of the studio set up with the SMART Board lowered behind chairs displaying a backdrop of film and a title, two chairs and ferns
O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

New Student Recording Studio Opens in O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library

There is a new video recording studio on campus dedicated to students for group or individual projects.

As an Innovation Space located in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library, the video recording studio in room 310 allows students to run with their most creative ideas and produce them into high quality results. The studio space includes a height adjustable SMART Board, moveable furniture, lighting, sound, and a video camera.

St. Thomas Libraries partnered with STELAR to make this a reality as both organizations saw the difficulty in scheduling time at existing on-campus studios and heard students request “more STELAR-like spaces” on campus. This space is modeled around students’ needs for recording projects in a professional, distraction-free manner.

One of the main goals is to make the studio easy to use and available during all hours the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library is open, which is until 2:00 am weekdays during the semester! Students can come in and record independently, making the room a self-service studio.

The studio is also easy to reserve with the online reservation system on the Library webpage.

Read more about the studio features on the library web site.

Faculty assigning a video recording component in their course may direct their students to the online booking site. It is also advised that faculty contact the library with a heads-up so we can properly assist students.

Charles J. Keffer Library, News & Events

2019 Children’s and YA Book Award Winners

Youth Media Awards logo

Image courtesy of the American Library Association

The American Library Association’s Midwinter Conference is usually full of committee meetings and is not necessarily the most exciting conference to attend… That is, until Monday morning when the Youth Media Awards (YMAs) are announced!  The YMAs feature the selections of some of the biggest awards in children’s and Young Adult (YA) literature and non-fiction.

On Monday, January 28, the excitement ensued in Seattle as notable awards like the Coretta Scott King, Caldecott, Newbery, and Printz were announced.  There were also several diverse awards given, such as: the Batchelder Award for the best children’s book from a different country translated into English; the Schneider Family Book Awards that celebrate the best “artistic expression of the disability experience for children and adolescents”; and, the Stonewall Book Awards for “works of exceptional merit for children or teens relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience”.

These awards represent some of the best books published for children or teens in the last year.  They also help Trent Brager, St. Thomas’ Education and Social Sciences Librarian, select quality books for the Hubbs Children’s Literature Collection at the Keffer Library.  This collection, found on the Minneapolis campus, is used most often by Education majors who learn to use children’s books for literacy instruction in K-12 classrooms.  Stop by the Keffer Library to read some childhood favorites or to check out some of the new award winners!

Photo of presenters holding several of the YMA award winning books

Image courtesy of American Libraries magazine


Winners of selected book awards

John Newbery Medal: Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

Randolph Caldecott Medal: Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall

Michael L. Printz Award: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award: The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science by Joyce Sidman

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award: Fox the Tiger by Corey R. Tabor

Coretta Scott King Book Award – Author: A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 by Claire Hartfield

Coretta Scott King Book Award – Illustrator: The Stuff of Stars illus. by Ekua Holmes

Pura Belpré Award – Author:  The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Pura Belpré Award – Illustrator: Dreamers by Yuyi Morales

A complete list of 2019 Youth Media Awards winners and honors, as well as a recording of the Award selections is available at the American Library Association’s website.

Database Highlights & Trials

Database Trial: Black Studies Center

The Libraries are trialing the Black Studies Center database during the month of February.

Black Studies Center brings together essential historical and current material for researching the past, present and future of African Americans, the wider African Diaspora, and Africa itself. It is comprised of several cross-searchable, component databases, including:

  • Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience – interdisciplinary essays written by leading scholars on the Black Experience
  • The HistoryMakers® – videos and full transcripts for interviews with 100 contemporary African Americans
  • The International Index to Black Periodicals – scholarly and popular Black Studies journals, including full text for many titles
  • Newspapers – full text backfile of major black newspapers
  • Dissertations – 1,000 dissertations selected for their relevance to Black Studies
  • Black Literature Index – bibliographic citations for fiction, poetry and literary reviews published in black periodicals and newspapers between 1827-1940
  • Black Abolitionist Papers – a unique set of primary sources from African Americans actively involved in the movement to end slavery in the United States between 1830 and 1865.

image of Black Studies Center homepage
Please try out the database and fill out this short feedback form.

Archbishop Ireland Library, Database Highlights & Trials, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Theology

February Database Trial: World Christian Database

During the month of February, the University of St. Thomas Libraries will be conducting a trial of Brill’s World Christian Database. Click on the blue hyperlink to try the database: World Christian Database.

World Christian Database is an electronic reference source that contains statistical information on world religions, Christian denominations, and groups of people. It also includes extensive details on 238 countries and 13,000 ethno-linguistic peoples, as well as on 5,000 cities and 3,000 provinces. This trial runs through February 28, 2019.

Please try the database and send your comments to Curt LeMay at


Database Highlights & Trials

Access interruption for Jan. 19-20 for some resources

Starting on 9am on Saturday, January 19th through Sunday, January 20th we will have service interruptions to all









resources.  There will be times when these resources, or even parts of them, will be available and then POOF!  They’ll be unavailable.  This is a planned outage in order to maintain the resources.

Thanks for your patience.

Outline of a person standing in the Great Room of the O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library among students studying
News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Students wanted for photo shoot in O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library January 7th

We will be conducting a photo shoot all over O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library next Monday, January 7th and are looking to recruit students to fill the library as extras!

All students are invited and may bring their bags, books, laptops, phones, homework, group projects, and friends to study and hang out as St. Thomas photographers make their rounds. Laptops open, papers to spread out, ideas drawn on the white boards, books to fall asleep with—we want the scenes to be real and show library life! Appropriate dress: casual is fine, but no PJs or clothing that wouldn’t be appropriate for university photos.

  • Starting at 1pm students may come to the library and check-in at Stacks Café (coffee shop on the first floor)
  • Stacks Café will be open until 3pm and additional food and refreshments will be catered throughout the shoot (just like the pros!)
  • We’ll take volunteers for video shots starting at 1pm
  • Photographs will take place around the library between 2 and 5pm
  • Look for an appearance by Tommie!

Students don’t need to sign up ahead of time, but it is preferred so we have an accurate head count for catering.

Sign up at:

If you have contact with any students and/or clubs please pass this information along. We have been posting this announcement on social media so feel free to copy the images or repost on your own timelines:

Be sure to pass the word! We want as many faces around the library as possible!

(This post was updated January 3, 2019 to reflect additional information regarding the schedule)