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News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Welcome Week at the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Welcome back!

We’re so excited to see people back on campus and to welcome you all back to the library.

Join us Sept. 7 – 10 for Welcome Week in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library. Stop by the Welcome Desk in the front entryway of the library (there will be balloons) to say hi.

What is happening during Welcome Week?

Tuesday, September 7:

  • Get a tour of the library
    1:00 and 3:00 pm, meet by the welcome desk.

All week:

  • Free coffee in the morning! While supplies last
  • Library Scavenger Hunt, pick up a scavenger hunt page. Return your completed page by Friday and be entered to win our prize. Feel free to work with friends!
  • Have questions about the library? Ask us!
  • Pick up hand-outs and other fun treats!

A student gets assistance at the Tech and Research Help Desk in the O'Shaughnessy Frey Library Center in St. Paul.
News & Events

Student jobs in the library fall 2021: Peer Research Assistant, Web Developer, and Marketing and Communications

The library is anything but quiet when it comes to assisting others! Therefore, the St. Thomas Libraries is looking for students motivated to enhance and provide access to our services and resources for the St. Thomas community.

We are currently hiring students to fill research assistant, web developer, and marketing and communications positions. Apply via the St. Thomas Human Resources Student Employment website.

Library Peer Research Assistant

Are you the type of person who loves tracking things down on the internet? Do you like hearing about a wide range of research topics and helping to figure out what information is out there? If so, this would be a great job for you.

View posting for Library Peer Research Assistant

Web Application Development Student Assistant

Are you a computer science student? Do you want to work on front and back-end web development using JavaScript, CSS, Node.js, and Amazon Web Services? Library Digital Services is seeking student applicants who understand the basics of web design but want to bring their skills to the next level with cloud-based web applications.

View posting for Library Web Application Developer

Marketing and Communications Student Assistant

Create digital marketing campaigns just like this one! We got your attention, now help us get the word out! Spread the word about library services and events by being a Marketing and Communications Student Assistant for the St. Thomas Libraries. Create graphics, digital posters, videos, blog posts, and more.

View posting for Library Marketing and Communications

A desk with a coffee mug, pencils, and deign mock-ups of a website
News & Events

Provide feedback on new My Library site

Help design your personalized library experience!

Over the summer the St. Thomas Libraries has been hard at work developing an online, self-service page to bring together various aspects of a student’s library account such as library loans, fees, and resources specific to enrolled courses.

You can help by providing feedback! We need input from students on design improvements, usefulness, and suggestions on what tools and features to add next.

Get a sneak peek and check out screenshots from the new site and fill out a short 5-minute survey to help shape the future of your online library experience.

Take the survey now

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

Streaming Films from Swank

Among the many notable media streaming platforms offered by the Music and Media Collections, Swank is one that stands out from the rest. The streaming platform Swank offers a diverse collection of films to watch all online. With the pandemic still prevalent, many people prefer to stay at home opposed to running the risk of contracting the virus by being in public spaces. Swank provides easy online access to films so those who would prefer to stay home safe away from the virus can still enjoy quality films through the Music and Media Collection’s online streaming platform. Through Swank, the Music and Media Collections has selected many incredible films to watch which would include the following:

BlacKkKlansman recaptures the events of the true story of an African American police officer named Ron Stallworth who successfully manages to infiltrate a local Ku Klux Klan branch. With the help of his Jewish proxy, Stallworth works to undermine the organization from within in this comedic, yet suspenseful, Spike Lee film.

A Star is Born is the story of a seasoned musician named Jackson Maine who discovers a struggling artist named Ally. Their relationship blossoms as they begin to for one another while Ally’s music career begins to take off. However, their relationship begins to wane as Maine continues to struggle with his internal demons.

1917 is a retelling of the real-life story of a WW1 soldier assigned to carry out a mission which leads him on a perilous journey across war-torn France. The film is shot to look as if it was done in a single take which enhances the suspense and draws the audience further into the dangerous mission taken on by Lance Corporal Schofield.

12 Angry Men follows the closing arguments of a murder trial where all 12 jurors must come to the unanimous decision to sentence an inner-city teen to death. However, throughout the deliberation, one juror in particular sheds some doubt on elements of the case which inevitably leads to considerable and escalating debates amongst all the other jurors.

By Sean Neeser

Services

New Interface for Interlibrary Loan Requests

Beginning July 7, the interface for interlibrary loan (ILL) requests will switch from ILLiad to LibrarySearch (previously known as CLICsearch) as part of the migration to our new consortium MnPALS. Existing ILL loans will still be visible through the legacy ILLiad interface; This view-only access to your ILLiad account will be phased out at the end of the year.

Integrating the ILL functionality into the catalog allows:

  • One library account: All your requests going forward will be consolidated and visible in LibrarySearch
  • Easier requesting: find the citation in our large search index and place requests without entering data manually
  • Faster fulfillment: Joining MnPALS means more direct connections to more libraries on a shared courier, including CLIC Libraries, University of Minnesota, Minnesota State University Mankato, and more.

The interlibrary loan form will be available on items in the catalog which we don’t own, as a blank form at the top of the catalog, and in its current location on the library Website under Quicklinks.

Requests can be managed in LibrarySearch under your library account under the Requests tab. You can limit the view by Request Type, or view all your different  types of requests (holds on St. Thomas items, digitization requests on St. Thomas physical materials, and interlibrary loan requests).

Library Account showing where to find ILL requests you have placed

More improvements will be implemented later this year, including the addition of an extended index which will include physical materials for libraries beyond our consortium, 24-hour turnaround time for article and book requests on weekdays, and transparency in requesting terms (how many days you can have the material and how long will it take to receive) and fulfillment steps that mirror familiar e-commerce features.

CLICsearch, News & Events

Requesting and Account Services in CLICsearch Unavailable From June 7 to July 7

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The libraries are moving to a new consortium (MnPALS) and a new library system this summer. This means that from June 7 – July 7 some of the online library functions will be unavailable. You will not be able to check your account (starting June 14th) or place requests online through CLICsearch (starting June 7th), however books can still be checked out and electronic resources like eBooks and streaming media can still be found and accessed. Starting July 7, CLICsearch will become “LibrarySearch” and you will be able to access your library account and request items online.

Specific changes are below:

  • Can I check out physical items from the library during this time?
    Yes! You will be able to find and check out books from the library.
  • What if I have books that are due during this time?
    Due dates will be extended during this period. If you want to renew your items, this service will be available again after July 7.
  • Can I place a hold on library materials?
    Yes, you can place a hold on St. Thomas Libraries materials, but you will need to call the Circulation Desk to do this.
  • Can I check my account online during this time to see what I have checked out and when it’s due?
    No.
  • Can I request items from other schools?
    Yes, you will need to use ILLiad to do this.
  • What about access to electronic materials during this time?
    Yes, access should continue during this period. On July 7, CLICsearch will become LibrarySearch and there will be a period of around one week during which search results for electronic materials will be incomplete.

Questions? Contact Greg Argo at gargo@stthomas.edu.

Media/Music Collections

TV Series to Binge this Spring

Come on down to the Music & Media Collections to check out our newest display. This month we are highlighting some of the exciting TV series we have on DVD.  All of these series are available to check out, and if you don’t have a DVD-driver, don’t worry. You can check one of those out too. Just remember to bring your student ID when you visit.

Sandra Oh stars in Killing Eve (seasons 1-3) as a British intelligence investigator who is tracking down a female assassin. But as the chase heats up, the two women fall into obsession.

The Sinner (season 1-3) follows a police detective as he investigates unlikely crimes and their culprits. Each season explores a different crime with a new cast of characters.

Check out HBO’s Game of Thrones (the complete series) and dive into the political strife of Westeros.

Succession (seasons 1-2) is all about the Roy family and what will happen when their aging patriarch dies. It all comes down to one question: Who will inherit the company?

Political intrigue abounds in House of Cards (the complete series) as Congressman Frank Underwood vies for power.

The Handmaid’s Tale (seasons 1-3) serializes Margaret Atwood’s famous dystopian novel.

When Walter White is diagnosed with stage three lung cancer, his financial troubles lead him to start producing meth. Breaking Bad (the complete series) is lauded as one of the greatest of all time.

La Casa de Papel (the complete series) is a Spanish TV show—but don’t let that scare you—which follows a group of criminals as they enact a heist in real time.

The Music and Media Collections is located in OSF 104A, and our hours are listed on the Library Hours and Location page.

By Jayde Hoppe