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Celebrate National Library Week with UST Libraries April 3 – 9, 2022


The theme of this year’s National Library Week campaign is ‘Connect with your Library,’ whether it be to things like broadband, classes, communities, books, videos, or to each other.  And it doesn’t matter if it’s an academic library, public library, or school library, this is what happens on a daily basis. Usually this week is a pure celebration, but it feels different this year since it takes place during a time of increasing challenges to books in libraries and bookstores across the country.

Books have been challenged in schools and libraries for a very long time, but along with the mounting number of challenges, a bill proposed in Oklahoma would allow parents to collect $10,000 for each day a challenged book remains on library shelves.  A proposed bill in Iowa would make it illegal school and public librarians to spread “material the person knows or reasonably should know, is obscene or harmful to minors.”

This year has proven that it is wrong to consider book bans as a relic of the past. It is easy to believe that getting a book is as simple as a one-click at an online retailer, but book bans harm vulnerable communities who don’t have access to finances, time, or transportation to acquire a book no longer available to them in the places where they are: classrooms or libraries.

Libraries are powerful and they unequivocally protect the First Amendment and intellectual freedom outlined in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Judith Krug, librarian and freedom of speech advocate said it best, ‘librarians are trained as librarians; we have absolutely no training or expertise in being censors. Our job – and yours – is not to limit the horizons of a child, be he six or twelve, ten or twenty.”

The good news is that there are plenty of organizations and resources that fight for libraries and the freedom to read.  And even better news is that there is an eye-catching display of challenged books in the rotunda of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library, along with a white board where you can chime in with your favorite banned book.  There is also a UST Library Week website with fun pictures, online library-centric jigsaw puzzles, a link to fantastic media and music sources within the library, and most importantly, a daily trivia contest with real prizes every day.

Business & Economics, Database Highlights & Trials, New Materials

UST libraries will cancel Nexis Uni, and replace it with Westlaw Campus Research


The University of St. Thomas Libraries subscribe to databases and electronic materials based on curricular needs and faculty requests.  We are continually watching for products that address these needs with relevant, easy-to-access content.  One long-standing need is legal information for students who are not in law school.  For example, students studying business or social work may require primary and secondary legal information on a variety of topics in their disciplines.   Lexis Nexis, now known as Nexis Uni, has long been our database for that type of legal information, as well as providing national and international news sources and public company information.  However, this database has never been easy to search or navigate, so we have been looking for another database that can provide the same information.  We have finally found one, Westlaw Campus Research.

Westlaw is a reputable database, and a staple in law libraries across the country.  The Westlaw Campus Research is designed for academic research across the disciplines.  Along with legal materials, it also contains thousands of full-text news sources, and information about public companies.  The decision to cancel Nexis Uni and replace it with Westlaw was made after careful consideration and a trial of the database during which librarians gathered feedback from students and faculty. The response to Westlaw was positive, especially around the interface and ease of searching.  We understand that this is a big change and are committed to working with you to make that transition as easy as possible. Our subscription to Nexis Uni will end on July 1, 2018.  Access to Westlaw Campus Research is expected to begin by June 2018, so you will have some time when both are available.  And for current local and international news sources updated daily, the UST libraries subscribe to Access World News and ProQuest Global Newsstream.  Both databases provide access to thousands of news sources that can be searched by topic, Access World News can also be searched by regionIf there is anything that your subject librarian can do in order to assist you in using these databases, or to understand the materials in Westlaw, please let us know.



Nexis Uni vs. Westlaw Campus Research

We at the library work to keep up with new products and resources that make your research more productive.  Lexis Nexis had been a staple of our electronic collection seemingly since the dawn of databases.  Even though they changed their name to Nexis Uni, and gave themselves a completely new look, the same extensive legal, news, and company information remains in tact.


Now there is a new product from another well known and well respected company that piqued our curiosity.  Westlaw is a staple of the UST Law library, and law libraries across the country. Their new product is Westlaw Campus Research, a database that covers the same topic areas as Nexis Uni.  The primary strength of Westlaw Campus Research is its collection of legal materials, cases, statutes, regulations and articles from legal journals.  It also contains detailed company and financial data, as well as state, national, and international journals and newspapers.



For the next few weeks the libraries are running a free trial of Westlaw that is open to everyone in the UST community.  The link to Westlaw is here.  During the trial we encourage comparisons and critiques of content, ease of searching, or any other feedback you have about one or both products.  You may give any UST librarian your comments or you may send them directly to Andrea Koeppe


News & Events

Trial for Plunkett Research available throughout the month of February

‘Back in the day’ when I first started as a UST business librarian, Plunkett’s industry profiles in print was a staple of our business reference collection.  It provided a clear and concise snap shot of an industry and was a great resource for students first learning about a specific industry.  Now, just as about everything else that used to be a staple in our print collection, this resource is online.  Just as the print version, the online version of Plunkett provides vital data for Market Research, Business Development and Strategic Planning.

Searching Plunkett’s is very easy from their main page

Users can search industry data either by choosing from a list of industries,  industry codes, or with keywords.  Users can also search by general topics such as “internet of things” or “sharing economy”  Users can also use a company name for information, or create a list of companies by searching with location, industry, or company size.

To try Plunkett’s on your own you may follow this link.

Please get any and all feedback to me, Andrea Koeppe, by the end of this month.

Happy Searching!

Business & Economics

Harvard Business Review removes full access to selected articles

It has become a depressingly common question this semester at the reference desk. I am asked why a permanent link to an article is coming up with an error message, or a user sees this message on an article she wants for a class.



I look at the citation and sure enough the answer is staring at me right in the face. The Harvard Business Review is a long standing, respected publication, that covers a wide range of business topics and articles are assigned readings in many undergraduate and graduate classes. Business Source Premier is the only database at UST that provides the electronic access to the Harvard Business Review starting from 1922 up until the present issue. I remember very clearly in the early 2000’s when the UST libraries decided to to make the switch from our then full text business article database, ABI INFORM to Business Source Premier from the vendor Ebsco.  The librarians debated the merits of both products, we conducted surveys, and finally one of the main reasons we switched was because of the full text access to HBR that we knew our users wanted.

Fast forward to August 1st 2013 when the publishers of HBR started to block full access to their most popular articles like the one you see above.  Professors can no longer link to these articles from their Blackboard page, and while users can view the articles when they find them in Business Source Premier, they can no longer print or save the articles in front of them.  There is no established list of these 500 articles, users will have to just cross their fingers when they click on an article from HBR that the article they want is not on that mysterious list.

This issue with Harvard goes beyond UST, and it is not going unnoticed.  The Chronicle of Education published a very comprehensive article describing the circumstances and potential impact of this situation, while business and reference library associations issued their own response to Harvard’s policy.   Recently I shared an article with an OCB faculty member who was not able to link to an HBR article and she replied ‘I would not want to be on the wrong side of librarians.’  I was very flattered by her response and gratified that she perceived librarians as facilitating access to information.  So when this access is denied for whatever reason, then yes, you do not want to be on that wrong side.

News & Events

UST libraries celebrate International Open Access Week

Oct. 21 through 27 is Open Access Week at the University of St. Thomas.

OA Week is an effort to promote open access publishing as a new norm in scholarship and research. The UST Libraries will take advantage of this week to provide information to the community on the concept of OA publishing and related issues on the UST libraries Open Access information guide.

What is Open Access?

OA publishing allows unrestricted access to scholarly, peer-reviewed research on the Web. ‘Unrestricted’ here means, free of charge, without a password, without a subscription, without anything that prevents a user from getting to the content.

Why should you care?

Research is remarkably discoverable through library databases and discovery systems, Google and Google Scholar, and open repositories. But most often immediate access to the content is limited by whether the searcher or the searcher’s library has a subscription to the journal in which it was published. (In 2008, only about 20 percent of peer-reviewed content was available in open-access journals.) Therefore, others who would like access to your paper are turned away. This shrinks your potential readership and diminishes the impact of your article and your research.

In addition, if you retain the rights to your content, you can do more with your content (beyond just loading it to our local repository, UST Research Online). You can hand out copies to your students, you can post to your own website, and you can reuse charts and graphs in other papers and presentations.

Different levels of Open Access:

If you decide to publish in the OA environment, you must consider various levels of “openness.” At one level, Green Open Access, the publisher allows the author to post a peer-review post-print to a local repository, or into a central repository such as PubMed Central. This is not a new phenomenon, and many disciplines have been doing this for 20 years: High-energy physicists, for example, have been publishing their research in arXiv.

At the highest level, in Gold Open Access, the publisher provides immediate access to all of its articles on the publisher’s website. Public Library of Science is an example of this level of access.

There are hybrid alternatives between Green and Gold, including charging the author or the author’s institution to provide access to articles. To discover the openness of a journal to which you are considering submitting your important paper, check SHERPA/RoMEO to view the self-archiving and copyright policies of many publishers.

Recently, Britain’s Wellcome Trust and the U.S. National Institutes of Health have created policies around Open Access and their funding. Essentially, they require that the recipients of their grants be able to post their articles in an open access environment within six to 12 months of publication. Many prestigious universities, such as Harvard, Princeton and Duke, require their publishing scholars to choose publishers that embrace open access policies.

This is the time for you to choose, with intention, author-friendly journals that make your content open and available with few, if any, restrictions on access and permit you to retain your rights. This is the time because of the high level of discoverability of content regardless of where it is published.

Benefits of open access publishing

OA increases the availability of scholarship to the widest possible audience and encourages the proliferation of new research and new ideas among the academic community.

OA makes it possible for libraries and universities to provide content at a reasonable cost, thus lowering budgets and, by extension, tuitions and need for public support.

News & Events

Celebrate Banned Books Week at the UST Libraries

What does the children’s book series ‘Captain Underpants’ have in common with ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’? They both top the 2012 list of most frequently challenged books according to the American Library Association’s State of America’s Library Report 2013. In order to highlight instances of challenges made to books on local levels, the UST Libraries will join thousands of libraries and bookstores across the nation to celebrate the 31st. anniversary of Banned Books Week Sept. 22nd. – Sept. 28th. Since its inception in 1982, Banned Books Week has promoted the idea that while not every book is intended for every reader, each person has the right to decide what to read, listen to or view. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.

Throughout the week the university’s libraries will observe Banned Books Week with displays and events in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library, a “Banned Books Coffee House” discussion lounge, library tours, updates on the UST Libraries Facebook page and an informative UST Banned Books Week website that will link to other libraries, articles and videos that focus on issues of intellectual freedom.

Also returning is the popular Banned Books Week trivia contest (posted on the UST Banned Books website). Test your knowledge each day of the week with a new question about a famous or infamous work of literature. Each day’s winner will be selected randomly from among those with the correct answers and will receive a $5 gift certificate to the UST Bookstore or a popular banned book.


News & Events

Libraries host video & discussion about copyright & mashups

As part of National Library Week the UST Libraries are proud to host a presentation of ‘Copyright mashed-up and remixed’, an open source 17-minute documentary by filmmaker Brett Gaylor based on the documentary ‘RIP! A Remix Manifesto.’

‘Copyright mashed up and remixed’ explores the tensions between preserving ideas and creative works in the public domain to be used freely by anyone; with the need to fairly compensate authors for the work that they create. The video draws upon cultural history, the current legal environment, and the role of emerging technologies that are bringing these debates to the forefront of public attention.

Afterwards there will be an informal, and hopefully very lively discussion about the issues that were presented in the video. The discussion will be led by two UST professors: Mark Anfinson, a practicing attorney and adjunct professor in the COJO department who teaches Media Law and Steve Cole, recording artist and head of the Music Business program at UST.

This event will take place on Thursday, April 18th in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Rm 102 from Noon – 1:00.

Bring your lunch if you wish – beverages and a light dessert will be provided.

News & Events, Uncategorized

Nancy Sims open access presentation at UST is online!

Nancy Sims, the copyright program librarian at the Univesity of Minnesota, and advocate for democratic information access, spoke at UST last month about open access publishing, a new model for scholarly communication. The event was sponsored by the UST libraries and it was well attended by faculty and librarians from UST and neighboring institutions. If you missed her presentation it has been made freely available to watch here.

News & Events

Nancy Sims to speak about open access publishing model

Nancy SimsThe University of St. Thomas libraries are pleased to host an event with Nancy Sims, who will speak about the issues and challenges of the open access publishing movement, which has the potential of increasing the visibility, access to and sharing of faculty scholarly research.

Nancy is the Copyright Program Librarian at the University of Minnesota libraries with a JD from the University of Michigan Law School, and an MLIS from Rutgers University. She says that her job is not to be the “copyright police” on her campus, but to help individuals and groups throughout the University community to understand issues surrounding copyright and scholarly communication. Nancy says that she is fascinated by copyright law in all of its aspects, and in particular, how individuals construct understandings of copyright as it relates to their own scholarly, artistic, professional, personal, cultural, and communicative activities.

She has published articles and presented at conferences about copyright issues, technology, and emerging forms of scholarship.

Nancy Sims’ presentation and question and answer period will be in McNeely Hall 100 from 3:00 – 4:30 on Thursday, December 13th. This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.