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Australia on Video at UST


News of the devastating fires in Australia has been in our feeds for many weeks and while we can feel powerless to help, it is important to appreciate and learn about this fascinating country. Listed below are some thrilling titles from the Music and Media Collections.

Off the coast of Queensland is the Great Barrier Reef, the largest living structure on Earth stretching over 1,200 miles long. This feature length BBC program reveals its creation, its inner workings, and its complex relationship with its inhabitants and our changing world. QE 566 .G7 G7 2013 DVD

Discovery Channel’s Australia Revealed uses high-definition panoramic photography to capture the majesty of the continent. Told through stories of inhabitants, this extensive documentary shows the multitude of experiences people have with the untamed landscape. Russell Crowe narrates. DU 117 .A97 2007 DVD

For an epic yet close-up look of the Land Down Under, watch Australia’s First 4-Billion Years from Nova. Geologist Richard Smith leads the viewer on a journey of discovery, showing what prehistoric kangaroos, and crustaceans looked like and how asteroids shaped the land. Four hours of viewing! QE 340 .A97 2013 DVD

Oranges and Sunshine tells the story of real-life English social worker Margaret Humphreys who uncovered a scheme that forcibly relocated poor children from the UK to Australia and other Commonwealth countries, exposing them to hard labor and abuse. She reunited estranged families and brought worldwide attention to her cause. Emily Watson, Hugo Weaving, and David Wenham star in this powerful 2012 drama.  PN 1997 .O728 2012 DVD

Rabbit Proof Fence (2002) brings to life author Doris Pilkington’s book, telling her mother’s story when she was one of thousands of mixed-race Aboriginal children taken from their families and sent to camps in a deplorable effort to erase native peoples from Australia. Ranging in ages from 8 to 14, Pilkington’s mother Molly, her sister, and cousin made a nearly 1,000 mile-journey home on foot. Kenneth Branagh portrays A. O. Neville, the driving force behind the eradication of Aboriginal peoples in the 1930s. Music by Peter Gabriel. PR  9619.3 .P535 R3 2003 DVD

In The Dressmaker (2015), a woman accused of murder as a child (Kate Winslet) returns to her hometown seeking closure, ultimately exacting revenge on the townspeople. Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth, and Hugo Weaving costar in this remarkable adaptation of Rosalie Ham’s 2000 novel. PN 1997 .D753 2016 DVD

See WWI from a different perspective in 1915, a 6-hour mini-series from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. The drama follows two best friends as they face the horrors of war. PR9619.3.M2514 N5 2006 DVD

The Shiralee (1987) is a heartwarming tale of Mac, an itinerant rural worker who, due to marital strife, hits the road with his daughter Buster in tow. Life-or-death circumstances force Mac to make the most difficult decision he can imagine. This two-part drama brings D’Arcy Niland’s 1955 novel to life. PR 9619.3 .N534 S5 2008 vol. 1 and 2 DVD

Check out these quintessentially Australian dramas! In A Place to Call Home, nurse Sarah Adams returns home after spending two decades in Europe, forming a connection to the wealthy yet troubled Bligh family. Watch the complete series full of secrets, romance, and intrigue! PN 1997 .P538 2014 sea. 1 disc 1-2 DVD  Also, in the collections are all five seasons of The Dr. Blake Mysteries. Haunted by WWII, Dr. Lucian Blake, together with housekeeper Jean Beazley and his enthusiastic colleagues, solves Ballarat’s most tangled crimes. PN 1997 .D633 2015 sea. 1 disc 1-2 DVD

Stop by the Music and Media Collections to pick up any of these titles and more! We’re located in on the first floor of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library to the right of the Main Circulation desk.

By Sarah Pavey

Libraries, Media/Music Collections, New Materials, News & Events

Lumière Online Video Library

Lumière (originally known as the Library of Foreign Language Film Clips) was created by the Berkeley Language Center in 2008. This online library contains 20,389 clips drawn from 5,697 films in 62 languages.

UST Faculty can use clips that have already been created or create their own. Also, entire films are available. The clips/films can be requested only from films St. Thomas and Berkeley both currently own.

To access Lumiere, click in the following link: https://lumiere.berkeley.edu/login select “Apply for an Account.” Under “User institution” be sure to select University of St. Thomas (MN) and include your department and role. For more information, contact Cindy Badilla-Meléndez, Head of the Music & Media Collections.

For detailed instructions on how to use Lumière do to this link: https://libguides.stthomas.edu/Clips/Lumiere

Note:
This Collection is limited to faculty only. The Collection cannot be used for campus screening (not for public events).
In order to approve your account, you must agree to post the URLs only in Canvas, where access is limited to students enrolled in your class; do NOT send links via email to your students.

CLICsearch, Libraries, Media/Music Collections, News & Events

Temporary Changes Finding Videos and Audio in CLICsearch

Starting February 9th, the vendor Alexander Street will be pulling their records out of CLICsearch to replace them with updated ones. As a result, videos from Alexander Street’s databases will not appear using the “Videos” filter in CLICsearch. Same goes for music/audio. This process will take several weeks but when it is done all searches will return to normal.

Here is a list of databases that will be affected:

  • 60 Minutes
  • AVON
  • Counseling and Therapy in Video
  • Music Online: Classical Performance in Video
  • Music Online: Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online
  • Music Online: Popular Music Library
  • Music Online: Contemporary World Music

During this period, to find videos please use both “Audio Visual” and “Videos” filters TOGETHER so you can have results from Alexander Street databases and all the other databases.


To find music/audio please use both “Audio Visual” and “Audio” filters TOGETHER.

  • Note that you may have to spend more time finding what you are looking for within your search results during this time.
  • Any links used from the old CLICsearch records may not work
  • EZ-proxy links taken directly from those databases will still work.

The Search Box from the Films Page: https://www.stthomas.edu/libraries/films/ has been updated to filter to “Audio Visual” and “Videos”The Search Box from the Music Page: https://www.stthomas.edu/libraries/music/ has been updated to filter to “Audio Visual” and “Audio”

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Head of the Music & Media Collections, Cindy Badilla-Melendez at cbadillame@stthomas.edu or at 25464.

Just for Fun, Media/Music Collections, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Christmas Videos

Are you excited to get into the holiday spirit after you’ve aced all your finals? The Music and Media Collections has some great Christmas titles for you!

Pick up It’s a Wonderful Life, the unforgettable 1946 classic staring James Stewart and Donna Reed. This Frank Capra film follows George Bailey, a small-town man with a big heart who rediscovers the power of friendship at the time when he needs it most.  PS 3537 .T453 .I7 2006 DVD

Joyeux Noel (Merry Christmas, 2006) tells the true story of Christmas on the battlefields of WWI. After nearly 5 months of fighting and several peace initiatives, allied and enemy forces called the Christmas Truce of 1914, coming together to share jokes and rations amid terrible war. PN 1997 .J69 2006 DVD

If you’re looking for a unique holiday title, check out Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, a one-act opera in which a young disabled boy tells tall tales. One night the Three Wise Men stop with the boy and his mother, bringing the gifts of healing and giving. M 1500 .M543 A4 2007 DVD

Catherine Deneuve leads an ensemble cast in Un conte de Noël (A Christmas Tale) about an iron-willed matriarch in need of a bone marrow transplant. Her dysfunctional family make the journey to healing a bumpy one. PN 1997 .C668 2009 DVD

‘Tis the season for murder in Hercule Poirot’s Christmas! This holiday special of beloved tv series Agatha Christie’s Poirot stars David Suchet as the celebrated Belgian detective who must spend his Christmas unraveling a twisted crime. PR 6005 .H66 H4 1996 DVD

Step back into the time of Charles Dickens with this definitive 1984 adaptation of Dicken’s beloved story, A Christmas Carol. Academy Award winner George C. Scott stars as Ebenezer Scrooge, a sad and miserly man who must learn from his past mistakes with the help of several ghosts. PR 4572 .C68 2009 DVD

All these titles and more can be found in the Music and Media Collections! We’re located in on the first floor of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library to the right of the Main Circulation desk.

By Sarah Pavey

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

Booking A Viewing/Listening Room in the Library

Do you and your classmates need to view a film that’s required for a course? Have you been assigned a group project connected with movies or music? Then it’s time to reserve a viewing room! In addition to individual viewing stations Music and Media Collections also offers two group viewing options that can be used during the Music and Media hours of operation.

Two to six students can use Media Viewing Room LIB 104C, located in Music and Media Collections. In this private space view/listening to DVDs, Blu-rays, CDs, or connect your laptop.

Up to 12 students can use Viewing Room LIB 109 to view DVDs, Blu-rays, or connect your laptop titles to the flat screen! Please note: No food or drink is allowed in the viewing rooms.

To book one of these rooms, got to OSF Library homepage and open the “Films” tab and select “Book A Media Viewing/Listening Room.” After selecting the date, duration, and the room you would like to reserve, log in with your UST email and password. Complete the booking details form and click “Submit my booking.” You will receive an automated email with your booking information. Visit the Music and Media Collections for more information! We’re located on the first floor of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library to the right of the Main Circulation desk.

BOOK HERE!

By Sarah Pavey

Libraries, Media/Music Collections, Music

Chevalier de Saint-Georges: Composer, Athlete, Activist, and Soldier 

Lost to history for nearly 200 years, Afro-French composer Chevalier de Saint-Georges was a profoundly talented composer, violinist, and fencer. He was born in Guadeloupe in 1745 to a plantation owner and his slave, Nanon. Chevalier was sent to France for his education and by 17 had become such an expert swordsman he bested one of the greatest fencing masters in France. His musical talents were also superior. While he did face discrimination, he was also highly celebrated and widely loved and even performed his own works for Marie-Antoinette.

He heavily influenced Mozart who at one point even directly copied some of Saint-Georges’ complex motifs. During the French Revolution, he became a colonel of a cavalry brigade of men of color, which included the author Alexandre Dumas’ father. After the war and his imprisonment for his aristocratic ties, he was released and returned to his music. For a full account of his extraordinary life story please check out the documentary Le Mozart Noir: Reviving a Legend (ML410 .S145 M6 2003 DVD), which is also available for steaming on Avon, and its soundtrack (M1000 .S25 M6 2003 CD)! Approximately one third of his compositions still exists today. We encourage you to listen to his string quartets (M452 .S25 Q37 2003 CD ), and violin concertos ( M1012 .S145 2001 CD, M1012 .S145 2004 CD, M1012 .V565 1997 CD) which we have in our collection. Please visit us on the first floor of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library to the right of the Main Circulation desk.

By Sarah Pavey

fun, Media/Music Collections, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Classic Horror Films in the Music & Media Collections


Bela Lugosi stars in the 1931 horror classic Dracula. It was the biggest box office smash from Universal in 1931, kickstarting the popularity of the sound era Universal Monsters. Also featured on the copy in our collection is the original Spanish Language film Drácula, which was filmed on the same set, starring Spanish, Mexican, Cuban, and Argentinian actors.

PS 3503 .A5515 D7 1999 DVD

For a different twist on the character of Dracula, watch Christopher Lee in the title role of the 1958 color adaptation, Horror of Dracula. Peter Cushing also stars, giving an iconic portrayal of vampire hunter Doctor Van Helsing.

PR 6037.T617 H6 2002 DVD

Also from Universal Classic Monsters franchise is Wolf Man: The Legacy Collection. This multi-disc set includes The Wolf Man (1941) starring Lon Chaney Jr., and its stellar predecessor Werewolf of London (1935), as well as She-Wolf of London (1946) and Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1942). All films use a variety of physical and special effects that were groundbreaking for their time.

PS 3537.I875 W6 2004 DVD

Currently reshaping the horror genre is Mexican director Guillermo del Toro, mastermind behind such films as Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone. He has been greatly influenced by Universal Monsters and other early horror classics, as well as literary works by the Brontë sisters. His Gothic romance Crimson Peak is rich in detail, expertly blending classic horror and Victorian drama.

PN 1997 .C755 2016 DVD

Early in del Toro’s career he directed Chronos, a Spanish language film about Jesús Gris, a man who discovers a mysterious mechanical object. As Jesús slowly becomes immortal, he must face the horror that comes with the gift of eternal life.

PN 1997 .C762 2010 DVD

On a lighter note, check out some comedy horror films! Tim Curry leads a striking ensemble cast including Susan Sarandon in the one of a kind cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show (1974). Richard O’Brien wrote and starred in this musical that parodies Frankenstein, classic horror, and Hollywood musicals. Jim Sharman directs.

PR 5397.F73 R6 2002 DVD

Mel Brooks’ unmissable classic Young Frankenstein will make you scream with laughter! Gene Wilder stars as Frederick “Fronkensteen” the grandson of the infamous Dr. Frankenstein who continues his experiments reanimating the dead. Filmed in black and white, this 1974 comedy lampoons the musicals of Fred Astaire and Universal Horror alike.

PR 5397.F73 F7 2006 DVD

Please stop by the Music and Media Collections to check out these titles and more! We’re located on the first floor of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library to the right of the Main Circulation desk.

By Sarah Pavey

Libraries, Media/Music Collections, Science

Investment in the Cultivated Future  (on Video)

Take a journey to the Global Seed Vault in Svalbard, Norway with two fascinating documentaries. The “Doomsday Vault” as it’s often known, is a seed bank which houses over 900,000 seeds. It serves as backup storage to as much of the world’s cultivation as possible to prevent humanity from losing plant life in the event of environmental catastrophe. Get an in-depth look at the controversy of seed ownership versus the investment in the greater good from the illuminating documentary Seed Battles. Cary Fowler, American agriculturalist and former executive director of the Crop Trust, hosts.

For extra insight on the reasons behind the creation of the vault, watch the 60 Minutes special on The Doomsday Vault. Journalist Scott Pelley travels to the seed bank with Cary Fowler and discusses the world-wide attempts to reserve plant diversity.

If you’re looking for more about efforts to preserve and control the future of seeds and farming, check out these physical titles in the Music and Media Collections.

Seeds of Time is a feature length documentary following Cary Fowler and his continuing struggles to preserve genetic diversity. Here, he travels beyond Svalbard to save the world’s most vulnerable seed vaults.  SB123.3 .S44 2014 DVD

GMO OMG takes a provocative approach to the ethics of genetically modified food and the agricultural giant Monsanto. Filmmaker Jeremy Seifert questions what GMO food is and who will control food production in the future. TP248.65.F66 G6 2014 DVD

In her documentary The Future of Food Deborah Koons Garcia investigates patented seeds, GMOs, and sustainable agricultural options. Our 2-disc set features additional interviews, farmer portraits, and a guide to seed saving. TP248.65.F66 F8 2004 DVD

Please stop by and check out these fascinating titles! Find us in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library to the far right of main circulation desk.

By Sarah Pavey

Database Highlights & Trials, Libraries, Media/Music Collections, News & Events

Student Success Video Series in Academic Video Online

Going to university is an exciting and challenging experience. While classes teach us so much, it is important to seek guidance from other sources too. Based on the Cognella book series, the videos in the Student Success Video Series can help! Learn about a variety of life skills for independence and teamwork, including time management, communication, test taking, health, budgeting, and much more. These video guides feature advice from experts in education, mental health, and finance. Listed below are just some of the many videos included in this series.

A Student’s Guide to Communication and Self-Presentation is a great resource for being an effective communicator. The video addresses components of communication such as body language, written communication, tone of message, and word-choice. Learn about the importance of communication during and after higher education as you pursue a career, and how to navigate professional surroundings with social and networking skills.

A Student’s Guide to Stress Management explains what stress is, why we need it for motivation and success, and how to recognize when stress levels are too high. This video is invaluable when it comes to managing your response to stress and finding effective ways of approaching stressful situations.

Whether you’re a freshman new to everything or a seasoned senior ready to take on the world, you should watch A Student’s Guide to a Meaningful Career. In this video, you’ll learn how to find a career path right for you. While many other videos and programs look at career seeking through your degree, this video helps you discover how you can use your unique skills and personal goals to make an impact on the world around you.

Remember to check out the 20,000 + physical titles available from the Music and Media Collections! We’re located on the first floor of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library to the right of the Main Circulation desk.

By Sarah Pavey

Libraries, Media/Music Collections, New Materials, Science

Animal Welfare on Video

The Cove is an eye-opening 2009 documentary that follows Ric O’Barry and other activists on their mission to stop the brutal capture and killing of dolphins in Taiji, Japan and throughout the cetacean hunting business. A remarkable crew of filmmakers and free-divers travel to Taiji to capture footage of the annual slaughter, to the dissatisfaction of both local and global fishing authorities. This controversial film won many awards including an Oscar and a Sundance Film Festival award for its efforts in the fight to save dolphins the world over.
SH387 .C6 2009 DVD

The 2013 Canadian documentary The Ghosts in Our Machine follows photojournalist and animal activist Jo-Anne McArthur as she navigates through the ethical dilemmas of the fur trade, animal testing, and the cattle industry. Using photography, McArthur focuses on the animals’ experience to draw attention to her cause. View this title on the streaming site Docuseek!

2008 PBS documentary Chimpanzees: An Unnatural History examines the cruel history of experimentation and exploitation of our closest animal relative. From circuses and the space race to HIV/Aids testing, chimpanzees have been captured by humans since the mid-1800s. Writer and director Allison Argo narrates this award-winning feature documentary about the future of these intelligent creatures and their lives in sanctuaries in the US and Canada.
QL737.P96 C4 2007 DVD

For nearly 60 years orcas have been captured and trained by humans. But only since the death of trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010 has the practice of keeping orcas in captivity been viewed with a more critical eye. The gripping 2013 documentary Blackfish tackled the issue head on. Despite the surrounding controversy, the film was nominated and won several awards for best documentary. Orca entertainment shows are scheduled to end at SeaWorld’s parks in Florida and Texas sometime in 2019.
SF408.6.K54 B5 2013 DVD

In the moving documentary Love and Bananas actress and director Ashley Bell goes on a 500 mile rescue mission across Thailand to give Noi Nah, a blind 70-year old elephant, her freedom. Critically endangered Asian elephants like Noi Na are often used for logging and kept in trekking camps where tourists can ride them. Because they are not domesticated animals like dogs, their spirits are broken as calves in a torturous device known as the “crush box.” Dedicated and passionate conservationist Sangdeaun Lek Chailert, a “Hero of Asia”, leads the harrowing 48-hour journey to her elephant sanctuary.
DS 563.5 .L68 2018 DVD

By Sarah Pavey