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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 

News & Events

Destination Moon (Music and Media Collections)

July 22, 2019 arked the 50th anniversary of the United States moon landing. Celebrate the event this by watching fascinating archival footage on one of the many streaming services provided by the Music and Media Collections!

First Man on the Moon is a 2014 feature length documentary that takes a close look at Neil Armstrong’s remarkable life story and his journey to the Apollo 11 mission. Enjoy stunning archival footage and informative interviews as you learn more about his achievements and legacy.

If you’re looking for a retrospective, Apollo 11: The First Moon Landing is the documentary for you. While only 45-minutes long, the production takes you from launch, to moonwalk, to splashdown, and beyond. Jane Pauley hosts this NBC News Time Capsule documentary special.

Watch what 1 billion people watched live in 1969! From the NASA Video Collection, here are mankind’s first steps on the lunar surface. Continue watching for more footage of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin as they explore the moon and return to Earth.

To see what people 100 years ago thought a moon landing would be like, watch these classic silent films!
A Trip to the Moon (Le Voyage dans la Lune). Directed by Georges Méliès, this 1902 silent short was based on Jules Verne’s novel From the Earth to the Moon. Astronomers travel to the moon and encounter underground lunar inhabitants.

Fritz Lang’s 1929 film Woman in the Moon takes a less fanciful approach. The story is set in a world where space travel is motivated by an entrepreneur’s theory that there is gold on the moon.
PT 2615 .A62 F7 2004 DVD

Also available is the 2016 blockbuster Hidden Figures that tells the true story of the women who made the moon landing possible with their contributions to the space race. Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe star in this landmark film about women in science!
PN 199 .H532 2017 DVD

For more science and history, check out Episode 4 of the BBC documentary series The Planets. The 50-minute episode examines our journey from the space race to what we learned from the surface of the moon.
QB601 .P53 2000 v. 2 DVD

Stop by the Music and Media Collections to check out these titles and more! We’re located to the far right of main circulation desk at the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library.

By Sarah Pavey

Archbishop Ireland Library, Charles J. Keffer Library, English, Libraries, Media/Music Collections, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

American Plays

The Music and Media Collections at O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library has so many viewing categories to choose from! Be sure to visit us on the first floor and check out the many performances of classic American plays.

A Raisin in the Sun (1961) is the definitive adaptation of playwright Lorraine Hansberry’s powerful work, featuring the incomparable Sidney Poitier. A stellar cast (including Claudia McNeil) brings this drama to life in which an American family struggles against racism to achieve the American dream. This play is essential viewing.
PS 3515 .A515 R3 1999 DVD

Eugene O’Neill’s play Long Day’s Journey into Night (1962) follows the story of an American family torn apart by addiction and illness. It was the first film in history in which all four leading actors won Best Acting awards at the Cannes Film Festival. Katharine Hepburn, Sir Ralph Richardson, Jason Robards, Jr., and Dean Stockwell star.
PS 3529 .N5 L6 2004 DVD

Dustin Hoffman leads the cast of the 1985 adaptation of Arthur Miller’s play Death of a Salesman. The drama centers on a Willy Loman, a traveling salesman battling demons of the past. Our DVD copy contains a feature-length documentary that takes a close look at the collaboration between Hoffman, director Volker Schlöndorff, and Arthur Miller himself.
PS 3525 .I5156 D4 2002 DVD

 

Sarah Pavey

Libraries, Media/Music Collections, News & Events

New Database: Film Platform


FILM PLATFORM serves as a bridge between academia and documentary film, bringing students and professors the most relevant and highly regarded films from the festival circuit. The collection is curated by film experts and leading academics to showcase critically-acclaimed documentaries of social, political and cultural importance, and the catalogue is continually growing.

  • Human Rights
  • Legal Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Arts and Culture
  • Jewish Studies
  • Urban Studies and Architecture
  • Politics
  • Asian Studies
  • Israel/Palestine Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • LGBT Studies
  • Technology
  • Psychology
Libraries, Media/Music Collections, New Materials, News & Events

New Database: Feature Films for Education

The Feature Films for Education Collection offers hundreds of full-length feature films for educational instructional purposes. The Collection focuses on both current and hard-to-find titles, including dramas, literary adaptations, blockbusters, classics, science fiction, environmental titles, foreign films, social issues, animation studies, Academy Award® winners, and more.

NOTE: This Collection is limited to classroom use and personal use. This Collection cannot be used for Campus Screening (Not for Public Events)

NOTE: If you have issues playing a film, clean all your browse history, cache and cookies.

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

New Audiobook and Video Database Hoopla

Hoopla provides streaming video (movies and TV shows) and audiobooks. Popular titles and classics, fiction and nonfiction are available.

NOTE: You need to create an account to have access. You will have to use your UST username and password to create the account (if your password is longer than 20 characters the account won’t work, you will need to change your UST password to less than 20 characters). You can check out up to 7 titles per month. This Collection is limited to classroom use and personal use. This Collection cannot be used for Campus Screening (Not for Public Events)
For information about devices and more visit Hoopla help.

Archbishop Ireland Library, Charles J. Keffer Library, Libraries, Media/Music Collections, Music, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Arthur Rubinstein

In need of an invigorating musical performance this summer? Visit The Music and Media Collections on the first floor of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library and pick up one of our Deutsche Grammophon video recordings. At the age of 88, world-renowned Polish American classical pianist Arthur Rubinstein performs classical piano compositions by Edvard Grieg, Frederic Chopin, and Camile Saint-Saens. Andre Previn conducts this beautifully powerful performance.

Rubenstein: Piano Concertos: M1010 .R897 P53 2006 DVD

Additional classical concerts can be found streaming on the classical music collection Medici.tv. In addition to opera, Medici has many instrumental performances like the excellent chamber music group The Psophos Quartet. This French-based group performs string compositions by Edvard Grieg and Claude Debussy with great energy and poise.

By Sarah Pavey

Database Highlights & Trials, Latin America, Libraries, Media/Music Collections, News & Events, Political Science

Database Trial: TUGG Films


During the month of March, the University of St. Thomas Libraries is conducting a trial for TUGG. This is a platform that offers content of academic videos in different subjects including:

  • Human Rights
  • Education
  • Environmental Studies
  • Arts and Culture
  • Jewish Studies
  • Politics
  • Asian & Asian American Studies
  • Israel/Palestine Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Race Studies
  • Technology
  • Psychology

Please send your comments about this resource to Cindy Badilla-Melendez, Head of Music & Media  Collections.

Thank you!

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