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Database Trial: Counseling and Therapy in Video V. 5

During the month of October, the University of St. Thomas Libraries is conducting a trial for Counseling and Therapy in Video Volume 5.
Symptom Media’s DSM-5®/ICD-10 guided films showcase mental health symptoms unfolding. Films are used and integrated in undergraduate, graduate and professional nursing, social work, psychology, counseling programs to introduce and improve understanding, recognition, and diagnosing of psychiatric disorders as well as improve student clinical competency.

Please try it out and provide comments. Click here Counseling and Therapy in Video Volume 5 to access the database.

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

Thank you!

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

Neuroscience DVDs

Get a closer look at the brain with some neuroscience DVDs in the Music and Media Collections. We’re on the first floor of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library to the right of the Main Circulation Desk. Please feel free to step in and look around!

Brain Story: New Frontiers in Brain Research is a six part series featuring research by neuroscientist Dr. Susan Greenfield. Outstanding 3D graphics bring the brain to life as you learn about the deep complexities of the human brain. Each 50-minute section of this BBC production focuses on a different aspect of the brain, utilizing study from biology, linguistics, and psychology.
QP 376 .B73 2003 pt. 1-6 DVD

In the 2015 PBS production The Brain, neuroscientist David Eagleman takes you on a journey through the wonders of the human brain. Through this six part series, he addresses big questions about humanity with a unique combination of personal stories and innovative special effects.
QP 376 .B365 2015 disc 1-2 DVD

If you’re looking for a more technical approach, check out Discovering the Human Brain: New Pathways to Neuroscience. Dr. Susan Bookheimer uses the resources of UCLA’s Brain Mapping Center to illustrate the history of neuroscience. She charts the development of our understanding of the brain from the reliance on autopsies in the past to our use of MRI machines today.
QP 385 .D57 2007 DVD


By Sarah Pavey

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

By Land, Air, and Sea: WWII Documentaries

Visit Digitalia, one of many video streaming sites the Music and Media Collections offers!

Digitalia featrues Eric Brown: A Pilot’s Story (2014) a documentary from filmmaker Nicholas Jones about one of Britain’s greatest aviators in World War Two. This feature-length program centers on an interview with the then 95 year old Captain Brown. Brilliant archival footage and rare photographs from Brown’s personal library illustrate his extraordinary story.

There are many WWII-related DVDs in the Music and Media Collections. Here are two great selections!
Navajo Code Talkers is remarkable documentary detailing the extraordinary work by twenty-nine young men from government-run Navajo reservations in the 1940s. Fighting for the country that sought to annihilate their culture and existence, they used their native language to create a code that could not be broken by their Japanese enemies.
D 810 .C88 N3 2006 DVD

For a greater scope of World War Two check out WWII: 3-Film Collection produced by the History Chanel. This unique documentary series consists of perspectives on the war from the land, air and from space. With the use of original color footage and groundbreaking CGI satellite views, experience history like never before.
D 743 .W99 2013 disc 1-3 DVD
D 743 .W99 2013 disc 4-5 DVD

Please stop by the Music and Media Collections located on the first floor of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library to the right of the Main Circulation Desk. Everyone is welcome!
By Sarah Pavey

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

Kanopy Changes

Kanopy changes. Unfortunately, we have to limit the access to Kanopy due to its high costs. We get charged $150 per title every three clicks on a film for 30 seconds or more, even if the film is not watched. For this reason, access will be limited to faculty use and student research only. In the future, if we are able to renegotiate a different price model we may be able to offer full access again.

Faculty: if you have used titles from Kanopy to show in class and cannot find them, please contact the Music & Media Collections, or 651-962-5447 for help.

In the meantime, I encourage you to use other excellent databases that have movies and documentaries. These include:

  • Swank
    Swank Digital Campus is a collection of more than 200 major motion pictures. Swank works best with Chrome or Firefox version 47 and up.
  • Digitalia Films
    Digitalia Film Library is a multilingual, multi-national collection of films and documentaries from Spain, France, other European countries, North America (Classic) and Latin America (especially Mexico, Cuba, Argentina and Brazil).
  • World Cinema
    The World Cinema Collection includes more than 350 movies from directors across the globe; it includes the silent era, American and European films from the mid-20th century, and award-winning contemporary films.
Libraries, Media/Music Collections, Music, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

American Music Selections on Video

Acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns brings us Jazz, a ten episode series tracking the history of this uniquely American art form. From its roots in New Orleans to its competition with the sixties rock scene, experience the tumultuously and rich history of jazz steeped in the Civil Rights Movement and an ever-changing culture. This documentary is unmissable.
ML 3506 .J39 2000 DVD

A trip down a mellower road, pick up Blues Masters: The Essential History of Blues. This feature length documentary captures the birth of the Blues in the Mississippi Delta and showcases many performances by famous performers such as Bessie Smith, Ethel Waters, Buddy Guy, and the legend B. B. King.

Head to the first floor of the first floor of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library and visit the Music and Media Collections today!

By Sarah Pavey


Latin America, Media/Music Collections, Modern Languages, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Distant Lands on Video

Exciting places may be thousands of miles away but learning about them only takes one trip to the Music and Media Collections located on the first floor of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library. Our extensive selection of travel-related DVDs covers all continents and all countries. For additional options, check out our films by country of origin.

Prepare to look at Machu Picchu in a whole new way with the PBS documentary Time Scanners. Using the latest 3D laser-scanning technology, structural engineer Steve Burrows and his team scan this sacred Incan city in the heart of the Peruvian Andes.
F 3429.1 .M3 M3 2016 DVD

Journey with famed travel expert Rick Steves to Greece and Turkey. His documentary takes you from vibrant Athens to the hauntingly beautiful Delphi in Greece. Lose yourself in the unique city of Istanbul, wander through the Grecian temples of the western region, and experience folk dancing in Central Turkey. Steves concludes this trip with Mount Ararat and Mount Nemrut in the East.
DF 728 .G74 2009 DVD

In need of a longer expedition? A History of Scotland is a ten-part series hosted by archeologist Neil Oliver that charts Scotland’s past through battles, religious conflicts, and political intrigue. This comprehensive documentary features remarkable, award-winning cinematography.
DA 757.5 .H57 2010 disc 1-2 DVD

By Sarah Pavey


Libraries, Media/Music Collections, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Science

Wild Animals on Video

Summer is a great time to learn about the lives of animals. Here are three selections you will find in the Music and Media Collections on the first floor of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library.

Bat City USA is a short film by Laura Brooks documenting the struggle to save a Mexican Free-tailed bat colony in Austin, Texas. Merlin Tuttle, one of the world’s leading experts on bats, leads the charge, working tirelessly to save the colony from extermination.
Call #: QL 737 .C54 B3 2013 DVD

For a quick look at a slow-moving creature, watch Hanging with the Sloth. This 30-minute documentary gives an in-depth look at this unique and highly specialized mammal as well as its conservation.
Call #: QL 737 .E22 H3 2006 DVD

Cracking the Koala Code is an eye-opening documentary that dispels so many myths about this fascinating marsupial. Watch the koalas grapple with the urbanization of Brisbane, Australia, and learn about their communication and social structure.
Call #: QL 737 .M384 C7 2012 DVD

By Sarah Pavey

Media/Music Collections, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Nollywood Babylon

Nollywood Babylon

You’ve heard of Hollywood and Bollywood; now get ready for Nollywood Babylon! Ben Addelman and Samir Mallal’s 2008 feature-length documentary profiles Nigeria’s successful Lagos-based movie industry. Actress Uche Jumbo says, “Nollywood is a child of circumstance, because Nigeria [crosses the bridge between the] Western World and [African] tradition. It’s basically Africans telling African stories.” In response to the domination of Western films from the US and Europe in Africa, Nigerian filmmakers bring powerful messages and African culture to the big screen. This documentary is a must-see. PN1997 A35 2009 DVD

In the Music and Media Collections, you’ll find Africa First, a collection of short films from independent and international up-and-coming voices from Africa. These four tales range from a young girl’s search for her father through 1980s Zimbabwe to a scientist’s quest to germinate seeds in post-apocalyptic Nairobi. Be sure to stop by the Music and Media Collections located on the first floor of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library to check out this title and many more!

By Sarah Pavey

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

Indigenous American Music Selections

Experience Ojibway Music from Minnesota, a recording featuring tracks dating back to 1899. Ethnomusicologist Thomas Vennum, Jr presents a rich variety of voice and drum music that shows the diversity of traditional Ojibway music.
Ojibway Music from Minnesota. call# M 1669 .O45 1997 CD

Talking Spirits brings us the social dance music from the Hopi, Zuni, Laguna, and San Joan Pueblo tribes. These 14 tracks capture the spirit of the Southwest, featuring The Garcia Brothers, Chester Mahooty, and Roger Mase.
Talking to Spirits. call# M 1669 .T34 1992 CD

If you’re looking for more music from the plains check out Pow Wow: Music of the Plains Indians. This excellent recording offers ceremonial and social drum music from Oklahoma tribes Pawnee, Ponca, Quapaw, and Kiowa.
Pow Wow: Music of the Plains Indians. call# M 1669 .P69 1986

The Music and Media Collections on the first floor of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library houses hundreds of music CDs in addition to our extensive DVD collection. Everyone is welcome to stop by and check out some fantastic titles!

By Sarah Pavey


Libraries, Media/Music Collections, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Science

Octopus Hunt Video

If you’re looking for an underwater adventure The National Film Board of Canada is a great place to start. Bernard Devlin’s 1965 short documentary Octopus Hunt follows a zoological expedition to capture an octopus specimen for the Vancouver aquarium. Or, dive into a feature-length documentary like St. Lawrence: Stairway to the Sea and watch famed French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau explore the Great Lakes.

Additionally, our DVD collection boasts some stunningly filmed documentaries about life under the sea.  BBC Earth’s Great Barrier Reef doesn’t just capture the beauty of this natural environment but examines how it functions and the delicate balance that keeps this incredible ecosystem alive. For a wider look at the ocean, Visions of the Sea features Al Giddings’ remarkable underwater photography and an innovative soundtrack as you learn more about the world beneath us.

Great Barrier Reef: QE566 .G7 G7 2013 DVD
Visions of the Sea: QH91 .V57 2009 DVD

By Sarah Pavey