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Podcast studio with microphone, table, and four chairs
O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Podcast Studio Now Open in the Library

Did you know there is a space on campus where students can record their own audio or video shows? The Student Innovation Space, located in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library in rooms 309A and 310, includes a video recording studio in addition to a newly-designed podcast studio. Both studios are self-service and can be reserved instantly just like a library study room.

After high demand for a STELAR-like space that would provide similar services to other on-campus studios, the St. Thomas Libraries has partnered with Innovation & Technology Services (ITS) to create the recording studios in the OSF library. Both studios are available when the library is open, which is until 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. All you need to do is reserve one of the rooms online and pick up the room key from the front desk. Students may use either studio for up to two hours.

This digitally-innovative space exists for the St. Thomas community to produce their own video and audio shows or segments for class assignments or personal endeavors. The video studio has an adjustable SMART Board, computer, video camera, a swing arm for a cell phone, whiteboards, movable furniture, lighting, and sound. Learn more about how to effectively use the video studio.

The podcast studio has been recently updated and is ready for use! The podcast studio includes a table microphone to record between one and four people on a round-table, acoustic padding, and a computer with a wireless keyboard, mouse, and adjustable arm.

Come check them out today!

Image showing an example of the studio set up with the SMART Board lowered behind chairs displaying a backdrop of film and a title, two chairs and ferns
O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

New Student Recording Studio Opens in O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library

There is a new video recording studio on campus dedicated to students for group or individual projects.

As an Innovation Space located in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library, the video recording studio in room 310 allows students to run with their most creative ideas and produce them into high quality results. The studio space includes a height adjustable SMART Board, moveable furniture, lighting, sound, and a video camera.

St. Thomas Libraries partnered with STELAR to make this a reality as both organizations saw the difficulty in scheduling time at existing on-campus studios and heard students request “more STELAR-like spaces” on campus. This space is modeled around students’ needs for recording projects in a professional, distraction-free manner.

One of the main goals is to make the studio easy to use and available during all hours the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library is open, which is until 2:00 am weekdays during the semester! Students can come in and record independently, making the room a self-service studio.

The studio is also easy to reserve with the online reservation system on the Library webpage.

Read more about the studio features on the library web site.

Faculty assigning a video recording component in their course may direct their students to the online booking site. It is also advised that faculty contact the library with a heads-up so we can properly assist students.

Outline of a person standing in the Great Room of the O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library among students studying
News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Students wanted for photo shoot in O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library January 7th

We will be conducting a photo shoot all over O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library next Monday, January 7th and are looking to recruit students to fill the library as extras!

All students are invited and may bring their bags, books, laptops, phones, homework, group projects, and friends to study and hang out as St. Thomas photographers make their rounds. Laptops open, papers to spread out, ideas drawn on the white boards, books to fall asleep with—we want the scenes to be real and show library life! Appropriate dress: casual is fine, but no PJs or clothing that wouldn’t be appropriate for university photos.

  • Starting at 1pm students may come to the library and check-in at Stacks Café (coffee shop on the first floor)
  • Stacks Café will be open until 3pm and additional food and refreshments will be catered throughout the shoot (just like the pros!)
  • We’ll take volunteers for video shots starting at 1pm
  • Photographs will take place around the library between 2 and 5pm
  • Look for an appearance by Tommie!

Students don’t need to sign up ahead of time, but it is preferred so we have an accurate head count for catering.

Sign up at: https://link.stthomas.edu/LibraryPhotos

If you have contact with any students and/or clubs please pass this information along. We have been posting this announcement on social media so feel free to copy the images or repost on your own timelines:

Be sure to pass the word! We want as many faces around the library as possible!

(This post was updated January 3, 2019 to reflect additional information regarding the schedule)

Database Highlights & Trials, Libraries, Services

EZ Proxy login page changing to use Single Sign On

You may have noticed that if you log into Canvas and then head over to CLICsearch or another St. Thomas resource you are already logged in. That is because the University of St. Thomas has been moving towards Single Sign On to combat login fatigue.

However, you may have also noticed that even if you are logged into Office 365, Canvas, and CLICsearch, EZ Proxy would still ask you to log in before accessing one of the library databases.

Beginning Wednesday, August 29, 2018, the repetitive EZ Proxy Login will be no more, it will now all be done through the already familiar St. Thomas login page we know and love.

What do you need to do? Nothing!

No links will change as EZ Proxy is just changing the login page it presents to users.

Here’s the schedule of events:

  1. Tonight around midnight we will make the switch temporarily as a final test and then revert back.
  2. Tomorrow around 9am we will permanently change the configuration.
  3. Technical staff will be around all day Wednesday and Thursday to make sure things go well.

Library staff will monitor the situation. From what we can tell there should be no impact on services as it is just replacing one login with another.

Let us know if you have any questions.

Have a safe and happy Launch Day!

A stack of books by the window
Libraries

Return library items before leaving for the summer

Do you have books, media, or other materials you’ve borrowed through St. Thomas Libraries and still need to return before leaving for the summer? Maybe you need to renew an item, check to see when they are due, or forgot what exactly you currently have checked out!

You may have noticed a new section in One St. Thomas under “My Actions” for the library. These Library actions allow you to quickly check your St. Thomas library account for your loans, materials ready for pick-up, or fees. If you don’t see anything listed for Library that’s fine, you just don’t have any actionable items.

If you are not renewing, please return all library materials including materials borrowed from other CLIC Libraries to your St. Thomas library before you leave campus for the summer to avoid your account from being billed. Please note, if you visited another CLIC library to check out a book you will need to log into your library account directly to see the item. If you are not sure, contact Emmanuel Takgbajouah at eotakgbajoua@stthomas.edu or 651-962-5403.

If you have any fees due please stop in at the Circulation Desk at your main St. Thomas library and work to resolve the issue.

Quickly check your library account in One St. Thomas

Black and white photo of two students sleeping by a window in the library stacks
Just for Fun

Library Naps: A Brief History

Many have said that just being in a library, surrounded by the walls of books within, invigorates the academic spirit and makes one feel smarter. It is also said that power naps have the potential to unleash creative thoughts. Therefore, it is no wonder why a student would want to put his or her face in a book and allow knowledge to seep in while journeying though such an imaginative state of sleep.

Studying can be exhausting but quick naps can be invigorating to the mind and spirit as well as breeding grounds for thought, ideas and, “Aha!” moments. Even Thomas Edison, who detested sleep calling it a waste of time, would take power naps in his lab, library, or even outside.

So what is the history of napping in libraries? I dunno, there is probably a study on that somewhere, maybe. If I were to venture a guess and make up a theory, I’d say it most likely goes back millennia. If I were to put some minimal effort into this essay by doing a Google search on “napping in libraries” it will reveal it is perhaps a widespread craze. With a little more effort by digging into our university photo archives online I at least know library napping is nothing new and is probably a bigger tradition than kissing under the Arches.

I’m sorry to disappoint if you thought this was going to be an intellectual and informative post citing research studies, psychology, and Greek literature, but at least I brought along some visuals—and they’re in authentic black and white which gives them a sense of credibility.

From 1955 we see a student napping in the old library located in what is now the basement of Aquinas Hall.

Note the open book. It was probably not an intended nap, but with the leather couch, warm clothes, lamp, and stack of books beside him, the library was just the perfect, cozy spot to catch a few Z’s.

Today, students set timers on their cell phones to make sure they don’t oversleep for exams. Back in the day, as evidenced in this photograph from 1962, students had to bring their own alarm clocks to the library and, since we don’t loan out pillows to patrons, his own pillow as well.

Student napping in library with pillow with stacks of books and an alarm clock

Word of caution: we do not recommend stacking books this high so close in proximity to your head. It appears the stack on the right could cause injury if it were to topple. Note that this is in the O’Shaughnessy Room (aka Leather Room) of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library, an ever-popular place to rest as evidenced in the archival photo from a 1993 St. Thomas Bulletin newspaper.

Photo from a 1993 St. Thomas Bulletin showing students napping in the O'Shaughnessy Room.

You don’t always have to nap alone in darkness, you can do it as a pair or in teams by a window.

Black and white photo of two students sleeping by a window in the library stacks

While it is always good practice to give your body enough hours of sleep each night, a quick power nap in the library can be just what you need to get through finals. Just don’t oversleep for your exam.

What is your #whythelib reason? Let us know by posting #whythelib to Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.

CLICsearch

CLICsearch Certificate Expiration Notice – RESOLVED

UPDATE 4/20/2018 @ 11:08am CST: The issue has been resolved

Browsers started flagging CLICsearch.stthomas.edu as insecure on April 18 around 7:00pm when the site’s security certificate expired.

We are currently working on replacing the certificate with a new one and apologize for the inconvenience.

For now most major browsers will allow you to click on an Advanced button to proceed to the insecure site.

As with any browser security warning it is important to evaluate the risks before proceeding. In this case since the certificate recently expired (within the last 24 hours) then proceeding to the site is low risk. Web traffic is still secured and encrypted and there are no vulnerabilities being exploited in your browser. Nothing changed in the security or authenticity of the certificate, it just expired, like a driver’s license, and needs to be renewed. When a driver’s license expires you don’t lose your identity, you just need to get a new one.

We hope to get the new certificate in place quickly on April 19 and while we don’t advocate for ignoring browser security warnings we believe such warnings should be a chance to reflect and evaluate if it was a simple mishap of letting a renewal pass or a more sinister plot.

Again, sorry for the inconvenience.