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Libraries, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Therapy Pets are Coming on October 21st!

Dogs, rabbits, and a Guinea pig will be at the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library on

Tuesday, October 21st from 6-8 pm

to visit St. Thomas students and friends. The animals are certified therapy animals who also visit schools, hospitals, and care facilities with their owners.  At St. Thomas, they provide stress relief for students who might be anxious about papers or exams at midsemester.

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Hundreds of students turn out for the popular events, and some arrive early to help with set-up or just because they are so excited to see the animals come through the doors.  The event is free and everyone is welcome!

Would you like to get more involved?!

This time, library circulation supervisor Karen Batdorf is looking for a few students who are willing to be “bunny escorts,” that is, to help the volunteers from Minnesota Companion Rabbit Society carry bunnies to and from the library to  volunteers’ vehicles.   Email her at k9batdorf@stthomas.edu if you would be willing to help or have questions about the event.

Here are some of the therapy pets who will be here on Tuesday: Buster, Buddy, Sophie, and Remi!

Database Highlights & Trials, Libraries, News & Events, Science

Getting Set Up in SciFinder

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Hey Chemistry Researchers!

Have you been procrastinating about getting your SciFinder account set up?  Maybe the initial log-in procedure was a bit intimidating, or you just plain weren’t sure how to do it?

Well, be confused no more!

To make sure we’re all getting our research taken care of so we can relax and take full advantage of Mole Day celebrations, I just made a quick tutorial video on setting up your account.  Learn how to register for an account*, and then access SciFinder via the UST Libraries website for all your amazing Chemistry needs.  (You’re also more than welcome to contact me if you need or want any help figuring out how best to go about getting to the best references for your serach).

Have a great weekend!

*Note: SciFinder is for the exclusive use of UST faculty, staff and students.  An UST email address must be used during registration to authenticate your account.

Libraries, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Therapy Dogs and Bunnies at the Library!

Hear ye, hear ye!  The ever-popular Therapy Pets will be in the OSF Library rotunda

6-8pm on Wednesday, September 24th!

We’re nearly a month into the semester, and that back-to-school energy is starting to wane.  But have no fear: the library is here!

Take a break from your paper to give a friendly dog a pat or watch a few hops from a fluffy (and amazingly talented) agility bunny.*

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They are sure to bring to a smile back to your face and bounce back to your own step as you remember a fluffy loved one at home.  Bring your friends, roommates, and cameras and be ready for a fun time!

Tweet at #ustlibpets; we can’t wait to see your pics.

As always, remember that library staff are available to assist you find any help or information you need!

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*Curious about agility bunnies?  These fun rabbits are from a group that is determined to beat out cats in the cute video department. Check this short clip out  to see more about the “Rabbit Revolution” –  it stars several of “our” bunnies!

Art, Business & Economics, English, Latin America, Libraries, Modern Languages, News & Events, Science

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to campus, everyone! It was so fun to cheer on the class of 2018 as they marched through the arches yesterday, and today it’s great to see the Quad filled with smiling faces as we all reconnect and get geared up for a wonderful academic year.

We hope you had a fun summer! Things were busy around here at the library and, as usual, we have some fun news to share.

As you gear up for your fall research projects, remember to check out our handy Subject Guides – what I like to call handy “mini library websites” geared specifically towards your course and subject content (and I’m not making that up – we  work with your professors to make sure we have what you need to do your assignments!).

We’re also happy to report that Summon, our popular library search engine, has received an upgrade that we hope will make it easy to use.  Some highlights we’ve heard students liking already include: recommendations of subject specialists based on what you’re searching, automatic breakdown of content by type (like Google does), and more.  Check it out and let us know what you think! 

We’ve also added many more online resources, including these favorites of mine:

  • ASTM Standards and Engineering Digital Library – a collection of industry-leading standards and technical engineering information
  • Digitalia Hispánica – database of e-books and e-journals in Spanish and English, with access to some of the most renowned publishers in Spain and Latin America
  • Early English Books Online – primary source collection featuring English-language books, pamphlets, tracts and ephemera printed between 1473 – 1700
  • Literature Online (“LION”) – criticism and reference resources as well as full text of poetry, drama, and prose fiction from the 8th century to the present day
  • Nature – we have expanded our subscription to the journal “Nature” to include archives going back to 1987

And, of course, we have much more!

As I like to joke, you can stick a quarter in me and I’d go on and on about all of the wonderful resources we have here at the UST Libraries, but I know we’re all busy so I’ll stop here.  Instead, make an appointment with your favorite librarian today find out more about what we have to help you with your research today!

Libraries, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Therapy Pets here for Study Monday!

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The ever-popular Therapy Pets (dogs, bunnies, and a Guinea pig!) will be in the OSF Library rotunda

6-8pm on Monday, May 19th.

Is a little snuggle from a friendly dog just what you need to rejuvenate your studying?

Would watching a few hops from a fluffy (and amazingly talented) bunny give you enough of a boost of energy to power you through finishing that page of APA citations?

You’re in luck!  Everyone is welcome to take a few moments’ break from the stress of finals, receive some fluffy encouragement, and spend time with other animal lovers before heading back to work.

As always, remember that library staff are available to assist you find any information you need to complete your work.  Please don’t hesitate to ask!

Archbishop Ireland Library, Charles J. Keffer Library, Libraries, Library Week, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

It’s National Library Week!

Since 1958, the American Library Association has chosen a week in April to celebration National Library Week.  It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries – school, public, academic and special – participate.

National Library Week is April 13-19th this year, and the national theme is “Lives Change @ Your Library.” UST Libraries will be celebrating from April 14-17th and have come up with a variety of programs and events throughout the week. We are excited to share it all with you!

Check out the schedule below or view our National Library Week website to learn more!

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Special Events:

Tuesday, 4/15
Ireland Library Academiclete Games – 4-5:00pm

Wednesday, 4/16
Daniel Volovets Concert – 6:30pm in the Great Hall

Thursday, 4/17
Tom Hennen Poetry Reading – 12-1:00pm in the Great Hall

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Ongoing Events:
Booksales:

OSF Booksale
Noon-6pm, OSF Leather Room
4/14-17 and 4/19

Theology Used Booksale & Silent Auction
8am-10pm, Ireland Library
4/14-17

Daily Trivia
Questions will be posted Monday-Thursday on the UST National Library Week website

Food for Fines
Back again for 2014, donate nonperishable food items to help pay off any library fines you may have

“Why Get an MLIS?” Display
Throughout the week, information will be on display in the OSF library about Masters of Library and Information Science degrees and what they’ve meant to staff here at UST.

How have Libraries Changed Your Life?
Join the community discussion of this year’s National Library Week theme on the OSF Rotunda whiteboard, Twitter, Flickr, and other social media sites (viewable on our website, as well)

“Tommies on the Loose” Selfie Scavenger Hunt
Do you like taking selfies?  This week, look for pictures of Tommie reading scattered throughout the libraries and share selfies with them for prizes.
Library Week, News & Events

Coming Soon: Storytime at OSF Library!

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Wednesday, April 9th – 10-11:00am

on the front patio (weather permitting)

or the Leather Room – 1st floor, OSF Library

Children of all ages – and those who are young at heart! – are welcome to help us kick off an early preview to National Library Week with springtime stories, songs, and fun.

Classes from UST’s Child Development Center will join us in a joint celebration of National Week of the Young Child and National Library Week.

National Week of the Young Child is from April 6-13, 2014.

National Library Week is April 13-20.  Get a sneak preview of all the fun in store at UST Libraries next week on our National Library Week webpage.

News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Services

Therapy Pets Here for Midterms!

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The ever-popular Library Therapy Pets will be in the OSF Library rotunda

6-8pm on Tuesday, March 18th.

The Ides of March and Midterms fall very close together this year, so we thought you might like a little snuggle from a friendly dog to help make it through.

Or maybe watching a few hops from a fluffy (and amazingly talented) agility bunny will inspire an extra boost of energy to power you through finishing that page of APA citations!?

Either way, everyone is welcome to take a few moments’ break from midterms stress in order to receive some fluffy encouragement.  What’s not to love about spending time with other animal lovers?

As always, remember that library staff are available to assist you find any information you need to complete your work.  Please don’t hesitate to ask!

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

Welcome Back!

Happy first day of Spring Semester (and congrats on surviving the frigid January of 2014)!

We’re excited to see everyone back on campus and hope everyone’s courses are off to a good start. Despite the cold, things were busy around here at the library this January and, as usual, we have some fun news to share.

As you gear up for spring research projects, remember to check out our handy Subject Guides – what I like to call handy “mini library websites” geared specifically towards your course and subject content (and I’m not making that up – we  work with your professors to make sure we have what you need to do your assignments!).

Other than Coffee Bene’s reopening this morning, we’re happy to report that the Media Resources Collection moved into its new home next to the reference collection over J-term.  Stop by to check out our wonderful collection of films and media – perhaps to find that perfect clip to add to a presentation?

We’ve also added many more online resources, including these favorites of mine:

  • ASM Handbooks OnlineA little something for our engineers: ASM Handbooks Online is the industry’s best known and most comprehensive source of information on ferrous and non-ferrous metals and materials technology
  • Blackwell Reference Online: more than 50 online subject encyclopedia and handbook titles from 2013 have been added, increasing the collection to more than 570 titles. 
  • National Geographic Online: the full text content of the magazine and all of its spectacular photography; see Kate Burke’s blog post for more info. 
  • PrivCo: an excellent source for finding information on privately-held companies. PrivCo is the premier source for business and financial data on major, non-publicly traded corporations, including family owned, private equity owned, venture-backed, and international unlisted companies.

As I like to joke, you can stick a quarter in me and I’d go on and on about all of the wonderful resources we have here at the UST Libraries.  Maybe you can make it one of your 2014 New Years’ resolutions to finally stop by and check it all out?   If so, we’d love to see you! Make an appointment with your favorite librarian today find out more about what we have in your subject area.

Libraries, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Therapy Pets Return for Study Monday

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The ever-popular Therapy Pets (dogs, bunnies, and new this time – a Guinea pig!) will be in the OSF Library rotunda

6-8pm on Monday, December 16th.

Is a little snuggle from a friendly dog just what you need to rejuvenate your studying?

Would watching a few hops from a fluffy (and amazingly talented) bunny give you enough of a boost of energy to power you through finishing that page of APA citations?

You’re in luck!  Everyone is welcome to take a few moments’ break from the stress of finals, receive some fluffy encouragement, and spend time with other animal lovers before heading back to work.

As always, remember that library staff are available to assist you find any information you need to complete your work.  Please don’t hesitate to ask!