The brilliantly-colored leaves of fall are mostly gone, and the temperatures are turning colder and we turned our clocks back this weekend. There were snow showers today, and we cannot deny that we’re moving towards winter at a brisk pace.
We hope you will join us next week for our kick-off Winter Lights event. Each winter, we offer a series of monthly events from November – February to gather together as a community and share ways to thrive in this Minnesota winter. Counseling staff will join us to discuss the mental and physical effects of shorter days and will talk about light therapy and demonstrate how to use a seasonal affective disorder (SAD) therapy lamp. We’ll have snacks and warm drinks, library resources you can check out, and a craft activity so you can take some of the light home with you. Plus, you can enter to win your own SAD light!
Winter Lights: Preparing for the Winter Days Ahead
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
12:00 – 1:00 pm, Room 108 in O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library
Photo of light jars created at last year’s November Winter Lights event.
This semester we have implemented text shortcodes to help you connect to the library from your phone. Now you can use shortcodes to find hours, reserve a room, renew materials and report any issues within the library, or text with a librarian about your library questions. By using these shortcodes you can quickly get information about the library to your phone.
Text the library at (651) 504-1324 using these shortcodes:
- HOURS for a link to library hours
- GROUPSTUDY for a link to reserve a group room online
- RENEW for a link to renew your checked-out items
- REPORT for information on reporting an issue in the library (clean up, noise, something is broken, etc)
You can also text any reference questions to (651) 504-1324 and a librarian will get back to you during reference hours.
This fall, the University libraries are participating in a nation-wide survey of first-year college students. The Research Practices Survey provides insight into the perceptions and experiences of students around library research before they start college. We plan to use the results of this survey to help us better understand which aspects of the research process to focus on in our teaching and outreach, as well as in our planning for supporting the new curriculum. The Research Practices Survey is administered through the HEDS consortium (Higher Education Data Sharing consortium).
We encourage all first-year students to participate and help us create the best library instruction program we can. All first-year students should have received an email with a link to the survey from the email address UniversityofStThomas@hedsconsortium.org. The survey will run through September 25, 2019. If you have any questions about the Research Practices Survey, please send them to Ann Zawistoski.
This summer, we were fortunate to have two students working with us through the REAL program. As part of their work at the library, Jackie Ponce Chacon and Mirta Loja Guaman designed the Latinx Unidos book display that is in the lobby of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey library. We asked Jackie and Mirta for an introduction to their display.
Jackie and Mirta in front of their book display
Hello, our names are Jackie and Mirta,
We are excited that we got to work on this project because it’s significant to us and a way to represent our community. The Latinx community has been through many ups and downs these past few years, and we wanted to bring attention to the different problems that Latinos face while trying to “assimilate” in the United States. The books we chose for our display were inspired by the quote “They tried to bury us, they didn’t know we were seeds” by Dinos Christianopoulos. These books were written by Latinxs authors to help readers understand how their experiences either affected or influenced their lives. We hope you enjoy our selection of books, and at least check them out! 🙂
- Alvarez, Julia. How the García Girls Lost Their Accents. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2010.
- Burciaga, Jose Antonio. Drink Cultura : Chicanismo. 1st ed., Joshua Odell Editions, Capra Press, 1993.
- Cisneros, Sandra. La Casa En Mango Street. 25th Anniversary ed., Vintage Books, 2009.
- Deffebach, Nancy. María Izquierdo and Frida Kahlo : Challenging Visions in Modern Mexican Art. First ed., University of Texas Press, 2015.
- Díaz, Junot. Drown. Riverhead Books, 1997.
- Flores-González, Nilda. Citizens but Not Americans : Race and Belonging among Latino Millennials. New York University Press, 2017.
- Hellman, Judith Adler. The World of Mexican Migrants : the Rock and the Hard Place. New Press : Distributed by W.W. Norton & Co., 2008.
- Mize, Ronald L., and Grace. Delgado. Latino Immigrants in the United States. Polity Press, 2012.
- Pérez, Gina M., et al. Beyond El Barrio : Everyday Life in Latina/o America. New York University Press, 2010.
- White, Anthony. Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Mexican Modernism : the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection. National Gallery of Australia; Thames & Hudson, 2001.
Image credit: “They tried to bury us” image by Misha Zadeh, from amplifier.org in the Hear Our Voice exhibition.
Happy National Library Week!
This week, April 7-13, 2019 is National Library Week, a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support. This year’s theme is Libraries = Strong Communities
Want to celebrate with us? The University libraries have events all week long:
Check out our Library Week page for details on all the events.
Online Trivia Contest:
New trivia questions posted each day!
Both O’Shaughnessy-Frey and Ireland libraries will be having their annual book sale, featuring donated and withdrawn material.
This year, Fallon Advertising Agency donated their entire print library. This includes hundreds of beautiful art and photography books and other books for visual inspiration. Do not miss this!
- O’Shaughnessy-Frey book sale: Monday – Friday, noon – 6 pm, OSF 108
- Ireland Library book sale and silent auction: Monday – Friday, normal business hours, in the reference room.
Saturday, April 6:
- Game night at Ireland library, 6 – 9 pm
Monday, April 8:
- Find librarians and donut holes at the CSA (1st floor Murray-Herrick) where you can ask for advice on holes in your research.
- Find librarians at a pop-up at ASC Dorsey Way
Tuesday, April 9:
- Music and Media open house in the OSF rotunda, 9 am – 3 pm
- Cadenza Mini-concert in the OSF rotunda, 12:30 pm
Wednesday, April 10:
- Japanese book binding demonstration, OSF 302, 10 – 11 am
- Author event: Scott Wright reads from his book, “Windows: Japan and the U.S. in the 1980s.”
Thursday, April 11:
- Mini-golf in the Minneapolis Skyway between Keffer and Schoenecker libraries
- Late Night Scavenger Hunt, in OSF library, 10:30 pm. Preregistration requested.
We had a wonderful kick off to our Winter Lights events in early November when we heard about some of the stressors that come with wintertime and heard about coping strategies, and crowdsourced some ideas for local places to visit and things to do. We’ve collected all the ideas into one great library guide to surviving winter! We then decorated light jars so that we could all bring a little light back to our living space.
We hope you’ll join us at our next event on Tuesday, December 4. We’ll discuss ways to cope with holiday stresses and find joy this season. You’ll also get to make your own water light to take home.
“Winter Lights” is a four part series for students, faculty and staff to help you survive and thrive in the cold dark days of winter. Each session has a different theme includes a speaker, a hands-on activity, and a chance to brainstorm and share ideas to find light and joy in the winter. Those ideas are collected and shared on the library winter survival guide as the series progresses.
All are welcome at these events, whether you can make it to only one event or to all four, we hope to see you there! All events are held in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey library in the Leather room (108) from 3:30 – 4:30 pm. Future event dates are:
- Dec. 4: Brighten your holidays
- Jan. 8: Moving into a new year
- Feb. 12: Growing into spring
This weekend, Daylight Savings Time ends with the setting of our clocks back an hour. For many of us, this marks at least a psychological beginning to winter, with its shorter days and fewer hours of light. That lack of daylight, coupled with colder weather, and the stress of holidays can make winter difficult, even for those who love the season. With that in mind, the library is offering a 4-part “Winter Lights” series to bring warmth and light to the season and to help us find ways to survive and thrive in the winter.
Winter Lights: a four part series for students, faculty and staff to help you survive and thrive in the cold dark days of winter.
Each session will have a different theme and will feature a speaker, a hands-on activity so you can bring something back with you, and a chance to brainstorm ideas of how to find light and joy in the winter. We will be collecting those ideas and sharing them here on the blog as the series progresses. Come a little early and we’ll have some cider and snacks for you to pick up on your way in!
All are welcome at these events, whether you can make it to only one event or to all four, we hope to see you there!
November’s event: Prepare for the winter days to come
At our first Winter Lights event, the theme is preparing for the winter days to come. Staff from CAPS will present on the mental and physical effects of shorter days and less daylight. They’ll talk about coping strategies and provide a light therapy demonstration. We will have an opportunity for everyone there to share their own favorite coping strategies and our activity will be making a lantern so you can bring some light home with you.
Winter Lights: Prepare for the winter days ahead
Thursday, November 8, 2018
O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library, room 108 (the “Leather Room”)
3:30 – 4:30 pm, light snacks starting at 3:15