We’re so excited to see people back on campus and to welcome you all back to the library.
Join us Sept. 7 – 10 for Welcome Week in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library. Stop by the Welcome Desk in the front entryway of the library (there will be balloons) to say hi.
What is happening during Welcome Week?
Tuesday, September 7:
- Get a tour of the library
1:00 and 3:00 pm, meet by the welcome desk.
- Free coffee in the morning! While supplies last
- Library Scavenger Hunt, pick up a scavenger hunt page. Return your completed page by Friday and be entered to win our prize. Feel free to work with friends!
- Have questions about the library? Ask us!
- Pick up hand-outs and other fun treats!
Among the many notable media streaming platforms offered by the Music and Media Collections, Swank is one that stands out from the rest. The streaming platform Swank offers a diverse collection of films to watch all online. With the pandemic still prevalent, many people prefer to stay at home opposed to running the risk of contracting the virus by being in public spaces. Swank provides easy online access to films so those who would prefer to stay home safe away from the virus can still enjoy quality films through the Music and Media Collection’s online streaming platform. Through Swank, the Music and Media Collections has selected many incredible films to watch which would include the following:
BlacKkKlansman recaptures the events of the true story of an African American police officer named Ron Stallworth who successfully manages to infiltrate a local Ku Klux Klan branch. With the help of his Jewish proxy, Stallworth works to undermine the organization from within in this comedic, yet suspenseful, Spike Lee film.
A Star is Born is the story of a seasoned musician named Jackson Maine who discovers a struggling artist named Ally. Their relationship blossoms as they begin to for one another while Ally’s music career begins to take off. However, their relationship begins to wane as Maine continues to struggle with his internal demons.
1917 is a retelling of the real-life story of a WW1 soldier assigned to carry out a mission which leads him on a perilous journey across war-torn France. The film is shot to look as if it was done in a single take which enhances the suspense and draws the audience further into the dangerous mission taken on by Lance Corporal Schofield.
12 Angry Men follows the closing arguments of a murder trial where all 12 jurors must come to the unanimous decision to sentence an inner-city teen to death. However, throughout the deliberation, one juror in particular sheds some doubt on elements of the case which inevitably leads to considerable and escalating debates amongst all the other jurors.
By Sean Neeser
Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean there aren’t big changes coming down the pike. Over the course of the summer of 2021, the St. Thomas libraries are migrating from the CLIC library consortium to the MnPALS library consortium. MnPALS is a larger consortium with nearly sixty libraries across the state, including the State University system, community colleges, government agency libraries, private colleges, and special libraries.
What will this mean for the St. Thomas community? Since the MnPALS libraries are using the same library system that we currently use, there will be little change for St. Thomas users following our move. But one noticeable difference will be the library search, currently called “CLICSearch,” will be renamed “LibrarySearch” on July 7th.
LibrarySearch will look and function the same as CLICsearch; in fact, you might not even notice the change. But as you search you will find content from a larger group of libraries represented in your search results, making it easier to find and request materials from other libraries.
If you have any questions, please be sure to contact your library staff.
The Dust Bowl in the 1930’s. Twin sister runaways from a small southern black community exploring their racial identities. An impending catastrophe in the 1950’s: can it be thwarted by a woman astronaut? The making of a classic movie. A murder mystery in Cádiz intertwined with the Peninsular War between the French and Spanish in 1811. Cookie recipes. A memoir of a lifelong fight against racism in housing and gentrification. A novel about passion, desire, grief, determination, and finding one’s way.
Intrigued? These titles and more are described in the 2021 edition of the Libraries’ summer reading list. This is (at least) the 15th edition of the library staff’s annual list. We hope you find it enjoyable and that it helps inspire your vacation reading interests. Remember also the Leisure Reading collections, browsable in person at the OSF and Keffer Libraries.
Have you ever wondered how filmmakers create amazing imagery? The art of making films—of getting the perfect framing of the action—is called cinematography, and it’s an essential part of the visuals that make up a good movie.
Great cinematography comes in many forms, whether it be the back-and-forth shots of an intense conversation or long shots where the camera follows actors through an entire scene. Other important aspects of cinematography include the composition (how much space a given element takes in the frame), the focus (what is clear and crisp), and the color.
Not sure where to start?
Some amazing examples of great cinematography available in the Music & Media Collections or through our streaming services include:
Citizen Kane (also available on streaming) is a breakthrough film—it established many essentials of cinematography still in use today, such as the use of angles and shadows.
Wondrous combinations of bright colors saturate The Fall, where the story delves into surreal imagery as reality and fantasy blur.
The lack of color is just as impactful as its presence, and Roma’s beautiful black and white cinematography lingers in the long shot.
Fast-paced martial arts meet sweeping views of the Chinese landscape in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
Pan’s Labyrinth (also available on streaming), a historical-fantasy film set during the Spanish Civil War, plays with light and shadow as the main character escapes into a fantasy world.
By Jayde Hoppe
A film of the St. Thomas campus from 1924. An audio recording of a commencement address given by Hubert Humphrey. Footage of early television episodes produced by St. Thomas. These are just a few of the many audio-visual treasures saved as a part of the University Archives’ audio and visual collections.
Audio–visual materials present unique challenges to archivists to preserve and make available over time. The devices required for playback for some recordings become obsolete (for example: reel-to-reel audiotape players and VCRs). Additionally, the chemical composition of the physical media on which they are stored (motion picture film, audio and video tape) may deteriorate resulting in loss of the recording. The conversion to and maintenance of digital format is the only way to ensure that these recordings can be preserved over time. The University Archives has undertaken several projects to reformat some of our most at risk materials to a digital format. But up to now, visitors and researchers have still been required to come to our physical reading room to view/listen to these recordings stored on DVDs and hard drives.
In 2019, the Libraries began the search to find a solution to make our audio-visual collection more readily available to users and to help ensure their preservation for the future. Our investigation led us to the Elevator media asset management software (developed by the University of Minnesota). In addition to making the collections viewable to users via the web, the software automatically allows for the conversion from a digital file’s original format to the most current standard.
In the Spring of 2020, a pilot project to describe and ingest a collection of previously reformatted and born-digital recordings into Elevator was initiated. The results of this project can now be seen in the University Archives Audio Visual Collection ( https://elevator.stthomas.edu/ ). This collection contains over 150 films, speeches and musical recordings from our holdings.
Currently, we are working on new projects relating to the Archives holdings from the Athletics Department. We hope to partner with other departments on campus to bring their media files to a larger audience in the future. Check back soon to view what is new!
You’re invited to celebrate with us! It’s National Library Week and we hope you’ll enjoy the activities and featured services – the ever-popular Online Trivia Contest; Online Bingo, Coloring Pages, and Jigsaw Puzzles; Music and Media offerings; learn about our new Peer Research Assistants; and a special noon hour session with CAPS doctoral interns on Wednesday, April 7 on the Power of Sleep – REGISTER HERE to receive the Zoom link.
Look for our purple library tent during the week (Tuesday, April 6 through Friday, April 9) and stop by to pick up a goodie bag and ask anything you’d like! We’re here to help and want you to have a great end-of-semester — and a fun Library Week!
For more information about the April 7 Power of Sleep conversation with the interns, please read here!
About National Library Week:
The American Library Association in conjunction with the National Book Committee sponsored the first National Library Week in 1958 as a response to a 1957 survey that found that only 17% of Americans were currently reading a book. National Library Week continues as an annual event that promotes libraries of all types across the United States.
Libraries continue to grow beyond their original perception as repositories of books and computer banks to their current position as recognized community and cultural centers that promote learning and social connection. Libraries are often seen as the heart of their community, whether it’s a small town, a city, or a university campus.
During the pandemic, library workers adapted resources and services to meet their users’ needs during these challenging times. Whether people visit in person or virtually, libraries offer endless opportunities to transform lives through education and lifelong learning.
We hope you all have a fun and safe upcoming Spring Break! But upon your return, you may discover that you feel more pressure than ever to get your projects and assignments completed – finals and other end-of-semester due dates are not far away! You may be tempted to try to go without sleep to get everything done.
Please plan to join us on Wednesday, April 7 from Noon to 1pm and hear many reasons why that is not a good idea and how sleep is an essential strategy for your success. This timely session on the Power of Sleep presented by doctoral interns from CAPS – Max Mikesell, Max Crowder, and Phil Imholte – is intended to give you the encouragement and boost you need to finish strong this semester!
As explained by Max: “Sleep is an essential function that allows your body and mind to recharge, leaving you refreshed and alert when you wake up. Although getting a good night’s sleep is essential, it isn’t always easy – academic and work schedules, day-to-day stressors, a disruptive bedroom environment, and medical conditions can all prevent us from getting enough sleep.”
We know you want to have success in your work and we are here to help. Please join the doctoral interns for a conversation on the power of sleep as well as tips and tricks to help you sleep better!
REGISTER HERE for the Zoom link. The first 25 people to sign up will receive treat baggies, and all who attend will be entered for a chance to win the door prize!
We look forward to seeing you on April 7 at noon!
In honor of Women’s History Month, the Music & Media Collections has a new display right outside our door. We are located on the first floor of O’Shaughnessy Frey Library in room 104A. All these films center around the stories of women and the efforts of women filmmakers, and they can be found on our shelves or are available through our online streaming services found on the Library Films Page.
Check out The Color Purple—the 1985 film based on the novel of the same name by Alice Walker. The film follows the life of Celia, an African American woman in early 1900s Georgia.
The newest adaption of Little Women hit our shelves last year. Greta Gerwig wrote and directed this version.
The Joy Luck Club chronicles the relationships between Chinese-immigrant mothers and their American born daughters.
If you like the works of Ava DuVernay, the producer/director of Selma, check out I Will Follow which is her first feature film.
Roma, the Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Drama and best Cinematography, centers around the year in the life of Cleo Gutiérrez, a maid for a Mexican middle-class family in the 1970s.
The biographical legal drama, Erin Brockovich, follows the woman of the same name as she works to uncover what exactly a California power company is doing to a town’s water supply.
If you’re looking for some comedy, check out Clueless or Nine to Five. Clueless remixes Jane Austen’s Emma into the 1990s high school experience, and Nine to Five which features women getting revenge on their sexist boss. (And includes a great song sung by Dolly Parton too!).
By Jayde Hoppe
The University Libraries are excited to announce our new Peer Research Assistants program. Our Assistants are undergraduate students who have been trained in library research strategies and techniques as well as library resources and services.
The Assistants are located at the east side of the Tech & Research Desk in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey library – look for the whiteboard and lights. They are available for drop-in research help Monday – Friday 10 am – 6pm (5 pm on Fridays). We’re planning on extending those hours soon.
Wondering what kinds of help you can get from a Peer Research Assistant? We asked Josie Morss, one of our PRAs, to fill you in:
For much of my shift I spend most of my time sitting. I never turn down a good ol sit, but revel in the exercise of brain power and properly stretching my legs. Before you walk past me next time consider me the person with answers – or the person that will lead you on the path toward them.
Feel free to poke my brain about any of the following:
A CLICsearch driver
CLICsearch is a resource that helps you find all the library’s treasures. The books. The articles. The videos. And more. It’s a user-friendly tool that makes finding books, articles, and reviews so much easier. You’re given a golden opportunity to master this site on your own time. If you’re not into mastery though, worry not because myself and the rest of the Peer Research Assistant folks are embarking on our black belt mastery skills. If you don’t want to find it – we can.
Research & Librarian Guides
College research projects are hard work. They require tons of time, extreme effort, and meticulous planning. The hardest part though is usually figuring out where to start. I could certainly give you the highlight reel of the library guides based on what’s beneficial for you. The databases could be of help in the wake of such a project, but if hungry for more knowledge I could definitely slide over a business card of our subject librarians – who specialize in different fields – and who would love nothing more than to help you dive deeper into learning.
I’m no computer wiz, but when our tech experts are off-duty or helping someone else, I’m the inevitable stand in. Computers are confusing and the printing process doesn’t make it any easier. If you find yourself getting in fights with our sometimes uncooperative technology. Give me a holler and I’ll be sure to ease your frustrations with a friendly introduction to print.stthomas.edu and it’s army of printers.
The Human Map
If you’re directionally challenged, like me, eagerly attempting to locate a bathroom, or on the hunt for a building you’ve never explored look no further than to me. I’m able to point you in the right direction (most of the time). If you come to me in search of a bathroom I’d tell you that every floor in O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library is graced by its presence, except the main floor. If confused on how to find a specific building, I will be sure to nudge you in the right direction. Just like Dora’s close friend the map – I will help get you where you need to go.