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.
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.
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.
During the month of February, the University Libraries will be offering trials of several databases, especially in the area of the health, nursing and psychotherapy. If you are working in these disciplines, take a look at these new resources and let us know if you would find them useful for your teaching and research.
CINAHL Complete – the definitive research tool for nursing and allied health professionals. With CINAHL Complete, users get fast and easy full-text access to top journals, evidence-based care sheets, quick lessons and more. Note, this is a more expansive collection than the CINAHL that the library currently subscribes to. (Through February 28.)
APA PsycTherapy – Streaming demonstration videos for teaching and learning psychotherapy techniques (Through March 5.)
Nursing & Allied Health Database – designed to support the teaching, learning, and research needs of nursing and allied health students and educators. Includes 360 full-length clinical skills videos. (Through March 5.)
LWW Nursing and Health Professions Premier Collection – Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins (a major publisher in health field) offers this collection of over 80 core nursing journals. Our trial will also include access to Emcare, a database of scholarly, peer-reviewed literature in nursing and allied health on the Ovid platform, with access to over 5 million records. (Through March 3.)
Library of Catholic Thought – The Library of Catholic Thought presents essential resources for studying the development of Catholic thought and theology, including works on the interaction between Catholicism and modern science, and on the history of Catholic moral theology. A key element of the Library is the new fully revised third edition of the Jerome Biblical Commentary, a 2 million-word project by leading Catholic biblical scholars that features a preface by Pope Francis and is digitally exclusive to the LOCT.
We will be providing trial access to one or two more databases during Trials Month and will alert faculty in the appropriate disciplines when these resources are available for review.
Want to find available statistics or data sets for your research or for your class to use in assignments?
Wondering what that Data Management Plan requirement in your federal grant application is all about?
Need some help strategizing how to keep your research data effectively organized and documented for your own sanity and for re-use in the future?
Want to figure out the best disciplinary or local repository to deposit your data?
Want to partner with a librarian on a systematic review?
We provide research data services in the Libraries with these issues and others in mind.
I am John Heintz, Business & Data Services Librarian. I’ve served the Economics and Business departments at the University for a number of years, and data issues in the Social Sciences are the ones I’m most familiar with. But, I’ve also done work supporting the digital humanities, have developed knowledge of research data management issues across disciplines, and have access to an outstanding local and international network of research data management experts we can tap into as needed. Several of our St. Thomas librarians are also trained in supporting systematic reviews and other forms of synthesizing research techniques.
Research Data Services we can provide include:
Data discovery: consult to find statistics and data sets from our library research databases and other data archives for your personal research or for classroom use
Research instruction and collaboration: classroom sessions, individual consultations, and web documentation to instruct students on finding and using data; partner with faculty on database selection, search strategy refinement, and processing of search results for systematic reviews
Research Data Management:
learn best practices to help organize to manage your data throughout its life cycle
develop codebooks and metadata to make your data discoverable and comprehensible
access templates and instructions to meet federal grantors and other funders’ data management plan (DMP) and open access (OA) requirements (think NSF, NIH, NEH, and other funders)
help selecting appropriate repositories to deposit and archive your data
As the University re-opens and people return to campus, we wanted to give everyone some information about what’s happening at the libraries and how things are a little different this Fall.
First, what hasn’t changed: we still have a robust set of resources (books, magazines, journals, datasets, films, and more) for you to use, and library staff are available to help you navigate, find, and use them. We are still here for you!
There are some changes, though, to keep you and our community as safe as possible during this pandemic. Our short video (3 min) goes through a lot of the changes, or read on for more details.
Libraries in the time of COVID
So what changes will you see in the libraries? (Note that these may change as the situation and pandemic and Department of Health dictate. Make sure to check our website for the most up to date information).
Masks, hand sanitizing stations, and work space sanitizing stations:
Masks are required to be worn in the libraries (as they are everywhere on campus).
If you are eating or drinking in the library, we ask that you have your mask covering your face whenever you are not actively eating.
We have hand and work sanitizing stations throughout the library. Please wipe down spaces before and after using them.
Research help is available online:
Our librarians love working with you to help you find and use our resources, but because our work is often in-depth, it isn’t safe to do it in person.
Pawprints on the floor in front of Stacks Café show you where to line up
You’ll see the familiar Tommie pawprint stickers on the floor in front of our desks and the Stacks Café to help you line up at a safe distance.
Spaces and furniture:
We will notice that we have moved furniture to be in alignment with our Common Good Occupancy, please do not move furniture from where it is. Rest assured that we still have many spaces available for study:
Spaces for online class participation: You are welcome to participate in your online classes in the library on the Lower Level, Sub Level and 1st floor, or in a reserved study room. You will need to use your own headphones/microphone, and keep your voice to a low level to avoid disturbing others.
Spaces for quiet study: The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors are reserved for quiet study. Please make sure you have headphones if you are listening to audio on your computer.
Study Rooms: NOTE: Effective Monday, November 23, all study rooms in the OSF Library are closed until further notice due to continued noncompliance with the university’s face covering policy.
Our study rooms in Keffer and Ireland libraries will be available to be reserved online. We are building in a 30 minute cushion between reservations to allow the space to air out. Most rooms are now single occupancy.
The study space on 2nd floor of OSF has tables and chairs spaced out for safety.
Books, Journals, DVDs, and other materials:
You can check out our books and materials just like before. You can request books from other libraries using CLIC request and Interlibrary Loan.
We are following recommendations that come from studies done by the REALM project on safe handling of library materials. Most books and other materials are quarantined for 72 hours. Glossy materials such as magazines, coffee table books and children’s board books will be quarantined for 96 hours.
What this means to you: You may notice delays in getting materials, especially if you request them from another library or if they were recently returned or received.
Technology in the library:
ITS has removed shared computers on campus including the lab computers in the library. We do have printing available and two computers to use to print documents.
We are not circulating headphones, cords, or lockers.
What this means to you: Bring your own device and headphones (if you’ll be listening to audio). Consider setting up Follow Me printing so that you can print to any printer from your laptop.
Alumni and Guests:
Alumni and guests are welcome in the library and can use and check out materials if they have a card. Because we do not have shared computers, we are unable to offer access to our electronic resources.
As part of the university’s COVID-19 Preparedness Plan, the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library will begin to reopen this week. Taking a phased approach, the library will be following Level One reopen criteria, which consists of mask use, hand sanitization and disinfecting stations being installed, appropriate signage for physical distancing, plexiglass barriers, and card-access building control. All plans are contingent on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Minnesota Department of Health.
For the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Level One means only the first floor will be open for students, faculty, and staff. Computers, printers, and copiers will not be available for use, but various study tables, reference books, reserves, and requested-item pickup will be.
At this time, we are unable to provide in-person reference or technical help. As the university transitions to Level Two criteria, we expect to open more services.
The O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about library services during COVID-19, check out our guide here and read more about the library reopening here.
You are cordially invited to the library’s April Poetry Reading – and you may enjoy this event from the comfort of your own place! Wherever you may be, we send you our wishes that things are going well for you with this selection of favorite poems shared by members of the St. Thomas community.
For 20 years the library hosted Poetry on the Patio during April – Poetry Month – outside on the library patio in late April. Only a few times did we need to move it inside the library due to cold or rainy weather.
Now, during this time of social distancing, several members of the St. Thomas Community have recorded themselves reading their favorite poems for “Poetry On Your Patio.” Thank you very much for tuning in – the link to the event here!
It’s time to Celebrate National Library Week! You’re invited to have some fun each day from your place. You’ll find the ever-popular annual Online Trivia Contest to play each day; Jigsaw Puzzles to solve online; Historic and Artistic pages to color; a Bingo card to complete while learning about the many services offered online by the library!
Check out the latest from our Music and Media Resources Collection and how we can help you make it through these days at home – and more!