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Australia on Video at UST


News of the devastating fires in Australia has been in our feeds for many weeks and while we can feel powerless to help, it is important to appreciate and learn about this fascinating country. Listed below are some thrilling titles from the Music and Media Collections.

Off the coast of Queensland is the Great Barrier Reef, the largest living structure on Earth stretching over 1,200 miles long. This feature length BBC program reveals its creation, its inner workings, and its complex relationship with its inhabitants and our changing world. QE 566 .G7 G7 2013 DVD

Discovery Channel’s Australia Revealed uses high-definition panoramic photography to capture the majesty of the continent. Told through stories of inhabitants, this extensive documentary shows the multitude of experiences people have with the untamed landscape. Russell Crowe narrates. DU 117 .A97 2007 DVD

For an epic yet close-up look of the Land Down Under, watch Australia’s First 4-Billion Years from Nova. Geologist Richard Smith leads the viewer on a journey of discovery, showing what prehistoric kangaroos, and crustaceans looked like and how asteroids shaped the land. Four hours of viewing! QE 340 .A97 2013 DVD

Oranges and Sunshine tells the story of real-life English social worker Margaret Humphreys who uncovered a scheme that forcibly relocated poor children from the UK to Australia and other Commonwealth countries, exposing them to hard labor and abuse. She reunited estranged families and brought worldwide attention to her cause. Emily Watson, Hugo Weaving, and David Wenham star in this powerful 2012 drama.  PN 1997 .O728 2012 DVD

Rabbit Proof Fence (2002) brings to life author Doris Pilkington’s book, telling her mother’s story when she was one of thousands of mixed-race Aboriginal children taken from their families and sent to camps in a deplorable effort to erase native peoples from Australia. Ranging in ages from 8 to 14, Pilkington’s mother Molly, her sister, and cousin made a nearly 1,000 mile-journey home on foot. Kenneth Branagh portrays A. O. Neville, the driving force behind the eradication of Aboriginal peoples in the 1930s. Music by Peter Gabriel. PR  9619.3 .P535 R3 2003 DVD

In The Dressmaker (2015), a woman accused of murder as a child (Kate Winslet) returns to her hometown seeking closure, ultimately exacting revenge on the townspeople. Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth, and Hugo Weaving costar in this remarkable adaptation of Rosalie Ham’s 2000 novel. PN 1997 .D753 2016 DVD

See WWI from a different perspective in 1915, a 6-hour mini-series from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. The drama follows two best friends as they face the horrors of war. PR9619.3.M2514 N5 2006 DVD

The Shiralee (1987) is a heartwarming tale of Mac, an itinerant rural worker who, due to marital strife, hits the road with his daughter Buster in tow. Life-or-death circumstances force Mac to make the most difficult decision he can imagine. This two-part drama brings D’Arcy Niland’s 1955 novel to life. PR 9619.3 .N534 S5 2008 vol. 1 and 2 DVD

Check out these quintessentially Australian dramas! In A Place to Call Home, nurse Sarah Adams returns home after spending two decades in Europe, forming a connection to the wealthy yet troubled Bligh family. Watch the complete series full of secrets, romance, and intrigue! PN 1997 .P538 2014 sea. 1 disc 1-2 DVD  Also, in the collections are all five seasons of The Dr. Blake Mysteries. Haunted by WWII, Dr. Lucian Blake, together with housekeeper Jean Beazley and his enthusiastic colleagues, solves Ballarat’s most tangled crimes. PN 1997 .D633 2015 sea. 1 disc 1-2 DVD

Stop by the Music and Media Collections to pick up any of these titles and more! We’re located in on the first floor of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library to the right of the Main Circulation desk.

By Sarah Pavey

Just for Fun, Media/Music Collections, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Christmas Videos

Are you excited to get into the holiday spirit after you’ve aced all your finals? The Music and Media Collections has some great Christmas titles for you!

Pick up It’s a Wonderful Life, the unforgettable 1946 classic staring James Stewart and Donna Reed. This Frank Capra film follows George Bailey, a small-town man with a big heart who rediscovers the power of friendship at the time when he needs it most.  PS 3537 .T453 .I7 2006 DVD

Joyeux Noel (Merry Christmas, 2006) tells the true story of Christmas on the battlefields of WWI. After nearly 5 months of fighting and several peace initiatives, allied and enemy forces called the Christmas Truce of 1914, coming together to share jokes and rations amid terrible war. PN 1997 .J69 2006 DVD

If you’re looking for a unique holiday title, check out Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, a one-act opera in which a young disabled boy tells tall tales. One night the Three Wise Men stop with the boy and his mother, bringing the gifts of healing and giving. M 1500 .M543 A4 2007 DVD

Catherine Deneuve leads an ensemble cast in Un conte de Noël (A Christmas Tale) about an iron-willed matriarch in need of a bone marrow transplant. Her dysfunctional family make the journey to healing a bumpy one. PN 1997 .C668 2009 DVD

‘Tis the season for murder in Hercule Poirot’s Christmas! This holiday special of beloved tv series Agatha Christie’s Poirot stars David Suchet as the celebrated Belgian detective who must spend his Christmas unraveling a twisted crime. PR 6005 .H66 H4 1996 DVD

Step back into the time of Charles Dickens with this definitive 1984 adaptation of Dicken’s beloved story, A Christmas Carol. Academy Award winner George C. Scott stars as Ebenezer Scrooge, a sad and miserly man who must learn from his past mistakes with the help of several ghosts. PR 4572 .C68 2009 DVD

All these titles and more can be found in the Music and Media Collections! We’re located in on the first floor of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library to the right of the Main Circulation desk.

By Sarah Pavey

News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Subjects/Topics

2019 Annual World Café posters in the library

photo of library stairwell with poster reading "Did you acknowledge your privilege today?"

the poster reads, “Did you acknowledge your privilege today?”

If you come into O’Shaughnessy-Frey library this week and head up the stairwell, you’ll see some new posters posing questions and potential answers around institutional and structural racism.  Those posters came out of the 2019 Annual World Café, a faculty-led event at which St. Thomas students from multiple disciplines came together for discussion in October.

The World Café model has been used at St. Thomas since 2012 to facilitate conversations around critical issues.  Each year, this interdisciplinary event involves large groups of students participating in faculty-facilitated dialogue as a way of gaining perspective from people with different viewpoints.  This year’s event covered issues related to structural, cultural, and institutional racism.  Students emerged from the discussion with questions and/or action steps regarding racial justice in our community.

The questions and action steps are posted in the main staircase of the library.  They are provocative and thought-provoking and intended to spark conversations. If you wish, please continue this conversation by sharing your thoughts on the rotunda whiteboard.

You can read more about the World Café dialogue model and last year’s program at St. Thomas in the article “The World Café: Promoting Interdisciplinary Dialogue on Global Health Issues” published in the Spring/Summer 2019 issue of Diversity & Democracy by Dr. Roxanne Prichard, Dr. Starr Sage, and Dr. Amy Finnegan.

Below is a selection of photos of the posters as well as a photos of the responses left on the whiteboard.   We will add more photos of responses as the conversation continues.

 

 

Mergent header
Charles J. Keffer Library, New Materials, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

New Database for Analyst Reports: Investext

After a successful trial, I am happy to announce that we have subscribed to the Investext database. Investext provides the full text of investment analyst reports from major investment banking firms, as well as company and industry reports from major business information providers. Analyst reports are used in the real world to inform security buyers’ purchasing decisions, and in educational settings, in accounting and finance classes to help inform company and industry financial research projects.

 

Investext is provided as an add-on to our existing Mergent Online subscription. There are a couple of ways to access the content. The first way is through a regular company record. To see this, open Mergent Online, then search for and open a company record. Within the record, got to Reports, then select Broker Research Reports.
Investext reports via company record
The second way to find the Investext content within Mergent Online is to login to the database, and look for the Investext tab at the far right side.
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Once in the database, pick a date range, and then use one or more criteria to search. Possible criteria include company name/ticker, country, keyword, industry, report style (company, industry, ESG report, etc.), contributor (i.e. brokerage house), among others. Pick one or more items in the Search Criteria section, hit the Submit button, then hit the View link to display your search results.

Investext search criteria

Examples:
  • I searched for “best buy” in company name for the last 90 days, and got a list of 129 results, including analyst reports, company, and industry reports.
  • I used the Industry criteria and used the included lookup list to select Consumer Cyclicals>Specialty Retailers>Computer & Electronics Retailers, also for the last 90 days. I found 1716 results.
For best results, combine multiple criteria to tune the results to a manageable number. Reports are provided in PDF format.
The vendor turned on our access early so that it can still be of use in financial/investment analysis projects here as we wrap up fall semester. Please take the database for a spin and send me any questions.

 

John Heintz, Business & Data Services Librarian, jpheintz@stthomas.edu, 651-962-4646.
Libraries, Media/Music Collections, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Services

Booking A Viewing/Listening Room in the Library

Do you and your classmates need to view a film that’s required for a course? Have you been assigned a group project connected with movies or music? Then it’s time to reserve a viewing room! In addition to individual viewing stations Music and Media Collections also offers two group viewing options that can be used during the Music and Media hours of operation.

Two to six students can use Media Viewing Room LIB 104C, located in Music and Media Collections. In this private space view/listening to DVDs, Blu-rays, CDs, or connect your laptop.

Up to 12 students can use Viewing Room LIB 109 to view DVDs, Blu-rays, or connect your laptop titles to the flat screen! Please note: No food or drink is allowed in the viewing rooms.

To book one of these rooms, got to OSF Library homepage and open the “Films” tab and select “Book A Media Viewing/Listening Room.” After selecting the date, duration, and the room you would like to reserve, log in with your UST email and password. Complete the booking details form and click “Submit my booking.” You will receive an automated email with your booking information. Visit the Music and Media Collections for more information! We’re located on the first floor of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library to the right of the Main Circulation desk.

BOOK HERE!

By Sarah Pavey

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!

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Winter Lights: Preparing for the Winter Days Ahead

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.

 

fun, Media/Music Collections, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Classic Horror Films in the Music & Media Collections


Bela Lugosi stars in the 1931 horror classic Dracula. It was the biggest box office smash from Universal in 1931, kickstarting the popularity of the sound era Universal Monsters. Also featured on the copy in our collection is the original Spanish Language film Drácula, which was filmed on the same set, starring Spanish, Mexican, Cuban, and Argentinian actors.

PS 3503 .A5515 D7 1999 DVD

For a different twist on the character of Dracula, watch Christopher Lee in the title role of the 1958 color adaptation, Horror of Dracula. Peter Cushing also stars, giving an iconic portrayal of vampire hunter Doctor Van Helsing.

PR 6037.T617 H6 2002 DVD

Also from Universal Classic Monsters franchise is Wolf Man: The Legacy Collection. This multi-disc set includes The Wolf Man (1941) starring Lon Chaney Jr., and its stellar predecessor Werewolf of London (1935), as well as She-Wolf of London (1946) and Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1942). All films use a variety of physical and special effects that were groundbreaking for their time.

PS 3537.I875 W6 2004 DVD

Currently reshaping the horror genre is Mexican director Guillermo del Toro, mastermind behind such films as Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone. He has been greatly influenced by Universal Monsters and other early horror classics, as well as literary works by the Brontë sisters. His Gothic romance Crimson Peak is rich in detail, expertly blending classic horror and Victorian drama.

PN 1997 .C755 2016 DVD

Early in del Toro’s career he directed Chronos, a Spanish language film about Jesús Gris, a man who discovers a mysterious mechanical object. As Jesús slowly becomes immortal, he must face the horror that comes with the gift of eternal life.

PN 1997 .C762 2010 DVD

On a lighter note, check out some comedy horror films! Tim Curry leads a striking ensemble cast including Susan Sarandon in the one of a kind cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show (1974). Richard O’Brien wrote and starred in this musical that parodies Frankenstein, classic horror, and Hollywood musicals. Jim Sharman directs.

PR 5397.F73 R6 2002 DVD

Mel Brooks’ unmissable classic Young Frankenstein will make you scream with laughter! Gene Wilder stars as Frederick “Fronkensteen” the grandson of the infamous Dr. Frankenstein who continues his experiments reanimating the dead. Filmed in black and white, this 1974 comedy lampoons the musicals of Fred Astaire and Universal Horror alike.

PR 5397.F73 F7 2006 DVD

Please stop by the Music and Media Collections to check out these titles and more! We’re located on the first floor of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library to the right of the Main Circulation desk.

By Sarah Pavey

illustration of red and orange flowers with the text "they tried to bury us they didnt know we were seeds - Mexican proverb"
Latin America, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Latinx Unidos display

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.

Two women stand in front of their book display titled "Latinx Unidos"

Jackie and Mirta in front of their book display

Hello, our names are Jackie and Mirta,
illustration of flowers in red and orange with the text "They tried to bury us they didn't know we were seeds"
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! 🙂


Book List:

Image credit: “They tried to bury us” image by Misha Zadeh, from amplifier.org in the Hear Our Voice exhibition.

Archbishop Ireland Library, Charles J. Keffer Library, English, Libraries, Media/Music Collections, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

American Plays

The Music and Media Collections at O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library has so many viewing categories to choose from! Be sure to visit us on the first floor and check out the many performances of classic American plays.

A Raisin in the Sun (1961) is the definitive adaptation of playwright Lorraine Hansberry’s powerful work, featuring the incomparable Sidney Poitier. A stellar cast (including Claudia McNeil) brings this drama to life in which an American family struggles against racism to achieve the American dream. This play is essential viewing.
PS 3515 .A515 R3 1999 DVD

Eugene O’Neill’s play Long Day’s Journey into Night (1962) follows the story of an American family torn apart by addiction and illness. It was the first film in history in which all four leading actors won Best Acting awards at the Cannes Film Festival. Katharine Hepburn, Sir Ralph Richardson, Jason Robards, Jr., and Dean Stockwell star.
PS 3529 .N5 L6 2004 DVD

Dustin Hoffman leads the cast of the 1985 adaptation of Arthur Miller’s play Death of a Salesman. The drama centers on a Willy Loman, a traveling salesman battling demons of the past. Our DVD copy contains a feature-length documentary that takes a close look at the collaboration between Hoffman, director Volker Schlöndorff, and Arthur Miller himself.
PS 3525 .I5156 D4 2002 DVD

 

Sarah Pavey