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You are invited to the library’s online Poetry Reading!

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!

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National Library Week – April 19-26, 2020


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!

We invite you to visit the Library Week webpage often and enjoy Library Week!

Media/Music Collections, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Music & Media Collections Services Open Online

The Music and Media Collections of O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library is now closed physically but we still offer services needed while you study and work online!

Please contact us at any time and we will respond as soon as possible. Email us at: libmedia@stthomas.edu or by phone at 651-962-5447 (the phone message will be forward to our email, so please speak loud and clear). For more detailed questions, please contact the Head of the Music & Media Collections, Cindy Badilla-Melendez

Important FAQs:

How can I return DVDs and CDs?: You will not be able to return items physically to the collections until the library opens at a later unknown date. Do not put DVDs in drop box, they will break and would be your responsibility. Please contact Cindy Badilla-Melendez if you are leaving the city and not returning to campus.

Will I incur late fees when the library is closed?: Not at this time. We have extended the due dates of all the items that are currently checked out to patrons, while the Library is closed.

Can I put films on course reserves? We can no longer put physical titles on course reserve. However, faculty can still request streaming titles for class viewing. Contact Cindy, Head of the Department cbadillame@stthomas.edu

How can I replace this DVD/CD for streaming? Contact the Head of the Department immediately for possible options.

Faculty members, students, and staff can still access thousands of streaming titles for research, projects, and classes. We are happy to help you find what you are looking for!

Thank you for your patience!

Media/Music Collections, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

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.

 

 

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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.