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!
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!).
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.
Throughout the centuries, writers and poets have described a phenomenon often referred to as the “winter blues.” People develop feelings of sadness, loss, and lethargy in the shorter, darker days of winter. They notice more tiredness, weight gain, and lack of interest in activities and social events.
However, some people experience a more exaggerated form of these symptoms. This condition is known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
The St. Thomas Libraries invite students, faculty, and staff to a cozy noon-hour virtual discussion, Wednesday, February 24, 2021. You’ll meet and hear our panelists: Max Crowder, Phil Imholte, and Matthew Mikesell – doctoral interns from Counseling and Psychological Services.
They’ll lead a discussion on Seasonal Affective Disorder, answer your questions, and offer some proven tips and strategies to help us all get a much needed Boost this Winter.
Be sure to REGISTER HERE. Bring any questions you may have as well as any tips that have worked for you!
P.S. You could win a door prize — and goodie bags for all!
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
Welcome to the Music and Media Collections of O’Shaughnessy Frey Library! Whether you are new to our campus or a returning member of our community, the Collections are open and available to all.
Our physical collections offer a variety of films. For casual viewing we have everything from Dead Poets SocietytoSleepy Hollow, Madmen toParasite. If you are searching for a film for class, we have many documentaries and educational films that covers the arts, sciences, and humanities.
If you have a specific film in mind, you can reserve it through CLICsearch to pick up at your convenience. You can also check out DVD drives to watch the film on your laptop! Of course, you are still free to browse physically, as long as you follow our COVID-19 policies, posted at the door to the Collections.
If you feel more comfortable with our online options, check out our Popular Movie Collections guide. This online source gives a brief explanation of some of our more popular online collections. With more than 16 streaming databases, there will always be something for you to watch! Our databases can be found on the library’s Film page, where you will find a description of what each database has to offer.
Of course we also provide music services here at the Collections, both physically and online. The library’s Music page lists all our audio resources, where you can find Music Research Databases, as well as streaming platforms for a range of genres.
Feel free to stop by whenever you have the chance. We are open every day of the week. To view the Collection’s hours, you can view the Library Hours and Information Page. You can also reach us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 651-962-5447. We look forward to hearing from you!
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.
Whether you are doing research for a class or just want to pass the time, you should reference one of the 300 databases that the library subscribes to. Within these databases, you have the choice between nearly 400,000 online books, 58,000 online journals, and more than 77,000 streaming audio and video titles. As a member of the St. Thomas community, you have access to all of these databases from home.
CLICsearch is the quickest way to search through most of our databases to find exactly what you are looking for. After searching for a title or topic, you can refine the results to show only online sources by checking “Available Online” on the left under “Show Only.”
If you know the database you are looking for, use the alphabetical list of our subscription databases. This list includes descriptions of the databases and lets you narrow down by subject or type of database using the drop-down list along the top of the list.
There are many online resources available to the St. Thomas community. (Infographic by Angie Vognild)
eBooks – 400,000 titles
We have a large collection of Ebooks that you can find through CLICsearch. Most of those books can be read in your browser without requiring you to install any software or sign up for any accounts.
Journals, Magazines, and Newspapers – 58,000 titles
To find a specific journal or magazine title, use our Journal Search in CLICsearch. After searching for the title, you will be shown a list of the different ways to access that title, most of which will be online.
Streaming Audio and Video – 77,000 titles
The Music & Media Collections house more than 70 thousand titles in streaming audio and video. Visit libguides.stthomas.edu to see all the databases you have access to.
The quickest way to search through most of our collection is with CLICsearch, our one-stop discovery tool that searches for books (including e-books), articles, videos, and more.