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Archbishop Ireland Library, Charles J. Keffer Library, Libraries, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Welcome back to the Library!

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.

Clear markers of where to line up and stand:

photo in front of Stacks Cafe showing stickers on the floor indicating where to stand

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.

    photo of study area on 2nd floor of OSF library. Tables and chairs are spaced out for safety

    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.

 

 

Tommie Mascot reading a book in the O'Shaughnessy-Room
News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Library Reopening: What you need to know

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.

CLICsearch, Libraries

EBooks, newspapers, journals, video, and audio available online through St. Thomas Libraries

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.

Read more about our online databases here.

An infographic describing the types of online resources such as ebooks, newspapers, journals, and streaming media

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.

CLICsearch

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.

(Article and infographic by Angie Vognild)

Libraries, Media/Music Collections

Explore Digitalia Film Library


It’s a great time to explore Digitalia Film Library, a streaming video database that offers a wide selection of multilingual and multi-national titles!
This collection of films and documentaries from Europe, North America, and Latin America features diverse subject areas in the arts, history, anthropology, nature, health, and so much more! Search by feature films and documentaries, check out new content, or search by genre from comedy and musicals, to drama and action. In addition to films, Digitalia also offers television shows and silent films. Try out one of these exciting selections!

Tercer Mundo (Third World) is a Chilean film from director César Caro Cruz. Part comedy, part science fiction, this film follows three twenty-somethings, discontented with their lives, who encounter a mystifying eclipse, a beautiful amulet, and maybe the end of the world.

Chagall – Malevich is a partly fictional biography of the Russian painter Marc Chagall told in the style of a folklore ballad. The colorful story depicts Chagall’s time in Vitebskin (Vitebsk, Russia) from 1917-18 when he formed the Academy of Modern Art and often clashed artistically with avant-garde artist and teacher Kazimir Malevich.

Witty and fast-paced, Carmo, Hit the Road is a drama and romance that tells the story a young woman tired of being stuck in the same old town. After rescuing a handicapped Spanish smuggler, she joins him on a reckless journey through Brazil.

Tuaregs: The Warriors of the Dunes is a fascinating documentary about a group of nomadic people lead by women who brave a treacherous life in the Sahara desert. Often referred to as the “Blue Men”, this term is derived from the indigo they use to dye their veils, which also stains their skin. They live lives without borders, governed by values of honor and hospitality, and lead their salt caravans through the Tenere, also called the “Anvil of the Sun”.

Galicia and Portugal are two territories with a common goal: to utilize the communal, uncultivated woodland to generate economic, environmental, and social wealth for their villages. Using luminous footage of the landscape, En todas as mans (In Everyone’s Hands) is a documentary that examines the real struggle the inhabitants of these territories face.

The eclectic documentary Cravan vs Cravan tells the story of Oscar Wilde’s nephew Arthur Cravan who disappeared in 1918 without a trace. Director Frank Nicotra, also a boxer and artist like Cravan himself, investigates the poet’s mysterious disappearance. He travels to Switzerland, Mexico, Paris, London, and Barcelona, visiting the worlds of boxing, art, and society intrigue to discover more about who Arthur Cravan was.

By Sarah Pavey

Just for Fun, Libraries, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

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!

Just for Fun, Libraries, News & Events

Library invites poetry readers!

Hello St. Thomas Community!

The Library invites you to record yourself reading one of your favorite poems – then send it to us, and we’ll share it online in celebration of April Poetry Month!

You may be familiar with our library’s past Poetry on the Patio events – held each spring over a span of 20 years, with the final event in April, 2018.  When you have a chance, take a look and you can see each of those year’s reading program and accompanying video

We’d love to hear your readings, but online this time!

If you would be willing to participate please rsvp to jakimlinger@stthomas.edu soon – she will get back to you with details on what to include in your video.  You may use YouTube or Panopto to make your recording.  We’re hoping to receive your readings no later than Thursday, April 23 so please get in touch with Julie asap!

Thank you so much for considering doing this!

Libraries, Library Week, Media/Music Collections, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Services, Special Collections and Archives

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!

Libraries, News & Events

LibKey Nomad: Get to the Full-Text Faster!

Have you ever found an article citation in Google Scholar or *gasp* Wikipedia, and wondered if the library had full-text access? Or perhaps a publisher has sent you links to some articles hot off the press and you just really wish you didn’t have to search for them via the library site to see if we have access? Great news–the St. Thomas Libraries have begun using a new tool called LibKey Nomad. And now that many of us find ourselves working from home, LibKey Nomad will make connecting to full-text access provided by the Libraries even easier!

LibKey Nomad is a browser add-on for Chrome that facilitates access to articles available from St. Thomas Libraries’ subscriptions without needing to go to the library website.  It’s like a shortcut to our GET IT service. And because it is a browser tool, you will know if an article is available before you have to log in to your University of St. Thomas library account. LibKey Nomad is currently only available for Chrome.

To start using LibKey Nomad, you will need to add the extension from the Chrome Web Store. Detailed instructions about installing LibKey Nomad and using it can be found in our LibKey Nomad library guide.

Questions? Please contact Research & Instruction Librarian, Karen Brunner (brun4952@stthomas.edu).

Database Highlights & Trials, Libraries, Science

JoVE Offers FREE Access through June 15

In response to the significant impact COVID-19 is having on the educational community, JoVE is providing FREE access to their STEM education video library collection through June 15. While this access does not include all of JoVE’s content, it does include access to the following:

  • JoVE Core – a video textbook that isolates and visually presents core concepts in Biology and Social Psychology to improve learning comprehension.
  • JoVE Science Education – a collection of simple, easy-to-understand video demonstrations in eight STEM fields
  • Lab Manual – comprehensive, curriculum focused videos for introductory biology lab courses

In order to obtain access, you must use your St. Thomas email address to create an individual JoVE account. Go to https://www.jove.com/ and click the “Log In” link at the top of the page and then hit the “Sign Up” button that is provided. From there you can save the login/password info to your browser or simply re-enter when returning to the JoVE site.

This free access is open to all St. Thomas students, faculty, and staff. Please contact Research & Instruction Librarian, Karen Brunner (brun4952@stthomas.edu), with any questions.