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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.

 

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New! Text shortcodes

This semester we have implemented text shortcodes to help you connect to the library from your phone. Now you can use shortcodes to find hours, reserve a room, renew materials and report any issues within the library, or text with a librarian about your library questions. By using these shortcodes you can quickly get information about the library to your phone.

Text the library at (651) 504-1324 using these shortcodes:

  • HOURS for a link to library hours
  • GROUPSTUDY for a link to reserve a group room online
  • RENEW for a link to renew your checked-out items
  • REPORT for information on reporting an issue in the library (clean up, noise, something is broken, etc)

You can also text any reference questions to (651) 504-1324 and a librarian will get back to you during reference hours.

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One Literature Database Trial

The UST Libraries have a 30-day trial for ProqQest’s One Literature (an upgrade of LION).
To access this trial, go to: https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.stthomas.edu/pq1lit?accountid=14756

“Developed in collaboration with faculty, scholars and librarians, ProQuest One Literature is the largest literature collection ever assembled, giving researchers access to millions of authoritative sources to meet their literary needs.”
Please explore the database and send me questions, comments, endorsements, etc. Talia Nadir, English Liaison. trnadir@stthomas.edu

Database Highlights & Trials, Libraries, Media/Music Collections, News & Events

Student Success Video Series in Academic Video Online

Going to university is an exciting and challenging experience. While classes teach us so much, it is important to seek guidance from other sources too. Based on the Cognella book series, the videos in the Student Success Video Series can help! Learn about a variety of life skills for independence and teamwork, including time management, communication, test taking, health, budgeting, and much more. These video guides feature advice from experts in education, mental health, and finance. Listed below are just some of the many videos included in this series.

A Student’s Guide to Communication and Self-Presentation is a great resource for being an effective communicator. The video addresses components of communication such as body language, written communication, tone of message, and word-choice. Learn about the importance of communication during and after higher education as you pursue a career, and how to navigate professional surroundings with social and networking skills.

A Student’s Guide to Stress Management explains what stress is, why we need it for motivation and success, and how to recognize when stress levels are too high. This video is invaluable when it comes to managing your response to stress and finding effective ways of approaching stressful situations.

Whether you’re a freshman new to everything or a seasoned senior ready to take on the world, you should watch A Student’s Guide to a Meaningful Career. In this video, you’ll learn how to find a career path right for you. While many other videos and programs look at career seeking through your degree, this video helps you discover how you can use your unique skills and personal goals to make an impact on the world around you.

Remember to check out the 20,000 + physical titles available from the Music and Media Collections! We’re located on the first floor of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library to the right of the Main Circulation desk.

By Sarah Pavey

Photo of a laptop screen displaying an online survey. Text on the photo reads "research practices survey, for first-year students"
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Research Practices Survey

This fall, the University libraries are participating in a nation-wide survey of first-year college students.  The Research Practices Survey provides insight into the perceptions and experiences of students around library research before they start college.  We plan to use the results of this survey to help us better understand which aspects of the research process to focus on in our teaching and outreach, as well as in our planning for supporting the new curriculum.  The Research Practices Survey is administered through the HEDS consortium (Higher Education Data Sharing consortium).

We encourage all first-year students to participate and help us create the best library instruction program we can.  All first-year students should have received an email with a link to the survey from the email address UniversityofStThomas@hedsconsortium.org.  The survey will run through September 25, 2019.  If you have any questions about the Research Practices Survey, please send them to Ann Zawistoski.

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Destination Moon (Music and Media Collections)

July 22, 2019 arked the 50th anniversary of the United States moon landing. Celebrate the event this by watching fascinating archival footage on one of the many streaming services provided by the Music and Media Collections!

First Man on the Moon is a 2014 feature length documentary that takes a close look at Neil Armstrong’s remarkable life story and his journey to the Apollo 11 mission. Enjoy stunning archival footage and informative interviews as you learn more about his achievements and legacy.

If you’re looking for a retrospective, Apollo 11: The First Moon Landing is the documentary for you. While only 45-minutes long, the production takes you from launch, to moonwalk, to splashdown, and beyond. Jane Pauley hosts this NBC News Time Capsule documentary special.

Watch what 1 billion people watched live in 1969! From the NASA Video Collection, here are mankind’s first steps on the lunar surface. Continue watching for more footage of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin as they explore the moon and return to Earth.

To see what people 100 years ago thought a moon landing would be like, watch these classic silent films!
A Trip to the Moon (Le Voyage dans la Lune). Directed by Georges Méliès, this 1902 silent short was based on Jules Verne’s novel From the Earth to the Moon. Astronomers travel to the moon and encounter underground lunar inhabitants.

Fritz Lang’s 1929 film Woman in the Moon takes a less fanciful approach. The story is set in a world where space travel is motivated by an entrepreneur’s theory that there is gold on the moon.
PT 2615 .A62 F7 2004 DVD

Also available is the 2016 blockbuster Hidden Figures that tells the true story of the women who made the moon landing possible with their contributions to the space race. Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe star in this landmark film about women in science!
PN 199 .H532 2017 DVD

For more science and history, check out Episode 4 of the BBC documentary series The Planets. The 50-minute episode examines our journey from the space race to what we learned from the surface of the moon.
QB601 .P53 2000 v. 2 DVD

Stop by the Music and Media Collections to check out these titles and more! We’re located to the far right of main circulation desk at the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library.

By Sarah Pavey

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

Comedy, Music, and Improvisation! Noonartsound in the Library, May 7

Noon to 1pm    Tuesday, May 7, 2019     O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Room 108    University of St. Thomas

This final presentation of the 2018-2019 noonartsound series, Let’s Play! Comedy, Music, and Improvisation, will focus on the concept of improvisation in daily life and its importance as an agility-based life skill. Interactive exercises along with musical demonstrations will be featured!   Free and open to all, we hope you will join us!

About our presenters:

Since 1984, Dr Chris Kachian has directed one of the largest guitar programs in the USA at the University of St Thomas where he is professor of music. He has lectured in music of Europe, the Americas, the Twentieth-Century, the World, the United States, Film, Protest, Mathematics, and Guitar Pedagogy and Guitar Literature. He is also head of the UST Music Business, Recording Arts, and the Popular Music degrees. 2001 – 2005, he became the Director of Guitar Studies for MMTA for whom he lead – authored and edited the nation’s first comprehensive, multi-genre guitar pedagogy syllabus. In 2011, he wrote the film score for Per Bianca, which won Best Film at the Minnesota 48-Hour Film Festival and won a screening at the Cannes Film Festival. Dr. Kachian is concert touring this summer to Sweden, Greece, Israel, Jordan and Italy.

Professor Bernard Armada came to St. Thomas in 1997 and teaches rhetoric, public speaking, and argumentation in the Department of Communication and Journalism. He has studied and performed sketch comedy, improvisation, and music around the Twin Cities for over fifteen years. He is a staunch believer that the fundamental principles of improv can greatly improve people’s personal and professional lives.

Libraries, Media/Music Collections, News & Events

New Database: Film Platform


FILM PLATFORM serves as a bridge between academia and documentary film, bringing students and professors the most relevant and highly regarded films from the festival circuit. The collection is curated by film experts and leading academics to showcase critically-acclaimed documentaries of social, political and cultural importance, and the catalogue is continually growing.

  • Human Rights
  • Legal Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Arts and Culture
  • Jewish Studies
  • Urban Studies and Architecture
  • Politics
  • Asian Studies
  • Israel/Palestine Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • LGBT Studies
  • Technology
  • Psychology
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Happy National Library Week!

Happy National Library Week!

This week, April 7-13, 2019 is National Library Week, a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support.  This year’s theme is Libraries = Strong Communities

Want to celebrate with us?  The University libraries have events all week long:

National Library Week poster with events listed for each day

Check out our Library Week page for details on all the events.

Online Trivia Contest:

New trivia questions posted each day!

Books Sales:

Both O’Shaughnessy-Frey and Ireland libraries will be having their annual book sale, featuring donated and withdrawn material.

This year, Fallon Advertising Agency donated their entire print library.  This includes hundreds of beautiful art and photography books and other books for visual inspiration.  Do not miss this!

  • O’Shaughnessy-Frey book sale: Monday – Friday, noon – 6 pm, OSF 108
  • Ireland Library book sale and silent auction: Monday – Friday, normal business hours, in the reference room.

Other Celebrations:

Saturday, April 6:

  • Game night at Ireland library, 6 – 9 pm

Monday, April 8:

  • Find librarians and donut holes at the CSA (1st floor Murray-Herrick) where you can ask for advice on holes in your research.
  • Find librarians at a pop-up at ASC Dorsey Way

Tuesday, April 9:

  • Music and Media open house in the OSF rotunda, 9 am – 3 pm
  • Cadenza Mini-concert in the OSF rotunda, 12:30 pm

Wednesday, April 10:

  • Japanese book binding demonstration, OSF 302, 10 – 11 am
  • Author event: Scott Wright reads from his book, “Windows: Japan and the U.S. in the 1980s.”

Thursday, April 11:

  • Mini-golf in the Minneapolis Skyway between Keffer and Schoenecker libraries
  • Late Night Scavenger Hunt, in OSF library, 10:30 pm.  Preregistration requested.