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News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Welcome Week at the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Welcome back!

We’re so excited to see people back on campus and to welcome you all back to the library.

Join us Sept. 7 – 10 for Welcome Week in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library. Stop by the Welcome Desk in the front entryway of the library (there will be balloons) to say hi.

What is happening during Welcome Week?

Tuesday, September 7:

  • Get a tour of the library
    1:00 and 3:00 pm, meet by the welcome desk.

All week:

  • Free coffee in the morning! While supplies last
  • Library Scavenger Hunt, pick up a scavenger hunt page. Return your completed page by Friday and be entered to win our prize. Feel free to work with friends!
  • Have questions about the library? Ask us!
  • Pick up hand-outs and other fun treats!

A student gets assistance at the Tech and Research Help Desk in the O'Shaughnessy Frey Library Center in St. Paul.
News & Events

Student jobs in the library fall 2021: Peer Research Assistant, Web Developer, and Marketing and Communications

The library is anything but quiet when it comes to assisting others! Therefore, the St. Thomas Libraries is looking for students motivated to enhance and provide access to our services and resources for the St. Thomas community.

We are currently hiring students to fill research assistant, web developer, and marketing and communications positions. Apply via the St. Thomas Human Resources Student Employment website.

Library Peer Research Assistant

Are you the type of person who loves tracking things down on the internet? Do you like hearing about a wide range of research topics and helping to figure out what information is out there? If so, this would be a great job for you.

View posting for Library Peer Research Assistant

Web Application Development Student Assistant

Are you a computer science student? Do you want to work on front and back-end web development using JavaScript, CSS, Node.js, and Amazon Web Services? Library Digital Services is seeking student applicants who understand the basics of web design but want to bring their skills to the next level with cloud-based web applications.

View posting for Library Web Application Developer

Marketing and Communications Student Assistant

Create digital marketing campaigns just like this one! We got your attention, now help us get the word out! Spread the word about library services and events by being a Marketing and Communications Student Assistant for the St. Thomas Libraries. Create graphics, digital posters, videos, blog posts, and more.

View posting for Library Marketing and Communications

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News & Events

Provide feedback on new My Library site

Help design your personalized library experience!

Over the summer the St. Thomas Libraries has been hard at work developing an online, self-service page to bring together various aspects of a student’s library account such as library loans, fees, and resources specific to enrolled courses.

You can help by providing feedback! We need input from students on design improvements, usefulness, and suggestions on what tools and features to add next.

Get a sneak peek and check out screenshots from the new site and fill out a short 5-minute survey to help shape the future of your online library experience.

Take the survey now

CLICsearch, News & Events

Requesting and Account Services in CLICsearch Unavailable From June 7 to July 7

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The libraries are moving to a new consortium (MnPALS) and a new library system this summer. This means that from June 7 – July 7 some of the online library functions will be unavailable. You will not be able to check your account (starting June 14th) or place requests online through CLICsearch (starting June 7th), however books can still be checked out and electronic resources like eBooks and streaming media can still be found and accessed. Starting July 7, CLICsearch will become “LibrarySearch” and you will be able to access your library account and request items online.

Specific changes are below:

  • Can I check out physical items from the library during this time?
    Yes! You will be able to find and check out books from the library.
  • What if I have books that are due during this time?
    Due dates will be extended during this period. If you want to renew your items, this service will be available again after July 7.
  • Can I place a hold on library materials?
    Yes, you can place a hold on St. Thomas Libraries materials, but you will need to call the Circulation Desk to do this.
  • Can I check my account online during this time to see what I have checked out and when it’s due?
    No.
  • Can I request items from other schools?
    Yes, you will need to use ILLiad to do this.
  • What about access to electronic materials during this time?
    Yes, access should continue during this period. On July 7, CLICsearch will become LibrarySearch and there will be a period of around one week during which search results for electronic materials will be incomplete.

Questions? Contact Greg Argo at gargo@stthomas.edu.

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Virtual Author Reading – Hear Tim Lewis, PhD talk about his book – Biology of Dogs – May 4 at Noon

You are cordially invited to spend a delightful, virtual visit with Tim Lewis PhD on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 from Noon to 1pm!  In addition to being University of St. Thomas Associate Vice President for Global Learning and Strategy and Biology Professor, Dr. Lewis has written a witty, informational, scientific, and loving book all about dogs.

Associate Vice Provost, Director of Libraries and author reading host Dan Gjelten has this to say about Tim’s work:

“His book, Biology of Dogs is written for laypeople and is in Tim’s voice, full of both expertise and humor (hinted at by the book’s subtitle: “From Gonads Through Guts to Ganglia” – you may not have heard the word “gonads” since you were a thirteen year old.)  Tim’s presentations are always engaging, making him a popular speaker, and will leave attendees thinking more like a scientist and understanding their pets a bit better.  Also, Tim actually loves dogs, and probably turtles, too.”

Here’s the Zoom Link – We hope you will join the conversation!

Libraries, News & Events, Special Collections and Archives

Discover Video and Audio Recordings from the University Archives

 

A film of the St. Thomas campus from 1924.   An audio recording of a commencement address given by Hubert Humphrey.   Footage of early television episodes produced by St. Thomas.  These are just a few of the many audio-visual treasures saved as a part of the University Archives’ audio and visual collections. 

Audiovisual materials present unique challenges to archivists to preserve and make available over time.  The devices required for playback for some recordings become obsolete (for example: reel-to-reel audiotape players and VCRs).  Additionally, the chemical composition of the physical media on which theare stored (motion picture film, audio and video tape) may deteriorate resulting in loss of the recording.  The conversion to and maintenance of digital format is the only way to ensure that these recordings can be preserved over time.   The University Archives has undertaken several projects to reformat some of our most at risk materials to a digital format.  But up to now, visitors and researchers have still been required to come to our physical reading room to view/listen to these recordings stored on DVDs and hard drives. 

In 2019, the Libraries began the search to find a solution to make our audio-visual collection more readily available to users and to help ensure their preservation for the future.  Our investigation led us to the Elevator media asset management software (developed by the University of Minnesota).  In addition to making the collections viewable to users via the web, the software automatically allows for the conversion from a digital files original formato the most current standard. 

In the Spring of 2020, a pilot project to describe and ingest a collection of previously reformatted and born-digital recordings into Elevator was initiated.  The results of this project can now be seen in the University Archives Audio Visual Collection ( https://elevator.stthomas.edu/ ). This collection contains over 150 films, speeches and musical recordings from our holdings.  

Currentlywe are working on new projects relating to the Archives holdings from the Athletics Department.   We hope to partner with other departments on campus to bring their media files to a larger audience in the future.  Check back soon to view what is new! 

Health and Well Being, Just for Fun, Libraries, Library Week, Media/Music Collections, News & Events

Celebrate National Library Week at St. Thomas – April 6-9, 2021

You’re invited to celebrate with us!  It’s National Library Week and we hope you’ll enjoy the activities and featured services – the ever-popular Online Trivia Contest; Online Bingo, Coloring Pages, and Jigsaw Puzzles; Music and Media offerings; learn about our new Peer Research Assistants; and a special noon hour session with CAPS doctoral interns on Wednesday, April 7 on the Power of SleepREGISTER HERE to receive the Zoom link.

Look for our purple library tent during the week (Tuesday, April 6 through Friday, April 9) and stop by to pick up a goodie bag and ask anything you’d like!  We’re here to help and want you to have a great end-of-semester — and a fun Library Week!

For more information about the April 7 Power of Sleep conversation with the interns, please read here!

About National Library Week: 

The American Library Association in conjunction with the National Book Committee sponsored the first National Library Week in 1958 as a response to a 1957 survey that found that only 17% of Americans were currently reading a book. National Library Week continues as an annual event that promotes libraries of all types across the United States.

Libraries continue to grow beyond their original perception as repositories of books and computer banks to their current position as recognized community and cultural centers that promote learning and social connection.  Libraries are often seen as the heart of their community, whether it’s a small town, a city, or a university campus.

During the pandemic, library workers adapted resources and services to meet their users’ needs during these challenging times. Whether people visit in person or virtually, libraries offer endless opportunities to transform lives through education and lifelong learning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Health and Well Being, Libraries, Library Week, News & Events

Students, Staff, and Faculty are all warmly invited to hear about the Power of Sleep!

 

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!

We look forward to seeing you on April 7 at noon!