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!
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.
Audio–visual 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 they are 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 file’s original format to 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.
Currently, we 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!
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 Sleep – REGISTER 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.
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!
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!).
By Jayde Hoppe
Welcome in springtime with the Music & Media Collections at O’Shaughnessy Frey Library! The Collections is open to everyone—if you haven’t visited us before, come on over! We are located on the 1st floor across in room 104A which is right across from Stacks.
Our physical collection includes a huge variety of DVDs. From Game of Thrones to Citizen Kane to educational documentaries—we’ve got it. The Collections also has many foreign films available, so if you want to brush up on your Spanish, come and check out what we have! For less casual viewing, we can help you find movies or documentaries assigned in class. The Library’s Catalog includes the Collections, but if you want to browse in person feel free to stop by.
Interested in Music? We have hundreds of CDs available to students. Genres include Classical, Folk, and World Music. If you would rather use streaming services, check out Medici.TV and Naxos Music Library for thousands of titles.
The Music & Media Collections offers streaming services which are located on the Libraries Films Page. With just your UST email and password, you will have access to thousands of documentaries and films from your laptop. Check out Films on Demand: feature films for Education for recent movies like The Favourite or Academic Video Online for documentaries from PBS.
The Music & Media Collections is open every day, and our hours are listed on the Library Hours and Information Page. We are reachable at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 651-962-5447.
Like the rest of the University of St. Thomas, we are committed to the Common Good and have implemented COVID-19 precautions, which include a limited browsing capacity and required mask usage.
By Jayde Hoppe
This timely and thought-provoking article in the Atlantic should be of interest not only to librarians but to faculty and anyone who is concerned with information and misinformation in a democratic society. Written by librarian and emeritus professor Barbara Fister (Gustavus Adolphus College), it is a compelling read that provides some good food for thought about how our approach to teaching Information Literacy may have been harmful and how it needs to change.
“It’s time for a thorough revamping of the purpose of inviting students to engage in inquiry as a civic practice. Educators, including librarians who teach, will need to confront and clarify their own beliefs and assumptions about how they know what is real and what isn’t. It will take work. But there are some promising places to start.”
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.
An article from the online magazine Psyche, brought to my attention by Dr. Amy Muse/English, is shared above. It is particularly relevant to Information Literacy and the role it plays/should play in our lives, and society, especially now.
“Knowledge is good for us not only because we generally want to know the truth, but because knowledge dramatically affects our ability to navigate the world and accomplish our goals. Ignorance, on the other hand, is bad for us in that it prevents us from having an accurate representation of the world and stands in the way of our achieving those goals.”