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President Sullivan’s Winter 2016 Bookshelf

Photo credit: Mark Brown (in the Newroom’s original article)

Did you know you can get all the books President Sullivan named in the Midweek’s “Seven Questions with President Julie Sullivan” at UST Libraries?

We are happy to have such a voracious reader at the helm of UST and even more so to report that all of her chosen titles are available in our collection.

Here are direct links to them:


College Disrupted: The Great Unbundling of Higher Education by Ryan Craig

St. Martin’s Press, 2015

(to read)


The Name of God is Mercy by Pope Francis

Random House, 2016

(to read)


Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads  by Chris Lowney

Loyola Press, 2013

President Sullivan’s comments: “Lowney relates the pope’s history to his current leadership style. He also offers leadership lessons we can learn from Pope Francis: Know yourself deeply, serve others, immerse yourself in the world, withdraw from it daily, live in the present and revere traditions, even as you energetically go about creating the future.”

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End  by Atul Gawande.

(Metropolitan Books, 2014)

President Sullivan’s comments: “There are lessons to be learned from Gawande’s book too. I learned from Being Mortal that our reasons for living are just as important at the end of life as at any other time in our lives.”


President Sullivan’s comments: “Both (are) set in occupied France during WWII  these historical novels were excellent. I read one of them during a cruise that my husband and I took on the Seine between Paris to Normandy last summer. I read the other when we came home.”

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

St. Martin’s Press, 2015



All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Scribner, 2014



Happy Reading!  Please let any UST Libraries staff know if you have any questions/comments while accessing these.

Libraries, New Materials, News & Events, Recently Read

2015 UST Libraries Summer Reading List!

Looking for something good to read this summer?  UST Libraries and IRT staff have some cool recommendations for you on this year’s summer reading  list, available here:

UST Libraries Summer Reading List

Lists from previous years are also at your fingertips.  Most of the books are available via UST or CLIC libraries, and for the first time there is a suggested free website for all the crime and history buffs.  So grab a book and head for the beach or a shady spot and enjoy a fun read, summer is here!

Recently Read, Science

A “New” Body Part!

An image of a right knee after a full dissection of the anterolateral ligament (ALL). (Credit: University Hospitals Leuven)

Hey biomechanics students (and anyone else interested in anatomy)!  

Did you hear that a body part never before fully researched has just now been given its first full anatomical description?

Called the anterolateral ligament (ALL), the part is a “previously enigmatic ligament in the human knee. The ligament appears to play an important role in patients with anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears.”  Knee surgeons Dr Steven Claes and Professor Dr Johan Bellemans started looking into it while studying several common symptoms knee surgery patients experience, especially after discovering an 1879 article that “postulated the existence of an additional ligament located on the anterior of the human knee.”

Read more in Science Daily; Claes and Bellemans’ research was published in the October issue of  the Journal of Anatomy.*

*Note: UST’s subscription to Journal of Anatomy is embargoed for a year after publication, but until then you can request the article via ILLiad

News & Events, Recently Read

Access to employee benefits in the U.S.

Ok, just when you were getting bored, here comes the Bureau of Labor Statistics with another page-turner!  They’ve just released the latest National Compensation Survey, an annual effort to compile data on who has access to various kinds of employee benefit programs in the United States.  Among the findings:

  • Employer-provided medical care was available to 85 percent of full-time private industry workers.  By contrast, only 24 percent of part-time workers had medical care benefits available.
  • Retirement benefits followed a similar pattern: in private industry, 74 percent of  full-time workers had access to a retirement plan, significantly higher than 37 percent of part-time workers.
  • Paid sick leave benefits were also more commonly offered to full-time workers and those in medium and large establishments in private industry. Plans were offered to 74 percent of full-time workers and 24 percent of part-time workers.

Breakdowns of the data are available by type and size of employer, full-time vs. part-time worker, employee/employer shares of costs, and for other benefit programs like life insurance.  Read the current press release and see the program home page for more information. 


News & Events, Recently Read

A Humanist Apologizes to Numbers

avogadroA fun article from the Chronicle Review by Jon Volkmer.  Here’s a taste, from the beginning of the article:

“On behalf of word people everywhere, I hereby extend this general apology to numbers. We have not always counted you as friends. I myself, an educator of the literary persuasion, have sometimes failed to live up to my pan-disciplinary liberal-arts ideals. I am tacitly complicit when advisees use foul invective in re the math requirement. I break out in hysterical yawning in the presence of anisotropic fractional maximals.

In my defense, numbers have not always been nice to me, either. I think it started with that C-plus in algebra. Numbers still seem, at times, downright vindictive. At tax time, for instance. Or when I step on a scale. My idea of an irrational number is what I see in my checkbook after paying the bills each month.”

Right up my poli sci major alley.

Recently Read

Pack a book for Spring Break!

I recently went to a poetry reading by Minnesota Poet Laureate, Joyce Sutphen, and she read one of my favorite poems of hers, called “What to Pack” (click on the link to hear her reading it).

It got me thinking: Spring Break is coming soon, and I need to figure out what book I’m going to read to keep me busy while everyone is off-campus!  It’s a good thing I work at OSF Library…

Are you going somewhere for Spring Break this year?

Don’t forget to pack a book from the libraries’  Leisure Reading collection!

The Leisure Reading collection includes “popular fiction and materials generally not considered scholarly or appropriate for an academic library’s permanent collection.”  Translation: it has great books that are fun to read when you are lying on the beach (or lying on your couch pretending you are lying on the beach!).

You can browse the collection on the main floors of both OSF and Keffer Libraries, or see a complete list of leisure reading titles in the CLICnet catalog. Items are available to current UST students, faculty, staff, and Friends of the OSF Library, and they can be checked out for three weeks – perfect for that spring break siesta!

Have a fun and safe Spring Break!

Higher Education, Recently Read, Uncategorized

Starting from Scratch – What Would Your University Look Like?

The Chronicle of Higher Education is having a bit of a contest.  What a 21st Century College would look like if we were starting from scratch. What’s missing below is why each person who submitted their vision would set it up that way. Read the article to get that.  I’d be interested in knowing if YOU would go to school there or if you would work there?

These are the different kinds with the high points indicated:

Costco University

  • Faculty own the institution, and administrators work for faculty
  • No dining halls, residence halls, athletics programs, or libraries (sigh)
  • Each professor makes $80,000 a year and teaches four courses per semester, or eight courses a year.
  • If 10 students take each course, each needs to pay $2,000 a course. Everything is rented (including classrooms).
  • No Scholarships
  • No R&D. If you want that you go to the sister institution, Costco Research and Development ALL professors expected to create intellectual property.

Let’s Go Monk! The 21st-Century Monastery, Reinvented

  • Strict vows of poverty, charity, and abstinence from social media.
  • Identical robes woven from the same fabric as sweatpants (decorative belts are permitted.)
  • Mobile devices are confiscated may be reclaimed by their owners only upon going into town
  • Communication takes place with quill, ink, and parchment.
  • Single-sex classes no larger than 15 (college is co-ed).
  • Academic year is 12 months with two six-week vacations and two months spent in a foreign country.
  • Pursues multidisciplinary answers to one Big Question, such as the clean-water crisis.
  • First two years. Courses in philosophy, world religion, the Great Books, mathematics, biology, chemistry, and the history of China, Russia, India, and Britain.
  • Must study Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, or Hindi.
  • Third year matches each student with a faculty mentor who guides him or her through a multidisciplinary capstone project.  Students are forbidden, upon risk of expulsion, to create résumés or start the job search until the fourth year.
  • Fourth year Leave the university and the robes for full-time internships with alumnae.
  • Grow wine and make beer,  grow and cook all of your own food. (lowers tuition costs and complaints about the quality of cafeteria food.) Students chill out in one of the many dance halls on campus.

College of the Global Village

  • Multidisciplinary investigation of varied meanings and practices of the good life
  • Immersion into new languages Acquisition of an additional spoken and written language
  • First year in which students participate in four immersive blocks of study, each eight weeks long: research and writing
  • Matched with experts in their chosen field, including those from academia as well as nonteaching professionals with whom students collaborate on a research-and-writing project
  • The History of Science and Ecology, Engagement with great books,
  • Second and third years a fulfill eight additional learning blocks
  • Fourth year is spent in a guided internship overseen by a professor or community leader

The Mobile University

  • Four-year “mobile college,” whose “home” is defined not by place but by just four faculty mentors—one each in the social sciences, the humanities, the sciences, and the arts—who move from institution to institution over four years with a cohort consisting of no more than 40 students.
  • First-year liberal arts.
  • Second year placed in an American college or university in the social sciences: focus is on the meaning of citizenship in a democratic society, studied in interdisciplinary fashion.
  • Third year sciences and the humanities.
  • They continue studying the second language.
  • Final year, complete their studies at a university in the same nation where they began their studies. Four faculty members each is paid $25,000 per year, plus room, board, and travel expenses. One of the faculty members earns an additional stipend of $25,000 for arranging Cost estimate of four years for the mobile college is $1.5-million, with each of the 40 students paying $37,500.

The Reinvention Poem – a poem that I can’t do justice to so you should just read it!

  • Diversity
  • Open to the world
  • The future is embraced
  • Green studies
  • Just pay when you can,
  • Or  work off your dues,
  • As our admins are alumni in cooperative education
  • Emphasis on technology, creating, and sharing,


Libraries, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Political Science, Recently Read, Uncategorized

Where do you get your news?

It seems like, increasingly, we live in bubbles populated by people who agree with us.  Our friends post their opinions on our Facebook pages and, if we’ve picked our friends carefully, it turns out we like everything they have to say.  Most Americans say that they want to get their news from a source that has no political bias, though our sources for news and information tend to be from those who we’ve grown to trust, and the political slant of any publication is a matter of opinion.  My “objective” source might be your “big liberal media.”  Curious to know where OSF library users get their political information, we used our “white board conversation” method,  and asked OSF Library users about their news diet last week. Our question was “Where do you get your political news?” and about 75 library users posted their answers on Post-it notes on the board. Obviously this is not a scientific survey, but interesting, nonetheless. (For more scientific data on this question, you should look at the Pew Research Center’s recent report on the news landscape.  In fact, our results were very similar to what Pew found, especially for the young demographic of our library.)

Popular answers included:

– Fox News (13 mentions, though two people specifically said “Not Fox”)
– Daily Show/Colbert Report/SNL: 10
– Reddit: 6
– MSNBC or Today Show: 3
– CNN: 3
– Huffington Post: 3
– Wall Street Journal: 3

Other sources mentioned: New York Times, Washington Post, Drudge Report, GoogleNews, MinnPost, Facebook and Twitter.

Let us know where you get your news!