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Database Highlights & Trials, Libraries, Services

EZ Proxy login page changing to use Single Sign On

You may have noticed that if you log into Canvas and then head over to CLICsearch or another St. Thomas resource you are already logged in. That is because the University of St. Thomas has been moving towards Single Sign On to combat login fatigue.

However, you may have also noticed that even if you are logged into Office 365, Canvas, and CLICsearch, EZ Proxy would still ask you to log in before accessing one of the library databases.

Beginning Wednesday, August 29, 2018, the repetitive EZ Proxy Login will be no more, it will now all be done through the already familiar St. Thomas login page we know and love.

What do you need to do? Nothing!

No links will change as EZ Proxy is just changing the login page it presents to users.

Here’s the schedule of events:

  1. Tonight around midnight we will make the switch temporarily as a final test and then revert back.
  2. Tomorrow around 9am we will permanently change the configuration.
  3. Technical staff will be around all day Wednesday and Thursday to make sure things go well.

Library staff will monitor the situation. From what we can tell there should be no impact on services as it is just replacing one login with another.

Let us know if you have any questions.

Have a safe and happy Launch Day!

Higher Education, Services

Reduce Course Materials Costs: We’ll Help

Textbook prices have been increasing at a greater rate than the Consumer Price Index for the last three decades, but the rate of increase has itself taken a dramatic upturn in the new century as shown in this graph based on Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Census data:

Comparison of textbook costs to the Consumer Price Index over time

This dramatic increase is leading to students deciding not to purchase course materials, which negatively impacts student learning. According to the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) study, Fixing the Broken Textbook Market:

  • The average student spends $1,200 on textbooks per year.
  • 65% of students said that they had decided against buying a textbook/coursepack because it was too expensive.
  • 82% of students felt they would do significantly better in a course if the textbook/coursepack was available free online and buying a hard copy was optional.

The future doesn’t have to be bleak. There are a couple of options to reduce or even potentially eliminate course costs for students for a course:

  1. Open Educational Resources (OER) – There are a wide variety of freely available textbooks and other open courseware that can be customized, repurposed, or used as-is for a course. The library suggests places to find these on the Textbook Alternatives Research Guide.
  2. Resource Lists Canvas Add-on – Since January, the University Libraries and STELAR have worked together to offer a Canvas add-on that allows instructors to create, manage, and deliver lists of course materials in Canvas. This system can be utilized to make course materials more affordable because the Resource Lists system filters the readings through existing library holdings which have already be licensed or purchased by the library. Learn more about Resource Lists, see the how-to documentation, or contact Greg Argo at gargo@stthomas.edu if you’re interested in using it for an upcoming course.
Libraries, News & Events, Services

Faculty Workshops in March

We’re presenting three faculty workshops in March; they are designed to inform you about and help you use library content and services.  Take a look below and register for any of interest to you. We hope to see you there!

Using Library Resources in Canvas (John Heintz) Thursday March 22, 10-11 AM, LIB LL21  https://stthomas.libcal.com/event/4053327John Heintz

A hands-on exploration of how to add links to articles, book chapters, streaming video & audio, and fine arts images to your course. Bring lists of content you’d like to add and we’ll use them as examples.

 

Library Streaming Audio & Video (Cindy Badilla-Melendez) Tuesday March 20, 2:30-3:30 PM, LIB LL21 https://stthomas.libcal.com/event/4053329.
AND Wednesday March 21, 10-11 AM, TMH 442 Fox Center https://stthomas.libcal.com/event/4053333.  

Learn about our many streaming audio and video subscriptions(thousands of titles) for documentary, feature, and training films; opera, symphonic, roots, popular, and ethnic music. How can you use these resources in your course?

 

Research Online: The University’s Scholarly Repository (Meg Manahan) Tuesday March 20, 10:30-11:30, LIB LL21  https://stthomas.libcal.com/event/4053335.
AND Wednesday March 21, 2:45-3:45 PM, TMH 442 Fox Center https://stthomas.libcal.com/event/4053336.  Meg Manahan

Learn how we use the repository to showcase the scholarly output of our faculty and students, by storing and making discoverable online theses &dissertations from graduate programs; faculty papers & presentations; and fully online journals.

 

Media/Music Collections, Music, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Services

Book a Media Viewing/Listening Room for your next group project!

By Sofia Wolf

The second UST summer session just began and before you know it, so will fall classes! Many courses require students to view or listen to content which will contribute to assignments, tests, or class discussion. However, students often face the problem of where this content should be viewed, especially if it must be done as a group. The Music & Media Collection in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library makes it convenient to watch a film or listen to audio with a group by offering two Viewing/Listening rooms, now available for reservation! Booking one is as simple as booking a group study room at the library – simply visit the “Films” tab within the OSF Library homepage, select “Book A Media Viewing/Listening Room,” choose your date, duration, and which room you would like to reserve, then reserve a room using your UST student information.

Be sure to take advantage of one of the many fantastic resources offered by the Music & Media Collections and ace your next group project!

Database Highlights & Trials, Libraries, Services

Technical Difficulties (off campus only) – APA PsycNET

 

UPDATE: ALL ACCESS HAS BEEN RESTORED!

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PsycNET and all of it’s associated databases (PsycINFO, PsycBOOKS, PsycTESTS, and PsycARTICLES) changed their interface on Monday, July 17. Since that time, these resources have not been available for access from off campus. This is a problem being widely experienced across universities, and APA is actively working on a solution.

During this time, the resources ARE accessible on campus, but if you need an alternative database to use from home, check out these helpful research guides for undergraduate psychology research or graduate psychology research.

We apologize for the inconvenience!

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

The Music and Media Collections at the OSF Library are a great resource!


By Liz Legatt

The Music and Media Collections are a great resource if you’re looking for a new film, tv series, or documentary to watch. This past J-term, in between working at the Music and Media Collections, exploring new coffee shops, catching up with friends and reading, I quickly found that I actually had a lot of time on my hands. I was running out of new things to do when I began working on an Academy Award-Winning Films display project for my job. While working on this project, I discovered that there are hundreds of mainstream films that we all have access to, so I decided to embark on a little journey and watch all the award-winning films that I had been meaning to see for years. Without further ado, here are my top 3 recommendations:

Room (2015)
After five-year old Jack and his Mom escape from the enclosed environment that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a miraculous discovery: the outside world.
Call #: PR6054.O547 R6 2016

Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting, a raging battle for family fortune, a desperate chase on motorcycles, trains, sleds, and skis, and a love affair–all against the backdrop of a dramatically changing continent.
Call #: PT2653.W42 G7 2014

Still Alice (2015)
“Alice Howland …, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer’s disease, Alice and her family find their bonds thoroughly tested. Her struggle to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking, and inspiring.”–Container.
Call #: PS3607.E55 S7 2015

Circulation, Libraries

Time Limits Shortened for E-book “Checkouts”

ebookUST Libraries has thousands of books online that you can read from anywhere! While you can read each of them right from your internet browser, there may be times when you want to download one or more to your phone, computer, or other mobile device.

When you download an online book, this is considered a “checkout,” just like when you check out a print book from your favorite library desk. Just like a print book, it will have a due date, but unlike your print book, it will return itself!

Starting this semester,  many of our online books will “return themselves” after one day, though some will stay on your device for up to seven days. The reason is that many of our online books restrict the number of people who can use it simultaneously, and we want to make our high demand, online books as easily accessible to everyone as possible. The great news is, if you want to use the book again after it’s returned itself, you can just check it out again if no one was waiting for it.

Find out more about e-books at UST here, or Ask a Librarian!

Circulation, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Services

New Service: Staff Book Delivery!

IMG_1424During the Fall 2015 semester the OSF Library began delivering books to St. Paul campus faculty. Over the last 4 months 77 faculty have registered for the service and the library has delivered approximately 450 books to faculty offices.

The OSF Library is now expanding this service to include St. Paul campus staff.

UST staff members on the St. Paul campus can now opt to have books requested from CLICnet or Interlibrary Loan delivered to their department mailbox.

To participate, fill out this form first, then select OSF as your “pickup location” when making requests.

 

Delivery Service Policies:

  • This service is only available on the St. Paul Campus.
  • When requesting items via CLICnet and ILLiad you must specify OSF as your pickup location.
  • Upon arrival, CLICnet and ILLiad items will be checked out to your library account and delivered to your on-campus mailbox.
  • Once the items have been delivered to your mailbox you assume all responsibility for them.
  • DVDs and VHS are excluded from this delivery service.

Questions? Send an email to circulation@stthomas.edu or call 651-962-5494.

Charles J. Keffer Library, Services

Busy Morning at Keffer

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Although these pictures were taken near the end of class, today was the day that approximately twenty EDUC 370 (Language Development, Literacy and Literature) students visited Keffer Library this semester for their first exposure to the Hubbs Children’s Literature collection.  The Children’s Literature Research Guide is available for any students and visitors to explore the resources of this collection.

Circulation, Faculty News, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Services

New Service: Faculty Book Delivery!

Faculty members on the St. Paul campus can now opt to have books requested from CLICnet or Interlibrary Loan delivered to their on-campus mailbox.

To participate, fill out this form first, then select OSF as your “pickup location” when making requests.

Delivery Service Policies:delivery

  • This service is only available on the St. Paul Campus.
  • When requesting items via CLICnet and ILLiad you must specify OSF as your pickup location.
  • Upon arrival, CLICnet and ILLiad items will be checked out to your library account and delivered to your on-campus mailbox.
  • Once the items have been delivered to your mailbox you assume all responsibility for them.
  • DVDs and VHS are excluded from this delivery service.

 

 

Questions? Send an email to circulation@stthomas.edu or call 651-962-5494.