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Business & Economics, Database Highlights & Trials, New Materials

UST libraries will cancel Nexis Uni, and replace it with Westlaw Campus Research

 

The University of St. Thomas Libraries subscribe to databases and electronic materials based on curricular needs and faculty requests.  We are continually watching for products that address these needs with relevant, easy-to-access content.  One long-standing need is legal information for students who are not in law school.  For example, students studying business or social work may require primary and secondary legal information on a variety of topics in their disciplines.   Lexis Nexis, now known as Nexis Uni, has long been our database for that type of legal information, as well as providing national and international news sources and public company information.  However, this database has never been easy to search or navigate, so we have been looking for another database that can provide the same information.  We have finally found one, Westlaw Campus Research.

Westlaw is a reputable database, and a staple in law libraries across the country.  The Westlaw Campus Research is designed for academic research across the disciplines.  Along with legal materials, it also contains thousands of full-text news sources, and information about public companies.  The decision to cancel Nexis Uni and replace it with Westlaw was made after careful consideration and a trial of the database during which librarians gathered feedback from students and faculty. The response to Westlaw was positive, especially around the interface and ease of searching.  We understand that this is a big change and are committed to working with you to make that transition as easy as possible. Our subscription to Nexis Uni will end on July 1, 2018.  Access to Westlaw Campus Research is expected to begin by June 2018, so you will have some time when both are available.  And for current local and international news sources updated daily, the UST libraries subscribe to Access World News and ProQuest Global Newsstream.  Both databases provide access to thousands of news sources that can be searched by topic, Access World News can also be searched by regionIf there is anything that your subject librarian can do in order to assist you in using these databases, or to understand the materials in Westlaw, please let us know.

 

Art, Libraries, Music, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Political Science

May 1 noonartsound: Vietnam

Please plan to attend the May 1 noonartsound in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at noon.  All are welcome and, of course, refreshments will be provided.

Andy Scheiber and Bernie Brady are this month’s featured noonartsound presenters, sharing their perspectives on the music and art of the Vienam era, featuring street art, protest music, and photojournalism. 

Dr. Scheiber will sing a few Vietnam-related songs  — mostly “protest” songs from people like Pete Seeger, Country Joe McDonald, and Tom Paxton. He may add some reminiscences of his own. (He was subject to the military draft, and was within weeks of being called when they suspended military conscription in the early 1970’s.)

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.
Archbishop Ireland Library, Charles J. Keffer Library, Libraries, Media/Music Collections, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Science

Docuseek2 Streaming Video

As winter in Minnesota drags on, many of us are hoping for warmth and sun. If you’re looking to explore exotic lands without leaving the comfort of your dorm, the video streaming service Docuseek2 is a great place to start. Travel the world and the see people and cultures from around the globe through documentaries on art & architecture, anthropology & archaeology, cultural & ethnic studies, environment, geography, social studies, and world regions. Ranging from quick informational videos that are only a few minutes long to feature-length documentary films,  Docuseek2 has a great variety of documentary and social issues films.


As winter in Minnesota drags on, many of us are hoping for warmth and sun. If you’re looking to explore exotic lands without leaving the comfort of your dorm, the video streaming service Docuseek2 is a great place to start. Travel the world and the see people and cultures from around the globe through documentaries on art & architecture, anthropology & archaeology, cultural & ethnic studies, environment, geography, social studies, and world regions. Ranging from quick informational videos that are only a few minutes long to feature-length documentary films,  Docuseek2 has a great variety of documentary and social issues films.

By Sophia Wolf

English, Libraries, Media/Music Collections, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Science

Ambrose Video Collection

The Ambrose Video Collection has over 400 titles available for streaming for students, faculty, and staff at UST. It covers the subject areas of American history, American literature, world history, ancient history, geology, biology, theology, art, sciences, and all the Shakespeare plays that were produced by the BBC.

Below are a few suggested titles that show the broad range of media available from streaming through The Ambrose Video Collection:

Julius Caesar: Watch this classic Shakespeare play come to life through the work of BBC Productions. Julius Caesar is a highly ambitious political leader in Rome whose aim is to become dictator. Caesar is assassinated due to the plotting of Marcus Brutus and Cassius, who meet their inevitable defeat and plunge the country into civil war.

Glaciers: The most powerful geologic force on the planet – glaciers. Glaciers can dominate an entire continent or reshape a continent’s surface features in the blink of a geologic eye. All the spectacular mountain peaks that inspire us have been shaped by glaciers. This thirty-minute short documentary includes interviews with leading glacial experts from around the country.

Great African American Authors: 1761-1901: From pre-Revolutionary War poetry and sermons, to anti-Civil War slave narratives, to Jim Crow Era segregation and discrimination issues, the Civil Rights period, to the Black Artists movement and to the Black New Wave of the 21st Century, this breakthrough eight-part series, Great African American Authors, tells the amazing story of the evolution of the African American literary tradition in the United States. This first section celebrates authors born out of slavery and the African oral tradition who gave voice to the struggles of African Americans in the early days of this nation. Program one examines the beginning of African American Literature through the authors Jupiter Hammon, Phillis Wheatley, Frederick Douglass, Paul Laurence Dunbar and Booker T. Washington.

By Sophia Wolf

Latin America, Libraries, Modern Languages, News & Events

1st International Film Festival on Campus

All are cordially invited to attend a first of its kind on the St. Thomas campus International Film Festival 2018.  This collaborative effort represents five departments (Modern & Classical Languages, St.Thomas Libraries, Office of Student Affairs, Student Diversity & Inclusion Services, and Film Studies) who have chosen the theme Cultural Placements and Displacements:  Perceptions and Self Perceptions of a Cultural Identity.

The opening film, “Faces Places” was nominated for an Oscar this year in the Best Documentary – Feature category.

Schedule of Events  – all films will be shown in the OEC Auditorium beginning at 6:30 pm
Thursday, March 15     “Faces Places”   from France    (Opening Reception follows)
Thursday, March 22     “Who is Dayani Cristal?”  from Mexico
Thursday, April 12         “Shun Li and the Poet”  from Italy
Thursday, April 19        “North Face”  from Germany     (Closing Reception follows)

Discussion sessions will be held after most films.

The St. Thomas International Film Festival 2018 is free and open to all.  The entire university community and the general public are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Please plan to join us!

OEC Auditorium Building # 5  https://www.stthomas.edu/media/campusmaps/stpaul2Dalpha.pdf

The O’Shaughnessy Educational Center (OEC) Auditorium is on the University of St. Thomas campus at 2115 Summit Avenue in St. Paul, Minnesota. The nearest cross street is Cleveland and Portland.

Parking: Morrison Ramp #18 https://www.stthomas.edu/media/campusmaps/stpaul2Dalpha.pdf

Archbishop Ireland Library, Database Highlights & Trials, Faculty News, New Materials, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Theology

“America; the Jesuit Review of Faith and Culture” is now available via Flipster.

The University of St. Thomas Libraries are pleased to announce that we recently added America; the Jesuit Review of Faith and Culture to the list of the periodicals the University of St. Thomas students, faculty, and staff may read online via Flipster.

The University of St. Thomas’ students, faculty, and staff may read a number of popular periodicals we make available on this digital newsstand, which may be accessed anytime on computers or mobile devices. Periodicals in Flipster have true-to-life layouts with all the full-color images and advertisements one finds in the print version of the same periodical.

Suggested reading: “A Christian Funeral Classic” by Colleen Dulle, in the January 8, 2018, issue of America. The article tells of the work of the University of St. Thomas’ Artist in Residence, Fr. Michael Joncas, whose hymn, “On Eagle’s Wings” achieved global popularity 38 years ago.

Fr. Michael Joncas, Theology Department, October 2004, Classroom images

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

Past UST Christmas Concerts at the Music and Media Collections

By Sophia Wolf

A beloved tradition in the St. Thomas community is the annual Christmas concert.  Each year this concert takes place in Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. The concert has performances by the Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Liturgical Choir, Donne Unite, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, String Orchestra, Brass Ensemble and the Guitar Ensemble. In recent years, the event has become so popular that the concert has been expanded to two performances, though it oftentimes still sells out.

If you missed this year’s concert, you still have an opportunity to listen to wonderful holiday music by the musicians of St. Thomas! Recordings of past concerts are available at the Music & Media Collections in O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library. These recording are a great way to get in the Christmas spirit!

Below you can find selected recordings of past UST Christmas concerts. Recordings from many other years are also available in the Music & Media Collections.

O Come Let us Adore Him : University of St. Thomas Christmas
M 2065 .U55 V465 2012

Love Came Down at Christmas: University of St. Thomas
M 2065 .U55 L68 2011

Christ is Born Today: University of St. Thomas Christmas
M 2065 .U55 H63 2008

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

Musicals at the Music and Media Collections

As much as I dream of traveling to New York City and catching a show on Broadway, as a busy college student it does not seem to be in the cards (at least for the next few years). However, I can still satisfy my musical cravings with CDs of original cast recordings for all of my favorite shows. The Music & Media Collection has a wide variety of music genres available for check out or streaming, meaning there is something for everyone’s interest. For a musical geek like me, here are a few of my favorite Broadway picks from the collection:

By Sophia Wolf

Anything Goes
Call Number: M1500 .P67 A5
Anything Goes is set aboard the ocean liner S. S. American, where nightclub singer and evangelist Reno Sweeney is en route from New York to England. Her pal Billy Crocker has stowed away to be near his love, Hope Harcourt, but to his dismay, Hope is engaged to the wealthy Lord Evelyn Oakleigh.

Once Upon a Mattress
Call Number: M1505 .R621 O5 1993
Due to an unhappy curse, King Sextimus is unable to speak. Meanwhile, his terror-of-a-wife, Queen Aggravain, has taken over control of the kingdom. Most importantly, in an attempt to keep her son Prince Dauntless single, she has decreed that only a true princess that can pass her impossible test may marry him. Will the unrefined princess Winnifred the Woebegone finally be the one to pass the queen’s test?

The Unsinkable Molly Brown
Call Number: M1505 m.W54 U57 1993
Molly Brown is determined to rise from her country roots and marry a rich man. She finds one in Johnny Brown, who has just sold off his lucrative claim on a Colorado silver mine. Johnny again strikes it rich, this time in gold, making the pair Denver royalty. However, money does not ensure happiness and, with their union on the rocks, Molly travels to Europe — before making an eventful return trip on the Titanic.

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

Christmas music at St. Thomas Music and Media Collections

By Sophia Wolf

Now that Thanksgiving has passed, I believe that no one can rightfully say that it is too early to listen to Christmas music. The St. Thomas Music & Media Collections are a great place to access CDs or streaming audio for all of your festive favorites. As a self-proclaimed expert, who has been listening to Christmas music since November 1st, here is one of my top picks from the Collections:

American Folk Songs for Christmas
Call Number: M1629.S44 .A54 1989

This compilation of less-commonly known Christmas songs represent a variety of folksongs that find their origins in European and British Isles Ballads, several African-American spirituals that express a deeply spiritual celebration of Christmas, as well as several classic, better-known Christmas favorites. This lively recording is sung & played by sisters Peggy, Barbara, and Penny Seeger, assisted by a group of children from the South Boston Music School.

Selected songs from this CD can also be accessed through:

Music Online: Smithsonian Global Sound: American Folk Songs for Christmas (streaming audio)