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Database Highlights & Trials, Latin America, Libraries, Media/Music Collections, News & Events, Political Science

Database Trial: TUGG Films


During the month of March, the University of St. Thomas Libraries is conducting a trial for TUGG. This is a platform that offers content of academic videos in different subjects including:

  • Human Rights
  • Education
  • Environmental Studies
  • Arts and Culture
  • Jewish Studies
  • Politics
  • Asian & Asian American Studies
  • Israel/Palestine Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Race Studies
  • Technology
  • Psychology

Please send your comments about this resource to Cindy Badilla-Melendez, Head of Music & Media  Collections.

Thank you!

Art, Just for Fun, Libraries, Music, News & Events

noonartsound: Art & Music as Contemplative Experiences

All are invited to attend the March 5th noonartsound presentation, featuring Drs. Craig Eliason (Art History) and Vanessa Cornett (Music), speaking about Art and Music as Contemplative Experiences, at noon in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Room 108.

“How do human beings experience the arts?  Specifically, how do we direct our attention when perceiving a piece of art or music?  Can a more contemplative encounter with an artistic or musical work enlighten our intellectual understanding of it?  Join us as we explore the distinct processes of analyzing the arts (by assessing, scrutinizing, contextualizing) and simply experiencing them with an attitude of open mindfulness (without judgment, in the present moment).”   – Dr. Vanessa Cornett

About the presenters:                     

Dr. Craig Eliason

 

                                           

 

Dr. Craig Eliason is a professor in the Art History department and teaches courses on modern art and design.  He researches the history of the design of printing types, and is a practicing type designer as well.

 

Dr. Vanessa Cornett

 

 

Dr. Vanessa Cornett teaches piano performance and other courses in the Music department.  An advisor for the UST Project for Mindfulness and Contemplation, she enjoys exploring the applications of mindfulness in the performing arts, and contempative practices in higher education.

 

About noonartsound:

Chris Kachian, Music department professor, started moderating noonartsound 8 years ago with Shelly Nordtorp-Madson. It began as a demo-lecture series of music performance and talks by art historians, and has morphed into everything from politics and propaganda, leadership and motivation, music and monuments, etc.   Hosted by the Library in the O’Shaughnessy Room at noon six times throughout the academic year, all are welcome to bring lunch and enjoy a light dessert.

As Dr. Kachian says, “It’s way cool.  Just to give you an idea about how diverse this has all become, Bernie Armada (the UST linguistics prof and a standup improv comedian) and I are talking about “improvisation as an apocalyptic life skill” later this spring semester.”

Please plan to join us!  Bring your lunch if you wish – light dessert will be provided.

Database Highlights & Trials

Database Trial: CINAHL Plus with Full-Text

 

The UST Libraries will be trialing the CINAHL Plus with Full-Text database through mid-March. CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature) Plus with Full-Text is a comprehensive research database covering a wide range of topics including nursing, biomedicine, complementary medicine, consumer health, and 17 allied health disciplines. Content includes:

  • More than 750 full-text journals
  • Full-text coverage dating back to 1937
  • Indexing for nearly 5,500 journals
  • Evidence-based care sheets

For those of you that are avid PubMed users, CINAHL makes an awesome complement to your research. Click on CINAHL Plus with Full-Text to access the trial. Please send your comments to Karen Brunner at brun4952@stthomas.edu.

News & Events

Technical Difficulties: ProQuest Databases

 

We are currently experiencing some difficulties accessing our ProQuest databases.  You may find that when you attempt to link to a database on the ProQuest platform that the page won’t load. To correct this problem, please choose another non-ProQuest database first and get logged in. Then, without closing your browser, proceed back to your link to the ProQuest database and it should load for you.  We are very sorry for this inconvenience, and we are actively working on a solution to this issue.

Libraries, Media/Music Collections, News & Events

Welcome Back! Music & Media Collections

Have you stopped into UST’s Music and Media Collections? If you haven’t already, now is the best time whether you’re preparing for a class or just taking a break from the chilly temps! We’re located to the far right of main circulation desk at O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library.

There are so many ways to utilize the Music & Media collection. If your professor assigns films or documentaries, come in to Music and Media and you can watch the course reserve title at a viewing station. Are you working on a group project and need to watch the same film? You can request a viewing room for a group of two or more people. Need to watch a DVD on your computer? You can borrow DVD drives from us! They connect right to your computer from a USB port.
Whether you’re looking for a theology documentary, a television mystery series, an opera film, or a foreign classic, there’s something here for you! Another great feature of Music and Media is our music collection. We have classical and world music as well as jazz and soundtracks to popular musicals. It’s a great place to find tracks to listen to while you’re studying!

In addition to our collection of over 15,000 DVDs and CDs, we have many streaming options available. Check out current feature films on Swank, a huge selection of foreign films on World Cinema, and exciting documentaries from Films on Demand to name a few! You can also search films by country or by popularity. Visit our Films Page for the full list of streaming links! We always have new additions to our collection, so drop in and check them out! All are welcome to stop by and browse! Follow UST libraries on Twitter and Instagram for additional updates!

By Sarah Pavey

Image showing an example of the studio set up with the SMART Board lowered behind chairs displaying a backdrop of film and a title, two chairs and ferns
O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

New Student Recording Studio Opens in O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library

There is a new video recording studio on campus dedicated to students for group or individual projects.

As an Innovation Space located in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library, the video recording studio in room 310 allows students to run with their most creative ideas and produce them into high quality results. The studio space includes a height adjustable SMART Board, moveable furniture, lighting, sound, and a video camera.

St. Thomas Libraries partnered with STELAR to make this a reality as both organizations saw the difficulty in scheduling time at existing on-campus studios and heard students request “more STELAR-like spaces” on campus. This space is modeled around students’ needs for recording projects in a professional, distraction-free manner.

One of the main goals is to make the studio easy to use and available during all hours the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library is open, which is until 2:00 am weekdays during the semester! Students can come in and record independently, making the room a self-service studio.

The studio is also easy to reserve with the online reservation system on the Library webpage.

Read more about the studio features on the library web site.

Faculty assigning a video recording component in their course may direct their students to the online booking site. It is also advised that faculty contact the library with a heads-up so we can properly assist students.

Charles J. Keffer Library, News & Events

2019 Children’s and YA Book Award Winners

Youth Media Awards logo

Image courtesy of the American Library Association

The American Library Association’s Midwinter Conference is usually full of committee meetings and is not necessarily the most exciting conference to attend… That is, until Monday morning when the Youth Media Awards (YMAs) are announced!  The YMAs feature the selections of some of the biggest awards in children’s and Young Adult (YA) literature and non-fiction.

On Monday, January 28, the excitement ensued in Seattle as notable awards like the Coretta Scott King, Caldecott, Newbery, and Printz were announced.  There were also several diverse awards given, such as: the Batchelder Award for the best children’s book from a different country translated into English; the Schneider Family Book Awards that celebrate the best “artistic expression of the disability experience for children and adolescents”; and, the Stonewall Book Awards for “works of exceptional merit for children or teens relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience”.

These awards represent some of the best books published for children or teens in the last year.  They also help Trent Brager, St. Thomas’ Education and Social Sciences Librarian, select quality books for the Hubbs Children’s Literature Collection at the Keffer Library.  This collection, found on the Minneapolis campus, is used most often by Education majors who learn to use children’s books for literacy instruction in K-12 classrooms.  Stop by the Keffer Library to read some childhood favorites or to check out some of the new award winners!

Photo of presenters holding several of the YMA award winning books

Image courtesy of American Libraries magazine

 

Winners of selected book awards

John Newbery Medal: Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

Randolph Caldecott Medal: Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall

Michael L. Printz Award: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award: The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science by Joyce Sidman

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award: Fox the Tiger by Corey R. Tabor

Coretta Scott King Book Award – Author: A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 by Claire Hartfield

Coretta Scott King Book Award – Illustrator: The Stuff of Stars illus. by Ekua Holmes

Pura Belpré Award – Author:  The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Pura Belpré Award – Illustrator: Dreamers by Yuyi Morales

A complete list of 2019 Youth Media Awards winners and honors, as well as a recording of the Award selections is available at the American Library Association’s website.

Archbishop Ireland Library, Database Highlights & Trials, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Theology

February Database Trial: World Christian Database

During the month of February, the University of St. Thomas Libraries will be conducting a trial of Brill’s World Christian Database. Click on the blue hyperlink to try the database: World Christian Database.

World Christian Database is an electronic reference source that contains statistical information on world religions, Christian denominations, and groups of people. It also includes extensive details on 238 countries and 13,000 ethno-linguistic peoples, as well as on 5,000 cities and 3,000 provinces. This trial runs through February 28, 2019.

Please try the database and send your comments to Curt LeMay at nclemay@stthomas.edu.

 

Database Highlights & Trials

Access interruption for Jan. 19-20 for some resources

Starting on 9am on Saturday, January 19th through Sunday, January 20th we will have service interruptions to all

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

resources.  There will be times when these resources, or even parts of them, will be available and then POOF!  They’ll be unavailable.  This is a planned outage in order to maintain the resources.

Thanks for your patience.