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Coming Soon: Copyright Workshop with Nancy Sims

Hey Professor!  Do you have questions about copyright?  We have the workshop for you!

UST libraries are pleased to host an event with copyright specialist Nancy Sims, who will speak about the issues and challenges of copyright from a faculty member’s perspective. nancy

Join us on Wednesday, November 11 from 3:30-5:00pm in ASC’s Hearth Room. Refreshments will provided; register here to reserve your seat!

We’ve asked Nancy to address the following topics:

  • what constitutes Fair Use
  • choosing/providing access to course materials
  • obtaining permission to use a copyrighted work

But come prepared with any other questions you may have: her presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer period.

Nancy is the Copyright Program Librarian at the University of Minnesota libraries. She holds a JD from the University of Michigan Law School and an MLIS from Rutgers University and says that her job is not to be the “copyright police” on her campus, but to help individuals and groups throughout the University community to understand issues surrounding copyright and scholarly communication. She is fascinated by copyright law in all of its aspects, and in particular, how individuals construct understandings of copyright as it relates to their own scholarly, artistic, professional, personal, cultural, and communicative activities.

She has published articles and presented at conferences about copyright issues, technology, and emerging forms of scholarship.

Libraries, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Therapy Dogs and Bunnies at the Library!

Hear ye, hear ye!  The ever-popular Therapy Pets will be in the OSF Library rotunda

6-8pm on Wednesday, September 24th!

We’re nearly a month into the semester, and that back-to-school energy is starting to wane.  But have no fear: the library is here!

Take a break from your paper to give a friendly dog a pat or watch a few hops from a fluffy (and amazingly talented) agility bunny.*

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They are sure to bring to a smile back to your face and bounce back to your own step as you remember a fluffy loved one at home.  Bring your friends, roommates, and cameras and be ready for a fun time!

Tweet at #ustlibpets; we can’t wait to see your pics.

As always, remember that library staff are available to assist you find any help or information you need!


*Curious about agility bunnies?  These fun rabbits are from a group that is determined to beat out cats in the cute video department. Check this short clip out  to see more about the “Rabbit Revolution” –  it stars several of “our” bunnies!

Libraries, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Stress Free Zone @ UST Libraries

Is studying for finals getting you down?  Stress Free Zone

From Monday-Friday of this week, stop by the library’s Stress Free Zone, located in the Leather Room (#108), to enjoy a break from your studies. Puzzles, games, coloring, and other stress-reducing activities will be available, along with healthy study and finals stress management tips.

The ever-popular Therapy Pets, both dogs and bunnies, will also be returning to the OSF library rotunda from 6-8pm on Study Monday, 12/16.  Check this blog and the UST Libraries Facebook page for more information.

Remember: studies show that taking regular breaks can help concentration and increase productivity, especially if you let yourself relax during the break.

Amidst all of the stress, we hope you get a chance to relax this week, and as always, let any library staff know if there is something we can do to help you finish your work!

Libraries, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

It’s Love Your Technology Week!


Sponsored by IRT, the library’s technology students will be hosting events all week to help promote safe computing and general computing knowledge. Stop by for some info or to get your personal device engraved – all for free!

There will be a game hosted each day, and winners will get prizes like Davanni’s gift cards! Also personal engraving, computer cleaning service, and much more. Check out the calendar below for a schedule of events.

All events will take place in OSF Room 108.

1073310_10152196378514338_323494824_oCan’t wait to see you there!  Get any updates, and let your friends know you’re going, too, by checking out the Tech Week Facebook event page!


What is this RefWorks thing, anyway?!

Have you heard of RefWorks but don’t know quite what it is or how to use it?


If so, today is your lucky day!

RefWorks is an online research management, writing and collaboration tool — it’s designed to help researchers (ahem, that means  you!) easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies.

In short, RefWorks is something that can save your skin when working on all those pesky research papers that seem to pop up when you just so happen to be a college student.

RefWorks allows you to do all sorts of nifty things, like:

  • Create a personal database online where you can store an unlimited amounts of references that are, accessible from any computer without having to  download or install any software
  • Import references automatically from a wide variety of databases.
  • Organize references so that you can sort and search your stored references quickly and easily.
  • Format citations and bibliographies instantly in any of hundreds of styles: (APA, MLA, Turabian, etc.)
  • Attach files to your citations (100MB of file storage for attaching files at up to 5MB each)

In order to use RefWorks you must create an account.  But, thanks to how UST’s subscription is set up, once you have an account it is yours forever!

Find out more on our RefWorks subject guide or by asking your favorite UST librarian! Also keep on the lookout for some “Just in Time” quick workshops in the library throughout the semester about this and other topics!

Charles J. Keffer Library, Libraries, News & Events

Keffer 2.0 – Under Construction!

For those of you who haven’t heard, in the next few months Keffer library will be undergoing some renovations.  Later this spring, we will be reopening as “Keffer 2.0.”

Keffer staff have been working hard to prepare for this change.  Throughout it all, our main goal is to keep library services and staff available as usual. This has meant moving books, the circulation desk, reference desk, reference collection, and more to temporary locations within the library.

But most importantly, we’re still open!  Library access  is still available through elevators moving between the first and second levels. Once you reach the lower level, we are ready and waiting as usual to help you with whatever research or other help you may need.  We’re extremely grateful for your flexibility as all the construction goes on around us!

To satisfy your curiosity about what’s going on as you work around us, this week has been the start of the more major moving and demolition.  Carpets have been lifted up, walls knocked down, and in general, the space is being prepped for Keffer 2.0.

You may also have noticed how the reference desk has been relocated to room 130.  It and many other materials have moved into nooks and crannies around the library; feel free to ask any library staff if you are having troubles finding anything.   

When construction is finished, we will reopen with the majority of library services located on the second, skyway level. Plans are underway for the lower level to contain the book and periodical stacks as well as a quiet reading area.

Again, we’re  extremely grateful for your flexibility and patience as we stay open for business throughout construction!  Despite all of the change, our focus continues to be providing quality services and research help to the UST community, and we at Keffer are happy to help you with whatever you need.

In the meantime, please feel free to stay tuned for future construction updates; we’ll try to post updated photos to our Facebook page as they’re available.

We look forward to reopen as the “new” Keffer library later this spring!

News & Events

English Department’s Common Context: “Hunger” Events

Excerpted from UST News Service. For more information see Bulletin Today 9/21/2011 and the English Department’s Common Context page.

begging-for-foodresi4The first event for the English Department’s 2011-12 Common Context, “Hunger,” is tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 22. Students, faculty and staff are invited to join colleagues over the convocation hour at the UST Stewardship Garden behind Brady Educational Center. Participants will learn about urban gardening and food sustainability on campus. Student gardeners also will demonstrate how to make salsa from fresh tomatoes.

This year’s events are focused on numerous aspects of hunger and scarcity on a global and local scale, but they also are designed to inspire the consideration of related dimensions of hunger including desire, longing and the struggle for justice. All students in ENGL 121 Critical Thinking: Literature and Writing will examine at least one text that focuses on this theme of hunger.

Fall Common Context events:

  • 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27 – Film: “We Feed the World,” co-sponsored by UST Libraries. Location: Room 126, John R. Roach Center for the Liberal Arts.
  • 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4 – Film: “A Screaming Man” (Une Homme qui crie), co-sponsored by UST Libraries. Location: Room 126, John R. Roach Center for the Liberal Arts.
  • 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 – Film: “Our Daily Bread,” co-sponsored by American Culture and Difference and UST Libraries.  The film will be followed by a Q-and-A session with Dr. Kanishka Chowdhury of the English Department. Location: Room 126, John R. Roach Center for the Liberal Arts.
  • Noon Tuesday, Nov. 1 – Presentation: “Geography of Hunger in the Twin Cities: Exploring the Food Desert.”  Location: O’Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium.
  • Noon Tuesday, Nov. 8 – Food Issues panel discussion moderated by Todd Lawrence. Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer of Justice and Peace Studies, Simon Emms from Biology and student Aaron Hays discuss important issues related to food, hunger and justice. Location: O’Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium.
  • 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 – Film: “Hunger” co-sponsored by UST Libraries. Location: Room 126, John R. Roach Center for the Liberal Arts.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 1, through Friday, Dec. 23: “Food for Fines” food drive with UST Libraries for Francis Basket Food Shelf. Drop-off sites for nonperishable items: Archbishop Ireland Memorial Library and O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center.

Common Context events are offered with assistance from UST Libraries, the American Culture and Difference program, the Geography Department, Justice and Peace Studies, the Biology Department, and Environmental Studies.

News & Events

All are invited to poster session on Dogs, July 6, in O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library

From 11am – Noon on Wednesday, July 6, all in the campus community are cordially invited to attend a special presentation of research posters created by students from the Aquinas Scholars Honors Seminar: “Dogs!!! Environment, Society, and Representation.”  You’ll find the posters displayed in the the O’Shaughnessy Room of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Room 108.  

Students will be available to answer questions about their research, which focused on topics ranging from dog park use to service dog training and how people characterize their relationship with their dogs.  

Snacks and beverages will be provided  —  we hope you will stop in!

Database Highlights & Trials, Uncategorized

Bike Walk Week

bikewalkweekShout out to all who participated in Bike Walk Week.  Today was THE day if you were only going to pick one day to not drive alone in your car but instead bike, walk, carpool, or take public transportation.  There are freebies (mostly coffee and baked goods) from participating companies scattered all throughout the metro area.  I got a lovely free coffee cake and tea from our neighbors at Trotter’s Cafe.  Mmmm… delish!

The Twin Cities Bike Walk Week website has tons of info to help you out if you want to make this a summer-long activity.  boneshakerOr if you’re more research-oriented, you can check out Mechanical & Transportation Abstracts for  articles on bike engineering, bike commuting or bike safety.  Even bigger than Mechanical & Transportation Abstracts, is the new Engineering Research Database. ERD can handle all your engineering article needs.  It’s pretty big.   Also, not suprisingly, GreenFile has a lot of articles on biking from environment/ecology journals.

If you weren’t able to get out on your bike this week due to the hundred degree weather, and then the 50 degree weather and finally rain, don’t fret, you got all summer to go for it.  So go for it.

News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

UST Libraries’ Food For Fines program helps Franciscan Brothers of Peace

IMG_0186Nathan Wunrow, circulation supervisor at the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library, has successfully managed for the second year a “Food for Fines” program  whereby patrons owing late fees on their library materials pay the fines, not with money, but with food donations instead.   

The program began on the first day of Library Week in mid-April and continued through the end of spring semester.   These donations helped alleviate $1,588.95 in fines.  

The participating UST Libraries took in a total of 811.5 lbs. of canned food and it has been delivered to the Franciscan Brothers of Peace.    Last year’s donation was a smaller 288 lbs, however the duration of the program was just one week long.

Nathan says: “Thanks go to Paul Hietpas of Physical Plant for letting us use his scale, and thank you to everyone who supported this program.”