Thursday, December 18, 2014

Minnesota Electronic Health Library

Did you know that your health care provider might not have access to the latest medical research?

Access to clinical information resources is costly and many of Minnesota's health providers do not have access to the information they need to best support patient care and education.

The University of Minnesota seeks to address this issue through its legislative request to fund the Minnesota electronic Health Library (MeHL), an initiative that would provide equal access to evidence-based clinical information resources for all Minnesotans.

Visit the MeHL website to learn more about this initiative and how you can support it!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Your holiday playlist

Recently our Question of the Week asked you: What is your favorite holiday song?

You replied with a great list of holiday songs, so we had to make a Spotify playlist. Just hit the play button to listen to it:

And this is a great playlist. Songs include old favorites like "Jingle Bell Rock" and "O Holy Night," to newer songs like Kelly Clarkson's "Underneath the Tree" and Ariana Grande's "Santa Tell Me."

So when you're relaxing on your holiday vacation, check out the playlist you gave us. Thanks for all the suggestions and have a good vacation!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Our 2014 Favorites

There are so many "best of" and "favorites of" 2014 lists out there, so we thought it'd be fun to see what library staff and library student workers call their favorites of 2014.

Here are our favorite books, movies, television shows, music, and more that we loved in 2014.


Library staff

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Ms. Marvel: Volume 1 by G. Willow Wilson
A Shiver of Light by Laurell K. Hamilton
The Darkest Whisper by Gena Showalter
The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better by Richard G. Wilkinson and Kate Picket
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
From Pompeii: The Afterlife of a Roman Town by Ingrid Rowland
The Girl in the Blue Beret by Bobbie Ann Mason

Library student workers

Noah Gordon by Der Medicus
My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
What I Thought was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Hard Choices by Hillary Clinton
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Divergent Series by Veronica Roth
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
Gone Series by Michael Grant


There were a lot of movies that came up again and again, with students and with staff, so we decided to combine them. Here's a word cloud of the movies library staff and library student workers loved this year.


Library staff

Library staff favorite TV shows include: Gotham, Homeland, The Walking Dead, Falling Skies, Criminal Minds, Sherlock, Bones, NCIC, Covert Affairs, The Roosevelts, and Downton Abbey.

Library student workers

Library student workers favorite TV shows include: Revenge, The Blacklist, New Girl, Brooklyn 99, Broadchurch, Hemlock Grove, Bones, Elementary, NCIS, Once Upon a Time, Project Runway, and Supernatural.


Library staff

Apparently library staff are "All About That Bass." That song by Meghan Trainor came up the most for staff members.

Other musical interests of the staff include: The Avett Brothers, Trampled by Turtles, Father John Misty, Kacey Musgraves, and "Everything is Awesome" from The Lego Movie.

Library student workers

The library student workers were really loving Sam Smith this year.

Other musical interests of our student workers include: James Vincent McMorrow, G-Eazy, Ed Sheeran, Imagine Dragons, Coldplay, Lorde, Taylor Swift, One Direction, and Pentatonix. Some songs highlighted include: "Am I Wrong" by Nico & Vinz, "Bang Bang" by Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nikki Minaj, "Take Me to Church" by Hozier, "All of Me" by John Legend, and "Rude" by Magic.


Some library staff members listed some other favorites of 2014 including new staff at the library. There have been a lot of changes in the library, including the introduction of four new staff members and Emily Asch moving into the Library Director position.

Another staff member stated that the "introduction of shutting down interstate highways and malls as a form of protest with the "no justice, no profits" theme" is a favorite from 2014.


So, these are some of our favorites. What are some of yours?

Friday, December 5, 2014

De-Stress Fest Dec 10 & 11!

Finals stressing you out? Get some relief at the library. Join us for De-Stress Fest! Free food, therapy dogs, hot cocoa bar, ping pong, and more!

December 10 from 6-8pm and December 11 from 11:30am-1:30pm at the Library, St. Paul Campus, and The Pulse.

You won't want to miss all the fun. To see all the pictures from last year's De-Stress Fest, just go to the Library Events page.

It's puzzle time

Need a break from studying? Feeling a little stressed? Come take a break in the library, St. Paul campus, and help us put this puzzle together:

You know you want to see the puppies. And, besides the cute puppies, doing puzzles is good for your brain. Come into the library to exercise your brain today!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Adé Bethune Lecture Series Wrap-Up Luncheon

Thursday, December 4
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Coeur de Catherine 362

Did you attend the Adé Bethune: The Power of One Person exhibition or any of the accompanying lectures? Would you like to talk about what you saw and heard with others? Here's your chance!

You are invited to gather for lunch and a discussion of observations from the Adé Bethune lecture series. University Archivist and exhibition curator Deborah Kloiber will join the group. Please come prepared with a comment or question to share.

Cost for the luncheon is $20.00 per person. For more information or to register, please contact Ruth Brombach at or 651-690-8665.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Text & chat with us

You can now text & chat with the St. Kate's librarians!

Don't want to leave your room and visit us at the reference desk? No problem. Have a quick question on how to cite something? Easy peasy. Just text us or chat with us and we can help you.