Tuesday, July 12, 2016

ILL access 7/13

Starting around 9 p.m. on July 13, and lasting for 4-5 hours, our interlibrary loan system will be down for upgrades. During this time you will be unable to place interlibrary loans and you will not be able to enter the system to retrieve interlibrary loans.

This interruption should not affect any interlibrary loans you place before this time period, but if you do have any troubles or any questions, contact interlibrary loan at:

Thank you, and sorry for this interruption.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Library access July 4 weekend

UPDATE 7/4: Off-campus access to library databases appear to be working again. Let us know if you're still having issues accessing them - library@stkate.edu.
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Due to the Kateway update, all off-campus access to library databases has unexpectedly become inaccessible.

We have contacted IT to see if there is any way they can fix the login, but we do not have a time frame for when it may be back up and running.

We apologize for this inconvenience.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

2 Reference Graduate Assistantship positions

Come work with us in the St. Kate's Library!

For fall 2016 we have two Reference Graduate Assistantship positions open in the St. Paul Campus Library.

In these positions, MLIS graduate students will provide professional reference service to students, faculty, and staff of St. Catherine University. Students will get hands-on experience providing research help, including citation assistance, and will be mentored by and work alongside four professional reference librarians at the St. Paul Campus.

For more information about the positions and how to apply, visit our Reference Graduate Assistantship job description page.

If you have any questions, contact LeAnn Suchy at llsuchy@stkate.edu or 651.690.6693.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Archives Display: St. Kate's First 10 Presidents

As St. Kate's prepares for a new president we  look back on past ones.  Becky Roloff will be our eleventh president, so who were the women who came before her?  This display commemorates the first ten presidents of St. Catherine University, with artifacts connected to them drawn from the University Archives.  From Mother Antonia McHugh, famed for being our first college president, to Sister Andrea, who is just leaving us now, each president is represented.

One thing that is made clear through these artifacts is the constant communication between past and present presidents.  The Phi Beta Kappa pin of President Antonine O'Brien is accompanied by a note from President Alberta Huber, explaining that it was a loan Sister Antonine did not want returned.  Also on display is friendly correspondence from Sister Mary Edward Healy (president 1961-1964) to Sister Mary William Brady (president 1955-1961) concerning trips to Ireland and Rome.

Also evident is the recognition of St. Kate's presidents.  Class pins, honors pins, and a rosary gifted by Pope John XXIII sit beside documents celebrating presidents.  Not only was May 1st, 1979 declared Sister Alberta Huber day by the mayor of St. Paul in honor of President Huber's dedication to education, but President Anita Pampusch was invited to the White House by then First Lady Hillary Clinton in recognition of women in higher education.  Inside the envelope, beside the invitation, is a request from the Social Secretary of the White House asking President Pampusch to respond at her earliest convenience, "giving date of birth and social security number."  An invitation photo ID were needed to enter the visitor's entrance of the White House.  It is lucky we do not need such rigorous documentation to make appointments with the president of St. Kate's!

From Mother Antonia's passport photo and monogrammed silverware to a paperweight donated by Sister Andrea, this collection of artifacts and documents gives just a hint at the presidents of St. Catherine University.  To learn more, stop by the display itself, or, even better, come and visit us!

For more information on the history of St. Catherine University, visit the Archives and Special Collections online or in person in Room 062 in the lower level of the Library; open Monday-Friday from 9:30-4:30.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Archives Spotlight: Children's Book Week

This is Children's Book Week, a time to celebrate books and get kids interested in lifelong reading. And of course, you don't have to be young to enjoy reading children's books!  Take a break from end-of-the-semester stress and browse the Libraries' collection of juvenile literature.

If you would like to explore children's literature further, especially storytelling and folklore, you may be interested in the Ruth Sawyer Collection.  The collection is found in the Archives and Special Collections and is in two parts.

  • Old and new books providing a history of children's literature, including first editions of Ruth Sawyer's books, Caldecott and Newbery award-winning books, and other books of historical value
  • Ruth Sawyer's papers, which contain typescripts of many of her stories, her letters, recordings of her telling favorite stories, and awards she received.

If you would like to see either the books in the collection or the Ruth Sawyer Papers, visit the Archives and Special Collections. Please make an appointment first by contacting archives@stkate.edu or 651-690-6553. We are on the lower level of the St. Paul library and open Mondays through Fridays from 9:30-4:30.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

National Library Week - Future of Libraries


In the story Crow and Weasel by Barry Lopez, the character Badger reminds us of the importance of stories in our lives. He says, "The stories people tell have a way of taking care of them. If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive. That is why we put these stories in each other's memories. This is how people care for themselves. ”

I often think about these words when asked about the future of libraries. Those of us working in libraries are often asked by people when they meet us and upon learning that we're a librarian what we think about Google. How do we feel about the decline in reading? Are we worried about the internet? What about iPads? Do people even use libraries anymore? Many of us smile knowingly, and depending on how well we know the person, how we are feeling that day, or what we had for breakfast, we might suggest some additional information for the person to consider, such as the latest studies that show reading is up, particularly among young adults. We might cite studies showing the value of libraries to communities, particular in tight economic times. Or we might editorialize about the fact that the internet, rather than "tearing down community," can be places where people come together, form connections, create, and in fact "read."

Libraries are not just places where stories are cared for and preserved, though they are that. They are places that facilitate the creation and sharing of life-giving stories. These stories come in many forms, some are fiction, some are non-fiction; they come in many formats, some are electronic and some are printed, some are visual, and some are not written down at all. Libraries are dynamic places that are both rooted in tradition and forward looking. Though there is work to be done to make sure we are relevant, to ensure that our services, collections, and spaces reflect all of our users, and to articulate this relevance to our communities, I am not actually worried about a future in which libraries don't matter.

In her book, Why Be Happy, When You Could be Normal, Jeanette Winterson talks about her experiences and loneliness as a teen. She talks about how important literature was for her in connecting her with the world and helping her to combat the isolation and despair that she felt. “I had no one to help me, but the T. S. Eliot helped me," she writes, "So when people say that poetry is a luxury, or an option, or for the educated middle classes, or that it shouldn’t be read at school because it is irrelevant, or any of the strange stupid things that are said about poetry and its place in our lives, I suspect that the people doing the saying have had things pretty easy. A tough life needs a tough language – and that is what poetry is. That is what literature offers – a language powerful enough to say how it is. It isn’t a hiding place. It is a finding place.” We hope that our library is a finding place for all of our community.

- Heather Tompkins, Head of Collection Services

Friday, April 15, 2016

National Library Week - Archives and Special Collections


We've posted before about some of the interesting and fun things in the Archives and Special Collections (see "Found in the Archives" and "New in the Archives").  But for National Library Week we're sharing examples of how our collections have helped people with their research.
  • TRW student have used scrapbooks and oral history transcripts as the basis for their "interview" papers.
  • Honors students have researched changes to the Dew Drop pond, Japanese-American students at St. Kate's during World War II, and the history of space use on campus for their senior projects.
  • Graduate social work students have studied Ade Bethune's connection to the Catholic Worker movement (including her correspondence with Dorothy Day) and the activities of the Catholic Interracial Council of the Twin Cities.

But you don't need a class assignment to come to the Archives!  There are plenty of other uses like these.
  • Clubs have explored the history of food service on campus, or how events, such as the Dew Drop Bop and Feast of St. Catherine, were celebrated in the past.
  • Speech students selected photos from the Archives for their renovated lounge.
  • Wheel journalists have researched stories about St. Kate's history.

If you're interested in visiting the Archives and Special Collections, for whatever reason, let us know.  Contact us at archives@stkate.edu or just drop by.  We're in the lower level of the St. Paul campus library; hours are Mondays through Fridays, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm.