Friday, August 26, 2016

New library website coming next week!

We will be unveiling a new library website next week, so below is your sneak peek at what the homepage will look like. (Click the image to make it larger.)

We tried to keep a lot of the same elements, so giving you quick access to a search that searches all our book collection and the majority of our databases. And giving you quick access to an Articles page (it's called Databases on our current site) where you can easily find databases to search by subject area.

We'll make a little video showcasing some things on the new site when we go live, but don't hesitate to ask us questions.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Changes to St. Paul Media Services

After 42+ years working in Media Services in the St. Paul Library, Ann Piotrowski is retiring. We wish Ann well.

With her retirement some things in Media Services in St. Paul will be changing. Here are some of the changes.

Video Reserves & Booking

Need a St. Kate's-owned video for class? Please now contact:

Jenny Peters
St. Paul Library, CdC 133

Video Purchases

Want St. Kate's to purchase a video for classroom use? Please now contact:

Heather Tompkins
St. Paul Library, CdC 65

Media Services

Need classroom technology or support? Contact:

Rodney Fillmore
St. Paul Library, CdC 130

Monday, August 22, 2016

Off-campus access TODAY, 8/22

Off-campus access will be interrupted this morning while we implement our new EZproxy server.  We apologize for the inconvenience and we'll have it up and running again as soon as possible.

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 -

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 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.