Welcome Faculty!

Greetings to all faculty members returning for the Fall 2014 semester! There have been a few changes at the Library over the summer that we would like to tell you about, and we would like to remind you of services that the Library offers to support the great work that you do.

New Library Liaison Assignments

  • Isabel Ezquerra, Library Liaison for the School of Science, Technology, & Engineering Management, iezquerra@stu.edu, 305-628-6672
  • Isabel Medina, Library Liaison for the School of Leadership Studies, imedina@stu.edu, 305-628-6769
  • Jonathan Roach, Library Liaison for the School of Theology & Ministry and for Ph.D. in Practical Theology, jroach@stu.edu, 305-628-6627
  • Nina Rose*, Library Liaison for the School of Business, nrose@stu.edu, 305-628-6665
  • Larry Treadwell, Library Liaison for Biscayne College and for Doctorate of Education Leadership, ltreadwell@stu.edu, 305-474-6860
  • Elliot Williams, Library Liaison for Departments of English, Humanities, History, Philosophy, and Global Studies, edwilliams@stu.edu, 305-474-6863

*Nina Rose is our new Outreach Librarian.

New eBook Portal

We have added a new ebook platform to our collection, 3M Cloud Library, for ebooks in the popular reading category. 3M eAudiobooks are coming in October. Our collection now includes more than 200,000 ebooks, available from the following vendors:

  • EBSCOhost E-Book Collection (Academic Content)
  • E-Book Library by EBL (Academic Content)
  • 3M Cloud Library (Popular Content)
  • ATLA E-Books Series 1 and 2 (Religion Content)
  • Slavery and Anti-Slavery Archive (Historic Content)
  • Latin American and Caribbean Portal (Academic Content)
  • Tourism E-Book by Ovid (Tourism Content)

eBooks from all of these vendors are catalogued in the Library’s WorldCat catalog. If you have a few moments before the semesters kicks in to high gear, go ahead and get the 3M app and BlueFire (or other reader apps) uploaded to your mobile devices, download Adobe Digital Editions, create an Adobe ID for your devices, and test drive a 3M and EBL ebook to make sure you have it all up and running. Instructions and helpful links are available here on the library website. Come see Nina Rose at the reference desk weekdays from 9 a.m. -10 a.m. for Advice For Your Device, and I’ll be happy to troubleshoot for you.

Faculty Support Services

The library would like to remind you of some faculty support services that we offer to help you plan for the coming semester:

  • Collection development supporting your school’s curriculum and faculty research needs. Contact your liaison to order resources, or place your order online using this form
  • Library instructional sessions keyed to assignments to give student research skills a boost. Contact Larry Treadwell (contact info above) to schedule a session
  • Reference services 7 days per week, in person and via chat and e-mail
  • Faculty reserves. Visit the Circulation Desk to complete a Faculty Reserves Form
  • Promotion of faculty publications

Also, for faculty teaching online courses, the Library has developed a Guide for Teaching Online Classes of University Library Support Services and Collections.

Follow Us on Social Media

Plans for some great events and series are in the works. Please follow us on social media to stay informed about upcoming events and new library resources and services:

We are looking forward to supporting your teaching and scholarship in the 2014-15 academic year!

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STU through the decades!

Did you know you can access digital copies of the St. Thomas University yearbook Logos? Full-color digital copies can be accessed via the library catalog, just search for Logos and St. Thomas University.

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Years available: 1970 – 1981, 1983-85, and 1999.

Get ready to show your Bobcat Pride! Learn more about Homecoming by visiting: http://www.stu.edu/StudentLife/Homecoming/tabid/5224/Default.aspx

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What’s happening at the Library – November edition

Join the University Library for National Gaming Day on Monday, November 18th from 11am – 4pm in the Convocation Hall, or take a Bagel Break with us on Monday, November 25th at 10am in the Library Atrium.
And don’t forget to browse through our new library displays. We’ve got brand new New York Times bestsellers, Bobcat Read classics, and works by current and previous Nobel Prize winners in Literature on display and waiting to be checked out.
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Don’t miss the Immigration Reform Committee’s Film Series, co-hosted by the Library

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What’s happening at the library – October edition

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And stay tuned for more info on Bobcat Read Week (October 28 – November 1).

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Star Wars are Back in Town – a guest post by Monica Rekkedal

Are you a Star Wars fan? St. Thomas University is holding a reading event for all students at the library the 28th of October until the 1st of November. The concept of the event is to try to inspire students at St. Thomas to participate in reading more books from different authors. The students will also have the opportunity to go to the movies and play a character in a play at St. Thomas. Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope is the tile of the book for this semester, and “Shakespeare” is the author.

St. Thomas University in Miami is known for holding events based on reading weeks to inspire students to be more engaged with books, learn about different authors, and interact with other students to experience new learning opportunities. The library administrator at St. Thomas University, Jonathan C. Roach, points out how important it is to choose a title and an author that can create interest among the student body at the University. It is important to choose a good title and reading material that arouses the interest of students. It is like a commercial. He states, “If there is something familiar and nice that we want, it attracts our interest in our daily life.”

The title and the author of the book for the reading event this semester is “Star Wars” written by “Shakespeare”. The reason why this book was chosen was because people are familiar with the film Star Wars, it is a book that is fun to read, and every teenager or adult has probably watched the movies at least once. The book will also help the students to learn more about Shakespeare and his style of writing. The book also contains a lot of good information, for example culture and religion. To attract students to join the Bobcat Read celebration, the University Library is organizing events on the book, including a film viewing and a play where students can participate and take on the role of one of the characters from Shakespeare’s Star Wars . Lauren Lightfoot, one of the students at St. Thomas, says that this is a great opportunity to learn a lot about different books, cultures, and getting more knowledge on everyday life. The reading week, combined with the events held by the Library, is really fun and is a great opportunity to interact with people, make friends, participate in a play, and go to movies.  She says that she did not like reading books before but has joined in the Bobcat Read events for the last 3 years.

The Instructional Coordinator at the St. Thomas University Library, Lawrence Treadwell, says that “Bobcat Read Week” has received many good responses from students and other participants at the University. He says, “Most people have told us that they think it was fun, and I have seen many familiar students participate for many of the events we have held. It makes us very happy that so many students like the concept. We started this event 10 years ago, and we hold an event combined with a book one time per semester.” The previous titles for Bobcat Read have included The Hunger Games, The Devil Wears Prada, The Hobbit, and The Kite Runner.  The Library’s staff have many ideas for how this upcoming book event. The events will be the 28th of October until the 1st of November. Professors will be invited to speak and students to present projects and take part in a dramatic play where they can be a little childish and live the part of a Star Wars action hero. Ariel Listo, is an eager student who has a passion for Star Wars and has a huge collection that includes all the movies and action figures. He thinks it is cool that the book’s title includes Star Wars, and is very excited to participate as in the play.

Bobcat Read Week is an inspirational event where students can get involved with reading books, interacting with each other, and socialize through events, such as movies and plays. These reading events are popular amongst students and people of all ages are joining every year. The administrators at the library at St. Thomas are surprised by the good feedback they received from most of the students who participate in these events. Many students have changed their opinions about books. Every person has an inner child that wants to be reborn.   If you are a Star Wars fan, and dream about being one of the heroes in this world, then you should join the event. Find your inner child and pretend you are one of the heroes in the Star Wars movie out to save the universe.  The events will take place at the library at St. Thomas University during the week of October 28 until the 1st of November. All are welcome to join.

This news story is the part of an assignment for COM343-01- Multiplatform Journalism Reporting submitted to the Institute for Communication Entertainment and Media (ICEM) at St. Thomas University, written under the supervision of Dr Sony J. Raj

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What’s happening at the library – September edition

Just some of the great events happening at the University Library in September. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on the latest library events.

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Bobcat Read – Shakespeare’s Star Wars Video Contest

Haven’t read the Bobcat Read book yet? There’s still time to pick up a copy before Bobcat Read Week!

Like to shoot videos on your phone? The Library is hosting a video contest to celebrate Bobcat Read. Students and Faculty are invited to shoot and share a YouTube, Vine, or Instagram video (#BobcatRead) promoting William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope by Ian Doescher. There will be prizes and an award ceremony on Wednesday, October 30th.

Links to the videos should be submitted to Jonathan Roach at jroach@stu.edu by Wednesday October 16 at midnight to be considered.

Creativity, parody, and costumes are encouraged!

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Visit the University Library for more details or for help with locations, actors, props, or costumes.

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Welcome Back!

Welcome back, Bobcats!

Here’s what’s happening at the Library….

We’re getting ready for another great series of Bobcat Read Events. This Fall’s Bobcat Read selection is William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope by  Ian Doescher.

starwarsInspired by one of the greatest creative minds in the English language-and William Shakespeare-here is an officially licensed retelling of George Lucas’s epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. ’Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearsome Stormtroopers, signifying…pretty much everything.

Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter—and complete with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations–William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Zounds! This is the book you’re looking for.

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Stay tuned for more on Bobcat Read in the coming weeks!

You can also check out books from our latest display, inspired by the much talked about 14 Books to Read Before They Hit The Big Screen list on BuzzFeed.

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Preview the selections on the Library’s Pinterest board.

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What’s happening at the Library

Hey Bobcats! Hope you’re having a great summer! At the University Library, we’re getting ready to make sure you have a great Fall term as well by bringing you new resources–databases, e-books, and more–to help you find the information you need to succeed in class.

Here’s the latest addition to our collection of online journals

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You can find the South Florida Business Journal and more on the library’s A-Z e-Research listing.

We’re also finding new ways to connect with you!

Be sure to follow us on:

facebook_zpsb26b221f  Facebook for the latest news and updates on library hours, events, and more.

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twitter_zps70f599b2And tweet us your questions @STULibrary or follow us for updates.

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