#MyLibraryPic Winner!


St. Thomas University Library was randomly selected as an official prizewinner in the Cengage Learning #MyLibraryPic Photo Sweepstakes. We won $150! This is the winning pic, taken by our Social Media Intern, Jonluc Borno, who works with the Outreach Librarian, Nina Rose. Jonluc wrote about the photo in this Facebook post. It’s an Opticon compact Bluetooth scanner that our staff uses to inventory our print collections—a little tool that makes the job a lot easier. Now Jonluc and Nina get to go shopping for a great outreach tool!

University Library Joins Catholic Research Resources Alliance

St. Thomas University Library and the Archbishop John C. Favalora Archive & Museum have joined the Catholic Newspapers Program of the Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA). The CRRA is a nonprofit alliance of institutions collaborating to deliver projects and services in support of its mission—”to provide enduring global access to Catholic research resources in the Americas.” The CRRA initiated the Catholic Newspapers Program in 2011 “to provide access to all extant Catholic newspapers published in North America.” Metadata Librarian Jessica Orozco of St. Thomas University Library and Assistant Archivist Julia Ricks of the Archbishop John C. Favalora Archive & Museum will spearhead the university’s involvement in this program.

Catholic Newspapers Program

Initiatives of the Catholic Newspapers Program include creating a comprehensive database of information about North American Catholic newspaper collections on International Coalition on Newspapers (ICON), collaborating with its partners on the digitization of newspapers identified as being a priority, encouraging local newspaper digitization projects, and developing a shared repository for Catholic newspapers. Its latest initiative, Vatican II Years (1958-1972), involves the digitization of nearly 250,000 pages from 11,700 issues of designated Catholic newspapers that chronicled the events surrounding The Second Vatican Council. The CRRA also maintains a list of Catholic Newspapers Online.

Relevance of Catholic Newspapers

Catholic newspapers are not well-represented in commercial and public digital databases of historical American newspapers. Yet, they are relevant to an array of issues across disciplines, including topics such as class formation, ethnicity, adaptation to new environments, religious discrimination, charitable work and social justice, school systems, and hospitals. Catholic newspapers in the United States have also played a critical role in communicating with and welcoming new immigrant groups.

St. Thomas University’s Catholic Newspaper Collection

VoiceHeadlineSt. Thomas University Library has digitized all issues of The Voice weekly newspaper of the Archdiocese of Miami and its two-page Spanish-language insert La Voz Catolica. The Voice was published as the official newspaper of the Archdiocese until November 1990, when it merged with the Florida Catholic, which serves the archdioceses of Miami, Orlando, Palm Beach, and Venice, Florida. The Library’s digital collection of The Voice contains the complete run, spanning from March 1959 to October 1990, the final issue of The Voice. The digital collection of La Voz includes issues from 1990 to 2015, with some missing volumes. The Florida Catholic is also archived by the Library, with digital copies available from 2009 to 2012, and 2015, with gaps for the years 2013 and 2014. The Library also holds print copies of these newspapers.

The Library and Archbishop John C. Favalora Archive & Museum are also in the process of digitizing photographs from The Voice and La Voz Editorial Photograph Collection and making them accessible on Shared Shelf Commons. To view the photographic collection, on the Browse page of Shared Shelf Commons, scroll down to St. Thomas University: The Voice, and double click the link to view the images. The Library is also currently in the process of building its collection of The Voice newspaper on the Shared Shelf platform, accessible from the St. Thomas University: The Voice Serials Collection link on the Browse page. Double click, and enjoy!

This blog post was authored by Yva Audate, a St. Thomas University undergraduate student who works as an assistant to Librarian Nina Rose.

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

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.

Summary from GoodReads

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.


Preview the selections on the Library’s Pinterest board.

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

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:

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

The Library on your Mobile Phone

With the start of the new semester, we’d like to remind you of the library’s mobility. What? You check your bank account, find restaurants and look up movie times on your mobile phone, but you’d never thought of using your phone to use the library?


Think again: http://stulibrary.worldcat.org/m


All print materials and DVDs available from St. Thomas University Library are now searchable through your mobile phone, complete with availability information and call numbers. And soon you’ll be seeing links to online resources like journals, scholarly articles and eBooks, too. Just need the hours? Right there on top. Faster to call or e-mail about an item? The phone number and email address is front and center.


Will my phone work?

Chances are, yes it will. If your phone has a Web browser on it—whether or not it’s a smart phone—it should work for you. Any phone capable of running JavaScript or a Java-based Web browser such as Opera Mini or Bolt is supported. No app required! The only catch is, you have to have a data plan for your phone.


Now you can be productive no matter where you are—waiting in line, waiting for a class to start, waiting for a professor’s office hours—you can decide what materials you’d like to explore further at the library and make best use of your time when you’re physically on campus and in the library. You can even e-mail yourself the citation for an item, so you won’t ever be stuck at the last minute with an incomplete “Works Cited” page for your paper.


Feedback encouraged

The mobile service is still fairly new for us and we’d love to hear how it’s working for you. Please use the feedback button on the site itself to let the developers know what you think!







Welcome back!

The Spring semester is well under way and the faculty and staff at the STU library are here to help you with your research needs. Stop by and check out the latest New York Times bestsellers in Fiction and Non-Fiction, and our display of books on film, education, and language.

The library will be hosting its first event of the semester tomorrow night, January 20 at 5 pm in the Convocation Hall. Join the STU School of Ministry and Theology for An Evening of Fellowship with Tom Cordaro. This event will be streamed online here.

Library Christmas Display

Come visit the library and check out our festive Christmas display!

While you’re here, take the time to browse our selection of Health and Wellness resources,  on display in the library atrium until December 10th.

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A new beginning

Welcome to the new, St. Thomas University library blog. This blog will serve as a site for library news, event announcements, and general updates.