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NEW POPULAR BOOKS NOW AVAILABLE

New additions to the Doherty Library current popular fiction and non-fiction collection are now available for checkout.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the collection contains over 150 titles.

The books are on display in the main lobby and can be checked out at the circulation desk.

Fiction:

AmericanahChimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Americanah

Sue Monk Kidd – The Invention of Wings

Phil Klay – Redeployment

Christina Baker Kline – Orphan Train

Yiyun Li – Kinder Than Solitude

The Invention of WingsAnna Quindlen – Still Life with Bread Crumbs

Ransom Riggs – Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children)

Donal Ryan – The Spinning Heart

Elizabeth Strout – The Burgess Boys

Non-Fiction:

Andrew J. Bacevich – Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country

ThriveSusan Cain – Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

Pete Gershon – Painting the Town Orange: the stories behind Houston’s visionary art environments

Michael Gibney  - Sous Chef: 24 Hours on the Line

Rebecca Goldstein  - Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away

Breach of TrustArianna Huffington – Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder

Elizabeth Kolbert – The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

Sheryl Sandberg – Lean In for Graduates

Jonathan Silvertown – The Long and Short of It: the science of lifespan and aging

New Primary Sources Available Online

Doherty recently added online access to a number of primary source collections. These additions make it easy to search and view thousands of historical documents.

British Foreign Office CorrespondenceDr. Lee Williames & David Theis Collection
Alexander III and the Policy of “Russification,” 1883-1886 - explores the policies of Alexander III as observed by the British diplomatic corps in Russia.
Commercial and Trade Relations Between Tsarist Russia, the Soviet Union and the U.S., 1910-1963 - reproduces instructions to and dispatches from U.S. diplomatic and consular personnel dealing with Russia and the Soviet Union.
World War I and Revolution in Russia, 1914-1918 - documents the Russian entrance into World War I and culminates in reporting on the Revolution in Russia in 1917 and 1918.

McFadden-Moran Collection for Irish Studies Research
The Dublin Castle Records 1798-1926 - makes available original materials documenting the British presence and control in Ireland in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Testaments to the HolocaustThe Albert and Ethel Herzstein Collection
The Middle East Online: Arab-Israeli Relations, 1917-1970 - chronicles the politics, wars, administration and diplomacy surrounding the Palestine Mandate and the Arab-Israeli conflict.
U.S. Relations with the Vatican and the Holocaust, 1940-1950 - offers rare primary sources tied to Myron Taylor, appointed as the president’s representative to the Vatican.
Post-War Europe: Refugees, Exile and Resettlement, 1945-1950 - provides a unique perspective on the lives of the survivors — Jewish and non-Jewish — of the Holocaust and World War II.
Testaments to the Holocaust. Documents and Rare Printed Materials from the Wiener Library, London - primary source documents from the Wiener Library, the oldest institution established for documenting the Nazi regime and Jewish life in Germany from 1933 through the war.

Theology, Economics, and Military Ethics: Works by Recent UST Guests

The UST campus hosted several visiting lecturers this week. Are you interested in learning more about the topics discussed? We have works by several of our campus guests available at Doherty:
N.T. Wright delivered his lecture “Prayer Meets Theology: Paul’s Vision of Christian Transformation” on March 22. He is the former Bishop of Durham in the Church of England and one of the world’s leading Bible scholars. With over sixty books ranging from scholarly studies to books for a more popular audience, Wright’s audiences range from viewers of ABC News and The Colbert Report to attendees of various scholarly and ministry conferences. Click here to find works by Wright at Doherty.

John Silvia is managing director and the chief economist for Wells Fargo. He discussed various topics related to the fundamentals of growth in the U.S.in his lecture “Two Different Growth Paths: Texas and the U.S.”The presentation explored the consumer and the labor market, the changing housing market, business investment, commercial real estate, government contraction, inflation and interest rates, monetary and fiscal policy, profits and credit markets, energy, jobs, housing and commercial real estate. Click here to find works by Silvia at Doherty. 

Andrew Bacevich is Professor of International Relations and History at Boston University; he previously taught at Johns Hopkins University and at West Point, where he graduated in 1969. His lecture “Breach of Trust” critiqued the gulf between America’s soldiers and the society that sends them off to war. Click here to find works by Becevich at Doherty.

New Exhibit: UST’s Society of Macrina

This month, the Doherty exhibit cases feature photos and information about UST’s Society of Macrina.

What is the Society of Macrina?

The Society of Macrina (SOM) is a women’s organization on the campus of the University of St. Thomas. Founded in 2012, SOM continues its work of connecting, supporting, inspiring, and teaching the young women in the campus community so that they might be prepared to lead fulfilling, service-centered, successful lives.

Saint Macrina

Who is St. Macrina?

St. Macrina the Younger (330-379) was the sister of Sts. Basil and Gregory of Nyssa. She received an excellent intellectual training, based on the study of the Holy Bible. By the time she was twelve years old, her father had arranged a marriage for her. However, her fiance died suddenly, and Macrina resolved to devote herself to a life of perpetual virginity and the pursuit of Christian perfection. She exercised great influence over the religious training of her younger brothers, especially St. Peter, and through her St. Gregory received great intellectual stimulation. On the death of their father, Basil took her and their mother to a family estate  in Pontus. Strict asceticism, zealous meditation on the truths of Christianity, and prayer were the chief concerns of this community. Their house offered a refuge to many passers-by: the poor, the sick, and the lonely. St. Gregory left us a a biography of his sister in the form of a panegyric, titled Vita Macrinae Junioris.” Her feast is celebrated on 19 July.*

The Society of Macrina chose its patron because of her example of great love and concern for her family and friends, as well as her welcoming outreach to strangers. Its members ask her blessing as we reach out to women of all backgrounds and interests, and provide them with a sense of love and belonging, and of purpose.

To keep up with Society of Macrina events and activities, check out the organization’s Facebook page. You can also read more about the history of the club on Catholic Online, and sign up for their upcoming Women’s Conference, ““Love and Relationships: A Woman’s Perspective.” 

*Taken from Johann Peter Kirsch, “St. Macrina the Younger,” The Catholic Encyclopedia, Vol. 9.

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Self-Defense Class

Self-Defense Class

Mardi Gras in the Archives

Mardi Gras celebrations are taking place throughout the world today, including here on the UST campus. Tonight the university will host the 64th annual Mardi Gras Gala benefiting the St. Thomas Fund. The Gala is one of the longest running traditions at UST and is well documented in the  UST Archives. There, researchers can explore photos from past galas showcasing glamorous gowns and festive floats. The collection also includes Mardi Gras invitations, programs, and press releases. View samples from the collection online.  If you are interested to explore this collection in person at the archives, please make an arrangement for a visit by calling 713-525-3895.  The Archives are located at 305 Branard Street.

UST Mardi Gras, 1952

UST Mardi Gras, 1954

Friends of the Library Lecture: An Engineer with a Phi Beta Kappa Key in the Math Department

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 12:45 PM to 1:30 PM – Doherty Main Lobby

Why math? Dr. Mary Flagg wants to share how simple everyday objects and concepts can become beautiful and useful mathematics. No algebra skills required!

Why her? She will share her scholarly journey of discovery and challenge you to continue your own journey.

Why here? The University of St. Thomas is a special place in which faculty are able to help students along their journey of discovery and life-long learning. Come share the excitement and insights of a new member of the UST community.

Dr. Mary Flagg has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Rice University and was invited to join Phi Beta Kappa in her junior year. She went on to receive an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, and was nominated to Sigma Xi, the scientific research honor society. Dr. Flagg’s second journey in graduate school resulted in an M.S. and Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Houston, with a specialty in algebra. She worked as a lecturer at the University of Houston before accepting the position of Assistant Professor of Mathematics here at UST.

Herzstein Lecture with Rabbi Shai Held

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM – Cullen Hall
The Annual Herzstein Lecture presents Rabbi Shai Held, Co-Founder, Dean and Chair in Jewish Thought at Mechon Hadar. His lecture is titled “The World is Built on Hesed: Towards a Jewish Theology of Lovingkindness.”

According to Jewish theology, “walking in God’s ways” is the highest level a human being can reach. For the Talmudic Sages, becoming like God consists of compassion, empathy, and presence with people in moments of suffering and vulnerability. In this lecture. Rabbi Held will construct a Jewish theology and spirituality of Hesed, lovingkindness, and explore their implications for religious life and the building of nurturing, dignity-affirming communities. He will also explore creation and covenant as the two paths to lovingkindness in Jewish thought.

There will be a reception after the lecture  in the Doherty Library where Rabbi Held will be signing copies of his book.

Houston Museums: Explore your City

This month’s lobby display features books and publications about museums in the Houston Museum District. With a location in the heart of the Museum District, the UST campus provides students with easy access to  19 museums within a 1.5 mile radius. Most offer a student discount for entry, so there’s no better time to take advantage of what the area has to offer than during your time as a member of the UST community.

Houston Museum of Natural Science - Since its founding in 1909, the goal of the Houston Museum of Natural Science has been to educate the public with knowledge in natural science and related subjects. Dinosaur skeletons, gemstones, and a garden full of butterflies are just a few of the exhibits visitors can explore.

Museum of Fine Arts Houston - Opened in 1924, the Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts was the first art museum in Texas. With over 300,000 square feet of display space and 18 acres of gardens, it remains one of the largest art museums in the United States and welcomes over 2.5 million visitors each year.

Bayou Bend Collection and GardensBayou Bend is the MFAH house museum for American decorative arts and paintings. Displayed in the former home of Houston civic leader and philanthropist Ima Hogg (1882–1975), the collection is one of the finest showcases of American furnishings, silver, ceramics, and paintings in the world.

Buffalo Soldiers National Museum Houston’s Buffalo Soldier Museum is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers, the last of which served during World War II.

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston  The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is a non-collecting institution dedicated to presenting the best and most exciting international, national and regional art of the last 40 years. Founded in 1948, the Museum prides itself on presenting new art and documenting its role in modern life through exhibitions, lectures, original publications and a variety of educational programs and events.

Asia Society TexasAsia Society is the leading global and pan-Asian organization working to strengthen relationships and promote understanding among the people, leaders, and institutions of the United States and Asia. Visit the Center throughout the year for performances, art exhibits, craft activities, and lectures.

 The Menil Collection - The Menil Collection opened in 1987 to preserve and exhibit the art collection of John and Dominique de Menil. Considered one of the most important privately assembled collections of the twentieth century, the Menil hosts a diverse collection of both modern art and ancient artifacts, housed in a building designed by architect Renzo Piano.

The Rothko Chapel - The Rothko Chapel, founded by Houston philanthropists John and Dominique de Menil, was dedicated in 1971 as an intimate sanctuary available to people of every belief. A tranquil meditative environment inspired by the mural canvases of American painter Mark Rothko, the Chapel welcomes over 60,000 visitors each year, people of every faith and from all parts of the world.

For recommended museum-related books and resources from our collections, see our Pinterest board:

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Doherty Picks: Best Reads of 2013

What’s the best book you read in 2013?  Here are some picks from the Doherty staff:

Ferry coverI’ve been consistently amazed by David Ferry’s book of poetry, Bewilderment (winner of the 2012 National Book Award). Ferry, born in 1924, has been a leading poet and translator for decades. I love his translation of the Gilgamesh epic, for example, and his book of selected poems, Of No Country I Know. He has always made his formal mastery seem more like a practice of grace than a tool for cleverness or invention. But the stakes, of age and heartbreak, are higher in this book. It is late work in the most elevated sense.

-Joe Goetz, Information Literacy Librarian

Outliers coverOutliers: the Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell is very interesting.  To quote from Amazon: “Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of “outliers”–the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?”

Gladwell is the writer of Tipping Point among others in this vein.  We just acquired his latest for the library’s popular books collection: David & Goliath.

-Jim Piccininni, Dean of Libraries

Oliver coverMy pick is Mary Oliver’s A Thousand Mornings (2012) a recent book of poetry by a very popular and perhaps best-selling American poet. I’ve been reading it over and over again.  There’s a special quietness as she walks in solitude in nature on Cape Cod almost becoming one with the sand, the sea, the animals, the birds, the fish, even the snake, and yet she’s always transcending to some special place. I always feel very serene.  Poetry, she says, is prayer.

-Pat Gerson, Aquisitions

The Goldfinch coverI was blown away by Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch. NPR’s Barrie Hardymon sums up everything that is great about it: “The Goldfinch begins with a shocking and tragic event that leaves 13-year-old Theodore Decker without a parent and in possession of a stolen Dutch masterwork. Winding its way through Manhattan, Las Vegas, Amsterdam … Goldfinch is the rare novel that prompts you to read a beautiful sentence out loud even as you gobble it whole for the plot.”  I couldn’t put it down.

-Emily Couvillon, Public Services Librarian

For more 2013 picks, try NPR’s Guide to 2013′s Great Reads, Amazon’s Top 100 Picks of 2013, and the 2013 Goodreads Choice Awards.

New Popular Books now Available

New additions to the Doherty Library current popular fiction and non-fiction collection are now available for checkout. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the collection contains over 150 titles.

The books are on display in the main lobby and can be checked out at the circulation desk.

Fiction:

Billy Collins – Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems  

Elizabeth Gilbert - The Signature of All Things: A Novel

John Grisham – Sycamore Row  

Jhumpa Lahiri – The Lowland 

Terry McMillan – Who Asked You? 

Veronica Roth – Allegiant

Amy Tan – The Valley of Amazement 

Donna Tartt – The Goldfinch

Markus Zusak – The Book Thief   

Non-Fiction:

Allie Brosh – Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things that Happened 

Brene Brown – Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the way we Live, Love and Parent

Brenda Cooper – Fall in Love for Life: Inspiration from a 73 Year Marriage 

Malcolm Gladwell – David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the art of Battling Giants

Allen Guelzo – Gettysburg: the Last Invasio

Brian Jay Jones – Jim Henson: the Biography 

Koppel – The Astronaut Wives Club: a True Story

Malala Yousafzai – I am Malala: the Girl who Stood up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban

New Scanner and Charger Available at Doherty

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ScanSnap SV600 Scanner

New tech tools are now ready for use at Doherty.  A new vertical scanner is available in the lobby computer area. This free-standing scanner makes it easy to convert books, magazines, and any other materials that do not easily fit into a traditional document feeder into high quality PDFs.    The scanner is available to UST students and to the general public.  Ask a reference librarian if you need assistance.

For UST students, if you find yourself in need of a charger for your phone, ipod, or tablet device while on campus, we also have a universal charger available for two-hour checkout at the circulation desk. A quick charge will get you through your next class or marathon library study session without losing power.  The charger is available only to UST students and staff.

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ChargeAll Universal Charger

Getting the most out of Google Scholar

Google Scholar  is a great tool for finding scholarly books and articles. Did you know that you can link this free tool to our UST subscriptions to get even more out of your Google Scholar searches? Add UST as a “library link” in your Google settings to add seamless links to our full-text library databases on your Scholar results page.  Click here for instructions on how to link Google Scholar with Doherty Library.

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Get full text at UST

Google recently announced a new feature within Google Scholar called Scholar Library, which allows you to create and save collections of articles within Scholar. Find more details and instructions for setting up Scholar Library on the Google Blog. 

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If you have questions about using Google Scholar, please feel free to ask a librarian for help.

New Exhibit: UST Office of Service Learning

Service-learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with coursework to enrich the learning experience. Through service-learning, students use what they learn in the classroom to solve real-life problems and contribute to their communities.

The November Doherty lobby display was created by the Office of Service-Learning at UST.  The office partners with over 120 nonprofit organizations throughout Houston to provide service-learning course options every semester. These courses are a great opportunity for students to gain practical experience in their fields while having a positive impact on the Houston community. To find service-learning options available in your field, speak with your academic advisor.

To learn more about how service-learning is used at all levels of education, check out the resources on our Pinterest board.  You can also find more volunteer opportunities in the Houston area through HoustonService.org and VolunteerMatch.org. 

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Friends of the Library Lecture —November 7th

Teaching Online – How Hard Can It Be?

Dr. Jean Keikel, November 7th at 12:30

Dr. Jean Keikel

It is easier than ever for students to take college courses and earn degrees while sitting in the comfort of their own homes. However, online learning often faces the stigma of being inferior to traditional classes. Online teaching presents a unique set of challenges, and creating effective online courses requires a different mindset than traditional teaching.

Join us in the Doherty lobby Thursday, November 7th at 12:30 p.m. for a lecture by Dr. Jean Keikel. She will discuss both the rewards and the frustrations of teaching in an online environment.

Database of the Month: MathSciNet now Available

MathSciNet is a comprehensive database covering the world’s mathematical literature. It provides web access to bibliographic data and reviews of mathematical research extending back to the 1940s. Citation data for journals, authors, articles and reviews is also available. The data allows users to track the history and influence of research publications in the mathematical sciences.

MathSciNet also provides active links to more than 119,000 online articles in over 190 journals. Access to full articles is dependent on a UST Libraries subscription to that journal or online service. If you have questions about the full-text availability of an article, don’t hesitate to Ask Us for help.

Click here to access MathSciNet.

Tutorials and search tips are also available.

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