November 14, 2013
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.
November 7, 2013
Teaching Online – How Hard Can It Be?
Dr. Jean Keikel, November 7th at 12:30
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.
October 15, 2013
The Doherty Library annual book sale will be Wednesday, October 16th through Sunday, October 20th. The first day is open only to the UST Community, and the sale is open to the general public from Thursday forward.
- Wednesday (UST only), 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
- Thursday, 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
- Friday, 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
- Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
- Sunday, 1:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m
September 30, 2013
October is Czech Heritage Month, and celebrations of Czech culture are taking place throughout Texas. This year also marks the 1150th anniversary of the arrival of Sts. Cyril and Methodius to the Great Moravian Empire (which included the Czech Republic). The Church in the Czech Republic is honoring the contributions of these saints throughout the year.
Cyril and Methodius were brothers who brought Catholicism to the Slavic countries at the end of the ninth century. They worked to translate the Bible and created the Glagolitic alphabet. The alphabet eventually developed into Cyrillic and brought the Slavic peoples closer to both Greco-Byzantine culture and Christianity. For their work, Cyril and Methodius have been proclaimed as patrons of Europe by Pope John Paul II.
To learn more about Saints Cyril and Methodius and about Czech culture in Texas, visit the new display in the Doherty Lobby. Special thanks to Rev. Paul Chovanec for coordinating the exhibit. Visit the Czech Heritage Society of Texas’ website for more resources.
August 28 will mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, a key event in the Civil Rights Movement during which Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech.
UST will be honoring this event with a Memorial Mass & Reception Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of MLK March on Washington. You can further explore the impact of the march with digital resources available through the library and online.
Doherty’s recently acquired Readex African American Periodicals digital archive contains both articles written about the event in 1963 and articles assessing its impact a generation later. Learn more about how to use the wealth of Civil Rights resources available in this database on the Readex blog: Researching the March on Washington using African American Newspapers and Periodicals
The National Archives also has extensive holdings from the March on Washington. Find photographs, event programs, and more using their online highlights.
For a quantitative look at the impact of the Civil Rights movement, check out this data compiled by the Census Bureau. To mark the anniversary of the march, they have gathered key statistics that measure changes in some characteristics of the African American population to date.
Finally, keep up with anniversary activities taking place around the country this week by following #MLKDream50.
April 15, 2013
National Library Week is April 14-20, and we have plenty of chances to celebrate at Doherty. Here’s what we have planned for the week:
Games – Show off your vocabulary skills and stop by the Circulation Desk to play a word on our never-ending game of Scrabble. Don’t forget to pick up a Popular Books Collection word search while you’re there!
Online Scavenger Hunt - UST students, faculty, and staff who complete our Online Scavenger Hunt will be entered into a drawing for one of two $25 gift cards to the UST Bookstore. Entries will be accepted until 5 pm Friday.
Food – Cookies and iced tea will be available in the library lobby at noon on Wednesday April 17. Come grab a mid-day treat and say hi to the library staff.
Work at Doherty – Love libraries? Apply for a job as a student worker today!
March 12, 2013
With St. Patrick’s Day just a few days away, we’ve got Irish culture on our minds at Doherty. We’re celebrating with a new exhibit put together by Katie McDonald featuring Irish bog oak sculptures from her personal collection.
Bog oak sculptures are crafted from fallen trees buried thousands of years ago in Ireland’s bogs and later extracted from the peat. The reaction of the oak with decaying vegetation gives the wood unique properties. For craftsmen working at the height of bog oak popularity in the 1850s, carving the oak could be tricky:
“When the timbers were first brought to the surface from the airless depths of the bog they exhibited a mid-brown to dark brown hue, but on contact with oxygen, semi-petrification soon set in, causing the wood to take on an ebony colour. It was therefore essential, if carving was to be undertaken, that the wet and pliable state be preserved, thus enabling easier fashioning. Then full petrification took place, rendering the finished item deep black and almost steel-hard. ” *
All of the pieces on display in the library were created in Ireland. The exhibit is available for viewing during regular library hours in the Doherty Lobby until April 15.
*Irons, Neville. “Irish Bog Oak Carving.” Irish Arts Review (1984-1987) 4, no. 2 (July 01, 1987): 54-63. http://www.jstor.org/stable/20491991. For UST students and faculty, go to: http://ezproxy.stthom.edu:2048/login?url=http://www.jstor.org/stable/20491991
October 11, 2012
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 130 titles.
The books are on display in the main lobby and can be checked out at the circulation desk. The newest titles are listed below.
Mitch Albom – The Time Keeper
Michael Chabon – Telegraph Avenue: A Novel
Junot Díaz - This is How You Lose Her
Gillian Flynn – Gone Girl
John Green – The Fault in Our Stars
Peter Heller – Dog Stars
Andrew Porter – In Between Days
Ismet Prcic – Shards
J.K. Rowling – The Casual Vacancy
David Byrne – How Music Works
Otis Webb Brawley, and Paul Goldberg – How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks AboutBeing Sick in America
Claire & Mia Fontaine – Have Mother, Will Travel
Dambisa Moyo – Winner Take All: China’s Race for Resources and What it Means for the World
Mark Owen – No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden
Paul Tough – How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden power of Character
Bob Woodward – The Price of Politics
Museum of Funeral History Exhibit now on Display at Doherty – Celebrating the Lives and Deaths of the Popes
August 29, 2012
The National Museum of Funeral History houses the country’s largest collection of funeral service artifacts and features renowned exhibits on one of man’s oldest cultural customs. The Doherty Library is pleased to have the opportunity to host a subset of the Museum’s Celebrating the Lives and Deaths of the Popes exhibit, on display now through October 19th. Celebrating the Lives and Deaths of the Popesis a product of three years of intense collaboration between the Vatican and the National Museum of Funeral History. The display at Doherty features intricate replicas of papal attire, provided by the Pope’s personal tailor shop, Gammeralli’s. The display also details papal funeral customs that have been in place for centuries by examining the most recent papal funeral, that of Pope John Paul II. Publications by John Paul II and information about his impact on the world are also highlighted.
In addition to the papal history pieces, the display also features correspondence and planning documents surrounding the design and implementation of this unique exhibit. These records provide a glimpse into the level of collaboration and planning that is required to turn an initial idea for a 10×10 ft display into the 5,000 square foot exhibit in place today.
The exhibit certainly will be of interest to those with an interest in John Paul II and papal history, but it also serves those with broader interests in the ways funeral rites vary in different cultures. Additionally, the exhibit provides a practical example of the project management skills and coordination required to bring this window into the Vatican to Houston.
The display is available for viewing during library hours. Visit the Museum of Funeral History’s website to learn more about the full exhibit: http://www.nmfh.org/exhibits/papal/info.php
June 11, 2012
You are invited to join us Thursday, June 14 at 7:30pm for a unique bilingual poetry recital and “conversatorium” with visiting Venezuelan architect and poet Ana Teresa Celis. Celis will be joined by Houston-based critic and poet Aladar Temeshy, prologuist of her book.
“Corporalities” portrays the author’s spiritual journey and explores her relationship with God and spirituality through the human experience. The book also depicts her sojourning between Venezuela and Colombia and explores the process of change and acculturation.
Ana Teresa Celis was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and she was one of the first Venezuelan women to graduate from the School of Architecture at Universidad Central de Venezuela, UCV. Celis started her career as a member of the “Taller de Arquitectura del Banco Obrero,” and she later established an architecture and construction firm with her husband. She was a university professor and member of the urban design team that developed the “Sabana Grande Project,” the second development pole of Caracas.
This event is free and open to the public.
March 8, 2012
Dr. Albert Ribes-Zamora, Assistant professor at the UST Biology Department, will present “Using Bioluminescence to Dissect DNA Repair Pathways”. This presentation will be held in the Doherty Library atrium on Wednesday, March 28 at 2:00 p.m.
One of the many revolutions currently ongoing in molecular biology, is the use of bioluminesence molecules to identify and examine the functions of many of the genes present in our genome. It is estimated that each human cell undergoes at least one DNA break every day. Bioluminescence is used to dissect how genes are involved in repairing how DNA interacts with each other and how they assemble at DNA breaks.
Mapping the specific surfaces in the structure of DNA repair proteins can be useful to radio-sensitize cancerous cells and lead to more effective radiotherapy.
Dr. Ribes-Zamora holds a bachelor degree from Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona in Spain. He earned a masters degree from the University of Kentucky in 2001 and also earned a doctorate in 2007 from Baylor College of Medicine. Ribes-Zamora is a post-doctoral scholar at the Texas Children’s Hospital. He has held several teaching positions including institutions Institut Sant Ferran in Barcelona, Spain, the University of Kentucky and the University of St. Thomas. At St. Thomas, Ribes-Zamora teaches molecular techniques and genetics. He continues to conduct research and has several publications.
This event is free and open to the public.
August 31, 2011
Doherty Library is gathering information about student perceptions and opinions of our reference services. This information will help us to know how to better serve our patrons.
Focus group participants will be provided lunch or dinner during the session and will be entered into a drawing for a $50 print card.
Focus group participants will discuss reference services for 60-90 minutes. The conversation will be led by a librarian with another librarian as the recorder of the conversation.
Focus Groups will be held
Monday September 26 at 1:40pm
Tuesday September 27 at 12:30pm
Wednesday September 28 at 5:30pm
Please sign up for one session. Sessions are limited to 15 participants. RSVP at the Reference Desk or the Circulation Desk. You can also call 713-525-2188, email firstname.lastname@example.org or text 66746.
Questions about the study, before or after the focus group session, can be directed to
Dr. Mary Kelleher
Public Services Librarian
April 19, 2011
Doherty Library celebrated National Library Week, April 11th through April 15th 2011. As we began the week, Jerome the Doherty Library mascot was available to have his picture taken with students and friends of Doherty. These pictures are posted on our Facebook page. Tuesday we gave away “Popular Book” bookmarks to all those who checked out a book from our popular book collection. Wednesday was “Puzzles and Prizes” and Thursday was “Library Hangman.” Friday we served cake and coffee to round out the week. All week long, anyone who brought in a new or gently used children’s book for Kappa Delta Pi’s book drive had $5 removed from their library fines.