Saturday, January 24, 2015

"Request a Copy" link AWOL

You may have noticed that when you try to request an article from a different library, occasionally the link letting you do so doesn't show up. (See image below).

That's annoying, huh. Please share your pain with us by letting us know. If you need the full text of a specific article, email us the citation at, and we will request the article for you through interlibrary loan. You'll get it in 1-2 business days.

Or, if you would like your article even faster, you can request it yourself using our article request form. Or, learn more about requesting articles.

We apologize for this inconvenience. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Monday, January 05, 2015

January 2015 New Books

Happy New Year from the Twin Cities Library!  In honor of a brand new year and a brand new month, we decided to celebrate with some brand new books, including some shiny new titles as well as some old favorites.

If you need some help with your New Years' resolution, swing by the library and take a look at our collection of books on mentorship, coaching, and self-improvement.  Several of our best materials are on display in the library to celebrate National Mentoring Month, and librarians are always happy to help you find any additional resources you need!

Successful Families: Assessment and Intervention
Beaver, Robert W.

Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design: Choosing Among Five Approaches
Creswell, John W.

Sexuality: A Biopsychosocial Approach
Denman, Chess

The African Diaspora in the United States and Canada at the Dawn of the 21st Century
Frazier, John W.

But Some of Us Are Brave: All the Women Are White, All the Blacks Are Men: Black Women's Studies
Hull, Gloria T.

Phenomenological Research Methods
Moustakas, Clark

African Ethics: An Anthology of Comparative and Applied Ethics
Murove, Munyaradzi Felix

The Bedford Researcher
Palmquist, Mike

Evaluating and Treating Families: The McMaster Approach
Ryan, Christine E.

The Resilient Practitioner: Burnout Prevention and Self-Care Strategies for Counselors, Therapists, Teachers, and Health Professionals
Skovholt, Thomas M.

Immigrant and Native Black College Students: Social Experiences and Academic Outcomes
Thomas, Audrey A.

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
Van der Kolk, Bessel

Monday, December 22, 2014

Top Tens of 2014: Fun Library Facts

Twin Cities Library likes to reflect on the past year by collecting some silly, serious, or just generally odd statistics for your reading pleasure. Below are a selection of our favorite bits of data, courtesy of Google Analytics and our library’s circulation system, Aleph.

Website Stats
We had online visitors from all 50 states and 171 countries this year. Where did all these people come from?

2014 Top Ten Countries with Visitors to our Website (Besides the US)
  1. United Kingdom (Queen Elizabeth? Is that you?)
  2. India
  3. Philippines
  4. Pakistan
  5. Australia
  6. Canada
  7. Malaysia
  8. Kenya (Saint Mary's University's Christ the Teacher Institute for Education and Maryknoll Institute of African Studies are located in Nairobi, Kenya.)
  9. Jamaica (Saint Mary's University has a partnership with the Catholic College of Mandeville located in Jamaica.)
  10. South Africa

SuperSearch Stats
We had 196,368 unique searches in SuperSearch between 1/1/14 and 12/10/14. There were definitely some repeated searches, but overall, there were 167,204 unique search queries put into SuperSearch. The average time spent in SuperSearch? 10 minutes and 37 seconds.

2014 Top Ten Searches
Search articles, books, and more all at once... (this is the generic text in the search was searched over 1,300 times.)
  1. supersearch
  2. dogs (several of our librarians use this word as a sample search when testing things in SuperSearch.)
  3. leadership
  4. writing center
  5. cats (the rest of the librarians use this word as their sample search. Guess we have more dog lovers than cat lovers in the library. A shame.)
  6. autism
  7. project management
  8. ayahuasca
  9. narrative therapy

Circulation Stats
Our circulation system has been kept busy this year, with 3,543 checkouts of 1,925 unique materials from our library – including our collections of books, videos and DVDs, and assessment tests. Even more popular was out collection of eBooks, which are available online for all students.

Most Popular Books & Videos
  1. Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders: DSM-5. (34 loans)
  2. Three approaches to psychotherapy [video]. (25 loans)
  3. Childhood [video]. (24 loans)
  4. The world of abnormal psychology [video]. (16 loans)
  5. Couples counseling [video]. (12 loans)
  6. The secret life of the brain [video]. (11 loans)
  7. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. (11 loans)
  8. Handbook of psychological assessment. (10 loans)
  9. Axis: journal of Lasallian higher education. (9 loans)
  10. The neuroscience of human relationships. (9 loans)
Most Popular Assessment Tests
  1. Family Environment Scale manual: development, applications, research. (32 loans)
  2. Psychodiagnostik: Tafeln [a.k.a.: the Rorschach test]. (29 loans)
  3. BDI-II: Beck Depression Inventory. (28 loans)
  4. Thematic Apperception Test. (21 loans)
  5. CPI manual: California Psychological Inventory. (20 loans)
  6. BAI, Beck anxiety inventory. (16 loans)
  7. BASC 2: Behavior assessment system for children. (14 loans)
  8. House-tree-person drawings: an illustrated diagnostic handbook. (13 loans)
  9. MMPI-2: Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2. (13 loans)
  10. PRQ: parenting relationship questionnaire manual. (12 loans)
Most Popular eBooks
  1. Differentiated literacy coaching. (157 clicks)
  2. Emotional intelligence for project managers. (135 clicks)
  3. How to manage conflict in the organization. (89 clicks)
  4. Handbook of lifespan development. (65 clicks)
  5. Leaching change. (61 clicks)
  6. The essential guide to employee engagement. (38 clicks)
  7. Understanding by design. (37 clicks)
  8. Personality, stress, and coping. (36 clicks)
  9. Spirituality, values, and mental health. (36 clicks)
  10. Marriage and family therapy: A practice-oriented approach. (31 clicks)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

December Holiday Hours

As the end of the semester and the Christmas season approaches, the Twin Cities Library will have some adjusted hours and closures to accommodate the University holiday schedule.  Remember, if you ever have any questions about when we are open, you can always check our hours page or contact us directly!

Happy holidays from the Twin Cities Library!

December 15th - 21st:
Monday - Friday:  9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday:  CLOSED

December 22nd - 28th:
Monday - Tuesday:  9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday - Sunday:  CLOSED

December 29th - January 4th:
Monday - Tuesday:  9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday - Sunday:  CLOSED

Thursday, December 04, 2014

New SuperSearch Features: Campus Services Information

Looking for information on campus services from the library web page? We’ve got you covered!

Now when you search in SuperSearch for information on the bookstore, hours, or the writing center, a banner will appear at the top of your search results page with a link to the web page for the local Saint Mary’s service.

Other popular searches have their own banner with links to relevant information as well.

Have a suggestion on a resource that should have its own banner? We’d love to hear it! Contact us with your idea at

Monday, December 01, 2014

December 2014 New Books

Welcome to December, month of candy canes, Christmas, and cold weather! Rather than freezing outside this month, why not curl up indoors with one of the Twin Cities Library's fantastic new books? With this much to read, you'll never get bored this winter!

Leadership and Performance beyond Expectations
Bass, Bernard M.

Reclaiming Indigenous Voice and Vision
Battiste, Marie Ann

Physical Geography: The Global Environment
de Blij, H. J.

Handbook of the Medical Consequences of Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Brick, John

Counseling & Diversity (Counseling Diverse Populations)
Choudhuri, Devika Dibya

Geosystems: An Introduction to Physical Geography
Christopherson, Robert W.

How Will You Measure Your Life?
Clayton M. Christensen

Infrastructure Planning and Finance: A Smart and Sustainable Guide
Elmer, Vicki

Nigerian Immigrants in the United States: Race, Identity, and Acculturation
Ette, Ezekiel Umo

How to Conduct Surveys: A Step-by-Step Guide
Fink, Arlene G.

Fried, Jason

The Undiscovered Self: With Symbols and the Interpretation of Dreams
Jung, C. G.

Developing the Leader within You
Maxwell, John C.

The City, the River, the Bridge: Before and after the Minneapolis Bridge Collapse
Nunnally, Patrick

Making Sense of Factor Analysis: The Use of Factor Analysis for Instrument Development in Health Care Research
Pett, Marjorie A.

The Handbook of Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence
Roehlkepartain, Eugene C.

Alcohol: Its History, Pharmacology and Treatment
Rose M.A., Mark E

Methodology of the Oppressed
Sandoval, Chela

Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples
Smith, Linda Tuhiwai

Solitude: A Return to the Self
Storr, Anthony

The Law and Special Education
Yell, Mitchell L.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

Twin Cities Library will have adjusted hours for Thanksgiving this week.  We will be closing at 12pm on Wednesday, November 26 and will be closed on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, November 27-29. Enjoy the holiday!

As always, if you ever have any questions about the Twin Cities Library’s open hours, you can check our hours page or contact us using any of the methods below. Have a happy Thanksgiving!

Phone:  (612) 728-5108
Chat now via the library web page