The Green Cup Challenge

By - Systems Librarian February 8th, 2017


Just in time for the Green Cup Challenge, Ohrstrom Library has two new solar battery storage units available to recharge your small devices. Next time you check out a phone charger at the front desk, use the stored power of the sun to recharge your phone or tablet!


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New Archives Online Exhibit: Ohrstrom Library Celebrates 25 Years

By - Systems Librarian May 5th, 2016


Construction of the roof and tower of Ohrstrom Library as seen from the scaffolding surrounding the chimney – taken in the fall of 1989.

A new online exhibit is available on the Ohrstrom Library Digital Archives website: Ohrstrom Library Celebrates 25 Years. This exhibit features sixteen photographs from the St. Paul’s School Archives collection that document the planning, construction, and dedication of Ohrstrom Library twenty-five years ago this spring.

From the introduction:

On the 25th Anniversary of Ohrstrom Library, we are pleased to present this exhibit highlighting some of these events that were the result of years of careful planning and great thought by many who cared deeply for the role of the library at St. Paul’s School.

Take a few moments to enjoy the photographs, descriptions and slide show of Ohrstrom Library, celebrating this milestone in the history of St. Paul’s School’s dedicated tradition of academic excellence.

Access the online exhibit by clicking HERE.

See you in Canvas!

By - Research & Instruction Librarian April 12th, 2016

Research question?


Ask me in Canvas!


Look for the discussion board in your course page titled ‘Research Questions’ (or something similar).


We can learn as a collective at the digital Harkness table.  🙂



More! Streaming film: 26,000

By - Research & Instruction Librarian February 25th, 2016



“Homepage.” Kanopy. Web. 19 Feb. 2016.

The library upscaled it’s Kanopy license to now provide access to 26,000 streaming documentary, educational and classic films.

Google Scholar? Holler!

By - Research & Instruction Librarian February 4th, 2016

Google Scholar

What?  A subset of Google that searches for scholarly literature on the web. A mix of full-text, citations and abstracts.


New: Three of the library’s digital collections are now indexed in Google Scholar: JSTOR, Ebsco, and Proquest.


Meaning? When searching Google Scholar, freely available citations, abstracts and full-text are retrieved, AND now, content from the three library providers named above.


“Adolescents and Sleep.” Search results page.  Google Scholar. Web. 02 Feb. 2016.

Quick note: While an exciting and valuable tool, Google Scholar is a non-discerning aggregator, in that it includes questionable and even possibly predatory open-access titles.  When using Google Scholar, consider consulting Beall’s list of “Potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers” as well as this guide from Berkley’s Science Center for the Greater Good to help assess the quality of an academic source: “10 Questions to Ask About Scientific Studies.”

For a little look into predatory journal practices, here’s a 2013 New York Times article titled: Scientific Articles Accepted (Personal Checks, Too)


Another Quick note:   Retrieval of full-text articles, from these three library providers, using the links in Google Scholar, is only available while on-campus. Off the grounds?  Please log in to and locate the article directly from the named database.

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