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Mark Engebretson

Mark Engebretson is the director of communications at the University of Minnesota Libraries and editor of continuum.

Previously, Mark served as director of digital media strategy for the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and before that as electronic communications manager for the University of Minnesota's Academic Health Center Office of Communications.

Mark is a former journalist who has written about politics, health, business, and sports for a number of newspapers and magazines.

Mark has a B.A. in journalism and an M.A. in health journalism from the University of Minnesota.

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Program helps scholars gain access to Libraries’ vast archives

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Program helps scholars gain access to Libraries’ vast archives

The caverns beneath Elmer L. Andersen Library on the West Bank of the University of Minnesota are known for being, well, cavernous. In fact, the facility is nearly 200,000 cubic feet in size. But where the Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections (ASC) really shines is making these primary sources – such as the archives from […]

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Celebrating Immigrant Stories

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Celebrating Immigrant Stories

A tale of two collections – one new and one old at the IHRCA By Mark Engebretson The lights are going out at the Polanie Club, a Northeast Minneapolis organization founded in 1927 by 12 women of Polish descent. At its formation, the club’s stated purpose was to preserve and broaden knowledge of Polish culture, […]

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Libraries take part in ‘Respect U’ Day at Welcome Week

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Libraries take part in ‘Respect U’ Day at Welcome Week

Respect U – Libraries Call to Action Respect U aims to highlight that Class of 2019 community is comprised of thousands of unique stories, backgrounds, identities, and experiences. The University of Minnesota–Twin Cities will welcome the Class of 2019 to campus next week. At more than 5,700 students, it is one of the University’s largest […]

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Von Drasek named to 2017 Caldecott Committee

Von Drasek named to 2017 Caldecott Committee

Lisa Von Drasek, Curator of the University of Minnesota’s Children’s Literature Research Collections (CLRC), has been named to the 2017 Caldecott Committee. The committee will decide the winner of the 2017 Caldecott Medal, named in honor of 19th-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott.

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Carlson archives now at University Libraries

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Carlson archives now at University Libraries

The archives of prominent Minnesota corporation, Carlson, are now housed in the Elmer L. Andersen Library at the University of Minnesota. The archive of more than 1,400 boxes contains a variety of materials, including corporate records and Carlson family photos and videos.

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Read This Book! – Picture Books

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Read This Book! – Picture Books

In this episode of Read This Book!, Lisa Von Drasek reviews the top Picture Books published in the last year. They include: “This Book Just Ate My Dog,” by Richard Byrne; “Thank You Octupus,” by Darren Farrell; “Shh! We Have a Plan,” by Chris Haughton; and “Edda,” by Adam Auerbach.

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Wangensteen Library takes a bite out of Shark Week

Wangensteen Library takes a bite out of Shark Week

It’s #sharkweek2015 and the University of Minnesota’s Wangensteen Library is geared up to celebrate with a few hand-picked resources from its collection, including an image from a copy of Nicolaus Stenonis’ “Elementorum myologiae specimen” (1667).

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More summer reading picks from our librarians

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More summer reading picks from our librarians

In this episode of “Read This Book!”, University of Minnesota librarians Lisa Von Drasek, Carolyn Bishoff, and Megan Kocher provide recommendations for summer reading. They include: “Dataclysm,” by Christian Rudder, “The Language of Food,” by Dan Jurafsky, and “Syllabus,” by Lynda Barry.

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Whittington Press archive acquired by U Libraries

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Whittington Press archive acquired by U Libraries

The University of Minnesota Libraries recently acquired the remaining archive of the Whittington Press, an internationally acclaimed letterpress printer located in Gloucestershire, England. These materials complement and complete a 1984 donation by Gov. Elmer L. Andersen of Whittington material to the University.

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Historical Minneapolis aerial photos available online

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Historical Minneapolis aerial photos available online

The University of Minnesota Libraries has completed digitization of more than 4,500 historical aerial photos of Minneapolis, as part of a collaborative effort with the City of Minneapolis and the Minnesota Historical Society. All of the large-scale, detailed aerial photos, dating back to 1938, are freely available for viewing by the public.

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