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‘I now know that I am on the right career path’

Kaylee Morlan was first introduced to the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine while taking a freshman seminar course co-taught by the library's Assistant Curator, Emily Beck. With her sights set on a career in museum studies, Morlan was able to get a job at the library and gain hands on experience in her chosen field.
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3D-printed gene segment models aid in active learning 

Michelle Henry-Stanley, PhD, had been looking for a better way to teach the complex topic of genetic recombination using a tactile, hands-on educational tool. She and her co-instructor Donna Spannaus-Martin, PhD, connected with our Makerspace to produce low-cost sets of 3D immunoglobulin gene segments to support new ways of teaching and learning and meet their active learning goals.
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Research Byte: Citation management

Citation managers are helpful software tools that make organizing, storing, and citing references easier. This Research Byte is intended to introduce some common features of citation managers and help you get started.
Kaitlyn Minarsich

‘Everyone at the library loves being here’

When she was in middle school, Kaitlyn Minarsich’s older brother took her to an exhibit showcasing items from the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine where he worked as a UMN undergraduate student. Minarsich is following the family tradition, working at the library to convert a 2013 physical exhibit on Downton Abbey into an updated, online interactive exhibit — just in time for the release of the Downton Abbey movie this fall. Minarsch shared some of her experiences from working at WHL. Here’s what she had to say.
Goldy Gopher inspects a model human skull at the UMN Health Sciences Library's booth.

UMN Libraries at the State Fair

This year at the Minnesota State Fair, we’ll show you some fun and fascinating historical medical devices from the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine. We’ll test your knowledge with a health fact or fiction quiz. And Minitex — a division of the University of Minnesota Libraries that supports libraries throughout Minnesota — will be there, too, as part of Read & Ride Day at the Fair.
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Libraries makerspaces support Paint the Bridge 2019

The University Libraries Makerspaces (Walter Library, Bio-Medical Library) want to help student groups have their best looking bridge panels ever for Paint the Bridge 2019. Using our specialized equipment, groups can cut out custom stencils for clean, crisp and detailed graphics to showcase their work.
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‘Visioning session’ helps showcase the history of medicine

The Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine hosted a charrette to prepare for its new exhibition space in the Health Sciences Education Center. This visioning session brought together a diverse group of stakeholders who shared their ideas for exhibiting, which included involving students, creating pop-up exhibits, and creating partnerships.
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‘Librarians can not only help you find resources but can also help you shape...

Louisa Botten, a first year undergraduate at the University of Minnesota, recently completed an internship at the Wangensteen Historical Library. Read how Botten combined this historical text with modern technology to create an award-wining online exhibit.
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Using 3D technology to reach individual goals in rehab therapy

You may know Leah Grinvalsky as a Physical Therapy student at the U of MN, but we also know her as a friend to Katrina Simons. This friendship played an important role in Grinvalsky’s first visit to the Bio-Medical Library Makerspace, where she explored solutions to help Simons participate in gaming. Here's what Grinvalsky had to say about her experience creating 3D printed adaptive technology.
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Pairing Health Sciences Libraries and technology

Libraries are all about information so it makes perfect sense that we provide state of the art collections. But information isn’t static and the development of new knowledge needs to be cultivated in a supportive environment - that’s where libraries and technology go hand in hand.
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Sunny season safety guide: Brought to you by the Bio-Medical Library

With the warm summer weather in Minnesota, we can finally swim, fish, bike, or take a library staycation. Here are a few trusted health information resources that will help you stay safe and healthy as you enjoy the sunshine, along with a few suggested summer activities taking place at the Libraries. #GopherSummer

Moving a historical collection

Preparing to move a historical collection is complex and requires input and help from many library staff. It also requires close attention to small details. Read about the ‘behind-the-stacks’ tasks we are completing to get ready for the Wangensteen Historical Library's move into the new Health Sciences Education Center in 2020.
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Research Byte: Resources to support culturally appropriate health care

Culture plays an important role in how individuals wish to experience health care — and culturally appropriate care makes a difference. While the practice of culturally appropriate care can be complex, our University Libraries provide resources to help providers build and enhance their cultural care skills.

The spaces of the new Health Sciences Libraries

When we move into the new Health Sciences Education Center, you can expect to find some familiar spaces such as our service desk and study areas. You will also see new and enhanced spaces that will support the exploration of emerging technologies in healthcare, including a Makerspace, a Data + Visualization Lab, a Faculty Commons, and a Virtual and Augmented Reality Lab.
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New user-centered website in development

As with any move, our move into the Health Sciences Education Center offers us a chance to reassess all of the things we have accumulated over time. For our three health sciences libraries, this includes a reassessment of our websites, with a redesign planned in the next year.  
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Come health and high water

Record setting snowfalls in February, combined with heavy rains and quickly warming temperatures, have set the stage for major flooding in Minnesota this spring. We’re here to share trusted information compiled by librarians at the Bio-Medical Library and the National Library of Medicine to help prepare for flood events.

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