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Sarah Jane Brown, Clinical Information Librarian

Sarah Jane Brown joins the Bio-Medical Library as a Clinical Information Librarian

Sarah Jane Brown, MSc, began her work as a Clinical Information Librarian at the Bio-Medical Library this August. As a Clinical Information Librarian, Brown will support the patient care, clinical research, and educational needs of the Medical School.

Pharmacopoeia: Medicinal Plants Growing In My Backyard

The Bio-Medical Library is excited to announce the latest installment in its rotating Art@Bio-Med exhibit series: Pharmacopoeia: Medicinal Plants Growing In My Backyard by artist Linda Gammell. This exhibition highlights photographic and text selections from Gammell's artist's book project and draws from family narrative, personal garden history, and scientific knowledge of medicine and plants.
Handmade jellyfish are displayed as the Underwater exhibit comes together.

Underwater exhibit – an EXCLUSIVE behind-the-scenes look

This September, the Wangensteen Historical Library's new Underwater Exhibit will open to the public - exploring the intersection of humans, health, and science in watery spaces. Communications Intern A’Davian Smith sits down with curators Emily Beck and Lois Hendrickson to get a behind-the-scenes look as they walk through the process of creating this exhibit.
Connie Bongiorno

What Drives Connie Bongiorno

Connie Bongiorno personifies industriousness. Bongiorno joined the University of Minnesota Libraries’ Bio-Medical Library just over a year ago as a Clinical Information Librarian and already possesses an impressive list of successes that have positively impacted the University.
Image credit: Pills by David Kessler.

Resources for understanding the opioid crisis

On August 10, President Trump declared the opioid crisis a national emergency. Many underlying factors have led to the rapid increase in opioid-related deaths and to the related federal initiatives to combat the crisis. This post provides information on recent news, current research, and reliable information to help you understand the opioid crisis.
Teaching with Primary Resources

Teaching with Primary Resources

Wondering how to incorporate primary sources into your teaching? Looking for inspiring ideas for interactive activities with impact? Join the Wangensteen Historical Library’s curators to learn about developing activities that both introduce students to the research skills necessary to interrogate historical texts and artifacts and teach important course content.
Alan Johns, Paula Termuhlen, and Connie Bongiorno.

Journal to serve as forum for research at regional medical campuses

The University of Minnesota Libraries — in partnership with the U's Duluth Medical School — developed the Journal of Regional Medical Campuses, which will launch this fall. The journal will serve as a forum for ideas and research around regional medical campuses across North America, and will raise the visibility of issues unique to regional medical campuses.


Rare books in the exhibit feature striking images of aquatic natural history, various technologies, and experiences of water and health. The exhibit is open September 11, 2017 through May 18, 2018 during regular library hours at the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine, 568 Diehl Hall.

Unwrapping a new medical receipt book at the Wangensteen Historical Library

Receiving a new acquisition is like opening a much-anticipated present. Earlier this year, the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine purchased a French manuscript recipe book written in the 1770s. Watch as Curators Lois Hendrickson and Emily Beck - along with their colleague, French historian Margaret Carlyle - open the book for the first time and rediscover informative content and hidden treasures.
Presentation From Beyond Our Borders with librarian Katherine Chew

Bio-Medical Library expands outreach through community partnerships

Outreach Librarian Katherine Chew stepped off campus earlier this month to provide training on health information resources to public librarians. The topics of her training sessions: providing health information to foreign-born populations and to older adults.
Ryan Mattke and Rich Strongvideo

Mapping the lost waterways of the Twin Cities

The University of Minnesota's Center for Sustainable Building Research worked closely with the University Libraries on a project to map the lost waterways of the Twin Cities, with an overarching goal to enhance research into making buildings more sustainable. The Center's team, led by Professor Richard Graves and Senior Researcher Rich Strong, worked closely with Ryan Mattke, Head of the John R. Borchert Map Library at the University of Minnesota. The project was one of seven that were part of Research Sprints, an intensive four-day, project-driven program that paired U of M faculty and researchers with teams of librarians and archivists at the University of Minnesota Libraries.
photo of Brain showing hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease (plaques in blue)

Resources for understanding Alzheimer’s Disease

June is Alzheimer's Disease and Brain Awareness month. Raising awareness about Alzheimer’s Disease, the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, is a public health priority.
Striated (Skeletal) Muscle in Blue #1.

Inside Out – A Body of Work

The Bio-Medical Library is pleased to host Inside Out - A Body of Work by artist Sarah Schneemann as the next installment in its rotating Art@Bio-Med exhibition series. In this exhibit, Schneemann shares her artwork that depicts her fascination with the resilient human body and its awe-inspiring sustainability.
Entryway mural designed by Darren Terpstra.

Bio-Medical Library prepares for updated entryway

This summer, the doors of the Bio-Medical Library will take on a brand new look as the library installs an updated entryway. This update will feature an accent wall that promotes library activities, a seating area for community gathering, and a floor-to-ceiling wall mural with images depicting current health sciences practice and iconic images from the history of medicine.
Franklin Sayre and Amy Riegelman.

Improving research through reproducibility

The ability to re-create research findings is core to the research process, though there is growing concern that many published findings may not be reproducible. The University of Minnesota Libraries addressed this issue by launching the reproducibility portal in an effort to help faculty and others on campus improve their research practices.