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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. Botten researched a 17th century apothecary inventory, combining historical texts with modern technology. Read more about her experience.
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‘This project gave me a real-life example of how technology can be applied to...

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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Old favorites in a new space

Our new library spaces in the Health Sciences Education Center will be full of new furniture. We're excited about the variety of seating options that will be available to our users, and are happy that we can offer some of our current faves. 
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‘Wintry Mix’ reveals the importance of data management

Duluth’s forecast called for a wintry mix the morning of January 7 - leading to a two hour weather delay at University of Minnesota Duluth. But bad weather did not stop a team of six librarians from the Twin Cities campus from traveling 160 miles to teach a half-day course on data management, nor did it stop a group of over thirty participants from trekking through snow and ice to attend the workshop.
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Endangered Data, Data Ethics, and ‘Vulnerable’ Populations

We live in a world where both an overabundance and a paucity of data coexist, and members of vulnerable populations (such as undocumented immigrants, prisoners, and transgender folks) can be at risk from either end of this spectrum. Too much data can dangerously reveal someone’s status or identity, and an absence of data can undercut the creation of infrastructure required to support a group’s needs.
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Orange is the New Health Sciences and Wangensteen Historical Libraries

Color will mark the different areas within the Health Sciences Education Center. Both the Health Sciences Library and the Wangensteen Historical Library will be recognizable because of their earthy orange color palette.  
Dawn Hackman

Dawn Hackman joins the Bio-Medical Library as a Medical School Liaison

Dawn Hackman is the new Medical School Liaison at the Bio-Medical Library. In her role, Hackman will work closely with librarians Caitlin Bakker and Sarah Jane Brown as liaisons to the Medical School.
Recipe book (Wangensteen Historical Library)

Curator sparks re-discovery of 18th century spirits

The research of the Libraries’ Emily Beck — garnered from historical materials at the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine — serves as the foundation for an interactive publication and two upcoming and unique events at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and Tattersall Distilling.
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Holistic Practice: A Nurse and Her Art

The Bio-Medical Library is pleased to host Holistic Practice: A Nurse and Her Art by multidisciplinary artist Martha Bird as the next installment in its rotating Art@Bio-Med exhibition series. In this exhibit, Bird uses her art to represent the resilience found in the body, mind, and soul.

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