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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.
Textile art - fabric and needlework on canvas entitled "From Here to There One Step at a Time""

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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Introducing the Health Sciences Library

When we move into our new home in the Health Sciences Education Center, the Bio-Medical Library will become the Health Sciences Library to better reflect our work to support teaching and learning across all the schools and colleges of the Academic Health Center.  

Join the #ArchivesHashtagParty with the Wangensteen Historical Library

Take a look at the great GIFs created by the library student employees, Kaylee Morlan and Katie Minarsich, who selected several GIF-able images from the archives for the National Archives monthly hashtag party on Twitter. December's theme was #ArchivesGIFGiving — and the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine joined in the fun.  
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Stress reduction guide

Finals can be an especially stressful time of the semester. Take good care of yourself by using our hand-picked online tools and services that are available to students on campus. Brought to you with love by the Bio-Medical Library - now open 24/7 through finals.
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Relax! It’s time for Stressbusters and 24×7 study

The University Libraries offers "distraction-free" studying for finals that includes extended hours in our buildings, as well as stress-reducing activities. Use our spaces, our computers, our coffee shops, Chat 24/7 with a librarian and take a break with our awesome activities.
Graphical depiction of the NIH Public Access Policy.

Research Byte: Navigating NIH Public Access Policy

The NIH Public Access Policy (PAC) is part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008 and was enacted to ensure that the public had access to the published results of NIH-funded research. This Research Byte is intended to help researchers and grant administrators understand the basics of the policy and provide tools and resources that can be used to be in compliance with the policy.
Male and Female lymph node dissection from Surgical Anatomy by Joseph Maclise (1851).

Addressing the male standard in human anatomy texts

Human anatomy texts typically default to the male standard – with males represented in case studies and anatomical drawings. Our University Libraries provide balanced information to support students and educators. But what happens when the information simply does not exist? For a start, we can buy a female skeleton model for our students. We can also use the limitations of available information as an opportunity to start a conversation.
Final "Paint the Bridge" panel for the University Libraries.

Libraries Makerspace helps us Paint the Bridge

If your day brings you across the Washington Avenue Bridge, be sure to check out the hundreds of original art panels that line the pedestrian walkway. These panels change each fall as student groups and University departments are invited to participate in the Paint the Bridge tradition. Learn how the Libraries painted their panel with a little help from our very own Makerspace.

Meet our new female skeleton model

We needed to find the perfect name for our new female skeleton - AND WE DID!!! We asked you to select her name by voting on your favorite option. Over 2,455 votes came in and the winner is...

The Secret Lives of Books

The Wangensteen Historical Library's new exhibit — "The Secret Lives of Books" — reveals the past and present secret lives of books and tells their captivating stories of health, illness, and the human experience. In an evolving exhibit experience, guest-curated exhibit vignettes will be changed each month to reveal more stories about rare books and their intersections with current events, historical experiences, and the research programs at the University of Minnesota.
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Register today for the UMD Data Management Workshop

Join the University Libraries for in-depth training that will help you learn data management best practices, write competitive grant proposals, and prepare datasets for preservation, sharing, and re-use. This custom one-day workshop is open to all UMD College of Pharmacy, Medical School, and Integrated Biosciences faculty, graduate students, and research support staff.