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The Green Man mural, painted on the wall in Wilson Library, as glimpsed by looking through the stacks..

Wilson Library’s ‘Green Man’ turns 50

In December 1968, two U of M students brought a bucket of green paint into Wilson Library and started painting on one of the walls. When asked to explain their actions, the students presented a forged work order, and said they were “just doing what they were told.” No one stopped them from completing their unauthorized mural — and 50 years later, it's still here!

Best Books of 2018: Children’s and YA

Lisa Von Drasek and Holly Weinkauf provided their annual list of Best Books for Kids last week on Minnesota Public Radio. In this post, Von Drasek, Curator of the University of Minnesota's children's literature collections, lists the books that were discussed and provides a link to hear an audio recording of the MPR program.

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.  

Two books for Sherlock Holmes fans

Sherlock Holmes expert Tim Johnson recommends two books to give to Sherlock Holmes fans: About Sixty: Why Every Sherlock Holmes Story is the Best, and About Being a Sherlockian, both edited by Christopher Redmond. Johnson was a guest on Read This Book!, produced by the University of Minnesota Libraries and hosted by the U's Lisa Von Drasek.

#MeToo event video now online

Sara Evans, Regents Professor Emerita at the University of Minnesota, led a panel of powerful women, including Carolyn Chalmers, Lindsey Middlecamp, Simran Mishra, and Mariam Mohamed, that considered the rise of the #MeToo movement in historical context: What is its breadth and depth? Will it result in lasting cultural change?
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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.

Minnesota cookie recipes and Somali American cookbook

Megan Kocher reviewed The Great Minnesota Cookie Book and Soo Fariista, a Somali American cookbook, on this installment of Read This Book from the University of Minnesota Libraries.

Thumbs up to ‘American Music’

Music Librarian Jessica Abbazio recommends "American Music" by Annie Leibovitz as a book to give as a gift on this installment of Read This Book from the University of Minnesota Libraries.
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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.
Jessica Abbazio

Meet the Music Librarian

In her role as Music Librarian at the University of Minnesota Libraries, Jessica Abbazio benefits from all of her training in music history, teaching, and librarianship. She brings a deep understanding of the discipline and its various materials.
Betsy Friesen, Daniel McCarthy-Clifford, and Boris Oicherman

Exhibit highlights banned prison books

Daniel McCarthy Clifford — an artist in residence at Weisman Art Museum’s Target Studio for Creative Collaboration — is raising awareness about the seemingly arbitrary method employed by prisons to keep books out of the hands of inmates. He's doing so by way of an exhibit at the Weisman, called "The Section of Disapproved Books." The University Libraries was a key contributor to the exhibit, which is curated by Weisman’s Boris Oicherman.
Photo of three images from 21st Editions collection.

Libraries adds 21st Editions collection

Recently, the University Libraries acquired the entire 21st Editions collection — consisting of 63 volumes. The company has published beautiful and unique handmade books that combine photography with literature and poetry. The acquisition also includes the firm’s archives — process prints with notes from the artist or the publisher, sketches, correspondence, and production notes.

#MeToo panel discussion is Dec. 5

It's not too late to reserve your spot for next week's Friends Forum event: #MeToo: Monumental or Momentary, which includes a panel discussion led by University of Minnesota Professor Emerita Sara Evans. On December 5 at Coffman Memorial Union Theater, Evans and a powerful panel of woman — a cross-section of ages, ethnicities, and experiences — will reconsider the movement today. How do we ensure that the momentary media interest of today becomes a lasting, culture-shifting norm of tomorrow? 
The 1927 Report of the Comptroller featured a detailed outline of the University’s General Accounting System, including a description of how tabulating or punch cards are used.

The Power of the Punch Card (and the Punch Card Operator)

Machines and people have been working together for decades, perhaps more than you had thought, to keep University information technology systems running. The people operating punch card and tabulating machines, the majority of whom were women, most likely did not see their role as one of managing information technology.
Microwave Turkey

Microwave a turkey the library way

You might have seen a prank going around about cooking a 25-pound turkey in a microwave. It seems like a bad idea but we’re a group of curious, food-motivated librarians and we thought… can it be done? Here's what we found.