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Entrance to Digging Up the Past exhibit

Join us March 19 to celebrate the exhibit, ‘Digging Up the Past’

Please join us March 19 for a free event to celebrate an important exhibition of materials documenting African American history across University of Minnesota Libraries collections. "Digging Up the Past" uncovers the diverse, delightful, difficult, provocative, and unexpected stories from University of Minnesota’s Archives and Special Collections that have been unearthed as part of Umbra Search African American History’s effort to digitize nearly 500,000 African American history materials from across our collections.

A Matter of Facts: Gun Control

The story is, by now, familiar to everyone who keeps up with the news. On February 14, 2018 a school shooter armed with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle murdered 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Since then, students who survived the massacre have spoken out in support of gun control. Their actions — and the public support they have gained — have successfully kept the topic of gun control in the news for much longer than is typical after a school shooting occurs. This post is intended to provide links to reliable resources — peer-reviewed articles, government documents, and more — to help you better understand the issue.
Peer Research Consultant with student

Meet our new Peer Research Consultants — AKA library tutors

In the middle of the Spring Semester, many undergraduate students are now either researching, writing, or at least thinking about their research paper. If you need help, we recommend you touch base with our Peer Research Consultants.

Register now for the Kerlan Award Ceremony

Join us March 27 for the 43rd Annual Kerlan Award Ceremony, honoring Matthew Holm and Jennifer L. Holm, for their contributions to children’s literature.
Rabbi Kassel Abelson in study, year unknown.

Rabbi Kassel Abelson papers available to public

This past fall, the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives received a new donation of the papers of local rabbi Kassel Abelson. The papers are now organized and ready for researchers to peruse, standing as a testament to Abelson’s career as rabbi of Beth El Synagogue for 40 years.

Collection Development: Gardening

There is a couple feet of snow outside my front door yet I just got a reference request for my favorite picture books about...
Entrance to Digging Up the Past exhibit

‘Digging Up the Past’ highlight’s rich African American history from University Libraries’ collections

Historical material documenting the lives and culture of African Americans is represented in a new exhibit at the University of Minnesota’s Elmer L. Andersen Library. The exhibit, which runs through May 18, includes photographs, manuscripts, slave manifests, letters, and works of art from more than 160 collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries.

An act to re-organize

The 1868 Act to Re-Organize the University established the University's mission, an academic framework, and the governance and duties of University leadership. In many ways, these events of 150 years ago are the beginnings of the University of Minnesota we know today.
Turtle tattoo.

About a turtle tattoo

I’ve been meaning to write an article about tattoos inspired by our University Libraries collections for some time now. My intention was to tell a fun and light-hearted story, but along the way I met Jason Herbert and it all got a lot more interesting. Read how Jason's divorce began a reevaluation of his life and now his tattoos have grounded him in his personal history.
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Me Too: Hashtag and Social Movement

The Me Too movement is a Twitter hashtag and social movement that calls attention to the widespread problem of sexual harassment and assault. The movement frequently appears in news headlines and has received both favorable and critical coverage. Below, we have compiled some resources to help students think critically about the topic.
The dedication program extolled the financing of the Field House, which had been “erected without a cent of cost to the taxpayers for construction purposes.”

Happy 90 years, Williams Arena!

From its dedication as the Field House in 1928 to its remodeling and re-naming as Williams Arena in 1950 to today, "The Barn" has held a special place on campus.
Wilson Library Exterior

Walter, Wilson libraries to open earlier on Sundays

Beginning February 11, Wilson and Walter libraries will open two hours earlier - at 10 a.m. instead of noon - on Sundays for the remainder of Spring Semester, not counting spring break. Campus users can also access Magrath Library at 10 a.m. on Sundays, but they will need their UCard to enter the building before noon.

#ColorOurCollections goes Underwater

We’re exploring humans, health, science in watery spaces for this year’s #ColorOurCollections event. We’ll unveil one coloring page each day with from the depths of the ocean and will showcased completed artwork throughout the week. Keep watching to catch some great art.
Love is in the Air At the Libraries

Love is in the air at the Libraries

Join the Libraries as we celebrate our love of a good book, swoon over our new makerspaces, and pledge our love with heart tattoos inspired by our archives. Activities are planned from February 5 - 16.

Research Byte: research reproducibility

Evidence has emerged from disciplines ranging from biology to economics that many scientific studies are not reproducible, leading to declarations in both the scientific and lay press that science is experiencing a “reproducibility crisis”. In this Research Byte, we share landmark articles on reproducibility and tools to support reproducibility in your own work.