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University of Virginia Rotunda, the site where members of the Alt-Right led a torch march on Friday, August 11.


A tragedy occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, as a white nationalist terrorist drove through a group of protestors convened to counter-protest a scheduled rally of white nationalists who were protesting the removal of war memorials honoring the Confederate side of the Civil War. This post will help you navigate the flow of information, provide you with links to publicly available information, and point you to University of Minnesota Libraries resources to guide your understanding of the events.
Photograph of Bill Holm in Minneota, MN in the 1990s.

Notes on Bill Holm’s manuscripts and writing — Part 2

In my previous article, I explored Minnesota poet Bill Holm’s use of boxelder bugs and pigs in his writing. Now, I turn my attention to two other elements that are key to understanding Holm’s work — Walt Whitman and the concept of “failure.”
'What was this used for?' state show.

Get Information on a Stick at the Minnesota State Fair

The University of Minnesota Libraries are going to the Minnesota State Fair. Join us to test your health information knowledge, identify weird — and frightening — medical instruments of the past, explore 3-D anatomical models, and take a selfie with Fred the skeleton.
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.
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How I Work: Sue Penney

Barn manager Sue Penney shares tips and tools to care for a "teaching herd" of horses owned by the College of Veterinary Medicine. These horses are model patients for veterinary students in their clinical rotations.
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.
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Search hints streamline research

We've introduced a new search feature: When you begin typing a term into the search box, the website automatically matches your terms and suggests links to some of our most used resources and services. Clicking on the link next to the rocket icon takes you directly to the listed resource.
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.
An image of sea adventurers from 1599, from the James Ford Bell collection at the University of Minnesota Libraries

Libraries expands access to primary resources for undergraduate teaching

The University of Minnesota Libraries is partnering with Adam Matthew Digital to make some of its rich primary source material available for undergraduate research...
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.
Director Robert S. Mueller III

Resources for understanding the role of a Special Counsel

The past week has seen a swirl of high profile news stories about all of the different investigations looking into the role Russia played in the 2016 Presidential Election and claims of collusion that have been leveled at the Trump Campaign. Rumors were also recently reported that President Trump was considering firing Special Prosecutor Mueller. This post will help you navigate the flow of information, provide you with links to publicly available information, and point you to University of Minnesota Libraries resources to guide your understanding.
Wendy Lougee and Jennifer Gunn accept the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. At far left is Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. At far right is Cokie Roberts, Journalist and Commentator for National Public Radio and ABC

A busy week: A National Medal, U Libraries Day, and more

It was a busy week for the Libraries: On July 17, University Librarian and McKnight Presidential Professor Wendy Pradt Lougee accepted the National Medal for Museum and Library Service on behalf of the University of Minnesota Libraries. That same day, Gov. Mark Dayton proclaimed it University of Minnesota Libraries Day in Minnesota. And a Star Tribune editorial affirmed the comprehensive and vital role the Libraries plays in providing the "fundamental infrastructure for our information-based economy."
Searching UMN Lib's new user interface

Library search gets a new look

If you’re searching the Libraries MNCAT Discovery and the Libraries Catalog this summer, you will notice a change to the user interface beginning the week of July 24. While functionality is largely the same, look and feel are different.
Sketches of pigs meant for use in Holm’s pig poem anthology and accompanying note from Randy Scholes, who would later co-found the Minneapolis press Milkweed Editions.

Notes on Bill Holm’s manuscripts and writing — Part 1

When Bill Holm’s papers came to the Upper Midwest Literary Archives a few years ago, much of the collection was in disparate pieces. Archives staff, myself included, have completed numerous iterations of sorting this material into categories that best reflected Holm’s life and work. It has been nothing short of challenging to acquaint myself with a lifetime’s worth of Holm’s work. At any given time, I have a number of Holm’s books on my desk that have become my reference tools — both for biographical information and for identifying Holm’s writing.
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U of M Libraries Day is July 17!

Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed July 17, 2017 as University of Minnesota Libraries Day in the State of Minnesota! The proclamation recognizes the Libraries winning the 2017 National Medal for Library Service. The Medal Ceremony will be streamed live at 2 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 17, from the National Archives in Washington, D.C.