Minnesota was put on the map for its innovative technology by one-time giants like Control Data and Engineering Research Associates of Remington Rand. While those companies are now but a memory, their histories are preserved in the archives of the Charles Babbage Institute.
University of Minnesota Librarians discuss the books they plan to give and the ones they’d love to get as gifts this holiday season in a very special episode of Read This Book! Genres covered include children’s literature, mysteries, cookbooks, and cool science.
In this episode of “Read This Book!,” Megan Kocher, curator of the Doris Kirschner Cookbook Collection at the University of Minnesota, discusses books with holiday cookie recipes.
A special reception to celebrate the University Libraries exhibit, “Ralph Rapson: A Legacy in Architecture and Design,” will be held Monday, December 8, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Rapson, former dean of the University’s School of Architecture (1954-1984), was the designer of iconic Twin Cities buildings such as the original Guthrie Theater, Cedar Square West, and the Rarig Center for the Performing Arts. “Not only did he design a number of buildings, he taught an entire generation of architects to design buildings — so his influence is deep and far reaching,” said Jane King Hession, curator of the exhibit and author of “Ralph Rapson: Sixty Years of Modern Design.”
In this episode of “Read This Book!,” Science Librarian Carolyn Bishoff recommends three books that relate to scientific milestones to celebrate that occurred in October. The books are: “Much Ado About (Practically) Nothing,” by David E. Fisher, “Live from the Moon,” by Michael Allen, and “Nobel Prize Women in Science,” by Sharon Bertsch McGrayne.
Periodicals about the Hispanic Heritage of the United States are well represented in the periodicals collection at the University of Minnesota Libraries, including subscriptions to major academic journals and a historical collection of Hispanic newspapers dating back to the mid-1800s.
In this special Back to School episode of “Read This Book!,” Lisa Von Drasek discusses “The Pilot and the Little Prince,” by Peter Cis, “Park Scientists,” by Mary Kay Carson, and “The Story of Buildings,” by Patrick Dillon (Author) and Stephen Biesty (Illustrator).
Von Drasek is curator of the Children’s Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries.
University Libraries took part in Respect U Day, part of Welcome Week for incoming students, on August 29. Students who attended learned about programs, resources, and tools to help them succeed and also about resources to support equity and diversity on campus.
Watch the video and see what incoming students think about libraries.
Kate DiCamillo and Lisa Von Drasek discuss the value of reading aloud in this 25-minute video.
DiCamillo, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, said that she believes reading aloud is an important communal activity for people of all ages, not just kids. She and Von Drasek, head of the University of Minnesota’s Children’s Literature Research Collections, take turns sharing excerpts from some of their favorite books, both classic and contemporary.
Kaia Sievert, University of Minnesota Libraries, discusses books that are being turned into movies, in this episode of “Read This Book!” The books recommended by Sievert include: “Gone Girl” By Gillian Flynn, “In the Heart of the Sea” By Nathaniel Philbrick, “The Hobbit” By J.R.R. Tolkien, “The Jungle Book” By Rudyard Kipling, and “Unbroken” By Laura Hillenbrand.