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A Matter of Facts Blog

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A Matter of Facts: Who owns your media?

In the months leading up to the United States presidential election in 2016, false stories circulated widely on social media. Media scholars and journalists cautioned Americans to get their news from trusted media networks and newspapers rather than from unvetted online publishers. It’s also important to learn how markets and regulations shape our traditional media landscape. We’ve compiled some articles, databases, and government resources below to help our readers understand the behind-the-scenes forces that help shape the news.

From the Archivist Blog

The James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History on Church Street, Minneapolis, 1940.

The modern Bell Museum

The modern Bell Museum will play an indispensable part in the formal education and the enlightenment of the people of Minnesota and beyond. My first introduction to this museum was as a student. Fortuitously, the Bell continued my museum studies as an archivist. I’m excited to further my education as a member and visitor for many more years to come.

Blue Ox Review

Mentor Part 2: Professional Resources To Prepare for Your First Year in Position.

Reference Dump When I was a new librarian, I was told not to "reference dump." A "reference dump" is overwhelming the asker with resources. When a reference question is asked like, "How do penguin's take...

Health Sciences Libraries News

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Summertime safety guide: Brought to you by the Bio-Medical Library

Summer is finally upon us in Minnesota! We encourage you all to go outside and enjoy the sunshine, and we hope you stay safe and healthy as you do so! Here are some trusted health information resources that will help you avoid sunburn, heat-related illness, food poisoning, firework injury and more!

Kirschner Cookbook Collection Blog

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Breakfast with Beatrice

Breakfast with Beatrice and Original Scandinavian Recipes were featured on this installment of Read This Book with Megan Kocher, Curator of the Doris Kirschner Cookbook Collection, and host Lisa Von Drasek. Kocher also announced that the University Libraries recently acquired Beatrice Ojakangas' cookbook collection — which includes Original Scandinavian Recipes — for the Kirschner Collection, which is available to the public at the University of Minnesota's Magrath Library on the St. Paul campus. 

Land of 10,000 Workflows Blog

How I Work: Rebecca Moss

Rebecca Moss, a librarian who works for Liberal Arts Technologies and Innovation Services that supports the College of Liberal Arts and beyond, shares her favorite tools — including the iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, and the app, Notability.

Archives and Special Collections News

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The Best from Pen and Press: Exhibit sneak peek

Take a sneak video peek at our current exhibit at Elmer L. Andersen Library: The Best from Pen and Press, which includes 3000-year-old cuneiform tablets, a 16th century "Remembrancer Scroll," and much more. The materials come from the James Ford Bell Library, the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine, and the University Libraries' Rare Book collections.