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Open houses and self-guided tours of our libraries

Welcome: We have a spot for you! Explore the campus libraries during our Open House event on Tuesday, Sept. 14 (or anytime). Visit and go on...
Doris Brossard

Seeking control

World War I, the Great Depression, and immigration all contributed to a growing number of people who were unattached — unmarried and not linked to communities in significant ways. To study these single people, most of whom were men, Doris Brossard, a doctoral student of modern U.S. history, gender, and women’s history at Rutgers University, recently came to the University Libraries to access the Social Welfare History Archives and the Kautz Family YMCA Archives.
Erika Lee

Op-Ed: What does it mean to be American? Ask an immigrant

Erika Lee wrote an opinion piece published in the Los Angeles Times on July 4, titled: "What does it mean to be American? Ask an immigrant." The Regents Professor of History and Asian American Studies traced American xenophobism — fear and hatred of foreigners — from the mid-19th century through 1916, then jumping a century, to Donald Trump’s election as U.S. President in 2016 and its follow-up. Read more and link to the L.A. Times article and video
Karen Majewicz

Leading light

The Big 10 Academic Alliance Geoportal resides at the University of Minnesota Libraries but its use of and involvement with the GeoBlacklight platform gives it a national presence through the work of Karen Majewicz, Geospatial Project Manager & Metadata Coordinator.
Two green tong devices are shown being printed by a 3D printer

Printed adaptations

Occupational therapy students learn how 3D printing found in HSL's Makerspace can be used to create customized adaptive technology devices to help people complete routine daily tasks.

Outstanding student employees

Marshall Mabry, a junior in the College of Liberal Arts who works at the John R. Borchert Map Library, and Tyler Christianson, a graduating senior majoring in Information Technology Infrastructure, within the College of Continuing and Professional Studies, who works at the Libraries' Toaster Innovation Hub, were chosen by the Friends of the Libraries as this year's Outstanding Library Student Employees.
Amelious N. Whyte Jr.

Positive influence

Amelious Whyte, Director for Public Engagement in the U of M College of Liberal Arts, joined the Friends of the Libraries board in 2015 and, starting in June, will become its chair. Whyte is very intentional, believing he is here — in Minnesota or on Earth — for a reason. “I have a vision statement that I created years ago. It’s to be a positive influence on the lives of others. That’s what I strive to do.” And he’s clearly succeeding.
Melissa Eighmy Brown

An advocate for users

From her “amazing approach” to providing interlibrary loan services during the pandemic, to her work with her colleagues in the Big Ten Academic Alliance, to presenting at international conferences, Melissa Eighmy Brown has made a mark in her field. For these accomplishments, she recently received the Virginia Boucher Distinguished ILL Librarian Award sponsored by OCLC, a global library cooperative.
The Death of Ivan Ilich

New open access publications from the Libraries

We're excited to share the latest set of open access publications from Libraries Publishing — everything from gardening to English music to a guide to good reasoning.

Weaving a tapestry

Catherine Jordan's ability to make things happen has served her and organizations well, as she has been weaving arts, education, and health into her career tapestry. “I have been able to design and build things — whether a program, an event, or an organization,” says Jordan, Chair of the Friends of the University Libraries board.
Kristen Mastel

Connecting with Extension

University of Minnesota Extension professionals, located in each of Minnesota’s 87 counties, make an impact by translating research into real world applications for residents of the state. One of the pillars they can lean on is Outreach and Instruction Librarian Kristin Mastel.
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Opening up open access

There are clear benefits to publishing open access, including increased reach and impact. Yet publishers often require authors to pay article processing charges (APCs) to make their articles open access. Now there's help to avoid or reduce these fees.
Carla Pfahl

Aiming for a strong finish

A renovation, a new website, a new strategy for collections — these are just a few of the projects in which Librarians and staff might be involved. Yet when Carla Pfahl, Reference Outreach and Instruction for Minitex, was in library school, project management concepts were never discussed. Afterwards, she found that projects abound in libraries. Now she is offering a professional development series to librarians and library staff throughout Minnesota, as part of Minitex' outreach work.
Alexa Oswald

Discovering a new path

Alexa Oswald came to the Health Sciences Library through serendipity — she saw a summer job listed and had enough hours to take it — and has been working there ever since. After she graduates in chemistry, she plans to enter a master’s degree program in nursing and, ultimately, become a nurse-midwife.
Stacie Traill

What drives Stacie Traill

“The thing that really motivates me is being able to have an impact on how easily or how comprehensively or ... how well a library user can get to the resources that they need,” says Stacie Traill, Metadata and Discovery Analyst for the University of Minnesota Libraries. She belongs to the team that strives to improve the technical side of the Libraries on behalf of users. What drives her?
Chris Stedman

Maps of the digital world

Chris Stedman, who loved maps as a youngster, came back to them as he was investigating life online. In writing his new book "IRL: Finding Realness, Meaning, and Belonging in our Digital Lives” he was helped by the Libraries' Ryan Mattke and Kirsten Delegard.

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