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Marlene Zuk

She has heard the crickets singing

One of the first things Marlene Zuk does upon moving to a new town is to drop into her local library for a new library card. “Libraries are the linchpin of civilization,” says Zuk, Regents Professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior.
Julie Rashid

A shift in acquisitions

“COVID was when you saw a very dramatic shift from print to electronic monographs, out of necessity,” says Julie Rashid, Acquisitions and Rapid Cataloging Manager. “We knew it was on the horizon, but COVID took it from the horizon and put it on a super-jet and it got to us fast.” The change has caused a shift in focus at the Libraries, but the goal remains the same: to work together to get content to users.

She wears it well

Erinn Aspinall, MSI, was named Director of the Health Sciences Libraries in December 2021. “While she still was the Interim Director, Erinn promoted and realized her vision for the future of our Health Sciences Library, as well as demonstrating her skills as a leader of a group of highly skilled experts,” says Lisa German, University Librarian and Dean of the Libraries.
Kimberly Clarke

Reflections on student life

As we begin the start of a new semester in a new year, we often look forward and back. Members of our Libraries’ staff share a few things that they would have done differently during their student years. Their perspectives may be helpful for today’s students.
Jan Fransen

Analyzing RIMs

Information about research at a university is of vital importance; it can feed the institutional reputation of a university, as well as the profiles of individual scholars. Recently, the Libraries' Jan Fransen co-authored a research report that defines research information management in a way that would explicate its value to institutions.
Electronic Lab Notebook Presentation at ACRL. Left to right: Franklin Sayre, Megan Kocher, Julie Kelly, Megan Lafferty, Caitlin Bakker.

Mentor and more

Julie Kelly’s hallmark helpfulness led to a career in the University Libraries. While working as a microbiologist in an infectious disease laboratory at the U’s Medical School, she noted that her favorite part of the job was library research. “I thought ‘I should be doing this all day long.’ So I quit my job and went to library school.” She recently retired as a Science Librarian. having mentored many colleagues and carried out projects with national and international impact.
Art by Rachel Breen

Join the conversation

“Nothing New: A Meditation on Sustainability and Abundance,” an exhibit organized by Arts & Design Librarian Deborah Ultan and on display in the Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library in Rapson Hall, provides a focus for a conversation in the College of Design starting at 11 a.m., on Nov. 19.
“Oliver!” by Theater Latté Da, photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp

Lover of the arts

In recent weeks, the dam holding back theatrical and musical productions in Minnesota has broken and one person benefiting is Bradley Greenwald, singer, actor, writer, and director. Also a Friend of the Libraries board member, Greenwald recently took part in a Leonard Bernstein tribute with Dan Chouinard and Prudence Johnson at Crooners in Fridley.
Students in the Toaster Innovation Hub. Screenshot of the Libraries website. Two students working at a laptop computer in Walter Library.

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.

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