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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.
Open Access logo

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.
Mama Cat has Three Kittens

Notable acquisitions

Jewish Community Action Records, C. P. Frank's Atlas of the city of Duluth, Minn., (1902), “Mama Cat Has Three Kittens," and many more notable acquisitions were made in fiscal year 2020 by the University Libraries.

In-person voting in Minnesota for the general election

Were you planning to vote by mail, but worry that there won't be enough time to apply for, receive, and return your ballot? In Minnesota, you can also return your absentee ballot in person, vote early in person before Election Day, or vote in person on Election Day. Get more details in this A Matter of Facts post.
Open Access Week 2020

Open Access in the classroom

The phrase “Open Access” refers to published scholarly research — often shorter form articles or papers, but also longer form open monographs. By contrast, the phrase “Open Educational Resources” tends to be used to refer to open textbooks and other course materials like question banks, handouts, or worksheets.
The vision for the Health Sciences Library

Support the vision for the Health Sciences Library

Learn more about the vision for the Health Sciences Library, located in the new Health Sciences Education Center from Library Director, Janice Jaguszewski, which was built upon one key question: “How can we bring together librarian expertise, digital content, flexible spaces, and new technology to advance teaching and learning and really help prepare our students to become the next generation of health care providers?”
Election 2020

Perspectives from election judges

Are you thinking of volunteering to be an election judge this year? Have you ever wondered what drives people to volunteer to work a 16-hour day (plus training and set-up time) in November? Many Libraries staff volunteer as election judges. We’ve asked four of them why election judging is so rewarding that they come back year after year. Here are their responses.
Open Access Week 2020

Structural inequalities in scholarly communications

Open Access Week’s theme for 2020, “Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion,” provides an opportunity to reflect on the value of information as a commodity. We will explore this issue in the context of the move towards electronic content and conglomeration of the publishing system.
Beet Growers: Agreement for hand labor on sugar beets

Sharing sources . . .

The Immigration History Research Center Archives recently digitized surveys of Mexican and Mexican-culture residents in St. Paul in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. The surveys were done by what is now the International Institute of Minnesota. Founded in 1919, “it is a social service agency helping and also honoring new Americans..."

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