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Kristen Mastel

Outreach is much more than ‘nice to have’

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Outreach has been a strong component in Kristen Mastel's role as a librarian. Recently promoted from associate to full Librarian, Mastel is an outreach and instruction librarian at Magrath Library, is the liaison to the College of Continuing and Professional Studies, Extension, Agricultural Education, and the Institute on the Environment.
Annie Hoffman

Honoring Black LGBT+ activists

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Annie Hoffman here, Student Journalist for the libraries. In this final week of Pride month, I am honoring the incredible contributions of Black LGBT+ activists and artists. Below you’ll find five people that I admire, and a book or film by or about each individual.
Annie Hoffman

Understanding mutual aid

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I have heard the term ‘mutual aid’ a lot over the past few weeks and months, but I didn’t really know what it meant. So I looked into it. Mutual aid, simply put, refers to people working to meet each other’s needs.
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New podcast puts transgender movement in context

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Transcripts is a new podcast that puts the transgender movement in context. Using oral histories from the Tretter Transgender Oral History Project at the University of Minnesota Libraries, hosts Andrea Jenkins and Myrl Beam introduce listeners to the trans activists who are changing our world.
Lisa Von Drasek

‘A long and winding road’ to arrive at the U

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Lisa Von Drasek, Curator of the University of Minnesota Children's Literature Research Collections, was recently promoted from Associate Librarian to full Librarian. Along with her instruction at University of Minnesota classes, Von Drasek teaches at community events like the Twin Cities Book Festival, regionally at SELCO’s Camp Read-a-lot, public schools, and public libraries.
Shanda Hunt discusses project with Research Sprints team.

‘Eternally grateful’ to have become a librarian

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Shanda Hunt, Public Health Librarian and Data Curation Specialist, was recently promoted from assistant to associate librarian, while being awarded continuous appointment (similar to tenure). This is one of a series spotlighting the librarians who received promotions in 2020.
Map of housing in neighborhood around Lake Harriet

Mapping Prejudice documents history of racial injustice through restrictive housing deeds

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The May 25 death of George Floyd, 46, at 38th and Chicago in South Minneapolis, is the just the latest in a long history of racial injustice in Minneapolis. The Libraries' Mapping Prejudice project, for example, has documented how housing deeds were used to create structural barriers that stopped many people who were not white from buying property and building wealth for most of the last century
curly drawing by Annie Hoffman

Math, reading, drawing, ‘West Wing,’ and more

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Post-Spring Semester, Annie Hoffman — the Libraries Student Journalist — has spent time drawing, watching episodes of "The West Wing," and reading "S," a book by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst.
Tim Johnson and Lisa Von Drasek on Read This Book!

Books by Kiersten White reviewed

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"Slayer" and "Chosen" are the two books, by New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White, reviewed on this installment of Read This Book by Lisa Von Drasek, Curator of the  University of Minnesota Children's Literature Research Collections. 
Goldy and Mooster pose with three Gopherbaloo students

Libraries supports Minnesota State History Day — which actually is a season

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Minnesota State History Day, usually held on campus, had its first-ever virtual event on Sunday, May 3. One of the goals of the program is to provide students access to resources they can’t get anywhere else — and we at the U of M contribute greatly to that access.
The Chairs Are Where The People Go

Officially done with Spring Semester, but still Zooming!

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Hello! Annie Hoffman here, Student Journalist for the libraries. I am officially done with spring semester! Even though I’m finished attending class on Zoom, there is still a lot of Zooming going on around here. I have jumped on video calls for game nights, to sing Happy Birthday, and even to attend a spelling bee.
Some of the frontline responders who are part of the HIV/AIDS Caregivers Oral History Project.

Look for the helpers

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The HIV/AIDS Caregivers Oral History Project is a new digital resource, part of the Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies, includes 34 recordings and transcripts of interviews with individuals who have worked to provide services to HIV+ people and people with AIDS in Minnesota.
Cookbook from the Kirschner Cookbook Collection: Three Meals a Day

Producing a dance film, reviewing Portuguese grammar, writing a screenplay

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Annie Hoffman is working her way through a last full week of classes and is preparing for finals. She's been shooting and editing a short dance film, reviewing Portuguese grammar, writing part of a screenplay, and much more.
Annie's House Plants in Mason jars.

Writing, Zooming, and wondering what’s next

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With less than two weeks left in Spring Semester, Annie is writing papers, doing lots of 'Zooming," and wondering what comes next. She also has tips for students for finishing strong.
Naxos Music Library

It’s the music in U

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Seeking a playlist for preparing for finals, but you’d like choices beyond the scope of Spotify? Want to sample Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, or other big names in classical music, yet no local orchestras are playing live concerts right now? No problem! Just open our Libraries website to the Music Library’s vast virtual musical storehouse of audio and video streaming databases.
Round loaf of bread

Baking, knitting, registering for fall, and more

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Hello again! Annie Hoffman here, Student Journalist for the libraries. The snow this week has made it harder to get outside, but easier to cozy...

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