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Election 2020

A short history of election day in the U.S.

In this installment of "A Matter of Facts," Julie Dinger explains why the election is held on a Tuesday in November, employee voting rights, and more.
Annie Hoffman

Annie’s final blog post

Annie Hoffman here! This is my final blog post as the Student Journalist for the Libraries. My senior year and Honors thesis will require...
Caitlin Bakker

Teaching as conversation

Research Services Liaison Caitlin Bakker recently won an Affiliated Teaching Award from the University of Minnesota Medical School for her work last year with the Family Medicine Collaborative Scholars Intensive Course.
Sheer Ganor

Libraries’ help ‘invaluable’

On Aug. 21, the Libraries received high praise from faculty member Sheer Ganor, who tweeted about the help she recived in preparing for fall semester. “So much is going wrong in the world right now, but @umnlib is so right.”

Dance, ‘Stray City,’ making cheese, and more

Annie's been busy this week in socially distanced dance rehearsals, swapping books, making cheese, and volunteering at the YWCA in Minneapolis.

Check the Libraries for required texts

A few weeks ago, I tried out the Suggest a Purchase feature on the University Libraries website. This week, I received an email informing me that the book I suggested was now available to read online through the library catalog. I am excited to start Ryan La Sala’s Reverie, a young adult fantasy novel about gay teenagers and dreams becoming real.
Anne Good

Continuing to explore

New Assistant Curator Anne Good is well-suited for the University of Minnesota James Ford Bell Library’s focus on travel, trade, and exploration in the early modern period. After all, she had an early start exploring as a child of missionaries who lived in three African countries while growing up. But her new positions also represents a homecoming of sorts: Good did her U of M doctoral research in history using materials at the Bell.
From Childhood to Adolescence

Montessori, a new podcast, and Anti-Racism Daily

This week, Annie writes about her plans to incorporate Montessori ideas into her Dance Pedagogy course in the fall, a new transgender podcast, and Anti-Racism Daily — a newsletter that offers daily actions to dismantle white supremacy.
Birchbark House

Reading, advocating, and pondering fall

Annie is a member of Equity, Accountability, Redistribution — a group of white, Minnesota-based writers committed to using our collective privilege and capital to resource and support writers of color and indigenous writers in our community.
Kristen Mastel

Outreach is much more than ‘nice to have’

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

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

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.
Transcripts podcast icon

New podcast puts transgender movement in context

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

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

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

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

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