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The U of M Libraries' COVID-19 response

Annie Hoffman

Anti-racist readings for white people

As we mourn George Floyd’s death and try to honor his life through opposing violent policing and systemic racism, it is essential that white people like me make meaningful commitments to antiracist work. If you are white and unsure of where to begin, these books are all a good place to start.
Sheet Music In Aeroplano

Transposing musical research

In the style of a jazz trio, Cecily Marcus, Maura Coonan, and Jessica Abbazio created an Archives Q & A conversation video for the MUS 5611 research methods class. From describing what an archive is, to offering tips and outlining search strategies, the trio welcomes students into a world with a different tempo and perhaps surprising expectations.
curly drawing by Annie Hoffman

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

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.
Walter Library with U of M branding.

Library support has not wavered during COVID-19

Even though our buildings have been closed since March 18, 2020, in response to the health threat of COVID-19, we have remained open. Our librarians and staff, working from home, have been supporting the students, faculty, and staff of  the U community, as well as the public, with electronic resources, online reference, and more.
Spine Poetry

Rain, sunshine, spine poetry, and green onions

Hello! Annie Hoffman here, Student Journalist for the Libraries. As spring turns into summer, I am enjoying both the cozy rainy days and the...
Summer white oak by Maja, age 5

Spring goes online at Andersen Horticultural Library

Spring is a time of renewal and new growth, as Minnesotans emerge from a cold winter ready to get started planting, gardening, and enjoying nature. But spring 2020 has been a time for staying inside. Fortunately, the U’s Andersen Horticultural Library offers two engaging programs for community members.
Jamaya Williams

Work-from-home updates from the archives

As a Global Studies major with a regional focus in Europe, I gain knowledge and more tangible rewards in my job as Student Assistant for the Immigration History Research Center Archives. In the two years, I’ve gained invaluable exposure to thousands of archival materials documenting the personal experiences of 20th-century European immigrants, refugees, and displaced persons. Since spring break, however, I’ve had to learn how to do my job without this hands-on and face-to-face component.
The Chairs Are Where The People Go

Officially done with Spring Semester, but still Zooming!

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.
Winn-Dixie book and resources on EbooksMN website

Public book landings

Streams of teachers, media specialists, and everyday people around the state are finding helpful landings — and resources — through Minitex and other U of M Libraries’ resources, as they remain home to stem the spread of COVID-19.
Public health awareness poster with a bar of soap and a hand.

On to finals!

Our student journalist and U of M dance major Annie Hoffman is gearing up for finals, while sharing her favorite Zoom backgrounds.
Some memoirs of the life of Job, from the James Ford Bell Library, which was recently accessed by students in a small college in Ohio.

Making discoveries easier

To help them navigate, students and researchers launching on voyages of discovery in our Libraries’ collections rely on a little-known crew: Programmers, catalogers, shelving staff, the Google project team, and digitization staff work below decks — er — behind the scenes to move research forward and to ease the way to discoveries in our sector of the international information ecosystem. 

Graduating summa corona

It's not easy being part of the class of 2020. Caitlin McBride, a senior communications major at the University of Minnesota and a student worker at Walter Library, shares her thoughts on graduating at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cookbook from the Kirschner Cookbook Collection: Three Meals a Day

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

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.
Four generations of a Jewish women in this photo from 1937. From left: Eleanor Laurie, baby Arlene Bomberg, mother, Alyce Bomberg, and Jenny Smith. (Upper Midwest Jewish Archives)

Saving your family history

For Archivist Kate Dietrick, a Zoom webinar on "Saving Your Family History" was a great way to reach a group of people who may not typically think of visiting the archives, while also answering the questions she fields regularly from individuals.

Planning ahead

With just a couple of days warning prior to the shutdown of library buildings due to COVID-19, Emily Beck created a History of Contraceptives story map for 44 students enrolled in HMED 3055: Women, Health, and History. "It came as close as possible to replicating the in-person hands-on experience the students usually get with their time with artifacts from the Wangensteen.”
Pomodoro tomato timer

Time is on our side

In helping new students at the U of M learn advanced skills in research and studying during COVID-19, the Libraries and student success staff came up with an online workshop that focuses on the Pomodoro technique, which provides students a structure to better manage time and, hopefully, reduce stress or anxiety.

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