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The U of M Libraries' COVID-19 response

      Support for students

      The Libraries and the SMART Learning Commons offer a wide variety of student services — including support for podcasting, video production, research papers, and tutoring services. Most services this fall will be online, although some media services will be available by appointment at Walter Library.
      Virtual PAWS poster

      Autism documentary, PAWS, and ‘Suggest a Purchase’

      This week I am grateful for warm weather and safe, fulfilling ways to interact with family, friends, and the university community.
      Annie Hoffman

      Looking forward to senior year and working to help make positive change

      Libraries Student Journalist Annie Hoffman is looking forward to senior year, brainstorming topics for her Honors thesis while "getting more and more excited to learn, to challenge myself, and to work for positive change on campus and beyond."
      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.

      Connecting to the collection

      During our buildings closure, the Libraries’ patrons cannot come in. Yet, the Libraries “are a very social place; they are the heart of the campus,” says Kate McCready, Interim Associate University Librarian for Content & Collections. “So to not have our users here? The next best thing is getting us out to them.”
      Resilience,social support, self belief, emotional awareness and more.

      Get by, with a little help

      For University of Minnesota Libraries’ staff, stresses resulting from working from home were compounded by witnessing the tragic death of George Floyd and the protests that followed. Sensing distress, member of the Resilience Champions network in the Libraries are reaching out to help.
      Wilson Library

      Shipping news

      After our buildings closed in mid-March, faculty and students benefited from the Libraries’ wealth of electronic resources, including those opened up by emergency access to Hathi Trust. Yet, as time went on, it became clear that many people needed print materials. On June 15, digital and mail access to print re-opened.
      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.

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