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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.”
Tomato shaped analog 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.
Annie's House Plants in Mason jars.

Writing, Zooming, and wondering what’s next

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.
Shanda Hunt discusses project with Research Sprints team.

Vital connections

Public health librarian Shanda Hunt is locating and providing access to critical "gray literature" for health sciences researchers during COVID-19, while business librarian Mary Schoenborn and Libraries collections staff were able to open remote access to a key database for faculty and students in the Carlson School of Management.

Getting by with a little help from their peers

Like standing at an unfamiliar intersection with a need to choose one from among several roads, it can be freeing or a bit daunting to be asked to write a paper on any topic you’d like. Need help or advice? Make a virtual appointment with one of the Libraries' Peer Research Consultants.
Deb Ultan

Unexpected gifts

Her plan for teaching students in the Chicano and Chicana Art course how to approach their research projects was ready. Yet switching the instruction from in-person to online presented a few surprises for Arts & Architecture Librarian Deborah Ultan. “It was actually kind of fun,” she says.
Books on shelf on window ledge, including Mark Dunn’s Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters

Grateful for music and her ‘Quarantunes’ playlist

Hello again! Annie Hoffman here, Student Journalist for the Libraries. This is week four of online classes, and we’ve all gotten pretty adept at Zoom. Here’s what else I’ve been up to!

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