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The Bio-Medical Library’s New Year’s Resolutions

We are sharing our New Year's Resolutions and wishing you happy studying and easy information searching in 2020.
Natalie Buckland shares Harry Potter exhibit.

Historical Hogwarts

College of Liberal Arts undergraduate student Natalie Buckland worked with the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine to create a Harry Potter-themed pop-up exhibit. This was part of Natalie’s participation in the CLA Dean's First Year Research & Creative Scholars Program. Learn more about her experience, the skills she developed, and the knowledge she gained.
Teresa Bisson demonstrating virtual reality

Top 10 Health Sciences Libraries stories of 2019

We're closing out 2019 with a look back at our favorite stories of the year. Enjoy this summary of the innovative, creative, and even unexpected work of the Health Sciences Library, the Veterinary Medical Library, and the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine

Envisioning yourself in a new library space

As the hub for all the health professional schools, the Health Sciences Education Center spaces will promote interprofessional education and interaction. Our Health Sciences and Wangensteen Historical libraries will play an important role in the building's interdisciplinary mission.  Here are a few examples of how we are building our space as a service.
Health Sciences Library Service Desk

Health Sciences Library: December construction update

The Health Sciences Library will be moving into its new location in the Health Sciences Education Center (HSEC) in July 2020. We are particularly excited by our new service desk, which will welcome visitors into the library space on the fifth floor of the building.
Two women practicing yoga outside in winter.

Yoga ON Ice: Commemorating a Frozen Wonderland

The Bio-Medical library is hosting the “Yoga ON Ice” exhibit by artist Nancy Chakrin as part of its rotating Art@Bio-Med exhibit series. The exhibit features fine art metal photography prints of yoga practice at the Saint Paul Winter Carnival.
Wangensteen Historical Library

Wangensteen Historical Library: November construction update

The construction of the new Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine is well underway as we prepare to move into the Health Sciences Education Center (HSEC) in July 2020.
Mickey Hafertepe

Helping radiology students see 2D medical images in 3D anatomy

Michael (Mickey) Hafertepe supports medical education as a radiology resident at the UMN Medical School. Working closely with students, Hafertepe has gained insights into the learning process and the challenge of translating health information into medical practice.  Learn how Hafertepe is using 3D printing to help students understand spatial relationships of medical imaging when they are viewing three dimensional anatomy on a two dimensional screen.
Teresa Bisson demonstrating virtual reality

Virtual reality helps physical therapy students see new answers

Teresa Bisson works with the Bio-Medical Library to bring Virtual Reality to her neurorehabilitation classroom where students are immersed in a virtual experience. Through active learning, Bisson’s students are becoming thoughtful users of technology and leaders in a new health care environment.

‘I now know that I am on the right career path’

Kaylee Morlan was first introduced to the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine while taking a freshman seminar course co-taught by the library's Assistant Curator, Emily Beck. With her sights set on a career in museum studies, Morlan was able to get a job at the library and gain hands on experience in her chosen field.
Photo of gene segment models.

3D-printed gene segment models aid in active learning 

Michelle Henry-Stanley, PhD, had been looking for a better way to teach the complex topic of genetic recombination using a tactile, hands-on educational tool. She and her co-instructor Donna Spannaus-Martin, PhD, connected with our Makerspace to produce low-cost sets of 3D immunoglobulin gene segments to support new ways of teaching and learning and meet their active learning goals.
Photo of "bibliography" typed repeatedly on paper.

Research Byte: Citation management

Citation managers are helpful software tools that make organizing, storing, and citing references easier. This Research Byte is intended to introduce some common features of citation managers and help you get started.
Kaitlyn Minarsich

‘Everyone at the library loves being here’

When she was in middle school, Kaitlyn Minarsich’s older brother took her to an exhibit showcasing items from the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine where he worked as a UMN undergraduate student. Minarsich is following the family tradition, working at the library to convert a 2013 physical exhibit on Downton Abbey into an updated, online interactive exhibit — just in time for the release of the Downton Abbey movie this fall. Minarsch shared some of her experiences from working at WHL. Here’s what she had to say.
Goldy Gopher inspects a model human skull at the UMN Health Sciences Library's booth.

UMN Libraries at the State Fair

This year at the Minnesota State Fair, we’ll show you some fun and fascinating historical medical devices from the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine. We’ll test your knowledge with a health fact or fiction quiz. And Minitex — a division of the University of Minnesota Libraries that supports libraries throughout Minnesota — will be there, too, as part of Read & Ride Day at the Fair.
Photo of person using a stencil made at the Makerspace

Libraries makerspaces support Paint the Bridge 2019

The University Libraries Makerspaces (Walter Library, Bio-Medical Library) want to help student groups have their best looking bridge panels ever for Paint the Bridge 2019. Using our specialized equipment, groups can cut out custom stencils for clean, crisp and detailed graphics to showcase their work.
Small groups of people gather around conference tables

‘Visioning session’ helps showcase the history of medicine

The Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine hosted a charrette to prepare for its new exhibition space in the Health Sciences Education Center. This visioning session brought together a diverse group of stakeholders who shared their ideas for exhibiting, which included involving students, creating pop-up exhibits, and creating partnerships.

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