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Join the #ArchivesHashtagParty with the Wangensteen Historical Library

Take a look at the great GIFs created by the library student employees, Kaylee Morlan and Katie Minarsich, who selected several GIF-able images from the archives for the National Archives monthly hashtag party on Twitter. December's theme was #ArchivesGIFGiving — and the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine joined in the fun.  
Photo of a dog being pet by students

Stress reduction guide

Finals can be an especially stressful time of the semester. Take good care of yourself by using our hand-picked online tools and services that are available to students on campus. Brought to you with love by the Bio-Medical Library - now open 24/7 through finals.
Text - Stressbusters: Prepare for Finals

Relax! It’s time for Stressbusters and 24×7 study

The University Libraries offers "distraction-free" studying for finals that includes extended hours in our buildings, as well as stress-reducing activities. Use our spaces, our computers, our coffee shops, Chat 24/7 with a librarian and take a break with our awesome activities.
Graphical depiction of the NIH Public Access Policy.

Research Byte: Navigating NIH Public Access Policy

The NIH Public Access Policy (PAC) is part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008 and was enacted to ensure that the public had access to the published results of NIH-funded research. This Research Byte is intended to help researchers and grant administrators understand the basics of the policy and provide tools and resources that can be used to be in compliance with the policy.
Male and Female lymph node dissection from Surgical Anatomy by Joseph Maclise (1851).

Addressing the male standard in human anatomy texts

Human anatomy texts typically default to the male standard – with males represented in case studies and anatomical drawings. Our University Libraries provide balanced information to support students and educators. But what happens when the information simply does not exist? For a start, we can buy a female skeleton model for our students. We can also use the limitations of available information as an opportunity to start a conversation.
Final "Paint the Bridge" panel for the University Libraries.

Libraries Makerspace helps us Paint the Bridge

If your day brings you across the Washington Avenue Bridge, be sure to check out the hundreds of original art panels that line the pedestrian walkway. These panels change each fall as student groups and University departments are invited to participate in the Paint the Bridge tradition. Learn how the Libraries painted their panel with a little help from our very own Makerspace.

Meet our new female skeleton model

We needed to find the perfect name for our new female skeleton - AND WE DID!!! We asked you to select her name by voting on your favorite option. Over 2,455 votes came in and the winner is...

The Secret Lives of Books exhibit opens September 18

The Wangensteen Historical Library's new exhibit — "The Secret Lives of Books" — reveals the past and present secret lives of books and tells their captivating stories of health, illness, and the human experience. In an evolving exhibit experience, guest-curated exhibit vignettes will be changed each month to reveal more stories about rare books and their intersections with current events, historical experiences, and the research programs at the University of Minnesota.
Researchers working at computers.

Register today for the UMD Data Management Workshop

Join the University Libraries for in-depth training that will help you learn data management best practices, write competitive grant proposals, and prepare datasets for preservation, sharing, and re-use. This custom one-day workshop is open to all UMD College of Pharmacy, Medical School, and Integrated Biosciences faculty, graduate students, and research support staff.
17th century sheet music from the binding of Phytognomonica (1588)

#SingYourBinding

Curators of the Wangensteen Historical Library recently discovered that their copy of Phytognomonica (1588) was bound in a sheet of music - likely from the 17th century. This music was brought to life by Victoria Fraser, a soprano and specialist in early, sacred music, who sang three passages that were included in the book binding.
‘How health info savvy are you?’ exhibit

We’re going to the Fair!

Join the University of Minnesota Libraries at the Minnesota State Fair where you can test your health information knowledge, identify weird — and frightening — medical instruments of the past, and test your health I.Q. Our events take place on August 23 and September 3.
Shanda Hunt discusses project with Research Sprints team.

Librarian ‘Dream Team’ collaborates to create Free Access Public Health website

Elizabeth Wattenberg, Ph.D., is training students at Hanoi Medical University in Vietnam who seek to integrate public health practices into their work. Wattenberg joined with the Libraries to create the “Free Access Public Health” website, providing one-stop access to vetted resources that can support public health students and practitioners wherever they call home.
A First One, Watercolor on Paper, 11x8, 2016

Mindset

The Bio-Medical Library is pleased to announce the latest installment in its rotating Art@Bio-Med series: Mindset by interdisciplinary artist Jes Reyes.

Reflections from an artist-in-residence

Working with archival materials in quiet reading rooms for many hours during my spring residency at the UMN Libraries' Archives & Special Collections was a contemplative, productive, at times intense, surprising, and overall gratifying experience. I conducted research primarily in two collections: the Immigration History Research Center Archives (IHRCA) and the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine. My research objectives broadly included the Guatemalan Civil War, migration and trauma, historical conceptions of 'The Tropics,' mosquito-borne illnesses, indigenous treatments, and the confluence of race and disease.
Creamy the hen being held with one hand under her chest so that her feet dangling in the air to show off her pink prosthetic foot. There is green foliage in the background.

Creamy the hen and her 3D printed foot

Creamy the hen fell on hard times after losing her foot this past winter. Thanks to her loving owners and the Makerspace at the Bio-Medical library, she has a new foot and a chance for a happier and healthier life!