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      Boosting data’s impact

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      To her internship in the Data + Visualization Lab in the Health Sciences Library, Claire Winters brought a lot of experience with Excel. Winters transformed her knowledge and experience into two workshops on creating compelling data visualizations with Excel. “Excel is one of the more common tools and can do more than many people realize,” she says.
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      An intern opens up new views

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      Library student John Cole is scanning artifacts from the Wangensteen Historical Library in 3D, offering an advantage for very fragile items — as well as for virtual instruction.
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      Team efforts

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      Dealing with the threat of COVID was one of the biggest challenges in re-opening four of our libraries last year. Those four operations managers — Desrosiers, Julie Dinger, Jackie Gulbranson, and Emily Reimer — talk about what they faced and, with their staffs, how they came through this transitional time.
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      Dramatic exploration

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      In the ancient Greek play "The Bacchae," a group of women called the Maenads worship Dionysus, the god of wine and theater. Discussing the play in a Rarig classroom, with some students in-person and some on Zoom, they talked about the Maenads’ joy in being in a sisterhood. Librarians Sarah Brown and Deb Ultan worked with theater faculty and pharmacy faculty in creating a class that explores the intersection of pharmacy and theater.
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      A new interim Director for Health Sciences Libraries

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      In January 2021, Erinn Aspinall was named interim Director of the Health Sciences Libraries. In this Q&A, Aspinall discusses the opportunities and challenges in front of her and her work on the Libraries Strategic Planning Team. Prior to becoming interim Director, she served as HSL’s Associate Director for Program Development and Strategy. Aspinall’s career reflects a commitment to the health sciences, with previous positions at the University of Michigan, the National Institutes of Health, and the University of New Mexico.
      Shanda Hunt discusses project with Research Sprints team.

      An anti-racism lens

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      Three librarians joined together to develop the research guide "Conducting research through an anti-racism lens," which has just been published on the Libraries website.
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      Discovering a new path

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      Alexa Oswald came to the Health Sciences Library through serendipity — she saw a summer job listed and had enough hours to take it — and has been working there ever since. After she graduates in chemistry, she plans to enter a master’s degree program in nursing and, ultimately, become a nurse-midwife.
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      The year in review

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      Coping with COVID was the challenge of the year. COVID closed our buildings during spring semester. Dealing with it by working from home forced us to find new ways to do things. And our new circumstances fostered an appreciation for an application with a zany name — Zoom. (For some, it’s more a love-hate relationship.) From student workers to the Dean of Libraries, everyone felt the impact of changes as they tried to stay healthy and to adapt. Here are some of their stories.
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      Measuring faculty impact outside academia

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      The Libraries' Policy & News Media Impact Service recently helped researchers in the Medical School understand the impact of its Coventor ventilator. “I had no idea that the Libraries could do that," said one researcher. Yes, it can.
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      Object lessons

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      The students in Sally Kohlstedt’s honors course this fall, “Campus Obscura: Cabinets of Curiosity at UMN,” are visiting several U collections and museums as they explore the reasons for why they are an intimate part of the U. And at one site, they felt the experience was close to hands-on.
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      Evidence-based practice and open access

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      One of the reasons people advocate for open access publishing is the idea that the article will receive more citations — and thus the author will be able to show a greater scholarly impact. Three University of Minnesota librarians decided to investigate whether the evidence supported this idea. They ended up winning a Medical Library Association Award for their work.
      The vision for the Health Sciences Library

      Support the vision for the Health Sciences Library

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      Learn more about the vision for the Health Sciences Library, located in the new Health Sciences Education Center from Library Director, Janice Jaguszewski, which was built upon one key question: “How can we bring together librarian expertise, digital content, flexible spaces, and new technology to advance teaching and learning and really help prepare our students to become the next generation of health care providers?”
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      Del: A noble profession

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      Del Reed’s first job in the Libraries was a two-week stint moving furniture. About 40 years later, he recently retired from the Health Sciences Library as liaison to the Center for Bioethics, the Medical Division of Physical Therapy, and the Center for Allied Health. He says: “I don’t have any regrets about the career that chose me.”
      Librarian Danya Leebaw and Associate Professor Krishnamurthy Iyer

      Bolstering research

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      By supporting campus researchers and by doing their own research, U of M librarians carry out key roles on campus and in their profession.
      Shanda Hunt discusses project with Research Sprints team.

      Promoting data visualization

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      The Data + Visualization Lab is one of the new services offered through the new Health Sciences Library. Shanda Hunt, Public Health Liaison and Data Curation Specialist, says it fits well with other libraries activities. To better promote its use, Hunt is offering workshops and an online guide to help users get started.
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      A good fit

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      When COVID-19 was starting to spread earlier this year, fourth-year medical student Elle Newcome asked herself how she could be helpful outside of the clinical space. Since she had been sewing since she was young and had a personal design business, "I saw my piece fit in the puzzle,” she says, deciding to make cloth face masks. But she also decided to do research on the efficacy of cloth masks worn by healthy individuals in a community setting.

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