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      Realizing the vision

      Health Sciences Library’s move into the state-of-the-art Health Sciences Education Center supports interdisciplinary education across the health sciences. “This is really a new set of services and a new set of expertise we’re getting ready to share with the University,” says the library's Emerging Technology Strategist Jonathan Koffel. He wants to get the word out about how tools like virtual reality can influence physicians’ practice and training, data visualization can help public health practitioners to tell their stories, and how the Makerspace can support innovation among health providers.
      Lisa Johnston

      Ye olde Wangensteen cook off

      The staff of the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine are back in the kitchen to try their hands at making cheesecakes from 1540! This time - taste testing support comes from the Lisa’s of the Libraries - including our new Dean of Libraries, Lisa German.
      Kaylee Morlan

      Learning on the job

      In this student reporter post, history major Kaylee Morlan shares why she loves working at the Wangensteen Historical Library while taking classes that feature the library’s collection, and how she uses her ever-growing knowledge of the collection to help her fellow classmates contextualize course concepts.
      Caitlin Bakker, Del Reed, Jenny McBurney, Katherine Chew

      Seeking the big picture

      The Libraries' Policy and News Media Impact Service helps health faculty measure the impact of their work — from media coverage to changes in health policy.
      Nicole Theis-Mahon

      ‘My passion: how people interact with information’

      Nicole Theis-Mahon, Librarian Liaison to the School of Dentistry & Health Science Libraries Collections Coordinator, was recently promoted from Assistant to Associate Librarian with continuous appointment (similar to tenure).
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      Designing an escape room while locked out of the library 

      Escape rooms have been gaining popularity nationwide, and with the move of the Wangensteen Historical Library to a new location, escape rooms are being used to share the little-known world of the history of biology and medicine!
      Screenshot of the Minnesota TotDish podcast on PodBean, featuring the episodes Caitlin Bakker worked on (Episodes 5 and 6)

      MN TotDish: ‘We couldn’t have done it without the Libraries’ help!’

      UMN Pediatrics residents Kate Policht and Heidi Moline wanted to find a way to provide meaningful, actionable information for busy medical residents at the University of Minnesota and beyond. This resulted in the creation of the MN TotDish podcast, with content developed in collaboration with Medical Librarian Caitlin Bakker and technology support from the Libraries.
      Emily Winderman and Dominique Tobbell

      An hour in the life of the Wangensteen Historical Library

      Curators Lois Hendrickson and Emily Beck of the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology of Medicine are always sharing their collection and expertise with historical materials with students, faculty, researchers, and scholars. And while no day is typical, it is not surprising that they are typically busy. In this post, we’re looking back fondly to March 2, 2020 when our buildings were open and bustling with people – detailing the events of a single hour during an “average” day in the Wangensteen Historical Library.
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      Register now for ACRL’s Project Outcome for academic libraries online workshop

      The University of Minnesota Libraries and the MLA Academic and Research Library Division (ARLD) are pleased to announce a free professional development activity on library assessment. Join us on Zoom Wednesday, July 8 from 1:00 p.m. — 3:00 p.m. to learn about the Project Outcome for Academic Libraries surveys and resources. Project Outcome is a free toolkit that provides academic libraries the means to easily measure outcomes and use data for improvements and advocacy. The survey covers instruction, events and programs, research, teaching support, digital and special collections, space, and library technology. Free. Registration required.
      Shanda Hunt discusses project with Research Sprints team.

      ‘Eternally grateful’ to have become a librarian

      Shanda Hunt, Public Health Librarian and Data Curation Specialist, was recently promoted from assistant to associate librarian, while being awarded continuous appointment (similar to tenure). This is one of a series spotlighting the librarians who received promotions in 2020.
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      Virtual book launch — ‘Surgical Renaissance in the Heartland’: A Memoir of the Wangensteen...

      Please join Henry Buchwald on Wednesday, June 10 at 6:00 p.m. CDT for the launch of his new book, "Surgical Renaissance in the Heartland," moderated by the University of Minnesota Press's regional editor, Erik Anderson, and co-sponsored by the U of M's Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine. Henry Buchwald’s account of the Wangensteen era brings to life a medical culture that thrived on debate and the expression of ideas, a clinical practice bound only by the limits of a surgeon’s inspiration and imagination.
      Recipe for Turnbridge cakes

      Ye Olde Wangensteen Bake Off: Tunbridge Cakes in the Time of COVID-19 

      COVID-19 has brought all of the bakers out of the woodwork. From sourdough to elaborately-decorated focaccia, many people are lifting their spirits with yeast, baking powder, and baking soda. The Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine is following suit, testing a recipe for “Tunbridge Cakes” from the library’s late 18th-century manuscript recipe book.
      Gift bags.

      Your virtual care package from the Libraries

      The Libraries is sending you a virtual care package, with everything you need to finish the semester strong. Go ahead and color our collections, take a ten song study break, watch a relaxing video, travel the world, or find helpful resources to help you maintain focus and keep organized while studying.  

      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.”
      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.
      Ultrasound probe being held next to a probe cover, showing the back of each to show how it snaps on

      Helping veterinary medicine students practice ultrasound techniques

      Rosalind Chow, an instructor at the College of Veterinary Medicine, encountered a challenge when teaching an ultrasound technique called ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration. After using makeshift protective ultrasound probe covers with mixed success, she collaborated with Makerspace staff to come up with the perfect solution that allowed students more realistic practice with less risk.

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