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Scott Spicer, Charlie Heinz, Cassie

Media savvy

Facilitating reaching audiences with audio-visual media is one of the lesser-known resources that the Libraries provides to students — and Jamie Stang, Associate Professor in Public Health, is glad to introduce her students to it. “Without them, I don’t think it would work. It’s a full-on partnership.”
Students examining rare books

Top 10 Health Sciences Libraries stories of 2021

We’re celebrating 2021 with a look back at our favorite stories of the year that feature the innovative, impactful, and even unexpected work of...
NEXUS students learn block printing in Wangensteen

Honors students at the center of NEXUS

In the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine, Curator Lois Hendrickson and Assistant Curator Emily Beck have introduced two sections of first-year honors students to experiential learning activities. But their most important contribution may be creating a space for community to develop.
Librarian Carolyn Bishoff gives 3D printing tips to student Changye Li in the Health Sciences Library Makerspace.

Intro to 3D printing

In the 3D Printing for Beginners workshop at the Health Sciences Library's Makerspace, Librarian Carolyn Bishoff helps students learn the basics.
Health Sciences Library Service Desk

A Virtual Tour of the Health Sciences Library and the Wangensteen Historical Library of...

We are welcoming you in to the new Health Sciences Library and the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology & Medicine with a virtual tour. Check out the highlights in this story, and link to our full virtual tour to explore more.
André Nault with Pogo the dog

Moving with waves of change

The Veterinary Medical Library has closed, yet its resources and Librarian André Nault continue to meet the needs of students and faculty. “André embodies the spirit of service,” says CVM Associate Dean of Education Peggy Root Kustritz. 
Darby Ronning

Sail mail

Undergraduate student Darby Ronning discovered the Wangensteen Library, which led to her creating an online exhibit related to a physician's experience on the North Pacific Exploration Expedition in the 1850s. Her research project was awarded the 2021 U-Spatial Mapping Prize for Undergraduate Student — Best Representation of Research.
Dozens of brightly colored boxes that contain pharmaceutical products are on a table covered by a blue-quilted cloth. Anna Shepherd's blue-gloved hand is seen pointing at a box on the table.

Preserving the past for the future

A behind-the-scenes look at how historical artifacts from the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine are prepared for a physical move into a newly-built space that will ensure preservation and access for decades to come.
Terrestrial and celestial globes created in 1696 and now part of the James Ford Bell Library collection.

A new spin on old globes

Terrestrial and celestial globes created in 1696 arrived at the University Libraries the day after the shutdown for COVID-19 last year, destined for the James Ford Bell Library. Curator Marguerite Ragnow wanted to figure out how to put them on the web but initially she was stymied. Then a breakthrough appeared in January 2021, when she learned of the 3D scanning capabilities in the Health Sciences Library.
Two green tong devices are shown being printed by a 3D printer

Printed adaptations

Occupational therapy students learn how 3D printing found in HSL's Makerspace can be used to create customized adaptive technology devices to help people complete routine daily tasks.
drawer filled with small artifacts from the Wangensteen Library collection

Fresh start

Moving can be disruptive, but it also can be an opportunity to make a fresh start. The Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine has taken advantage of its move into the Health Sciences Education Center to improve protection and access for the collection of books and artifacts.

Boosting data’s impact

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.
Acupuncture Model

An intern opens up new views

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.

Team efforts

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.
pharmakon class in Rarig Center

Dramatic exploration

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.
Erinn Aspinall

A new interim Director for Health Sciences Libraries

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.

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