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Jim Parente

He burns the midnight oil

JIm Parente has filled several roles in his long tenure with the University of Minnesota, including Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Chair of the Department of German, Nordic, Slavic, & Dutch, Director of the Center for German and European Studies, and as a member of the Friends of the Libraries board. After six  years on the Friends board, he recently stepped down. “Jim is an intellectual. He’s really interested in these meaty issues and thinks about them. It’s not about the hottest thing or the sexiest thing,” says Marguerite Ragnow, Curator, James Ford Bell Library.
Lisa Von Drasek with a stack of children's books.

How to keep kids reading all summer

Summer learning loss is a concern for many parents and educators as students finish the school year and spend time away from the classroom during summer break. Lack of access to reading materials and continued education are two factors that often contribute to this loss of learning, but families can take steps on their own to support reading development this summer. Lisa Von Drasek, curator of the Kerlan Collection of Children's Literature at the University of Minnesota, answers questions about how to keep kids reading this summer.
Lisa Vecoli in the cavern.

Groundbreaking transgender history project funded for Phase III

The Tretter Transgender Oral History Project has received Tawani Foundation support to continue the collection of oral histories in the transgender/gender queer community over the next three years. Curator Lisa Vecoli says that Phase III was designed to continue using a trained oral historian but also add community volunteers as interviewers.

Library student employees honored

Three students recently were honored as Outstanding Student Employees at the University of Minnesota Libraries: Grace Dean, who works in Archives and Special Collections; Taylor McBride, from Wilson Library; and Darby Ronning, a student with a special relationship to the Wangensteen Historical Library.
Heidelberg students examine rare books in the Wangensteen Historical Library.

Libraries key role in international dentistry exchange

Hospitality to visitors from afar may include a gift bag of treats. For German students of dentistry from Heidelberg University, those treats included an introduction to the jaw-dropping high-tech in the Health Sciences Library and the history-rich learning environments in the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine.
This map of Ramsey County properties shows the racially restrictive covenants uncovered so far by the Mapping Prejudice project and its partners.

Revealing segregation in Ramsey County

The University of Minnesota's Mapping Prejudice team and their partners at St. Catherine University unveiled a map of Ramsey County on June 15 showing just over 2,000 properties that have racially restrictive covenants in...
Magrath Library exhibit on wildlife photography

Celebrate Nature Photography Day

In celebration of Nature Photography Day on June 15, the Libraries encourages students and staff to get outdoors and capture what they see on campus. Library staff have put together a list of photography tips, an exhibit on wildlife photography at the Natural Resources Library, along with managing beautiful collections of wildlife books and nature photography.
Amy Riegelman and Megan Kocher

Award-winning innovators

University of Minnesota Librarians Megan Kocher and Amy Riegelman faced circumstances turned upside down by COVID in fall 2020, when they were notified they received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to provide in-person training to librarians around the country.  So, instead, they developed a virtual training program that ended up reaching many more participants, earning them acclaim as 2022 Minnesota Academic Innovators.
Multimedia Specialist Charlie Heinz demonstrates the Libraries virtual reality software to College of Design students.

UMN student wins national award with Libraries’ help

University of Minnesota design student wins national award with help from the Libraries. The prize? A paid internship at the Kate Spade fashion house in New York City this summer. “Our students have the cutting edge skills that they need” because of the Libraries’ virtual reality studio, says Professor Juanjuan Wu.
Epic Summer Reading Quest

Join us for an Epic Summer Reading Quest

Want to get out of town? Your summertime trip might be going to visit Minnehaha Falls or driving to the Black Hills. Or perhaps you’d rather head into parts unknown? You can do that with a book — or several — this summer. Sign up for the Libraries Epic Summer Reading Quest.

Rare 17th century map acquired for Bell Library

The James Ford Bell Library at the University of Minnesota Libraries has acquired a rare, 17th century map of the Java Sea, thanks to generous funding from the James Ford Bell Trust.
an audience of dozens pays rapt attention to a student presentation

Founders Day 2022 at the Toaster

As the academic year drew to a close, student entrepreneurs presented their work to an enthusiastic crowd at The Toaster Innovation Hub in Walter Library. The vibrant atmosphere of collaboration and innovation comes through in our photos from the event.

Research Byte: *NEW* NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy

Beginning in January 2023, there will be new data management and sharing requirements when submitting grant funding applications to NIH. Start learning now about what you need to do to be in compliance.
Author Zakiya Dalila Harris

Author Zakiya Dalila Harris shines at NOMMO event

Inquiring minds wanted to know more about author Zakiya Dalila Harris and her writing process at the recent Archie Givens Jr. NOMMO African American Speakers event, made possible by a grant from the Minneapolis Foundation. The more than 175 people in the audience, who had heard her read selections from her best-selling book, “The Other Black Girl,” wanted to know: How long did the book take to write? Did she feel exposed to the world, as much of the book is based upon her personal experiences in the New York publishing arena? What books would she recommend?
The Blue Lady with guests wearing artistic blue hats

A celebration of ‘Living Masquerades’

An overcast sky did not put a damper on an afternoon of music and dancing. On Friday, April 29, the Libraries hosted a vibrant celebration of the art exhibit, ”Living Masquerades: Blue Lady and the Art of Revelry.” Music by several local groups — Pan Dimensions, Free Range Orchestra and Choir, Heart and Soul Drum Academy, and Batucada Do Norte — was a delight for our attendees, young and not-so-young alike.
Artist Gudrun Lock

Revealing ‘The Nature of Shoreham Yards’

“It’s kind of delightful to see someone make something different” with materials from the John R. Borchert Map Library, says Ryan Mattke. Artist Gudrun Lock’s unusual point of view, gathering of visual materials both...

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