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Chicano/Latino Studies: A department engaged with the community

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month — which runs from September 15 through October 15 each year — we are highlighting the University of Minnesota's Department of Chicano Studies. The department was born in 1971, following a 1970 demonstration by Hispanic students, who demanded its creation so that courses on history and culture from a Chicano world view would be taught. 
January 1875 volume of The Official Army Register,

A glimpse into history – and a mystery

The January 1875 volume of "The Official Army Register" recently came to the University Libraries Preservation team and it offers a glimpse into history and a bit of a mystery. Did Lieutenant General P. H. Sheridan himself once own this volume? Could the handwritten annotations be those of Sheridan? Or could they be those of a clerk working for Sheridan at the time or someone else? Any sleuths out there who may want to take this on would be wise to visit Sheridan's handwritten personal memoirs, which the Library of Congress has digitized.

Help us name our new female skeleton

Take our poll to help us name the first female skeleton owned by the Bio-Medical Library. Our new skeleton broadens representation within our anatomical model collection and supports teaching and learning related to women's health. Hurry - the poll closes on Monday, October 1.

Schumacher discusses ‘The Shakespeare Requirement’

Lisa Von Drasek interviews Julie Schumacher — author of "The Shakespeare Requirement" — in this installment of Read This Book! from the University of Minnesota Libraries. The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune keep hitting beleaguered English professor Jason Fitger right between the eyes in The Shakespeare Requirement, the hilarious and eagerly awaited sequel to the cult classic of anhedonic academe, the Thurber Prize-winning Dear Committee Members.
Northrop Field ticket booth, 1957.

Northrop Field rediscovered

Long before TCF Bank Stadium became home to Golden Gopher football, there was Northrop Field — the first on-campus outdoor athletic facility at the University of Minnesota. The November 4, 1899 dedication event included a faculty procession, brief speeches by Minneapolis Mayor James Gray and University President Cyrus Northrop, and a football game pitting Minnesota against Northwestern University (final score: Northwestern 11 and Minnesota 5). Northrop Field remained home to Gopher football until 1924, when Memorial Stadium opened.

Johnson reviews ‘Revenge of the Nerd’

Tim Johnson reviews Revenge of the Nerd: Or . . . The Singular Adventures of the Man Who Would Be Booger by Curtis Armstrong, in this edition of "Read This Book!" from the University of Minnesota Libraries. Armstrong, who played Booger in the 1984 film, "Revenge of the Nerds," is an avid Sherlock Holmes fan, and Johnson is Curator of the Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries.
Statue of Liberty

A Matter of Facts: Immigration

Topics surrounding immigration are frequently fraught with partisan point-scoring and scare tactics both locally and nationally. This post will help you navigate the flow of information, provide you with links to publicly available information, and point you to University of Minnesota Libraries’ resources to guide your understanding of issues surrounding the topic of immigration.
Two graduate students at Data Management Boot Camp chat and laugh with each other during a break between sessions.

Data management boot camp for grad students

Starting a new research project can be intimidating and even overwhelming. That’s why the Libraries offers a data management boot camp for graduate students and new researchers. For two days in August, a group of librarians, researchers, and University grad students gathered for workshops and presentations focused on everything from access to version control.
17th century sheet music from the binding of Phytognomonica (1588)


Curators of the Wangensteen Historical Library recently discovered that their copy of Phytognomonica (1588) was bound in sheet 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.

How I Work: Katherine Gerwig and Kate Peterson

Working on behalf of all of the library staff, Kate Peterson and and Katherine Gerwig coordinate the Libraries' presence at many events during Orientation and Welcome Week. They work closely with Orientation and Transition Experiences and other campus offices such as the University Bookstores and the Institute on the Environment to connect events with library spaces and relevant initiatives and services.
Brochure for the University High School.

University high school

University High School was established at the University of Minnesota by the Board of Regents in 1908. This year is the 50th reunion of the final graduating class of the University of Minnesota's University High School.
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


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

Libraries launches refreshed homepage

The University Libraries will launch its "refreshed" homepage on its website August 6. While this is not a massive redesign, we are moving more tools higher on the page and have added some new content that users expect to find — including study spaces and events.