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A tribute to Wendy Pradt Lougee

Throughout her career, Wendy Pradt Lougee has been at the forefront nationally — developing programs, initiatives, and policies that have revolutionized academic librarianship. Lougee is retiring February 27, 2020, after more than 17 years as University Librarian and Dean of Libraries at the University of Minnesota. In this video, several of Lougee's colleagues pay tribute to her contributions to the library profession and to the University of Minnesota.
Glass eyes.

Meeting a medical artifact: Artificial eyes

Students in Dominique Tobbell’s Technology and Medicine in Modern America class had a unique opportunity to place contemporary issues in medicine and health care in their historical context. In the second of a series of three articles, we showcase the work of U of M College of Biological Sciences student, Sarah Copeland, and her research on artificial eyes.
High resolution composite macro image of the stone created in 2020. Photographer: Samantha Porter.

The Roseau Stone

The Roseau Stone is a small, smooth, one-and-a-half-inch oblong sedimentary stone. The stone was found in an area near the present-day town of Roseau, Minnesota, in 1916 or 1918. There are many theories about the origin of the stone. For the past 50 years, it was part of the collections at the University of Minnesota Archives.
Activity in the Toaster with students and staff working at front table.

The Toaster is an instant success

The buzz was instant as the Toaster opened its doors for the first time on Feb. 17. Spaces filled up immediately with students working on group projects, while others worked on maker projects in the Breakerspace or sat in on workshops.
The Toaster Innovation Hub logo

5 things to know about The Toaster

Walter Library will be opening the doors to the Toaster Innovation Hub on Monday, February 17. Part collaborative meeting space and part makerspace, the Toaster offers 6,500 square feet dedicated to student innovation and entrepreneurship. Want more info? Learn the top 5 things you need to know about the Toaster.
Early 1900s model of a binaural (two-ear-piece) stethoscope.

Meeting a medical artifact

Students in Dominique Tobbell’s Technology and Medicine in Modern America class had a unique opportunity to place contemporary issues in medicine and health care in their historical context. In a series of articles, we will showcase the work of Tobbell’s students. First up: an exploration of the stethoscope by U of M College of Liberal Arts student Maria Scanlan.
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‘A Shark Going Inland Is My Chief’

Zach Miller reviews A Shark Going Inland Is My Chief on this installment of Read This Book from the University of Minnesota Libraries.
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Video preview: ‘A Woman’s Place’ exhibit

See a video preview of the Libraries' current exhibit, "A Woman's Place: Women and Work," at the Elmer L. Andersen Library at the University of Minnesota. The exhibit runs through March 6.

Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness

The Bio-Medical Library is pleased to host Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness. This traveling exhibit produced by the National Library of Medicine explores the connection between wellness, illness, and cultural life through a combination of interviews with Native people, artwork, objects, and interactive media.
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‘Artificial Unintelligence’ reviewed on Read This Book!

Cody Hennesy gave a thumbs up to Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World by Meredith Broussard in the latest installment of Read This Book from the University of Minnesota Libraries. In the book, Broussard argues that our collective enthusiasm for applying computer technology to every aspect of life has resulted in a tremendous amount of poorly designed systems.
Ananya Chatterjea speaking

Pushing back against the politics of hate and division

U of M professor Ananya Chatterjea was the featured speaker at last week's A Feast of Words, an annual event and collaboration of the Friends of the Libraries and the Campus Club. The title of her presentation was "Dancing for the Constitution." Chatterjea’s work uses dance to push back against the politics of hate and division in the Republic of India.
People using group study rooms

Refreshing the Veterinary Medical Library

The Veterinary Medical Library is gearing up for a refresh that will add furniture and update spaces to support all types of learning.
Presidential Election 2020

What is a Presidential Primary and why should you participate?

Get background, details on what's new, and links to news and resources about presidential primary elections in Minnesota in this installment of "A Matter of Facts" from the University of Minnesota Libraries.
Wendy with Goldy

Q&A with Wendy Pradt Lougee

Wendy Pradt Lougee is retiring February 27 after 17 years as University Librarian and Dean of Libraries. Throughout her career, Lougee has been at the forefront nationally — developing a number of programs, initiatives, and policies that have revolutionized academic librarianship.
Student book reviewer Annie Hoffman next to a book cover

Student picks: ‘This Is How It Always Is’

Libraries' student worker, Annie Hoffman, reviews Laurie Frankel’s third novel, "This Is How It Always Is," focuses on a upper middle class family of seven and focues on the parents and the couple’s youngest child. This child starts out named Claude and goes on to be named Poppy, which sends Rosie and Penn Walsh-Adams on a desperate search for the best way to raise their gender nonconforming child.
Jim Lehrer with Paul Nagel

Remembering Jim Lehrer

Revered journalist Jim Lehrer died January 23. He was 85. A year before he retired in 2011, Lehrer gave a presentation to the University of Minnesota Friends of the Libraries, while promoting his book, Super: A Novel. See the slideshow.

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