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Jim Luby

Secrets of the vault

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The Honeycrisp apple, the crunchy sweet-tart apple that is Minnesota’s state fruit, is a product of the University of Minnesota’s Horticultural Research Center. For quite a while, however, its parentage was in question. And even after DNA sleuthing uncovered its parents, part of its history remained unclear — until librarians helped bring clarity.
Group attending the Forest Bathing session

Immersion in forest bathing

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Recently, Kristen Mastel led a group in a forest bathing session. She says that "forest bathing is just one activity which might help students reconnect with nature, to reconnect with themselves, to slow down and practice self-care."

Change for the better

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A project that would bring librarians together at an in-person training institute to learn how to aid researchers by carrying out systematic reviews and evidence synthesis found great success when COVID forced the sessions to be held online.
Kimberly and Rini

Tracks — records of people on the move

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The wealth of information in the Immigration History Research Center Archives (IHRCA) attracts researchers with different goals, studying different populations, and perhaps even holding different conceptions of words like refugee. In three recent projects, the IHRCA supported research ranging from politics to art, from refugees to displaced persons.
Carissa Tomlinson

Making connections

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Carissa Tomlinson is a new member of the Friends of the University Libraries board. The Libraries Director of Student Experience, Learning & Outreach says: “I saw how consequential the Friends could be, in terms of supporting the Libraries financially, in terms of programming, and in that case, in terms of getting volunteers to do a variety of things.”
homecoming parade 2021 - walking with the banner

Homecoming 2021

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An enthusiastic group of Libraries staff, student workers, and family members joined in the Homecoming Parade on Friday, Sept. 24. The weather was lovely, the atmosphere was joyful, and the crowds were enthusiastic in their love of the Libraries. Check out the slideshow to see photos from the event.

Stepping up

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The Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) stepped up to serve during World War I. When the United States declared war on Germany April 6, 1917, John Mott, the General Secretary of the American YMCA, immediately volunteered the organization’s services. Those in the YMCA began to work with the troops in accord with the YMCA’s philosophy of equally developing Body, Mind, and Spirit.
Health Sciences Library Service Desk

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

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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.
Students making their own custom buttons at the Academic Success Fair.

Aiming for success

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“I’m learning about different tools and resources,” said undergraduate student Joey Kottke of St. Paul, who attended the Academic Success Fair on Sept. 30 organized by staff from English Language Learning, the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence, the Academic Success Center, CLA, and the University Libraries. Held on Northrop Plaza, students learned about a number of free academic success services available to them.

For the love of trees

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Book and tree lovers alike recently converged at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum to share personal stories about special trees with filmmaker Mara Pelecis, enjoy a special access tour of the Andersen Horticultural Library rare book room, and attend a book signing by award-winning author and nature photographer Stan Tekiela.
Topographic Map, City of Minneapolis Survey

Rescue operation

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Recently Ryan Mattke, head of the Borchert Map Library helped rescue some of the maps and atlases that once were housed in the Minneapolis City Hall clock tower. "We know that the records, the atlases and maps, will be in a great repository, where they are looked after, where they have good preservation techniques," said Jessica Velie, City Records Manager for Minneapolis.
Chad Anderson

Revealing Native North America

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Chad Anderson became interested in the history of indigenous people of North America because of the way, despite evidence, Europeans stopped seeing them. A professor of history at Hartwick College in New York State, Anderson will present virtually the James Ford Bell Lecture, “Hidden in Plain Sight: Stories of Indigenous Power in Early American Cartography,” Oct. 7, 7-9 p.m.

Tutoring the tutors

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This year, 50-plus new peer tutors participated in trainings to gain foundational knowledge. They learned how to approach a tutoring session in a positive way, checking for understanding, demonstrating concepts in different ways, and offering students guidance when they are stuck. They reviewed different kinds of questions — such as open, closed, leading, and rhetorical. Their instructor shared insights into critical-thinking and problem-solving skills and how to improve them both for the tutors and for those seeking help.
Sidewalk chalk drawing of state of Minnesota with a line of brown and white stick figure people across the state.

Ways to get involved in local government

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Welcome back to campus! Whether you are new to Minneapolis and Saint Paul or you have been here for a while, getting involved in your local government is a great way to meet new people, learn how the legislative process works, build up your resume, and make a difference.
Kat Nelsen

Setting the stage for success in graduate school

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Incoming graduate students gained skills and built community this summer with the help of librarian, among others. Participants in the second week of the program first hear from Libraries staff during a 90-minute introduction to the Libraries and how to research a topic, such as: increasing reading efficiency, tips for researching a literature review, and an overview of BrowZine, a virtual reading room
Librarians like Scott Spicer, at left, our Media Outreach Librarian, provide the services and resources that students rely on.

New streams

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New and expanded streaming video collections provide professors and students contemporary slices of media that can be incorporated into classes in a variety of ways.

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