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A table in the makerspace with project supplies and The Big Book of Maker Space Projects

Is Makerspace my space?

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In the bright, yet somewhat austere environment of the Health Sciences Education Center, the Health Sciences Library Makerspace stands out, with colorful displays in its windows and — inside its doors — intriguing tools, 3D printers, and plenty of tables to spread out a project. This space — its equipment, its whimsical approach, and its meaningful outcomes — is meant for everyone connected to the U who wishes to explore their craft skills and their creativity.
A close-up from an 1862 hand-colored Japanese woodblock print. In the foreground is a demon representing measles; in the background is a fearful physician.

Drawn to health: Bodies and medicine in popular visual culture

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“Drawn to Health: Bodies and Medicine in Popular Visual Culture” explores the historical and contemporary use of visual narratives to communicate about health, featuring collections held at both the Wangensteen Historical Library and the Children’s Literature Research Collections. Visit this exhibit now through December 29, 2022.
Book burned by Nazis. The scorched book, from the collection of gay physician and sexologist Magnus Hirschfield,

Banning books threatens freedom

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Renowned for its breadth and depth of works by children’s book authors and illustrators, The Kerlan Collection of Children’s Literature mirrors the issues of its times. So when Kerlan curator Lisa Von Drasek was asked, “Does the Kerlan have any banned books?” she responded: “Of course we do!” Von Drasek adds: “The number one category of banned books is LGBTQ and sex education books.”
It's Perfectly Normal book cover

LGBTQ books that have been challenged or banned

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The following are a selection of books that have faced challenges or bans because of their LGBTQ themes and content. The text comes from the National Coalition Against Censorship page on LGBTQ Book Bans and Challenges.
Carolyn Bishoff YouTube video image from Read This Book

‘The Goblin Emperor’ and more audio books

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Science Librarian Carolyn Bishoff discussed "The Goblin Emperor" and other audio books on this episode of Read This Book! with host Lisa Von Drasek. "The Goblin Emperor" is a 2014 fantasy novel by Katherine Addison.
Valerie Paul

Presidential (award) timber

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Grappling with all the opportunities that come their way has defined Valerie Paul’s progress at the University of Minnesota. Paul earned well-deserved recognition with a 2022 President’s Student Leadership and Service Award in the spring.
Rekhet Si-Asar

Turn, turn, turn

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Rekhet Si-Asar is a small-in-stature person who makes a big impression. “It's like magic to watch her,” says Lissa Jones-Lofgren, chair-elect of the Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries board. Over the past 20 years, she has known and admired Si-Asar for her high level of energy and her outstanding ways and results with people and with books.
Minnesota Institute participants getting to know each other at the opening reception.

Taking a place in a brave space

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For Dora Mensah, the 2022 Minnesota Institute provided time and places where she could easily speak her mind in conversation with other BIPOC librarians. Like the other 28 participants of the 2022 Minnesota Institute, Mensah is an early career librarian — barely a year into her new path. The Institute curriculum focuses on the development of these emerging library leaders from traditionally underrepresented groups. 
A person wearing a VR headset stands before an anatomic image, a person seated on a couch with a laptop and two individuals wearing masks make up a composite image of people in the Health Sciences Education Building (HSEC).

You’re invited to the Sept. 22 HSEC Open House

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Join us at the Health Sciences Education Center (HSEC) Open House on Thursday, September 22 from 11:30am-1:30pm to learn more about library expertise in our new library spaces.
A manuscript text

What’s new at the Wangensteen?

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Our library collections are always growing, and the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine is no exception. But how do you decide what still needs to be added? Come get a sneak peak at six books that the Wangensteen purchased in the last year, and learn more about our collection development mission.
Rendering of the Off-Site Collections Facility for the University Libraries

Regents approve $62.7 million for collections facility

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This past June, the University of Minnesota Board of Regents approved $62.7 million for an Off-Site Collections Facility — a project long sought by the Libraries to ensure preservation of collections well into the future. “Having a new facility is critical for us to ensure that we properly preserve the University’s most valued and unique assets, while having space to plan for the future,” said Lisa German, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries.
Student with laptop studying in Wilson Library.

Welcome to the Libraries!

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Welcome to the University of Minnesota Libraries! We're here to help you. Searching our website is a great way to become better acquainted with our resources — from historical primary sources and contemporary digital resources to books, journals and zines.
Organized domestic workers in Duluth (1909).

Workers, unite!

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Labor Day became an official federal holiday in 1894 — so, by now, we Americans should have the celebration of America’s workers down! At the University of Minnesota Libraries, we have a multitude of images and newspaper accounts related to Labor Day in our Archives and Special Collections. Check out this sampling.
A cartoon showing the English Kings George III (Revolutionary War period) and George V (WWI era), respectively being angered by American colonists and granting women the right to vote. Historical Era: World War, 1914-1918; Upper Midwest Literary Archives

Women’s Equality Day is Aug. 26

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Following the 1971 request of U.S. Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), in 1973, Aug. 26 was designated Women’s Equality Day. Thanks to digital archives at the University Libraries — open to the public — you can view a compendium of historical resources related to equal rights for women.
various children's books

Talking back-to-school reading habits with the U of M

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Fall schedules are filling up fast for families as students head back to school. With busy days and nights ahead, independent reading can often fall by the wayside as families adjust to their new back-to-school routines. Lisa Von Drasek, curator of the Kerlan Collection of Children's Literature at the University of Minnesota, answers questions about the importance of independent reading for children’s literacy development and how to make independent reading a priority this fall.
Summer Institute for Grad Students

Getting a jump on grad school, thanks to the Libraries

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The Summer Institute’s introduction to life in graduate school includes the importance of knowing one’s subject librarian, plus steps to starting a research project. Incoming UMN graduate students learned tips, advice, and more from librarians during the seven-week program that focuses on BIPOC and Native American students. “I think Librarians work at a skill that I really heavily prioritize — being able to communicate things in a way that is broadly understandable and broadly applicable.”

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