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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.