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Kimberly Clarke

Reflections on student life

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As we begin the start of a new semester in a new year, we often look forward and back. Members of our Libraries’ staff share a few things that they would have done differently during their student years. Their perspectives may be helpful for today’s students.

Blind date with book is back in 2022!

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Go on a blind date Are you ready for some book love? Like a bit of a mystery? Stop by participating UMN libraries from February 7 to 14, 2022 and select a book wrapped up...

An accidental radio host

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Friends of the Libraries member Lissa Jones-Lofgren didn’t plan to become a radio host and a podcaster. It started with her work in another discipline, organizational behavior. Fifteen years later she's the host of KMOJ's Urban Agenda, and the longtime host of the Black Market Reads podcast.
Jan Fransen

Analyzing RIMs

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Information about research at a university is of vital importance; it can feed the institutional reputation of a university, as well as the profiles of individual scholars. Recently, the Libraries' Jan Fransen co-authored a research report that defines research information management in a way that would explicate its value to institutions.
Scott Spicer, Charlie Heinz, Cassie

Media savvy

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Facilitating reaching audiences with audio-visual media is one of the lesser-known resources that the Libraries provides to students — and Jamie Stang, Associate Professor in Public Health, is glad to introduce her students to it. “Without them, I don’t think it would work. It’s a full-on partnership.”
Electronic Lab Notebook Presentation at ACRL. Left to right: Franklin Sayre, Megan Kocher, Julie Kelly, Megan Lafferty, Caitlin Bakker.

Mentor and more

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Julie Kelly’s hallmark helpfulness led to a career in the University Libraries. While working as a microbiologist in an infectious disease laboratory at the U’s Medical School, she noted that her favorite part of the job was library research. “I thought ‘I should be doing this all day long.’ So I quit my job and went to library school.” She recently retired as a Science Librarian. having mentored many colleagues and carried out projects with national and international impact.
A bookshelf at Walter Library with overlaid text that reads "Staff Picks"

Staff picks of 2021

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From sci-fi, fantasy, and horror to history, self-help, and the Anthrocene, Libraries staff found plenty to recommend among the books they read this year. While some were published this year, the list below includes plenty of older favorites, too. Dig into their picks: You’ll probably find something you would like.

Sherman’s Owamni is ‘Restaurant of the Year’

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A desire to learn more about Indigenous cuisine led the Friends of the University Libraries to invite Chef Sean Sherman to offer his talk Reclaiming the Culture of Indigenous American Cuisine on Oct. 16, 2018. Last week, Sherman's Owamni restaurant was named the Star Tribune’s 2021 Restaurant of the Year.
Mapping Prejudice

U of M receives grant to expand efforts to address racial disparities in housing

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Minneapolis-St. Paul (12/20/2021) — The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the University of Minnesota a $615,000 grant for Mapping Prejudice. This transformational funding will allow the Mapping Prejudice team to build collaborations that can advance racial justice in Minnesota. The team will convene a think tank to bring together academics, researchers, and community fellows under the umbrella of the University of Minnesota Libraries.
Lauren Boyer and Marshall Mabry in the Borchert Map Library

Oriented to maps

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“This is the longest I’ve ever stayed in a job, partially because of the people I get to work with,” says Marshall Mabry, a student employee in the Borchert Map Library. “I enjoy every one of them. It’s nice to have the connections.”

Get organized

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On Dec. 1, Tiffany Carlson introduced bullet journaling to 10 workshop participants. Bullet journals are personalized notebooks to organize one’s time, tasks, and to-do lists. Carlson offered blank notebooks and markers to the students, and they got to work. “It doesn’t have to be perfect,” she assured them.
Julie Rashid

A shift in acquisitions

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“COVID was when you saw a very dramatic shift from print to electronic monographs, out of necessity,” says Julie Rashid, Acquisitions and Rapid Cataloging Manager. “We knew it was on the horizon, but COVID took it from the horizon and put it on a super-jet and it got to us fast.” The change has caused a shift in focus at the Libraries, but the goal remains the same: to work together to get content to users.

Open archives

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The University’s Institute for Advanced Study and the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council (MIAC) have teamed up for a collaborative project Towards Recognition and University-Tribal Healing (TRUTH) — and the library staff are key contributors.
The Floyd of Rosedale Trophy

Trophy tales

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Tales of Minnesota’s pigskin rivalries do involve one pig. But where did that axe come from? Why a jug? And who decided on a pig made of bronze? With help from UMedia, University Archives, and Wikipedia, we tell the tales of three trophies.
three Minnesota cookie books

Fresh from the Libraries: Home-baked for the holidays

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Baking cookies for the winter holidays warms us twice, once with the heat from the oven and secondly with the cheerful feelings from those tasting the sweet treats. We asked baker and librarian Megan Kocher, the curator of the Doris Kirschner Cookbook Collection in Magrath Library, for her favorite cookie cookbooks for the holidays. Each of her three favorites is grounded in Minnesota and can be found in the Kirschner Collection.
Performers and engineers broadcast and record a Minnesota School of the Air program in 1959.

Refreshing reel to reel

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The University Archives holds about 11,000 audio recordings from the University of Minnesota's radio station KUOM and other events on campus. Because they were recorded from 1939 to 1993 on reel-to-reel equipment, however, as that recording method became obsolete, these recordings were effectively silenced. Now almost 5,000 of them have been restored to audible life, through digitization.

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