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Cats from the archives

As winter daylight fades and the cold wind fingers its way through tiny cracks into your abode, a feline companion may be appealing. If so, check out thees 10 cats for your catappreciation from various collections within the Libraries — UMedia, the James Ford Bell Library, and the Minnesota Digital Library.
Book with a bow wrapped around it.

Best books to give this holiday season

If you plan to follow the “four-gift rule” this holiday season — something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read — experts from the University of Minnesota Libraries can help you find a perfect present for that last category. They recommend choosing books from a wide range of new releases.

Ukraine then and now

To understand the current conflict in Ukraine, you don’t have to know all the details about Ukraine’s history — but it doesn’t hurt and might help. That is why Brian Vetruba, European Studies Librarian, turned to his University of Minnesota colleagues serving on the From Our Collections committee to curate a new book display in Wilson Library’s basement: "Ukraine, Its Culture, History, and Literature."
Black and white photo of 8 people surrounding a table looking at cards in a card catalog.

Celebrating the Health Sciences Libraries from 1892 to 2022

The Health Sciences Library and the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine are known as collaborative partners in the interprofessional Health Sciences Education Center, but the roots of the Health Sciences Libraries started 130 years ago. Enjoy this photo history that spans the 1892 collections funding from the Board of Regents to our 2022 expertise and resources that advance the research and education needs of today’s health professionals!

Sharing stories about wrangling data

Librarians, data curators, and colleagues from around the country — from Duke University and Pennsylvania State University to Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and University of Nevada, Reno — recently gathered in Wilson Library’s Research Collaboration Studio for two days of energized exchanges and mini-seminars with other experts in their field of data curation.
several people in purple snow suits and knit caps, in a snowy setting.

Artful pumpkins? Smashing! Now, how about snow?

“As soon as they start asking for personal information and money, we’ll back out,” Justin Boeser suggested to Edward Cabral. Instead, they received a contract. Boeser — a UMN Libraries employee — stars in a Disney reality show that debuts Nov. 18, 2022.
Minneapolis Murder & Mayhem cover image

Mayhem, you say?

Writer Marie Wu says she could never have completed her book — Minneapolis Murder & Mayhem — during the pandemic if not for the University of Minnesota Libraries. "Without the digital collections, ILLiad, and home delivery during the pandemic, then I would not have been able to write this book," she says.
From left: Shana Crandall, Georgia Crandall, Amy Gmur, and Ted Crandall.

A family affair

Ted and Shana Crandall met at the main University of Minnesota library in St. Paul — now called Magrath Library — in the mid-1990s. They married and had four children, the eldest of whom, Georgia, is a U of M design student who now works in the same St. Paul library. Georgia is supervised by Amy Gmur, also a former library student employee who worked with Ted Shana. It's a family affair!
Dozens of brightly colored boxes that contain pharmaceutical products are on a table covered by a blue-quilted cloth. Anna Shepherd's blue-gloved hand is seen pointing at a box on the table.

Wangensteen Library receives Cultural Heritage Grant

The University of Minnesota's Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine has been awarded a Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage grant in the amount of $103,162. The funding will be used to provide “Access to Historical Healthcare Artifacts” currently in the Wangensteen collections but not yet available via its online catalog.
Amy Riegelman and Lisa Von Drasek on the set of Read This Book!

Read This Book: ‘The Grieving Brain’

Amy Riegelman and host Lisa Von Drasek discussed “The Grieving Brain” on this installment of Read This Book from the University of Minnesota Libraries. The author, Mary-Frances O'Connor, a renowned grief expert and neuroscientist, shares groundbreaking discoveries about what happens in our brain when we grieve, providing a new paradigm for understanding love, loss, and learning.
A book showing a large snake is shown at the 2022 Wangensteen Historical Library's Halloween pop-up exhibit.

Halloween @ Wangensteen 2022

Let's take a look back at the Halloween @ Wangensteen 2022 pop up exhibit. See some spooky images from the collection and look back at the fun!
poster says Migration is beautiful and shows Chicana/o or Latinx faces in the wings

Growing networks

“The U of M Libraries is this amazing resource that I didn't know about," Karen Mary Davalos says, "that they could do all these things for a scholar, for a professor teaching. I have been very grateful.”
Four people smiling at the camera; involved in a research project

Refining data mining

Until recently, faculty researchers might have asked an undergraduate or graduate student to carry out the grunt work of reviewing tons of content to excavate relevant articles. Now there's a text-mining tool for that work.
Givens Founders at event in 2017.

Polishing the beacon

The Givens Collection is for everyone: Every child, every person, especially anyone who has been shoved to the back of the bus or to the margins of society.
Student employee Grace tries out some of the stressbusters in the Sensory Room.

The Sensory Room is a refuge for students

At times like these, University of Minnesota students may be glad to know that Wilson Library has a special refuge — the Sensory Room — where they can go when they need to just chill. Anyone in the University community can reserve the room — which is recommended. Or stop by the front desk of Wilson Library to see if it is available and check out the key.

Fantasy, sci fi, and horror on Read This Book!

University of Minnesota Librarian Molly Bostrom from Magrath Library reviewed Duplex by Kathryn Davis and Abarat by Clive Barker on this installment of Read This Book! from the University of Minnesota Libraries.

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