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Students writing during an MN Writes MN Reads events

Open avenue to Minne-centric publishing

MN Writes MN Reads is grounded in openness to everyone in the state — to schools, libraries, communities, and individuals. Nationwide, self-publishing increased 40% from 2017 to 2018. Supporting those indie writers trying to improve the discoverability of their book and make a living is an important role for MN Writes MN Reads, says Sarah Hawkins, Project Manager for the Metropolitan Library Service Agency.
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Anti-racism is a priority for the U of M Libraries

Dean of Libraries Lisa German provides a statement on behalf of the University of Minnesota Libraries related to the the murder of George Floyd: "We must recognize our responsibility to make a difference, to not simply analyze racial injustice but also to listen to people of color in our community and be a part of the solutions they propose. We in the U of M Libraries cannot be complacent about racism."
Annie Hoffman

Anti-racist readings for white people

As we mourn George Floyd’s death and try to honor his life through opposing violent policing and systemic racism, it is essential that white people like me make meaningful commitments to antiracist work. If you are white and unsure of where to begin, these books are all a good place to start.
Screen shot of Big 10 Geo Portal's website, includes a global map.

‘Everything happens somewhere’

Data about COVID-19 and much, much more can be accessed via the Big Ten Academic Alliance Geoportal, hosted by the U of M Libraries. The BTAA Geoportal is a search tool for GIS datasets, web services, and digitized historical maps from multiple data clearinghouses, and library catalogs.
Shanda Hunt discusses project with Research Sprints team.

‘Eternally grateful’ to have become a librarian

Shanda Hunt, Public Health Librarian and Data Curation Specialist, was recently promoted from assistant to associate librarian, while being awarded continuous appointment (similar to tenure). This is one of a series spotlighting the librarians who received promotions in 2020.
Map of housing in neighborhood around Lake Harriet

Mapping Prejudice documents history of racial injustice through restrictive housing deeds

The May 25 death of George Floyd, 46, at 38th and Chicago in South Minneapolis, is the just the latest in a long history of racial injustice in Minneapolis. The Libraries' Mapping Prejudice project, for example, has documented how housing deeds were used to create structural barriers that stopped many people who were not white from buying property and building wealth for most of the last century
Sheet Music In Aeroplano

Transposing musical research

In the style of a jazz trio, Cecily Marcus, Maura Coonan, and Jessica Abbazio created an Archives Q & A conversation video for the MUS 5611 research methods class. From describing what an archive is, to offering tips and outlining search strategies, the trio welcomes students into a world with a different tempo and perhaps surprising expectations.
curly drawing by Annie Hoffman

Math, reading, drawing, ‘West Wing,’ and more

Post-Spring Semester, Annie Hoffman — the Libraries Student Journalist — has spent time drawing, watching episodes of "The West Wing," and reading "S," a book by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst.
Walter Library with U of M branding.

Library support has not wavered during COVID-19

Even though our buildings have been closed since March 18, 2020, in response to the health threat of COVID-19, we have remained open. Our librarians and staff, working from home, have been supporting the students, faculty, and staff of  the U community, as well as the public, with electronic resources, online reference, and more.
Brian Vetruba

Duo lingua

Separated by language and location, librarians Brian Vetruba and Sarah G. Wenzel nonetheless join as partners in an unusual librarian exchange between the University of Minnesota and the University of Chicago. The U of M's Vetruba covers collection development, research consultations, and instruction for Germanic Literature and Scandinavian Studies for the U of Chicago. The U of Chicago's Wenzel covers these responsibilities for Francophone Studies and Italian Studies at the U of M.
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Virtual book launch — ‘Surgical Renaissance in the Heartland’: A Memoir of the Wangensteen...

Please join Henry Buchwald on Wednesday, June 10 at 6:00 p.m. CDT for the launch of his new book, "Surgical Renaissance in the Heartland," moderated by the University of Minnesota Press's regional editor, Erik Anderson, and co-sponsored by the U of M's Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine. Henry Buchwald’s account of the Wangensteen era brings to life a medical culture that thrived on debate and the expression of ideas, a clinical practice bound only by the limits of a surgeon’s inspiration and imagination.
Tim Johnson and Lisa Von Drasek on Read This Book!video

Books by Kiersten White reviewed

"Slayer" and "Chosen" are the two books, by New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White, reviewed on this installment of Read This Book by Lisa Von Drasek, Curator of the  University of Minnesota Children's Literature Research Collections. 
Spine Poetry

Rain, sunshine, spine poetry, and green onions

Hello! Annie Hoffman here, Student Journalist for the Libraries. As spring turns into summer, I am enjoying both the cozy rainy days and the bright sunny ones. Here’s what I’ve been up to! This week...
Summer white oak by Maja, age 5

Spring goes online at Andersen Horticultural Library

Spring is a time of renewal and new growth, as Minnesotans emerge from a cold winter ready to get started planting, gardening, and enjoying nature. But spring 2020 has been a time for staying inside. Fortunately, the U’s Andersen Horticultural Library offers two engaging programs for community members.
Amy Riegelman with a fish

What drives Amy Riegelman

Amy Riegelman finds inspiration in intellectual curiosity. An expert in reproducibility, she applies her own curiosity to support diverse and changing research needs at the University of Minnesota.
Jamaya Williams

Work-from-home updates from the archives

As a Global Studies major with a regional focus in Europe, I gain knowledge and more tangible rewards in my job as Student Assistant for the Immigration History Research Center Archives. In the two years, I’ve gained invaluable exposure to thousands of archival materials documenting the personal experiences of 20th-century European immigrants, refugees, and displaced persons. Since spring break, however, I’ve had to learn how to do my job without this hands-on and face-to-face component.

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