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Hayley's reply message to the student from California.

A letter from a California grade-schooler

Walter Library recently received a letter from a grade school student in California. The letter contained a Minnesota postcard along with a plea to return it filled in with information about Minnesota.
Valerie Horton

Valerie Horton announces retirement plans

Valerie Horton has announced her retirement as director of Minitex, a program that provides support and services for libraries in Minnesota, North Dakota, and...
Blind Date with a book 2019

Go on a blind date with a book!

Pick up a Blind Date Stop by participating UMN libraries from February 11 to 17 to select a book wrapped up just for you. What...

A fertile collection

Landscape designers, Arboretum event planners, educators, nature lovers, and gardeners turn regularly to the Andersen Horticultural Library for its wealth of resources. The collection and archive perfectly align with the diverse offerings at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, helping its staff and visitors make the most of the flowers, plants, trees, wildlife, and grounds spread over 1,200 acres.
Recipe book (Wangensteen Historical Library)

Curator sparks re-discovery of 18th century spirits

The research of the Libraries’ Emily Beck — garnered from historical materials at the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine — serves as the foundation for an interactive publication and two upcoming and unique events at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and Tattersall Distilling.
Librarians Shannon Farrell and Meghan Lafferty with CSP Managing Director Laura Seifert, and grad student Ingrid Haugan

Data sharing doesn’t have to be intimidating

Every day, teams of scientists gather massive amounts of new information as they pursue their research. By sharing data with other researchers, a scientist can help increase the speed and decrease the cost of advancing knowledge. But before researchers can share their data, they need to have a plan in place. The University Libraries can help by working with researchers to set up procedures that support data sharing.
Textile art - fabric and needlework on canvas entitled "From Here to There One Step at a Time""

Holistic Practice: A Nurse and Her Art

The Bio-Medical Library is pleased to host Holistic Practice: A Nurse and Her Art by multidisciplinary artist Martha Bird as the next installment in its rotating Art@Bio-Med exhibition series. In this exhibit, Bird uses her art to represent the resilience found in the body, mind, and soul.

The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter

The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter is an exhibit at the Elmer L. Andersen Library opening on February 11, 2019 (See all related events) It...

A Matter of Facts: Government Shutdown

Americans have become more familiar with federal government shutdowns in the past year. We’ve experienced three shutdowns in 2018/2019 for a combined total of 17 days and counting, and no one can forget the 16-day shutdown in 2013. What makes the current shutdown different is that it’s a partial shutdown with only 25 percent of the federal government going unfunded. This blog post provides information and resources for better understanding the issues related to the shutdown.
Portrait of Dominick Argento

Dominick Argento papers acquired by Performing Arts Archives

This fall, the Performing Arts Archives welcomed the archives of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Dominick Argento. The collection includes letters, score manuscripts, signed photographs, and several rare recordings — and illustrate the composer’s impressive creative output as well as his collaborative relationships with other Twin Cities musicians and musical groups.
Wendy Lougee

Lougee announces retirement plans

Wendy Pradt Lougee — University Librarian, Dean of Libraries, and McKnight Presidential Professor — has announced her plans to retire later this year, after a successor is appointed. Lougee has led the University Libraries since June 2002 — overseeing and directing innovations that kept the Libraries in front of the immense and rapid transformation in how information is disseminated, consumed, and shared.
YMCA World War I volunteer Punch Card

Decoding history

In all, 25,926 men and women served during World War I with the YMCA — in the United States and globally — caring for the mental, spiritual, and physical needs of the troops. Each person had a punch card laden with data, including name, gender, age, marital status, and more. The cards, part of the U's YMCA Archives, are being decoded through Zooinverse, a crowdsourcing platform, and they are a potential treasure trove for researchers.

Free ebooks for all Minnesotans!

Here's a New Year's Resolution for you: Read all of the books you can — and keep them as long as you want! You can find them at Ebooks Minnesota, a service from Minitex at the University of Minnesota. In this episode, Zach Miller talks about the benefits of Ebooks Minnesota — and plugs one of his favorite children's books, "What To Do With a Box."
Yao Chen

What Drives Yao Chen

Yao Chen supports researchers and students learning about East Asian regions and leads the development of the collections for the East Asian Library. Recently, Chen leveraged her expertise to help create a new course: “Environment, Technology, and Culture in Modern Japan.”
The Green Man mural, painted on the wall in Wilson Library, as glimpsed by looking through the stacks..

Wilson Library’s ‘Green Man’ turns 50

In December 1968, two U of M students brought a bucket of green paint into Wilson Library and started painting on one of the walls. When asked to explain their actions, the students presented a forged work order, and said they were “just doing what they were told.” No one stopped them from completing their unauthorized mural — and 50 years later, it's still here!