Skip to main content menu
Students in Donut Test for the website

Libraries launches refreshed homepage

The University Libraries will launch its "refreshed" homepage on its website August 6. While this is not a massive redesign, we are moving more tools higher on the page and have added some new content that users expect to find — including study spaces and events.

‘Dread Nation’ reviewed by Von Drasek

Dread Nation — a New York Times bestseller — is at once provocative, terrifying, and darkly subversive. Written by Justina Ireland, Dread Nation represents a stunning vision of an America both foreign and familiar — a country on the brink, at the explosive crossroads where race, humanity, and survival meet. University of Minnesota librarian, Lisa Von Drasek, reviews Dread Nation in this installment of Read This Book!, hosted by Alicia Kubas.
Creamy the hen being held with one hand under her chest so that her feet dangling in the air to show off her pink prosthetic foot. There is green foliage in the background.

Creamy the hen and her 3D printed foot

Creamy the hen fell on hard times after losing her foot this past winter. Thanks to her loving owners and the Makerspace at the Bio-Medical library, she has a new foot and a chance for a happier and healthier life!
Institute attendee Aman Kaur at the Minnesota Institute Opening Dinner.

MN Institute: Building a more diverse library workforce

Last week, 26 library professionals from across the United States and Canada participated in the University Libraries’ “Minnesota Institute for Early Career Librarians from Traditionally Under-Represented Groups.” A broad goal of the institute is to change the status quo — to build more diverse leadership for academic libraries.
The James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History on Church Street, Minneapolis, 1940.

The modern Bell Museum

The modern Bell Museum will play an indispensable part in the formal education and the enlightenment of the people of Minnesota and beyond. My first introduction to this museum was as a student. Fortuitously, the Bell continued my museum studies as an archivist. I’m excited to further my education as a member and visitor for many more years to come.

The Best from Pen and Press: Exhibit sneak peek

Take a sneak video peek at our current exhibit at Elmer L. Andersen Library: The Best from Pen and Press, which includes 3,000-year-old cuneiform tablets, a 16th century "Remembrancer Scroll," and much more. The materials come from the James Ford Bell Library, the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine, and the University Libraries' Rare Book collections.
Malaika Grant

Oxford English Dictionary calls on U librarian for help

English librarian Malaika Grant often receives questions from students and researchers that take her to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) for answers. Recently, the OED reached out to her, as they were trying to uncover the first use of the term "follically challenged" in print. Turns out it may be a Minnesota publication associated with Twin Cities Public Television.
Student completing written assignment during the Summer Athletic and Immersive Learning program

Local middle schoolers visit U for sports, History Day project

A group of smart and driven eighth-grade students from Minneapolis and St. Paul worked on group research projects at Wilson Library last week. The students came to the Libraries as part of the Minnesota Historical Society’s Summer Athletic and Immersive Learning program, designed to help students prepare themselves for college both physically and mentally.
Lisa Von Drasek with books by Raina Telgemeier

Celebrating 100 women children’s book artists

Children's librarian Lisa Von Drasek is on a mission to write about 100 women picture book artists — all part of an effort to bring awareness to gender equity in children's literature. Her inspiration came from a blog post by Jacqueline Davies, titled: "Excuse Me Sir: Did You Forget Something?" Davies' post documents her experience at a two-hour workshop on children's book illustration where the lecturer pretty much ignored women artists and artists of color.

Breakfast with Beatrice

Breakfast with Beatrice and Original Scandinavian Recipes were featured on this installment of Read This Book with Megan Kocher, Curator of the Doris Kirschner Cookbook Collection, and host Lisa Von Drasek. Kocher also announced that the University Libraries recently acquired Beatrice Ojakangas' cookbook collection — which includes Original Scandinavian Recipes — for the Kirschner Collection, which is available to the public at the University of Minnesota's Magrath Library on the St. Paul campus. 
Screen shot of EbooksMN videovideo

An online library for all Minnesotans

Following a two-year pilot, readership of Ebooks Minnesota, a free online book collection available to all Minnesotans, is taking off. The collection — managed by Minitex at the University of Minnesota — saw an 86 percent increase in readership during its second year. Through April 2018, out of 4,000 available ebooks in the collection, Minnesotans of all ages have connected to an ebook a total of 158,868 times. The platform requires no login (the only requirement for any user is to be within Minnesota borders) and is accessible at no cost through iTunes, Google Play, and Kindle apps.
Bly and Hall

Bromance: The correspondence of Don Hall and Robert Bly

While processing the Robert Bly collection I was drawn into his correspondence with Donald Hall. Their letters are sarcastic and funny and include charming nicknames for each other. When compared to the other letters of Bly’s other regular correspondents and many of the letters from fans, the letters from Don Hall are sometimes irreverent or biting.

‘When Women Didn’t Count’ reviewed by Alicia Kubas

Alicia Kubas reviewed "When Women Didn't Count: Behind the scenes on data collection and women in the USA" by Robert Lopresti, which details the startling facts of how women have been sidelined, neglected, and just plain lied about in U.S. government statistics for more than two centuries.

Libraries hosts national library publishing forum

Library publishers from across the United States are gathering this week at the University of Minnesota Libraries for the 2018 Library Publishing Forum.

Summer reading tips for kids — Part 1

Lisa Von Drasek recommends informational books from National Geographic in Part 1 of our 2018 Summer Reading recommendations for children on Read This Book! from the University of Minnesota Libraries. The books are: Almanac 2019, Brain Games, Extreme Records, and Explore My World: Lions.