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Turtle tattoo.

About a turtle tattoo

I’ve been meaning to write an article about tattoos inspired by our University Libraries collections for some time now. My intention was to tell a fun and light-hearted story, but along the way I met Jason Herbert and it all got a lot more interesting. Read how Jason's divorce began a reevaluation of his life and now his tattoos have grounded him in his personal history.
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Me Too: Hashtag and Social Movement

The Me Too movement is a Twitter hashtag and social movement that calls attention to the widespread problem of sexual harassment and assault. The movement frequently appears in news headlines and has received both favorable and critical coverage. Below, we have compiled some resources to help students think critically about the topic.
Love is in the Air At the Libraries

Love is in the air at the Libraries

Join the Libraries as we celebrate our love of a good book, swoon over our new makerspaces, and pledge our love with heart tattoos inspired by our archives. Activities are planned from February 5 - 16.
Off-shore oil drill

Facts about off-shore oil drilling

Offshore drilling for oil and natural gas is detrimental to the environment, but economically beneficial for the energy industry in the United States. Before the end of his second term in office, former U.S. President Barack Obama issued a ban on offshore drilling. Recently, President Trump declared his intentions to lift the ban and allow energy companies to resume offshore drilling. This post provides links to resources to help you understand the issues and its significance. 

Ridgway Award winners

Lisa Von Drasek talks about the 2017 Marion Vannett Ridgway Award winners in this episode of Read This Book! from the University of Minnesota Libraries. "Hannah and Sugar," written and illustrated by Kate Berube was the 2017 winner, with Honor Awards going to Bethan Woollvin for "Little Red" and Dori Kleber for "More-igami."

Digital Exhibits: Balloons Over Broadway

Melissa Sweet donated all of the original art, her research notes, the process art, manuscripts, and revisions from her award winning book Balloons Over...

330 students took part in Gopherbaloo

Nearly 330 students from grade 6-12 attended Gopherbaloo 2018 at Wilson Library January 13. The annual event is part of National History Day MN.
Valerie Caesar

Artists take up residence in Libraries

A new residency program at the University of Minnesota Libraries aims to highlight historical collections to create new art, deepen connections between artists and archivists, and deliver art to larger audiences.

Weathering winter throughout history

As Minnesotans, we are experts at weathering winter weather, though we are not the first to marvel about the cold and ice. Here are some excerpts from the Wangensteen Historical Library’s collection that illustrate early thoughts about thermometers, the polar bear plunge, and frozen fish.

Hidden beauty in ordinary books: Part 2

Our previous blog post talked about the history and the process of creating marbled paper to use as endsheets or covers for books. Today, we’re going to explore some of the myriad patterns that can be created using the marbling process. All of the examples below are from books in the University of Minnesota Libraries' general collections!  
Megan Kocher and Lisa Von Drasek on Read This Book - Books to Give 2017

Books to Give 2017

Five University of Minnesota librarians and archivists recently joined Read This Book host Lisa Von Drasek to make recommendations for books to give this holiday season.  Still shopping? Then pay attention!
Representatives from Christie's examine the Bell Library's print of the Waldseemüller map

Bell Library map sheds light on authenticity of new discovery

A December 10 New York Times article has called into question the authenticity of a previously unknown fifth original of the rarest of documents — a 510-year-old map that first used the word "America." The University of Minnesota's James Ford Bell Library is holder of one of the other four copies by famed German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller. Christie's recently visited the Bell to compare its find with the real deal.

Understanding Jerusalem issue in light of President’s announcement

President Donald Trump recently announced that the United States will officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The president also plans to relocate the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. We’ve gathered some resources to help you learn more about this new development and about the long-standing conflict between Israel and Palestine.

A Clinic That’s For the Birds

On this installment of "U of M Radio on your Historic Dial," we’ll travel to the St. Paul campus to "A Clinic That’s for the Birds" – which also happens to be the title of the December 8, 1977 episode of Look What We Found.  If you haven’t yet deciphered the title of the broadcast, we are going on an audio tour of the Raptor Center.  The Raptor Center is a research and rehabilitation center for birds of prey which today cares for approximately 800 ill and injured raptors each year.

Hidden beauty in ordinary books: Part 1

The quality of the content in our books is the primary reason why the Libraries' Collection Management and Preservation Department repairs our circulating collections. But look inside one of these books and you might be in for a surprise! Between their worn covers, many of these ordinary-appearing books have beautiful marbled endsheets.