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Luther exhibit ends on September 29

Less than two weeks remain to see the exhibit, Luther and the World Turned Upside Down: Prophecy, Revolution, and the End of Time, which runs through September 29, 2017 at Elmer L. Anderson Library. Additional materials are on exhibit at the T.R. Anderson Gallery on the fourth floor of Wilson Library.
Ramon Novarro

Hispanics in Hollywood

During the early years of the film industry in Hollywood, Hispanic actors were cast as bandits and dangerous women. Some male Hispanic actors were typecast as "Latin Lover." Things have changed since Hispanic actors like Rita Hayworth (born Margarita Cansino) and Anthony Quinn (born Antonio Quinn Oaxaca) felt compelled to change their names.

Hurricanes: What’s happening and why? What are the health ramifications?

It’s hurricane season. Hurricane Harvey and the rain that followed dumped 33 trillion gallons of water on the southern United States. Now, Irma, one of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes ever recorded, has devastated the Caribbean and is poised to hit Florida, with the potential of causing further catastrophic damage. What’s happening? Is climate change partly to blame? Should we be better prepared? What public health concerns are there? And how long will it take to rebuild — and at what cost? This post is intended to provide information on recent news, current research, and reliable information to help you better understand these issues.
(Relatively quiet) Northrop Mall, 1948.

Welcome (back) to campus!

With the beginning of September, the start of the fall semester at the University of Minnesota brings the campus to life. This fall should be especially lively on the Twin Cities campus with the University welcoming its largest freshman class since 1970, celebrating the re-opening of the Tate Laboratory of Physics, and seeing the final stages of construction for the new Bell Museum of Natural History. In this post, we’re sharing a few of our historic campus photos and wishing everyone at the University of Minnesota a successful and engaging fall semester!
Mapping Prejudice

Star Tribune covers ‘Mapping Prejudice’

As many as 10,000 or more Minneapolis homeowners have property deeds with so-called "racial covenants," wrote the Star Tribune's Randy Furst in an August 27 story about the "Mapping Prejudice" project that lives in the Borchert Map Library at the University of Minnesota.
University of Virginia Rotunda, the site where members of the Alt-Right led a torch march on Friday, August 11.


A tragedy occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, as a white nationalist terrorist drove through a group of protestors convened to counter-protest a scheduled rally of white nationalists who were protesting the removal of war memorials honoring the Confederate side of the Civil War. This post will help you navigate the flow of information, provide you with links to publicly available information, and point you to University of Minnesota Libraries resources to guide your understanding of the events.
Handmade jellyfish are displayed as the Underwater exhibit comes together.

Underwater exhibit – an EXCLUSIVE behind-the-scenes look

This September, the Wangensteen Historical Library's new Underwater Exhibit will open to the public - exploring the intersection of humans, health, and science in watery spaces. Communications Intern A’Davian Smith sits down with curators Emily Beck and Lois Hendrickson to get a behind-the-scenes look as they walk through the process of creating this exhibit.
Screen grab of search at

Search hints streamline research

We've introduced a new search feature: When you begin typing a term into the search box, the website automatically matches your terms and suggests links to some of our most used resources and services. Clicking on the link next to the rocket icon takes you directly to the listed resource.
Image credit: Pills by David Kessler.

Resources for understanding the opioid crisis

On August 10, President Trump declared the opioid crisis a national emergency. Many underlying factors have led to the rapid increase in opioid-related deaths and to the related federal initiatives to combat the crisis. This post provides information on recent news, current research, and reliable information to help you understand the opioid crisis.
Alan Johns, Paula Termuhlen, and Connie Bongiorno.

Journal to serve as forum for research at regional medical campuses

The University of Minnesota Libraries — in partnership with the U's Duluth Medical School — developed the Journal of Regional Medical Campuses, which will launch this fall. The journal will serve as a forum for ideas and research around regional medical campuses across North America, and will raise the visibility of issues unique to regional medical campuses.
Wendy Lougee and Jennifer Gunn accept the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. At far left is Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. At far right is Cokie Roberts, Journalist and Commentator for National Public Radio and ABC

A busy week: A National Medal, U Libraries Day, and more

It was a busy week for the Libraries: On July 17, University Librarian and McKnight Presidential Professor Wendy Pradt Lougee accepted the National Medal for Museum and Library Service on behalf of the University of Minnesota Libraries. That same day, Gov. Mark Dayton proclaimed it University of Minnesota Libraries Day in Minnesota. And a Star Tribune editorial affirmed the comprehensive and vital role the Libraries plays in providing the "fundamental infrastructure for our information-based economy."
Searching UMN Lib's new user interface

Library search gets a new look

If you’re searching the Libraries MNCAT Discovery and the Libraries Catalog this summer, you will notice a change to the user interface beginning the week of July 24. While functionality is largely the same, look and feel are different.
State of Minnesota Proclamation heading

U of M Libraries Day is July 17!

Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed July 17, 2017 as University of Minnesota Libraries Day in the State of Minnesota! The proclamation recognizes the Libraries winning the 2017 National Medal for Library Service. The Medal Ceremony will be streamed live at 2 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 17, from the National Archives in Washington, D.C.  
Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality vs Internet Freedom

Net Neutrality is the topic of this installment of the University Libraries' "A Matter of Facts." On July 12, we saw a huge online protest from hundreds of technology companies against the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) plan to change regulations around internet service. The FCC is currently accepting comments on topic, through Monday, July 17. This post will help you navigate the flow of information, provide you with links to publicly available information, and point you to University of Minnesota Libraries resources to guide your understanding of internet regulation.
Front row, from left: Amy Nixon, Yumiko Toyota-Kindler, Adam Johnson; Second row: Stacie Traill and Beth Wolszon; Back row: John Halvorson, Christopher Koehler, and Sunshine Carter.

Behind the scenes of search

Sunshine Carter, Electronic Resources Librarian, and Stacie Traill, Metadata Analyst, at the University of Minnesota Libraries lead efforts to improve the Libraries’ ability to respond promptly and effectively to access issues related to the Libraries' 114,000 online subscriptions to journal articles, book chapters, and other electronic materials.