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Rare Book Cataloging: A Policy Review

by Tim Johnson, Curator of Special Collections & Rare Books; E. W. McDiarmid Curator of the Sherlock Holmes Collections Much of what we do happens...

After the Curtain Falls

Much of the state’s rich cultural legacy is being preserved in the University’s Performing Arts Archives. Today it holds more than 100 collections, some dating from the 19th century.
Bee Vue

Celebrating Immigrant Stories

The Immigration History Research Center and Archives has a wealth of community partnerships that further the University’s research, learning, and outreach missions – while building on the Libraries’ impressive archival collections, which are available to and used by researchers, scholars, and historians around the world.
“Class working on the rocks near the Minnesota Seaside Station buildings at low tide.”

The Power of Digital

The University Libraries has the expertise and equipment needed to carry out all aspects of a digitization project. Funded by successful grant applications, various units within the Libraries have embarked upon digitization projects that facilitate research and enrich the community, both locally and globally.
Lisa Von Drasek

Von Drasek named to 2017 Caldecott Committee

Lisa Von Drasek has been named to the committee that will decide the winner of the 2017 Caldecott Medal, named in honor of illustrator Randolph Caldecott.

Donor Profile: Mary Lou Fellows

Mary Lou Fellows’s scholarly interests made it an easy decision, after she retired from the University of Minnesota Law School, to volunteer time with the University’s Friends of the Libraries.
Members of Vital Aging Network

Showing Off

The University Libraries’ deep roster of curators and archivists open windows to wonders through exhibitions, speeches, and events both on and off campus. They aim to expose people of all ages to what lies inside the University’s massive archive to pique their curiosity and love of learning, and to let them know that it all belongs to them.

On the Road Again…with Minnesota Maps

It is vacation time. Time to load up the car and head out on the road. Before you go--take a moment to explore some...

Bridging disciplines on the path to new discoveries

Since joining the Libraries in 2013, Justin Schell has been working with other staff to advance the Digital Arts Sciences + Humanities (DASH) initiative. DASH’s foundation is based in the broadly scoped and growing field of digital humanities.
Image of Noah's Ark Live from Dania Hall, audio reel.

Libraries seeks funds to digitize West Bank music

In honor of Al Haug's birthday on May 4, the University of Minnesota Libraries is excited to announce the opportunity to make Al's recordings of West Bank music more readily accessible by digitizing cassette tapes, open reels, and other materials.

Major increase in Minnesota collections now available through Digital Public Library of America

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), the nation’s premier online digital library, has collaborated with the Minnesota Digital Library (MDL) at the University of Minnesota to complete a tenfold increase in the number of digital items from Minnesota available on its website.

African American History Month 2015:

The University of Minnesota Libraries has a research collection of African American Studies that includes books, periodicals, film, databases, and archives that we are highlighting for African American History Month.

Libraries’ Downton Abbey exhibit featured on MPR

Dr. Jon Hallberg, assistant professor at the University of Minnesota and MPR medical commentator toured the Wangensteen Historical Library's exhibit, "Downton Abbey: Behind the Scenes of Health and Illness," with Tom Crann, the host of All Things Considered on Minnesota Public Radio News.

Helping students think out loud

by Erinn Aspinall The work of a librarian goes beyond connecting people with information. Librarians also seek to help people interpret and use information successfully. In...
Children's Theatre Company archives

Children’s Theatre Company bestows archives to University of Minnesota

The Children’s Theatre Company has bestowed its historical archives – including production materials, directors’ notes, costume-design materials, and organizational records – to the University of Minnesota Libraries. The materials will be housed in the University’s Elmer L. Andersen Library and be part of the Libraries’ Performing Arts Archives. These archives, and others within the Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections unit, are available to University of Minnesota scholars and the general public.