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Systematic Review Service supports researchers

by Erinn Aspinall Systematic reviews - literature reviews that synthesize the best research on a specific question - are the foundation of evidence-based practice.   Finding the...
Schuster Brewing Company

Schuster Brewing Company, Rochester, Minnesota: Medicinal Tonic, Temperance, and Top Brass

Please join us December 7 for the C. C. and Dawn Clawson Lecture in the History of Medicine presented by Christopher J. Boes, M.D.

Last week to see ‘Engraved in Copper’

You have only one more week to see our exhibit: Engraved in Copper: The Art of Mapping Minnesota at Elmer L. Andersen Library. The exhibit highlights unique engraved copper plates used to print topographic maps of Minnesota in the early 1900s, surveying and mapmaking techniques, and government documents related to the process.

Best children’s books for 2013

In a series of "Read This Book!" episodes, Lisa Von Drasek discusses her favorite children's books for 2013. Von Drasek is the curator of the Children's Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries.
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.
Ignaz Semmelweis (1818-1865)

A history of hand washing from Wangensteen

Ignaz Semmelweis (1818-1865) was a Hungarian physician best known for his early contributions to antiseptic procedures. Although his antiseptic ideas were initially met with considerable resentment, today they are embraced as the symbol of a great leap forward in medical practice. His seminal work, "Die aetiologie" (1861) can be found in the Wangensteen Historical Library.
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‘Sea serpents’ spotted in Mississippi

Sea serpents — mythical creatures from the middle ages — have been spotted recently in the Mississippi River by members of the University of Minnesota Women’s Rowing Team. The sightings coincide with the Libraries' recent discovery of a campus map from 1935, which clearly depicts a sea serpent swimming in the river.
Wilson Lobby Renovation

Wilson Library Celebration is Dec. 3

Join us Dec. 3, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., to celebrate the reopening and redesign of Wilson Library’s study and collaboration space. Wilson is the largest library on campus and now has more study spaces available just in time for finals. Stop by the newly renovated first floor to enjoy snacks, games, prizes, and more. Explore your new home away from home.

U Libraries adds 2 new streaming video collections

University of Minnesota Libraries recently added two Alexander Street Press streaming video packages to its collections: Ethnographic Video Online and Filmakers Library Online. Each is also searchable through the Libraries catalog at

Libraries Stress Busters a hit

According to the University of Minnesota's Boynton Clinic, more than one-third (35 percent) of students report they are unable to fully manage their stress level. To help students in need of stress relief, the University Libraries offered "distraction-free" studying for finals that included extended building hours and stress-reducing activities. The Star Tribune took notice and reported on the activities last week.
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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.
Nancy Sims

Sims comments on SCOTUS’ rejection of Google Books challenge

On April 18, the Supreme Court refused to hear a challenge to Google Books digitization program, leaving in place a lower court's ruling that the project amounts to "fair use." Nancy Sims, our copyright librarian responded to the Supreme Court's refusal.
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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.  
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Information for the health of Minnesota

by Erinn Aspinall A trip to the doctor can lead to unexpected news. One thing you might not expect to learn is that your doctor...

Digital Arts Sciences + Humanities: 3D Printing + Makerspaces

3D Printing and other forms of desktop fabrication are becoming more accessible to more people every day. How can these technologies be used as part of research and teaching in a University environment? In this DASH event, we will hear from representatives from different spaces on campus that use 3D printing and other fabrication technologies.