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André Nault with Pogo the dog

Moving with waves of change

The Veterinary Medical Library has closed, yet its resources and Librarian André Nault continue to meet the needs of students and faculty. “André embodies the spirit of service,” says CVM Associate Dean of Education Peggy Root Kustritz. 
Joseph Moen

Researcher at the ready

Formerly a student staff employee in the U of M's Performing Arts Archives, Joseph Moen brings prior research experience and a strong measure of enthusiasm to the work, as helps researchers uncover and use material deep in the archives.
Doris Brossard

Seeking control

World War I, the Great Depression, and immigration all contributed to a growing number of people who were unattached — unmarried and not linked to communities in significant ways. To study these single people, most of whom were men, Doris Brossard, a doctoral student of modern U.S. history, gender, and women’s history at Rutgers University, recently came to the University Libraries to access the Social Welfare History Archives and the Kautz Family YMCA Archives.
Boynton Health COVID-19 vaccine sticker and Michael T. Osterholm

Vital information

Collecting materials about the University’s response to COVID is not only important, "It's critical," says Professor Michael T. Osterholm, Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota. “If we are not to repeat ourselves, we best learn from this information,” says Osterholm, an infectious-disease expert, best-selling author, frequent news source, and member of then President-elect Joe Biden's Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board. 
Tim Johnson and Pat Coleman

Seeing Lewis anew

Outstanding among the displays at the “Sinclair Lewis: 100 Years of ‘Main Street’" exhibit at the Minnesota History Center— which include Lewis’s Nobel Prize medal on loan from Yale University, clips from movies based on his books, and correspondence with his editor — is a wall of books. Among them are 133 that the Libraries lent from its Rare Books collection to this exhibit.
Erika Lee

Op-Ed: What does it mean to be American? Ask an immigrant

Erika Lee wrote an opinion piece published in the Los Angeles Times on July 4, titled: "What does it mean to be American? Ask an immigrant." The Regents Professor of History and Asian American Studies traced American xenophobism — fear and hatred of foreigners — from the mid-19th century through 1916, then jumping a century, to Donald Trump’s election as U.S. President in 2016 and its follow-up. Read more and link to the L.A. Times article and video
Joshua Preston

Finding his place

His natural bent would be toward contemplative study, says Joshua Preston, Friends of the University Libraries board member. But when he sees principles of justice violated, he must speak. He must act. As a soldier in the Minnesota National Guard and as an attorney, Preston has done both.
Natalie Paulson

Promoting undergraduate research

The Libraries Peer Research Consultants (PRCs) — students who help other students with their research — have recently added helping undergraduates connect to the research community on campus. One of those PRCs, Natalie Paulson, has advice to those students wanting to pursue research with a faculty member on campus: To freshmen who wish to pursue research as undergraduates: Don’t be intimidated.
Bailey Blomquistdege

Familiarity feeds research

A love of reading led Bailey Blomquist-Dege to pursue a Libraries’ student job. Now a senior majoring in history and anthropology, she says the decision “has helped me much more with my schoolwork and my research than I would have ever thought.”
Karen Majewicz

Leading light

The Big 10 Academic Alliance Geoportal resides at the University of Minnesota Libraries but its use of and involvement with the GeoBlacklight platform gives it a national presence through the work of Karen Majewicz, Geospatial Project Manager & Metadata Coordinator.
Transcripts podcast icon

A place to call home

Fans of the Transcripts podcast — a project of The Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies that first launched in June 2020 — have something new to get excited about: another new podcast episode. In the recently released Episode 2 of, Transcripts focuses on trans people of color housing activists who were interviewed for the Tretter Transgender Oral History Project (TTOHP). 
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Summer Reading Road Trip Challenge

If you’re looking for a way to up your summer reading game, check out the Libraries Summer Reading Road Trip Challenge! For each page you read before September 12, you travel one mile on a Great American Road Trip. Once you have completed a road trip, submit your completed map to any library location or online. Your name will be entered into a prize drawing held after September 12. Download your map and start reading today!
Boynton Health's Mental Health Clinic in Wilson Library

New clinic opens in Wilson Library

A new space that has opened up on the fourth floor of Wilson Library is in the Libraries but not of the Libraries. It is a new Boynton Mental Health Clinic for students, which will be important to some students’ success.
Darby Ronning

Sail mail

Undergraduate student Darby Ronning discovered the Wangensteen Library, which led to her creating an online exhibit related to a physician's experience on the North Pacific Exploration Expedition in the 1850s. Her research project was awarded the 2021 U-Spatial Mapping Prize for Undergraduate Student — Best Representation of Research.
Home page screen shot

A new front door

A decade of carrying content forward multiple times through previous website upgrades had resulted in outdated information, lost links, and lack of clarity. The new Libraries website, which launches June 29, features a complete content overhaul and a clear organization.
Dewey Thorbeck standing in a field

‘Design is a problem-solving process’

By Allison Campbell-Jensen Architect Dewey Thorbeck faced an issue about 10 years ago when moving his office from Minneapolis’s Loring Park neighborhood to his home in Mendota Heights. Even with the three-story office/studio tower he...

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