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Jessica Abbazio

Meet the Music Librarian

In her role as Music Librarian at the University of Minnesota Libraries, Jessica Abbazio benefits from all of her training in music history, teaching, and librarianship. She brings a deep understanding of the discipline and its various materials.
Betsy Friesen, Daniel McCarthy-Clifford, and Boris Oicherman

Exhibit highlights banned prison books

Daniel McCarthy Clifford — an artist in residence at Weisman Art Museum’s Target Studio for Creative Collaboration — is raising awareness about the seemingly arbitrary method employed by prisons to keep books out of the hands of inmates. He's doing so by way of an exhibit at the Weisman, called "The Section of Disapproved Books." The University Libraries was a key contributor to the exhibit, which is curated by Weisman’s Boris Oicherman.
Photo of three images from 21st Editions collection.

Libraries adds 21st Editions collection

Recently, the University Libraries acquired the entire 21st Editions collection — consisting of 63 volumes. The company has published beautiful and unique handmade books that combine photography with literature and poetry. The acquisition also includes the firm’s archives — process prints with notes from the artist or the publisher, sketches, correspondence, and production notes.

#MeToo panel discussion is Dec. 5

It's not too late to reserve your spot for next week's Friends Forum event: #MeToo: Monumental or Momentary, which includes a panel discussion led by University of Minnesota Professor Emerita Sara Evans. On December 5 at Coffman Memorial Union Theater, Evans and a powerful panel of woman — a cross-section of ages, ethnicities, and experiences — will reconsider the movement today. How do we ensure that the momentary media interest of today becomes a lasting, culture-shifting norm of tomorrow? 
The 1927 Report of the Comptroller featured a detailed outline of the University’s General Accounting System, including a description of how tabulating or punch cards are used.

The Power of the Punch Card (and the Punch Card Operator)

Machines and people have been working together for decades, perhaps more than you had thought, to keep University information technology systems running. The people operating punch card and tabulating machines, the majority of whom were women, most likely did not see their role as one of managing information technology.
Microwave Turkey

Microwave a turkey the library way

You might have seen a prank going around about cooking a 25-pound turkey in a microwave. It seems like a bad idea but we’re a group of curious, food-motivated librarians and we thought… can it be done? Here's what we found.

Local news outlets feature Libraries’ World War I collections

The Libraries’ vast collection of World War I materials was featured recently in several local media outlets, as the world commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Armistice on November 11.
Walter Then and Now

Then and now: Archival photos matched with present day, Walter Library 1970/2018

Check out his photo mash-up showing people looking at posters on the kiosk in front of Walter Library. The image on the left was taken this year — fall semester 2018 — and the image on the right was taken 48 years ago, during fall semester 1970.
U of M Radio On Your Historic Dial with retro radio icon

Women on the Air: People Worth Hearing About

The program series People Worth Hearing About originated with The Minnesota School of the Air director, Betty Girling. The series first aired in 1969. In this episode, a feature on Maria Sanford is highlighted along with the behind-the-scenes decisions on how to produce the script.
Male and Female lymph node dissection from Surgical Anatomy by Joseph Maclise (1851).

Addressing the male standard in human anatomy texts

Human anatomy texts typically default to the male standard – with males represented in case studies and anatomical drawings. Our University Libraries provide balanced information to support students and educators. But what happens when the information simply does not exist? For a start, we can buy a female skeleton model for our students. We can also use the limitations of available information as an opportunity to start a conversation.
Final "Paint the Bridge" panel for the University Libraries.

Libraries Makerspace helps us Paint the Bridge

If your day brings you across the Washington Avenue Bridge, be sure to check out the hundreds of original art panels that line the pedestrian walkway. These panels change each fall as student groups and University departments are invited to participate in the Paint the Bridge tradition. Learn how the Libraries painted their panel with a little help from our very own Makerspace.
AUL Claire Stewart

How I Work: Claire Stewart

Claire Stewart, Associate University Librarian for Research & Learning at the University Libraries, talks about the technology and tools that she uses in her daily life. Her favorite: Wunderlist. And she is on the verge of dumping her laptop entirely for a desktop in the office and an iPad 6th generation when she's mobile.

Chef Sherman presentation now on YouTube

Chef Sean Sherman presented at the 2018-2019 kickoff of the Friends Forum on October 16 at the Bell Museum. His topic: Reclaiming the Culture of Indigenous American Cuisine.

Map Library wins Governor’s award

Ryan Mattke, Head of the Borchert Map Library, accepted the Governor's Award on October 4 for the Minnesota Historical Aerial Photographs Online website, which includes thousands of digital copies of historical aerial photographs, mostly from between the 1920s and the 1990s, covering all 87 counties in Minnesota.
Bridget McKenna in the Wangensteen Library, holding a book on historic infant feeding.

Breaking new ground

Bridget McKenna participated in the College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Freshman Research & Creative Scholars Program. Through this program, McKenna learned the present-day value of libraries, while she was matched with the curators of the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine.