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Opening up open access

There are clear benefits to publishing open access, including increased reach and impact. Yet publishers often require authors to pay article processing charges (APCs) to make their articles open access. Now there's help to avoid or reduce these fees.
Bob Jansen

A place of their own

To get started in his career, Robert “Bob” Jansen first had to be fired. After the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth fired him from teaching in their theater program, he sued the college. Jansen won and he used the settlement money to establish the Main Club for gay people in 1983. The bar became not only a watering hole but also a center for the gay community. Now Jansen is honoring that history by remembering the Jean Nickolaus Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies in his will.
pharmakon class in Rarig Center

Dramatic exploration

In the ancient Greek play "The Bacchae," a group of women called the Maenads worship Dionysus, the god of wine and theater. Discussing the play in a Rarig classroom, with some students in-person and some on Zoom, they talked about the Maenads’ joy in being in a sisterhood. Librarians Sarah Brown and Deb Ultan worked with theater faculty and pharmacy faculty in creating a class that explores the intersection of pharmacy and theater.
Carla Pfahl

Aiming for a strong finish

A renovation, a new website, a new strategy for collections — these are just a few of the projects in which Librarians and staff might be involved. Yet when Carla Pfahl, Reference Outreach and Instruction for Minitex, was in library school, project management concepts were never discussed. Afterwards, she found that projects abound in libraries. Now she is offering a professional development series to librarians and library staff throughout Minnesota, as part of Minitex' outreach work.
Hundreds of shoes hang from the branches of a tree.

Shoe Tree

The Shoe Tree is known for the numerous pairs of shoes thrown from the bridge whose laces wrap around the branches and hang from the tree. Located on the West Bank, there is no single event or campus tradition that results in shoes being thrown into the tree.
Eva and Kitan

Podcast pals

The Libraries media services team worked with graduate students in David Wilsey's class in the Humprhey School of Public Affairs to learn and use podcasts as a way to conceive of and host a community conversation on a sustainable development topic. "It pushed [students] out of their comfort zones and it required them to try to deeply understand another person’s identity and perspective in order to tell a version of their story.”
Ryan Bean

Y archivist propels critical conversations

By Allison Campbell-Jensen On March 19, Reference and Outreach Archivist Ryan Bean will introduce the idea of global racism to the World Alliance of the YMCA. He’s been working with the World Council Secretary General...
Ann Waltner presented the 55th James Ford Bell Lecture, Watching Weddings in 1735: Two Representations of Chinese Wedding Processions. Waltner is a Professor in the Department of History at the University of Minnesota, where she specializes in Chinese history. She was the founding director of the University’s Institute for Advanced Study.

Multifaceted scholar

Chinese is a tough language for an English speaker to learn, with thousands of ideographic characters to learn, and four tones in spoken Mandarin. But as a college student, Ann Waltner didn’t yet know enough to be daunted by it. She found the language and the nation fascinating, and eventually became a historian of China and professor of history at the U of M. She's also a member of the Friends of the University Libraries.
American Jewish World March 31, 1933

Putting the American Jewish World online

After a successful crowdfunding campaign, the American Jewish World newspaper is being digitized by the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives at the Libraries — making it “available online for people across the Midwest, indeed across the world..."
Lara Friedman-Shedlov

Handling the digital stream

Email, PowerPoint presentations, Google documents, and spreadsheets — these are just some examples of born-digital materials that make up the digital stream coming to the Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections (ASC). “ASC has wanted/needed a position to help us deal with born-digital materials for several years,” says Kris Kiesling, Elmer L. Andersen Director of Archives and Special Collections. Managing these born-digital materials is now the role of Lara Friedman-Shedlov.
Cover of 2020 Libraries Annual Report

UMN Libraries Annual Report — 2020

Greetings!  Welcome to our University of Minnesota Libraries 2020 Annual Report, where we present highlights from our year.  This has been a year of transitions for me and the Libraries. I became Dean of Libraries and...
Inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility

Developing an IDEA

Changes in the Library this past year stemmed not only from coping with the pandemic but also with dealing with structural racism. Following the killing of George Floyd, the Libraries soon issued an anti-racism statement. In the months since, the Libraries drafted an approach to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility.

Bridge to research

University undergraduates interested in conducting research may wonder where to begin. Their first step? Think Like a Researcher, which is a mini-course developed by the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Libraries. “It helped me open my eyes to the Libraries as a resource for finding research that I may not have considered,” says Madeline Meirhaeghe.

Avenues to Black history

What began in the early part of the 20th century as a week dedicated to studying the history of Black people in America by the 1960s was expanding to a month. Starting in the mid-1970s, U.S. Presidents have annually proclaimed February to be Black History Month. Yet people can explore Black history any month, taking online avenues through primary source materials and special collections available through the Libraries.
Erinn Aspinall

A new interim Director for Health Sciences Libraries

In January 2021, Erinn Aspinall was named interim Director of the Health Sciences Libraries. In this Q&A, Aspinall discusses the opportunities and challenges in front of her and her work on the Libraries Strategic Planning Team. Prior to becoming interim Director, she served as HSL’s Associate Director for Program Development and Strategy. Aspinall’s career reflects a commitment to the health sciences, with previous positions at the University of Michigan, the National Institutes of Health, and the University of New Mexico.
Shanda Hunt discusses project with Research Sprints team.

An anti-racism lens

Three librarians joined together to develop the research guide "Conducting research through an anti-racism lens," which has just been published on the Libraries website.

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