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A collage of photos showing water landscapes from the book, Five Bay Landscapes: Curious Explorations of the Great Lakes Basin

Five Bay Landscapes

The original drawings created for the book, “Five Bay Landscapes: Curious Explorations of the Great Lakes Basin” by Karen Lutsky and Sean Burkholder, are on exhibit through May 31, 2023 at the U of M Architecture & Landscape Architecture Library. A reception and book launch event takes place March 29, 5-7 p.m.
Matthew Holm

Outside the box: What box?

During his formative years, Matthew Holm's family lived outside town on a horse ranch, and he would ride in the car to and from Cannon Falls with his mother. In the hours between school getting out and them heading home, he’d walk to the local public library. There he got to know the librarians by name and he read, well, “everything I could” — from the graphic novels about Tintin, nonfiction accounts, and books about ghosts to compilations of the earliest photographs. Now, he's a board member with the Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries.
Eleven tooth keys

Chronicling historical medical artifacts, part 1

Thanks to the funding received from the Legacy Grant the Wangensteen Library is going to be able to take 4,000 medical instruments from its collection of artifacts and enrich their catalog records through the creation of new, more improved metadata, thereby furthering the opportunities for research and study.
Lisa German on Read This Book

‘The Searcher’ reviewed on Read This Book!

‘The Searcher’ — A New York Times bestselling thriller — is reviewed on Read This Book by University of Minnesota Dean of Libraries Lisa German and host Lisa Von Drasek.
“Art Dog” by Thacher Hurd, the author and illustrator, and son of Clement and Edith Hurd.

Thacher Hurd’s introduction

Thacher Hurd’s introduction to Margaret Wise Brown was not especially promising. Brown, the renowned author of “Goodnight Moon,” which his father Clement Hurd had illustrated, had no children of her own.
John Ivan Palmer

A magician’s deceptions

As a writer and researcher, Palmer has long been a member of the Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries, so he could have access and borrowing privileges to the University collections. He has used these materials in numerous writing projects, both fiction and non-fiction. “Because I have enriched myself intellectually by what the University [of Minnesota] has provided ... I feel that in the end I owe back the product of that enrichment.”
Sherlock Holmes in 221 Objects

Don’t miss ‘Holmes in 221 Objects’

A small slice — 221 objects — of the Glen S. Miranker collection of some 6,000 items now is on view in Elmer L. Andersen Library, on the University of Minnesota’s west bank. This traveling exhibition was first seen by Timothy Johnson at the Grolier Club in New York City. Johnson is the Curator of the Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries.
Woman wearing blue polo t-shirt bearing the logo "Tretter Collection" standing in front of a bookcase, where several book spines and a gold Emmy statue are visible

Donor Profile: An accidental curator

Vecoli says she was in the right place at the right time when she took the Tretter job the first time in 2012. Although she has no degree in history or library science and no formal training in being an archivist or curator, she brought her passion as an lesbian activist and her understanding of the need to better organize all the amazing materials that Jean-Nickolaus Tretter had collected over the years.
Clarence White

Treasures that are timeless

Clarence White fosters a sense of history and a variety of passions — and he is a new Friends of the U of M Libraries Board member.
Open Access logo

New Wiley agreement for open access publishing

The Big Ten Academic Alliance has negotiated a multi-year (2023-2025) agreement with Wiley to waive Article Processing Charges for primary research and review articles for responsible corresponding authors from the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities, Rochester, Duluth, or Morris campuses). This latest agreement covers both hybrid open access (Wiley's Online Open journals) and fully open access journals—both Wiley Gold journals and Hindawi titles.
Mike Dockry

Let indigenous people lead

A Feast of Words speaker Mike Dockry reminded the Friends of the Libraries group that all lands in the United States were formerly native lands.
line drawing of a young woman in a longish skirt skidding on the ice

Finding Wanda

Perhaps you, you and your parents, you and your children, or you and your siblings have read “Millions of Cats,” out loud, to each other, or solo. This classic children’s book was first published in 1928 and, since then, never, ever has gone out of print. vAnd the story of the creator of “Millions of Cats” begins in Minnesota. Many works created by Wanda Gág are held in the Kerlan Collection of Children’s Literature, one of the special collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries.
Postcard for the exhibit with the title, "Low-Fidelity Design: Making Techniques from the Minnesota Underground Music Scene"

Low-Fidelity Design

This exhibition at the Goldstein Museum of Design attempts to illustrate the intersection between anti-mainstream musicians and how they depict their music through promotional graphics, uniting sound with visual expression. Through materials from the University of Minnesota Libraries' Minnesota Underground Music Archive, affordable production methods, such as Risograph, screen print, Xerox, pen and ink illustration, and collage, are explored in detail, analyzing the aesthetic nuances that these techniques offer.
Tim Johnson and Lisa Von Drasek on the set of Read This Book!

Conan Doyle’s Wide World discussed on Read This Book!

Sherlock Holmes curator Tim Johnson's discusses Andrew Lycett's book, "Conan Doyle's Wide World," on this installment of Read This Book from the University of Minnesota Libraries.
The Wangensteen student showcase exhibit

Wangensteen Student Showcase

See student success in action! This multi-part exhibit explores how undergraduate students from a variety of academic disciplines use historical materials from the Wangensteen in their coursework and projects.
Middle school child wearing several stocking caps at one time.

Gopherbaloo 2023!

Gopherbaloo was back in person for 2023, after a couple of years being virtual-only due to the COVID pandemic. A special, one-day collaboration between the Minnesota Historical Society and the University of Minnesota Libraries, Gopherbaloo brings to families of History Day contenders a Mooster History mascot, opportunities to win prizes, and plenty of expertise to make their projects the best they can be.

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