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Sarah Jane Brown, Clinical Information Librarian

Sarah Jane Brown joins the Bio-Medical Library as a Clinical Information Librarian

Sarah Jane Brown, MSc, began her work as a Clinical Information Librarian at the Bio-Medical Library this August. As a Clinical Information Librarian, Brown will support the patient care, clinical research, and educational needs of the Medical School.

Hurricanes: What’s happening and why? What are the health ramifications?

It’s hurricane season. Hurricane Harvey and the rain that followed dumped 33 trillion gallons of water on the southern United States. Now, Irma, one of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes ever recorded, has devastated the Caribbean and is poised to hit Florida, with the potential of causing further catastrophic damage. What’s happening? Is climate change partly to blame? Should we be better prepared? What public health concerns are there? And how long will it take to rebuild — and at what cost? This post is intended to provide information on recent news, current research, and reliable information to help you better understand these issues.
Mary Schoenborn

Building collections to support climate change research

The materials that the Libraries selects, negotiates, processes, catalogs, and manages play a key role in the success of the research and education mission of the University of Minnesota. Librarians are now turning their attention to strengthening collections to support the University's emerging grand challenges research.
Megan Kocher and Al Franken

Kocher, Sen. Franken urge FCC to keep internet protections

The University Libraries' Megan Kocher joined Sen. Al Franken last week in urging the Federal Communications Commission to keep internet protections put in place by the Obama administration in 2015 that would prevent internet service providers from creating so-called fast lanes for websites willing to pay. 

Pharmacopoeia: Medicinal Plants Growing In My Backyard

The Bio-Medical Library is excited to announce the latest installment in its rotating Art@Bio-Med exhibit series: Pharmacopoeia: Medicinal Plants Growing In My Backyard by artist Linda Gammell. This exhibition highlights photographic and text selections from Gammell's artist's book project and draws from family narrative, personal garden history, and scientific knowledge of medicine and plants.
(Relatively quiet) Northrop Mall, 1948.

Welcome (back) to campus!

With the beginning of September, the start of the fall semester at the University of Minnesota brings the campus to life. This fall should be especially lively on the Twin Cities campus with the University welcoming its largest freshman class since 1970, celebrating the re-opening of the Tate Laboratory of Physics, and seeing the final stages of construction for the new Bell Museum of Natural History. In this post, we’re sharing a few of our historic campus photos and wishing everyone at the University of Minnesota a successful and engaging fall semester!
Monotropa uniflora (Indian Pipe), 1937. Handpainted glass lantern slide. Ned L. Huff, photographer. Available at

Something fascinating in nature and the archives

In the September/October (2017) issue of the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer, the young naturalists' article on "weird and wonderful" plants provides an array of fantastic images of lesser known native plant species. What follows are several images held in the University of Minnesota Archives that depict the "weird and wonderful" plants featured in this issue. Some of these photographs may be the oldest known images of these plants in Minnesota.
Mapping Prejudice

Star Tribune covers ‘Mapping Prejudice’

As many as 10,000 or more Minneapolis homeowners have property deeds with so-called "racial covenants," wrote the Star Tribune's Randy Furst in an August 27 story about the "Mapping Prejudice" project that lives in the Borchert Map Library at the University of Minnesota.
Jenny Porter

How I Work: Jenny Porter

Jenny Porter, Associate Director for Welcome Week and First-Year Programs, uses Wunderlist, Google Docs, and Excel to keep on task when planning out Welcome Week activities at the University of Minnesota.

New course inspired by ‘A Campus Divided’ exhibit

A Libraries exhibit is the inspiration and starting point for a new history course that will be offered this fall: History 3000: A Campus Divided: Contested Histories from the U of M to Charlottesville. 
University of Virginia Rotunda, the site where members of the Alt-Right led a torch march on Friday, August 11.


A tragedy occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, as a white nationalist terrorist drove through a group of protestors convened to counter-protest a scheduled rally of white nationalists who were protesting the removal of war memorials honoring the Confederate side of the Civil War. This post will help you navigate the flow of information, provide you with links to publicly available information, and point you to University of Minnesota Libraries resources to guide your understanding of the events.
Photograph of Bill Holm in Minneota, MN in the 1990s.

Notes on Bill Holm’s manuscripts and writing — Part 2

In my previous article, I explored Minnesota poet Bill Holm’s use of boxelder bugs and pigs in his writing. Now, I turn my attention to two other elements that are key to understanding Holm’s work — Walt Whitman and the concept of “failure.”
'What was this used for?' state show.

Get Information on a Stick at the Minnesota State Fair

The University of Minnesota Libraries are going to the Minnesota State Fair. Join us to test your health information knowledge, identify weird — and frightening — medical instruments of the past, explore 3-D anatomical models, and take a selfie with Fred the skeleton.
Handmade jellyfish are displayed as the Underwater exhibit comes together.

Underwater exhibit – an EXCLUSIVE behind-the-scenes look

This September, the Wangensteen Historical Library's new Underwater Exhibit will open to the public - exploring the intersection of humans, health, and science in watery spaces. Communications Intern A’Davian Smith sits down with curators Emily Beck and Lois Hendrickson to get a behind-the-scenes look as they walk through the process of creating this exhibit.
picture of woman on horse

How I Work: Sue Penney

Barn manager Sue Penney shares tips and tools to care for a "teaching herd" of horses owned by the College of Veterinary Medicine. These horses are model patients for veterinary students in their clinical rotations.