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Gary Peterson

A turning point

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Over the course of his career, Friends of the Libraries board member Gary Peterson has often moved in a new directions — with all the tools he had acquired along the way.
Emma Molls

Shaking up publishing

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Library Journal recently named Emma Molls to its 2021 Star Class of Movers and Shakers. “The U of M Libraries are filled with movers and shakers,” says Molls, Publishing Services Librarian. “A lot of people are doing really cool things and have been doing cool things a lot longer than I have. So to be recognized by people who I really enjoy working with and admire, that was really meaningful.” Library Journal cited her team's commitment to open access and to staying on top of the shifts in scholarly publishing.
Dozens of brightly colored boxes that contain pharmaceutical products are on a table covered by a blue-quilted cloth. Anna Shepherd's blue-gloved hand is seen pointing at a box on the table.

Preserving the past for the future

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A behind-the-scenes look at how historical artifacts from the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine are prepared for a physical move into a newly-built space that will ensure preservation and access for decades to come.
When this poster was created for the 1974 Pride weekend, some details — a women’s dance, a possible church service, and a softball game — were not yet decided.

The March of Pride

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Posters and programs demonstrate the growth of Pride celebrations in the Twin Cities over the years. These materials and more about Pride from the Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies can be found in the Libraries' UMedia collection.
Terrestrial and celestial globes created in 1696 and now part of the James Ford Bell Library collection.

A new spin on old globes

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Terrestrial and celestial globes created in 1696 arrived at the University Libraries the day after the shutdown for COVID-19 last year, destined for the James Ford Bell Library. Curator Marguerite Ragnow wanted to figure out how to put them on the web but initially she was stymied. Then a breakthrough appeared in January 2021, when she learned of the 3D scanning capabilities in the Health Sciences Library.
Two green tong devices are shown being printed by a 3D printer

Printed adaptations

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Occupational therapy students learn how 3D printing found in HSL's Makerspace can be used to create customized adaptive technology devices to help people complete routine daily tasks.
At orientation, Undergraduate Services Librarian Kate Peterson talks with incoming students about the value of the Libraries.

Providing light

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Until she had a light-bulb moment, Kate Peterson had not considered becoming a librarian. Now in her role as Undergraduate Services Librarian, she illuminates a path to the Libraries and what they offer to first- and second-year students and transfer students.
GAZE-TV — four images from the TV show.

Viewing GAZE-TV

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Working remotely during the pandemic has had its benefits — including time for Tretter Collection staff to improve access to its GAZE-TV collection by writing meaningful descriptions of episodes, making them easier to find in search. GAZE-TV was a Twin Cities public access program that ran from 1986 until the early 2000s and was hosted by Brad Theissen.
Morgan Kerfeld

Warming up the Toaster

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During the May 19 Founders Day celebration, John Stavig, Director of the Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship, introduced undergraduate and graduate students, who have been tackling issues with an eye to establishing new businesses through experiential courses at the University of Minnesota. It all took place live in the Toaster Innovation Hub, located in Walter Library.
Dense pine forest

U Libraries receives $108,000 for Minnesota Landscapes

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Minnesota Landscapes: Documenting Environmental History through Archival Sources is a year-long project to examine and describe archival collections related to Minnesota’s environmental history and climate.
drawer filled with small artifacts from the Wangensteen Library collection

Fresh start

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Moving can be disruptive, but it also can be an opportunity to make a fresh start. The Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine has taken advantage of its move into the Health Sciences Education Center to improve protection and access for the collection of books and artifacts.
Person in canoe gathering water samples in a lake.

Surfacing the Water Network

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The University’s Water Network is virtual, a response to the need seen by the already established Water Council to provide new ways for researchers to connect, particularly during the pandemic. The Libraries collaborated — through its expertise and resources — was key to making it happen. It’s “a ‘gather around the water cooler’ sort of thing for people all around the system who are engaged in research around water,” says Jan Fransen, the Libraries Service Lead for Research Information Management Systems, who was a member of the working group who developed the Water Network.

Cooking during the pandemic

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Megan Kocher and Lisa Von Drasek discussed cookbooks they liked the most for cooking and baking during the pandemic, on this installment of "Read This Book!" from the University of Minnesota Libraries.
Pat Coleman

Keeping posterity in sight

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Patrick Coleman’s love for Minnesota history started early — he was already collecting books on the subject while at the University of Minnesota. “It feels like I was born to do this job” of Acquisition Librarian at the Minnesota Historical Society. But it might not have happened without the University Libraries. 

Outstanding student employees

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Marshall Mabry, a junior in the College of Liberal Arts who works at the John R. Borchert Map Library, and Tyler Christianson, a graduating senior majoring in Information Technology Infrastructure, within the College of Continuing and Professional Studies, who works at the Libraries' Toaster Innovation Hub, were chosen by the Friends of the Libraries as this year's Outstanding Library Student Employees.
From left: Kathy Drozd (Minitex Delivery), Dave Paulson (Minitex Resource Sharing), and Alice Wilcox (Minitex Director, 1969-1983).

Growing service to the state

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It started as a pilot — the Minnesota Interlibrary Teletype Experiment — and became Minitex in 1971. In its early days, staff searched card catalogs and transported books in painted wooden beer cases via Greyhound. Now Minitex is a sophisticated hub connecting libraries and Minnesotans. “Minitex really brings the state’s research collections to the people,” says University Librarian Lisa German.

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