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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.