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Research Sprints: Fueling Grand Challenges research

Hear about the experiences of two University of Minnesota Grand Challenges Research teams as they spent four days conducting research with a team of University of Minnesota librarians. It's all part of the U of M Libraries' Research Sprints program.

A conversation with Lisa Vecoli

Lisa Vecoli is retiring as curator of the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies. She talks with Kris Kiesling, director of Archives and Special Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries, about her tenure at Tretter, which included winning two national awards, adding, the Michael McConnell Papers, and developing and managing the Tretter Transgender Oral History Project.
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‘Homemade’ by Beatrice Ojakangas on Read This Book!

Lisa Von Drasek discusses a book by Beatrice Ojakangas called: Homemade: Finnish Rye, Feed Sack Fashion, and Other Simple Ingredients from My Life in Food in this installment of Read This Book! from the University of Minnesota Libraries.

Study tips for students from students

Science Librarian Carolyn Bishoff asked busy students at Walter Library to provide study tips — including their favorite study locations and study snacks — to first-year students at the University of Minnesota.

Ridgway Award winners

Lisa Von Drasek talks about the 2017 Marion Vannett Ridgway Award winners in this episode of Read This Book! from the University of Minnesota Libraries. "Hannah and Sugar," written and illustrated by Kate Berube was the 2017 winner, with Honor Awards going to Bethan Woollvin for "Little Red" and Dori Kleber for "More-igami."

330 students took part in Gopherbaloo

Nearly 330 students from grade 6-12 attended Gopherbaloo 2018 at Wilson Library January 13. The annual event is part of National History Day MN.

Flying Funny by Dudley Riggs

Flying Funny: My Life Without a Net by Dudley Riggs was the featured book on this episode of Read This Book! from the University of Minnesota Libraries.  Performing Arts Archivist Kate Hujda joined host Lisa Von Drasek in sharing insights into the book, Riggs, and Riggs' papers, which are in the Libraries' Performing Arts Archives. 
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‘Underwater’ pumpkin carving at the Wangensteen Historical Library

We are welcoming back Emily Beck and her pumpkin carving talents as she brings us underwater adventures in jack o'lantern form, inspired by the Wangensteen Historical Library's current exhibit. Watch a short video of Emily from last year and check out the stencils to create - and share - your own underwater-inspired carving.

The Magicians gets a big thumbs up

Science Librarian Carolyn Bishoff and host Lisa Von Drasek discussed the Lev Grossman fantasy novel series, which started in 2009 with The Magicians on this episode of Read This Book! from the University of Minnesota Libraries. The series has been adapted on television and currently airs on Syfy.

Luther exhibit ends on September 29

Less than two weeks remain to see the exhibit, Luther and the World Turned Upside Down: Prophecy, Revolution, and the End of Time, which runs through September 29, 2017 at Elmer L. Anderson Library. Additional materials are on exhibit at the T.R. Anderson Gallery on the fourth floor of Wilson Library.

Incoming students learn about the Libraries

Incoming students capped off Welcome Week this year by touring Magrath Library in St. Paul and learning about all of the ways that the Libraries can help them achieve academic success. 
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Mapping the lost waterways of the Twin Cities

The University of Minnesota's Center for Sustainable Building Research worked closely with the University Libraries on a project to map the lost waterways of the Twin Cities, with an overarching goal to enhance research into making buildings more sustainable. The Center's team, led by Professor Richard Graves and Senior Researcher Rich Strong, worked closely with Ryan Mattke, Head of the John R. Borchert Map Library at the University of Minnesota. The project was one of seven that were part of Research Sprints, an intensive four-day, project-driven program that paired U of M faculty and researchers with teams of librarians and archivists at the University of Minnesota Libraries.

Journalism, media bias, fact checking

Books about journalism, media bias, and fact checking were reviewed in this episode of Read This Book! from the University of Minnesota Libraries.

Students helping peers with research

Peer Research Consultants, a cadre of undergraduate students from the University of Minnesota Libraries, provide a friendly and less formal starting point for undergrads new to the research process.

Engraved in Copper: A video preview

Watch this video preview of our current exhibit, "Engraved in Copper: The Art of Mapping Minnesota," which features unique engraved copper plates used to print topographic maps of Minnesota in the early 1900s, surveying and mapmaking techniques, and government documents related to the process. The exhibit runs through May 22 at Elmer L. Andersen Library.