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Exploring Minnesota’s Natural History

The yearlong project will digitize and provide online access to unique botanical, zoological, and geological material from archival collections that document the natural history of the state of Minnesota. The materials relate to the establishment of the Minnesota Geological and Natural History Survey in 1872 by the state legislature under the auspices of the University’s Board of Regents.
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Read This Book!: Science and Bicycles

Read This Book!: Science and Bicycles, features Carolyn Rauber, a University of Minnesota science and engineering librarian. In this episode, Rauber highlights four books related to the science of bicycles.
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Medicine of Downton Abbey period ‘almost terrifying’

Viewing the current Downton Abbey exhibit at the Wangensteen Historical Library left graduate student Jeff Moulton feeling a bit queasy thinking about medicine of the early 20th century. "There are some things that are almost terrifying," said Moulton, a big Downton Abbey fan, while noting that the exhibit contained "a lot of pokers and tweezers."
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‘Bound Fragments’ exhibit closes February 28

If you want to see the current Bell Library exhibit, you had better hurry. The exhibit, "Bound Fragments: 60 Years of Collecting at the James Ford Bell Library," closes on February 28. The exhibit is part of the Bell Library's 60th Anniversary celebration.
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Libraries launches MNCAT Discovery and new website

University Libraries has launched a new default search tool called MNCAT Discovery, which is delivered via a new mobile-friendly website. MNCAT Discovery allows users to search and access the overwhelming majority of articles and other materials made available by the Libraries, as well as books and other Libraries holdings.
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Best children’s books for 2013

In a series of "Read This Book!" episodes, Lisa Von Drasek discusses her favorite children's books for 2013. Von Drasek is the curator of the Children's Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries.
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Read This Book! Graphic format

In this episode of "Read This Book!" Lisa Von Drasek discusses some of her favorite graphic format children's books, including "Relish: My Life in the Kitchen" and "March Book One."
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60 years of support for research, education, outreach

This year the James Ford Bell Library celebrates its 60th anniversary of preserving and documenting the history of trade around the world. Originally focused on what was known as the Age of Exploration, roughly 1400 to 1800, the Bell has expanded its collecting focus to encompass all pre-modern materials that preserve and document the history of trade and its impact.
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Campus History application is just plain fun

The Campus History web application was designed to enhance research and education for the University of Minnesota community and the public. It just happens to be fun.
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Klinger talks Holmes, ‘New Sherlockians,’ and more

Les Klinger loves the BBC’s “Sherlock” and CBS’s “Elementary” and believes that some traditional Sherlock Holmes scholars have mistreated the “new Sherlockians,” who have come to appreciate Holmes through modern film and television.
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American history at your fingertips

Launch of Digital Public Library of America brings greater access to local treasures The Nicollet County Historical Society in south central Minnesota sits on the...
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Exhibit gives behind-the-scenes look at Twin Cities performing arts

And celebrates 50 years of the Guthrie Theater If you're a lover of dance, orchestra, and theatre, you know the magic of our Twin Cities...