continuum 2017

Advancing Student Success

ISSUE 15, 2017


How Cool Is This?

By Wendy Pradt Lougee
University Librarian and McKnight Presidential Professor

Are libraries the most valuable spaces on campus?

A new study shows that U of M undergraduates who use the Libraries at least once during their first year are more likely to graduate on time. Librarians share what they do to help students succeed.

Narrating a Transition

The Transgender Oral History Project at the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies is documenting a pivotal time in our society’s understanding of gender.

Bringing African American History to Life

The Libraries’ new Umbra Search tool and database gives access to a treasure trove of historical and cultural materials from across the country

Short Stacks

News from the University of Minnesota Libraries.

Notable Acquisitions

A selection of the new additions to archives and special collections.

The Year in Pictures

The Friends Forum: A Series for Curious Minds brought writers and experts to campus including Elizabeth Kolbert, Bao Phi, Marlene Zuk, Gary Eichten, and Alan Page. We celebrated the launch of Umbra Search African American History with archival and community events. Noted children’s author and illustrator Raina Telgemeier joined us to launch her new book. These events and many more made 2016-2017 an academic year to remember!

The Face of Our Friends

Friends of the Libraries president Margaret Telfer leads off a section recognizing our supporters.


About this issue

Editor: Mark Engebretson
Managing Editor: Karen Carmody-McIntosh
Design & Production: Mariana Pelaez
Contributing Writers: Erin Peterson, Suzy Frisch, Karen Carmody-McIntosh, Mark Engebretson, Wendy Pradt Lougee, Margaret Telfer
Photography: Paula Keller, Karen Carmody-McIntosh, Steve Woit, and Media Active, a program of Intermedia Arts