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Health Sciences Libraries: Move Update

In summer 2020, the Health Sciences Education Center will open its doors and will serve as a new home to the Health Sciences Library and Wangensteen Historical Library. Our new home anchors the Health Sciences Education Center, providing technology rich environments and expertise that will promote new insights into learning and entrepreneurship to develop and  address the health challenges of our time. Follow our updates or subscribe below to get updates delivered to your inbox.

Photo of gene segment models.

3D-printed gene segment models aid in active learning 

Michelle Henry-Stanley, PhD, had been looking for a better way to teach the complex topic of genetic recombination using a tactile, hands-on educational tool. She and her co-instructor Donna Spannaus-Martin, PhD, connected with our Makerspace to produce low-cost sets of 3D immunoglobulin gene segments to support new ways of teaching and learning and meet their active learning goals.
Kaitlyn Minarsich

‘Everyone at the library loves being here’

When she was in middle school, Kaitlyn Minarsich’s older brother took her to an exhibit showcasing items from the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine where he worked as a UMN undergraduate student. Minarsich is following the family tradition, working at the library to convert a 2013 physical exhibit on Downton Abbey into an updated, online interactive exhibit — just in time for the release of the Downton Abbey movie this fall. Minarsch shared some of her experiences from working at WHL. Here’s what she had to say.
Small groups of people gather around conference tables

‘Visioning session’ helps showcase the history of medicine

The Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine hosted a charrette to prepare for its new exhibition space in the Health Sciences Education Center. This visioning session brought together a diverse group of stakeholders who shared their ideas for exhibiting, which included involving students, creating pop-up exhibits, and creating partnerships.
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‘Librarians can not only help you find resources but can also help you shape...

Louisa Botten, a first year undergraduate at the University of Minnesota, recently completed an internship at the Wangensteen Historical Library. Read how Botten combined this historical text with modern technology to create an award-wining online exhibit.
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Using 3D technology to reach individual goals in rehab therapy

You may know Leah Grinvalsky as a Physical Therapy student at the U of MN, but we also know her as a friend to Katrina Simons. This friendship played an important role in Grinvalsky’s first visit to the Bio-Medical Library Makerspace, where she explored solutions to help Simons participate in gaming. Here's what Grinvalsky had to say about her experience creating 3D printed adaptive technology.
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Pairing Health Sciences Libraries and technology

Libraries are all about information so it makes perfect sense that we provide state of the art collections. But information isn’t static and the development of new knowledge needs to be cultivated in a supportive environment - that’s where libraries and technology go hand in hand.

Moving a historical collection

Preparing to move a historical collection is complex and requires input and help from many library staff. It also requires close attention to small details. Read about the ‘behind-the-stacks’ tasks we are completing to get ready for the Wangensteen Historical Library's move into the new Health Sciences Education Center in 2020.

The spaces of the new Health Sciences Libraries

When we move into the new Health Sciences Education Center, you can expect to find some familiar spaces such as our service desk and study areas. You will also see new and enhanced spaces that will support the exploration of emerging technologies in healthcare, including a Makerspace, a Data + Visualization Lab, a Faculty Commons, and a Virtual and Augmented Reality Lab.
Photo of three stacks of Post-It Notes with labels of web page titles.

New user-centered website in development

As with any move, our move into the Health Sciences Education Center offers us a chance to reassess all of the things we have accumulated over time. For our three health sciences libraries, this includes a reassessment of our websites, with a redesign planned in the next year.  
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Old favorites in a new space

Our new library spaces in the Health Sciences Education Center will be full of new furniture. We're excited about the variety of seating options that will be available to our users, and are happy that we can offer some of our current faves. 
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Orange is the New Health Sciences and Wangensteen Historical Libraries

Color will mark the different areas within the Health Sciences Education Center. Both the Health Sciences Library and the Wangensteen Historical Library will be recognizable because of their earthy orange color palette.  
Black and white photo of movers using a fork lift to remove books from a truck.

Introducing the Health Sciences Library

When we move into our new home in the Health Sciences Education Center, the Bio-Medical Library will become the Health Sciences Library to better reflect our work to support teaching and learning across all the schools and colleges of the Academic Health Center.  
Rendering of the new Health Sciences Library entryway.

The Health Sciences Libraries are on the move

We’re Moving!  In 2020, the Health Sciences Library and the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine will be moving into the newly-constructed Health Sciences Education Center (HSEC). Stay tuned for more information about our new spaces and enhanced services that will be coming online over the next year - or subscribe to get updates delivered to your inbox.
Bridget McKenna in the Wangensteen Library, holding a book on historic infant feeding.

Breaking new ground

Bridget McKenna participated in the College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Freshman Research & Creative Scholars Program. Through this program, McKenna learned the present-day value of libraries, while she was matched with the curators of the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine.

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