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Cooking during the pandemic

Megan Kocher and Lisa Von Drasek discussed cookbooks they liked the most for cooking and baking during the pandemic, on this installment of "Read This Book!" from the University of Minnesota Libraries.

Connecting Threads at the James Ford Bell Library

By Anne Good, Assistant Curator When James Ford Bell provided the core collection of books to found this library back in 1953, his main interest...
Pat Coleman

Keeping posterity in sight

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. 

Outstanding student employees

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.
From left: Kathy Drozd (Minitex Delivery), Dave Paulson (Minitex Resource Sharing), and Alice Wilcox (Minitex Director, 1969-1983).

Growing service to the state

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.
Charlie Heinz, Carolyn Bishoff, and ScottSpicer

Developing videographers

Over the many years that Emi Ito, Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, has been teaching critical thinking to her students, she has moved her group projects from posters to PowerPoints to video presentations. To help guide students through the process of becoming videographers this semester, she has relied on a team of four — “I call them project mentors” from the Libraries and the Center for Writing.

Founders Day: Celebrating Student Entrepreneurs

Join the Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship live from the Toaster for presentations from University of Minnesota students participating in a broad range of entrepreneurship courses

Boosting data’s impact

To her internship in the Data + Visualization Lab in the Health Sciences Library, Claire Winters brought a lot of experience with Excel. Winters transformed her knowledge and experience into two workshops on creating compelling data visualizations with Excel. “Excel is one of the more common tools and can do more than many people realize,” she says.
David Remucal in greenhouse with western Jacob's ladder; photo credit John Noltner

Species at risk

On Earth Day, April 22, three researchers will talk about their work with Minnesota endangered species. Eye-opening presentations on plants, rusty-patched bumble bees, and piping plovers will be offered by Curator of Endangered Plants for the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum David Remucal, Extension Educator and Bee Researcher Elaine Evans, and Professor of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology Francesca Cuthbert, when they gather online Thursday, April 22, at 4 p.m., to highlight Minnesota endangered species.
Image of a lake with six digital sticky notes overlaid. The notes are from students thanking Kim Clarke for visiting their class and providing helpful resources for research papers.

Responsive to students

Librarian Kim Clarke has received many thank you’s from faculty and from students. In the mix of departments that she serves — Communication Studies; Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies; Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development; and Curriculum & Instruction — Clarke says she works with relatively high-touch students. “I really want people to know that what I do is not mysterious, and it is something they can learn, too.” She wants to inspire people.
Photo taken during an open house to commemorate the Berman's gift to the University.

Sharing roots

In 1984, what was then the Minnesota Jewish Historical Society was founded by local community leaders concerned that, with the passage of time, stories and materials were being lost. They began to collect both items and oral histories. By the late 1990s, however, they were running out of space. Then in 2000, former Gov. Elmer L. Andersen invited the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest to place a portion of their collection in the Archives and Special Collections at the University Libraries.
Amelious N. Whyte Jr.

Positive influence

Amelious Whyte, Director for Public Engagement in the U of M College of Liberal Arts, joined the Friends of the Libraries board in 2015 and, starting in June, will become its chair. Whyte is very intentional, believing he is here — in Minnesota or on Earth — for a reason. “I have a vision statement that I created years ago. It’s to be a positive influence on the lives of others. That’s what I strive to do.” And he’s clearly succeeding.
Graduates sit in chairs on the field of Memorial Stadium in front of a stage. Attendees are in the stadium bleachers.

In case of rain

In June 1968, attendees of the commencement ceremony had to run for cover due to severe weather. Learn how University Archives staff reconstructed the events from historical documents and newspaper clippings.
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Funding received to preserve ’A Public Health Journal‘ TV programs online

The Social Welfare History Archives received a $10,000 Legacy Amendment grant from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society for the digital preservation and access project Public Health in Minnesota: Digitizing Recordings of “A Public Health Journal” TV program.

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