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Health Sciences Libraries 2016

By December 29, 2016September 16th, 2023No Comments

The Health Sciences Libraries are celebrating 2016 with a look back at the year’s most-read news stories. 

It has been a memorable year, highlighted by chocolate bars, edible books, fabulous new spaces and services, research at the Minnesota State Fair, and innovation acceleration!

Thank you for a great 2016 – filled with customized information solutions from the Health Sciences Libraries.

Here’s to a fabulously busy 2017!

Featured stories from 2016

Color our Collections at Wangensteen Historical Library, February 1-5, 2016.

Color our collections
During the first week of February, the Wangensteen Historical Library will be unveiling one coloring page each day with an image from their rare book collection. Artists are encouraged to participate and share their final artwork.


Final chocolate bar.

A chocolate bar with historical roots
February 23, 2016
It’s not every day that you get a chocolate bar made in your honor, but today is a lucky day. Introducing 1772, a new chocolate bar made from an old recipe found in a manuscript at the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine.

Circling Setting Sun on Wall

Yoga ON and OFF the wall: deepening the connections with mindfulness, friendship & nature
March 29, 2016
The Bio-Medical library is hosting the “Yoga ON and OFF the wall” photography collection as the next installment in its rotating Art@Bio-Med exhibit series. In this exhibit, Artists Nancy Charkin and Laurie Ellis-Young share their worldly adventures, using their art as a means of illustrating the synergy between yoga and friendship.

Medical artifacts at the Wangensteen Historical Library. Photo credit: Mike Krivit.

Test your medical artifact knowledge
April 28, 2016
Test your knowledge of medicine’s past by taking the Artifact Pop Quiz developed by the University of Minnesota Foundation. The quiz features some of the 1,000+ artifacts from the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine.

Andre Nault with horse

What Drives André Nault
July 8, 2016
A wildlife biologist who professes to know a little about many things, André Nault initially pursued a career in library sciences to get better at sating his curiosity. Along the way he discovered how much he enjoys teaching others his tricks of the trade. Nault, who is head of the Veterinary Medical Library and a liaison librarian for faculty, tackles his job in a nontraditional way.

Good Vibrations by Ron Duffy

Brushed Back to Life: Healing from Illness through Intuitive Painting and Poems
July 27, 2016
Art@Bio-Med presents “Brushed Back To Life: Healing From Illness through Intuitive Painting and Poems” by artist Ron Duffy.  In this exhibit of abstract paintings and poetry, Duffy explores his own experiences living with a chronic illness. Through his work, Duffy has found a renewed zest for living that had been dulled by illness.

What was this used for? stage show.

Meet the Libraries at the State Fair
August 8, 2016
Join the Libraries at the State Fair where you can test your health information knowledge, identify weird — and frightening — medical instruments of the past, and get your very own coloring book featuring historical images from our collection. Plus much more! 

Frank Sayre and Chuck Muscoplat

Information accelerates innovation
Through the University of Minnesota’s MN-REACH program, University librarians have become integral members of research teams — expanding the role of 21st century librarians and helping University of Minnesota faculty transform their discoveries into products that improve the health of people around the world.

Edible book by Herzberg. Image credit Brandon Hackbarth.

The incredible, edible book
September 16, 2016
Watch Christopher Herzberg from the University of Minnesota’s Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine as he makes a 100-percent edible book out of celery, lettuce, and green onions.


What a party!
October 3, 2016
The Bio-Medical Library welcomed over 200 visitors during its Open House last week. The event showcased the new services and spaces within the library. If you missed the event, here’s a photo journal of the celebration.


Peer Research Consultants.

Peer Research Consultant Program broadens reach
October 13, 2016
The Peer Research Consultants service connects students needing research help with students trained in library research techniques. The service offers 3 locations across campus – including its new location at the Bio-Medical Library. Stop by during office hours, or make an appointment today!

Carving from Aldrovandi by Emily Beck.

#PageFrights come to life in pumpkin carving image contest
October 19, 2016
For the past several years, Emily Beck – Ph.D. candidate in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine – has been carving history into a pumpkin. This year, we’re taking a new spin on Beck’s annual tradition as we open up the selection of the carved image to you! Cast your vote between now and Wednesday, October 26.

Bio-Medical Librarians support data management education in research labs
December 1, 2016
Caitlin Bakker, Research Services Librarian, and Franklin Sayre, Pharmacy Librarian, have developed and taught data management education courses for active research labs that address needs related to managing increasingly complex datasets. Their work has been featured in a recent book chapter by Bakker titled Data Management in the Lab.

Del Reed

What Drives Del Reed
December 11, 2016
Visitors to the Bio-Medical Library may recognize Del Reed as one of the welcoming faces working the reference desk. It’s the public service component of his job that he values the most. In his years of serving the public Del realized that “so many people don’t know what kind of services the Libraries can offer them.”

Medical Exchanges Exhibit

Medical Exchanges: Mapping the Human Body in Japan and China
December 14, 2016
Texts from the unique and richly illustrated history of early modern medical knowledge and healing in Japan and China are on view for the first time in a fascinating exhibition from the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine.


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