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Short Stacks features videos and audio about the University of Minnesota Libraries and its programs, collections, events, exhibits, students, and faculty.

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    ‘The Lightning Thief’ reviewed on Read This Book!

    ‘The Lightning Thief’ reviewed on Read This Book!

    Rick Riordan's "The Lightning Thief" is discussed by Jessica Abbazio and Lisa Von Drasek on Read This Book, from the University of Minnesota Libraries.

    About Lisa Von Drasek and Jessica Abbazio

    Lisa Von Drasek is the Curator of the Children’s Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries and host of Read This Book! Jessica Abbazio is the Music Librarian at the University of Minnesota Libraries.

    About Read This Book!

    Read This Book! is a video podcast produced by the University of Minnesota Libraries. It is available on YouTube and iTunes. Audio from Read This Book! is available on iTunes at Von Drasek's The Blue Ox Review podcast.

    • 3 min
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    Connecting to the collection

    Connecting to the collection

    By Allison Campbell-Jensen



    During our buildings closure, the Libraries’ patrons cannot come in. Yet, the Libraries “are a very social place; they are the heart of the campus,” says Kate McCready, Interim Associate University Librarian for Content & Collections. “So to not have our users here? The next best thing is getting us out to them.”



    Circulating physical materials, digital delivery and interlibrary loan services re-started June 15, and numbers are down only about 10 percent compared with last year, says McCready. “We’re trying to do everything we can to minimize that distance and get our users the materials they need.”

    Access to the collections with Minitex

    In the ILL and Digital Delivery team, those who can work from home do as part of the central service point that processes requests. A small team that includes Minitex staff comes on campus to facilitate the delivery services by pulling materials, then scanning or shipping them.



    Some materials can be accessed digitally via an international network of libraries. “Things that we don’t own, another library, if they have a digital copy, they would send it to us,” McCready says. “And we were doing the same.”



    For his part, Tim McCluske, Minitex Minnesota Library Access Center Library Program Specialist, is glad to be back on campus once a week. He works in the high-density storage facility located under Andersen Library. While away, he missed his co-workers, he says, and “I missed having my hands physically on the material that we manage.” Minitex facilitates sharing of U of M Libraries materials within the state, the region, and even that international network of libraries. The main change from previously, he says, is the priority on safety, so that staff stay distant and materials are handled with care.



    Concerning the threat of COVID-19, McCluske says, “A stable new normal is not going to come for six months to a year. We’re going to see a lot of periods where we think we’ve reached a new normal but nothing is going to remain terribly constant until time has passed.”



    Minitex Director Maggie Snow, who started at Minitex Feb. 24, says she is proud of the Minitex’s team commitment to customer service. The Phase 1 focus was on restoring delivery of physical materials to libraries around the state, including services to University faculty, students, and staff.



    The statewide courier service restarted on June 22 and for now is limited to returning materials to their home libraries. Minitex staff are keeping a close eye on the volume of materials and will open the service to interlibrary loan requests for physical materials once the backlog is processed.



    Says McCready of Minitex: “That really is part of their mission, to get our collection out and used by all the residents of Minnesota and our surrounding states.”

    Looking ahead

    And, McCready says, “we are thinking really creatively about how we get the information needs met on campus. So, whether we are purchasing new materials based on requests for courses or research or whether we are sharing more with other libraries, to make that international network work more effectively, or whether we are scanning more materials to deliver them electronically, or we are doing more campus deliveries to offices or dorms — we’re thinking about all sorts of possibilities to make sure that those information needs are met.”

    • 2 min
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    Books by Kiersten White reviewed

    Books by Kiersten White reviewed

    Slayer and Chosen are two of the books in a series by New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White.  The series is set in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer that introduces a new Slayer as she grapples with the responsibility of managing her incredible powers that she’s just beginning to understand.



    Lisa Von Drasek, Curator of the  University of Minnesota Children's Literature Research Collections, reviews these two books with "temporary" host and frequent Read This Book guest, Tim Johnson.

    About Lisa Von Drasek and Tim Johnson

    Lisa Von Drasek is the Curator of the Children’s Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries and host of Read This Book! Tim Johnson is Curator of Special Collections and Rare Books and the E. W. McDiarmid Curator of the Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries.

    About Read This Book!

    Read This Book! is a video podcast produced by the University of Minnesota Libraries. It is available on YouTube and iTunes. Audio from Read This Book! is available on iTunes at Von Drasek's The Blue Ox Review podcast.

    • 3 min
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    The Dean reviews ‘The Color Kittens’

    The Dean reviews ‘The Color Kittens’

    Lisa German — University Librarian and Dean of Libraries — joins Lisa Von Drasek to review The Color Kittens on this installment of Read This Book from the University of Minnesota Libraries.



    The Color Kittens is a children's book by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen, and published, as part of the Little Golden Books series, in 1949.

    About Lisa Von Drasek and Lisa German

    Lisa Von Drasek is the Curator of the Children’s Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries and host of Read This Book! Lisa German is the University Librarian and Dean of Libraries at the University of Minnesota Libraries.

    About Read This Book!

    Read This Book! is a video podcast produced by the University of Minnesota Libraries. It is available on YouTube and iTunes. Audio from Read This Book! is available on iTunes at Von Drasek's The Blue Ox Review podcast.

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    Earth Day 2020: Books about the environment

    Earth Day 2020: Books about the environment

    To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Kristen Mastel has chosen three books to highlight the environment and the world around us, in this installment of Read This Book! 



    They are:



    * Braided Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer,

    * Onigamiising: Seasons of an Ojibwe Year by Linda LeGarde Grover

    * Climate Justice by Mary Robinson



    About Lisa Von Drasek and Kristen Mastel

    Lisa Von Drasek is the Curator of the Children’s Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries and host of Read This Book! Kristen Mastel is an Outreach and Instruction Librarian at the University of Minnesota Libraries.

    About Read This Book!

    Read This Book! is a video podcast produced by the University of Minnesota Libraries. It is available on YouTube and iTunes. Audio from Read This Book! is available on iTunes at Von Drasek's The Blue Ox Review podcast.

    • 8 min
    • video
    Annotated Editions: Sherlock Holmes and Sandman

    Annotated Editions: Sherlock Holmes and Sandman

    Tim Johnson recommends two annotated books — Sherlock Holmes and the Sandman — in this installment of Read This Book from the University of Minnesota Libraries.



    The Annotated Sherlock Holmes — a two-volume set edited by William S. Baring-Gould — contains every word that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) ever wrote about the adventures of the detective and the doctor.



    The Annotated Sandman — by Neil Gaiman and edited by Leslie S. Klinger — is a New York Times bestselling graphic novel.

    About Lisa Von Drasek and Tim Johnson

    Lisa Von Drasek is the Curator of the Children’s Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries and host of Read This Book! Tim Johnson is Curator of Special Collections and Rare Books and the E. W. McDiarmid Curator of the Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries.

    About Read This Book!

    Read This Book! is a video podcast produced by the University of Minnesota Libraries. It is available on YouTube and iTunes. Audio from Read This Book! is available on iTunes at Von Drasek's The Blue Ox Review podcast.

    • 6 min

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