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November 28, 2011


Megan KocherMy name is Megan Kocher and I'd like to introduce myself as the newest librarian in Magrath Library. I officially started working here on November 21st and am serving as a liaison to the departments of Food Science and Nutrition; Animal Science; and Soil, Water, and Climate.

While I am new to the St. Paul campus, I am not new to the University of Minnesota, as I spent the last two years working in Walter Library on the East Bank campus while earning my Master's in Library and Information Science through the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. I also hold a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Brown University and a certificate from the Mini-MBA program at the University of St. Thomas. I am part of the Personal Information Management Collaborative in the University Libraries and have a particular interest in using technology to make research processes more efficient.

Outside of librarianship, two of my favorite hobbies are music and food. I play the saxophone and the bassoon, and am just starting to learn bass guitar. I love trying out new recipes and am very excited to make my way through the Kirschner Collection here in Magrath.

I look forward to meeting the faculty, staff, and students in my departments and working with you in your research and teaching. If you have questions for me or tips as I find my way around St. Paul, do not hesitate to email me.

November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Break Hours and Resources

Magrath Library is thankful for the wonderful students, faculty, staff and surrounding community we support. Have a relaxing and safe Thanksgiving Break. Please note that we will be closing at 6pm on Wednesday, November 23, and closed Thursday and Friday (11/25, 11/26).

Want to make sure your turkey is prepared properly? Check out the Turkey Food Safety Guide from Extension. Here are some additional recommendations regarding those Thanksgiving and potluck leftovers.
thanksgiving turkey

November 14, 2011

Lecture and Book Signing from College of Biological Sciences alumnus, Darby Nelson

When: Tuesday, December 6 • 6 p.m.
Where: St. Paul Student Center
Free and open to the public
Space is limited. RSVP to reserve your spot at the link below.

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November 10, 2011

International Education Week: Information Fair

When: Thursday, November 17, 2011 • 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Where: Ames Library of South Asia (sub basement of Wilson Library) on the West Bank
Free and open to the public

Please join us at the Ames Library of South Asia to celebrate International Education Week (IEW). A joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and Education, IEW was first held in 2000 and today is celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide.

Meet University of Minnesota Libraries' staff and learn about our collections. This is a free event. Everyone is welcome! Light refreshments will be served.

November 9, 2011

Magrath Library Namesake Marries

Dr. C. Peter Magrath, former University of Minnesota president and
namesake of the Magrath Library, recently married the Rev. Susan
Thon. We wish them much happiness together. Dr. Magrath is currently
the president of Binghampton University in New York.

You can read more about the couple's nuptials, at the Star Tribune.