January 21, 2014

Book our NEW Media Viewing Room at Magrath Library

Magrath Library has an Media Viewing Room (room 80) available during our regular open hours for the use of current University students, staff, and faculty. Please fill out the reservation form found here to reserve the space. It is the perfect space for:

  • viewing a movie for class or fun

  • practicing a presentation

  • working on group projects

  • hosting a small group meeting

  • and more!

October 30, 2013

Entomology Department Celebrates 125 Years

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The University of Minnesota's department of Entomology turned 125 years old this year!

To celebrate, the department held a banquet in October which was attended by current faculty, students, and staff as well as alumni. Well-known entomologist Mae Barenbaum (who even has an X-Files character named after her) served as the keynote speaker.

The Natural Resources Library also attended the event, bringing with various treasures from our rare book collection, including materials that we acquired from Father Francis Jager (an entomologist who specialized in bees) in the early 1900s, such as a 1634 book on beekeeping, entitled "The Ordering of Bees, or, The True History of Managing Them From Time To Time, With Their Honey and Wax Showing Their Nature and Breed" by John Levitt.

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We also featured several books with beautiful hand drawn plates, such as "Entomology of Australia" by George Robert Grey (from 1833) and "Genera of Diurnal Lepidoptera" illustrated by W.C. Hewitson (1846). Finally, several items from the first Minnesota state entomologist, Otto Lugger, were highlighted, such as his field notes and personal scrapbook.

Many of these items are currently on display in the Natural Resources Library.

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September 2, 2013

St. Paul Campus: University Farm Years 1885-1935

Please take a moment to visit the exciting historical exhibit in the Magrath entry display cases: St. Paul Campus: University Farm Years 1885-1935. This exhibit was inspired by Lisa Berg's beautiful collection of early 20th century St. Paul campus postcards, most of which are now on display. Three posters illustrating the early history of this "farm campus", beginning as a school for "ambitious farm boys" and continuing on to the founding of the Home Economics school in 1914 (things were a tad gender-distinct then) and on to the introduction of early University of Minnesota cheeses and rust-resistant wheat are on display.
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There are also some fascinating historical monographs, newsletters, and yearbooks on display; plus a timeline, a trivia quiz and an old-school interactive campus map that brings the postcards to life.

April 15, 2013

Welcome Renoir Gaither to the Plant Pathology Library

Renoir Gaither began working as a Library Assistant 3 in the Plant Pathology Library on April 10, 2013. Renoir's background includes extensive experience as an undergraduate services librarian at the University of Michigan, as well as several years as a writing instructor at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Feel free stop by the Plant Pathology Library and say hello. Welcome Renoir!

February 21, 2013

Peace Corps Information Table Event (March 1)

Come learn about the opportunity to live, learn and work abroad!

WHAT: Peace Corps Information Table Event
WHEN: Friday, March 1 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
WHERE: Natural Resources Library

Meet with the Peace Corps Campus Representative to learn about what it means to be a volunteer and the benefits of service.

For more information, contact:
Deanna Camell, Campus Representative
230 Heller Hall

February 14, 2013

FSTA Cancelled

As of tomorrow (Feb. 15, 2013), the University Libraries will no longer have a subscription to the database Food Science and Technology Abstracts (FSTA). This database has had very low usage in recent years and has duplicated content in some of our other databases.

If you are (were) a FSTA user, though, fear not! We've compiled a handy list of alternative databases to meet your needs:

  1. PubMed and Ovid Medline: have a great deal of food science and nutrition info, especially related to clinical trials, health effects, etc.
  2. AGRICOLA and CAB Abstracts: Both are good resources that cover the agriculture/crop aspects of food and food science.
  3. SciFinder: This is only recommended for advanced researchers with a background in chemistry. It is good for finding information on chemistry-related aspects of food science. It's especially useful for flavor research.
  4. Web of Science and SCOPUS: Good to use in addition to any of the databases listed above. As general science databases, they sometimes cover things that are related, but broader in scope.

If you have any questions about this decision or need help locating resources, contact our librarian for the Department of Food Science and Nutrition, Megan Kocher.

January 28, 2013

Meet Shannon Farrell, the new Natural Resources Librarian

ShannonFWeb.jpgHello from the new Natural Resources Librarian, Shannon Farrell!

I am the new liaison librarian to the departments of Entomology, Forest Resources, and Fisheries, Wildlife & Conservation Biology. As liaison to these departments, I provide assistance with accessing databases, finding and evaluating resources, or helping with any kind of library-related research. I am also responsible for purchasing new materials for the above subject areas, so any new requests should be sent to me. Finally, I am available to speak with classes about the library and library research and can offer consultations on library-related assignments.

I joined the University Libraries in December 2012, having just moved from Colorado State University, where I worked as the Agricultural and Biological Sciences Librarian. Although I am new to the University of Minnesota Libraries, I am not new to the University of Minnesota. I graduated from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities with a Bachelor of Science in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior and worked in several research laboratories, conducting research on insect and avian systematics, sustainable agriculture and invasive species. I am excited to be back at the University and look forward to working with students, faculty, and staff to meet their research needs.

January 22, 2013

Peace Corps Information Table Event

Come learn about the opportunity to live, learn and work abroad!

WHAT: Peace Corps Information Table Event
WHEN: Friday, February 8th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
WHERE: Natural Resources Library

Meet with the Peace Corps Campus Representative to learn about what it means to be a volunteer and the benefits of service.

For more information, contact:
Deanna Camell, Campus Representative
230 Heller Hall

September 12, 2012

Register to Vote in Your Library!

The University Libraries are helping you register to vote! Now through October 16th, you'll find information for voters plus voter registration forms at each of the St. Paul Campus Libraries: Natural Resources, Vet Med, Magrath and Plant Path. Put your completed voter registration form in the box at each library and skip paying postage.

Already registered? Tell us why you plan to vote on November 6th and you could win a $25 iTunes gift card.

See also: How do I register to vote? on the Libraries' FAQ.

August 3, 2012

Plant Pathology Library Has a New Website

Congratulations to the Plant Pathology Library on its new website! Easily search back issues of the Aurora Sporealis alumni magazine, make meeting room reservations, read some of the library's history and check back regularly to discover new and featured library resources. Check out the new site, at:

June 28, 2012

Magrath Hallway Closed July 3-5 in Evening, Closed on 4th of July

The hallway between Magrath and Ruttan Hall will be closed starting at 7pm on Tuesday, July 3 and Thursday, July 5 for joist work. Access through the buildings will be open during the daytime on both days.

Also, just a reminder that the St. Paul Libraries will be closed on the national July 4th holiday.

June 6, 2012

Public Elevator Down Until July 5, 2012

The public elevator in Magrath Library will be offline until approximately July 5th. Patrons may request access to the staff elevator at the circulation and reference desk. However, there will be no access via an elevator to the basement level. Patrons should enter the Learning & Environmental Science/VoTech building next door and come up the ramp for access to the ground level.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

June 5, 2012

Saving Wheat: Rusts Never Sleep

A new documentary premiering on Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) highlights the University of Minnesota's leading role in making wheat a major food source for the world and protecting it from disease.

The half-hour documentary tells the story of how a small group of scientists from the U of M have led the way in global efforts to develop disease-resistant, productive wheat crops. That work began as a companion to Minnesota's wheat and flour industries in the 19th century, progressed through the 1960s and '70s Green Revolution and continues today as plant disease scientists at the U of M race against the clock to stop the spread of the deadly Ug99 fungus. The fungus is spreading across Africa and parts of the Middle East; by some estimates, 90 percent of the world's wheat is vulnerable to Ug99 and its variants.

Several copies are available for checkout from the Libraries, along with being available for free on the TPT website. The University Archives also contributed to the film.

April 30, 2012

Occupy the Libraries...we're open 24 hours!

Study like a scholar. Wilson (West bank) is open 24 hours a day/7 days a week from 4/28-5/12. Walter and Bio-Med Libraries (East bank) are open 24 hours a day/7 days a week from 5/5-5/12. Magrath SMART has extended hours from May 8 through May 12: 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m. Monday - Thursday; 7:00 a.m. - midnight Friday; 10:00 a.m. - midnight on Saturday, May 5; and noon - 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 6.

April 19, 2012

World Book Night April 23

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Magrath Library is proud to be a part of the first annual World Book Night as a pick-up location for registered participants. World Book Night is an annual celebration designed to spread a love of reading and books and will be held in the U.S. as well as the U.K. and Ireland on April 23, 2012. It will see tens of thousands of people go out into their communities to spread the joy and love of reading by giving out free World Book Night paperbacks. April 23 is UNESCO's World Book Day, chosen due to the anniversary of Cervantes' death, as well as Shakespeare's birth and death.

For more information please visit:

March 12, 2012

Spring Break Hours

Spring Break (Mar. 12-16)
M-Th 8:00 am- 5:00 pm
3/17 (Sa) CLOSED
3/18 (Su) CLOSED

February 18, 2012

Splendid Table

Reprint from the Chaska Herald

A climate-controlled room at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum holds thousands of rare books documenting a half-millennia of natural history. However, Andersen Horticultural Library visitors might find themselves sitting on, rather than reading, an invaluable object.

In the early 1970s, the late Gov. Elmer Andersen and his wife, Eleanor, filled the then-new library with commissions by master craftsman George Nakashima - tables, shelves, magazine racks, display cabinets and even a clock. There are 79 Nakashima pieces in the library, mostly fashioned from American black walnut.

Read more: Chaska Herald - Splendid table

Read more: Chaska Herald - Splendid table

January 31, 2012

Free Tax Help for International Students

This year, as we have in past years, Wilson Library will host free tax help sessions for international students. Well qualified tax practitioners and students with experience in preparing complicated international student tax returns volunteer their time for this free event. International students wishing to get free tax preparation help should have attended an Orientation Session in the 3M Auditorium, Carlson Building, Saturday, January 28, 2012. After that, international students are invited to attend clinics for free personal assistance with their tax returns Tuesdays, between February 7, 2012 and April 10, 2012, except for spring break (March 13, 2012), between 6:00 pm and 8:30 pm, in room S-30B, Wilson Library.

Students need to bring their W2's, 1042's, a completed federal return using Glacier Tax Prep, and they should try to begin filling in the state M1 and M1PR returns. These tax help sessions have been very popular in past years. The Libraries web page explaining where to get free tax help and free tax forms is at: .

January 23, 2012

Winter bug may offer climate clues

UMN made the front page of the Star Tribune with this article about
the Midge (Diamesa mendotae), an insect that survives in the Minnesota
winter. U of M Entomology professor, Len Ferrington and Fisheries
professor, Bruce Vondracek are leaders in this study along with many
graduate students and countless others.

"Researchers from the University of Minnesota are working to
understand more about the relationship between these unusual
freeze-resistant insects and the fish that eat them in streams in the
southeastern part of the state. The three-year project is primarily
about brown trout, a popular target for anglers. "We're thinking that
a changing climate and increasing air temperatures will affect water
temperatures, and that could reduce [fish] populations," said
entomology professor Len Ferrington, principal investigator on the

January 10, 2012

Sampling the Census Exhibit

census.jpgSnapshots of the American Population, 1880-2010

Making an accurate count of our nation's population was never a simple project. From the first census, the nation debated who to count, what questions to ask, and how to conduct the count. The debates over who was counted and why are reflected in the publications produced by the Census Bureau. The library's collection of census-related print publications dates back to the count of 1880 and includes materials published every decade since. In addition to preserving important historical data on the nation's population, these volumes document changes in graphic design, printing techniques, and enumeration technology over the centuries.

We would love to partner with classes to design assignments or projects around census data. If you are interested, please contact Marlys McGuire, our governemnt documents librarian.

This exhibit is based on the Carleton College's Gould Library exhibit.

January 3, 2012

EFW Welcomes Back Madonna Smith

The EFW Library welcomes back Madonna Smith as a Library Assistant 3 up on the Hill. Please stop by and say hello. Madonna is looking forward to assisting students, faculty and staff as they prepare for Spring semester.

December 22, 2011

Personnel Changes at the St. Paul Libraries

perry.jpg Perry Dean of Magrath Library reserves is retiring after 39 years of service to the Libraries! Best wishes for future travels and pursuits. Reserves questions can be directed to Elisabeth Granquist.

Linda Eells, Librarian of the Entomology; Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology and Forest Resources departments, is transitioning at this week to the Applied Economic Library. We wish her the best in this new position. In the meantime, EFW requests can be submitted to Philip Herold.

Regan Smith, Library Assistant at the Forestry Library is leaving the University to pursuit a career in the arts.

Lastly, Peter Kirlew left us a few months ago for a science librarian position on the east coast. Inquiries related to the biological sciences can also be directed to Philip Herold or Scott Marsalis.

Winter Issue of TWIN: swinging 60s fashion, a holiday DIY

The fabulous winter issue of TWIN Magazine is online now by our Fashion and Business students at the U! Featuring swinging 60s fashion, must-have watches, a holiday DIY, and much much more! Check it out at

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 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.

August 15, 2011

University Libraries in Captain America

Planning to go see Captain America? Watch for a couple of war posters provided by Archives and Special Collections (go to: and: ), and for a special thank you to the University of Minnesota Libraries at the end of the credits!

July 5, 2011

New Public Computer Access Procedures

Beginning in July, the St. Paul Libraries will implement a new and easier way for guests without a valid x.500 account to access library workstations. The change is driven in part by a new University policy, Securing Private Data, Computers and Other Electronic Devices, requiring all University-managed computers to be accessed through an account-based login procedure.

The Libraries have taken this opportunity to develop new procedures that we think offer you access to public workstations for your research needs. Instead of asking staff to log you in as a guest user, you will now register for your own account. This will enable you to log in to a public workstation on your own, without requesting assistance.

To register for an account you will need to:

  • Present a valid government issued photo ID

  • Provide your home address and phone number

  • Agree to the Terms of Service

June 23, 2011

SciFinder Scholar client discontinued June 30

This is a reminder that the SciFinder Scholar client will be discontinued on Thursday, June 30. If you have not yet set up a web account, you will need to do so in order to access SciFinder after that. To register for a web account, go to or try

June 22, 2011

Tired of unpaid interships? Start a literary magazine.

Congratulations to Forestry Library Assistant Regan Smith, for her feature in the Minnesota Alumni Magazine for her creation of the feisty literary magazine, Paper Darts.

"We could have each done five unpaid internships and then, maybe, if we were really lucky, gotten jobs doing copyediting for $25,000 a year," says Millard (B.A. '09), who came to the U from Dallas on a full-ride scholarship to study Latin. "But we just kind of decided that, if we were going to work for free, we wanted to do what we wanted to do." Smith (B.A. '09) puts it another way: "We were sick of unpaid internships."

To read excerpts and purchase Paper Darts, visit:

March 21, 2011

Congratulations to Julie Kelly, Louise Letnes, and AgEcon Search!

AgEcon Search was awarded the inaugural Innovation in Science and Technology Librarianship Award, given by the ALA / ACRL Science and Technology Section. On behalf of AgEcon Search, Julie Kelly and Louise Letnes will accept a $3,000 cash award, donated by IEEE, to be presented in June at the STS All Members Breakfast during the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. Congratulations to Julie and Louise for their energetic leadership and management of AgEcon Search! This is wonderful recognition of their hard work and dedication. For the full ALA press release, go to: .

March 9, 2011

FAB: Fashion & Business a FABulous collaborative

If you missed it check out the first magazine issue by the new student group: FAB: Fashion & Business, with librarian Marlys McGuire as the advisor. This group brings together students from a variety of backgrounds interested in the fashion industry. I <3 the playlist they created on their homepage that changes every month and the fashion interviews and spreads in their magazine. The 2nd issue is due out soon, so check back!

February 23, 2011

You can put lipstick on a pig.. and other library desktop themes

Have you been to the Magrath Library Instruction Room lately for one of our free workshops or had a class session there? You might have noticed our new desktop images featuring quotes and graphics of animal science, horticulture, bioscience and more! We collaborated with one of our very talented student workers majoring in graphic design, Kelly Gullickson. W00T!

Download the Magrath Instruction Room Themepack!

May 6, 2010

Food Systems Sustainability Videos

Sustainability 4004 Food Systems (Institute on the Environment, minor) digital storytelling group in this capstone class, in consultation with the city of Minneapolis, conducted video interviews with individuals from Minneapolis food sustainable organizations. After completing production on the videos, the students published them to a Google map to serve as a public directory and education tool.

Here is the map with videos.

March 29, 2010

Staff Publication on AgEcon Search

Congratulations to Julie and Louise on the publication of their jointly-authored article in the Journal of Digital Information, titled, "AgEcon Search: A case study on the differences between operating a subject repository and an institutional repository." 11(1) (2010). Available online at:

March 9, 2010

Staff Publications

Magrath staff have published two articles this winter:

  1. Leslie M. Delserone, Julia A. Kelly, and Jody L. Kempf. 2010. "Connecting researchers with funding opportunities: a joint effort of the Libraries and University Research Office." Collaborative Librarianship 2(1): 33-37
  2. Leslie M. Delserone. 2010. "Society of the quarter: Slow Money Alliance." Journal of Agricultural and Food Information 11(1): 2-7.

January 17, 2010

Rich (and Often Free) Literature of Agricultural and Applied Economics Associations

Magrath Librarian, Julie Kelly, recently published "Rich (and Often Free) Literature of Agricultural and Applied Economics Associations" in Journal of Agricultural & Food Information, Volume 10, Issue 2 April 2009 , pages 88 - 91.

To read the article via Citation Linker.

January 15, 2010

Free Scanning @ Magrath

Free scanning is now available at Magrath Library. Just bring your jump drive. Scanning may be done on the printer closest to the Reference Desk. The default file format is PDF, although TIFF and JPEG are also options. The default resolution is 300 dpi, and you may also select a higher one. Some older jump drives may not be compatible.

Please stop in or contact the Reference Desk at 624-1212 or

December 14, 2009

Good Luck with Finals!

The staff at the St. Paul campus Libraries wish everyone good luck during finals.
Magrath Library will be open until 12:00 am during finals with the usual hours in the Extended Study Area.

December 7, 2009

Digitization Projects

As part of its Internal Granting Program, the Digital Collections Unit has awarded a total of eleven new grants for the 2009-2010 funding cycle. Magrath Library received four of the grants! The projects include:

  • Sí, Se Puede! - Kristen Mastel

  • MinneTESOL/WITESOL Journal - Kristen Mastel

  • "Celebrating 50 Years of Research at the Southwest Research and Outreach Center" - Leslie Delserone

  • "Variety Trials of Selected Farm Crops," 1948-1996 - Leslie Delserone

September 22, 2009

University of Minnesota Forest Ecologists Featured on MPR

Last week Minnesota Public Radio spotlighted a new article by Lee Frelich and Peter Reich, ecologists for the Department of Forest Resources.

The article, Will environmental changes reinforce the impact of global warming on the prairie-forest border of central North America?, highlights the rapid change Minnesota forests are facing due to our warming climate.

At the MPR NewsQ website you can listen to the recently aired interview with Lee Frelich, read the MPR news article, and download Frelich and Reich's article.

Lee Frelich is Research Associate and Director for the University of Minnesota Center for Hardwood Ecology.
Peter Reich is a Regents Professor, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, F.B. Hubachek, Sr. Chair in Forest Ecology and Tree Physiology, and Resident Fellow for the Institute on the Environment (IonE).
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September 21, 2009

Befriending Bumble Bees

Minnesota Extension publication "Befriending Bumble Bees : A Practical Guide to
Raising Local Bumble Bees
" was selected as a ALA Godort 2008 Notable Government
Document !!!

The Notable Government Documents are nominated by Government Document Librarians
and others in the library field.

The Notables were announced in the Library Journal. Here is the article with the entire list.

September 9, 2009

Interested in making your dorm room or office GREEN?

We have free low-light plants at Magrath Library on the front table (while supplies last).

Welcome back to school.

June 8, 2009

Magrath has joined Facebook

Become a fan of Magrath's Facebook page to be up-to-date on current classes, events, and other information. Magrath's Fan page can be found at:

Magrath Summer Hours

May Session and Summer Session (May 26-August 7)
M-Th 8 am-9 pm
F 8 am-6 pm
Sa 11 am-6 pm
Su 12 pm-6 pm

Reference Service
May Session and Summer Session (May 26-Aug 7)
M-Th 9 am-5 pm
F 9 am-4:30 pm

May 11, 2009

24 hr Study Space During Finals

The Wilson, Walter, and Biomedical Libraries are offering 24 hour study space this week. In addition, the Biomedical Library is offering deep quiet study in 555 Diehl Hall during the day Monday through Friday this week.

Good luck with finals everyone!

May 5, 2009

Magrath Makes Top 10

Magrath Library made the top 10 list of wireless locations based on usage by OIT! Want to know more? Read Here

March 17, 2009

Spring Break Hours

Magrath Library has adjusted hours during spring break.
M-Th 8 am-5 pm
F (3/20) CLOSED
Sa (3/21) CLOSED

December 24, 2008

Happy Holidays & Winter Break Hours

Happy Holidays from Magrath Library!
We have adjusted hours during winter break (Dec. 19-Jan. 19): M-F 8 am-5 pm; Sa, Su CLOSED
W (12/24) 8 am-4:30 pm
Th (12/25) CLOSED
F (12/26) CLOSED
W (12/31) 8 am-4:30 pm
Th (1/1) CLOSED
M (1/19) MLK Holiday 12 noon-5 pm

November 24, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Magrath Library will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28.

November 4, 2008

U Advisor Winner of the SPARC Open Access Day's Synchroblogging Competiton

Greg Laden, adviser with the Program for Individualized Learning, is one of the winners of the SPARC Open Access Day's Synchroblogging competition. The contest called for all entrants to post a blog on October 14th, 2008 (OA Day) on "Why does Open Access matter to you?"
The site below gives Greg's poem and rationale. Take a look!

Courtesy of the Transforming Scholarly Communication website,

May 9, 2008

Congratulations to Dustin Fields - Outstanding Library Student Employee Winner!

Outstanding Library Student Employee Award Winner Dustin Fields has worked as a Student Library Assistant / Web Developer for the Plant Pathology Library since fall 2006. He has become an invaluable student employee, extremely gracious and helpful to library patrons, while contributing to projects that benefit more then just the Plant Pathology Library. Through his role as web developer and graphic designer, Dustin has designed multiple brochures and contributed to several online websites featuring Flash animation. Dustin is described as a joy to work with; he is always willing to do whatever tasks are asked of him.

January 17, 2008

Need to watch a DVD or VHS on campus?

The Magrath Library's Group Study room is now equipped with a television, DVD player, and VHS player for group viewing.

The room (located in the basement level of Magrath) is available to current University students, staff, and faculty. A valid University ID must be presented to check out the room.

Fill out and present this form at the Magrath circulation desk to check out the room.
Blank forms are available at the desk.

Questions? Contact Us

January 10, 2008

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December 26, 2007

New Biosciences Librarian: Peter Kirlew

Peter Kirlew joined us on November 9th as the new Biosciences Librarian, a joint appointment between Magrath Library and the Bio-Medical Library. He comes to us from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he was a Reference Librarian for the Sciences and Engineering, and he has also previously held adjunct faculty appointments at colleges in New England and worked in laboratory technology at Cornell University. Peter holds a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Cincinnati, an M.S. in agronomy/soil science from Cornell University, and an M.L.I.S. from the University of Rhode Island.

Peter is the liaison librarian for the departments of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics, Genetics, Cell Biology and Development, and Microbiology, and he also has subject-specialist responsibilities for bioinformatics. You can contact him at or 612-624-3433, and his office is 82 Magrath Library.

December 17, 2007

Beautiful to Fierce: Insects on Display in EFW

When was the last time you took a really good look at an Acherontia atropos or Acrocinus longimanus? The insects now displayed at the EFW Library were originally on exhibit at the MN Landscape Arboretum as part of the celebration of the 300th anniversary of Carl Linnaeus. Ralph Holzenthal, Professor and Greg Setliff, Research Assistant, from the Department of Entomology worked with Linda Eells, Head of the Entomology, Fisheries and Wildlife Library to present these 19 fascinating specimens.

New Resources at the Branch Libraries

Browse through recent additions to the Forestry and Entomology, Fisheries and Wildlife Libraries. These postings are updated frequently; be sure to check them often. A direct link to New Resources is found on each library's homepage under "Library Research."

December 14, 2007

Online exhibit: "Porcini Mushrooms through the Ages"

The Plant Pathology Library has created an online exhibit of that follows the identification and art of porcini mushrooms (Boletus edulis) through time.

"Porcini Mushrooms through the Ages"

November 16, 2007

Online Exhibit: "Botanical Art of a Different Kind"

The Plant Pathology Library has created an online exhibit of art in phytopathology: "Botanical Art of a Different Kind" from its collection, including from rare books.

(Requires Flash player. Click here to download)

New Agriculture Librarian: Leslie Delserone

Leslie Delserone started as Agriculture Librarian on October 15, 2007. She is the liaison librarian for the departments of Agronomy and Plant Genetics, Animal Science, Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, and Soil, Water and Climate.

She has a M.S. in Plant Pathology from The Pennsylvania State University; and a M.A. Library and Information Science from The University of Iowa.

Leslie is happy to provide reference assistance and instructional support for these subject areas, as well as for agricultural education and general agriculture. Please feel free to contact her at or 612-626-6833; her office is 84 Magrath Library.