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Target Audience:Campus community. Hospital and library visitors.
Date(s) Published:June 5, 2017
Objectives:This project was meant to transform an old, out of date area in front of the Bio-Medical Library, into a more user-friendly and welcoming entrance. The newly designed entryway features a floor-to-ceiling mural with images depicting current health sciences practice and iconic images from the history of medicine, many of which can be found in the collections of the U of M’s Wangensteen Historical Library. “I wanted to speak to the diverse set of disciplines that make up the world of health,” said exhibit designer Terpstra. “I also wanted elements that would not just stand alone, but could help tell the story of how interconnected the health sciences fields and the human body are.”
Outcomes:“Now as people approach our library, they will get an immediate sense of who we are and what we do,” said Janice Jaguszewski, Director of the Health Sciences Libraries. “It is another way we are making our work more visible and promoting our space as a service,” she added. The entryway has been made into a community gathering space with added seating to bring people together. “As we showcase our work and resources within a welcoming environment, we are extending the reach of the library as a connector, a creative catalyst, and a common good for the Academic Health Center,” says Jaguszewski. Students, patients, and health care workers all make use of the new space.
Resources:Design, printing, and installation stayed within its $6,000 budget. There were three people on the research team and one exhibition designer on staff. The time it took was about three weeks for design and about three weeks for production and installation.