Special Collection Spotlight: Folk Card Collection

Special Collection Spotlight: Folk Card Collection

The Folk Card Collection is an ongoing project of Dr. Rachel Gholson, Associate Professor in MSU’s English Department, and students in her folklore classes. Students are regularly asked to speak with family and friends in order to gather information on a variety of folklore. While much of the material is focused on the Ozarks, other geographical areas are included. The collection was acquired beginning in 2004 and receives regular additions. It was initially processed in 2007 by Anne Baker.

The folklore can be divided into five basic genres:

  • Oral Narrative
  • Folk Music/Song/Ballad
  • Material Culture
  • Custom/Ritual
  • Beliefs

Each card includes the relevant piece of folklore, but also information on the age and place of birth of the respondent, where the respondent learned the information, and other details that could trace the origins and progression of the folklore. In addition to the folk cards, a small number of student research papers are included in the collection.

Pearl the Pig Wins Pet Wars to Support Ozarks Food Harvest

Pearl the Pig Wins Pet Wars to Support Ozarks Food Harvest

Pearl the Pig, an anonymous porcine donor, but rumored to be a direct descendant of Arnold Ziffel, star of the Green Acres television program, gave a large donation of non-perishable food items that made the “Other” category of pets the big winner of the first annual Pet Wars. This friendly competition encouraged employees of the MSU Libraries to donate food and personal care items to Ozarks Food Harvest. Ozarks Food Harvest serves a large number of charities who work together to solve hunger in southwest Missouri. Library employees responded in droves, with 360 items donated by the end of the week. The Dogs finished second, and the Cats third. Fans of dogs and cats vowed to place higher during the next food drive. Tammy Stewart, who loves all animals, did a great job of organizing, promoting, and managing this effort.

E-Resource Spotlight: Science Direct eJournal Collection

E-Resource Spotlight: Science Direct eJournal Collection

Part of the eJournal collections from MSU Libraries, ScienceDirect provides full-text access from 1998-present to about 175 journals published by Elsevier Science which are subscribed to by MSU Libraries, along with complimentary access to another 80 titles with limited coverage. The majority of journal titles are from the natural and applied science areas of biology, botany, medicine, chemistry, mathematics, computer sciences, etc., but social science titles such as from business, psychology, library science, economics, and history are also part of the collection. From the ScienceDirect home page, as a licensed user through MSU Libraries, you can: browse the table of contents of over 2,600 journals, search across all information available in the database, view abstracts of over 3 million articles, and view the full-text of articles in those journals subscribed to by MSU Libraries. For a complete list of ScienceDirect journals titles subscribed to by MSU, go to the ScienceDirect page and check “full-text available”.

E-Resource Spotlight: SPORTDiscus

E-Resource Spotlight: SPORTDiscus

SPORTDiscus, provided by the Sport Information Resource Centre (SIRC), is a comprehensive bibliographic database covering sports, physical fitness, exercise, sports medicine, sports science, physical education, kinesiology, coaching, training, sport administration, officiating, sport law & legislation, college & university sports, disabled persons, facility design & management, intramural & school sports, doping, health, health education, biomechanics, movement science, injury prevention rehabilitation, physical therapy, nutrition, exercise physiology, sport & exercise psychology, recreation, leisure studies, tourism, allied health, occupational health & therapy, public health, and more. Indexed are articles from more than 2,000 sport-related journals and magazines, monographs, book chapters, conference proceedings, theses, video and audio tapes, and book reviews. With full bibliographic coverage, this database includes well over 1,392,000 records with journal and monograph coverage going back to 1800; over 22,000 dissertations and theses and reference to articles in 60 different languages.

Dogs Are Excellent Stress Relievers

Dogs Are Excellent Stress Relievers

Photo of Daphne, a Pet Therapy DogThe stress relieving event held in Room 107 of Duane G. Meyer Library on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, during Finals Week at MSU, was a huge success. Over 300 students took breaks from their studies to pet the dogs. The dogs and their owners were affiliated Pet Therapy of the Ozarks, a volunteer organization that coordinates visits to schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and other events where petting a dog for a few minutes will provide a smile and lower everyone’s stress levels. The MSU Libraries thanks Pet Therapy of the Ozarks for yet again making this event the highlight of Finals Week. Anne Baker, our new Head of Special Collections and Archives, did a great job of organizing, promoting, and managing this event.

I Think, Therefore IAAM

I Think, Therefore IAAM

An important new committee has been formed by the MSU Libraries: Intellectual Access and Assets Management Committee (IAAM). It’s charge involves addressing several crucial challenges/opportunities facing the MSU Libraries over the next few years and beyond:

  1. Develop a long-term strategy re:
    1. Intellectual Access
    2. Information Discovery, including the evolving roles of individual libraries and library consortia in the broad and complex information discovery field and marketplace
    3. Assets Management, including inventory control of physical information objects as well as digital assets
    4. User Needs, Behaviors, and Preferences regarding information, services, and spaces
  2. Develop a detailed recommended plan of action vis-a-vis MOBIUS membership for FY20 and beyond, should:
    1. MOBIUS cease operating, or severely curtail its operations
    2. MSU decide to change its relationship with MOBIUS, or leave the MOBIUS consortium altogether

The members of IAAM are: Rachel Besara, Joshua Lambert, Tom Peters (Chair), and Brooks Travis. When the new Director of Director of Resource Management and Discovery is hired, they will become a member of IAAM

OLGA Receives Grant from Springfield Black Tie

OLGA Receives Grant from Springfield Black Tie

On Tuesday, December 5, 2017 the Ozarks Lesbian and Gay Archive (OLGA)received a $4,720 grant award from Springfield Black Tie. Thanks to ongoing support from Springfield Black Tie, OLGA will be able to better preserve this area’s LGBTQ history and culture.  Part of the grant will be used to transfer “This Gay Life” to digital format. This television program was produced by local activist Cruz Devon for community access television in 1994 and 1995, and covered a myriad of topics relevant to LGBTQ life during that time. Topics include “Show-Me Equality,” “Gay Parenting,” “Becoming Visible,” “Human Rights Project,” “Gays in the Classroom,” and similar subject matter.  After the VHS and ¾” tapes are transferred to digital files, the collection will be uploaded to the University Libraries’ YouTube channel.  Other funds from the grant will enable the archives to better care for the collection and improve accessibility.

Springfield Black Tie is southwest Missouri’s premier fund raising event benefiting local and state-wide charities which serve the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT+) community. In the past fourteen years, Black Tie has raised almost $650,000 for its beneficiaries. Black Tie’s November 2017 gala earned over $117,000 in donations. Past support from Springfield Black Tie has enabled OLGA to establish an endowment, purchase archival supplies, and underwrite the cost of transcribing the oral histories in the collection.  To learn more about OLGA, contact Anne Baker, Head of Special Collections, at AnneBaker@missouristate.edu or 417.836.4299.

VIP Study Rooms Heading Into Finals Week

VIP Study Rooms Heading Into Finals Week

VIP Study Room logoThree groups of up-to-five students will be treated to a new VIP Study Room experience as they prepare for Finals this weekend. Winners were selected during drawings at the First Year Pizza Party in September, as well as during Family Weekend later that month. The third winner emerged after a comment contest on Twitter. These three lucky groups will get a luxurious, all-expenses-paid 8-hour block of time in the Library Conference Room. Their brain food will include pizza, snacks, and their drink of choice (non-alcoholic). (They chose sweet tea and lemonade.) The purpose of these VIP Study Rooms is to support student success and give them a peak library experience. The winners are Sarah Radecki (junior in Kinesiology), Riley Weaver (freshman in Global Studies), and Bayley Bartow (freshman in the School of Nursing). Nathan Neuschwander coordinated this new initiative.

Search for a Director of Resource Management and Discovery

Search for a Director of Resource Management and Discovery

The search is about to get underway to fill a new position at the MSU Libraries: Director of Resource Management and Discovery. Cherri Jones is serving as Chair of the Search Committee.  The date of first consideration will be Friday, January 19, 2018, and we plan to fill the position this summer. Here is the basic description of the new position:

“We seek an experienced, user-centered leader who has extensive knowledge of library technical services, including best practices and latest trends in the evolving role of libraries. Through effective and efficient leadership, the incumbent will plan, implement, and evaluate operations, establish policies and procedures, set priorities, liaise with the Content Management Team, and manage all operational activities of the Resource Management and Discovery programs. This includes acquisitions, cataloging, discovery/accessibility, metadata, serials, and physical processing of materials for the Libraries’ collections. A key objective will be to balance operational functions with library initiatives and services. The Director must foster an environment of effective communication and collaboration with departmental and organizational faculty and staff. This position is a ranked, tenure-track faculty level; candidates can apply for Assistant Professor rank, Associate Professor rank, or make one application for each rank.”

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Book-Em, Danno

Book-Em, Danno

The online scheduling service for reserving small-group study rooms in Duane G. Meyer Library has proven to be a huge success. On Sunday, December 3, 2017 we set a record in bookings of the group study rooms. Because of some limitations of the original software, the booking system can only book up to midnight of any given day (a limitation Mark Arnold is trying to overcome), so as far as the booking system is concerned, the service hours on Sunday were from noon to midnight. We have 25 rooms available for use in ½ hour slots. Last Sunday 95% of all available slots were booked. Of the 24 half-hour blocks, 12 were 100% booked. Twenty-one of the 24 half hour blocks were 85% booked or more (which means no more than 3 of the 25 available rooms were not booked). The three that were not 85% or greater were the first two blocks of the day (60 and 80% respectively), and the last block of the day (84%). The highest utilization prior to the December 3 record was 91% on October 8, 2017. The MSU Libraries plans to add more small-group study room in calendar year 2018.