Beginning April 1, the Duane G. Meyer Library will host a photography exhibition by Polish-born artist, Jacek Fraczak. Featuring the artist’s landscape photographs of Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas, the exhibition lends visual support to the 2018 Public Affairs theme of sustainability.
In program notes to the exhibition, Fraczak writes, “In August 2017, my wife, daughters, and I became U.S. citizens. God bless America! This photo-album is a testament of my dedication to this land—to the pastoral beauty of its landscape and to the truth of its architectural landmarks, which contain the individual life-stories that may be seen through them. And it is my artistic homage to a place that, today, I can truly call my home.”
“I Love Where I Live” will be on display April 1 through May 18, 2018, and will be open to the public. The exhibit will be in the newly refurbished Room 107 and can be viewed during regular library hours. It is underwritten by the Corbett Law Firm Literacy Outreach, which has partnered with Missouri State University’s Ozarks Studies Institute in bringing the exhibition to campus. For more information, contact Anne Baker at 417.836.4299 or AnneBaker@missouristate.edu.
Two members of the Library Science faculty at Missouri State University, Rachel Besara and Tracy Stout, will be presenting their original research project, “Losing Sight of the Forest for the Trees? Measuring Library Employees’ Perceived Efforts and Their Alignment with Strategic Goals,” at the 10th Annual Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries Conference in Chania, Crete. This is one of the foremost international library assessment conferences and is a great place to exchange ideas, methodologies, and techniques related to library research. Because there are dozens of countries represented at the conference, Rachel and Tracy look forward not only to sharing their research, but also to bringing back new ideas and perspectives to apply at the MSU Libraries.
On Monday, April 9th, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the PSU Theater, students and faculty will join in an evening of readings from the forthcoming book anthology, Living Ozarks: The Ecology and Culture of a Natural Place, a publication of the Ozarks Studies Institute, an initiative of the MSU Libraries. Selections will highlight the region’s rich 200-year history of nature-themed writing. The Ozarks has inspired an equally rich, 150-year history of music, much of it nature-themed, for piano and voice. Under the direction of Music Professor Ann Marie Daehn, students will perform pieces by Rose O’Neill, Will James, James Fahy, and other talented Ozarkians. Since most of this music has not been heard for a half-century or more, the evening’s performance will serve as a 21st century premiere. Shun-Yeen Hoi, Chase Phillips, and Faith Morgan are featured musicians. Books will be available for purchase and contributing authors on hand to sign copies. This event, part of the annual Public Affairs Conference, is free and open to the public.
President Smart and Provost Einhellig recently approved the formation of a new service unit at Missouri State University, The Center for Academic Success and Transition (CAST). The new center will be located on the First Level of the Duane G. Meyer Library building, just west of the BearCLAW. Construction of the new center will be undertaken this summer. Plans call for CAST to have three full-time employees, as well as three graduate assistants. CAST will have no fiscal relationship with the MSU Libraries.
Quoting from a CAST planning document:
The mission of the Center for Academic Success and Transition will be student success at Missouri State University. Our goal is to ensure that students are retained, thrive and graduate from the University. This will be done by providing direct student services focusing on academic support beginning with student transition into the university and through to graduation.
Our goal is to support students directly, in their first year coursework (GEP 101) and activities, into their second year through study away and service learning, and then into peer mentoring and disciplinary engagement through to graduation. These high impact practices are shown to promote persistence and graduation. Moreover, we provide direct support to at risk students (e.g. first-generation students, low income, etc.) to assist them in meeting their academic, advising, and transitional needs. Housing the Center in Meyer Library allows us to serve students where they are already—BearCLAW, TRiO, instructional & library support, and other related services.
New locations will be found for InterLibrary Loan and the sorting shelves.
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Connie Yen, who is now the director of the Greene County Archives, earned her MA in History from MSU, with an emphasis on Ozarks Studies, in the summer of 2015. Brooks Blevins served as chair of her thesis committee. Her MA thesis, “Horse-Stealing and Man-Hanging: An Examination of Vigilantism in the Missouri Ozarks,” was uploaded to BearWorks, MSU’s institutional repository, on October 28, 2016. In sixteen months that thesis has been downloaded 2,839 times, making it by far the most-downloaded document in BearWorks. To whet your appetite, here is the abstract:
The purpose of this thesis is to determine what factors did or did not have an impact on the formation of the Slickers, the Regulators, and the Sons of Honor, three vigilante organizations that formed in the Missouri Ozarks during the nineteenth century. Primary source documents indicate that vigilante organizations formed in Missouri, and throughout the United States, for a variety of reasons. This study disproves the theory that vigilante violence in the Missouri Ozarks was based on any social or political struggle between an old or new order. This study contributes to our understanding of Ozarks history, as well as the history of Missouri and the study of vigilante violence in the United States.
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Susan Croce Kelly (Managing Editor), Rachel Besara (Editor), and Tom Peters (Executive Editor) have been invited to conduct a panel discussion about the revitalization of OzarksWatch Magazine, a publication of the Ozarks Studies Institute, an initiative of the Missouri State University Libraries.
The panel discussion will be held in Jefferson City as part of the 60th Annual Missouri Conference on History, on Thursday, March 15, 2018, from 2:00 to 3:15 p.m at the Capitol Plaza Hotel.
The Missouri State Libraries has created a statement regarding diversity and inclusion that builds on the University’s vision and goals. The text of the Libraries’ statement is:
The Missouri State University Libraries welcomes all members of our communities and is committed to ensure open and equitable access to our library resources, services, and spaces. We are committed to freedom of speech and the open exchange of ideas and opinions, and oppose any words or actions that threaten the safety or dignity of any member of our communities. The Libraries affirms Missouri State University’s vision to be a university of choice and opportunity for all students, and a beacon for diversity locally and nationally. We welcome all forms of diversity, including individual differences such as personality, learning styles and life experiences; group/social differences, such as race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin and disabilities; and cultural, political, religious or other affiliations, such as veteran and socioeconomic status. We recognize that each of us has more than one identity, and as part of Missouri State University the MSU Libraries will continue to support and advocate for all intersecting identities of our community members.
Starting at midnight on Saturday, March 10th entering the Duane G. Meyer Library building between the hours of midnight and 7:00 a.m. will require building visitors to swipe their BearPass Card at the main entrance. All entrance doors will be locked at midnight and access for current students, faculty, and staff with a valid BearPass Card will be via the powered door at the front of the building. Doors on the west side of the building, those closest to John Q. Hammons Parkway, will not be accessible between midnight and 7:00 a.m.