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Month: April 2017

MSU’s 3D Printing Service Turns One

MSU’s 3D Printing Service Turns One

A 3D printed objectOur 3D printer has served our community well since we began offering 3D printing services a year ago!  Printed items include models for class projects, souvenirs, game figures, and prototypes.  These days it is not difficult to find print-ready 3D objects online. Many from the 3D community are sharing their models on repositories such as Thingiverse or YouMagine.  Recently too, our patrons have been bringing in 3D files of parts they have designed themselves.  It is encouraging to know that some of the software they use are available to students and educators for free.  Visit our 3D libguide to find out about some of these CAD programs.  Interested in learning how to create a 3D model?  Ask Jir Shin Boey to show you how!

TRIO Student Support Services

TRIO Student Support Services

Logo of the TRIO programTRIO Student Support Services, located in the northeast corner of the First Level of Meyer Library, assists qualified students while they attend college, graduate, and become educated adults. TRIO staff and volunteers provide a supportive environment by offering tutoring, academic advising, and advice about study skills and habits. TRIO serves first-generation students, low-income students, students with disabilities, and students with academic need. TRIO also helps qualified students to explore and engage in volunteer and leadership activities, as well as to explore possible careers. TRIO also provides local delivery of the Upward Bound program. TRIO is funded by the U.S. Dept. of Education.

The KWTO Dial Digitization Project

The KWTO Dial Digitization Project

Cover of the April 1951 KWTO Dial
Cover of the April 1951 KWTO Dial

The MSU Libraries has received permission from Meyer Communications, the current owners of KWTO AM 560, as well as other radio stations, to digitize and make available online to the general public the entire run of The KWTO Dial, a monthly publication from August 1941 to December 1951. In addition to listing the program guide, The Dial ran regular monthly columns by May Kennedy McCord, C. C. Williford, and others, as well as human interest stories about the stars and staff of KWTO, including Porter Wagoner, Slim Wilson, Aunt Martha, Buster Fellows, Si Siman, and of course Ralph Foster, the founder and owner of KWTO. The actual collection to be digitized is owned by Wayne Glenn, a local historian from Nixa and “The Old Record Collector” on a weekly radio show on KTXR, a sister station. The digitization work will be completed by the expert staff of the new Digitization Lab of the MSU Libraries. No estimated completion date for this digitization project has been established yet. Keep Watching The Ozarks!

Budget Update

Budget Update

Photo of Meyer LibraryApproximately 75% of MSU’s budget is for human resources (salaries, wages, and benefits). At the MSU Town Hall Meeting on Monday afternoon, April 10, President Smart noted that non-academic cost centers (e.g. Student Life, Athletics, Alumni Affairs) plan to cut 4.9% from their operating budgets. A total of $2.8 million will be cut from the non-academic cost centers . The colleges, including the Libraries, need to cut 1.2% from their budgets or $1.248 million. At the Provost’s Budget Committee meeting on Wednesday morning, April 12, we learned that The total budget gap for the nine cost centers in Academic Affairs (COAL, COB, COE, CHHS, CHPA, CNAS, COAG, LIBR, and GRAD) is $1,248,493.  If the Internet Incentive for faculty members who teach Internet courses remains at its current level of $55 per student per 3-credit hour course, the Libraries’ budget gap (i.e., the amount we need to permanently remove from our annual operating budget) is $76,358.  If the Internet Incentive is reduced to $40 per student per course, the Libraries’ budget gap will be $75,958. The Libraries’ Budget Committee is reviewing its previous, larger plan and deciding how to cut approx. $76,000 from our operating budget.

E-Resource Spotlight: iLibrary from the UN and OECD

E-Resource Spotlight: iLibrary from the UN and OECD

Cover of a document contained in UNiLibraryThe United Nations and OECD have worked together to create UN iLibrary, a database containing documents including journals, books, and series.  You can access both entire texts of these documents as well as chapters within documents.  The database includes information regarding peace and security, human rights, economic and social development, and more.  This database will be extremely helpful for anyone doing research on international issues from an international perspective. If you ever need assistance using this database or have questions, please contact Research and Instructional Services via one of our Ask A Librarian services on the Libraries’ Website or in person at our service point on the First (main) Level northeast.

Films on Demand (All MSU campuses)

Films on Demand (All MSU campuses)

Films On Demand, easily accessible from our A-Z List of databases, is The logo of Films on Demanda streaming video service of over 6,000 high-quality, educational videos. This specific collection focuses on the subjects of Sociology and History, but contains highly interdisciplinary films. The content includes documentaries, curriculum-focused videos, broadcast journalism features, and archival primary source materials. All have public performance rights and citations in Chicago, MLA,
and APA styles. Special features allow users to organize and bookmark clips, create and share booklists, personalize folders, and incorporate video into a course management system.

Lux Kleineck Lactation Room Now Available in Meyer Library

Lux Kleineck Lactation Room Now Available in Meyer Library

Photo of the entrance to the Lux Kleineck Lactation Room
The Lux Kleineck Lactation Room

Meyer Library now has a Lactation Room, available whenever the main part of the building is open (i.e., other than the Open Access Computing Lab and the main lobby). The room is LIBR 315, located in the north study area on the Third Level. To use the room, a user needs to check out the key at the main Circulation Counter on the First Level.  The room already has been named in honor of Lux Kleineck. Thank you, Matt and Kerri Miller, for making the Lux Kleineck Lactation Room a reality.

New Digitization Lab Opens in Meyer Library

New Digitization Lab Opens in Meyer Library

Photo of the MSU Digitization Lab
MSU Libraries’ Digitization Lab

The new Digitization Lab of the Missouri State University Libraries recently opened. Digitization efforts will focus on in-house digitization projects, rather than end-user, self-service digitization projects. The lab is located on the Third Level in Room 305D, which is accessible through Tracie Gieselman-Holthaus’ office (306D).  Current and near-term digitization projects include Frisco laboratory photos, two collections of glass plate negatives, Route 66 oral histories (audio and video), the KWTO Dial, and more. The Digitization Lab will be run and managed by the Special Collections and Archives Unit. This is also the new office space for Shannon Mawhiney (6-8977) and Lisa McEowen (6-8955), and Jeffrey Lawson now spends half of his work-day in the lab. Stop by and see us any time!

Exhibit on Racist Commercial Art Here Through May 4th

Exhibit on Racist Commercial Art Here Through May 4th

Photo of the Racist Commercial Art ExhibitThe “Racist Commercial Art of the Early 20th Century” exhibit now on display in Room 107 on the Main Level of Duane G. Meyer Library shows some of the negative ways advertisers depicted African Americans in the early 20th century.  While this exhibit may be objectionable and disturbing to some visitors, the exhibit organizers hope that viewing the materials will lead to discussion of the racism of yesterday, as well as an awareness of how such imagery has affected perceptions of African Americans even up to the present. Most of the materials are on loan from Harold McPherson, who collected the objects to use as educational tools. The exhibit is on display through Thursday, May 4.

Libraries’ Faculty and Staff Luncheon

Libraries’ Faculty and Staff Luncheon

A man tossing pizza doughA MSU Libraries faculty and staff luncheon will be held on Thursday, April 20th, from 11:30 to 1:30 in the Employee Lounge of Meyer Library. Pizza and pasta will be provided by the Libraries, along with cool, refreshing beverages. Attendees are encouraged to bring salads, side dishes, and desserts, as well as their own, reusable plates and eating utensils.