In August 2017 the MSU Libraries will be launching a new liaison program, which will organize and expand our longstanding efforts to communicate, confer, and collaborate with all MSU programs to create educated adults and to help faculty, students, and staff to create, edit, and access information and knowledge. On Tuesday afternoon a “reveal” party was held to announce the assignments that will pair individual library faculty and staff members with each university program. Here are the assignments:
The Disability Resource Center (DRC), including the Access Technology Center, is located on the First Level of Duane G. Meyer Library in the northeast corner. Its mission is to lead “the campus community in its commitments to recognize disability as a valued aspect of diversity, to embrace access as a matter of social justice, and [to] design more welcoming and inclusive environments (www.missouristate.edu/disability).” The DRC works closely with the MSU Testing Center, a service of the MSU Libraries, to provide accommodated testing services for DRC clients. Three private testing rooms are available in the MSU Testing Center. The MSU Testing Center also works closely with the Learning Diagnostic Clinic (LDC).
An exhibit developed by the Diversity Committee of the Department of Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services is now on exhibit near the main
entrance of Duane G. Meyer Library. The stories of 16 current MSU students are available for reading and reflection. The goal of the exhibit is “to positively highlight the range of differences found within our community and to highlight the similarities between us. We hope this campaign will provide an opportunity for our Missouri State University community to connect and explore the individuals who create our Missouri State University community.” It will be up through the end of the semester.
The Domino Danzero Photograph Collection (M 71) is a collection of photographs created by local photographer Domino Danzero. Danzero was born in 1871 in Turin, Italy, and immigrated to the U.S. in 1890. He worked for the Frisco Railroad as a Harvey House inspector, but due to his talent with photography, he was given permission to stop any Frisco train on which he was a passenger to photograph an area, whenever he wanted. Many of his photographs were printed on Harvey House postcards. Danzero also developed a technique for creating time-lapse photographs, which he later sold to the Eastman Kodak Company for $200.
Danzero settled with his wife, Bridget, and daughter, Angelina, in the Ozarks in the early 1900s. They first lived in Rogers, Arkansas, but then moved to Springfield, Missouri, in 1907, where their second daughter, Leola, was born.
While in Springfield, Danzero started several businesses: Domino’s Café (1908), Domino’s Bakery (1910), and Domino’s Macaroni factory (1917). In 1923, he was diagnosed with diabetes and warned that he didn’t have long to live. The family decided to liquidate their assets in order to travel and enjoy each other while they could. During this time, Danzero focused on photography again, and the majority of the collection comes from this time period. Despite his doctor’s prognosis, Danzero didn’t pass away until 1952 at the age of 81.
The collection contains 11 cubic feet of photographic images, including printed photographs, film negatives, and glass plate negatives, as well as examples of his time-lapse technique and of hand-tinting. The State Archives digitized the Missouri-related images and created metadata in 2010. The originals, including images of places outside of Missouri and around the world, are held by Meyer Library. The digitized portion of the collection can be accessed on the Missouri Digital Heritage website.
As we all head into Finals Week, here is a listing of extended hours, special events, and services that will be offered by the MSU Libraries:
- Dead Day Snacks: On Friday, May 12th, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., the MSU Traditions Council will be distributing free snacks in the lobby.
- Extended Hours: When Meyer Library opens at 8 a.m. on Sunday, May 14, we will remain open continuously until 10 p.m. on Thursday, May 18th.
- Snack Break: Sunday, May 14, 9:00 p.m.: Free snacks will be distributed on all four levels near the elevators, while supplies last.
- Overnight Free Coffee: beginning at 10 p.m. each night, Sunday through Wednesday, across from the Circulation Counter.
- Pet Therapy Session: Tuesday afternoon from 2:00 to 4:00 in Room 107
- Free Popcorn: Monday and Tuesday at various pop-up times (groan) on the Second Level
- Massage Chair: Tuesday, May 16th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the lobby
- Motivation Wall (First Level): Starting on Friday, May 12th and continuing throughout Finals Week
- Free ear plugs (Circ & RIS desk): ongoing
- The MSU Libraries and other service providers in the building will be offering many other fun, relaxing activities throughout Finals Week.
Last Thursday, April 27th, the MSU Executive Budget Committee voted to reduce the Internet course incentive paid to instructors from $55 to $40 per student per 3-credit online course. This decision slightly reduced the dollar goal for the MSU Libraries during this budget cutting process to $75,958, a reduction of 1.2% to our overall annual operating budget for FY17 of approx. $6.5 million. Clif’s Notes for May 2nd provides a summary of the overall MSU plan to reduce its operating budget. The Budget Committee of the MSU Libraries then revisited all of the potential cuts identified earlier during our 5% and 10% reduction planning process, and decided to eliminate the Community Engagement and External Support Coordinator position, the position formerly held by Lindsey Arnold Seevers. When that salary and the associated benefits are eliminated, $57,388 will be reduced from our annual operating budget. To reach the target figure, an additional $18,570 will be cut from the “Non-Student, Part-Time” line of our operating budget. Also, because of ongoing serials inflation, approximately $100,000 of ongoing serial commitments will be cut this summer. This is not a loss of dollars, but rather a loss of purchasing power — a serious, persistent problem for all academic libraries. The operating budget for the MSU Libraries for FY18 will be approx. $6.45 million.
John Henderson, a production technician at Meyer Communications, has produced over 300 short radio pieces about classic country music songs. The pieces, each of which lasts several minutes, provide voice-over information about the genesis of each song — the story behind the song. Henderson is in the process of donating his collection to the MSU Libraries. Nathan Neuschwander is in the process of adding the “Stories Behind the Songs” to the growing online digital offerings of the Missouri State University Libraries. The MSU Libraries and its users are grateful to Mr. Henderson for his dedicated, hard work and his generous gift.
SocINDEX with Full Text is a full-text research database covering not only sociology, but also a broad range of related disciplines including gender studies, criminal justice, social psychology, religion, racial studies, and social work. It features hundreds of full-text journals and millions of records with subject headings from a sociological thesaurus. In addition to full-text journals, SocINDEX with Full Text contains informative abstracts for core coverage journals dating as far back as 1895. Complete with extensive indexing for books, monographs, conference papers, and other non-periodical content sources, the database also includes searchable cited references.
The two finalists for the Associate Dean of Libraries position at MSU are Dr. Jan Figa and Rachel Besara. Dr. Figa’s MLS is from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His doctorate, also from UIUC, was done in the Dept. of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. He has served as library director at both Rockford (IL) University and Illinois College. His primary interview day will be Tuesday, May 16th. Ms. Besara’s MLS is from Florida State University in Tallahassee, with an undergraduate in science education. She’s currently serving as the Director of STEM Libraries & Research Initiatives at FSU. Her primary interview day will be Tuesday, May 23rd. After having dinner with members of the search committee on Monday night, their Tuesday interview schedules currently are:
- 7:00 to 8:00: Breakfast at the Hotel Vandivort
- 8:15 to 9:30: Meet with Search Committee (LIBR Conf Room)
- 9:30 to 10:15: Meet with Unit Heads (LIBR Conf Room)
- 10:30 to 11:30: Public address (LIBR 107)
- 11:30 to noon: Tour of Duane G. Meyer Library
- Noon to 1:30: Lunch with Unit Heads at Civil Kitchen
- 1:30 to 2:15: Open meeting (LIBR 107)
- 2:15 to 2:45: Meet with Joshua Lambert re: tenure and promotion (LIBR Conf Room)
- 2:45 to 3:30: Meet with Library Faculty (LIBR Conf Room)
- 3:30 to 4:00: Meet with Chris Craig, Associate Provost (CARR)
- 4:15 to 5:00: Exit Interview with Search Committee
- 5:00 to 7:00: Free time at the Hotel Vandivort
- 7:00 to 9:00: Dinner with Dean Peters
For each finalist’s campus visit, everyone is welcome to attend the public address and/or the open meeting. Printed feedback forms for each finalist will be available throughout the day of his/her visit. The resumes of the two finalists will be sent to all current employees via the LibraryAll email distribution list.