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E-Resource Spotlight: Hospitality and Tourism Complete

E-Resource Spotlight: Hospitality and Tourism Complete

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This full-text database is a trusted and unique resource for information covering all areas of hospitality and tourism. It contains more than 500,000 records, with coverage dating as far back as 1965. Over 400 trade publications, magazines, and academic journals are indexed, and there is full text coverage for more than 250 publications, including periodicals, company and country reports, and books. Hospitality & Tourism Complete includes full text for the top resources in the field, including the Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Education. Many of these resources are unique to the database and not available in any version of Business Source. Subject areas covered include the culinary arts, demographics and statistics, development and investment, food and beverage management, hospitality law, hotel management and administrative practices, leisure and business travel, market trends, technology, and more.

 

Updates on Searches

Updates on Searches

  • Photo of MSU's Meyer Library exteriorAssociate Dean of Libraries: Rachel Besara has a new start date: Friday, August 11, 2017.  She’ll be attending an all-day administrator training workshop on that date. A welcome reception for Rachel will be held from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 18th in the Employee Lounge.

  • Head of Acquisitions and Content Management:  The on-campus interviews for the two finalists will be held during the fourth week of August. Andrea Miller, currently serving as Interim Head of Content Management and Acquisitions at MSU, will interview on Tuesday, August 22nd, and Constance Lee, currently serving as Branch Library Manager at Benedictine University in Springfield, Illinois, will interview on Friday, August 25th. Their interview schedules and CVs will be distributed soon via LibAll by Raegan Wiechert, chair of the search committee.

  • Head of Special Collections and Archives: Two finalists are being invited for on-campus interviews. Their names and their interview dates will be announced soon.

  • Administrative Specialist II in the Testing Center: As of Friday, July 28, Mitch Bess no longer will be employed by the MSU Libraries. We extend best wishes to Mitch in his future endeavors. Because this position is essential to the success of the MSU Testing Center, a search for a new Administrative Specialist II will be launched very soon. The search committee members include Sue McCrory (Chair), Kevin Wilson, and Tom Peters.

Welcome to Sarah Mabee

Welcome to Sarah Mabee

Photo of Sarah MabeeThis fall Sarah Mabee, a professional librarian, will be doing some work for the MSU Libraries as an independent contractor. For the past four years, Sarah has served as the Humanities & Fine Arts Librarian at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. She and her family recently relocated to Springfield, where her husband will have a tenure-track position in MSU’s College of Arts and Letters. Sarah’s MLIS is from UIUC, and she has a second Master’s degree from the U. of Oregon, in English, with a focus on film studies. Sarah will help us with various discrete projects, such as the planning and delivery of library-related events and activities during Family Weekend, one-shot information literacy sessions during the busy fall semester, and grant writing. Welcome, Sarah!

Green Dot Intro Session on Thurs. Sept. 7th

Green Dot Intro Session on Thurs. Sept. 7th

Logo of the MSU Green Dot ProgramOn Thursday, September 7th, Jenay Lamy, MSU’s Green Dot Program Coordinator, will make a short introductory presentation about the Green Dot program to interested faculty, staff, and student employees. The intro session will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Library Conference Room.  All employees are welcome to attend. Please coordinate your attendance with your immediate supervisor.

Green Dot is a program, funded at the federal level by the CDC, to better enable individuals and communities to reduce instances of power-based personal violence (e.g., domestic violence, date rape, stalking). MSU launched its Green Dot initiative a year ago. Come learn how, individually and collectively, we can make a positive difference.

Summer Innovation Grant: Using Portable Computing to Make Weeding More Efficient

Summer Innovation Grant: Using Portable Computing to Make Weeding More Efficient

Photo of Tammy StewartThis summer Tammy Stewart, our Reference and Government Documents Librarian, has been using a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 tablet computer to make the ongoing project of weeding Government Documents microfiche more efficient. She already is using it for mobile computing in other facets of her professional life, such as conferences, reference service, and meetings. Tammy plans to use her Surface Pro on the next big project, to inventory the U.S. State Department documents. The MSU Libraries is the archival location — part of a collaborative, shared agreement with other Missouri universities — of U.S. State Department documents.

Local Chapter of PFLAG Learns More About the OLGA Archives

Local Chapter of PFLAG Learns More About the OLGA Archives

Group photo of members of the Springfield MO PFLAG ChapterOn Sunday, July 16, the local chapter of PFLAG met in Special Collections and Archives to learn more about the Ozarks Lesbian and Gay Archives (OLGA). After introductory remarks by Anne Baker, interim head of special collections, guests had the opportunity to look through scrapbooks, oral history transcriptions, newsletters, and other items that show the work being done to preserve local LGBT history.  As part of their visit, the organization donated an award the chapter received in 2013 for the “Someone You Know and Love is Gay” billboard campaign.  Formerly known as Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, PFLAG has over 400 chapters nationwide.

New Way to Purchase Single Copies of OzarksWatch Magazine

New Way to Purchase Single Copies of OzarksWatch Magazine

Cover of the Spring 2017 issue of OzarksWatch MagazineNathan Neuschwander, the Graphic Designer at the MSU Libraries, recently developed an easy, online way to purchase copies of the current issue of OzarksWatch Magazine.

Please go to http://ozarkswatch.missouristate.edu/current.htm and click on the magazine cover, then follow the on-screen instructions to complete your purchase. The number of copies you purchased will be mailed directly to the mailing address you provide. The cost of a single issue is $12. The cost of an annual subscription — two issues, spring and fall — is $16.

Special Collections Spotlight: Appleby Veterans Oral History Project

Special Collections Spotlight: Appleby Veterans Oral History Project

Screenshot of the Appleby Veterans Oral History ProjectThe Harry E. Appleby Veterans Oral History Project (M 13) in Special Collections and Archives is a collection of interviews with U.S. veterans and a part of the Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress.  This nationwide project preserves the memories of men and women who served in the U.S. military.  In addition, local interviewers have also spoken with some non-veterans about their experiences during wartime.

Missouri State University’s Staff Senate Veterans Recognition Committee, the Springfield-Greene County Public Library, and local VFW chapters have also participated in the project.  The interviews are conducted by volunteers, including many students from MSU classes, using a list of suggested interview questions from the Library of Congress.

The project is named after Harry E. Appleby, who spoke with Dr. Julie Johnson’s class about his experiences in World War II.  By sharing his personal memories of the Normandy Landing and the Battle of the Bulge, Mr. Appleby inspired local participation in the Veterans History Project.

Many of the interviews have been digitized and are available online through the Library of Congress.

Summer Innovation Updates: Hololens and Robotics

Summer Innovation Updates: Hololens and Robotics

Photo of a woman wearing the HoloLens Headgear
The Microsoft HoloLens Headgear

Hololens

 
After some logistical delays, the Microsoft Hololens has been shipped and is expected to arrive at MSU this week.  The device will be housed, temporarily, in Room 205 on the Second Level of Duane G. Meyer Library, along with an Alienware Area 51 development computer.  The Hololens device is a mixed-reality, wearable computer.  It is designed to display interactive 3D images within a real environment.  Educational and business entities are adopting the technology for many uses.
 
Robotics
 
Professor Anthony Clark has been working with MSU Libraries staff to determine the best robotic option for the available funds.  Professor Clark has been busy over the summer completing a paper.  He is currently in Germany and expects to resume work with the library upon his return.
Mark Your Calendars: Upcoming Library-Related Events

Mark Your Calendars: Upcoming Library-Related Events

  • Photo of Meyer LibraryFriday, July 28, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Duane G. Meyer Library: Rare Wine, Rare Books. This is the ninth year of this wonderful annual summer event. This year’s theme is “The Art of Wine; The Art of the Book.” A six-course dinner will be served to guests, including six flights of exquisite wines, with exhibitions and discussions of beautiful rare books, including some recent acquisitions. Our guest speaker will be Mitzi Kirkland-Ives (Associate Professor, Art and Design). David Dain Smith will describe each flight of wine, and the gourmet meal will be prepared by Chef Quintin Eason and his staff. This event is sold out, but you can still make a donation to support the Fraley Family Rare Books Endowment fund.
  • Friday, August 11, and Saturday, August 12: The MSU Libraries will have a booth at the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival in Downtown Springfield. 40,000 attendees are expected. The Route 66 Expo, part of the Birthplace Festival, is an “annual gathering of authors, artists, associations & collectors affiliated with Route 66 … at the Old Glass Place, 501 E. St. Louis (east end of the car show).” Representatives from the MSU Libraries, including the Ozarks Studies Institute and OzarksWatch Magazine, will be on hand from noon to 4:00 on Friday and from 10:00 to 4:00 on Saturday. Stop by and learn more about all the current and upcoming projects of the MSU Libraries related to the Mother Road.
  • Friday, August 18, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. in the Employee Lounge on the Third Level of Duane G. Meyer Library: Welcome reception for Rachel Besara, our new Associate Dean of Libraries. Join us for refreshments and conversation.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 3:00 to 5:00 on the Third Level of Duane G. Meyer Library: Grand Opening Reception for the Pete and Sara Morgan Military Insignia Collection. Watch for further details in an upcoming issue of Library Notes.
  • Friday, Sept. 15, from 5:00 to 6:30 in Duane G. Meyer Library: Talk and Book Signing by Nancy Allen, author of Ozarks mystery novels. Watch for further details in an upcoming issue of Library Notes.
  • Thursday, Sept. 21 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the History Museum on the Square: Women of Route 66 Event. Watch for further details in an upcoming issue of Library Notes.
  • Monday, Oct. 23 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Room 101 of Duane G. Meyer Library: Talk and Book Signing by Blake Perkins, author of Hillbilly Hellraisers: Federal Power and Populist Defiance in the Ozarks. Watch for further details in an upcoming issue of Library Notes