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Month: August 2017

Private Giving to the MSU Libraries Increases Over 700%

Private Giving to the MSU Libraries Increases Over 700%

Photo of an illuminated manuscriptIn Fiscal Year 2017 private giving to the MSU Libraries increased over 700% to nearly $1 million, compared to FY16. Nearly 1,000 individuals made donations in FY17 to the MSU Libraries. Gifts to the MSU Libraries include both in-kind gifts and financial contributions. A major contributor to this phenomenal year-over-year growth was the substantial in-kind gift from Pete and Sara Morgan of their world-class collection of military insignia. That gift will continue coming to the MSU Libraries in FY18, and the grand opening for that collection will be held on Wednesday, September 13, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on the Third Level of Duane G. Meyer Library, with remarks at 3:30. Other growth areas in FY17 included the Karen Horny Library Fund, the Parent’ Library Collections Endowment, the Fraley Family Rare Books Endowment, the fund to support the Ozark Jubilee Digitization Project, and many more. The Capital Campaign for the MSU Libraries is gaining momentum, too. Every gift helps the MSU Libraries to advance and to better serve students, faculty, staff, researchers, and members of the general public.

Thank you, Donors!

Jim Coombs’ Maps in Perkins’ Book, Hillbilly Hellraisers

Jim Coombs’ Maps in Perkins’ Book, Hillbilly Hellraisers

Photo of Jim Coombs and Emilie BurkeJim Coombs, the Maps and GIS Librarian at the Missouri State University Libraries, and GIS Student Assistant Emilie Burke, designed several specific, detailed maps that will appear in September in a new book written by J. Blake Perkins, Hillbilly Hellraisers: Federal Power and Populist Defiance in the Ozarks (University of Illinois Press). One of the maps, Arkansas Physiographic Regions, used boundaries of the Ozark Plateau, Arkansas River Valley, and Ouachita Mountains established by the Arkansas Geological Survey. Another map, Railroads in the Arkansas Ozarks, 1920, shows the routes of the Combs, Cass & Eastern, Kansas City Southern, Missouri Northern Arkansas, Missouri Pacific, and St. Louis & San Francisco railroads.  Other maps include U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lakes in the Arkansas Ozarks and Counties in the Ozarks Regional Commission Development Area. These maps were created with Adobe Illustrator using base maps from various sources, as part of our Maps & GIS Unit’s Geographic Information Services.

Professor Perkins will give a free, public lecture about his new book on Monday, Oct. 23 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Room 101 of Duane G. Meyer Library, just off the main lobby.

E-Resource Spotlight: GreenFILE

E-Resource Spotlight: GreenFILE

Logo of the GreenFILE e-resourceGreenFILE offers information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. It is a collection of scholarly, governmental, and general-interest titles that includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and related topics. The database provides indexing and abstracts for approximately 295,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 4,600 items. GreenFILE covers the connections between the environment and a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health, and technology.  This database is great to keep in mind when students are researching environmental topics and also ties in nicely with this year’s Public Affairs theme: Sustainability in Practice. 

Women on the Mother Road

Women on the Mother Road

Old photo of several women in a carOn Thursday evening, September 21st, in the Historic Fox Theater on the Square, Katrina Parks, a documentary film maker from Los Angeles, will be showing excerpts from her forthcoming documentary about Route 66 from female perspectives — the women who lived, traveled, and worked along the Mother Road. As part of this project, Ms. Parks has been collecting oral history interviews on this topic. This event, which will begin at 6:00 p.m., is free and open to the public. The lobby of the Fox will open at 5:00 so that attendees can examine the current exhibit, “Memories of the Mother Road: Birthplace of Route 66.”

This program, funded in part by a grant from the Missouri Humanities Council, is a collaborative project of cinefemme, the Missouri State University Libraries, and the History Museum on the Square. After the main program, local historian Jami Lewis will present a short program about the African American Route 66 experience in southwest Missouri.

Special Collection Spotlight: Ozark Jubilee

Special Collection Spotlight: Ozark Jubilee

Cover of the Ozark Jubilee Navy Relief Program 1957As the MSU Libraries continues to make digitized episodes of the Ozark Jubilee television program available online, several related items have also been generously donated to Special Collections and Archives, either for digitization or for the libraries to preserve the original items, including music recordings, episodes of the show, programs, photos, and much more.  Many thanks to Keith Keltner, Donnie Thompson, and Danny Houser for these fantastic collections. We’d also like to thank our interviewees for our “Ozarks Voices” and Route 66 oral history projects, and recommend anyone interested in the Ozark Jubilee also view the following videos on our YouTube channel:

The 21st Century [University] Presidency

The 21st Century [University] Presidency

Photo of blue sea, blue sky, and white cloudsLast month, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges released a 20-page report, written by Terrence MacTaggert, about the challenges and opportunities facing university presidents in the 21st century.  Quoting from the webpage that links to the full report: “The 21st-Century Presidency: A Call to Enterprise Leadership is the latest in a series of periodic reports from AGB to examine the nature of the presidency and governance. Written by AGB Senior Fellow Terrence MacTaggart, former chancellor of the Minnesota and Maine systems, the report addresses the question of how the presidency has changed—and might need to continue to change—to meet contemporary demands on higher education.”

During the Board of Governors’ Retreat on August 3rd, MSU President Clif Smart praised the report, and read a few passages to the Board. The Blue Horizons Committee of the MSU Libraries has been discussing the report as well, noting possible ways in which the challenges and opportunities facing university presidents and governing boards in this century could dovetail with visioning, key initiatives, leadership roles, and organizational changes in university libraries. The charge to the Blue Horizons Committee is to “engage in blue sky thinking and scan the development horizons of computing, librarianship, higher education, and other fields of endeavor in order to discuss and explore possible preferred futures for the MSU Libraries.” 

GEP 101/UHC 110 Pizza Party at Meyer Library

GEP 101/UHC 110 Pizza Party at Meyer Library

poster of Harry Potter et aliaThe annual GEP 101/UHC 110 Pizza Party at Meyer Library is designed to get new students into the library for the first time while providing us with an opportunity to establish lasting connections with them.  This also gives students a sense of the services, spaces, and collections we have all in one building.  The event provides a fun, no pressure environment for students to explore the building. This year our annual pizza party will happen on the third Friday of the Fall semester (September 8, 6:00 to 7:30 pm) and our theme this year, back by popular demand and in honor of the 20th anniversary of the books and films, is Harry Potter.  This is a great opportunity to interact with so many students who are excited to be here!  Get the party scheduled on your calendars and I hope you will join us this year! A short video of the 2015 Pizza Party (with a Star Wars theme) will help get you in the mood. Recalling the year Byron Stewart came as Papa Smurf will do the same. 
Dedication of the Pete and Sara Morgan Military Insignia Collection

Dedication of the Pete and Sara Morgan Military Insignia Collection

Photo of the Morgan Collection BannerThe Missouri State University Libraries is pleased to announce that the dedication of the world-class Pete and Sara Morgan Military Insignia Collection will be held on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on the Third Level of Duane G. Meyer Library on the Springfield Campus. Refreshments will be served. At 3:30 remarks will be made by the Morgans, Tom Peters, Dean of Library Services, and Frank Einhellig, Provost. All are welcome to attend this free event as we thank Pete and Sara Morgan for donating to the MSU Libraries their extensive collection, acquired over several decades, that includes military insignia, patches, medals, pins, and more from around the world and across the generations. Selections from the collection, as well as from the Morgan’s impressive library, will be on exhibit. A free parking permit (for Lot 19 or Yellow) can be downloaded, printed, and displayed on your dash from this location.

Special Collection Spotlight: Union Labor Record

Special Collection Spotlight: Union Labor Record

old photo of Claud Hawley and his staffThe Union Labor Record (LA 30) newspaper was founded in 1937 by Claud Hawley as a response to the growing labor movement in Springfield and Southwest Missouri.  Delegates from the Central Labor Union of Springfield felt that the new organizations and new members needed closer organization and education regarding organized labor.  The Union Labor Record was a method of reaching all labor members as well as the general public with labor organization news and the union view of labor-related controversies.  The purpose of the paper was always to further the interests of organized union labor, and it carried the endorsement of the Central Labor Union of Springfield as its official paper.

In 1979 the name of the paper changed to the Springfield Labor Record, which remained in production until 1985.  The last copy available in this collection is from March 21, 1985.

The collection of Union Labor Record issues in Meyer Library’s Special Collections and Archives contains both bound volumes and unbound issues, with only a few issues missing.  See the finding aid for a complete list.

E-Resource Spotlight: World News Digest

E-Resource Spotlight: World News Digest

Logo of World News DigestFor more than 75 years, World News Digest has been a go-to resource for context and background on key issues and events in the news. This archival record of domestic and international news is updated weekly and contains more than 1 million internal hyperlinks and convenient new features such as tabbed search results. It covers all major political, social, and economic events since November 1940. It also includes World News Digest of current (including Today’s News) and historic events (1940 to present), a searchable “What Happened on That Day” feature from 1940 to present, obituaries (1980 to present), maps, photos, historic documents, country profiles, biographies, heads of state, and more.