During the week of September 11, 2017, Jessica Bennett, a Reference and e-Learning Librarian at the MSU Libraries, was featured on the Association of College & Research Libraries’ website as the ACRL Member of the Week. ACRL is a division of the American Library Association. Regarding the value ACRL has for Jessica as a young professional, she noted, “It is refreshing to get out of my “bubble.” ACRL has also made the transition to the Framework for Information Literacy much less confusing and stressful.” When asked what she, as an academic librarian, contributes to the campus community, Jessica responded, “My main focus is information literacy. I teach an abundance of one-shot instruction sessions (mostly face-to-face, but I can do them virtually also), which are available to all classes taught at Missouri State University. These sessions are tailored for each class, and usually for a specific assignment in that class. I also teach a for-credit online course that is an introduction to information literacy. As the e-learning librarian, I also make sure services and resources available to on-campus students and our distance students. One thing I am really proud of is launching a virtual research consultation service.” Congratulations, Jessica!
The Lower Level of Duane G. Meyer has several services and collections available to students, faculty, and staff. Assistance on that level was not always easy to find, but now, the Lower Level has a new Help Desk. It is positioned to be easily seen and accessed from either the stairs or the elevators. The alcove, formerly occupied with a collaboration station at the base of the stairs, has become the location for the Lower Level Help Desk. This new service point started providing assistance during the first week of classes in August, but with limited hours until it could be fully staffed, which happened last week. Currently, the Lower Level Help Desk hours are: Monday-Thursday, 9 am-8 pm; Friday, 9 am-5 pm; Saturday, 9 am-5 pm; Sunday, Noon-8 pm. This help desk will be staffed mostly with library student assistants, who are trained to answer basic reference questions, provide assistance with microfilm/fiche and reader machines, and be available to provide directional help on the Lower Level. We are currently keeping statistics on types (direction vs. reference) and number of questions.
Tammy Stewart, Documents Librarian at the MSU Libraries, is the co-author, along with Rebecca Thompson, of an article that appeared earlier this year in volume 45, number 1 of Documents to the People, the official publication of the Government Documents Round Table of the American Library Association. The title of their article is “Missouri Documents Reclassification: A Challenge.” Their abstract states, in part: “The Missouri State University (MSU) Library has been a government documents depository for several decades; the library has been collecting federal documents since 1963, Missouri documents since the state depository began in 1977, and UN documents since 2000. Although there was no official program for Missouri government publications until 1977, previous government documents librarians collected a large number of the documents produced by the state of Missouri. Some were in the catalog, but some were not.” Congratulations, Tammy and Rebecca!
During the morning of Saturday, September 16, 2017, the MSU Libraries held a wide variety of events, opportunities, and refreshments in and near Meyer Library, in conjunction with Family Weekend. Family members of all ages, as well as current MSU students and alumni, enjoyed augmented reality and virtual reality hands-on session, button making, carillon tours, giant jenga, sidewalk chalk, popcorn, sweet tea, and ice water. We also raffled off a VIP study room during the morning, for which over 300 people registered. A VIP study room is an 8 hour block of study room time stocked with snacks, pizza, and soft drinks. All the library faculty members, staff members, and student workers who contributed their time and effort, are thanked, including Jan Johnson, Nathan Neuschwander, Abbey Waterworth, Jaren Newman, Della McEntire, In Young Jang, and Paul Crader. Sarah Mabee, an independent contractor who is helping the MSU Libraries on several events and projects, led the planning and production of this successful cluster of events.
Biological Abstracts is a collection of bibliographic references for life science and biomedical research literature, covering peer-reviewed article abstracts from U.S. and international journals. Biological Abstracts serves as an index to articles in over 4,300 scientific serials from the biological science areas. The database contains nearly 7.7 million archival records from as far back as 1969. Topics covered include biology, biotechnology, experimental medicine, zoology, agriculture, veterinary medicine, botany, pharmacology, biochemistry, microbiology, and evolutionary ecology, genetics, and more. Biological Abstracts provides users with easy access to the latest information from virtually every life science discipline. Additionally, Biological Abstracts is updated twice monthly, adding more than 370,000 citations each year, and is produced by the esteemed Thomson Scientific, Inc.
Works in: Meyer Library’s Circulation
Major: Wildlife Conservation and Management
Favorite TV series: Planet Earth
Something students should know about the libraries: Students should know there are limitless resources in the library. Besides the obvious, like books, journals, movies and computers, there’s also an entire staff that will help you find whatever you’re looking for; don’t be afraid to ask for help!
In August MSU held a half-day emergency preparedness workshop for the officers of the university and other key personnel from MSU, the City of Springfield, and Greene County. Dean Peters attended. The workshop was conducted by David Hall, MSU’s new Emergency Preparedness Manager. While MSU’s Emergency Operations Plan is highly structured and complex, David Hall suggested to Dean Peters that all members of the MSU university community can do little things to prepare for most emergencies. For instance, he suggested that, right now, as you read this, you should complete the following 3-question emergency preparedness test:
- Where are the nearest two emergency exits?
- Where is the nearest fire extinguisher?
- Where is the nearest AED equipment?
How did you score?
The Sports Photos Collection (RG 23/01) of Meyer Library’s University Archives includes athletics photographs of university sports such as baseball, basketball, football, gymnastics, swimming, track, and wrestling. They range from the early years of the university to 2003, with the majority falling between 1913 and 1950. A large part of the collection once hung in the Forsyth Athletics Building before coming to Special Collections and Archives.
The photos in this collection, along with selected sports images from the Ozarko Collection (RG 22/1), have been digitized and are available online.
A perfect fit with our Public Affairs Mission and especially timely for Public Affairs Week, the Public Affairs Index contains nearly 900,000 records and more than 3,300 indexed journals. Public Affairs Index is a bibliographic database covering all aspects of national and global contemporary public policy issues ranging from public health, the environment, housing, human and civil rights, to international commerce and conflict. This databases also contains a variety of subjects that have recently been in the news from immigration, energy and energy policy, to natural disasters. This database draws from a diverse array of scholarly journals, conference papers, trade publications and government documents to provide up-to-date information on a broad range of topics of concern to the world today.