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Greene County Historical Society Fall Program

Greene County Historical Society Fall Program

Drawing of the new SHSMO CenterThe Greene County Historical Society will hold their Fall 2017 program on Sunday, October 29, 2017, beginning at 2:00 p.m. in Missouri State University’s Meyer Library. State Historical Society of Missouri President Bob Priddy will provide a sneak preview of the Society’s $40 million headquarters (scheduled to open in 2019).  Located in Columbia, this new facility will be a gathering place for researchers, allow for increased gallery space to showcase Missouri art and artists, and have room for public programming. For forty years, Priddy served as news director of The Missourinet, a statewide radio network. In October 2016, he became President of the State Historical Society of Missouri. He is the author of five books including his latest one about the art of the Missouri Capitol. The State Historical Society of Missouri – Springfield Research Center (based in Meyer Library) will have a display of some interesting archival items from the SHSMO collections.  These materials focus on the Ozarks, and visitors will learn more about how to get access locally to much of the Society’s archives.  This event is free and open to the public. Visitor parking on weekends is available in Parking Lot 19 or Bear Park South. Visitors must use regular parking spots. Meters are enforced 24/7. http://map.missouristate.edu/printable/ShuttleMap.pdf  This program is supported by MSU’s Special Collections and Archives and the State Historical Society of Missouri – Springfield Research Center.  For more information, contact Anne Baker, Head of Special Collections and GCHS Secretary, at 417-569-6188 or AnneBaker@missouristate.edu.

“Native Art of the Americas” Exhibit Opening a Success

“Native Art of the Americas” Exhibit Opening a Success

Photo of the Art of the Americas ExhibitThe recent opening for “Native Art of the Americas” was a great success with approximately 65 people attending.  The exhibit is a collaborative effort between Dr. Billie Follensbee, her students, and Special Collections and Archives.  Each year Dr. Follensbee’s advanced art history classes have an opportunity to study art and artifacts on loan from local cultural institutions and private collectors, then in the fall of the next academic year the best of the students’ work is included in an exhibit designed by Special Collections’ staff. The current exhibit includes work from the 2016-2017 courses ART 385: Art of the Americas and ART 485: Art of Mesoamerica.  Shown here is Elizabeth Ferguson with items she researched: colorful, hand-sewn textiles from Panama known as molas. “Native Art of the Americas” will be on display through January 18, 2018.  Special Collections and Archives is located in Room 306 of Duane G. Meyer Library.  Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (closed on university holidays). For more information, contact Anne M. Baker, Head of Special Collections, at 417-836-5428 or AnneBaker@missouristate.edu.

SGA Library Advisory Board to Meet

SGA Library Advisory Board to Meet

Student Government Association CabinetThe Student Government Association (SGA) at MSU has agreed to form an SGA Library Advisory Board that will meet initially with library administrators in late November.  The goal is to meet with this advisory group at least once each semester. SGA already has a list of items they’d like the MSU Libraries to work on, including more comfortable furniture, better signage, better security on the outside doors during the overnight hours, numbered tables so users can tell others exactly where they are, and more. This is the first time in at least six years that there has been a formal student advisory group to the MSU Libraries.

Spotlight on Special Collections: Ron Seney USO Collection

Spotlight on Special Collections: Ron Seney USO Collection

Ron Seney USO Collection LogoThe Ron Seney USO Collection (M 69) in Meyer Library’s Special Collections and Archives contains items from Missouri State University alum, Ron Seney, documenting his participation in two USO tours with MSU’s Theatre and Dance Department (Wonderful Town for five weeks in 1968 in southeast Asia, and the “Happy Hour ’69” variety show for nineteen weeks in 1969 in Alaska and southeast Asia).  Mr. Seney had actually graduated by the fall of 1968, but he re-registered for a semester in order to participate in the tour. The collection includes information on the productions (e.g., programs), correspondence, and memorabilia from the groups’ travels (such as tickets, brochures, and maps).  Students were required to write a report on the 1968 tour, and this collection also includes drafts of Mr. Seney’s final report.  Part of the 1968 material also documents the students’ visits to a women’s college in Seoul, a Japanese movie set, a Korean girls’ high school, and an abacus contest.  The 1969 material includes, in part, the itinerary from Alaska, a photograph from a Japanese naval academy where they performed a show, and Mr. Seney’s selective service paperwork allowing him to leave the country. To see this collection or for more information, contact or visit Special Collections and Archives.

Special Collections Spotlight: Ozark Labor Union Archives Memorabilia Collection

Special Collections Spotlight: Ozark Labor Union Archives Memorabilia Collection

The Ozarks Labor Union Archives Memorabilia Collection (LA 31) in Meyer Library’s Special Collections and Archives includes three cubic feet of pins, buttons, ribbons, banners, and bumper stickers from conventions and campaigns of various area labor unions between the years of 1902 and 1994.  Examples of some of the labor unions represented are the International Moulders Union; the Carpenters Union; the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE); the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW); the Union of Needletrades, Industrial, and Textile Employees (UNITE); and the Missouri American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).

To see this collection or for more information, contact or visit Special Collections and Archives.

Schoolcraft Bicentennial Plans Are Taking Shape

Schoolcraft Bicentennial Plans Are Taking Shape

Old image of Henry Rowe SchoolcraftThe fall of 2018 will mark the bicentennial of Henry Rowe Schoolcraft’s exploration of the Ozarks region, which began in Potosi (now in the state of Missouri) on Thursday, November 18, 1818, and culminated January 1-5, 1819 at the site of a lead mine near the mouth of Pierson Creek, where it flows into the James River, just southeast of present-day Springfield. This is the reason why Highway 65 on the east side of the Springfield metro area is called Schoolcraft Freeway.

The Missouri State University Libraries is helping to organize a planning meeting of the various organizations and individuals interested in hosting events, exhibits, and explorations related to the Schoolcraft Bicentennial. The meeting will be held on Monday, October 23rd from 10:00 a.m. to noon in the large meeting room at the Schweitzer Brentwood Branch (2214 S Brentwood Blvd, east of the intersection of Glenstone Ave. and Seminole) of the Springfield-Greene County Library District. All are welcome to attend. Ample parking is available. Refreshments will be served.

Many organizations already have expressed interest in the Schoolcraft Bicentennial, including: Greene County Archives, History Museum on the Square, Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri State University Libraries, Smallin Civil War Cave, Springfield-Greene County Library District, State Historical Society of Missouri, Trillium Trust, White River Valley Historical Society, and more.

Interlibrary Loan Supports Researchers

Interlibrary Loan Supports Researchers

Photo of Dr. William MeadowsThere is no telling what awaits Interlibrary Loan (ILL) personnel as the patron requests roll in. While the Missouri State University Libraries tries to make resources as readily available as they can, there are still many physical and digital items that the library cannot immediately provide. Those requests often require the intervention of Interlibrary loan to fulfill patron information needs. Dr. William Meadows, an MSU professor from the Sociology-Anthropology Department, is a frequent recipient of ILL services.

One area of my research is Native American Code Talkers in WW I and WW II. A large percentage of sources in two books and several articles have come through ILL because many of my sources involve old, out of print, and often obscure sources from a variety of fields (anthropology, history, military history, Armed Forces publications, newspapers, magazines, etc.). In addition, they have provided me with many books from varied libraries across the Nation.

Frequently, I have been pleasantly surprised at some of the difficult to find items that they have been able to get other institutions to loan me copies of. Deborah Williams, who retired a while back, and Shannon Conlon have both been extremely helpful and a pleasure to work with. I am very thankful to them for their skills and have included them in a recent acknowledgement section of a book manuscript I currently have under review at the University of New Mexico Press many of the sources used in this work came through them at ILL. Shannon continues to help me in acquiring my endless requests of obscure, hard to find sources, and often gets them faster than I expect.

Requests, such as those from Dr. Meadows, may be quick and easy to find and request, but they also can be incredibly challenging to find and even more difficult to obtain. Shannon Conlon, who oversees ILL at the Duane G. Meyer Library, says “Obtaining rare or hard to find items, like the sources Dr. Meadows needed for his book, is especially rewarding.” It can be difficult to find accurate citations about magazines and newspapers. On top of that, only one or two libraries may have such sources. Conlon often has to browse individual library catalogs and call libraries directly to see if citations are correct and to see if a library is willing to copy an article and send it digitally.

Every day is a new day of requests from Missouri State University patrons. Interlibrary Loan personnel know they have accomplished their goal when they empower patrons to accomplish their research purposes.

E-Resource Spotlight: Points of View Reference Center

E-Resource Spotlight: Points of View Reference Center

Logo of the Points of View Reference CenterContaining resources that present multiple sides of an issue, this database provides rich content that can help students assess and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues, and develop analytical thinking skills. Points of View Reference Center contains 400 topics (with more than 1,900 essays), each with an overview (objective background / description), point (argument) and counterpoint (opposing argument). Each topic features a Guide to Critical Analysis which helps the reader evaluate the controversy and enhances students’ ability to read critically, develop their own perspective on the issues, and write or debate an effective argument on the topic. Examples of subjects include citizen’s rights, the environment, global issues, health and medicine, and society/culture. Some of the newer hot topics include participation trophies, driverless vehicles, and the Black Lives Matter movement.  Points of View Reference Center provides a balance of materials from all viewpoints with main essays, leading political magazines from all areas of the political spectrum, newspapers, radio and television news transcripts, primary source documents, and reference books. The database also offers related images and supplementary research guides for writing position papers, developing arguments, and debating.

MO 4-YR Public Higher Education Library Deans/Directors to Meet

MO 4-YR Public Higher Education Library Deans/Directors to Meet

Photo of Kirkpatrick Library at the U of Central MOOn Friday, October 27, 2017 in James C. Kirkpatrick Library on the campus of the University of Central Missouri (UCM) in Warrensburg, there will be a meeting of Missouri 4-Year Public Higher Education Library Deans and Directors. While Presidents, Chief Academic Officers, and other key university officials of Missouri’s thirteen 4-Year Universities meet regularly, this is the first such meeting of Library Deans/Directors in recent memory. Gail Staines, Dean of University Library Services at UCM, is organizing this fall get-together, which we hope will become a regular, semiannual gathering to share ideas, needs, and best practices, as well as to discuss and explore issues, opportunities, and potential worthwhile collaborations.

Chris Bono: Student Employee of the Month for October

Chris Bono: Student Employee of the Month for October

Photo of Chris BonoMeet MSU Libraries’ Student Employee of the Month, Chris Bono!

Works in: Meyer Library’s Special Collections and Archives

Major: History

Favorite Book: There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury

Something students should know about the libraries: “The Bear C.L.A.W. will be your best friend when writing anything for class. Use them as much as possible!”