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Month: November 2017

“Roots of Wisdom” Exhibit Coming to MSU’s Meyer Library in 2019

“Roots of Wisdom” Exhibit Coming to MSU’s Meyer Library in 2019

A national touring exhibit, organized by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, will be coming to Duane G. Meyer Library on the Springfield campus of Missouri State University in early 2019. “Roots of Wisdom: Native Knowledge. Shared Science” will be on display from March 16, 2019 through May 26, 2019. This major exhibit will be free and open to the public.

Local ecosystems around the world face serious environmental challenges. Native communities have devised innovative solutions by combining traditional knowledge with modern science. This exhibit, developed by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and Native community partners, features stories of ecological and cultural restoration from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Tulalip Tribes, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, and Native Hawaiians.

Several areas of MSU, including the College of Natural and Applied Sciences, the College of Humanities and Public Affairs, the Division for Diversity and Inclusion, and the Libraries, are collaborating to bring this exhibit to campus.

“Roots of Wisdom: Native Knowledge. Shared Science.” was developed, produced, and circulated by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, and Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. The exhibition was made possible with funds provided by the National Science Foundation.

Finals Week Stress Relievers

Finals Week Stress Relievers

As the entire campus community prepares for Finals Week, here are some of the stress relievers planned for Duane G. Meyer Library:

  • Traditions Council will have food in the lobby on Dec. 8
  • Pet Therapy Dogs- Tuesday, December 12, from 2 pm – 4 pm, Room 107
  • Free Snacks on Sunday night
  • Free coffee each night starting at 10 pm until the coffee runs out
  • Pop Up Popcorn
  • Motivation Wall
  • Sensory Table- water beads, kinetic sand, play-doh
  • Puzzles
  • Coloring pages
  • Button Making- Lower Level, Monday through Wednesday, 10-9
  • Earplugs available at the Circulation Counter on the Main Level
Pet War Food Drive This Week

Pet War Food Drive This Week

Logo of Ozarks Food HarvestFood insecurity in Springfield and southwest Missouri is a major challenge. Many people, from children to the elderly, are not sure where their next meal is coming from. The drive by MSU Libraries employees to collect non-perishable food and personal care items for Ozarks Food Harvest continues all this week. This particular drive is organized as a “pet war,” allowing employees to donate items supporting their love of cats, dogs, or other pets. Marked boxes to receive your donations are located in the RIS office area on the First Level, near the office of Tammy Stewart, who is coordinating this important effort. Thanks, Tammy! As of late Wednesday afternoon, the “other” category of pets (i.e., anything other than cats and dogs) was in the lead, with the dogs nipping at their heels, followed by the cats in third.

SGA Senate Approves Library Advisory Board

SGA Senate Approves Library Advisory Board

SGA logoEarlier this month the Senate of the Student Government Association (SGA) of Missouri State University passed a resolution supporting the formation of an SGA Library Advisory Board, which will be comprised of six students, as well as the Dean and Associate Dean of Library Services. SGA, the official voice of the student body, recognizes that the library is a heavily used resource used by students to learn, to study, and to collaborate with their peers. SGA realizes that students should have a voice in improvements and advances being considered for the MSU Libraries. The SGA Library Advisory Board will serve as a platform for sharing and discussing ideas. The first meeting of this board was held this week, and future meetings are planned to occur at least one each semester.

Special Collection Spotlight: The Kightlinger Collection

Special Collection Spotlight: The Kightlinger Collection

The Kightlinger Collection (M 106) in Meyer Library’s Special Collections and Archives is a collection of letters, greeting cards, and photos that document the lives of Kenneth and Myra (McDaniel) Kightlinger during World War II.  The couple moved to California in November 1942, but they came back to Missouri in February 1943 when Kenneth was drafted into the Army. He served in the 20thArmored Division as a tank commander while Myra lived in Springfield, Missouri, and worked as a waitress at the Seville Hotel Coffee Shop. The couple lived on East Avenue for 58 years and owned Kightlinger Market at 2300 East Avenue for many years. This collection’s processing is nearing completion, and it will become a digitization project in the future, to be included in our Digital Collections.  For more information, contact Special Collections and Archives.

E-Resource Spotlight: CINAHL, with Full Text

E-Resource Spotlight: CINAHL, with Full Text

Logo of CINAHLCINAHL, the Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature, with Full Text, is the major index to nursing and allied health literature.  CINAHL provides indexing for 2,737 journals from the fields of nursing and allied health, including articles published in virtually all English-language nursing journals, publications from the American Nurses’ Association and the National League for Nursing, and journals from 17 allied health disciplines. CINAHL with Full Text also contains searchable cited references for more than 1,150 journals and provides the full text of 329 journals, plus legal cases, clinical innovations, critical paths, drug records, research instruments, and clinical trials. This electronic resource also includes information on consumer health, health services librarianship, chiropractic, and health services administration literature. CINAHL contains more than 1,000,000 records dating back to 1982, with approximately 7,000 records added monthly.

 

Special Collections Spotlight: David A. Clouser’s Diaries

Special Collections Spotlight: David A. Clouser’s Diaries

The David A. Clouser Diaries (M 11) in Meyer Library’s Special Collections and Archives document the day to day lives of David A. and May Clouser of Lamar, Missouri, from the early 1900s to the mid-1940s. David was born in the late 1850s to early 1860s, and May was born in 1874.

Image of Clouser's handwritten diaryDavid appears to have been a handyman of sorts, doing odd jobs around town for various townspeople when he was not working at a local mill.  May appears to have been a housewife.  They were both church-goers with church mentioned almost every Sunday and whether they attended that Sunday or not. David makes references throughout the first four diaries to past events, such as saying, “One year ago today, we left MO…for this state…” or, “Sixteen years ago, we commenced to build the Halleck Mill.”  Mr. Clouser also makes mention of world events such as the Titanic sinking and Charles Lindbergh’s flight across the Atlantic Ocean.  He also makes note of various things going on in Lamar, such as what street was being paved at the time and who was building a house.  The first diary appears to have been written in, or around, Indianapolis, Indiana.  The remaining diaries were likely all written in Lamar.

For more information, contact Special Collections and Archives.

Student Employee of the Month: Anna Clymer

Student Employee of the Month: Anna Clymer

Photo of Anna ClymerAnna Clymer, a Junior studying Marketing and Marketing Management, is our Student Employee of the Month!

Works in: Meyer Library’s Reference and Information Services

Major: Marketing Management

Favorite Book: It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

Favorite database: EBSCOhost

Something students should know about the libraries: “We are always really excited to answer questions. One of my favorite things about working at Research Help is assisting students to find answers to their questions. I know how hard it can be to find information for assignments.”

Fiddler’s Dream Event a Toe-Tapping Success

Fiddler’s Dream Event a Toe-Tapping Success

Music jam session in the lobby of Meyer LibraryWell over 40 people, including MSU President Clif Smart and his wife, Gail, attended the event held in the Auditorium of Duane G. Meyer Library last Friday evening, celebrating Missouri fiddle music in the twentieth century. Howard Wight Marshall, the author of the new book, Fiddler’s Dream: Old-Time, Swing, and Bluegrass Fiddling in Twentieth-Century Missouri, provided an overview, with interesting vignettes, of the development and flowering of fiddling in Missouri, and he, Gordon McCann, Luke Cormier, Heinrich Leonhard and others played several representative tunes. After the formal portion of the evening’s program, refreshments were served, and sales of Marshall’s books, including his previous book, Play Me Something Quick and Devilish, were brisk. A few attendees brought their own instruments, and an impromptu jam session developed in the main lobby of Meyer Library. It was a delightful evening.

That’s One Small Step for Reddy Kilowatt

That’s One Small Step for Reddy Kilowatt

logo of Reddy KilowattIn anticipation of a complete refurbishment of the main lobby of Duane G. Meyer Library on the campus of Missouri State University late in December and early January, last week the job to add electrical outlets along the south, windowed wall of the lobby was well-nigh completed. The outlets are active and ready to use now. This will improve the usability and usefulness of the lobby when the new furnishings arrive next month.