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Access Services External Reviewer Molly Gunderson Visits MSU

Access Services External Reviewer Molly Gunderson Visits MSU

Photo of Molly GundersonMolly Gunderson, Access Services Manager at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, visited Springfield and Missouri State University in late March to conduct a two-day external review of the Access Services Unit of the MSU Libraries. Access Services, which includes Circulation Services, Interlibrary Loan, and Building Services, is one of twenty programs of the MSU Libraries that are on a schedule for periodic two-year reviews. During the first year, program leaders and faculty and staff members conduct a self-study. During the second year, the self-study is complemented by a report for an independent external reviewer to create a five-year action plan for the program moving forward. During the 2018 academic year, Library Information Technologies and MSU Testing Services also are in the second year of their program reviews. Their external reviewers will be visiting campus soon.

While on campus Ms. Gunderson had a very active schedule, with many meetings with various groups and individuals, including the faculty and staff of Access Services, the unit heads, the library management team, and Provost Einhellig. Her report with recommendations will be submitted before the end of the spring semester.

2017 Annual Report of BRB Has Been Released

2017 Annual Report of BRB Has Been Released

Photo of tweens with their laptopsThe Children’s and Young Adult Book Review Board of Missouri, known and loved familiarly as the BRB, has released its annual report for 2017. The BRB, an initiative of the MSU Libraries, promotes and champions children’s and young adult literature, focusing on multicultural and series titles.

In 2017, the BRB expanded its outreach efforts, presenting workshops on how to write a great book review for teachers and their students throughout the state. With an emphasis on 21st century skills, BRB staff and volunteers work with students to edit and revise their reviews for publication, and help them create iMovies and WeVideos. The BRB now has over 500 reviews written by tweens and teens in the BRB database, along with numerous videos on the BRB website!

Complementing its 3rd Annual Book Sale, the BRB initiated ‘pop-up’ book sales on the MSU campus and added a holiday book sale stretching over 2 weeks in the Infant through Grade 12 area of Meyer Library. This increased sales by over 55%! Proceeds help fund BRB workshops and cover operating costs. Some statistics:

  • Expanded book sales to include ‘pop-up’ sales – net sales of $1170.71 in CY17 ($723.67 in CY16)
  • 6396 total BRB reviews currently accessible to the public
  • 1684 titles added from publishers valued at $29,815.98
  • 261 titles donated to Infant-Grade 12 Resources of Meyer Library, valued at over $4,408.69
  • 231 titles donated to Greenwood Laboratory School, valued at over $4,196.97
  • 1611 individuals have donated their time reviewing for the BRB since 2001
Big Read Event: John Barry on The Great Influenza

Big Read Event: John Barry on The Great Influenza

Photo of John Barry and the cover of The Great InfluenzaThe Big Read is a collaborative project led by the Springfield-Greene County Library District, with the MSU Libraries as a partner organization. This year the Big Read is focused on pandemics past — and possibly in the future. On Thursday, April 19th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Library Center on South Campbell, John M. Barry, author of The Great Influenza: The Story of the Greatest Pandemic in History, will be in town for an author talk and book signing.

Station Eleven, a novel about a possible future pandemic that almost brings human civilization to a halt, another title in this year’s Big Read program, makes us ponder, “What if?” But John M. Barry’s The Great Influenza explores what did happen when, at the height of WWI, history’s most lethal influenza virus erupted in an Army camp in Kansas, moved east with American troops, then exploded, killing as many as 100 million people worldwide.

Barry’s book in 2004 prompted the National Academies of Science to ask him to give a keynote speech at an international scientific meeting on pandemic influenza. In the years since, he has advised national security entities, the George W. Bush and Obama White Houses, state governments, and the private sector on influenza preparedness and response.

Barry is a prize-winning and New York Times best-selling author whose books have won multiple awards. The National Academies of Science named The Great Influenza the outstanding book on science or medicine for 2004.

E-Resource Spotlight: Business Insights: Essentials

E-Resource Spotlight: Business Insights: Essentials

Logo of Business Insights EssentialsAn excellent tool presenting practical information about companies and the industries in which they compete, Business Insights: Essentials is a “fully integrated resource bringing together company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies and periodicals.”

Business Insights contains nearly 500,000 company profiles, nearly 25,000 industry reports, more than 1,000 reports on strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats facing individual companies (updated quarterly), over 2,500 market research reports, more than two million investment research/brokerage reports, and over 10,000 company histories. It also contains a “robust glossary with thousands of business terms” as well as more improved, interactive search capabilities for more relevant search results.

Special Collections Spotlight: HEREBIU (The B stands for Bartender)

Special Collections Spotlight: HEREBIU (The B stands for Bartender)

Sample HEREBIU DocumentsThe Records of the Hotel Employees & Restaurant Employees and Bartenders International Union (HEREBIU), Local 336 in Meyer Library’s Special Collections and Archives documents the Springfield labor union from 1945-1964 with by-laws, minutes, correspondence, and more.

HEREBIU, Local 472, was chartered in 1934 and represented Springfield area bartenders.  Local 472 was popularly referred to as the Bartenders’ Union, while HEREBIU, Local 336, which organized restaurant workers, was often called the Culinary Alliance.

In 1953, Local 472 amended their by-laws to exclude women from their union.  At least one bar, The Grove, was picketed when the proprietor insisted on hiring a female bartender.  The bartender, Betty Sue Lisenby, was denied membership in the union due to her gender.  The union claimed the denial was because Lisenby crossed a picket line in 1949.  The National Labor Relations Board decided in favor of Local 472 and Lisenby was replaced by a male union member.  On March 11, 1956, Local 472 admitted Shelly Farron as the first female bartender in Springfield.

During the 1961 negotiations, the Springfield Bar Association announced that member bars would now be open shops, free to hire union or non-union labor.  Local 472 posted pickets on April 25.  After several weeks on strike, some bartenders began taking other jobs.  Spirit was low among the remaining members; many accused the International office of abandoning Local 472.  On June 3, the strike was declared a defeat.  On July 9, 1961, President Ralph Dillard and Business Agent Harold Gardner resigned, citing the memberships’ displeasure with the way they handled the strike.

On February 28, 1962, Local 472 merged into Local 336 due to decreasing membership.  At the time of the merger Local 472 had only 33 active members; Local 336 membership was approximately 120.  Local 336 has not been active since the late 1960s.

See the collection’s finding aid for more information, or contact Special Collections and Archives.

E-Resource Spotlight: Nexis Uni

E-Resource Spotlight: Nexis Uni

Nexis Uni logoNexis Uni (formerly Lexis Nexis), with its new intuitive interface designed with university student input, features more than 15,000 news, business and legal sources, including U.S. Supreme Court decisions dating back to 1790.  This interdisciplinary, full-text database includes over 350 newspapers, 300 magazines and journals, 600 newsletters, wire services, transcripts of broadcasts, and nearly 300 college/university papers. Business sources include business and financial news, U.S. and international company financial information from government or private sources, market research, industry reports, and actual SEC filings. The legal section includes primary source materials such as case law, statutes, and regulations. The new interface easily allows the user to choose between news, company information, or legal information and also allows for easy limitations of date ranges.  This database is heavily used by our COM 115 students to find the most current news information on various topics.

Student Employee Jaren Newman is an SBJ Newsmaker

Student Employee Jaren Newman is an SBJ Newsmaker

Photo of Jaren NewmanSeveral MSU students, including Jaren Newman, a student employee in the Library Information Technologies unit of the Missouri State University Libraries, were mentioned in the “Newsmakers” column of this week’s Springfield Business Journal. Here’s a quote from that column. Congratulations, Jaren, and the entire MSU Model United Nations team!

Missouri State University’s Model United Nations team received several awards during the Midwest MUN conference in St. Louis. Junior Shelby Collier was named Outstanding International Press Delegate for representing British Broadcasting Co. MSU seniors John Duffey and Claire Kidwell received an Outstanding Position Paper award for representing China in the Economic and Social Council. Seniors Mitch Truelove and Jaren Newman earned Outstanding Delegation honors during a crisis simulation in Security Council South. The team represented the People’s Republic of China during the conference.

Military Collections on Display in Special Collections

Military Collections on Display in Special Collections

Photo of the Military Collections ExhibitThe current exhibit in Special Collections and Archives features selections of items from military related archives from both Missouri State University and the State Historical Society of Missouri Research Center-Springfield. The collections are available for research, and include a wide range of formats, such as oral histories, correspondence, cartoons, propaganda posters and booklets, diaries, books, photographs of aircraft, and military insignia. The exhibit does not focus on a particular military conflict or action, but showcases the variety of formats and subject matter available to all researchers.

The exhibit will be on display through June 1, 2018, in Meyer Library, Room 306.  Special Collections and Archives is open Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, when classes are in session.  For questions, please contact Special Collections and Archives at Archives@MissouriState.edu or (417) 836-5428.

Living Ozarks Anthology to be Published in April

Living Ozarks Anthology to be Published in April

Photo of Shannon Mawhiney and Tracie Gieselman-HolthausMany people from MSU and beyond contributed to the writing, compiling, and creation of Living Ozarks, an anthology of essays, photos, poetry, art published by the Ozarks Studies Institute, an initiative of the Missouri State University Libraries. Bill Edgar, Rachel Besara, and Jim Baumlin served as the editors. The book was designed by Jacek Fraczak. President Clif Smart wrote the forward. Original essays were contributed by many people, including MSU Provost Frank Einhellig, History Professor Brooks Blevins, and MSU Libraries staff members Tracie Gieselman-Holthaus and Shannon Mawhiney. Shannon actually contributed two articles! The publication launch event, free and open to the public, will be held on Monday evening, April 9th, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Plaster Student Union Auditorium.

Living Stories Event Returns to MSU on Thurs. April 26th

Living Stories Event Returns to MSU on Thurs. April 26th

Living Stories 2018 logoThe next chapter in the “Living Stories” initiative of the Missouri State University Libraries will be held on Thursday, April 26th in MSU’s Plaster Student Union, Room 132, from 1:30 to 3:00 and from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

The MSU Libraries and MSU’s Diversity and Inclusion division are collaborating to host our second Living Stories project at the Collaborative Diversity Conference in late April.  The Living Stories theme this year is Racism in 2018 and beyond: a changing dynamic
Our living books will share what racism means to them through their cultural and professional experiences. Our readers of these living books will be able to learn how the topic of racism intertwines with social, cultural, gender, or religious identity.  Book titles include Robiann Broomfield’s Daughter of Jamaica and Monica Horton’s #BlackGirlMagic: Songversations with Monica.  If you would like to experience being a living book, please contact Jir Shin Boey (jsboey@missouristate.edu).