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Special Collections Spotlights: Two Off-Site Exhibits Feature Materials from MSU’s Special Collections

Special Collections Spotlights: Two Off-Site Exhibits Feature Materials from MSU’s Special Collections

Floor Plan for the Frisco RR Station at Springdale ARPhoto from the Fruit Experiment StationTwo different displays at locations outside of the Springfield area have recently used material from Meyer Library’s Special Collections and Archives.

The Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale, Arkansas, included a door from the 1923 Frisco railroad depot in Springdale, which was torn down in the 1980s, in a recent exhibit.  To accompany the door, Special Collections and Archives provided a digital scan of the depot’s floorplan, which included specifications such as material used in its construction, locations and sizes of the segregated waiting rooms, and utility information (electric lighting and inside toilets).  To see the entire collection of Frisco depot diagrams, which includes locations from Kansas to Alabama, browse through them in our online Digital Collections.

The restaurant and taproom of Brick River Cider Company will also be displaying images from the Fruitful Heritage collection in their new location at a renovated St. Louis firehouse. The images, digitized from a collection of glass plate negatives created by the State Fruit Experiment Station in Mountain Grove, Missouri, show early 20th century apple harvesting in Mountain Grove.  The Fruit Experiment Station has been a part of Missouri State University since 1974, but its history dates back to 1899.  Many of the station’s early materials are available online through the Fruitful Heritage collection and the Missouri State Fruit Experiment Station Publications in our Digital Collections.

For more information about these collections or others, contact Special Collections and Archives.

Foundation Exhibit Highlights the Growth of MSU

Foundation Exhibit Highlights the Growth of MSU

Photo of the display case in the MSU Alumni CenterTracie Gieselman-Holthaus, Archives Specialist here in the MSU Libraries, has finished creating and installing a new exhibit in the display case outside the Foundation office in the Kenneth E. Meyer Alumni Center.

The title of the exhibit is The Growth of Missouri State University: A Selection of Construction Images. The images and photos selected can be found in various collections in the University Archives, such as the Ozarko Collection and the University Photographs Collection, as well as in our Digital Collections, but the exhibit also offers a brief history of buildings on campus ranging from 1908 to 2017.  A notable artifact on display was donated to the Archives last semester that documents the names and dates inscribed in chalk on the wooden trusses in the attic of Hill Hall.  The Springfield News-Leader featured numerous photos of these inscriptions in the August 9, 2017 issue, and some of those images are displayed near the truss with Virginia Craig’s name, who was one of the 14 original faculty members of State Normal School #4 (now Missouri State University) in 1906. In 1967, the Departments of Speech and Theatre, English, and Foreign Language named their new building Craig Hall in honor of Dr. Craig, who retired in 1952 after 46 years of service to the college.

Tours de Force

Tours de Force

The Research and Instructional Services (RIS) Unit of the Missouri State University Libraries conducted several tours during the first two weeks of the semester,  and during the week prior to the start of spring semester.  During the first two weeks of the semester, RIS conducted one tour each day (excluding Monday, Jan. 15).  These tours were drop-in only with no appointment necessary and were provided during a variety of times in order to accommodate as many student schedules as possible. Two impromptu tours were provided to students asking for additional tour times. Tours were listed on the university calendar and announced through the Libraries’ Facebook and Twitter feed.  We also were asked to conduct four tours the week prior to spring semester for the prospective Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia students. Students learned about spaces, services, and collections within Meyer Library. Many were upper level, returning students who made several positive comments about the new furniture. The prospective students seemed most impressed by the standing and walking desk options for studying as well as intrigued by our virtual reality services. For the spring semester, RIS had a total of 74 students tour the building.

Record Usage of Subject Guides in 2017

Record Usage of Subject Guides in 2017

MSU Subject Guides wordleFor 2017, the 133 online Subject Guides created and maintained by the MSU Libraries received a total of 47, 904 views.  The number of views are up from 2016, during which we had 138 guides and 39, 131 views, an increase of 8,773 (22.4%) year-over-year. Views are always higher during the spring and fall semesters versus summer, with more views in fall semester than spring semester. This could be due to a variety of factors, such as more instruction sessions in the fall semester, the start of the new liaison program last fall, and/or the new updated version of LibGuides software that was implemented in August 2017. Many of the top ten guides are those that are taught from during information literacy instruction sessions such as COM 115, Common Reader (for GEP classes), IG12 Resources, and Dual Credit.

E-Resource Spotlight: PsycTESTS

E-Resource Spotlight: PsycTESTS

Logo of the PsycTESTS e-resourcesPsycTESTS is a one-of-a-kind resource for measurement and instrumentation tools produced by the American Psychological Association (APA).  This database has an extensive collection of items associated with psychological measures, scales, surveys, and other instruments essential to the research needs of professionals, students, and educators across the behavioral and social sciences and includes thousands of actual test instruments and test items that are available for immediate download and use. Focused on a collection of instrumentation tools developed for research but not made commercially available, PsycTESTS helps researchers easily find scales and measures for their own use. PsycTESTS is an indispensable resource for researchers looking to conduct, create, or measure research in multiple fields of study.

Library Staff Members in First Cohort of MSU LEAD Series

Library Staff Members in First Cohort of MSU LEAD Series

Logo of the MSU LEAD programDwayne Swigert and Shirley Moentnish are members of the first cohort of the new MSU LEAD Series.

Missouri State University’s Leadership, Education and Development program (MSU LEAD) is a new development program designed to develop leaders at every level.   The “Leading Others – The Supervisor Series” is for any supervisor who completes an ADP for at least one direct report.
Those who supervise play a critical role in advancing the mission of the University. They have significant responsibilities in formulating and administering policies and programs, as well as managing people and processes.  As Missouri State University endeavors to become the employer of choice, developing leaders who are capable of shaping the future of the University is essential.
This program helps to prepare leaders and supports Missouri State University’s vision to:
·         Be an employer of choice by providing supervisors opportunities to explore their leadership capabilities
·         Be responsible and transparent stewards of the University’s resources
·         Work for continuous improvement in our programs, policies and procedures
·         Be collaborative, to promote meaningful partnerships that further the university’s goals
Moving MSU with Strengths, Strategic Fiscal Decision-Making at MSU, and Ethical Decision Making & Conflict Resolution at MSU are a few examples of the sessions in the “Leading Others – The Supervisor Series.” 
Special Collections Spotlight: Veregge Collection (LA 35)

Special Collections Spotlight: Veregge Collection (LA 35)

The Veregge Collection (LA 35) in Meyer Library’s Special Collections and Archives contains Frisco Railroad materials, such as personnel records and accident reports.  The collection was donated by Fred Veregge and his family, with material mainly ranging from the 1890s to the 1950s. The collection is divided into two series: personnel records and subject files. The personnel records are listed in alphabetical order and contain items such as personal letters, telegrams, accident reports, and applications. The subject files contain various documents related to the railroad such as lists of Frisco employees, railroad association reports, accident/wreck reports, printouts of Mr. Veregge’s website, and guest lists.

Mr. Veregge was a railroad collector who worked to preserve the history of the Frisco Railroad. He came across the records in this collection as the Frisco Railroad was merging with the Burlington Railroad. The Frisco Railway records warehouse was abandoned and the records were to be destroyed, but Mr. Veregge learned of this and preserved the materials.

A portion of the collection, mainly correspondence and accident reports, has been digitized and is available online.  The online material ranges in date from 1897 to 1928.

See the collection’s finding aid for more information.

Student Employee of the Month: Kayli Owen

Student Employee of the Month: Kayli Owen

Photo of Kayli OwenMeet MSU Libraries’ February Student Employee of the Month, Kayli Owen!

Works in: Meyer Library’s Special Collections and Archives

Major: Vocal Music Education

Favorite Book: I love The Phantom of the Opera and the NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Journal!

Something students should know about the libraries: “There are so many wonderful resources here that are available to EVERYONE, and almost all of them are free!  Struggling with a class? Visit the BearCLAW and writing center! Need a quiet place to study? We’ve got so many nice, comfortable, and quiet places to bury yourself in homework and notes. Need to do some research on a particular topic? Come enjoy the multitude of books, music, journals, and videos/movies we have available. Need to print something for class? There are computers, printers (including a 3D printer,) scanners, copiers, and more! Plus, not to mention the awesome employees that are here to help with anything you may need. I wish people would just explore their resources so that they realize what is available to them. It’s a pretty cool place!”

External Program Reviewers Coming to Campus

External Program Reviewers Coming to Campus

Program Review WordleThis academic year, the programs that are in their second and final year in the program review cycle are Circulation, Interlibrary Loan, Library Information Technologies, and the Testing Center. During the second year of the cycle, external reviewers come to campus to assess our programs and write reports with recommendations. These external reports, in turn, help inform the final reports, with recommendations, that we submit for each program under review.

The current schedule for external visits includes:

  • Tuesday, March 27: Molly Gunderson from Portland State University will be here to conduct an external review of our Circulation and Interlibrary Loan programs
  • Thursday, April 19: Bob Price from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte will visit campus to conduct an external review of our Library Information Technologies program
  • Tuesday, April 24: Larry Ramos from Wichita State University will be on campus to conduct an external review of the MSU Testing Center
Testing Center has Record-Breaking Year in 2017

Testing Center has Record-Breaking Year in 2017

Photo of the MSU Testing CenterThe MSU Testing Center recently performed a traffic count for calendar year 2017, and determined we administered at least 11,000 computer- and paper-based exams in the Testing Center itself during 2017, along with an additional approximately 850 exams for large groups outside of the center. Approximately 66% (7,700) of the 11,000 administered in the Testing Center were Missouri State Online exams – the remainder consisted of external academic exams for MSU students and non-MSU students, professional certification and/or licensing exams for MSU students and members of the public, and high school equivalency exams.

The MSU Testing Center, located on the Lower Level of Duane G. Meyer Library, offers a wide variety of exams — over 20 categories of exams — for both MSU students and non-students. The MSU Testing Center currently has 20 trained test proctors, in addition to the three full-time staff members. Proctors have to undergo extensive training and pass certification exams for several external companies, most of which offer dozens up to hundreds of exams under their umbrellas. Proctors have to keep those certifications current, and also follow all other exam guidelines. Most certifications have to be renewed annually.