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E-Resource Spotlight: Environment Complete

E-Resource Spotlight: Environment Complete

Logo of the Environment Complete e-resourceEnvironment Complete offers deep coverage in applicable areas of agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, renewable energy sources, natural resources, marine & freshwater science, geography, pollution & waste management, environmental technology, environmental law, public policy, social impacts, urban planning, and more. Environment Complete contains more than 2.5 million records from more than 2,200 domestic and international titles going back to 1888. The database contains full text for more than 920 journals, including many of the most used journals in the discipline, such as Environment (back to 1975), Ecologist, and Conservation Biology. Additionally, Environment Complete provides full text for more than 190 monographs such as the Encyclopedia of World Environmental History and Advances in Water Treatment & Environmental Management.  Library Journal described Environment Complete as the go-to resource offering coverage for all areas of environmental studies programs and is of great value to supporting specific courses on environmental ethics, environment and the human condition, and energy and sustainability.  Similar to the database GreenFile, Environment Complete is also great to keep in mind when students are researching environmental topics and ties in nicely with this year’s Public Affairs theme: Sustainability in Practice.

Friday, Friday, Friday: Poetry Slam at the MSU PSU Theater

Friday, Friday, Friday: Poetry Slam at the MSU PSU Theater

Poetry Slam posterThis Friday, Sept. 8, at 7:00 p.m. in the Plaster Student Union Theater, the MSU Department of English and Moon City Press are hosting a poetry slam by nationally ranked Spoken Word poets Ill Dialects, and MSU’s own Spoken Word student group, Untamed Tongues. A poetry slam is a fun, competitive event where poets read their poetry aloud. This event is free and open to everyone. Where else can you say, “I slam, therefore I am”?

New, Improved Wedge Takes Shape

New, Improved Wedge Takes Shape

Photo of the SW corner of the Second Level of Meyer LibraryThe southwest corner of the Second Level of Duane G. Meyer Library — known affectionately as “the Wedge” — is getting a complete makeover. The Wedge will offer a great new place to study, as well as a great view of the main campus quad. The installation of new carpeting is well-nigh complete, as is repainting of the walls. Ten new tables, with 40 new chairs, have been put in place. The Provost, Frank Einhellig, provided the funding for this new furniture, which is greatly appreciated and will be well-used. The tables have power (both 3-pronged and USB) at the table top. Additional furnishings will be placed in the area over the next few days, and over the winter holidays break in late December and early January, additional new pieces of furniture will be added, at the same time that the main lobby gets a complete makeover, too. These improvements are part of a multi-year plan to completely reconceptualize and refurbish both Duane G. Meyer Library and Haseltine Library in the Greenwood Lab School.

Preliminary Work on a Collaborative Print Retention Agreement Involving Mizzou and MSU

Preliminary Work on a Collaborative Print Retention Agreement Involving Mizzou and MSU

Photo of a compact print storage facilityLate last month the libraries of the University of Missouri at Columbia and Missouri State University in Springfield began very preliminary conversations that may eventually lead to a collaborative long-term print retention program involving these two universities. Ann Campion Riley, the newly-appointed Vice Provost for Libraries and University Librarian at Mizzou, and Tom Peters, Dean of Library Services at MSU, had a phone conversation covering basic possible parameters of such an agreement. Ann Campion Riley and her staff will work on a first draft of a possible agreement, which they hope to be able to share with MSU for review and comments by the end of September.

Private Giving to the MSU Libraries Increases Over 700%

Private Giving to the MSU Libraries Increases Over 700%

Photo of an illuminated manuscriptIn Fiscal Year 2017 private giving to the MSU Libraries increased over 700% to nearly $1 million, compared to FY16. Nearly 1,000 individuals made donations in FY17 to the MSU Libraries. Gifts to the MSU Libraries include both in-kind gifts and financial contributions. A major contributor to this phenomenal year-over-year growth was the substantial in-kind gift from Pete and Sara Morgan of their world-class collection of military insignia. That gift will continue coming to the MSU Libraries in FY18, and the grand opening for that collection will be held on Wednesday, September 13, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on the Third Level of Duane G. Meyer Library, with remarks at 3:30. Other growth areas in FY17 included the Karen Horny Library Fund, the Parent’ Library Collections Endowment, the Fraley Family Rare Books Endowment, the fund to support the Ozark Jubilee Digitization Project, and many more. The Capital Campaign for the MSU Libraries is gaining momentum, too. Every gift helps the MSU Libraries to advance and to better serve students, faculty, staff, researchers, and members of the general public.

Thank you, Donors!

Jim Coombs’ Maps in Perkins’ Book, Hillbilly Hellraisers

Jim Coombs’ Maps in Perkins’ Book, Hillbilly Hellraisers

Photo of Jim Coombs and Emilie BurkeJim Coombs, the Maps and GIS Librarian at the Missouri State University Libraries, and GIS Student Assistant Emilie Burke, designed several specific, detailed maps that will appear in September in a new book written by J. Blake Perkins, Hillbilly Hellraisers: Federal Power and Populist Defiance in the Ozarks (University of Illinois Press). One of the maps, Arkansas Physiographic Regions, used boundaries of the Ozark Plateau, Arkansas River Valley, and Ouachita Mountains established by the Arkansas Geological Survey. Another map, Railroads in the Arkansas Ozarks, 1920, shows the routes of the Combs, Cass & Eastern, Kansas City Southern, Missouri Northern Arkansas, Missouri Pacific, and St. Louis & San Francisco railroads.  Other maps include U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lakes in the Arkansas Ozarks and Counties in the Ozarks Regional Commission Development Area. These maps were created with Adobe Illustrator using base maps from various sources, as part of our Maps & GIS Unit’s Geographic Information Services.

Professor Perkins will give a free, public lecture about his new book on Monday, Oct. 23 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Room 101 of Duane G. Meyer Library, just off the main lobby.

E-Resource Spotlight: GreenFILE

E-Resource Spotlight: GreenFILE

Logo of the GreenFILE e-resourceGreenFILE offers information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. It is a collection of scholarly, governmental, and general-interest titles that includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and related topics. The database provides indexing and abstracts for approximately 295,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 4,600 items. GreenFILE covers the connections between the environment and a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health, and technology.  This database is great to keep in mind when students are researching environmental topics and also ties in nicely with this year’s Public Affairs theme: Sustainability in Practice. 

Women on the Mother Road

Women on the Mother Road

Old photo of several women in a carOn Thursday evening, September 21st, in the Historic Fox Theater on the Square, Katrina Parks, a documentary film maker from Los Angeles, will be showing excerpts from her forthcoming documentary about Route 66 from female perspectives — the women who lived, traveled, and worked along the Mother Road. As part of this project, Ms. Parks has been collecting oral history interviews on this topic. This event, which will begin at 6:00 p.m., is free and open to the public. The lobby of the Fox will open at 5:00 so that attendees can examine the current exhibit, “Memories of the Mother Road: Birthplace of Route 66.”

This program, funded in part by a grant from the Missouri Humanities Council, is a collaborative project of cinefemme, the Missouri State University Libraries, and the History Museum on the Square. After the main program, local historian Jami Lewis will present a short program about the African American Route 66 experience in southwest Missouri.

Special Collection Spotlight: Ozark Jubilee

Special Collection Spotlight: Ozark Jubilee

Cover of the Ozark Jubilee Navy Relief Program 1957As the MSU Libraries continues to make digitized episodes of the Ozark Jubilee television program available online, several related items have also been generously donated to Special Collections and Archives, either for digitization or for the libraries to preserve the original items, including music recordings, episodes of the show, programs, photos, and much more.  Many thanks to Keith Keltner, Donnie Thompson, and Danny Houser for these fantastic collections. We’d also like to thank our interviewees for our “Ozarks Voices” and Route 66 oral history projects, and recommend anyone interested in the Ozark Jubilee also view the following videos on our YouTube channel:

The 21st Century [University] Presidency

The 21st Century [University] Presidency

Photo of blue sea, blue sky, and white cloudsLast month, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges released a 20-page report, written by Terrence MacTaggert, about the challenges and opportunities facing university presidents in the 21st century.  Quoting from the webpage that links to the full report: “The 21st-Century Presidency: A Call to Enterprise Leadership is the latest in a series of periodic reports from AGB to examine the nature of the presidency and governance. Written by AGB Senior Fellow Terrence MacTaggart, former chancellor of the Minnesota and Maine systems, the report addresses the question of how the presidency has changed—and might need to continue to change—to meet contemporary demands on higher education.”

During the Board of Governors’ Retreat on August 3rd, MSU President Clif Smart praised the report, and read a few passages to the Board. The Blue Horizons Committee of the MSU Libraries has been discussing the report as well, noting possible ways in which the challenges and opportunities facing university presidents and governing boards in this century could dovetail with visioning, key initiatives, leadership roles, and organizational changes in university libraries. The charge to the Blue Horizons Committee is to “engage in blue sky thinking and scan the development horizons of computing, librarianship, higher education, and other fields of endeavor in order to discuss and explore possible preferred futures for the MSU Libraries.”