Meet MSU Libraries’ March Student Employee of the Month, Cassie Fox!
Works in: Meyer Library’s Research and Instructional Services
Major: Environmental Biology
Favorite Book: Looking for Alaska by John Green
Something students should know about the libraries: “The library is not only a great place to study, but a fun place to get coffee and hang out with friends between classes!”
Statistics are a valuable and necessary tool to help you prove a point in a paper or a speech. Where do you go to get them? The Statistical Abstract of the United States. It is the most current and authoritative summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States. Here you will find statistics on everything from agriculture to labor to weather and more. An online guide provides more information about this resource and directions on how to search and use it. Formerly published by the United States Census Bureau, Stat Abs is now an excellent value-added resource put together by private publishers: ProQuest online and Bernan in paper. The MSU Libraries offers this information resource online via ProQuest. It is the first place to go for statistical information.
BearWorks is the institutional repository for Missouri State University. It’s purpose is to collect, preserve, and provide a single point of access for the scholarly work of MSU’s faculty, students, and staff, as well as reports and documents of the University. Managed by the MSU Libraries, BearWorks is funded by the Office of the Provost, the Graduate College, and the MSU Libraries. In addition to articles, theses, and documents, BearWorks also archives data sets, images, and multi-media files.
Records for all MSU graduate theses have been loaded along with full text of theses submitted since 2008. Over the past year nearly two thousand theses are downloaded each month. Citations, and where allowed by copyright, full text of articles by faculty and students will be loaded as well. Faculty need only enter their publication data into Digital Measures to get their publication information into BearWorks.
Meet our Employee of the Month, Joshua Lambert!
What is your job title?
Head of Access Services
What originally got you interested in library work?
I was originally interested in library work because it seemed like it would be better to work in a university library than to work in the university cafeteria. I was correct. After college, I didn’t know what else to do so I applied for library jobs and got an interview. During an interview for an acquisitions position at Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, I told them if they hired me I would probably end up leaving in two years. I would either go to seminary or get a library degree. They hired me and two years later, I chose to get a library degree from Emporia State University.
Is there a library resource you’d like to highlight? Something you think is underutilized?
I think the library book collections are underutilized and that today’s students have been conditioned to not accept long reading texts and the reflection needed to understand those texts.
What book, author, artist, show, music, movie, etc., are you into right now?
I am currently reading The Acts of the Council of Chalcedon, translated and edited by Richard Price and Michael Gaddis. This three volume set contains the minutes of an ancient Christian church council from 451 AD. These days, few people know it even exists. These minutes are exact enough to contain who voted for which issues during the council and often why they voted that way. There is intrigue, mystery, betrayal, grandstanding, backbiting, exalting, anathematizing and many other things we see around us today in large representative bodies.
An “Answer Man” column written by journalist Steve Pokin and published in the Sunday, February 18 edition of the Springfield News-Leader featured several aspects of the MSU Libraries:
- An MSU Libraries-created map of the Ozarks Region, developed by student employee Emilie Burke in Maps and GIS
- Reference to the Ozarks Studies Institute, an initiative of the MSU Libraries
- A quote from Dean Tom Peters, who stated that southern Illinois is not part of the Ozarks Region
- A photo and quote of Gordon McCann
The basic premise of the column is that readers ask questions of Pokin, who then researches and responds. In this particular instance, a 55-year resident of the Ozarks asked about the exact boundaries of the Ozarks Region.
During the last full week in February 2018 two “swing” rooms in Duane G. Meyer Library on the Springfield campus of Missouri State University were completely refurbished. With swing rooms, during most days and times they are open to the public for general use, but they also are designed and furnished so that they can be scheduled and used for special events, such as author talks, instructional sessions, writing retreats, and luncheon and dinner events. Rooms 107 and 120 on the main level of Duane G. Meyer Library are two important swing rooms. The refurbishment entailed completely new furniture from Steelcase. The rooms were designed by a team consisting of members of the Space Committee of the MSU Libraries, a representative from Steelcase, and two designers from the Springfield office of Scott Rice. A few years ago, Room 107 hosted the very successful national touring exhibit commemorating the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta.
1. Thursday, March 1, 4:00 (Library Auditorium)
“Collective Memory and the Finitude of Historical Understanding”
Jeffrey Barash, Department of Philosophy, University of Picardie, Amiens, France
(Author of Collective Memory and the Historical Past and Martin Heidegger and the Problem of History)
Reply by Ethan Kleinberg, Professor of History and Letters, Wesleyan University
(Author of Haunting History and Generation Existential: Heidegger’s Philosophy in France 1927-1961; editor of the journal History and Theory)
2. Thursday, March 22, 4:00 (Library Auditorium)
“Critical and Radical Theory: Toward the Reinvention of Critique in the Current Conjuncture”
Gabriel Rockhill, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Villanova University
(Author of Radical History and the Politics of Art and Interventions in Contemporary Thought: History, Politics, Aesthetics)
Beginning March 12th, Melissa Eiken will begin serving the MSU Libraries and its users as the new Executive Assistant II in the Library Administrative Suite in Room 210 on the Second Level of Duane G. Meyer Library. Melissa earned her BS in Business/Marketing from Missouri Southern State University in Joplin. She has served as Regional Director of the American Heart Association in Joplin, as well as Resource Development Manager for Community Support Services of Missouri. She has considerable experience with planning and hosting events, and with social media efforts for not-for-profit organizations. Prior to coming to the Libraries, Melissa was working in Human Resources as the Background Check Coordinator (so be nice to her!). Welcome, Melissa.
The Women’s Issues Network (RG 0/9) (WIN) collection in Meyer Library’s Special Collections and Archives represents material from the organization’s efforts at Missouri State University from 1992 to 2000 to promote the general welfare of, and to address issues important to, female faculty members and professional staff members on this campus. Included are meeting minutes and agendas, membership information, correspondence, committee information, newsletters the organization’s constitution and bylaws, and files on topics such as surveys, networking information, and sexual harassment literature. WIN no longer is active as an organization.
See the collection’s finding aid for more information, or contact Special Collections and Archives.
The Springfield African American Read-In (AARI) will hold its Ninth Annual Program on Thursday, February 22, 2018, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm at the the Springfield Art Museum (1111 E. Brookside Drive).The Springfield AARI is a local initiative that is part of a national literacy initiative started in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to promote African American writers and strives to make reading an integral part of Black History Month celebrations. The Springfield African American Read-In (AARI) is a collaborative effort of the Missouri State University Libraries, the Springfield-Greene County Library District, Springfield Public Schools, Drury University, and the Springfield Branch of the NAACP.
The Ninth Annual Springfield AARI Program premiers “Why I kneel, a One-Act Play” written by Kiesha McMillen, a senior theater major at Drury University. The program highlights readings by the winners of the First Poetry Workshop and Slam Competition for 8th through 12th graders that was hosted by the Springfield AARI and facilitated by Taylor Vinson, MSU senior and communications major. In addition, the program features musical selections by the Reed Academy Middle School Choir and the Springfield Youth Community Choir. The event includes door prizes and refreshments and is free and open to a general public.