Top Ten Databases at MSU

Top Ten Databases at MSU

The Missouri State University Libraries offers hundreds of databases on a plethora of subjects to support research conducted by faculty, students, and staff, and, when allowed by the terms of the various license agreements, to other users.  All these databases get used, but which ones receive the most use? There are many ways to measure use and value. Two common measures are the total number of “hits” made by MSU-affiliated users in a given fiscal year, and the cost per…

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Howard Orms Joins MSU Wall of Fame

Howard Orms Joins MSU Wall of Fame

The Board of Governors recently announced Dr. Howard Orms, professor in Theatre, as one of the inductees to the MSU Wall of Fame. Orms had a significant impact on Missouri State’s theatre program and his influence is well documented in Meyer Library’s Special Collections and Archives. In 1966 Howard Orms began as a professor at Southwest Missouri State College (later Southwest Missouri State University and now Missouri State University) and retired in 1993. He arrived at an important time, as…

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Gift of Historic Photos of Jewell Printing

Gift of Historic Photos of Jewell Printing

In May 2020 Richard Crabtree, a local realtor and historian, donated to the Missouri State University Libraries a booklet of old photos of the printing plant where Big Chief Tablets were made. Just about every child in Southwest Missouri in the twentieth century remembers Big Chief writing tablets. The famous tablet was initially developed in 1906 by the Western Tablet Company in St. Joseph, Missouri, owned by William Albrecht. The company eventually became the largest paper tablet producer in the…

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Karen Horny Joins MSU Wall of Fame

Karen Horny Joins MSU Wall of Fame

At the mid-May online meeting of the MSU Board of Governors, they approved the addition of six more individuals to the MSU Wall of Fame. Dean of Libraries Emeritus Karen Horny is among that elite group.  Karen Horny served as Dean of Library Services from 1995 to 2009. She was instrumental in developing the Special Collections and Archives area and collections within Duane G. Meyer Library. In fact, several years ago the area was renamed the Karen Horny Special Collections…

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Upcoming Changes to My EBSCOhost Folder Access

Upcoming Changes to My EBSCOhost Folder Access

On Monday, March 30, 2020, the Missouri State University Libraries began transitioning to OpenAthens to manage remote access to electronic resources (online journals, databases, e-books, etc.) from the previous proxy server system used.   One effect of this change was that users accessing EBSCOhost systems (e.g., Academic Search Complete, Business Source Complete, EBSCO Discovery Service, and more) had a My EBSCOhost account created for them. Among other functionality, this account provides persistent access to a My EBSCOhost folder, giving users…

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Ozarks Studies Institute Receives Financial Gift

Ozarks Studies Institute Receives Financial Gift

Recently Mr. and Mrs. Donnell of the Phoenix metropolitan area made a much-appreciated financial gift to the Missouri State University Libraries to support the work of the Ozarks Studies Institute, one of many services and initiatives of the MSU Libraries.  The Ozarks Studies Institute (OSI) engages in many activities supporting Ozarks history and culture. The fabulous OzarksWatch magazine is published every year in the spring and fall. The new issue, on the general topic of Chroniclers of the Ozarks, will…

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MSU Town Hall Meeting May 20th at 10:30 a.m. Online

MSU Town Hall Meeting May 20th at 10:30 a.m. Online

Next Wednesday, May 20th, beginning at 10:30 a.m., MSU President Clif Smart and other members of the MSU Leadership Team will hold a Virtual Town Hall meeting in Zoom to answer questions and to address the concerns of MSU employees regarding MSU’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and plans to gradually reopen campus. Updates about the university’s operating budget also will be provided.  Do you have questions or comments about the university’s response to COVID-19? Share your thoughts with President…

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Virtual Pet Therapy “Pupdate”

Virtual Pet Therapy “Pupdate”

Because MSU students couldn’t be in Duane G. Meyer Library this week to study for their final exams, we brought some Finals Week stress relief to their computers!  On Tuesday, May 12, library faculty and staff, along with their cats and dogs, met up on Zoom for a virtual pet therapy session.  Students and other members of the university community stopped by to enjoy the pets and talk about their semester.  The owners spoke about their animals, their quirks, and their stories. …

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PPE Update

PPE Update

Tyler Drenon from the Libraries Innovation Lab sends us these updates on the great collaborative work he is engaged in to provide more PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for healthcare professionals and other first responders:  Hope you’re staying safe and looking forward to seeing you all again soon.    Quick updates on the PPE initiative from the Libraries Innovation Lab: We have produced nearly 1,000 units of PPE for the Springfield Fire Department, SPD, Greene County Emergency Management, Christian County Emergency…

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Taking Pet Therapy Online!

Taking Pet Therapy Online!

Daphne the Beagle is hosting a virtual pet therapy session during Finals Week.  Join us as library employees bring some of their dogs and cats to this Zoom event.  Ask questions about the critters, hear their stories – It’s like the end-of-semester visits to Meyer Library, without all the fur! This online event is open to members of the MSU university community. Tuesday, May 12, 20202:00 to 2:30 p.m. If there are any questions, please contact Anne Baker at AnneBaker@missouristate.edu. Please…

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