RWRB Tickets Now on Sale

RWRB Tickets Now on Sale

Join Missouri State University Libraries for its annual “Rare Wine Rare Books” event on Friday, July 16 at 6:30 p.m. This exclusive affair will be held in the stacks of the Duane G. Meyer Library on the Missouri State University Springfield Campus. Rare Wine Rare Books 2021 celebrates Missouri’s bicentennial, featuring a carefully selected six-flight wine menu and complementary full-course dinner. Throughout the evening, University Libraries Special Collections will showcase rare books with a focus on Missouri history. Tickets are $100 per…

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2nd Annual MOAT Virtual Conference

2nd Annual MOAT Virtual Conference

On June 16th and 17th the MSU Testing Center is hosting the 2nd annual MOAT (Missouri Association of Testing) Virtual Conference. Sessions include AVANT Assessment and the Global Seal of Biliteracy, The Importance of On-Campus Testing Centers (panel), NOCTI – Credentials for the Workplace, NCTA Testing Center Certification, T.E.A.M – Totally Excited About Motivation, and Accommodated Exams (panel). The annual MOAT Board Meeting will be held at the end of the conference. 

Lindsey Taggart Takes Position at SGCLD

Lindsey Taggart Takes Position at SGCLD

Assistant Professor Lindsey Taggart will be leaving the MSU Libraries this summer after three years of service as Director of Resource Management & Discovery. She accepted a position with the Springfield-Green​e County Library District, where she will serve as a librarian in the Collection Services Department. She looks forward to contributing to the district’s mission of building a stronger community by enabling lifelong learning and enrichment. Lindsey’s last day at Meyer Library will be Friday, June 25, 2021. There is…

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Rare Wine/Rare Books Redux

Rare Wine/Rare Books Redux

The annual Rare Wine, Rare Books event lives! Mark your calendars. We have a date (Friday, July 16th) and a location (the stacks of Duane G. Meyer Library, but of course). The rest of the details are being worked out.  This unique event is a fundraiser for the Fraley Family Rare Books Endowment, which enables the Special Collections & Archives area of the MSU Libraries to acquire more old, rare, important books for students, faculty, and researchers to study and…

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Cataloging Correctly for Kids (6th ed.) Published

Cataloging Correctly for Kids (6th ed.) Published

The sixth edition of the popular, acclaimed professional book, Cataloging Correctly for Kids: An Introduction to the Tools and Practices, has been published by the American Library Association. Two Library Science Faculty members at MSU made significant contributions to this book. Marilyn McCroskey, who recently retired, is one of the three co-editors of this volume. Raegan Wiechert contributed a chapter, “Cataloging for Children in an Academic Library.”  The description of the book notes: “Cataloging library materials for children in the…

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Brooks Travis Presents at WOLFcon Online Conference

Brooks Travis Presents at WOLFcon Online Conference

Brooks Travis, the Coordinator of Information Technology at the Missouri State University Libraries, is presenting today at WOLFcon, the World Open Library Foundation Conference, which is being held online this year. “This annual conference is open to all members of the community, and to anyone who wants to learn more about the Foundation and the open source communities that are a part of it.” This is the third such conference, which attracts approximately 250 attendees.  Brooks is one of nine…

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Ozarks Room Now Open

Ozarks Room Now Open

The new Ozarks Room on the Third Level of Duane G. Meyer Library on the main Springfield campus of Missouri State University is now open. In general, the room will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. However, books and other library materials in the collection in the Ozarks Room can be retrieved whenever the library is open by going to the main service counter on the main level, right at the top of the interior…

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Jessica Bennett Receives Certified Distance Educator Award

Jessica Bennett Receives Certified Distance Educator Award

The MSU Libraries’ E Learning Librarian, Jessica Bennett, was recently awarded the 2020 Certified Distance Educator (CDE) Award, sponsored by the Distance Education Committee at Missouri State University. The purpose of the CDE Award is to: Encourage continued professional development in distance education.      Provide recognition of continued growth in distance education.       Foster instructional innovation. We congratulate Jessica on her continued efforts in online learning innovation and excellence in distance delivery.

Big Data in the MSU Libraries

Big Data in the MSU Libraries

While the label “big data” makes us think of major technology companies, the MSU Libraries collects and evaluates many points of data as well. The library technical infrastructure is constantly gathering data about services, collections, and spaces, and library employees are regularly adding to and enhancing those data. When people use the MSU Libraries web page, Missouri State Digital Collections, or MSU Libraries’ YouTube channel, Google Analytics counts their visit and tracks their behavior while maintaining patron privacy. Later the data are used to…

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New Finding Aid to a Collection Focused on Ozarks Women

New Finding Aid to a Collection Focused on Ozarks Women

Special Collections and Archives, part of the Missouri State University Libraries, is excited to announce the addition of a new finding aid available online. The Fern Nance Shumate and Nancy Shumate Collection documents the lives of several Ozarks women. The majority of the collection concerns the Shumate women, mother and daughter. It also highlights the literary works of Mary Huff Nance (mother of Fern) and Dr. Louise A. Jackson (friend of Nancy Shumate). Dr. Jackson also shared her life story…

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