DPLA Digital Collection on Black Women’s Suffrage

DPLA Digital Collection on Black Women’s Suffrage

DPLA, the Digital Public Library of America, is highlighting a collection focused on Black Women’s Suffrage: “The Black Women’s Suffrage Digital Collection is a collaborative project to provide digital access to materials documenting the roles and experiences of Black Women in the Women’s Suffrage Movement and, more broadly, women’s rights, voting rights, and civic activism between the 1850s and 1960. The collection explores both the roots of women’s activism in Black communities; the ongoing struggle to secure, protect, and use…

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New Touchless Towel Dispensers

New Touchless Towel Dispensers

In order to make Meyer Library a safer, more hygienic, and more environmentally responsible place, during this pandemic and beyond, new touchless paper towel dispensers are being installed in all the public restrooms in the building. Melissa Eiken, Executive Assistant II for the MSU Libraries, is coordinating this effort, which will be completed soon.  The new dispensers replace two older models: Dispensers that required the manual depression of a lever: Known affectionately as the “one-armed bandits,” because of their similarity…

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MSU Libraries Annual Report

MSU Libraries Annual Report

The Annual Report of the Missouri State University Libraries for the 2019-2020 academic year is now available online. The brief report highlights and illustrates some of the major accomplishments of the faculty and staff of the MSU Libraries, as well as major gifts and exciting initiatives. Examples include:  Information about the latest publication from the Ozarks Studies Institute called Living Waters: The Springs of Missouri, written by Loring Bullard. New digital collections on various topics.  Updates on a current project…

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Walnut Gathering in the Ozarks

Walnut Gathering in the Ozarks

Many types of plants grow naturally in the Ozarks and are gathered for various purposes, including nutritional and medicinal reasons. Black walnuts are gathered each fall in the Ozarks, with the hull, the shell, and the nutmeat having various human uses. More black walnuts are collected in the Ozarks than any other region in the U.S. Hulling stations pop up each fall at various locations in the Ozarks to collect and begin processing this harvest, almost always foraged by ordinary…

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COVID-19 Data Gathering and Reporting, Locally and Globally

COVID-19 Data Gathering and Reporting, Locally and Globally

Joshua Lambert, associate professor of Library Science at the Missouri State University Libraries, has created a new LibGuide that explains how data about COVID-19 are rapidly collected and reported, both locally and globally.  How do government entities get the numbers they use to make policy decisions related to COVID-19? What laws govern the collection of data for those numbers? Have you been in conversation with friends and thought it would sure be helpful to have the answers to the questions…

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People and Technology Help You Work Smarter

People and Technology Help You Work Smarter

When it comes to creating, finding, and using information in support of university research, teaching, and learning, people and technology make it all happen. This is true in 2020, and it was true 28 years ago, back in 1992.  A four-page insert in The Standard, the student-run newspaper on the Springfield campus of Missouri State University, celebrated Library Awareness Week in mid-September of 1992. An employee of the MSU Foundation recently sent the old insert to the Libraries. She found…

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New, Improved, Online Wish list

New, Improved, Online Wish list

The Missouri State University Libraries does great things. Gifts from friends and supporters enable us to do even better in providing excellent services, collections, expertise, and spaces to meet the information needs of the MSU community and beyond.  In years past, we inserted a printed “wish list” of books, equipment, and other things that would enable us to do even better. Donors have been very generous with their support to acquire these things.  This year, the MSU Foundation worked with…

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Annual Report Coming Soon

Annual Report Coming Soon

The annual report for the 2019/2020 academic year will be out soon. In the past, we typically have finished and distributed our annual report in the later summer. Because of the global pandemic in 2020, getting this annual report finished, printed, and distributed has taken longer than usual.  Despite all of the challenges caused by COVID-19 during the final five months of the previous academic year, overall it was another good year for the Missouri State University Libraries. For the…

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New Issue of OzarksWatch Magazine Coming Soon

New Issue of OzarksWatch Magazine Coming Soon

The fall 2020 issue of OzarksWatch Magazine is off to the printer. Because of COVID-19, the two issue of 2020 have been especially challenging to produce. Kudos to Susan Croce Kelly, Nathan Neuschwander, all the contributing authors, and to everyone who makes this magazine a joy to read. Subscribers, due to printing schedules, your copies will be mailed out in January. This issue focuses on individuals and groups coming to the Ozarks Region seeking a better life, however they defined…

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Andrea Miller to Contribute Chapter to Forthcoming ALA Book

Andrea Miller to Contribute Chapter to Forthcoming ALA Book

MSU Libraries Associate Professor Andrea Miller has had a book chapter proposal accepted for future publication in Project Management in Technical Services. This book will be an edited volume focused on the adoption and implementation of project management within technical services. The scope of the book covers two primary perspectives: (1) implementation of project management within technical services units; and (2) specific case studies on topical areas such as ILS migrations, Scholarly Communications, Digitization, equity, diversity, and inclusion, or workflow analysis. The…

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