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.
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.
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.
Two different displays at locations outside of the Springfield area have recently used material from Meyer Library’s Special Collections and Archives.
The Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale, Arkansas, included a door from the 1923 Frisco railroad depot in Springdale, which was torn down in the 1980s, in a recent exhibit. To accompany the door, Special Collections and Archives provided a digital scan of the depot’s floorplan, which included specifications such as material used in its construction, locations and sizes of the segregated waiting rooms, and utility information (electric lighting and inside toilets). To see the entire collection of Frisco depot diagrams, which includes locations from Kansas to Alabama, browse through them in our online Digital Collections.
The restaurant and taproom of Brick River Cider Company will also be displaying images from the Fruitful Heritage collection in their new location at a renovated St. Louis firehouse. The images, digitized from a collection of glass plate negatives created by the State Fruit Experiment Station in Mountain Grove, Missouri, show early 20th century apple harvesting in Mountain Grove. The Fruit Experiment Station has been a part of Missouri State University since 1974, but its history dates back to 1899. Many of the station’s early materials are available online through the Fruitful Heritage collection and the Missouri State Fruit Experiment Station Publications in our Digital Collections.
For more information about these collections or others, contact Special Collections and Archives.
Tracie Gieselman-Holthaus, Archives Specialist here in the MSU Libraries, has finished creating and installing a new exhibit in the display case outside the Foundation office in the Kenneth E. Meyer Alumni Center.
The title of the exhibit is The Growth of Missouri State University: A Selection of Construction Images. The images and photos selected can be found in various collections in the University Archives, such as the Ozarko Collection and the University Photographs Collection, as well as in our Digital Collections, but the exhibit also offers a brief history of buildings on campus ranging from 1908 to 2017. A notable artifact on display was donated to the Archives last semester that documents the names and dates inscribed in chalk on the wooden trusses in the attic of Hill Hall. The Springfield News-Leader featured numerous photos of these inscriptions in the August 9, 2017 issue, and some of those images are displayed near the truss with Virginia Craig’s name, who was one of the 14 original faculty members of State Normal School #4 (now Missouri State University) in 1906. In 1967, the Departments of Speech and Theatre, English, and Foreign Language named their new building Craig Hall in honor of Dr. Craig, who retired in 1952 after 46 years of service to the college.
The Research and Instructional Services (RIS) Unit of the Missouri State University Libraries conducted several tours during the first two weeks of the semester, and during the week prior to the start of spring semester. During the first two weeks of the semester, RIS conducted one tour each day (excluding Monday, Jan. 15). These tours were drop-in only with no appointment necessary and were provided during a variety of times in order to accommodate as many student schedules as possible. Two impromptu tours were provided to students asking for additional tour times. Tours were listed on the university calendar and announced through the Libraries’ Facebook and Twitter feed. We also were asked to conduct four tours the week prior to spring semester for the prospective Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia students. Students learned about spaces, services, and collections within Meyer Library. Many were upper level, returning students who made several positive comments about the new furniture. The prospective students seemed most impressed by the standing and walking desk options for studying as well as intrigued by our virtual reality services. For the spring semester, RIS had a total of 74 students tour the building.
For 2017, the 133 online Subject Guides created and maintained by the MSU Libraries received a total of 47, 904 views. The number of views are up from 2016, during which we had 138 guides and 39, 131 views, an increase of 8,773 (22.4%) year-over-year. Views are always higher during the spring and fall semesters versus summer, with more views in fall semester than spring semester. This could be due to a variety of factors, such as more instruction sessions in the fall semester, the start of the new liaison program last fall, and/or the new updated version of LibGuides software that was implemented in August 2017. Many of the top ten guides are those that are taught from during information literacy instruction sessions such as COM 115, Common Reader (for GEP classes), IG12 Resources, and Dual Credit.
PsycTESTS is a one-of-a-kind resource for measurement and instrumentation tools produced by the American Psychological Association (APA). This database has an extensive collection of items associated with psychological measures, scales, surveys, and other instruments essential to the research needs of professionals, students, and educators across the behavioral and social sciences and includes thousands of actual test instruments and test items that are available for immediate download and use. Focused on a collection of instrumentation tools developed for research but not made commercially available, PsycTESTS helps researchers easily find scales and measures for their own use. PsycTESTS is an indispensable resource for researchers looking to conduct, create, or measure research in multiple fields of study.