Thanks to ongoing financial support coming in for the Ozark Jubilee Digitization Project, and in response to the strong demand for the episodes already digitized in partnership with the UCLA Film and Television Archive, ten more episodes of the early years of the Ozark Jubilee are being digitized. Several of the already digitized episodes have received 4,000 views or more in their first year of availability. Several scholars are conducting research into the Jubilee as well. All of the next batch of ten episodes will be from 1955 and early 1956. Some of the many featured performances in the next batch of episodes include the Foggy River Boys, the Philharmonics, the Promenaders, Webb Pierce, Jeanie Shepard, Bobby Lord, Wanda Jackson, Porter Wagoner, Marvin Rainwater, Sonny James, Lefty Frizzell, Bill Ring, Flash and Whistler (Goo-Go0 Rutledge and Slim Wilson), and of course Red Foley.
Missouri State University Libraries‘ exclusive “Rare Wine, Rare Books” annual event will be held on Friday evening, July 27, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. CDT in the Duane G. Meyer Library. This unique event is a fundraiser for the Fraley Family Rare Books Endowment. This year’s theme focuses on Drama and Theatre. Over a dinner featuring six flights of wine, guests will learn about Missouri State University’s rare books, as well as efforts to preserve our community’s theatre history.
Please plan to join us as we enjoy great food and wine with a book-loving crowd! Buy your tickets now for this memorable dining and educational experience! Space is limited! Please contact Anne Baker, Head of Special Collections, with any questions: AnneBaker@missouristate.edu or 417-836-5428.
Last Friday Don and Ruth Martin formalized their longstanding intention to help the MSU Libraries with its ongoing renovation project by signing paperwork that will lead to a large cash gift. The Martin’s gift will be used specifically for the new furnishings for Room 115 on the First Level of Duane G. Meyer Library. That area is being renovated and repurposed this summer, from a staff work area for Circulation Services to a homey, inviting, and comfortable “living room” or “den” for use by students, faculty, and staff of MSU, as well as by members of the general public. The Martins chose this means to advance their ongoing support for higher education in Springfield because they wanted to do something that would directly benefit students in their efforts to become educated adults, now and into the future. We are very grateful to the Martins for their generous support of the MSU Libraries, which will help position the Libraries for continued success.
The MSU Libraries recently received a large gift-in-kind from Grace M. Jackson-Brown of slightly over 100 new monographs. These titles, primarily academic non-fiction, are significant in their relevance to the University’s diversity mission and address subject areas such as African-American culture and history, diversity and inclusion, and other multicultural issues. Dr. Jackson-Brown received the books through my work as a committee member, over the last two years, for the ALA Black Caucus Literary Awards Committee. These literary awards have been given by the ALA Black Caucus since 1994. Dr. Jackson-Brown is an Associate Professor with the MSU Libraries’ Research and Instructional Services Unit. Her professional interests include information literacy, school librarianship, multicultural issues in library service, and computer-mediated communication, such as blogs.
Applications are now being received for the new Library Associate III position. The first date of consideration is Friday, June 15, 2018, and review of applications will continue until the position is filled.
Principal responsibilities of the successful candidate for this position will include:
- Assists the Cataloging and Metadata Unit (50%)
- Assists the Library Information Technologies Unit (25%)
- Assists the Libraries’ Graphic Designer (25%)
Duties will include cataloging and withdrawing library materials, video editing, maintenance of the Library’s online catalog and other metadata services, and loading new database files from vendors.
For more information and to apply, please visit the MSU Jobs website.
Dr. Milton D. Rafferty, a native of Kansas, was a professor of Geology at Missouri State University until retiring in 1997. During his time at Missouri State, he served as head of the Geosciences Department and was also instrumental in establishing the Center for Ozarks Studies in 1976. He first began his career as an author in 1966, before he finished his doctoral dissertation in 1970. Dr. Rafferty has authored several books, many of which relate to the Ozarks region.
The Rafferty Slide Collection (M 9) in Meyer Library’s Special Collections and Archives contains slides taken by Dr. Rafferty circa the 1960s-1980s on various vacations and trips around the country and around the world. The images, which total approximately 7,000 or more, represent a wide variety of topics, such as buildings, signs and advertisements, land formations, religious institutions, music events, wineries, amusement parks, and machinery, and were taken in locations such as the Ozarks, many places across the United States, China, the former Soviet Union, and the Amazon rainforest. These are all currently being digitized, and a portion of this collection is already available in our online Digital Collections.
The Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health provides in-depth coverage of specific disorders recognized by the American Psychiatric Association in its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), as well as other mental health conditions, diagnostic procedures and techniques, therapies, psychiatric medications, alternative treatments, legal concerns, and related topics. The Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health includes 500 entries on disorders, drugs, tests, and treatments. The Encyclopedia minimizes medical jargon and uses language that any reader can understand while still providing thorough coverage, making this text useful to consumers and students alike.
Need your photo updated or a new one taken? MSU’s Photographic Services will again be offering a free portrait day on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 504 of the Meyer Alumni Center. No appointment is necessary.
Photographic Services will be taking portrait pictures of faculty, staff, and administrators free of charge! These photos are perfect for your department’s website and print projects. This is a great opportunity for new faculty and staff members to have their pictures taken. Professional or business casual attire is preferred. Please contact Chuck Busby, Office of the Provost, at 836-6495, if you have any questions.