The Missouri State University Libraries offers a vast, diverse array of content, services, and spaces (both real-world and online) that benefit students, faculty, researchers, and members of the general public, near and far. While most of our activities and commitment of resources are for ongoing programs, the MSU Libraries has a substantial number of new initiatives that are in various stages of development and implementation, from active exploration to fully launched.
Below, presented in outline form, is a partial list of some of the major initiatives of the MSU Libraries. In future issues of Library Notes, the weekly e-newsletter, we will explore some of these initiatives in greater depth.
- Renovate Duane G. Meyer Library
- Public Spaces
- Staff Spaces
- Outdoor Environs
- Building Usage Systems
- Entrance Counters
- Seating Usage Statistics
- Mobile Heat Maps for End-Users
- Renovate Haseltine Library
- New Branch Library Northwest of Duane G. Meyer Library
- Possibly including a Route 66 Research Center
- Main Lobby Always is Available
- Elimination of Some Fines
- Campus Book Delivery Service
- Faculty Lounge
- Liaison Program with Campus Departments
- One-Button Recording Studio
- Badging and Microcredentialing Program
- Explore New Integrated Library System/Discovery Service
- Improve the Main Website
- Northwest Project
- INSPIRE, the Interdisciplinary Space
- Ozarks Studies Institute Book Series
- Institutional Repository (BearWorks)
- Open Educational Resources
- Streaming Media Services (e.g., Kanopy)
- Relocate Collections
- Focused Mini-Collections
- Leisure Reading for Educated Adults (fiction and non-fiction)
- Leadership Collection
- Diversity Collections
- Assessment Plan
- Recruit and Retain a Diverse Workforce
- Library Leadership Institute
- Sustainability Initiatives
- New Organizational Structures and Strategies
- Cross-Training and Blended Work Assignments
- Information Anthropological Studies
On August 1, 2018 Tracie Gieselman-Holthaus will begin serving the MSU Libraries and its users as our new Archivist. Congratulations, Tracie!
Since 2005 she has served as an Archives Specialist here at MSU, providing research assistance to patrons, processing collections, supervising student employees, and assisting with exhibit development. Prior to coming to MSU, Tracie worked as an Archives Associate and Office Assistant at the History Museum on the Square in downtown Springfield. Tracie observed, “After years of becoming familiar with this archive, the institution, and the Ozark’s regional history and culture, I welcome the opportunity to share my knowledge on a broader scale.”
Tracie’s Bachelor of Arts degree in Classical Antiquities, with a minor in Fine Arts and Graphic Design, was earned in 2001 here at MSU. In 2016 she completed her Master of Arts in History at MSU.
The first ever Bear POWER Summer Leadership Retreat occurred this summer. Bear POWER (Promoting Opportunities for Work, Education and Resilience) is a two-year, five-semester inclusive college program created to offer a post-secondary education opportunity to students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) transitioning out of high school. The Bear POWER mission is “To effectively utilize existing campus and community resources to create an inclusive academic college program that generates individual outcomes for students with intellectual disabilities in the areas of education and employment.”
During the summer retreat the group of nine applicants stayed on Missouri State’s campus for three days and two nights, to experience college life. Part of that experience included visiting Meyer Library. Tracy Stout from Research and Instructional Services (RIS) provided the group with a tour in which the students were able to learn about the services, spaces, and collections available to MSU students. The selected applicants from this group will begin the program starting in the Spring semester. RIS is working with Bear POWER on future opportunities once the program begins in the spring. Discussions have included additional tours, information literacy instruction sessions and workshops, and a drop-in research help night.
The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) currently is running the GREAT AMERICAN READ, an eight-part television series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey). It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.
Ozarks Public Television (OPT), the MSU Libraries, and the MSU Department of English are partnering with many public library districts in southwest Missouri to do a complementary GREAT OZARKS READ. Each member of each participating public library district, as well as members of the MSU campus community, are encouraged to vote as well for their favorite book from the list of 100. The results will be announced later this fall.
The MSU Testing Center, located on the Lower Level of Duane G. Meyer Library, administered over 16,000 exams during the 2017-2018 academic year. Approximately 70% of those exams were Missouri State Online students. This is a 59% increase in total exams given, compared to last year, and an increase of 270% in Missouri State Online exams! In addition, the MSU Testing Center has added several new exam companies, such as Accuplacer, Assessment Systems, Castle Worldwide, Kryterion, and Prov. To help manage the increased traffic, the MSU Testing Center plans to add a Take-A-Number system and implement other procedures to help control traffic during especially busy times.
A four-week course offered through ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions, Instructional Design for Online Teaching and Learning, taught by Diane Kovacs, focused on using seven steps to optimize impact in teaching and learning situations. These could be courses, tutorials, workshops, etc. The course began with an overview of learning perspectives and learning styles. Ms. Bennett’s biggest takeaway from that portion is no learner learns in just one way. It behooves us as teachers to offer information and materials in a variety of ways, to benefit many. The seven steps are as follows:
- Develop a needs assessment and imagine instruction goals
- Detail instruction analysis
- Discover and refine entry behavior and learner characteristics
- Extract and describe learner outcomes
- Pre-Instruction activities
- Instructional presentation
- Learner participation
- Testing and assessment
- Motivation and marketing
- Choose teaching and learning tools (learning objects)
- Plan formative and summative evaluation
Weekly activities included selected readings, videos, discussion boards, and creating our own instructional design plan for a project we plan to pursue. Ms. Bennett noted, “Personally, I enjoyed having feedback after completing each of the steps, to make sure I am including the correct information. Crafting learner outcomes is tricky to do well, but when clear and specific, makes it much easier to assess learning.”
Springfield businessman and philanthropist Guy Mace recently donated a remarkable collection of art and artifacts to Missouri State University. The gift was made to the Department of Art and Design. The MSU Libraries will house, curate, and display the items in the collection.
The collection includes African masks, figural wooden staffs and ceremonial knives and spears from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries along with Native American, Asian, and Oceanic masks and headdresses.
Dr. Billie Follensbee, professor in the Department of Art and Design and curator of the art history collections, said the gift’s impact is almost invaluable. “This builds on Mr. Mace’s past generosity and his dedication to the study of African and Oceanic art,” Follensbee said. “We believe it is the largest donation of museum-quality art and artifacts in Missouri State’s history.”
Missouri State President Clifton Smart III recognized the donation’s significance for both student research activities and the university’s public affairs mission. “We’re honored that Mr. Mace entrusted us with this collection and excited about the opportunities it provides,” Smart said. “It is part of our commitment to the cultural life and understanding of our community.”
A preliminary exhibit of the new collection is being planned for the late fall or early spring.
America: History and Life is a complete bibliographic reference to research on the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. Published since 1964, the database comprises over 490,000 bibliographic entries for periodicals dating back from 1895, providing an incomparable research tool for students and researchers of U.S. and Canadian history. This extensive database covers over 1,800 journals and in addition to articles, each year America: History and Life includes approximately 6,000 citations of book and media reviews from a selection of over one hundred key journals in U.S. and Canadian history and related fields. The database also includes citations to abstracts of dissertations published in these areas. In 2006, America: History and Life began adding retrospective coverage for the most important historical journals in JSTOR. By project’s end, coverage for these journals will extend back to the late-19th century.
Bright and early on Monday morning, July 9, 2018 Lindsey Taggart began working at the Missouri State University Libraries. She is serving as our Director of Resource Management and Discovery, a new position, and a 12-month, tenure-track assistant professor.
Prior to coming to MSU, Lindsey served as the Assessment and Collection Development Librarian and Assistant Professor at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas. She has worked previously at Crowder College in Neosho, Missouri, at the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in Springfield, Missouri, and at the Christian County Library in Ozark, Missouri. Her MLIS is from the University of Missouri in Columbia, and her BA, in English Literature and Art (with Honors) is from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa.
In 2014 Lindsey was named an Emerging Leader by the American Library Association. She already has several publications, presentations, and funded grants to her credit. Her professional service includes committee membership, peer reviewer, co-editor, and volunteer to various state and national professional groups and publications.
The 8th Annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival will be held in downtown Springfield on Friday and Saturday, August 10-11, 2018. Official starting time is noon on Friday. This year’s events are exciting with an all-free musical lineup. Musical acts scheduled to appear include favorite Branson acts on the KY3/KSPR stage in Park Central Square and regional favorites Lyal Strickland, Mark Chapman, Blue Plate Special, Makenna & Brock, Laura Ashley, the Mixtapes, Machine Gun Symphony, Dirty Saints and Dr. Zhivegas, Justice Adams, Papa Green Shoes and The Hurricanes on the Aaron Sachs Stage in Motorcycle Village. If the weather cooperates, as many as 60,000 people will attend the festival.
As in years past, the MSU Libraries will again have a table in the Old Glass Place on East St. Louis Street. We will talk with friends and visitors about all the collections, initiatives, and partnerships involving the MSU Libraries related to Route 66. This is part of the Artists, Authors, Associations, and Collectors gathering held in the Old Glass Place at 501 St. Louis Street (Route 66). This is on the east end of the festival and in the block west of the Shrine Mosque building. Our table will be staffed from noon to 4:00 on Friday, and from 10:00 to 4:00 on Saturday.