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Month: November 2018

Media Program Review External Reviewer: Lisa Hooper from Tulane University

Media Program Review External Reviewer: Lisa Hooper from Tulane University

Photo of Lisa HooperOn Thursday, November 29, 2018, Lisa Hooper, the Head of Media Services at Tulane University Libraries in New Orleans, will visit the MSU campus as the external reviewer of our Media Services program, as part of the overall review of this program.

Throughout the day on Thursday, Lisa will tour the library and meet with various individuals and groups. There will be an open session with Lisa at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday in Room 107 of Duane G. Meyer Library. Everyone is welcome to come with questions, suggestions, and feedback to share with Lisa about media services in our library, as well as other libraries.

Friday morning Lisa will have some meetings with the Provost, Media Services staff, and others before catching her flight back to New Orleans.

Special Collections Spotlight: B. B. Lightfoot Collection (M66)

Special Collections Spotlight: B. B. Lightfoot Collection (M66)

Documents from the B. B. Lightfoot special collectionThe B.B. Lightfoot Collection (M 66) in Meyer Library’s Special Collections and Archives is a collection of materials gathered by Dr. Lightfoot, professor for over 35 years in the History Department at what is now known as Missouri State University. The collection contains Lightfoot’s research materials, course- related documents, and personal records, such as a scrapbook focusing on the end of World War II in the Guam.

Lightfoot’s research interest focused on Comanche County, Texas, but he was also interested in Missouri and the Ozarks. He was involved with numerous local organizations that sought to preserve historic buildings and remember historical events, such as the Greene County Historical Sites Board, Greene County Historical Society, Civil War Round Table of the Ozarks, and Museum of the Ozarks (now the History Museum on the Square). In addition to preserving organizational materials such as minutes and bylaws from these groups, Dr. Lightfoot gathered publications from many of these organizations.

The photographed items range from the late 1960s to the early 1980s, and include tourism materials for Western Missouri lakes; the 50th Anniversary of the Shrine Mosque booklet, published in 1973; an Annual Report for the Museum of the Ozarks; and a program for a Historic Springfield House and Site Tour.

For more information, please contact Special Collections and Archives.

Popular “What’s Brewing@Your Library” Event Returns

Popular “What’s Brewing@Your Library” Event Returns

Photo of the 2017 What's Brewing at Your Library eventMeyer Library is gearing up for the fourth annual What’s Brewing @Your Library event! On Friday, December 14th the library will close at 4:00 p.m. for setup and reopen at 5:00 p.m. for the event.  Beer samples and musical entertainment from Margot and the Kidders will commence at this 21+ event, which will rock on until 7:00 p.m.

As we all know, the fall semester is hectic and busy, making it somewhat difficult for others to come into the library to browse collections, learn about new services, or even walk around the space to see what’s changed.  This event tries to provide that opportunity for faculty, staff, and instructors.

Similar to the welcome event for incoming freshmen, we’d love to have library participation (must be 21+).  You can help in a couple of ways; either as a volunteer to assist with the event or as a participant to mingle and discuss the services we offer within the building in an informal, relaxed atmosphere.   If you would like to volunteer to help with this event, please contact Tracy Stout (tracystout@missouristate.edu or (417) 836-8938)

Annual BRB Book Sale Another Success

Annual BRB Book Sale Another Success

Photo of the BRB Book SaleThe 2018 edition of the annual BRB Book Sale, held earlier in November, was another success. The sale netted over $600, which helps support outreach, workshops, and PR.

The Children’s and Young Adult Book Review Board of Missouri  promotes quality children’s and young adult literature, focusing on multicultural and series titles. As part of Missouri State University’s public affairs mission, the BRB fosters cultural competence and community engagement. The BRB staff and volunteers write reviews that are available online, and present book talks and workshops at schools, libraries, and conferences. The BRB regional viewing room at Duane G. Meyer Library on the Missouri State University Springfield campus allows hands-on examination of titles.

The BRB also will provide support for the well-know children’s book illustrator, A. G. Ford, on Thursday, March 28, 2019, as part the visiting national exhibit, “Telling a People’s Story: African American Children’s Literature,” which will be shown on the Second Level of Duane G. Meyer Library from Wednesday, April 3, 2019 through Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

One-Button Recording Studio Just a Hop, Skip, and Jump Drive Away

One-Button Recording Studio Just a Hop, Skip, and Jump Drive Away

A new one-button recording studio recently opened on the Second Level of the Duane G. Meyer Library on the Springfield campus of Missouri State University. On Thursday, November 15, 2018, MSU President Clif Smart and Boomer visited the One-Button Studio to record a video.

How Easy is It to Use?

  • Plug your USB drive (recommended 4 – 8 GB) into the hub.
  • Press the silver button.  You will get a five-second countdown.
  • Record your video.
  • Press the button again when you have finished.  The computer will save the video in .mp4 format to the USB drive.
  • Photo of MSU President Clif Smart and Boomer in the One-Button StudioRemove the USB drive. Everything will turn off, and you are set to go.

Potential Uses:

  • record a presentation for class
  • record interviews or podcasts
  • rehearse dissertation defenses
  • create videos for online instruction
  • create videos for training
  • practice public speaking​
  • act out scenes from a play

The studio can be reserved online for up to two hours. An online guide to the One-Button Studio is available, too.

Special Collections Spotlight: The Essie DeCamp Collection

Special Collections Spotlight: The Essie DeCamp Collection

"Union Label Week" posterThe Essie DeCamp Collection (LA 3) in Meyer Library’s Special Collections and Archives contains the papers of DeCamp, who was a founding member in 1936 of the women’s auxiliary to the Amalgamated Association of Street Electric Railway Employees of America, Local 691.  She was also a founding member of the Joint Council of Women’s Auxiliaries and was very active in the Label League.  This collection includes records of these organizations as well as some personal papers.

The first official meeting of Local 691’s women’s auxiliary was held in January of 1937, although the local was not chartered until 1938 when the international auxiliary was formed.  Membership of the auxiliary grew quickly.  Before World War II, the auxiliary gave dinners and luncheons for members of the union, and spent time studying the origins of labor unions and ways women could help, and in welfare and service projects.

During World War II, the auxiliary kept busy serving the needs of O’Reilly hospital in Springfield.  Members served as nurse aides and “gray ladies,” rolling bandages and making pads and lap robes for patients.  In 1944, the International Auxiliary sponsored a fund raising program to raise money to buy at least one ambulance for the War Department for use overseas.  Local 691 Auxiliary at that time had 22 members, and raised the most money per capita.  They were given the honor of presenting two ambulances to the War Department on behalf of the International Auxiliary.  The money raised by the auxiliaries was more than enough to buy two ambulances, and excess funds were used to buy needed equipment for O’Reilly Hospital.

After the War, union membership increased as men returned to work from armed service.  Local 691 and its auxiliary was no exception.  The 1950s saw the heyday of membership.  During the ‘60s, however, membership declined.  In 1970, the Auxiliary disbanded.  Essie DeCamp was still a member at that time.  She had served as its president for four or five years, and as secretary for “more years than I remember.”

The Joint Council of Women’s Auxiliaries was organized on May 28th, 1947, following the Missouri State Federation of Labor Convention.  DeCamp was elected president of the organization. The Joint Council worked to organize auxiliaries in the area, and succeeded in organizing auxiliaries to the Hod-carriers and Laborers (the first auxiliary to this union in the U.S.), Bakers, Grain Millers, Electricians, and Plumbers among others.  The Council also worked to help educate the wives of union members about ways they could help labor.  They sponsored meetings of the Missouri State Federation of Women’s Auxiliaries when they were held in Springfield.

DeCamp was the daughter of J. R. (Bob) Andrews, an early Springfield labor leader and founding member of the Amalgamated Association of Street and Electric Railway and Motor Coach Employees of America (Local 691) in 1916.  That same year, the Local went on strike against Springfield Traction Company.  The strike lasted 252 days, but the workers won the right to organize and to bargain collectively.  The union had the strong support of city leaders and citizenry, and the strike led the way for other street car workers in Missouri to organize.  Bob Andrews was active in the strike and was a union representative in negotiations at the end of the strike.

Essie DeCamp later married L. G. (Pat) DeCamp, who was also a member of Local 691.  He went to work as a track welder for Springfield Traction, while Essie’s father was a track foreman.  Mr. DeCamp served as an officer in the union for several years.

For more information, please contact Special Collections and Archives.

OzarksWatch Fall Issue: End-of-Life Customs

OzarksWatch Fall Issue: End-of-Life Customs

The Fall 2018 issue of OzarksWatch Magazine, a publication of the Ozarks Studies Institute, an initiative of the MSU Libraries, is now out. The theme of this issue is “End-of-Life Customs in the Ozarks.”

Cover of OzarksWatch MagazineArticle topics include:

  • Cemetery symbolism
  • Reminiscences of an African-American funeral director
  • History of segregation in Springfield’s Hazelwood Cemetery
  • Efforts to preserve and record the history of Ozarks cemeteries
  • The unorthodox funeral of Rose O’Neill
  • Ozark burial customs
  • The rural cemetery movement
  • Grave dowsing
  • The Iberia Academy
  • Part III in the series of articles about Art Song in the Ozarks
  • A beautiful photographic essay about frost flowers
  • An excerpt from The Valley Calls, an unpublished work of fiction from the 1940s
  • Six book reviews

The themes for the Spring 2019 issue of OzarksWatch Magazine will be the end of Prohibition, Moonshine, and other libations.

E-Resource Spotlight: PubMed

E-Resource Spotlight: PubMed

PubMed logoPubMed comprises over 20 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. PubMed citations and abstracts include the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and pre-clinical sciences. PubMed also provides access to additional relevant Web sites and links to the other NCBI molecular biology resources. PubMed is a free resource that is developed and maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), at the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), located at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

New, Improved Study Room Booking Interface

New, Improved Study Room Booking Interface

Study Room Booking InterfaceThis past Monday morning, November 5th, Library Information Technology (LIT) rolled out a new-and-improved self-service system for booking group study rooms in Duane G. Meyer Library.

The system is composed of two main components: a touchscreen-based walk-up kiosk (pictured) and a new web interface for booking from your computer or mobile device.

While similar in appearance to the read-only screen previously located across from the elevators on the Second Level, this new walk-up kiosk interface, which can be found near the new Living Room area on the First Level (across from the Circulation Desk), has a touchscreen that allows you to select a room and/or time slot and book your reservation all in one place! All you need is a BearPass login.

This has been a highly-requested feature, and LIT staff (particularly October Library Employee of the Month, Mark Arnold) have worked hard to make it a reality.

Save the Date: Fall 2018 End-of-Semester Party

Save the Date: Fall 2018 End-of-Semester Party

Photo of Room 301 of Duane G. Meyer LibraryOur end-of-semester party (aka, the “Dead Day” party) will be held on Friday, December 7th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in LIBR 301. Please join us to honor our graduating student employees and to celebrate another successful semester.

Private funds will allow the Libraries to provide the main dish (TBD) and soft drinks. Everyone is invited to bring a side dish or dessert to share with the group.

In order to further our sustainability efforts, attendees are encouraged to bring your own reusable plate, cup, and eating utensils. We will have some disposable paper plates, cups, and plastic eating utensils available for those unable to bring their own.

Retirees of the MSU Libraries and significant others are welcome to attend.