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Month: December 2018

Shannon Mawhiney Elected Vice-Chair, Chair-Elect of MOHub Steering Committee

Shannon Mawhiney Elected Vice-Chair, Chair-Elect of MOHub Steering Committee

Logo of the Missouri HubMSU Libraries’ digital archivist, Shannon Mawhiney, was recently elected Vice-Chair of the Missouri Hub Steering Committee.  The Missouri Hub (or MOHub) consists of several partner institutions from around the state, including Missouri State University, and is currently sponsored by the MOBIUS consortium.  MOHub aggregates information about digital objects, such as letters and photographs digitized in Meyer Library’s Special Collections, and supplies these records to the Digital Public Library of American (DPLA)—which makes content discoverable through a single search interface.  This allows the items in Missouri State University’s Digital Collections to be more widely accessible and discoverable by researchers using DPLA.  Other organizations from around the country that contribute material to DPLA include the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), HathiTrust, the Smithsonian Institution, the New York Public Library, Internet Archive, and many, many more.

10th Anniversary of Springfield AARI Begins in Feb. 2019

10th Anniversary of Springfield AARI Begins in Feb. 2019

Telling a People's Story ExhibitThe Tenth Anniversary of the Springfield African American Read-In (AARI), a community literacy initiative, begins on Friday, February 1, 2019 with an opening reception for the traveling exhibit Telling a People’s Story: African American Children’s Illustrated Literature This is the first major museum exhibition devoted to the art found within the pages of African-American children’s books. The reception, free and open to the public, will be held from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at The Library Center (4653 S. Campbell Avenue), with ample parking. 

The Telling a People’s Story traveling exhibit will be on display at The Library Center from February 1 through March 31, 2019, followed by a showing at the Duane G. Meyer Library, Missouri State University, from April 3 through May 22, 2019.

In conjunction with the exhibit, special guest speakers and public forums are planned, including a presentation visit by New York Times best-selling illustrator, AG Ford, one of the artists featured in the exhibit. Mr. Ford will give presentations at both The Library Center and Meyer Library on Thursday, March 28, 2019. 

The Telling A People’s Story Exhibit follows the journey of African American people from Africa past to America present through children’s books. The exhibit, highlighting original art, began at the Miami University Art Museum in Oxford, Ohio, initially displayed during the summer 2018. Through a grant from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation in Cleveland, it was reformatted into a traveling exhibit. 

Current displays of the exhibit and programs are sponsored by the Springfield African American Read-In, a collaborative partnership of Missouri State University Libraries, Drury University, Springfield-Greene County Library District, Springfield Public Schools and the Springfield NAACP Chapter. Additional support is provided by the Community Partnership of the Ozarks, the Springfield Regional Arts Council, and Friends of the Library.

Finals Stress Relief with Pet Therapy Dogs Another Huge Success

Finals Stress Relief with Pet Therapy Dogs Another Huge Success

Pet Therapy of the OzarksHundreds of students took time out from studying for finals on Tuesday afternoon, December 11, 2018 to interact with seven teams of dogs and owners from Pet Therapy of the Ozarks. Two of the teams were new to this event. The dogs, their owners, and the students congregated in the new Living Room on the First Level of Duane G. Meyer Library on the Springfield campus of Missouri State University. Everyone had a great time. Anne Baker, Head of Special Collections and Archives, helped organize the event. It was well worth the effort to see all the smiles and laughter.

Special Collections Spotlight: President’s Office Publications

Special Collections Spotlight: President’s Office Publications

Cover of a President's Office PublicationThe President’s Office Publications (RG 1/1/2) in Meyer Library’s Special Collections and Archives contains several different regular publications produced by Missouri State University’s President’s Office, including President’s Report (1963-1994), SMSU Focus (1993-2005), and Friday Focus (2005-2010).

President’s Report summarized information about each school year, such as events, achievements, and financial information. Some issues also covered information about “long-range plans.”*

Friday Focus was an occasional publication from the Office of the President.  First published as SMSU Focusin 1993, the brief (2-4 page) publication contained information from the university president for the campus community. While the masthead for SMSU Focus described the publication as a monthly, it was not consistently published. In 2005 the format changed to online-only* and the name became Friday Focus.

These publications, along with several other MSU publications, can be found online in our Digital Collections.  (Note that some of the President’s Reports were part of the Bulletin series or Annual Reports; see the finding aid for a list.)

(*Long-Range Plans (RG 1/4/1) and President’s Blogs (RG 1/1/5) are separate record groups from the President’s Office Publications (RG 1/1/2); contact Special Collections and Archives for more information about the material in these collections.)

Finals Week Activities

Finals Week Activities

Pet Therapy Session During Finals WeekMeyer Library was voted best place to study on campus, but we are also a great place for stress relief during Finals Week!

Besides extended hours for finals, the library will have a sensory table with stress balls, coloring pages, kinetic sand, and water beads. We are also providing a motivation wall, overnight coffee, crafting corner, puzzles, popup popcorn, and a snack night.  Our most popular stress relief
activity, the pet therapy pups, will be here Tuesday, December 11, from 2:00-4:00 pm.

Laptop Check-Out Available at Duane G. Meyer Library

Laptop Check-Out Available at Duane G. Meyer Library

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro Tablet ComputerLaptops and tablet computers are available for three-day check-outs at the main Circulation desk on the First (main) Level of Duane G. Meyer Library. Available equipment includes:

  • Dell Latitude 3340 Laptop with a 13-inch screen
  • iPad Air 2
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 3
  • Samsung Galaxy Note Pro with a 12.2-inch screen

Garnett Library also has computers and other equipment available for three-day check-outs. An online list of options is available.