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Month: January 2019

Upcoming Program: “Living Ozarks: Our History and Legacy to Future Generations”

Upcoming Program: “Living Ozarks: Our History and Legacy to Future Generations”

Cover of the Living Ozarks AnthologyJoin us for an evening exploring the issues surrounding water quality, land use and natural resources of the Ozarks. This program will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2019, 7-9 p.m. in the Library Center auditorium on S. Campbell.

At 7 p.m., contributing authors will read excerpts from the anthology “Living Ozarks: The Ecology and Culture of a Natural Place,” interspersed with traditional Ozarks music performed by area musicians.

At 7:45 p.m. a panel of local environmental experts and Ozarks historians discuss the changes in Ozarks ecology over the past century and what they mean as we move into the future. Panelists include Watershed Committee of the Ozarks Executive Director Mike Kromrey, former Chairman of the Missouri Clean Water Commission Todd Parnell, History Museum on the Square Executive Director John Sellars and Ozarks Watch Magazine Managing Editor Susan Croce Kelly.

Special Collections and E-Resource Spotlight: Umbra Search

Special Collections and E-Resource Spotlight: Umbra Search

Old photo of two African AmericansMaterial digitized from the Katherine G. Lederer Ozarks African American History Collection (M 35) and included in Missouri State University’s Digital Collections is also accessible through the Umbra Search portal, which aggregates digitized material related to African American history from across the country.

Umbra Search African American History makes African American history more broadly accessible through a freely available widget and search tool, umbrasearch.org; digitization of African American materials across University of Minnesota collections; and support of students, educators, artists, and the public through residencies, workshops, and events locally and around the country. umbrasearch.org brings together hundreds of thousands digitized materials from over 1,000 libraries and archives across the country. Umbra Search celebrates the vital efforts of the individuals and institutions that have helped to preserve and make accessible African American history and culture, and we pay homage to the Umbra Society of the early 1960s, a renegade group of Black writers and poets who helped create the Black Arts Movement.

For more information, contact MSU’s Special Collections and Archives or Umbra Search.

First Badging Course a Big Success

First Badging Course a Big Success

LIS 397 course logoThe MSU Libraries offered a badging course in Fall 2018 introducing students to emerging technologies that they can apply to their specialization and everyday thinking.  The course (LIS397) was taught by Sue Reichling, Brooks Travis, Joshua Lambert, and Jir Shin Boey and covered four different aspects of emerging technologies: virtual reality, augmented reality, robotics, and 3D printing/design.  Students had hands-on experience trying out virtual and augmented reality technology in the library, learning programming environments for robotics, and working with simple CAD programs for modeling 3D objects.  When students have completed all the units of the course, they received digital badges acknowledging their achievements.

The course will be offered again in the Spring beginning March 19.  For further information about the course, please contact Rachel Besara.

New Printed Mail and Parcel Procedures

New Printed Mail and Parcel Procedures

photo of mail slotsNew delivery procedures mail and parcels are in effect at Meyer Library. Delivery points have been coordinated for all Library Units and building partners. No longer a need to pick up mail in the receiving room by the loading dock. It now will be delivered directly to library units and building partners. The mail slots in the receiving room will be removed soon.

Incoming Deliveries: Daily mail and other deliveries are brought to Room 007 in the northeast corner of the Lower Level, then sorted and distributed throughout the building.

Outgoing Mail: Any type of outgoing mail may be placed on the small wooden table located in the Receiving area of Room 007.

Rachel Besara Giving Two Presentations at ACRL National Conference

Rachel Besara Giving Two Presentations at ACRL National Conference

ACRL conf logoRachel Besara will be carrying the banner for Missouri State University Libraries, giving two presentations at the Association of College & Research Libraries Conference. The ACRL Conference is highly selective, with posters having a 35% acceptance rate and panels having a 27% acceptance rate, and we will be represented in both categories.

The first is a panel presentation on April 11 — A Leader in a Strange Land: Adjusting to Life as an Administrator in a New Institution with Michelle Demeter from New York University, Ginger Williams from Wichita State University, and Holly Kouns from University of Texas Arlington.

The second is a poster presentation on April 12 — More than You Bargained for: Using ROI to Demonstrate the Value of a Library-run Tutoring Program with Michelle Demeter from New York University and Jessica Barmon from Florida State University.
Congratulations to Rachel & Go Bears!
BearWorks Institutional Repository Receives Heavy Use

BearWorks Institutional Repository Receives Heavy Use

logo of the NOAA institutional repository
logo of the NOAA Institutional Repository

The master’s theses and other scholarship created here at Missouri State University, have a new digital home in BearWorks, the institutional repository of MSU.

BearWorks, a service of the MSU Libraries, is a growing compilation of research, scholarship, and publications done at Missouri State. It has been receiving heavy use, when measured by the number of copies downloaded. The top five theses, in terms of number of downloads per day to date, are listed below.

  1. 3,160: Horse-Stealing and Man-Hanging: an Examination of Vigilantism in the Missouri Ozarks, by Connie Yen
  2. 2,731: Practicing Positive Coping Strategies For Managing Math Anxiety In A Secondary Mathematics Classroom, by Courtney Kathleen Smith-Nelson
  3. 1,038: Rivalry in the Middle East: The History of Saudi-Iranian Relations and its Implications on American Foreign Policy, by Derika Weddington
  4. 44 (since December 17, 2018): Nesting Success and Habitat Preference of the Barn Owl (Tyto alba) in Southwest Missouri, Samantha Ann Meilink
  5. 735: Cayley Graphs of Groups and Their Applications, by Anna Tripi

 

Dea Borneman Wins TLC Award

Dea Borneman Wins TLC Award

Photo of Dea BornemanIn April Dr. Melinda Hammerschmidt, first grade instructor at Greenwood Lab School, and Dea Borneman, head of Haseltine Library in Greenwood, will receive the Missouri Association of School Librarians TLC (teacher/librarian collaboration) Award.

Melinda and Dea reimagined a traditional study of famous Americans in order to explore a more diverse group of individuals and then implemented the project with Greenwood first grade students last year.

An article, “Inspiring Americans: Creating a Community of Engaged Citizens in the First Grade,” and a related pullout activity about this project was published in the 2018 Nov./Dec. issue of the journal, Social Studies and the Young Learner. 

Smithsonian Exhibit, “Roots of Wisdom,” Opens Here on March 18th

Smithsonian Exhibit, “Roots of Wisdom,” Opens Here on March 18th

Roots of Wisdom exhibit logoRoots of Wisdom: Native Knowledge. Shared Science” will open on Monday, March 18, 2019, after Spring Break, at the Duane G. Meyer Library at Missouri State University, where it will be on view through Friday, May 24, 2019. 

The Smithsonian traveling exhibition explores the ways in which traditional knowledge of indigenous communities and cutting-edge Western science are being applied. This exhibit is free and open to the public.

Exhibit hours from March 18 to May 11, 2019, are Monday through Thursday, Noon to 8:00 p.m., Friday through Sunday, Noon to 6:00 p.m.  (Closed April 19 and 20, 2019.) Hours will be reduced from May 13 to May 24, 2019.  Group visits at other times are available by appointment. 

“Roots of Wisdom: Native Knowledge. Shared Science” was developed, produced and circulated by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. The exhibition is made possible with funds provided by the National Science Foundation. 

Here at Missouri State University, the “Roots of Wisdom” exhibit is supported by the College of Natural and Applied Sciences, the College of Humanities and Public Affairs, the Division for Diversity and Inclusion, and the University Libraries. 

Adult Student Services Orientation Session

Adult Student Services Orientation Session

Photo of adult student orientation session at MSUThe Adult Student Services Welcome orientation took place on Saturday, January 12, 2019.  The welcome orientation lasts a half day and ends with a campus tour. Several campus services were in attendance such as the Bear Claw, MSU Online, and Financial Aid. Tracy Stout, a member of the Library Science faculty, provided a brief presentation and answered questions about the MSU Libraries. Approximately 25 adult students attended the welcome orientation.  

E-Resource Spotlight: JSTOR

E-Resource Spotlight: JSTOR

JSTOR logoJSTOR — a digital library of journals and other materials for scholars, researchers, and students — offers two multidisciplinary collections available at MSU:

1) Arts & Sciences I-IX is an umbrella journal collection containing nine sub-units, but which is searched as one collection. Its contents are: over 1,100 core journals in nearly all academic disciplines, including economics, history, political science, public administration, sociology, mathematics, statistics, philosophy, religion, ecology, archaeology, classics, Latin American, African, Slavic, and Middle Eastern Studies, language, literature, theatre, music, art, architecture, legal scholarship, business, education, management, marketing, and health sciences;

2) Biological Sciences, which is a collection of over 150 journals in science fields such as conservation, plant sciences, cell biology and zoology.