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Meyer lobby cafe to be removed at last

Meyer lobby cafe to be removed at last

The shuttered cafe in the southwest corner of the Duane G. Meyer Library lobby will finally be removed by its parent company, Chartwells. Once known as OutTakes, the cafe served Starbucks coffee, snacks and pre-made lunches until approximately Spring 2022, when Chartwells decided to close it, citing a lack of profits. The leadership of Meyer Library lobbied for Chartwells to reopen the cafe, but they opted not to. “When we realized they were not going to reopen it, we asked…

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Special Collections and Archives hosts McQueary exhibit on educational philanthropy

Special Collections and Archives hosts McQueary exhibit on educational philanthropy

Special Collections and Archives inside the Duane G. Meyer Library is exhibiting the memorabilia of Ramona McQueary’s time involved in the P.E.O. Sisterhood. P.E.O. stands for Philanthropic Education Organization. Founded in 1869 at Iowa Wesleyan University by seven female students, P.E.O. exists for the betterment of women, sisterhood, and loyalty through grants, scholarships, awards, and loans that help women to attain their educational goals. McQueary herself was very active at Missouri State University, then known as SMSU. She served on…

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Ozarks Studies Institute to attend Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival

Ozarks Studies Institute to attend Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival

On Friday, June 7, 2024 and Saturday, June 8, 2024, the Ozarks Studies Institute, an ongoing initiative of the Missouri State University Libraries, will serve as a vendor at the 30th annual Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival in West Plains, MO. The OSI booth will have books and magazines for sale at a table underneath a canopy. Funded partially by the Missouri Arts Council and the Missouri Folk Arts Program, the festival, which began in 1994, exists to acknowledge talented…

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Latest edition of OzarksWatch Magazine is out!

Latest edition of OzarksWatch Magazine is out!

The Spring/Summer 2024 edition of OzarksWatch Magazine is fresh off the press! This volume’s theme is Ozark Treasures. This unique issue is a smorgasbord of stories. Inside, you’ll find articles on everything from music to visual art, sports, photography, history, and much more. The issue is complete with 7 book reviews in the back.  “All this, and more are just out there waiting, and we’re not sure that everyone knows that. So we decided  to give you a sample of…

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Meyer Library’s Special Collections unveils new display

Meyer Library’s Special Collections unveils new display

Special Collections and Archives, part of the Missouri State University Libraries, is excited to share a new display with the community! Water Sources in the Ozarks: Protecting, Improving, and Promoting Awareness features selected items from archival collections documenting the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks, the James River Basin Partnership, and historic photographs featuring streams and rivers in the Ozarks Region. This exhibit focuses on two organizations working to protect the region’s watershed: the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks and the…

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Meyer Testing Center staff passes national certification exam

Meyer Testing Center staff passes national certification exam

The full-time staff in the Meyer Testing Center (Sue McCrory, Kevin Wilson, Amy Hankins, and Scott Fischer) all recently completed and passed the National College Testing Association (NCTA) Proctor Certification exam.   Attaining the NCTA Proctor Certification furthers the professional development of testing staff working in educational institutions and the private sector, helps to ensure the preservation and relevance of exam content for all stakeholders including test vendors, sponsors, and examinees, provides opportunities for new proctoring training that is non-specific…

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Ozark Public Television spotlights Ozarks Studies Institute book, Saving Bull Creek

Ozark Public Television spotlights Ozarks Studies Institute book, Saving Bull Creek

This month, Ozarks Public Television’s Gregory Holman sat down with Bob Kipfer, one of the authors of Saving Bull Creek, to discuss the newest book from the Ozarks Studies Institute at Missouri State University. The 25-minute segment aired on OPT’s Sense of Community on May 16. Kipfer talked with the host about several topics ranging from his collaboration with co-author Loring Bullard to his property on the creek, conservation of the environment, the history of the peoples, flora, and fauna…

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Special Collections and Archives gets a new collection and a new intern

Special Collections and Archives gets a new collection and a new intern

Special Collections and Archives, part of the Missouri State University Libraries, is excited to announce the addition of a new finding guide available online. The Johnson Family Student Ephemera Collection documents the Johnson family’s experiences at State Normal School #4 and Southwest Missouri State Teachers College. Two aunts, an uncle, and the donor’s father all attended what is now Missouri State University in the 1910s and 1920s. The collection includes university bulletins, programs, sports memorabilia, a 1920s football and helmet,…

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MSU Springfield Libraries say goodbye to 5 graduating student workers

MSU Springfield Libraries say goodbye to 5 graduating student workers

This week, 5 student workers from the libraries at the Springfield MSU campus are graduating. Ainsley Frieling, Gabriella Martin, Claire Russell, Georgeanna Cannon, and Annie Simphaly are heading off to the next phase in their lives. Ainsley has worked at the service desk and now works with Interlibrary Loan. Georgeanna and Claire are student managers at the service desk. Gabriella works in the Marketing and Communications department. Annie works in Special Collections.  “Students are at the heart of everything we…

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OSI to publish Ozarks Float Fishing book

OSI to publish Ozarks Float Fishing book

The Ozarks Studies Institute, an ongoing initiative of the Missouri State University Libraries, is publishing a new book on float fishing. Authored by local writer Tom Koob with cartographic specialist Curtis Copeland, the book charts the history of a unique Ozarks past time from its origins through the decline of the sport and industry. The book is in production currently and is expected to be available for purchase in late summer or in the fall of 2024. This spring, the…

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