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CAST to Hold Open House

CAST to Hold Open House

CAST, the new Center for Academic Success and Transition at Missouri State University, and the newest service center in Duane G. Meyer Library, will hold an open house on Friday, January 24, 2020, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The goal of CAST is “to ensure that students are retained, thrive and graduate from the University. This is done through the coordination of activities and delivery of student services focusing on academic support beginning with student transition into the university and…

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Gillespie Collection of Theoretical Mathematics

Gillespie Collection of Theoretical Mathematics

The Missouri State University Libraries recently received a large collection of books about various topics related to theoretical mathematics: number theory, chaos theory, etc. The gift was made by Lanarae Gillespie, the widow of Frank Gillespie. Frank Gillespie was a mathematics professor at SMS/MSU for 35 years, retiring in 2003. He passed in October 2018. The size of the collection has not yet been determined, but it is estimated to be approximately 8,000 volumes. The entire collection has been received…

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Check Out the Tech Devices in Duane G. Meyer Library

Check Out the Tech Devices in Duane G. Meyer Library

The Duane G. Meyer Library has an exciting array of technology available for students, staff, and faculty to check out. The library has almost 20 computers, including Windows laptops, Macbooks, and Chromebooks. We also have an iPad, Samsung tablet, and Microsoft Surface. These devices check out for three days. Some of the other most popular items that patrons checkout for two hours are charging cords of many kinds, and dry erase markers. Classes and students from around the campus check…

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Lindsey Taggart Joins City of Springfield Advisory Board

Lindsey Taggart Joins City of Springfield Advisory Board

Lindsey Taggart, Director of Resource Management & Discovery for the MSU Libraries, has been appointed to the City of Springfield’s Citizens Advisory Committee for Community Development. The Committee provides a forum for public participation on the City’s annual Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding. Past grants have funded projects including non-profit housing developments, after-school care programs, and job training courses. Congratulations, Lindsey!

Donation Box in Library Supports Ozarks Food Harvest

Donation Box in Library Supports Ozarks Food Harvest

In 2019 the donation box located on the First Level of Duane G. Meyer Library collected $720.89 in cash gifts from MSU students, faculty, staff, and other users of the library in support of the good work of Ozarks Food Harvest. The money is being used to provide 2,884 meals to needy individuals and families. Overall, in 2019 Ozarks Food Harvest provided 18.5 million meals that supported 261,000 individuals. Ozarks Food Harvest is the Feeding America food bank for southwest…

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Darr Gift Funds Bookeye 4 Scanner

Darr Gift Funds Bookeye 4 Scanner

Because of a generous gift from Bill and Virginia Darr, the Missouri State University Libraries is able to acquire and use a new, high-tech BookEye 4 book scanning station and supporting software. This scanner can create high quality, color scans of bound materials quickly and easily.  Its design allows fragile items to be digitized without damaging the original binding, as our flatbed scanners would.  This new scanner enables the MSU libraries to digitize our wealth of Ozarks regional booklets and…

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“First FOLIO at MSU” Updates as of Dec. 19th

“First FOLIO at MSU” Updates as of Dec. 19th

EDS Discovery Layer: The Discovery Layer Implementation Advisory Working Group is very close to finalizing the initial configuration of MSU’s new EDS Discovery Layer. The new link will “go live” early in January, as the first step in a phased implementation. Crystal Dicke will be giving demonstrations of the new discovery layer soon, and she will continue to gather feedback and suggestions. Project ReShare: The Open Library Foundation (OLF) has been working on a collaborative project to develop and deploy…

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Springfield’s New Drag Queen Story Hour

Springfield’s New Drag Queen Story Hour

Thanks to the efforts of Paige Harp, a staff member of the MSU Libraries, Springfield, Missouri is now home to an official chapter of Drag Queen Story Hour.   This organization “captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models. In spaces like this, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, where dress…

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Rachel Besara Co-Edits Book

Rachel Besara Co-Edits Book

The academic publisher Palgrave-Macmillan recently released a book of contributed chapters about Anthropological Data in the Digital Age, and our own Rachel Besara, Associate Dean of University Libraries, served as one of the four co-editors. The twelve chapters explore how anthropologists are grappling with new methods to collect, analyze, manage, and present digital data. The authors of the twelve chapters include anthropologists, archaeologists, archivists, ethnologists, and librarians.  The other co-editors are Jerome W. Crowder, Associate Professor of Preventative Medicine and…

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What’s Brewing @ Your Library Another Big Success

What’s Brewing @ Your Library Another Big Success

Over 100 MSU faculty and staff attended the What’s Brewing @ Your Library event held on the First Level of Duane G. Meyer Library last Friday evening, as the fall semester concluded. Fourteen vendors enabled attendees to sample their beverages, Sydadre, a local three-person band, provided the music, and Mexican Villa served up generous and tasty portions of their food.  This is the sixth What’s Brewing @ Your Library to be held at the MSU Library. Interest in and attendance…

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