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Ozark Jubilee Digitization Project Receives Grammy Museum Grant

Ozark Jubilee Digitization Project Receives Grammy Museum Grant

On Tuesday, June 16, 2020 the Grammy Museum Grant Program, headquartered in Los Angeles, announced that $200,000 had been awarded to 13 organizations in North America for music research and sound preservation.  Awardees include Princeton University, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, Ryerson University in Toronto, the Research Foundation for SUNY-Albany, the University of Oregon, the University of Pittsburgh Library System, and the Missouri State University Libraries.  The MSU Libraries has been awarded $18,000 to advance the ongoing Ozark Jubilee Digitization Project,  a…

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MarooNation Book Club Has a Great Start

MarooNation Book Club Has a Great Start

The new MarooNation Book Club, a collaborative program of the MSU Alumni Association and the MSU Libraries, is off to a great start. The 144 alums and friends of MSU who are participating are wrapping our lively online chat about  The First Beverly Hillbilly: The Untold Story of the Creator of Rural TV Comedy, written by Ruth Henning about her life with her husband Paul, the genius behind three hit TV comedies of the Sixties: The Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction,…

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New Systems Are Up and Running

New Systems Are Up and Running

On Monday, June 8, 2020 the new information systems for users of the Missouri State University Libraries came online. MSU has the distinction of being the first academic institution in the United States to fully implement FOLIO — the Future Of Libraries Is Open — the new open-source library services platform.  The implementation team at the MSU Libraries worked with a team from EBSCO, which is hosting the new system for MSU, and librarians and developers in Europe to bring…

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New Subject Guide on Racism and Inequality

New Subject Guide on Racism and Inequality

The new Racism and Inequality Subject Guide is a multipurpose guide with resources that can be used when seeking information about racism, inequality, and related topics. This guide can be used as a starting place for research or as an educational tool for teaching and learning and discussion.  The guide contains reading lists of books, ebooks, articles, websites, media, and videos. The guide contains a mix of library provided resources, freely available websites, and suggested media on popular streaming options…

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Red Letter Day: Mon. June 8th

Red Letter Day: Mon. June 8th

Next Monday will be a red letter day for the Missouri State University Libraries. If all goes as planned several important things will happen: New Systems Go Live: The Missouri State University Libraries, in partnership with EBSCO, one of the leading providers of research databases, e-journals, e-books, and discovery services to libraries, has undertaken a major project to upgrade its fundamental information systems.  Because the foundation of this project will be a new open-source software platform called FOLIO (the Future…

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Work Continues on Ozarks Room

Work Continues on Ozarks Room

Early in June additional furnishings arrived, were assembled, and deployed for the new Ozarks Room on the Third Level of Duane G. Meyer Library on the Springfield campus of Missouri State University. Plans are underway to fully open the Ozarks Room this fall, beginning with a grand opening reception. The date, time, and other details about that opening event will be shared later. The Ozarks Room will become another physical manifestation of the good work of the Ozarks Studies Institute…

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Updates on Personnel

Updates on Personnel

  Jim Coombs, Associate Professor of Library Science and the Maps and GIS Librarian at the Missouri State University Libraries, retired on May 15th, after over four decades of praiseworthy service to the communities served by the MSU Libraries, and to the profession of maps librarianship. Congratulations, Jim!     On June 1st, after over 47 years of excellent service to the Missouri State University Libraries and its users, Ginger Allard retired. Congratulations, Ginger! Best wishes to you in your…

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Migration to New Systems Coming in Early June

Migration to New Systems Coming in Early June

The Missouri State University Libraries will be migrating to new systems in early June. Here is the basic information that users need to know:   At approximately 6:00 p.m. CDT on Thursday, June 4, 2020, MSU faculty, staff, students, and other community members will no longer be able to renew or request items via the SWAN or MOBIUS catalogs. (MOBIUS requests, as well as requests from other SWAN libraries. have been unavailable since March, and will remain so through June.) However,…

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Using Archival Images Virtually

Using Archival Images Virtually

The Special Collections and Archives unit of the Missouri State University Libraries has created two fun ways to use archival images from home: Zoom backgrounds: Show your Missouri State spirit and love of history with a background from the Archives, like graduation photos or Frisco train car scenes.  Watch for more on the Special Collections & Archives at Missouri State University Facebook page over the summer. Nintendo Animal Crossing artwork: Use images from archival collections to decorate your Animal Crossing: New Horizons home with QR codes…

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Online Test Proctoring Service Launches via Zoom

Online Test Proctoring Service Launches via Zoom

The MSU Testing Center has launched a new proctoring service using Zoom as of May 11, 2020. This service is available to all MSU students at no additional cost to them, and allows Testing Center staff to remotely proctor exams, viewing both the computer screen and the student simultaneously and record the session for later viewing for academic integrity purposes. This service is intended for students who are true distance students who cannot access a local-to-them appropriate testing facility, local…

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