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Overview of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Overview of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Yesterday the Smithsonian officially released the schedule of activities, presentations, and performances at the Ozarks Program at the upcoming Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall in Washington DC.  Missouri State University (MSU) is the lead partner with the Smithsonian Institution, collaborating to plan, promote, and present an exciting array of events at the Ozarks program at the ten-day Smithsonian Folklife Festival, from Thursday, June 29 through Sunday, July 9, 2023. Festival activities will occur daily from 11:00 to 5:30,…

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Music on Route 66 Oral History Project and Research Collection

Music on Route 66 Oral History Project and Research Collection

Route 66 researchers now have additional resources available through the Missouri State University Libraries. The Live Music Venues and Experiences on Route 66 oral history project, made possible in part by the National Park Service, Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program, can be found on the MSU Libraries’ YouTube channel and in Special Collections and Archives. This investigation of musical venues located in Springfield, Missouri, and around Lebanon, Missouri, offers a broad look of the community memory fostered by Route 66….

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Joint article in Journal of Library Administration

Joint article in Journal of Library Administration

Current and former MSU Libraries employees have published an article entitled Research Content as an Expression of the Scholarly Information Seeking Habits and Behavior of University Faculty in the Journal of Library Administration. A second companion article, Research Services and Spaces as Expressions of the Scholarly Information Seeking Habits and Behavior of University Faculty, will also be published later this summer in the same journal. Both articles are based upon our study Scholarly Information Seeking Habits and Behaviors of Missouri State University (MSU) Faculty found…

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New Finding Guide: James River Basin Partnership Collection

New Finding Guide: James River Basin Partnership Collection

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 James River Basin Partnership Collection documents the organization’s commitment to improve Ozark waterways. Formed in 1997 in response to an algae bloom in the James River arm of Table Rock Lake, the James River Basin Partnership (JRBP) advocates for continued improvements in water quality, conservation, and environmental education in areas affected by the James River….

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Meyer Library Hosts OSA Annual Conference

Meyer Library Hosts OSA Annual Conference

On Friday, May 26, 2023 the Ozarks Studies Association (OSA) will hold their third annual one-day conference in Duane G. Meyer Library on the main Springfield campus of Missouri State University.  OSA 2023 Program Details   Host: Ozarks Studies Institute, Missouri State University   Sponsors: Ozarks Studies Institute, Missouri State University; Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Missouri State University; English Department, Missouri State University; African American Studies Program, Missouri State University   8:00-8:15 Coffee, snacks, registration   8:15-8:30 Introduction…

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Ozarks Jamboree a Huge Success

Ozarks Jamboree a Huge Success

On Friday evening, May 12, 2023, a crowd of over 200 assembled in the new John Goodman Amphitheater (JGA) on the main Springfield campus of Missouri State University to enjoy an Ozarks Jamboree, hosted by Jeff Houghton.  This was the first public event in JGA, held on a beautiful spring evening when the newly renovated pedestrian walkway under Grand Street finally opened after a prolonged construction period.  The audience was treated to three fantastic groups during the two-hour concert: David…

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“Our Food: Our Stories” oral history series to preserve experiences of Ozarks farmers

“Our Food: Our Stories” oral history series to preserve experiences of Ozarks farmers

The Missouri Humanities Council (MHC) has awarded a grant of $7,000 to Springfield Community Gardens in support of the project, “Our Food: Our Stories”. The MHC is the only state wide agency in Missouri devoted exclusively to humanities education for citizens of all ages. It has served as a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities since 1971. Springfield Community Gardens is sponsoring this progroject in partnership with Missouri Humanities and with support from the Missouri Humanities Trust…

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Joshua Lambert published in Journal of Access Services

Joshua Lambert published in Journal of Access Services

Joshua Lambert, a member of the Library Science faculty at Missouri State University, recently published an article named Evidence-based library book shifting in the Journal of Access Services. This article describes an evidence-based process to shift books. The process involves measuring books, creating a moving plan, and specifying goals, or waypoints, to keep the shift on track. One of Joshua’s previous articles, Predictable book shifting, described a Python script librarians could run to help plan a book shift. This latest article presents a similar method but using…

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Recap: 2023 Library Publishing Coalition Forum

Recap: 2023 Library Publishing Coalition Forum

Last week, Elaina Kersey, managing editor of the Ozarks Studies Institute at the Missouri State Libraries, attended the 2023 Library Publishing Coalition Forum. The conference was virtual and was held on Zoom, drawing attendees from all over the United States as well as from countries such as Canada, the United Kingdom, and China.  In two keynote sessions, speakers Dorthea Salo and Deborah Poff covered ethics in library publishing ranging from censorship to ChatGPT, paper mills, and predatory publishing. The keynotes…

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Finals Week: Pet Therapy and extended hours

Finals Week: Pet Therapy and extended hours

Pet Therapy is Back! Meyer Library is welcoming Pet Therapy of the Ozarks  this Thursday, May 11, from 10:30am to 12pm in the Living Room area located on the first level of Meyer. Pet Therapy of the Ozarks, Inc. is a not-for profit Missouri Corporation organized to provide emotional therapy visits to nursing homes, hospitals, schools and other facilities. They are based in Springfield, Missouri and serve institutions within a 50 mile radius. As a strictly volunteer group, this pet therapy association…

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