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eJournal of Public Affairs comes into the Library

eJournal of Public Affairs comes into the Library

Beginning on July 1, 2020, the organizational home of the eJournal of Public Affairs, now in its ninth year of publication, has moved to the MSU Libraries cost center, after having been for eight years in the Office of the Provost.  The eJournal of Public Affairs is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary, open-access journal published by Missouri State University and affiliated with the American Democracy Project. By providing an academic, nationally refereed venue for such work, the eJournal aims to advance the…

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Hankins and Edwards Fill New Positions in the MSU Testing Center

Hankins and Edwards Fill New Positions in the MSU Testing Center

The Missouri State University Libraries, which manages and operates the MSU Testing Center, located on the Lower Level of Duane G. Meyer Library, is pleased to announce that Amy Hankins and Chris Edwards are the successful applicants for the two new positions created in the Testing Center. They will begin their new jobs early next week.  These are both Administrative Specialist II positions. Specific duties include: 1. Schedules exams.2. Schedules and assigns proctors.3. Checks in examinees for assessments, verifying identities,…

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Lockers in the Lobby

Lockers in the Lobby

Yesterday, Wednesday, September 16, 2020, sixteen lockers were installed in the main lobby of Duane G. Meyer Library in the heart of the Springfield campus of Missouri State University. Because the library lobby is available 24/7 to BearPass holders, the lockers also are available 24/7. These lockers are intended for short-term use to either pick up or drop off many types of loaned library materials, from books to laptops. This is one small improvement that aligns with a facet of…

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REALM Project Test 4 Results

REALM Project Test 4 Results

On September 3, 2020 the REALM Project released a statement indicating “that the virus SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19 is still detectable after six days on four common library materials when they are stacked, which is a significantly longer attenuation period than had been detected on similar materials when they were not stacked.”  “The findings are part of the REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) project designed to generate scientific information to support the handling of core library, museum, and archival materials…

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Busy Summer for the MSU Testing Center

Busy Summer for the MSU Testing Center

For several years now, the Missouri State University Libraries has managed and operated the MSU Testing Center. Sue McCrory leads this effort.  The Testing Center was busy this summer. They administered approximately 1,544 exams between June 8, 2020, the start of the MSU Summer Session, and July 31, 2020, the conclusion of the Summer Session, which this summer was conducted all online. The MSU Testing Center administered tests both in person and online via Zoom. Because the Testing Center was…

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Amigos Membership Continues

Amigos Membership Continues

The Missouri State University Libraries has renewed its annual membership in the Amigos library consortium, based in Dallas. As Amigos describes their mission, “We are a not-for-profit membership-based organization dedicated to serving libraries. At Amigos Library Services, we understand the needs and concerns faced by libraries and cultural heritage institutions. We’re librarians too. That is why we take pride in being one of the largest library service networks in the nation. Whether it’s for continuing education, member discounts, or professional advice, we…

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Welcome Table a Big Success

Welcome Table a Big Success

A new academic year brings with it the hustle and bustle of anxious students looking for classrooms, places to print their syllabi, and the perfect spot to sip coffee and catch up on the day’s events. With that in mind, the Public Services team of the MSU Libraries partnered with colleagues throughout the library to staff a table in the lobby to welcome faculty, staff, and students back to campus. The welcome table ran Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to…

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N-L Article Highlights Haworth Family, Oral Histories, and Dean’s Book

N-L Article Highlights Haworth Family, Oral Histories, and Dean’s Book

On Wednesday, August 26, 2020, the Springfield News-Leader newspaper published an article by Steve Pokin about the life of Shirley Jean Haworth, who passed away the previous Saturday. Pokin utilized several resources of the Missouri State University Libraries to research and write this article.  Shirley Jean Haworth was the daughter of Hershel (Speedy) and Wanna Faye Haworth. Aunt Martha, who among many accomplishments started the iconic restaurant Aunt Martha’s Pancake House, was her grandmother, and Slim Wilson was her great…

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Pandemic Response Updates

Pandemic Response Updates

Missouri State University is now in the third week of the fall semester. The Core Executive Team managing the university’s response to COVID-19 meets weekly — more often, if need be — to get updates on the effects of the pandemic on the university community, the immediate vicinity to campus, and the entire county and state. Dean Peters is a member of this team.  The leadership team of the MSU Libraries meets weekly, too, to discuss recent developments and to…

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Librarians Study Faculty Information Discovery Processes

Librarians Study Faculty Information Discovery Processes

A research group of librarians from the Missouri State University Libraries will be conducting a survey of MSU Springfield campus faculty to gain additional knowledge about the faculty’s scholarly information discovery processes. Faculty are encouraged to complete an online survey which aims to provide greater insight into the following: What are faculty looking for? Where are they looking? Where and how are they encountering difficulty or barriers in discovery of and access to information? What is the anticipated end product…

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