Ann Campion Riley Named Acting Director of MU Libraries

Starting July 1, 2015, Ann Campion Riley became the acting director of the MU Libraries. She will serve in this capacity during the 2015-16 year while a national search takes place for the next library director. Riley has served as the associate director for access, collections and technical services for the MU Libraries since 2007. Riley has been active in local, state and national library associations, and is currently serving as the president of the Association of College and Research Libraries. She is a past president of the Missouri Library Association and served as an Association of Research Libraries Leadership Fellow in 2010-11. She is a writer and speaker on assessment and organizational culture in higher education. Riley was formerly director for technical and access services at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. She was library director at Saint Louis Community College, Meramec, where she twice served as an acting dean and one year as chief campus academic officer. Other academic libraries where Riley has served in a professional capacity include Maryville University, the University of Missouri-St. Louis and New Mexico State University. She earned her B.A. in English and her M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois. She has an M.A. in English from the University of Missouri and pursued a Ph.D. in English at Saint Louis University.

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MERLIN Catalog Unavailable on May 26

The MERLIN Catalog will be down on Tuesday, May 26th beginning at 8 am Central as the UM Libraries move to a new integrated library system   We anticipate the transition taking most of the day on Tuesday.

During this time the classic MERLIN Catalog will be unavailable, however, the MOBIUS Union Catalog ( will still be up and running.  All faculty, staff and students will be able to place holds in MOBIUS using their MERLIN EMPL ID's. Those transactions will be queued until the MERLIN server is back up after the migration.


5/26/15 5:02 PM  The MERLIN database is now live.

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Thanks Grads

The MU Libraries currently employs 174 student workers. It would not be possible to run the Libraries without them! Twenty-seven of our student workers will graduate this semester.

We wish all of our students best of luck on their finals, and congratulate our graduating seniors andd graduate students.

For information about empolyment at the Libraries, visit

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MERLIN Catalog — Problem with Returned Books

ALERT! Returned books may not be cleared in the MERLIN catalog. Please be patient as we work through this issue.

MU Libraries are currently experiencing a problem with the integrated library system for managing library accounts, with the result that some books which have been turned in by patrons still appear on their accounts. Innovative Interfaces, the company behind the MERLIN platform, is working to correct the problem, and we hope to have the system running properly soon.

Updated 5/6/2015 3:17 pm
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Miss Mizzou Exhibit

Miss Mizzou Exhibit
May 1-31
Ellis Library Colonnade

In collaboration with local author J. B. Winter, Special Collections and Rare Books presents an exhibit of materials on Miss Mizzou and her connections to Columbia.  Miss Mizzou was a comic strip character created by New York cartoonist Milton Caniff, best known for the comic strips Terry and the Pirates (1934-1946) and Steve Canyon (1947-1988). Caniff became acquainted with the University of Missouri and its nickname “Mizzou” when he visited Columbia to speak at a Journalism Week conference on May 5th, 1949.

While in town a mere 24 hours, Caniff’s impressions of Columbia and MU helped form the Miss Mizzou character who debuted in the Steve Canyon comic strip on September 5th, 1952. Miss Mizzou was only an occasional visitor to the comic strip Steve Canyon, but her handful of appearances over the years inspired a life beyond the comics page rare among most comic characters. This exhibit sheds light on this forgotten character and her adventures in the comics and in Columbia.

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Graduate & Professional Student Library Fee Open Forum

Join us on May 4 at 6 pm in the Leadership Auditorium, 2501 MU Student Center for a discussion about the MU Libraries' student fee proposal. Refreshments will be served. For questions, contact For more information about the library fee proposal, visit

Forum sponsored by Graduate Professional Council 

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A Night at Club Ellis

Thursday, April 23
7 pm
Ellis Auditorium

Learn more about plans to improve the MU Libraries. Join us for food, fun and information about how you can help make changes to Ellis Library and the other libraries on campus. For more information about the proposed changes visit

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MU Libraries by the Numbers


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Friday Workshop, April 17

Copyright Conundrums
April 17 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Room 213, Ellis Library

Copyright raises many questions: What can I use freely? When do I need to get permission? What is covered by copyright? How do I protect my own intellectual property? This workshop will provide an overview of U.S. copyright law in the academic setting and point the way to resources that help in making decisions and knowing when to seek legal advice.

Anne Barker, Interim Head, Ellis Reference Department

All workshops are offered simultaneously in two formats: Face-to-face in Rm. 213 Ellis Library and live online.
To Register: http//
(click on gold calendar entries for face-to-face workshops and pink calendar entries for live online

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Web of Science Tutorials

Learn how to search Web of Science through an introductory tutorial or move on to more advanced topics such as Journal Citation Reports,Essential Science Indicators and  InCites Benchmarking & Analytics.

Both tutorials are located on the right side of the screen.

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