Unlock the Secrets of Ellis Library! Join Us on a Tour

Friday, August 22                                       11:00 am

Monday, August 25                                    9:00 am

Tuesday, August 26                                   10:00 am

Wednesday, August 27                             11:00 am

Thursday, August 28                                  Noon

Friday, August 29                                        1:00 pm

Tuesday, September 2                               4:00 pm

Wednesday, September 3                         3:00 pm

Thursday, September 4                              2:00 pm

Friday, September 5                                    1:00 pm

Monday, September 8                                 Noon

Tuesday, September 9                                1:00 pm

Wednesday, September 10                        2:00 pm

Thursday, September 11                            3:00 pm

Friday, September 12                                   4:00 pm


Tours start at the West Entrance of Ellis Library, Ground Floor, near the Security Desk.

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Books with Personality on Display in Ellis Library Colonnade

Books with Personality Exhibit, August 1-29, 2014
Ellis library Colonnade
Brought to you by the Special Collections Department of Ellis Library

“One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years.  To read is to voyage though time”
-Carl Sagan

The books on display, from the Special Collections Department of Ellis Library, all carry traces of their former owners. Some contain notes in the margins; others hold mementos between their pages. In either case, these traces tell stories not only about the books’ reception but about the lives of those who read them.

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The MU Libraries Receive Funding from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for Recovery of Materials Damaged by Mold

COLUMBIA, Mo.− The University of Missouri (MU) Libraries have received $400,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support remediation or content replacement of materials damaged by an extensive mold outbreak in an off-site storage facility. This outbreak, discovered in October 2013, is presumed to have contaminated all of the approximately 600,000 volumes housed in that facility.

Partnerships with Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) and Missouri State University (MSU) will provide access to replacement copies of federal government documents and inter-library loan access to Missouri state materials, respectively. Subcontracts with these universities through this project will support the cataloguing, retrieving and preparing of relevant materials to share with MU Libraries on an as-needed basis. The funding also will help MU review the availability of online or print-ready copies of needed replacements through cooperation with membership organizations. WUSTL will benefit by regaining space vacated by federal documents transferred to MU, while MSU will benefit by having its Missouri state materials catalogued in order to provide access to MU and other area libraries.

“The MU Libraries are deeply grateful to the Mellon Foundation for their support of this project that leverages tools of digital librarianship to help preserve scholarship in traditional formats,” said MU Libraries Director Jim Cogswell. “Institutional partnerships will enable the preservation of regional documents collections. The Mellon Foundation funding will allow MU Libraries to remediate mold for key groups of materials, work effectively with partner institutions for resource sharing, provide continued access to needed content of the damaged materials, and support part of the recovery effort.”

MU Libraries also will spend up to $600,000 from a self-insurance fund; additional sources are being explored. MU Libraries has contracted with a company for remediation services and negotiated for rental of two storage spaces, one in which pre-treated materials will be stored until they are cleaned, and one for storage of the remediated materials. As a longer-term solution, the Libraries are working with University of Missouri (UM) System's risk and insurance management department to develop a new strategy for fully insuring all collections, including those in storage, and will work with campus and UM System leadership to restore a plan for building an expansion to an existing storage facility and to accelerate fund allocation for its construction.

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Register Now for May 29 & 30 Online Research Workshops

Thursday, May 29 & Friday, May 30, 2014

REGISTER: To register click on specific workshop:
Thursday & Friday: All Workshops take place online using Blackboard Collaborate


Thursday May 29, 9:00-10:30 AM [ONLINE]

·        Literature Review & Beyond: Tips & Tricks for Research

   Learn some of the more sophisticated features of database searching to yield the results you want. Using a variety of databases, we'll focus on practical techniques that can save you time and effort.

   Goodie Bhullar, Library Instruction Coordinator; Rachel Brekhus, Humanities Librarian


Thursday May 29, 11:00-11:30 AM [ONLINE]

·        Stay Current with Browzine!

Easily read and follow your favorite scholarly journals from the MU Libraries with Browzine from your iPad or Android tablet.
Rhonda Whithaus, Electronic Resources Coordinator


Friday May 30, 1:00-2:30 PM [ONLINE]                   

·         Creating Bibliographies with Zotero

   Zotero is a free, simple, open-source tool for organizing, managing and formatting bibliographic citations. Learn to extract citations from PDFs and web pages at the click of a button, and create in-text references and bibliographies.I I

            Rachel Brekhus, Humanities Librarian


Friday May 30, 3:00-4:30 PM [ONLINE]

·        Creating Bibliographies with EndNote

   EndNote is a powerful program for storing citation data and producing in-text citations and bibliographies in a plethora of formats. Learn how to put this tool to work for your academic writing.

   Mike Muchow, Humanities Librarian; Ashley Nelson, Science Librarian


Questions:  Goodie Bhullar,

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Bookmark Cafe Closed May 19-June 2

The Bookark Café will be closed for renovation from May 19th to June 2.

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Royal Society of Chemistry Journals: Free Open Access Vouchers for MU Researchers

Gold for Gold is a program from the Royal Society of Chemistry that enables researchers to publish their papers in RSC journals free of charge, as a Gold Open Access (OA) article, without paying the normal Article Publication Fee (APF). Publishing open access articles increases the visibility of research papers by making them freely available to everyone.

The MU Libraries have 24 Gold OA voucher codes to distribute for articles published by MU authors in the RSC journals during 2014.  Normally it costs around $2,400 to publish an open access article in the RSC journals. Using a Gold for Gold voucher means you can publish an open access article in a Royal Society of Chemistry journal at no charge.

Janice Dysart, Science Librarian, MU Libraries, distributes MU’s Gold for Gold voucher codes to MU authors.

Complete the following steps to receive an OA voucher for your RSC article:

  1. Submit articles to the Royal Society of Chemistry in the normal way.
  2. When you receive notification from the RSC that your article has been accepted, contact Janice Dysart, MU’s representative for RSC’s Gold for Gold Open Access program. She will provide you with a Gold for Gold voucher code.
  3. Fill out the Gold for Gold application form. Enter the Gold for Gold voucher code in the appropriate box on the form.

For additional information see the RSC Gold for Gold program page or contact Janice Dysart.

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Congratulations to the Class of 2014!

After you graduate, the MU Libraries will still be here to serve you. To find out more about the resources available to alumni, visit Library Resources for Alumni.

All of us at the MU Libraries, wish you the very best in your future endeavors!

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Places to Study During Finals

Locate study spaces in the MU Libraries (Ellis and the branch libraries)

Locate study spaces on campus and in Columbia:

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Make Sure Your Citations Count: Get an ORCID Number

Make sure your theses, dissertation and research publications are correctly attributed to you.  How?  Sign up for an ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) number. ORCIDs are a relatively new international effort to provide author and contributor disambiguation across many databases and tools. Universities, libraries, publishers and researchers are partners in this effort.   

You can learn more about ORCIDs on the ORCID website ( from your subject librarian (

Sign up for an ORCID today:

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Book Sale

Did you know there's a book sale every day in Digiprint in Ellis Library, 1st floor north?

The MU Libraries receive donations of books from people in the community. Some donations, we keep, but others may be duplicated in our collections or just do not fit the kind of books we collect. These books are added to our ongoing book sale.  New books are added to the sale every 2 weeks.  Books remaining on the sale shelves from previous weeks get bumped down to a lower price.  Here you can find anything from fiction to local history.

The sale of these books benefits the MU Libraries Staff Association (MULSA). MULSA sponsors an annual picnic and other events for MU Libraries employees, maintains our staff room supplies, recognizes important life events of our employees, sends our staff cards when they are hospitalized, donates to local charities on behalf of its members, and more. 

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