Celebrate the Holidays with the MU Libraries

This year the MU Libraries want to help you get into the Holiday Spirit!  We have created a holiday guide (http://libraryguides.missouri.edu/holidayguide) to help you know about events that are happening on campus and around Columbia. The guide also has tips on how to find holiday books, videos, music and much more.

For a sampling of some holiday materials that are in Ellis Library, check out the display near the scanners on the 1st floor starting December 2nd.

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Interfaith Meditation and Prayer Space Available in Ellis Library

An interfaith meditation and prayer space has been designated for student use in the southeast corner of the Information Commons in Ellis Library. The short hallway that leads to an Emergency Exit is a space that is usually unoccupied and quiet.

At the request of the Missouri Students Association Chief Diversity Officer, this space now has a sign informing users of the purpose of this space and to respect the privacy of those using the space.

A campus Interfaith Prayer Map was created by the Missouri Students Association and Graduate Professional Council with this space in Ellis Library – along with other places on campus – identified for this purpose.




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Special Collections Thanksgiving Mini-Exhibit on Nov. 20 from 1-3 pm in Ellis Library Colonnade

Special Collections will be back in the Colonnade with a display of materials related to Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 20, from 1 to 3 pm.  Materials on display will include Norman Rockwell’s “Freedom From Want” poster from World War II as well as American pamphlets on Thanksgiving from the 18th and 19th centuries.  Stop by and let us know what you’re thankful for!

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NTIS Cancellation

The MU Libraries have canceled the subscription to NTIS, effective December 31, 2014. The commercial version of NTIS will be available through December 31, 2014, via the EbscoHost interface The U.S. Department of Commerce offers public access to the National Technical Reports Library (NTRL). Access is free, but you must register to search and view full-text documents. If you have any questions, please contact the Ellis Library Reference Desk or call 573-882-4581.
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ATLA Catholic Periodical and Literature Index Cancellation

Due to low usage, the MU Libraries have canceled the subscription to the ATLA Catholic Periodical and Literature Index, effective December 31, 2014. Until December 31, 2014, ATLA Catholic Periodical and Literature Index will still be available. The MU Libraries provide access to numerous databases indexing resources relating to religious studies. Please review the Religious Studies Guide for additional resources and assistance. If you have any questions, please contact the Ellis Library Reference Desk or call 573-882-4581.
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Friday Workshop, Nov 14

Apps for Academics: The Best of the Best Applications for Researchers and Writers
Nov. 14  1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Room 213, Ellis Library

In this workshop, Jonathan Cisco will present new software (both PC and Mac platforms) that can help researchers write effectively and efficiently. Attendees will also be encouraged to discuss their own “tools of the trade” as they relate to their own writing processes.

Jonathan Cisco, Campus Writing Program Coordinator

Registration Preferred. http://tinyurl.com/MULibrariesworkshops



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MU Libraries Host Exhibition Celebrating 500 Years of Anatomical Science

December 31, 2014, will mark the five hundredth birthday of Andreas Vesalius, one of the most important anatomists in the history of medicine. The MU Libraries will commemorate this historic occasion with an exhibition entitled Vesalius at 500: Student, Scholar, and Surgeon, on view November 5-30 in the Ellis Library Colonnade.

Andreas Vesalius is frequently called the father of modern human anatomy.  Born in 1514 in modern-day Belgium, he studied at the Universities of Louvain, Paris, and Padua before becoming a professor of anatomy and surgery at the University of Padua.  His primary contribution to the history of medicine was his emphasis on dissection and firsthand observation.  Vesalius differed from his colleagues because he used his observations to challenge ancient and often inaccurate Greek and Roman medical writings, which formed the basis of all medical knowledge for over a thousand years.

Vesalius at 500 showcases materials from the Libraries’ collections that helped to shape Vesalius’ career, including medieval manuscripts and early printed books on medicine.  The centerpiece of the exhibition is Vesalius’ most famous work, De Humani Corporis Fabrica.  The Libraries hold two copies of this important book, a second edition printed in 1555, and a later edition from 1568. Recognizing MU’s strength in human and animal medical research, the exhibition considers Vesalius’ effect on the history of veterinary medicine with several early illustrated works on animal anatomy.  Works of Renaissance science are also included in order to situate Vesalius within the world of sixteenth-century scientific thought.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Dr. Gheorghe M. Constantinescu, a professor of veterinary anatomy in the College of Veterinary Medicine at MU, will present “Andreas Vesalius: On the 500th Anniversary of His Birth” on November 12 at 12:00 pm.  Dr. Constantinescu is a medical illustrator and author investigating the gross anatomy of domestic and laboratory animals.  His presentation will be held in room 4f51a in Ellis Library.

Vesalius at 500: Student, Scholar, and Surgeon is curated by a team of rare book librarians from the J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library, the Zalk Veterinary Medical Library, and Ellis Library’s Special Collections and Rare Books department.  The exhibition draws on MU Libraries’ special collections of more than 100,000 original artworks, manuscripts, rare books, and historic documents.  The collections, exhibition, and lecture are all free and open to the public.

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Friday Workshop, Nov. 7

NIH Public Access Policy
Nov. 7 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
W-235, Veterinary Medicine Building

This session will provide an overview on complying with the NIH Public Access Policy. Learn how to find and use PMCIDs; submit articles to PubMed Central; and view and manage policy compliance with MyNCBI’s My Bibliography. Topics will also include a brief overview of Open Access journals and how they relate to funding agency policies.

Kate Anderson, Head, Zalk Veterinary Medical Library

Registration Preferred. http://tinyurl.com/MULibrariesworkshops

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Check out The Nook: New Quiet Study Space on 4th Floor of Ellis Library

The Nook

The Nook is now open on the 4th floor in the northeast corner. This quiet area includes a study bar, comfortable seating and charging stations.  An enclosed room with computer workstations for student useis also available. This renovation was funded by a 2013-14 award from the Student Fee Capital Improvement Committee.

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Friday Workshop, Oct. 31

FRED and Family: Economic Data and Information for Scholarly Use
Oct. 31 
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Room 213, Ellis Library

Learn how to use FRED, GeoFRED, and ALFRED to locate, map, graph, and save economic data. Use FRED and ALFRED to save data for later reuse (and permanent citation), including capturing and saving the revisions to data. Use GeoFRED for mapping and visualizing data. Finally, with FRASER, understand the policy documents produced by the Federal Reserve, where to find them, and ways to use them.

Katrina Stierholz, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Registration Preferred. http://tinyurl.com/MULibrariesworkshops

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