MU Libraries Seek Student Ambassadors

Want to get involved? Make new friends? Gain valuable leadership skills? And most importantly, do you want to make a difference?! The MU Libraries are looking for enthusiastic, energetic and dedicated undergraduate students who would like to serve as Ruth E. Ridenhour MU Libraries Student Ambassadors. Ambassadors will teach fellow students about the libraries, represent the libraries at alumni events and advise the libraries on marketing services to students. Don't miss out on this great opportunity. Sign up today at
For more information, contact Shannon Cary at or 573-882-4703.

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Escape from Finals at the Ellis Library Comic Book Lounge

If finals week has you stressed, take a study break in the Ellis Library Comic Book Lounge. Read comics from the library’s collections, relax, and contribute to our comic storyboard about finals week. The Comic Book Lounge will be open all day in the Ellis Library Colonnade on Monday, May 12, and Tuesday, May 13. Vintage comics from Special Collections and Rare Books will be available for reading from 11 am  to 2 pm both days.  

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Ann Campion Riley to Lead Higher Education Association for Librarians

Story Contact: Shannon Cary,, 573-882-4703


COLUMBIA, Mo. – Ann Campion Riley, associate director for access, collections and technical services at the University of Missouri, has been elected vice-president/president-elect of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) for academic librarians that has more than 12,000 members. Riley will become president-elect following the 2014 ALA annual conference in Las Vegas and will assume presidency of the association in July 2015 for a one-year term.

 “I am thrilled to have the opportunity of leading ACRL,” Riley said. “The inspiring experience of working with a future-oriented board of directors will be wonderful. Active ACRL members are all hard-workers and bring great spirits of inquiry to the organization. ACRL's current initiatives, such as promoting the value of libraries work and studying the role of research data curation in libraries, are continuing challenges. Looking for the next set of challenges won't take long as ACRL looks forward and works to engage and serve new and current members.”

“ACRL is delighted to have Ann Campion Riley join the Board as vice-president/president-elect,” said ACRL Executive Director Mary Ellen K. Davis. “Ann was a director-at-large on the ACRL Board from 2009-2013 and has a long history of service to ACRL. Her knowledge of ACRL, academic librarianship and the broader higher education environment, along with her leadership in both ACRL and other organizations, will be an asset to the board as it continues to work with members to meet their needs and to advance the plan for excellence.”

Riley’s work with state and regional associations includes serving on the Great Western Library Alliance (GWLA) Collection Development Committee (2009-present), Great Plains Network (GPN) and GWLA Advisory Council on the Management of the Lifecycle of Research Data Project (2012-present), GWLA Digital Collections Committee (2007-2010),  Missouri Library Association (MLA) Awards Committee chair (2007-2009), as MLA president (2005) and as president of the Missouri Association of College and Research Libraries (2003).

Riley’s awards include being honored as a Research Library Leadership Fellow by the Association of Research Libraries (2011–2012), and as a Global Scholar by the University of Missouri (2010). She has been awarded the “You Make a Difference Award” by Saint Louis Community College (2004). She also has been honored with participation in Leadership Chesterfield (2001), LEADERS 1999, National Institute of Leadership Development and Beta Phi Mu, and international library and information studies honor society.

Her publications and presentations include “The Community of Libraries” column in MOinfo: Newsletter of the Missouri Library Association (2005); coauthor of “Caution! Hazardous Substances: Recognizing and Deflecting Toxic Personalities in the Workplace,” presented at the ACRL National Conference in Baltimore (2007); and coauthor of “Using Staff Focus Groups to Help in Services Assessment” published in the Proceedings of the North Central Association Annual Meeting (2001).

Riley earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Science in Library Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Arts in English from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

ACRL is the higher education association for librarians. Representing more than 11,500 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to help academic and research librarians learn, innovate and lead within the academic community.

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Instruction Librarian Goodie Bhullar Honored with MU Writing Intensive Award

Congratulations to Goodie Bhullar, who has received one of the 2014 Writing Intensive Teaching Excellence Awards in recognition of her contributions in serving on the Writing Board, coordinating library instruction for many writing intensive classes and being an excellent teacher. She was honored at a reception at the Benton Bingham Ballroom in Memorial Union on April 18th at 2:00pm.

To learn more about the award, visit

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St. John’s Bible on Display in Ellis Library

On display in the Ellis Library Colonnade are eight prints from the Heritage edition of the St. John’s Bible. The leaves are part of a traveling exhibit from the St. John’s Project, a subsidiary of St. John’s University in Minnesota and will be on display until April 27th.  More information about the St. John’s bible can be found on their website at :

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Faculty Lecture Series, April 24

Thursday, April 24 at 2:00pm 

Ellis Library Colonnade

When the word "melodrama" is mentioned, scenes of suspenseful situations with exaggerated music and action come to mind. In the Czech lands, a different style of melodrama was exceedingly popular in the nineteenth century. Dr. Judith Mabary will provide an introduction to this genre and the contributions of its main proponent, Zdenek Fibich, to the concert version prominent in the nineteenth century. Samples will be performed by Dr. Janice Wenger from the School of Music on piano and Dr. Cheryl Black from the Department of Theatre as the reciter. Please join us for this presentation on Thursday, April 24 at 2 pm in the Ellis Library Colonnade. This event is free and open to the public. 



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National Library Week Event, April 17

Next week, the MU Libraries join libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.
Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, campuses or schools, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study.  
The MU Libraries are celebrating National Library Week by holding two parties for the MU faculty, staff, students and our community users. Please join us for refreshments and library information at Ellis Library and at the Health Sciences Library on Thursday, April 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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Latest Information on MU Libraries Offsite Mold Outbreak

New Offsite Storage Facility for MU Libraries (May 9, 2014)

The MU Libraries has selected a new temporary storage facility for the materials that were stored in the UMLD2 (Subtera) storage facility at the time of the mold outbreak. The lease for this new facility began on May 1, and is renewable annually for five years unless another agreement is made before that.

Books held there or at our other storage facility must be requested through the libraries or our online catalog, to be picked up on campus or in the case of many journal articles, for electronic delivery, usually within 48 hours and often more quickly. The new facility will not be fully operational until later this summer, but the libraries are fulfilling requests for items through interlibrary loans. 

The climate controls at this facility are superior to those at the previous facility. This facility has heating, ventilation, air conditioning and cooling that meet library preservation standards. 

MU Libraries, Mold Update (April, 2014)


In October 2013, MU Libraries staff members discovered mold growing on books and bound journals in the Libraries’ secondary offsite book depository, in underground caverns north of I-70 in Columbia. The mold growth likely occurred due to inappropriate environmental conditions, specifically a spike in both temperature and humidity in July and August. A private environmental recovery company was retained to investigate, and they reported that the entire collection of some 600,000 volumes is presumed to be contaminated.

Because mold is destructive to printed materials, any volumes to be retained for use in the library collections must be treated to remove the mold before they can be used. Over the past several months, library staff members have been determining what portions of the contaminated volumes should be treated and retained and what portions must be permanently withdrawn and destroyed in order to remove any chance of contaminating other collections of print materials.

In order to meet the considerable costs involved in addressing this disaster, the MU Libraries will be using a special insurance fund established eight years ago to deal with such losses. However, estimates to decontaminate the collections, and to obtain new and more secure storage for materials retained for use, amount to far more than the current total on hand in the fund. With special insurance funding and potential added revenues from gifts and grants, the MU Libraries expect that approximately 400,000 volumes will be salvaged from the total volumes contaminated by mold.

Disposition of Collections

MU Libraries staff have identified three broad categories of materials to guide decisions in prioritizing items either for mold remediation or for permanent withdrawal from our collections. It is important to note that these categories are tools for informing decisions, rather than prescriptions for identifying items for either treatment or destruction. Likewise, examples listed are intended as illustrations of what kinds of materials will be considered for a given category, not rigid rules that will govern final disposition.

Category 1 – rare, distinctive and scarcely-held items to be treated and retained.

Examples in this category include:

·         Materials published prior to 1871

·         Materials that have unique characteristics or that form part of a distinctive collection

·         Materials that have local significance or value

·         Materials held by 10 or fewer libraries worldwide (as determined by OCLC analysis)

·         Materials with distinctive characteristics (e.g., non-English language works; graphic arts, illustrations or photographs; mathematical formulae; etc.)


Category 2 – multiple copies or readily accessible items that may be withdrawn permanently.

Examples in this category include:

·         Materials duplicated elsewhere in the MU Libraries, or in UM Library Depository.

·         Materials duplicated at one or more of the other three UM System libraries.

·         Materials duplicated within the MOBIUS consortium of Missouri libraries.

·         Materials not in MOBIUS, but readily available via interlibrary loan from Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) and other regional partners.

·         Materials duplicated electronically in trusted digital repositories of academic journals and books (e.g., JSTOR, Hathi Trust, etc.)

·         Federal documents published post-1950. (Other libraries in the state have generously offered to replace mold-damaged copies with documents from their collections.)

Category 3 – decision deferred until more information is gathered and consultation is completed.

Materials not immediately placed into categories 1 or 2 will be retained until final decisions can be made either to retain or to withdraw permanently. We will be leasing a new space in which to hold these volumes while awaiting final decisions on their disposition. Because we are committed to having MU faculty assist in selecting materials to be salvaged and retained for our collections, having this holding space is essential.

Recent Developments

The MU Libraries have received many expressions of sympathy and support since news of the mold outbreak was released. A special fund has been established to assist in salvaging the thousands of books and journals that require special treatment to eradicate the mold, and a challenge gift of $5,000 has been offered by an anonymous donor to match any donations up to that amount. Individuals can contribute to the “Collection Enhancement Fund” via the MU Libraries website:

In March, a proposal was submitted to a major private foundation seeking grant funding to pursue the plan to remediate contaminated volumes. We expect to learn in early June whether the proposal is accepted, and if so, the funding will begin July 1.

With guidance and approval from MU Facilities Planning and the UM Procurement Office, steps have been taken to obtain a contractor for treatment of volumes identified for salvage and to secure new and environmentally stable storage space for treated materials.

Proposals from mold-remediation contractors were solicited over the past two months, and seven bids were received on March 14. A preferred bidder has been identified and negotiations are now underway with the contractor. We expect to have a contract signed on or about April 1, with work to commence by the middle of the month.

After a search for suitable above-ground storage facilities in close proximity to the MU campus, three potential sites were selected for further review. From these, a preferred facility has been selected and negotiations for a lease are nearing completion. The new rental facility is above-ground, and the lease specifically addresses the need for stable climate control. We expect to have the lease signed soon and preparations underway to take occupancy on or about May 1.

Future Plans

This disaster has underscored the need to pursue purpose-built, environmentally secure space for long-term storage of our physical collections. Since 1997, the UM Library Depository (UMLD), the primary storage facility used by MU and the three other libraries of the UM System, has worked flawlessly in this capacity. Located on LeMone Blvd., off Highway 63 in Columbia, the UMLD contains about 1.2 million print volumes, which are used by the four UM campuses and are also available to all libraries in the state via the MOBIUS network. The facility was designed to accommodate an addition which would double the space of the original structure when it reached its maximum limit. Approaching that limit in 2006, a request was made to the UM academic officers to consider funding the UMLD addition, but that option was deemed to be cost-prohibitive. Instead, leased storage space was judged to be the preferred course of action.

The MU Libraries proposes to work actively with the campus administration to return the construction of the UMLD addition to the priority list for capital projects. The MU Faculty Council and the Library Committee have both expressed support for this option, and it is our hope that this request will be put before the University Board of Curators early in the new fiscal year.

Submitted by Jim Cogswell, Director of Libraries

April 3, 2014

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Register Now for Graduate Student Research Workshops

Tuesday, March 18th OR Wednesday, March 19th OR Thursday, March 20th OR Friday March 21

TUESDAY & THURSDAY: Room 213, Electronic Classroom II, 2nd Floor, Ellis Library
WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY: All Workshops take place online using BlackBoard Collaborate

Click here to Register.

Learn some of the more sophsticated 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.

  • Tuesday, March 18,  8:30 – 10:00 am [Rm. 213]
  • Wednesday, March 19, 1:00 – 2:30 pm [ONLINE]


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

  • Tuesday, March 18,10:00 – 11:30 am [Rm.213]
  • Wednesday, March 19, 2:30 – 4:00 pm [ONLINE]


Is trying to keep up with new developments in your field stressing you out?  We'll show you some tools, such as Browzine and alert services, that can make keeping up with the latest research easy and painless.

  • Tuesday, March 18, 11:30 – 12:30 pm [Rm. 213]
  • Wednesday, March19, 4:00 – 5:00 pm [ONLINE]


Utilizing ORCID, Google Profile, MOspace and impact factors to maximize your professional impact.  Learn how to set up accounts and make these tools work for you!.

  • Thursday, March 20, 1:00 – 2:00 pm [Rm. 213]
  • Friday, March 21, 9:00 – 10:30 am [ONLINE]


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

  • Thursday, March 20, 2:30 – 4:00 pm [Rm.213]
  • Friday, March 21, 10:30 -12:00 pm [ONLINE]



REGISTRATION for workshops: http:/

Each workshop is limited to 30 students

Questions: Contact Goodie Bhullar,

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State Historical Society and MU Veterans Center Celebrate Veterans Stories, March 13

On March 13 the State Historical Society of Missouri (SHSMO) and the MU Veterans Center are honoring those who have served in the armed forces. Proud to Be: Celebrating Veterans, to be held on the University of Missouri-Columbia campus from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., will capture your senses as authors read excerpts from a recent anthology of essays, fiction, poetry, and interviews by and about veterans and their families.

The evening will begin at 5:00 p.m. in Memorial Union’s Stotler Lounge III with veterans sharing their stories from Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors. These important written and oral histories provide an opportunity for retrospection and can create public awareness that is helpful in facing future conflicts, according to Carol W. Fleisher, director of the MU Veterans Center.

“Securing and sharing veteran oral histories is our only hope of people learning from it [war] and not sending our men and women as our first option,” Fleisher said. “War should be the last option. No one goes to war and comes back exactly like they left.”

SHSMO Executive Director Gary Kremer said that is why the Society participates in the Missouri Veterans History Project, which reached the milestone of recording its 500th oral history in 2013.

“The Civil War, Vietnam, the War in Afghanistan—war shapes our history like few other things, no matter which era,” Kremer said. “Without an honest appreciation of what it was really like for our troops and their friends and families back home, how can we expect to heal our wounds and learn from our experiences?”

From 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. there will be a book signing and reception at the SHSMO Research Center-Columbia. Attendees can talk with veterans, view artifacts from the Society’s military collections, and see Thomas Hart Benton’s interpretation of World War II in his Year of Peril series. The first 50 veterans at the signing will receive a free copy of Proud to Be thanks to the Missouri Humanities Council, and tours of the MU Veterans Center will also be available.

Proud to Be:  Celebrating Veterans is cosponsored by SHSMO and the MU Veterans Center, in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council, Southeast Missouri State University Press, the Warrior Arts Alliance, and the MU Army ROTC.

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