Laura Buck Receives CVM Dean’s Impact Award

Laura Buck, senior library information specialist at the Zalk Veterinary Medical Library, has received a 2019 College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) Dean’s Impact Award.

Each year, the Dean recognizes individuals who “have had significant positive impact on college programs.” Laura’s nominating letters pointed to her helpfulness, friendliness, and dedication to everyone in the College.

Laura began her service with the University of Missouri Libraries in 1989, moving to the CVM’s Zalk Veterinary Medical Library in 1999. One nomination cited her “sincere dedication, can-do attitude, and excellent organizational skills.” Another noted, “she has always been a positive force in the library, keeping the needs of the students, faculty, and staff foremost in her mind.” Another called her “reliable and helpful,” while yet another called her “an essential, vital resource within the library.” One nominating letter wrote of Laura, “She is the institutional memory of the library. Wouldn’t it be cool on her 30th year at MU that she received this well-deserved award?”

It is, indeed, cool that Laura has received this award. Congratulations, Laura, and thank you for 30 years of supporting the University Libraries’ Cycle of Success.

Laura Buck (right) being presented the award by CVM Dean Carolyn J. Henry (left)
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Therapy Dogs for Finals in Ellis Library

Yes, it’s that time of the semester again. You’re studying, you’re researching, you’re writing, you’re living on coffee and no sleep…but look, a fluffy puff of pure love and joy! These calm, cheerful, trained therapy dogs are here to give you a break and put a smile on your face 🙂

Come to Ellis Library on the main floor by the North Doors / checkout desk. Tentative schedule:

  • Sunday, May 12 from 6-9pm
  • Monday, May 13 from 6-9pm
  • Tuesday, May 14 from 6-9pm

There will also be therapy dogs in the Engineering Library on Monday and Tuesday from 1-4pm.

Thanks to Ann Gafke’s Teacher’s Pet for coordinating all the dogs and owners who help us de-stress during finals!

Grace Atkins

Grace Atkins is the Outreach & Open Education Librarian at the University of Missouri Libraries. She focuses on increasing the use of Open Educational Resources on campus, engaging with library users, and marketing library services, events, and resources.

home Ellis Library, Events and Exhibits Wrap Up Finals Week with a Game Night in Ellis Library!

Wrap Up Finals Week with a Game Night in Ellis Library!

The MU Libraries Staff Association is hosting a board game night in Ellis Library from 6:30-10:00 PM on Thursday, May 16.

Board games and a few non-messy snacks will be provided. Participants are also welcome to bring their own board games and non-messy snacks.

A few of the games that will be available:

All are welcome. We look forward to gaming with you!

Event organized by MU Libraries Staff Association leaders Eric Cusick and Rachel Brekhus

Grace Atkins

Grace Atkins is the Outreach & Open Education Librarian at the University of Missouri Libraries. She focuses on increasing the use of Open Educational Resources on campus, engaging with library users, and marketing library services, events, and resources.

home Cycle of Success, Staff news Undergraduate Research Contest Winners Announced

Undergraduate Research Contest Winners Announced

Every year, undergraduates across all disciplines are encouraged to submit research projects to the University Libraries Undergraduate Research Contest. Their research projects can be traditional research papers, musical compositions, works of art, videos, web pages, or other creative works. The projects are judged by a cross-disciplinary panel of librarians who evaluate the sophistication of their research process and their use of University of Missouri Libraries resources.

One 1st prize $500 scholarship and one 2nd prize $250 scholarship are awarded to an individual or group project. Winners have their projects archived in MOspace, MU’s digital repository.

This year’s winners were recognized at the Friends of the Libraries council meeting on Saturday, April 6. Awards were presented by Rachel Brekhus, Humanities and Social Science Librarian.

1st Prize Winners: Ashley Anstaett, Phong H. Nguyen and Andrew J. Greenwald
Conceptual Design of Microfiber Removal Using Pressure-Swing Filtration

Their engineering paper is so much more than a design blueprint. It is a well-written and well-organized document that includes, not only the physical science involved with an invention, but also practical considerations of how the product could be maintained in real-world environments, how it could be marketed, and why it’s important to have products that remove microfibers from the environment, at the household level.

Their interdisciplinary group project required both library spaces and library resources. They described the Engineering Library’s collaborative space as “preferred” and “work-conducive,” and as providing software necessary for the conceptual design of the invention. The group also described their use of general and specialized online research tools. The process paper was more specific than most in describing how their keyword searching was done, and they identified the specialized e-journal database, Science Direct, which they used, not only for the review of literature, but also during the design process. Their process paper makes clear that in the world of product design, research is iterative and tightly connected with the creative process.

Vice Provost of University Libraries Ann Campion Riley (far left) and Humanities and Social Science Librarian Rachel Brekus (far right) present Ashley Anstaett (middle left) and Phong H. Nguyen (middle right) with their certificates. Brekhus is holding the certificate for Andrew J. Greenwald, who could not attend.

2nd Prize Winner: Erielle Jones
Fly Like an Eagle: The Success of STOP-ERA in the Missouri Senate 1977

In her paper, Jones did an excellent job of linking the rhetoric in Phyllis Schlafley’s Eagle Forum with the rhetoric used in the Missouri State Legislature to argue against passage of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), including associating passages of the ERA with affirmative action measures, unpopular among Missouri white conservatives.

The process paper detailed, not only Jones’s ultimate choice of primary historical sources, but also her independent exploration of other primary sources in pursuit of an earlier approach to the topic, which did not yield the hoped-for documentation. The paper showed the role of discipline, assistance from library and archives professionals, and serendipity in finding and selecting sources while maintaining focus on a well-defined research question. Sources examined included correspondence, leaflets, newsletters, invitations, and receipts from the personal archives of state representatives, state senate testimony, surveys, news sources, and court transcripts.

Her process showed a commitment to both the importance and the limitations of historical documentation, and understanding of the social and racial context of both the political-opinion media environment, and this media’s impact on the legislative process. Certainly, the practice in popular conservative media of linking proposed legislation not directly related to race, with narratives of governmental interference with default racial distributions of privilege, continues to be relevant today.

Vice Provost of University Libraries Ann Campion Riley (left) and Humanities and Social Science Librarian Rachel Brekhus (right) present Erielle Jones (middle) with her certificate
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Grace Atkins is the Outreach & Open Education Librarian at the University of Missouri Libraries. She focuses on increasing the use of Open Educational Resources on campus, engaging with library users, and marketing library services, events, and resources.

home Ellis Library, Workshops Open Ed Week event for faculty – $250 stipend

Open Ed Week event for faculty – $250 stipend

Are you an instructor who is concerned about the impact of high textbook costs on your students?

Explore possible open textbook solutions by attending the Open Textbook Library Review Workshop — a one-hour, in-person session where you can discover open textbooks in your field. After the workshop, you’ll be asked to write an optional short review of an open textbook from the Open Textbook Library. Qualified faculty instructors who go on to write a review are eligible for a $250.*

Date: Friday, March 8 from noon-1pm
Location: Ellis Library classroom 213

REGISTRATION

More information:

  • For more information about OER on our campus, visit oer.missouri.edu
  • For more information about the UM System’s Affordable & Open Educational Resources faculty grant program, visit umsystem.edu/ums/aa/oer

*Not sure if you’re eligible for the $250 stipend? Please contact Grace Atkins, the Open Educational and Outreach Librarian at atkinsge@missouri.edu

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Grace Atkins is the Outreach & Open Education Librarian at the University of Missouri Libraries. She focuses on increasing the use of Open Educational Resources on campus, engaging with library users, and marketing library services, events, and resources.

home Resources and Services A&OER Survey for Faculty and Graduate Instructors

A&OER Survey for Faculty and Graduate Instructors

Instructor A&OER Survey 2019

Online Survey – approximately 10 minutes
SURVEY

Open to MU faculty and graduate instructors. Please take this anonymous survey to help The UM System’s Affordable & Open Educational Resources (A&OER) learn more about instructor approaches and practices for the selection of teaching materials. The data received from this survey will be used to formulate new strategies for supporting teaching and learning at the University of Missouri. Survey is open until May 20, 2019.

Survey URL: https://missouri.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0lnuNvcUuysg6G1

Contact: oer@missouri.edu

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OER Commons Training Webinar

OER Commons: Where Do I Start?

Online Webinar
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 12:00pm Central (noon)
REGISTER

Are you a faculty member who wants to learn how to find and share OER content? Are you a librarian who wants to learn more about how to create tailored OER collections for your campus? Do you want to know how to help instructors showcase the open course materials they are creating? Are you just really exited about Open Education Week? Then this webinar is for you!

Join MOBIUS OER System Leaders, Grace Atkins and Christina Virden to learn more about how to get the most out of this new resource available to member institutions. We will cover how to create collections on the hub, use OER Commons authoring tools, and implement strategies for collecting OER already existing on your campus.

Registration URL: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6536469480293590027

Contact: Christina Virden, christina@mobiusconsortium.org

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Grace Atkins is the Outreach & Open Education Librarian at the University of Missouri Libraries. She focuses on increasing the use of Open Educational Resources on campus, engaging with library users, and marketing library services, events, and resources.

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OER.MISSOURI.EDU

Interested in finding or creating OER? Just curious to learn more about OER?

Check out oer.missouri.edu or email oer@missouri.edu

What is OER?

Open Educational Resources (OER) are FREE and OPENLY LICENSED educational materials that can be used for teaching, learning, research, and other purposes.

Why does A&OER matter?

Adopting free or low-cost textbooks and digital course materials helps Mizzou control the cost of educational resources. Here are some facts about the textbook affordability in the nation and at Mizzou.

  • According to a report from American Enterprise Institute, from 1998 to 2016, college textbook prices have increased by 90% while recreational book prices have fallen by more than 35%.
  • Due to the high costs of course materials at Mizzou, 75% of students have delayed purchasing a required textbook.
  • 13% of students have considered leaving Mizzou because they couldn’t afford course materials.
home Resources and Services AOER Grant Proposals Due March 8, 2019

AOER Grant Proposals Due March 8, 2019

Reminder: Affordable and Open Educational Resources grant proposals are due on March 8.

Grant Application Schedule

  • Dates for Spring 2019 A&OER Grant Proposal
    • Call for Proposals – OPEN NOW
    • March 8: Proposals Due
    • March 11-15: Proposal Reviews
    • March 22: Faculty notified of grant decisions

Resources

  • Grant Proposals
    • Pre-Application Worksheet (PDF) (Word)
    • Explore, Collaborate and Innovate: Course Grant Funding (PPT) (Video)
    • Inclusive Teaching Incentive Guidelines (PDF)
    • Best Practices Webinar: Proposal accepted?…Now what should I do?

For more information, see the UM System’s Affordable & Open Educational Resources webpage: umsystem.edu/ums/aa/oer

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Grace Atkins is the Outreach & Open Education Librarian at the University of Missouri Libraries. She focuses on increasing the use of Open Educational Resources on campus, engaging with library users, and marketing library services, events, and resources.

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MU Open Education Week 2019 Activities and Events

Celebrate Open Education Week 2019 (March 4-8) by learning more about how you can support Open Education!

Open Education Week is an international celebration of the global Open Education Movement. Its goal is to raise awareness about the movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide.

Check out these Open Education Week activities and events at Mizzou!

Instructor OER Survey 2019

Online Survey – approximately 10 minutes
SURVEY

Open to MU faculty and graduate instructors. Please take this anonymous survey to help The UM System’s Affordable & Open Educational Resources (A&OER) learn more about instructor approaches and practices for the selection of teaching materials. The data received from this survey will be used to formulate new strategies for supporting teaching and learning at the University of Missouri. Survey is open until March 31, 2019.

Survey URL: https://missouri.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0lnuNvcUuysg6G1

Contact: oer@missouri.edu

OER Commons: Where Do I Start?

Online Webinar
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 12:00pm Central (noon)
REGISTER

Are you a faculty member who wants to learn how to find and share OER content? Are you a librarian who wants to learn more about how to create tailored OER collections for your campus? Do you want to know how to help instructors showcase the open course materials they are creating? Are you just really exited about Open Education Week? Then this webinar is for you!

Join MOBIUS OER System Leaders, Grace Atkins and Christina Virden to learn more about how to get the most out of this new resource available to member institutions. We will cover how to create collections on the hub, use OER Commons authoring tools, and implement strategies for collecting OER already existing on your campus.

Registration URL: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6536469480293590027

Contact: Christina Virden, christina@mobiusconsortium.org

Open Textbook Library Review Workshops for Faculty

In-Person Workshop
Ellis Library classroom 213
Two opportunities to attend!

  • Tuesday, March 5 at 4pm
  • Friday, March 8 at noon

REGISTER

Are you an instructor who is concerned about the impact of high textbook costs on your students? Explore possible open textbook solutions by attending the Open Textbook Library Review Workshop — a one-hour session where you can discover open textbooks in your field. Attendees who go on to write a review for the Open Textbook Library qualify for a $250 stipend. Please only attend one workshop.

Registration URL: http://library.missouri.edu/news/ellis-library/open-textbook-library-review-workshop-for-faculty

Contact: Grace Atkins, atkinsge@missouri.edu

 

OER REMINDERS

AOER Grant Proposals Due March 8, 2019

AOER Grant Proposals Due March 8, 2019

Reminder: Affordable and Open Educational Resources grant proposals are due on March 8.

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OER.MISSOURI.EDU

oer.missouri.edu

Interested in finding or creating OER? Just curious to learn more about OER?

Check out oer.missouri.edu or email oer@missouri.edu

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