Welcome back to all students–we hope your semester is off to a great start!
Have you heard of the Library Ambassadors program? It’s a low-commitment, high-impact way for students to support the libraries. To learn more about the Library Ambassadors program, and how you can be involved, check out the Library Ambassadors info page.
All Library Ambassadors are welcome to attend the University Libraries Student Advisory Council (ULSAC) as non-voting participants. For meeting dates and times, check out the ULSAC info page.
Questions about either program? Contact Grace Atkins, student outreach coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
OER Initiatives & SPARC
Presentation in Ellis Library
Tuesday, August 1
Ellis Library – 114A
Please RSVP on Eventbrite
Interested in learning about ways to support and implement Open Educational Resources (OER)?
As the University of Missouri moves forward with its own system-wide OER initiative, it’s useful to learn about how faculty at other universities have made progress in Open Education initiatives. Katie Steen, SPARC Open Education Fellow and Mizzou graduate, is coming to campus to explain how the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) supports the creation and adoption of OER. Ms. Steen will share what SPARC has learned in working with other colleges and universities on OER: what methods for implementing OER have created the most impact in affordability and equitable learning, and strategies for how we can increase OER use and impact at our own university.
Open to all faculty, students, staff, across campus—anyone interested in creating, using, or supporting OER is encouraged to attend!
Presentation will be 30 minutes with up to 30 additional minutes for Q&A.
Click here to RSVP on Eventbrite.
Open Education is the critical link between teaching, learning, and the collaborative culture of the Internet. SPARC supports policies and practices that advance the creation and use of Open Educational Resources (OER) — academic materials that everyone can use, adapt, and share freely.
The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) is a global coalition committed to making Open the default for research and education. SPARC empowers people to solve big problems and make new discoveries through the adoption of policies and practices that advance Open Access, Open Data, and Open Education.
The lab test results are in, and the boil water advisory in Ellis Library is officially over. The water from the drinking fountains and water bottle refill stations is once again safe to drink.
We have been notified that Ellis Library is still under the water boil advisory through today (Tuesday 7/18) and tomorrow (Wednesday 7/19) until notice of the lab results. We will provide updates when we have them. Please continue to find other sources of water during this time.
The University Libraries are excited to announce that Ann Campion Riley, acting director of MU Libraries, has been appointed to the new position of vice provost for libraries and university librarian effective July 1.
Riley joined MU in 2007 as the associate director for access, collections and technical services and was appointed acting director of MU Libraries in July 2015. During her tenure at Mizzou, she has increased partnerships with other AAU and SEC institutions and has been instrumental in fundraising, including a recent student initiative designed to enhance library offerings and services.
Riley is a nationally-recognized leader with nearly 30 years of professional service in academic and research libraries. She served as president of the Association of College and Research Libraries in 2015, representing more than 11,500 academic and research librarians, and was honored as a research library leadership fellow by the Association of Research Libraries. 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.
Interim Chancellor and Provost Garnett Stokes released the following statement:
"I am confident that she will continue to provide strong leadership for MU Libraries. She is a true champion and has tirelessly worked to support and preserve the library services and information resources upon which MU faculty, students and staff have come to rely."
We couldn't agree more. Congratulations, Vice Provost Riley!
It's that time in the semester again: FINALS.
Never fear! From research help to stress relieving activities, Mizzou Libraries have your back! Check out our Finals Survival Guide with details on all the end of semester resources that we have to offer.
And remember, when in doubt, Ask a Librarian!
The plotter printer in Ellis Library is broken and will be fixed tomorrow, Thursday 4/20. It should be running fine on or before Friday 4/21.
The Ellis Library plotter printer is the only plotter on campus that is accessible to all students. If you're in a rush, the FedEx Office Print & Ship Center, on 6th Street, (formerly Kinkos) has a plotter printer (though it is considerably more expensive than the Library plotter printer, which prints at cost for students.)
Our apologies, we'll have it fixed asap!
Today, Interim Chancellor Hank Foley announced that he has accepted the position of president at the New York Institute of Technology, effective June 1. His last day at Mizzou will be May 3. You can read Dr. Foley's full statement here.
The University of Missouri Libraries would like to thank Dr. Foley for his leadership at Mizzou. We are joining President Choi, the University of Missouri-Columbia, and the entire University of Missouri System community in congratulating Dr. Foley on his new appointment.
Thank you to your dedication and service to the Libraries, and best of luck at NYIT!
Have you heard about the Student Services Enhancement Fee referendum on the ballot during the MSA elections this spring? It could bring 24/5 hours back to Ellis Library, extend hours at specialized libraries, enhance library spaces and resources, and do much more for other areas across campus!
If you have more questions about how this can help Mizzou Libraries, we encourage you to attend the Enhance Mizzou Town Hall:
Date: Wednesday, March 1
Times: 7pm & 8pm
Where: Leadership Auditorium in the Student Center
Student Services Enhancement Fee informational website: studentservicesfee.missouri.edu
Do you agree to a student fee of $2.91/credit hour (max $35 in the fall semester of 2017 for a full-time undergraduate*) to improve student access to mental health services, extend library hours, expand wireless in high-density student areas, improve student learning spaces, and maintain opportunities for student involvement in leadership and service programs and campus activities? Similar to other activity fees, this fee may be adjusted by inflation and will be subject to an annual review by the Student Fee Review Committee (SFRC).
* Max $26.19/semester for graduate and professional students
When and where do you vote?
March 6-8 during the MSA student elections online and at polling places around campus:
How was this fee proposal created?
In the spring of 2016, the Division of Student Affairs sent out a satisfaction survey to a sample group of Mizzou’s student body. The survey asked students to rate their satisfaction with a variety of areas on campus and to rank the importance of these areas. Results were shared with key administrative stakeholders, who were asked to identify how much it would cost to try to address these student priorities. After minimum budget needs were identified, administrators met with the Student Fee Review Committee. Information was provided to student executive leaders in MSA, GPC, the President’s Council, the University Libraries Student Advisory Council, and the Student Fee Review Committee leadership and members of MSA senate in fall 2016. The student leaders made recommendations that led to the proposed Student Services Enhancement Fee.
During February, the University of Missouri celebrates black history and culture. This year's theme is Focus on Black Education. For more information about events, scroll the Black History Month 2017 Calendar: missouri.edu/blackhistory/
This year, two Black History Month events are take place in Ellis Library:
Speaker: Keeanga-Yamatta Taylor
In her new book, activist and scholar Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor surveys the historical and contemporary ravages of racism and persistence of structural inequality such as mass incarceration and black unemployment. In this context, she argues that this new struggle against police violence holds the potential to reignite a broader push for black liberation.
Taylor is assistant professor of African American studies at Princeton University. She is working on a book, Race for Profit: Black Housing and the Urban Crisis of the 1970s. She earned a Ph.D from the Department of African American Studies at Northwestern University in 2013, and was the Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Join your friends at Ellis Library for an evening of fun, facts, food and friendly competition, at the third annual Black History Month Trivia Night. Form a team, choose a local charity to support, prepare to show what you know, and come out enriched with more knowledge.
Suggested donation is $20 per team member, $10 for students/low income, donated at the event.
Also, don't forget to check out our MU Libraries Twitter feed for daily #OnThisDay tweets about black history that occurred across decades during the month of February: twitter.com/MULibraries