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.*
Dates: Tuesday, March 5 at 4pm & Friday, March 8 at noon
Location: Ellis Library classroom 213
There are 2 opportunities to attend. Please only attend one workshop:
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University Libraries are participating in the university-wide Show Me Mizzou Day.
What: Your 21st Century Library (open house & interactive exhibits/activities)
When: Saturday, April 13 from 9am-1pm
Where: Ellis Library, main level
Event Description: Technology has changed the way we interact with ancient texts. Stop by Ellis Library to participate in interactive exhibits showcasing what a 21st century library has to offer. View rare books from the special collections vault and test out high-tech equipment from the digital media lab. Explore Ellis Library’s beautiful 100+ year old building. Enjoy refreshments and crafting tables for kids.
At Renewal of Teaching this month, Grace Atkins presented on Open Pedagogy with two other faculty members. Her co-panelist Dr. Steven Keller made a point of praising the Libraries’ reserves programs. Over the course of Fall 2018, his students checked out his personal copies of chemistry textbooks a total of 69 times. The third panelist Dr. Jenna Wintemberg from the School of Health Professions also discussed how she uses electronic reserves to keep her courses affordable for students. Over 50 instructors, as well as the director of the Teaching for Learning Center and the Provost were in attendance.
Thank you, Burt Fields, for quickly pulling course reserves stats when Dr. Keller requested them shortly before the panel!!
Volunteers are needed to help with a library open house taking place in Ellis Library on April 13 from 9am-1pm. The library’s open house will be called “Your 21st Century Library” and will feature interactive, kid-friendly exhibits from Special Collections and the Digital Media Commons. Volunteers are needed to help with the exhibits and greet attendees. Mark the date on your calendar and ask your supervisor for permission to participate.
This spring open house is part of a campus-wide open house called Show Me Mizzou Day, which is designed to engage Missouri citizens. Show Me Mizzou Day is still in the planning stages. The libraries’ Marketing Team will share more details at the libraries’ SAG meeting on February 5.
This information was sent out from Chancellor Cartwright to deans and department chairs:
We are so proud to be Missouri’s flagship university, and we want the citizens of our state to be just as proud of the work done here on campus every day. With that in mind, and as part of our ongoing commitment to educate and engage Missourians, we are hosting MU’s first Show Me Mizzou Day this spring.
From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, we will welcome thousands of Missouri citizens to campus for a day filled with fun and exciting activities, presentations, tours and demonstrations. In the afternoon, participants will have the chance to attend the Mizzou Football spring game and watch Mizzou Baseball host Louisiana State University.
This all-campus open house is designed for people of all ages. Our institution has so much to be proud of — let’s take this opportunity to showcase our beloved campus to Missourians.
Thank you for all that you do for MU.
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 1st floor by the North Doors / checkout desk. There will be therapy dogs Dec. 9-12 during these hours:
- Sunday 1-5pm
- Monday 7-9pm
- Tuesday 7-9pm
- Wednesday 7-9pm
Check out the full list of stress relief activities happening at your libraries too!
Thanks to Ann Gafke’s Teacher’s Pet for coordinating all the dogs and owners who help us de-stress during finals!
Finals are a stressful time, and your libraries are here to help! We have our Ask a Librarian research support services and our study spaces are open 24/7 until Dec. 14! We also have stress relief activities at 4 different locations! Check it out:
- Therapy Dogs, Dec. 9-12 by the North Doors on floor 1
- Sunday 1-5pm
- Monday 7-9pm
- Tuesday 7-9pm
- Wednesday 7-9pm
- Zen coloring pages station by the North Doors on floor 1
Health Sciences Library
- Relaxation Station with aromatherapy and a chair massager
- Coloring pages, puzzles, origami and DIY snowflakes
- On Tuesday 12/11, we will be giving out Hot Chocolate from 4-6pm
- Winter Themed Coloring Pages and DIY snowflakes
- Handing out treats that week
Did you attend the MU Extension Summit? The University Libraries gave a presentation on resources available for MU Extension. In case you missed it, the slides and handout are below. As always, if you have any questions, ask a librarian!
Join us for an Open Access Week screening of the documentary film Paywall: The Business of Scholarship.
Tuesday, October 23
Ellis Library room 114A
2 to 3:15 pm
Paywall: The Business of Scholarship is a documentary film on scientific publishing business and on the need for open science. It reports on the huge profit margins of the big publishing companies, like Elsevier, Springer and Wiley and the challenges for open science to change the situation. Scientists, science administration, librarians, editors of scientific journals, open access-activists, representatives of scientific publishing houses and the founder of Academia.edu give their opinions on the matter. This film focuses on the need for Open Access in research and science. There will be a 15 minute post-screening discussion for anyone who would like to stay after the viewing.
What is Open Access?
Open Access is a growing international movement that uses the Internet to throw open the locked doors that once hid knowledge. Encouraging the unrestricted sharing of research results with everyone, the Open Access movement is gaining ever more momentum around the world as research funders and policy makers put their weight behind it.
For more University Libraries’ Open Access Week events, check out this post.
The University of Missouri (UM) System is hosting an Intensive Open Educational Resources (OER) Symposium for all UM faculty. This four-hour event will provide faculty development training for those interested in incorporating open educational resources into their courses. This opportunity was developed for full-time faculty who teach as a part of their workload.
Topics of discussion include: what is OER, how to identify OER, and how to check the quality of OER. The symposium will conclude with a University of Missouri Libraries Open Textbook Library review training session. Those that attend this symposium and then complete a textbook review will receive $250.
Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Time: 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Hampton Inn & Suites, 1225 Fellow’s Place Boulevard, Columbia, MO 65201
Any questions about the Open Textbook Network faculty review program? The opportunity to review an open textbook is provided by a MOBIUS program run out of the University of Missouri Libraries. Email Grace Atkins, Outreach & Open Education Librarian for more info: email@example.com