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home Resources and Services 150 Years of The Origin of Species: An Online Exhibit

150 Years of The Origin of Species: An Online Exhibit

“150 Years of The Origin of Species: The Historical Journey from Specimens to Species to Genes” is a digital exhibit based on a physical exhibit mounted in the University of Missouri’s Ellis Library from March 5th to March 31st, 2009 to honor the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his On the Origin of Species. The exhibition was part of the 2009 MU Life Sciences & Society Symposium sponsored by the Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center.

Charles Darwin’s 57-month voyage on the HMS Beagle provided the biological and geological specimens and the intellectual insight for a critical step forward in explaining one of the most challenging questions of natural history: how and why species change over time. Darwin’s voyage on the Beagle and the publication of On the Origin of Species in 1859 was not the final solution to the puzzling phenomenon of species change, but it was a vital step in the ongoing revolution in evolutionary thought.

This exhibition traces the concept of biological variation from the Renaissance through the 20th Century using rare and historical books, illustrations, and biological specimens from the University of Missouri’s Rare Books and Special Collections Department, the Health Sciences Library Rare Book Room, the Enns Entomology Museum, the Glen Smart Collection of Waterfowl and Upland Game, and other university collections. Video of the opening presentation by Philosophy Professor Andre Ariew entitled “Darwinism Old and New” is also included. The exhibit was curated by Michael Holland, Director of Special Collections, Archives, and Rare Books (SCARaB), with immeasurable help from the staff of the SCARaB Division, Anselm Huelsbergen, Alla Barabtarlo, Karen Witt, and Katie Carr.

The online exhibit is available at http://mulibraries.missouri.edu/specialcollections/exhibits/darwin/about.htm.

home Resources and Services Need Research Help? Schedule a Research Assistance Appointment

Need Research Help? Schedule a Research Assistance Appointment

Need in-depth research assistance with a paper or project for class?  The Ellis Reference Services Department provides one-on-one research help if you are having trouble locating information on your topic.  A RAP consultation session gives you one-on-one uninterrupted time with a librarian for in-depth assistance in identifying appropriate sources for a research paper or project.

  • RAP is an appointment-based service and it is open to all MU students.  RAP consultation appointments can last from 15 minutes to an hour.
  • For more information, call the Ellis Library Reference Desk at 882-4581
home Resources and Services New Online Exhibit Documents Library of Jacques Flach

New Online Exhibit Documents Library of Jacques Flach

MU Libraries presents an online exhibit that documents the journey of the library of Geofroi Jacques Flach, a renowned bibliophile and professor of law, from France to Ellis Library in Columbia, Missouri. For forty years, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Professor Flach collected books on the political history of Europe, Mesopotamia, Russia, Japan and Ireland on the subjects of religion, feminism and other social causes. Especially notable are the St. Raymond de Peñafort manuscript Summa de poenitentiate et matrimonio, dating ca. 1200 AD, and Disputatio Inter Clericum et Militem, a rare incunabulum published in Paris in 1498.

Henry Ormal Severance, director of Ellis Library from 1907 until 1937, acquired the library of Professor Flach in Paris in March of 1920. This collection of approximately 6,000 volumes, many of which have Professor Flach’s original bookplates, is housed in Ellis Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections.

The online exhibit is available at http://mulibraries.missouri.edu/specialcollections/exhibits/flach/index.htm.

home Resources and Services Bookmark Cafe Closed for Renovation

Bookmark Cafe Closed for Renovation

During Intersession, McDonald’s will be open 7:30 am to 4 pm, Monday -Friday. Memorial Union’s Wheatstone Bistro will be open 10 am to 1:30 pm and the Starbuck’s will be open 7 am to 4 pm. No weekend hours.

home Resources and Services “Giants of Black Thought” Poster Exhibit in Ellis Library on May 7

“Giants of Black Thought” Poster Exhibit in Ellis Library on May 7

The Black Studies Program presents “Giants of Black Thought: An Exhibition of Poster Presentations” by Spring 2009 Introduction to Black Studies students (Dr. David L. Brunsma).

Opening and Reception
Thursday, May 7
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Ellis Library, Room 202

Come see our students’ work and enjoy light refreshments. The students explore the following Giants:

W.E.B. DuBois
Patricia Hill Collins
Audre Lorde
Eldridge Cleaver
Maya Angelou
Marcus Garvey
Carter G. Woodson
Nikki Giovanni
Angela Davis
Toni Morrison
bell hooks
Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
Frantz Fanon
Randall Robinson
Martin Luther King Jr
Malcolm X
James Baldwin
Michael Eric Dyson
Cornell West
Lisa Jones
Charles Mills
Zora Neale Hurtson
Richard Wright
Assata Shakur

If you are unable to attend, the exhibit will be on display for two weeks in Ellis Library, Room 202.

home Resources and Services Digital Exhibit Celebrates 75 Years of Alley Oop

Digital Exhibit Celebrates 75 Years of Alley Oop

MU Libraries celebrates the 75th anniversary of the syndication of the comic strip Alley Oop with a digital exhibition drawing from the libraries’ V.T. Hamlin and Comic Art Collections, which are permanently housed in Special Collections at Ellis Library. The exhibit explores the evolution of the strip, as well as its place in the history of the comic art medium and American culture. Personal photographs, correspondence, original artwork, daily and Sunday strips, books and various other ephemera are included.

This digital exhibit is inspired by the physical exhibition mounted in Ellis Library from September 10th through the 30th, 2008, and includes all of the items featured in the physical exhibit, plus some additional artifacts. Video of all of the events are available for viewing online as well, including the Keynote speech with Jack and Carole Bender, the current artists of Alley Oop; talks by local literary and art historians; a panel of young cartoonists from St. Louis and Chicago; and a talk by legendary underground cartoonist and MU Professor Emeritus of Art Frank Stack.

The online exhibit is available at http://mulibraries.missouri.edu/specialcollections/exhibits/alleyoop75th.htm.

home Resources and Services Check Out Video on Missouri Budget Outlook

Check Out Video on Missouri Budget Outlook

2009 and 2010 Missouri Budget Outlook by James R. Moody and Associates

home Resources and Services Worlds Connect @ Your Library: Celebrate National Library Week at Columbia Libraries

Worlds Connect @ Your Library: Celebrate National Library Week at Columbia Libraries

The MU Libraries are celebrating National Library Week by launching on Twitter and asking our users to send us their thoughts, ideas and suggestions for the Libraries. The MU Libraries are connecting with more users in more ways than ever. This year, 50% more patrons have walked through the doors of Ellis Library than visited last year. To accommodate these users, 35 new computers have been added to the Information Commons, two new group study rooms have been made available and additional seating has been added to the Bookmark Café. To keep up with what is happening at Ellis Library and the eight branch libraries, visit our Web site , join us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

“The Columbia Public Library is seeing similar increases,” says Melissa Carr, Library Director. “We have added computers and services to keep up with the influx as well.” We now have 25 new Internet-access computers, and we have added program sessions to help patrons applying for jobs online or who are working on resumés. Our virtual branch is busier than ever and features new information content to help patrons answer many commonly asked questions. You can now also subscribe to regular library news e-mails, receive our RSS feeds or follow us on Twitter.

Stafford Library at Columbia College celebrates National Library Week with patrons by providing free coffee in the library during the week. The library’s collection is highlighted with displays and informational items. “Columbia College students use the library not only to study but to prepare for class presentations and to meet with friends and classmates,” states Janet Caruthers, Library Director. “We are always striving to provide resources and an environment that are beneficial to our students’ needs.”

“Everyday, libraries in Columbia help to transform our community,” says Jim Cogswell, Director of MU Libraries. “At the MU Libraries, the Columbia Public Library, Stafford Library and other libraries in the area, people of all backgrounds come together (in person and online) to meet up with friends and study, to attend lectures and concerts or view an exhibit, to do research with the assistance of a trained professional, to get help finding a job or to find homework help. During National Library Week we want to remind the members of our community about the valuable resources they can find at their local libraries.”

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

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Follow MU Libraries on Twitter

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