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Good Reads Reviewed by Roxane Gay

Looking for a book recommendation? Look no further than this display near the Research Help and Information Desk at Ellis Library.

Check out fiction, poetry, and nonfiction that merited four or five stars on Roxane Gay’s Goodreads account.

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Jennifer Gravley

I am a Research and Instruction Librarian with a background in creative writing.

home Cycle of Success, Ellis Library, Government Information Cycle of Success: Missouri’s Government Information Guru

Cycle of Success: Missouri’s Government Information Guru

Tove Klovning, who serves as US, MO, and EU Government Documents Depository Coordinator as well as Foreign/Comparative/International Law Librarian & Lecturer in Law at Washington University in St. Louis, often interacts with researchers seeking access to both historical and current government information. She explains, “Preserving government information and making it accessible for both current researchers and future generations is an important task for depository libraries.” In her work at a sub-regional and Federal depository library, she has benefited from the direction and guidance of Marie Concannon, Missouri’s regional coordinator for the Federal Depository Library Program and Head of Government Information and Data Archives here at Mizzou Libraries.

Tove says she “honestly could not have wished for a more competent Regional Depository Coordinator. Marie is always there to answer any questions we may have and is always willing to offer training, updates, and continuing education to both new and established depository librarians on a regular basis.” For example, when Tove needed input regarding weeding the local collection, Marie consulted with her.

Marie has also worked to help libraries free up much-needed space while retaining government resources in the region: “Thanks to her great work with area depository librarians, an Intrastate Regional agreement was put into place in 2012.” This model encouraged depository libraries to stay in the program, Tove explains, since sharing resources helps each individual library better cope with the perpetual struggle of space issues. Marie met face-to-face with about a dozen depository libraries in St. Louis to facilitate the process of drafting this agreement.

Marie Concannon

In terms of training and support for depository librarians in the region, Tove has found that Marie plays a vital role as educator. A frequently consulted resource is a guide for Missouri FDLP members which helps librarians navigate the federal depository system. Marie built and maintains this guide to facilitate online access to crucial information for these librarians and help keep them informed of training opportunities and conferences.

Organizing workshops and conferences is another way Marie makes sure librarians can get up-to-date training on government information so that they can help patrons access the data they need. In November, Missouri state government employees and both academic and public library employees attended the Missouri State Government Information Conference, which she co-organized. The 2017 theme was “Sunshine and Missouri’s Digital Future,” taking its name from the state Sunshine Law. Marie says the conference’s purpose is “to bridge the gap between libraries and government, and help lay groundwork for closer partnership on projects involving government information accessibility.”

For all of these reasons and more, as Tove says, “We are very fortunate to have Marie as our Federal and State Regional Coordinator.”

Cycle of Success is the idea that libraries, faculty, and students are linked; for one to truly succeed, we must all succeed. The path to success is formed by the connections between University of Missouri Libraries and faculty members, between faculty members and students, and between students and the libraries that serve them. More than just success, this is also a connection of mutual respect, support, and commitment to forward-thinking research.

Although the Cycle of Success typically focuses on the relationships among the Libraries, faculty, and students, the Libraries also contribute to the success of all the communities Mizzou serves. The Libraries are an integral part of Mizzou’s mission “to provide all Missourians the benefits of a world-class research university.”

If you would like to submit your own success story about how the libraries have helped your research and/or work, please use the Cycle of Success form.

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home Workshops Research Smarter, Not Harder: Fridays @ the Library Workshops, Spring 2018

Research Smarter, Not Harder: Fridays @ the Library Workshops, Spring 2018

Join Mizzou Libraries for our Fridays @ the Library Workshops this spring.
Research smarter, not harder!

Fridays, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (unless otherwise noted)
Workshops offered simultaneously in two formats:
Face-to-face (Rm. 213, 2nd Floor, Ellis Library) and live online (unless otherwise noted)
Registration preferred:

http://tinyurl.com/MUlibrariesworkshops

Jan. 26: Finding Government Statistics for Your Research Project

Feb. 2: Mendeley (in-person only, 11 a.m. – noon)

Feb. 2: BINDERS: Measuring Broader Impacts and Public Engagement

Feb. 9: Zotero (in-person only)

Feb. 16: EndNote (in-person only)

Feb. 23: Preserving and Promoting Your Research: Theses and Dissertations in MOspace

March 2: Finding Health Literature: Keys to Searching PubMed, CINAHL & Scopus

March 9: Law for the Lay Person

March 16: Copyright: Respecting the Rights of Others and Protecting Your Own

April 6: Eye-Catching Presentations

April 13: Where to Publish Your Research

April 20: Semester Wrap-up (Rm 159, Ellis Library)

Workshop recordings at: libraryguides.missouri.edu/recordingsandtutorials

Click here for the 2018 Spring Fridays @ the Library Workshop Flyer

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Writing Tutors in Ellis Library

Tutors from the Writing Center offer one-on-one writing support in Ellis Library. All Mizzou students can take advantage of this service. Tutors can help with all stages of the writing process: brainstorming, revising, polishing a final draft. They are familiar with a variety of writing styles and formats.

Writing Tutors’ Schedule
Ellis Library, Room 151-E
Spring 2018

Tuesday, January 16 through Finals Week
(no tutors during Spring Break)

Sunday 4:00 – 9:00 pm

Monday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Tuesday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Wednesday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Thursday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Sign up for appointments on the sign-up sheet which will be posted on the door to Room 151-E at the start of tutoring hours that day. Appointments are for fifty minutes.

Visit the Writing Center’s website to find out more about the writing assistance they offer.

home Cycle of Success, Ellis Library Cycle of Success: Daniel B. Domingues da Silva Wins Center for Research Libraries’ 2017 Award for Teaching

Cycle of Success: Daniel B. Domingues da Silva Wins Center for Research Libraries’ 2017 Award for Teaching

Daniel B. Domingues da Silva, former Assistant Professor of History at Mizzou, won the Center for Research Libraries2017 Award for Teaching, part of their annual Primary Source Awards. Rachel Brekhus, Humanities Librarian, nominated him for his creative use of primary sources in his Writing Intensive course Fighting the Atlantic Slave Trade.

Now an assistant professor of African history at Rice University, Daniel held the same position at Mizzou from 2012 to 2017, teaching courses on the history of early and modern Africa. His research focuses on the African slave trade, especially from West Central Africa, and he has participated in several digital humanities projects such as Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database and Visualizing Abolition: A Digital History of the Suppression of the African Slave Trade. Visualizing Abolition was developed here at Mizzou.

Rachel Brekhus

Daniel credits Rachel and other Mizzou librarians with playing key roles in his research and teaching. “They not only helped me secure important primary and secondary sources for my research,” he says, “but they also created study guides for my students, workshops on how to conduct research, and trained students in operating related equipment and computer softwares. They also reviewed applications and nominated students and myself to internal and external research and teaching awards.”

Humanities librarian Anne Barker provided students with valuable insights into copyright issues and the use of images. Digital services librarian Felicity Dykas trained students on scanning techniques and image specifications. In the spring of 2017, Ellis Library hosted an exhibit about the making of the Visualizing Abolition project, providing students an opportunity to showcase their work.

Anne Barker

Prior to the CRL Award for Teaching, Daniel had won teaching awards within the University of Missouri campus community and considers those awards “an important way of rewarding faculty for their teaching achievements” and letting faculty know they are on the right track. However, he says “the CRL award was something different. As a global consortium of research libraries, it meant that I was not only a good teacher among my peers at Mizzou, but that my teaching skills were also appreciated among a much larger community of scholars.”

Cycle of Success is the idea that libraries, faculty, and students are linked; for one to truly succeed, we must all succeed. The path to success is formed by the connections between University of Missouri Libraries and faculty members, between faculty members and students, and between students and the libraries that serve them. More than just success, this is also a connection of mutual respect, support, and commitment to forward-thinking research.

If you would like to submit your own success story about how the libraries have helped your research and/or work, please use the Cycle of Success form.

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“Travel Near and Far” Exhibit

Check out the “Travel Near and Far” exhibit on display in the Ellis Library Colonnade through the end of January.

Katie Barthel’s DoodleStation began as a series of doodles created while attending professional training sessions as a CPA. Doodling was a way for her to express her creativity. Her first drawings were inspired by her trip to Australia, and after positive responses and encouragement from friends, she decided to turn those drawings into a business.

Katie Barthel

DoodleStation’s slogan is “Doodling your life, your experiences, your travels,” and Katie loves having the opportunity to brighten somebody’s day with one of her doodles. “Travel Near and Far” features landmarks from some of her favorite places–Columbia, Kansas City, and Australia–as well doodles meant to inspire viewers to explore more in their own lives. 

Katie asks, “What is life if not one grand adventure?”

 

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home Ellis Library, Resources and Services De-stress in Ellis Library During Finals

De-stress in Ellis Library During Finals

Trained therapy dogs will be in Ellis Library once again during finals week.  Visit the dogs on the first floor of Ellis Library during the following times:

Monday, December 11th: 7-9pm

Tuesday, December 12th: 7-9pm

Wednesday, December 13th:7-9pm

Also check out the Zen coloring tables on the first floor, or if you need a quiet space to work on your final papers and projects, Room 213 (Electronic Classroom II) is open 24/7 during finals as a quiet study space with computers.

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

Jennifer Gravley

I am a Research and Instruction Librarian with a background in creative writing.

Books to Movies Display

Which is better, the book or the movie? Stop by our display near the Reference Desk at Ellis Library for some pairs to compare.

Several titles on display will be released as movies in 2018–now’s your chance to read them first! All books and movies on display are available for check out.

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Jennifer Gravley

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home Databases & Electronic Resources, Resources and Services Add Your Conference Poster to MOspace!

Add Your Conference Poster to MOspace!

Have you presented a poster at a conference? Add your poster to MOspace and a URL to your CV or resume!

MOspace is the freely available online repository for scholarship and other works by University of Missouri faculty, students, and staff.

You retain copyright, and we provide access.

Curious how your poster will look online? Check out a couple of examples.

Like what you see? Submit your poster using our online form today.

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home Ellis Library, Events and Exhibits Day of the Dead and Antiquities from the Ancient Mediterranean Exhibits

Day of the Dead and Antiquities from the Ancient Mediterranean Exhibits

There’s still time to check out the Day of the Dead and the Ancient Artifacts exhibits on display in the Ellis Library Colonnade through the end of the month.

The Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) exhibit is sponsored by the Latin@ Graduate Professional Network. The Day of the Dead altar incorporates skulls colored by Mizzou students and pictures, blurbs, and trinkets of loved ones shared by the community.

The Museum of Art and Archaeology brings us the Antiquities from the Ancient Mediterranean exhibit. A dozen glass and pottery vessels are on display, including cups, bowls, bottles, jars, and lamps.

 

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Jennifer Gravley

I am a Research and Instruction Librarian with a background in creative writing.