Community is Key

For chemical engineering student Ashley Anstaett, a strong sense of community is what attracted her to Columbia, the Mizzou campus, and ultimately the Engineering Library and Technology Commons. “Mizzou has a beautiful campus, and Columbia itself is an ideal spot for me… for its size, the cultural events in Columbia are not lacking and one of my favorite parts of the year is the True/False Film Festival where people come from all over to share their passion for film, music, and art.”

Ashley currently works as a chemistry research assistant in the plant science group at the Missouri Research Reactor. “We are looking at improving the zinc and iron content of corn through the use of bacteria that occur naturally in the soil. ” She says her interests are in the environmental aspects of engineering, but her dream is to work in the fragrance industry. “I’ve collected all kinds of fragrances since I was a little kid and love smelling things!”

Ashley Studying

When Ashley is not working or in class, you can quite often find her at the Engineering Library and she notes that “I don’t know what I would do without the Engineering Library!” The reference materials and textbooks are essential to her for her studies. Most importantly, she says, it is the community fostered by the library space that is key. “I know I can go to the Engineering Library anytime it is open and find someone working on the same thing as me, willing to help, or work together. Even if we are all stuck, it provides a great space for commiserating, drinking some coffee, and enjoying good company.” She also loves interacting with the staff. “It’s nice to see a friendly face every day and know that they are there and willing to help.”

The Engineering Library also supports Ashley’s more leisurely interests. “One of my favorite things about the Engineering Library is that they let me have all of my comics, books, and movies sent there. Using MOBIUS and ILL, you can get pretty much any book or movie you could ever imagine. As a delivery option, you can choose to have them sent to any library on campus you want. I don’t even have to leave Lafferre Hall. I look forward to going to the library each day to see if something I ordered arrived. It’s like retail therapy, but it’s free!”


It’s no surprise then that one of Ashley’s favorite Mizzou memories happened at the Engineering Library. “I was studying intently, heard some commotion, and looked up to see a bunch of folks in T-Rex costumes roaming the library. They were dancing and also maybe … studying?”




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Engineering Library Workshop: Using Google for Research – Wednesday, April 25th

Using Google for Research
Wednesday, April 25th
3:15-4:15 pm
Engineering Library, Rm. W2001I

How is the best way to use Google for research purposes? What is Google Scholar, and how does it differ from the various research databases in the Libraries? What are other features in Google that can assist me as a student? Join us on Wednesday, April 25th from 3:15pm to 4:15pm in the Engineering Library Quiet Study Computer Lab, Rm. W2001I for a hands on workshop which answers these questions and more.

We encourage you to bring your own laptop to this session. We will show you how to adjust your Google settings to locate Mizzou resources more easily. Open to all Mizzou Engineering students.

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Engineering Library Workshop On Wednesday, April 11- Plagiarism: What Is It & How to Avoid It

The Engineering Library & Technology Commons is hosting its first LibWIS Wednesday workshop! This session is open to all engineering students.

Plagiarism: What Is It & How to Avoid It
April 11
3:15-4:15 pm
Engineering Library Room W2001I (Quiet Computer Area)

Your class syllabus has a statement about “academic dishonesty” and “academic integrity.” What does this mean at MU? Plagiarism is an important—but sometimes confusing—issue. Many people unknowingly commit plagiarism when writing their papers. Join us to learn how to identify and avoid plagiarism in your academic writing. We will look at common errors in citing resources, paraphrasing, and summarizing research as well as how to correct those errors and prevent plagiarism in your academic work.

Our next LibWIS workshop, Using Google for Research, will be on Wednesday, April 25th from 3:15pm-4:15pm.

home Cycle of Success, Engineering Library Congratulations Noel Kopriva, Head of Engineering Library & Technology Commons

Congratulations Noel Kopriva, Head of Engineering Library & Technology Commons

The University Libraries are pleased to announce that Noel Kopriva has been appointed as Engineering Librarian and Head of Engineering Library & Technology Commons!

Noel has earned a Bachelor’s in English and two Master’s degrees in Library and Information Science and English from the University of Missouri. She has been working for the University of Missouri Libraries for over three and half years as the Librarian to Textile and Apparel Management and to the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. She previously served as the Agriculture Librarian at West Virginia University for seven years.

This past year, Noel has been serving as the Interim Head of the Engineering Library & Technology Commons and we are happy to have her continue her work in a permanent position.

Congratulations, Noel!

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Engineering Library Spring Break Hours

We will have limited hours starting Friday, March 23rd. Have a safe and happy Spring Break!

Friday, March 23: 8:00am-5:00pm

Saturday/Sunday, March 24-25: Closed

Monday-Friday, March 26-30: 8:00am-5:00pm

Saturday, March 31: Closed

Sunday, April 1: 1:00pm- Midnight

University Libraries Hours


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On Display at the Engineering Library- Texts & Tools: A History of Engineering

The Engineering Library & Technology Commons is now showcasing Texts & Tools: A History of Engineering. This display features five historical engineering books from Special Collections & Rare Books and four tools from the Mizzou Museum of Engineering (ZOUME) used by engineers in the early 1900s.

Exhibit Highlights:

Theater of Machines by Heinrich Zeising, 1621

The oldest text on display is Theatri Machinarum Erster Theill or Theater of Machines by Heinrich Zeising. This book is believed to have been published in 1621. It features designs for over 150 machines invented or refined by Ziesing, from cranes to watermills, to portable expanding bridges.


Polar Planimeter by Keuffel & Esser Co.,1915


Another item on display is an American made polar planimeter from 1915. Polar planimeters are mechanical devices used to accurately measure the area of any plane figure, regardless of its shape or irregularity, without calculation. Keuffel & Esser Co. produced this particular model between 1901 and 1927. A book published by the company described the planimeter as “one of the most valuable of the Engineer’s mechanical assistants” (Wheatley, 1903).

Check out these items and others at the Engineering Library & Technology Commons. This exhibit will run throughout the Spring Semester.

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Prepare for the Engineering Career Fair

The key to success when looking for job opportunities is to adequately prepare. There’s no “wingin’ it” when it comes to your future career. Those individuals you may be networking with on Wednesday, February 7th at the Engineering Career Fair may very well be the people who help you toward getting your dream job.

Fortunately, Mizzou Libraries and the College of Engineering have some great resources to ace your first networking event:

Engineering Jobs & Career Resources

Resume & Cover Letter Tips

Hire Mizzou Tigers Guidelines to Finding a Job


Need more help? Schedule a one-on-one appointment with the Engineering Academy.


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Lost in Lafferre? Download Some Maps!

Lafferre Hall is notoriously confusing with its winding halls and multitude of classrooms and labs. With the construction finally complete, we updated the floor maps to help you find where you are going! Download them to your phone or print them off from your computer. Paper versions of these maps are available for you to take from the Engineering Library & Technology Commons check out desk.

First Floor

Second Floor

Third Floor

If you are still lost, stop by the Engineering Library! Staff here are always willing to give your directions.

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Engineering Library : Spring Semester Hours

Engineering Library & Technology Commons Spring Semester Hours (Jan. 15 – May 13):

Regular Semester Hours

Monday-Thursday: 8:00am to 12:00am
Friday: 8:00am to 6:00pm
Saturday: 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Sunday: 1:00pm to 12:00pm

Special Hours

Jan.15th: CLOSED

Spring Break Hours (Mar. 23 – Apr. 1)

Monday-Friday: 8:00am to 5:00
Saturday-Sunday: CLOSED


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Taking Advantage of Resources

Civil Engineering student Elgin Burton decided to attend Mizzou after meeting with recruiters at his high school in East St. Louis, Illinois, deciding to visit, and “falling in love with the campus.” Once he arrived, Burton got involved in a number of organizations. He is currently the president of the national award-winning Timber Bridge Team. He is also T.O.R.C.H (Technical Outreach Community Help) chair for Mizzou’s chapter the National Society of Black Engineers. Once he graduates in May 2018, Burton plans on a career in transportation engineering.

Burton says, “The Engineering Library is a huge resource to me in more ways than one. The obvious one is that there are books here that I can use for all of my classes. The one I just turned in today, I used for my class all semester.”

Burton also likes that that the Engineering Library is a gathering place for his classmates. “This is a place where I do a lot of my studying, so I meet a lot of people here who are also studying the same things. A lot of collaboration happens here. Whenever I am working on a project, we usually meet in the Engineering Library. If I am struggling with a problem, I can usually find people who can help me solve it here. Or I’ll see somebody in my class, introduce myself, and ask how they are solving the problem. I meet many people in different ways at the Engineering Library. There is not another space in the building like that. ”

One of Burton’s favorite Mizzou memories is getting to know the libraries. “it was almost an oddly intimate relationship I had with Ellis and other libraries like the Math Library and [the Engineering Library], because I was completely new to the experience—I was new to Columbia, Missouri, I was new to college, I was new to a research library of that size—and over the course of my college career, Ellis Library especially became my home away from my apartment, where I feel most comfortable on campus.”

If there was one piece of advice that Burton could give to future students, Burton says, it would be to use your resources.  He acknowledges that “it can be difficult to tell new students to take advantage of your resources because they might not know about them, but the best thing to do is just to open up to opportunities and be willing to try new things. Getting involved in organizations relevant to your degree gives you contextual information and it gives you a sense of purpose. ‘I am here doing this. I am here making this change.’”

“You leave a lasting impact on the university. It also leaves a lasting impact on you.”