On Friday, January 19, students, parents, family, staff, faculty, fans, and alumni are encouraged to wear their favorite organization’s gear throughout the day. This may be a student organization t-shirt, your favorite sport team’s gear, or anything else that demonstrates your passion for Mizzou! Use #MizzouMade on social media to share how involvement impacted your Mizzou experience.
The Libraries social media team will be sharing #MizzouMade stories that we have been gathering. We would also love to have photos of our librarians and staff wearing Mizzou gear, so we can share it on social media. (The new Libraries polos will be distributed at the All-Staff Meeting!) We will remind you on Thursday to wear your gear and on Friday to send us photos.
This week Grace Atkins took six members of ULSAC to North Carolina to visit three academic libraries. Learn more about this trip below.
What is ULSAC?
University Libraries Student Advisory Council (ULSAC) comprises 20 student leaders representing nine student governments and an additional five members representing the Library Ambassadors, a student development program of the libraries. ULSAC is charged with advising the University Libraries on important matters of concern to the students of the University of Missouri.
What is the SVP?
The Student Vision Project (SVP) is a student-led initiative to draft a document detailing the future that ULSAC sees for the libraries and how the libraries can relate to the rest of campus and the student experience. It’s a type of long range planning that will clarify student priorities and leverage them for additional support from the institution and alumni with the end goal of improving the student experience through the attainment of enhanced library services, spaces, and collections.
What is this Research Trip about?
ULSAC has decided to invest student development funds in the education of six student leaders who are highly involved in the SVP. The students and Grace will visit the Research Triangle in order to see what some of the best libraries in the world do – and maybe even more importantly – how they do it. They will spend three days visiting three different libraries (Duke, NCSU, and UNC-Chapel Hill). The students will also spend time working on the SVP so that it is ready to present to the constituent bodies for student approval before the end of the spring semester.
Why are we touring libraries in the Research Triangle?
ULSAC wants the University Libraries to be one of the the best academic library systems in the country; rather than reinvent the wheel, they would like to see what has been done and what works elsewhere. Duke, NCSU, and UNC-Chapel Hill will generously assist ULSAC in this mission by showing the best that their libraries have to offer. The students and Grace will be touring and discussing digital media commons/technology resources, space scheduling/logistics tools, special collections spaces, open access resources/collaborations, inclusion/diversity/equity programs, library instruction programs, and research support services. ULSAC members recognize that there’s a lot they don’t know about the world of libraries, but they are enthusiastic about learning more to create the best possible vision to help guide the libraries and the campus forward.
The MU Service Champion Award is given to employees who go above and beyond the four core values of the University of Missouri: Respect, Responsibility, Discovery, and Excellence. The award is given monthly and is given out by the MU Staff Advisory Council based on nominations. Ellis Library is proud to have one of their own employees, Sharon Gaughan, receive the MU Service Champion Award in December 2017.
Sharon works in Physical Processing and Preservation in Technical Services at Ellis Library. When she attended college, she started as an art major and graduated as a computer programmer with some education courses, and has found uses for all of her knowledge in physical processing where, she says, “there’s always something new to learn or try. It’s great!”
While she didn’t set out to work in library preservation (she found a listing for the job and thought it looked interesting), Sharon has found a lot of joy in her work due to the wide variety and the skills she gets to use, and new ones she gets to develop. According to Sharon, her favorite parts of the job include, “The parts of the job that made it sound too good not to try for: the wide variety of tasks and the book repair.” Everyone at Ellis congratulates Sharon on this great achievement!
For several years, we have provided space to Healthy for Life for yoga classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon in Ellis Room 4F51A. They will now be offering a body conditioning class at the same time and place on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
We offer the use of room 4F51A under the condition that the Libraries can use the space at this time if needed. So if you need to use room 4F51A for library business during this time, please contact me. I will let the Healthy for Life instructor that we need the room at that time.
Thanks and let me know if there is any problem with this arrangement. We will be trying it out for one semester and then re-evaluating.
Since 2002, one of the most effective tools the Libraries have offered our users has been Findit@MU (an OpenURL link resolver). It bridges the gap between the item citation and finding the best method to access it (online, in print, or requesting via ILL) with a single click or two.
In the past 15 years, we have migrated through 4 different resolvers; each time moving to a product that provides more functionality and ease of use for our patrons. Our current link resolver is provided by ProQuest. With the libraries’ decision in 2016 to cancel our Summon discovery tool subscription (a ProQuest product) and move to Ebsco’s Discovery System, we were provided free access to Ebsco’s resolver.
LMT appointed a small group to review the link resolver issue and make a recommendation on whether to renew the resolver subscription with ProQuest or use the free resolver provided by Ebsco. Team members gathered information, attended webinars, tested both systems and recommended to LMT that we cancel the ProQuest subscription and move to the Ebsco resolver. The primary factors in recommending this change were:
- Saving staff time and improving efficiency by maintaining 1 knowledgebase for both the resolver and discovery tool
- Real-time updating of the Ebsco knowledgebase provides up-to-date information to users (note that ProQuest updates the next day)
- Familiar look and feel for our users because of the many Ebsco database subscriptions and EDS
- Cost savings of approximately $7000
LMT has accepted the recommendation and the implementation team has started to work on it. We intend to be completely live with the Ebsco resolver (which will still be called Findit@MU) by July 1, 2018.
We’ll provide additional information as the process moves along.
If you have any questions, please contact a member of the team listed below.