Ellis Library Open 24/7 Through May 12th

Students, Ellis Library is now open 24/7 through May 12th. Show your student ID to enter after midnight through the West Entrance.  You have access to all floors.

Starting May 1st, Room 213 (the classroom with 25 computer workstations) will be open for quiet study from 4:30pm — 8:00am.

Finals Survival Guide

It's that time in the semester again: FINALS.

Never fear! From research help to stress relieving activities, Mizzou Libraries have your back! Check out our Finals Survival Guide with details on all the end of semester resources that we have to offer.

And remember, when in doubt, Ask a Librarian!


Cycle of Success: Gwen Gray, Kate Anderson, and Supporting Entrepreneurship

Gwen Gray
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.

Gwen Gray, Business, Economics & Public Poloicy Librarian, spearheads the libraries’ involvement with a variety of programs. Through her work with Entrepreneurship Alliance students, Gwen promotes the libraries as an integral resource for teaching and research. Greg Bier, Director of the Entrepreneurship Alliance, indicates her positive impact. “I just wanted to thank you for working with my Entrepreneurship Alliance students Tuesday,” Bier said. “I think it is very important that they understand the tools right at their fingertips on campus. Unfortunately, not many of them think of Ellis as one of them. I also think you change their opinions. Thanks for being a great help!”

Gwen strives to integrate library resources and services into MU’s entrepreneurship programs. One such program is the Biodesign & Innovation Program. Through her work, Gwen assists Biodesign Fellows as they seek out information and research. The Fellows she works with speak highly of the assistance she provides. “Our Biodesign Filtering presentation tonight was a great success,” one Fellow said. 

Kate Anderson

Kate Anderson is the head of the Zalk Vetinary Medical Library and works with Gwen on a number of projects, including that Biodesign Program and the Coulter Translational Partnership. In Coulter boot camps, teams of physicans and engineeers build their case for funding from the Coulter Foundation. The goal of the Coulter Foundation is to accelerate the translation of biomedical innovations into products the improve patient care.  

Because entrepreneurs need expertise and resources from multiple disciplines, Gwen and Kate collaborate extensively. The biodesign fellows and the boot camp participants often acknowledge Gwen’s and Kate’s teamwork.

  • “I wanted to say a big ‘THANK YOU!’ to both of you for getting us all the information we needed in such a short period of time. You both made the success of [our] presentation possible!”
  • “Thank you so much for checking in with us. It really means a lot to know we have your support!"
  • “Many thanks for your kind help in award.  Really appreciate [Gwen’s] help and Kate’s timely support.”

This active collaboration enables the Libraries to have a positive impact on the biotech entrepreneurial climate not only on campus but in the greater mid-Missouri region as well.

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


Taira Meadowcroft

Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, emergency medicine, and social media for the health sciences library.

Ellis Plotter Printer Update

The plotter printer in Ellis Library is broken and will be fixed tomorrow, Thursday 4/20. It should be running fine on or before Friday 4/21.

The Ellis Library plotter printer is the only plotter on campus that is accessible to all students. If you're in a rush, the FedEx Office Print & Ship Center, on 6th Street, (formerly Kinkos) has a plotter printer (though it is considerably more expensive than the Library plotter printer, which prints at cost for students.)

Our apologies, we'll have it fixed asap!

Reference Display: Dictionaries

Head over to the Reference Desk at Ellis Library for a weekly display of reference or other non-circulating materials.

This week, we have dictionaries on display. Sure, dictionaries are great for finding the meaning, spelling, and pronunciation of words, but stop by to look up colloquialisms, words that originate from names, collective nouns, cliches, and more. These specialized dictionaries will give you new insight into the words we use every day.

To find out more about dictionary resources, go to this guide.

Jennifer Gravley

Reference and Instruction Librarian

Federico Martinez-Garcia Presents on Diversity Standards

Federico Martinez-Garcia, Head of Access Services, co-presented a roundtable discussion (with Tarida Anantachai of Syracuse University) at the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) annual conference in Baltimore, MD, on March 23rd. Both are members of the ACRL Diversity Committee, which is in the process of revising the ACRL Diversity Standards.

Resteering the Standards: Revisiting the ACRL Diversity Standards & Cultural Competencies offered attendees insight into a 2015 survey, which highlighted issues missing from the current standards. Questions the roundtable considered included possible implications of revisions as well as the need for new concepts and terminology. Participants also discussed personal experiences regarding institutional commitment to and changing campus climates regarding diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.

Jennifer Gravley

Reference and Instruction Librarian

Noel Kopriva Presents on 4-H Digitization Project

Noel Kopriva, Agriculture Librarian, presented a poster at the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) annual conference in Baltimore, MD, on March 23rd. Bringing a Piece of 4-H History into the Twenty-First Century: Creating a 4-H Circulars Digital Collection at a Land-Grant Library was a collaboration between Noel and Felicity Dykas, Head of Digital Services. The poster introduced attendees to scope of the collection as well as the work done to make these items accessible to the public. Noel manages the project, and Felicity and her team digitized and cataloged the circulars.

In 1922, the Missouri Extension Service published its first circular aimed directly at children, the Boys' and Girls' 4-H Club Circular. Published into the 1960s, the circulars cover a wide variety of topics, including food and nutrition, music appreciation, livestock, gardening, sewing, posture, and more. The 4-H Circulars collection includes all the issues in the MU Libraries' collection (almost 200, housed in Special Collections and Rare Books) and is freely available in MOspace.

Jennifer Gravley

Reference and Instruction Librarian

Unbound Book Festival Display

Stop by Ellis Library to take a look at books by authors visiting Columbia for the Unbound Book Festival on April 22nd. MU is the presenting sponsor of this free local literary festival that features authors of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and children's books. The display is near the Reference Desk, and all books on display are available for check out. Try a mystery by Sara Paretsky, essays by Lisa Knopp, poems by Meg Kearney, or a picture book illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist.

Jennifer Gravley

Reference and Instruction Librarian

Lights, Camera, Action!

Green Screen Rooms are now available in 2E21 and 3E21 located on the 2nd and 3rd floors of Ellis Library.  To reserve these rooms for up to 2 hours, go online to the room reservation calendar on the library’s homepage. 

You can use the green screen wall to replace the background of your photography and video projects with different settings.  Then, use Adobe Photoshop or Premiere on one of the Mac computers in the Digital Media Commons Lab to edit your work.

Equipment is available for checkout at the Circulation Desk with a student ID.  We have cameras, camcorders, tripods, microphones, portable green/blue screens, and many other items that will help you complete your project.

Go to https://libraryguides.missouri.edu/DigitalMediaCommons to learn more!

Thank you, Dr. Foley

Today, Interim Chancellor Hank Foley announced that he has accepted the position of president at the New York Institute of Technology, effective June 1. His last day at Mizzou will be May 3. You can read Dr. Foley's full statement here.

The University of Missouri Libraries would like to thank Dr. Foley for his leadership at Mizzou. We are joining President Choi, the University of Missouri-Columbia, and the entire University of Missouri System community in congratulating Dr. Foley on his new appointment.

Thank you to your dedication and service to the Libraries, and best of luck at NYIT!