Therapy Dogs in Ellis Library

It's the time of the semester again… Therapy dogs are coming to Ellis Library for some much-needed finals stress relief!

Finals Week Schedule for Therapy Dogs in Ellis Library*

  •      Sunday, Dec. 11th:  1-5pm AND 7-9pm 
  •      Monday, Dec. 12th: 7-9pm
  •      Tuesday, Dec. 13th: 7-9pm
  •      Wednesday, Dec. 14th: 7-9pm

*Times are subject to change. (Puppies are unpredictable!) Check our Twitter feed for updates: @MULibraries

A huge thank you to Ann Gafke’s Teacher’s Pet Dog Training &Therapy Service for providing these wonderful animals!

Self-Checkout at Ellis Library

We're happy to announce that Ellis Library has a fully functioning self-checkout machine!

It's a quick-and-easy way to check out books and other items.

How does it work? Simply swipe your student ID and scan your item. The screen shows the due date and gives you the options to print or email yourself a receipt.

Where is it? Right across from the Circulation Desk by the North Door on the main level of Ellis Library.


New Exhibition: Berry and Books

William A. Berry: Book Illustrator, Book Designer, Author, Professor
December 1, 2016 – January 31, 2017

This show is a tribute to the late William A. Berry and his of love of books. In the introduction to his classic book: Drawing the Human Form, Berry wrote: “Many years ago when I was a student, a
professor noticed that I was carrying around a book written in German, a language he knew I could not read. Chiding me, he asked what on earth I intended to do with it. I replied I was going to look at the pictures.” Little did this young art student know that a large portion of his distinguished artistic career would be devoted to making pictures for books, designing books, and writing them.

It is William Berry the book illustrator, book designer, author, and professor which constitute the focal point of this exhibition. In many instances we have brought together for the first time examples of the finished “printed” versions alongside the original drawings and some preliminary sketches so that the spectator can get a rare inside glimpse into the process. The artist’s choice of medium and technique; the necessity to consider the effect of scaling down the image for reproduction; the thoughtful placement of the image in relation to the type – all affect the reader’s response and establish an intimate connection between the written word and the image. 

Illustration credits:

Top Left: Kennedy Without Tears. Wicker, Tom. New York: William Morrow and Company, 1964. p. 33. (Illustration by William Berry)

Top Right: Cover, Drawing the Human Form. Berry, William A. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Publishing, 1977. 

Lower Left: Cover, The Creative Eye, Volume One. Fearing, Kelly, et. al. Austin, Texas: W.S. Benson and Company, 1969. (Designed by William Berry)

Lower Right: On Firm Ice, 2nd Edition. Wilson, Carter. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1969. p. 76.(Illustration by William Berry)

Workshop: Using myNCBI for compliance with NIH Public Access Policy, Progress Reports and Applications

This one hour session, facilitated by Cynthia Haydon, Senior Grant Writer, will show attendees how to set up a myNCBI account, create a bibliography of their publications, and associate those publications with their NIH awards.

Attendees will also learn how to check compliance with NIH Public Access Policy as well as the steps to take to take if a publication is not compliant. Attendees will learn how to create a link to their full bibliography for use in their NIH Biographical Sketch. 


  •  December 14, 2016
  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm                                                                         


  • 117 Health Sciences Library

Both faculty investigators and/or their assistants are welcome. Feel free to bring examples of your own questions or difficulties with the process and we will address those as time allows. The class will be taught in a computer lab, so please remember to bring required NIH eRA Commons usernames and passwords. 


Register for this workshop



Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander is a graduate library assistant at the J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library!

MU Libraries Participates in Women’s and Children’s Hospital Reverse Trick-or-Treat

For the past few years, the Women's and Children's Hospital has organized reverse trick-or-treating. MU employees are invited to hand out treats to pediatric patients, siblings, and children of adult patients. This year, one of our medical librarians, Taira Meadowcroft, asked for volunteers to go with her this Halloween to participate.

This fantastic group put together halloween bags filled with stickers, pencils, instruments, play-doh, and many other goodies. In all their Halloween glory, they loaded up several boxes, and headed to the hospital. Once there, they were greeted by superheros, princesses, football players, and tinkerbells, all waiting to trick-or-treat. By the end, there was no goodie bags left!

Thanks to all who volunteered to be apart of the 200 MU and MU health staff who handed out treats. Be sure to take a peek at the MU Health instagram and story



Our volunteers included: Grace Atkins, Cindi Cotner- Halloween , Stara Herron- Jack Skellington , Taira Meadowcroft- Netlflix, Kimberly Moeller- Ninja, Paula Roper, Caryn Scoville, Deb Ward- Wizard , Rhonda Whithaus


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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.

Meet the Librarian: Federico Martinez-Garcia, Head, Access Services

What led you to MU Libraries?

I was born in Sonora, Mexico in a small border town next to Arizona’s southwest corner. I have lived in desert, arid areas all of my life (Sonora, Arizona and Nevada), and I wanted to experience something different. This idea started after having the opportunity to study abroad in Paris and noticing how great it was to live in a place with green vegetation and rain. 

After receiving my Masters in Library and Information Sciences, my priority was to relocate to an area with four seasons. During my job search, I found that the University of Missouri Libraries were hiring.  Besides having the four seasons, I found out the percentage of international students and population in general, especially Hispanics, was almost not existent compared to the Southwest.  So, it got me more excited to join an institution where I can offer assistance to increase a more diverse university population and probably even to the population in general.

Describe some of the changes that are going on in access services in Ellis Library and at libraries everywhere?

Access Services is a department that is currently reevaluating many of its services to satisfy the current and future needs of all library users.  Some changes that are already taking place include the increase of renewals for faculty, graduate students, and staff from two to five, allowing them to possibly keep traditional checked out MU Library materials for up to four months; and extending our interlibrary loan services to visiting scholars.  We are also working on taking the library check out system from due date stamps to print receipts; self-checkout machines to avoid waiting in line; and searching for the best ways to advertise services and equipment that can be checked out from the library.

I foresee in the future of Access Services the increase of staff base knowledge in the means of cross-training to minimize the number of referrals.  This has been taking place in academic, public and private libraries in the world, which has increased the satisfaction level in all library users. I also envision advances in technology to reach all university affiliates, close and far away.

 What vision do you bring to your position?

My vision is to create a collaborative working environment among the different library departments as well as university departments with the sole purpose of facilitating access to information to all library users. Just like the MU Libraries and University Administration, I am pro-inclusion. I believe that the key to success is to work together to create a stronger institution.  I always welcome faculty, staff and student’s feedback to identify what must get done to satisfy everyone’s needs.

English 1000 Open Research Lab

English 1000 Open Research Lab sessions

When: 5-7pm every Wednesday evening between Oct. 19th – Nov. 16th
Where: Ellis Library room 213

This follow-up service complements the class instruction, where general library resources and search strategies are covered, by providing lab space where students can actively work on individual assignments and ask for research help as the need arises. One of our librarians, Jennifer Gravley, will be on hand to provide research assistance. Students should bring their assignments with them. 

Assistance will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. No registration is required, and students may come and go as they please. They may use the computers in the lab or bring their laptops. Remember, this open lab is for English 1000 assignments only.

Haven’t brought your class for a library session? Students have conflicts? Students are always encouraged to reach out to librarians for reference help in person, through chat, by phone, by email, or by requesting a one-on-one RAP (Research Assistance Program) consultation. See for all the ways to get help!

MU Libraries Celebrate Banned Books

photo-6Don't worry if you missed our Banned Books Week celebration during the week of September 25th. We celebrate banned books every day of the year! 

Banned Books Week is a week long celebration of books that have been challened or banned in different parts of North America. It was organized in order to promote people's right to read. 

 "Everything should be available for anyone who wants to access it," says Emilee Howland-Davis, a PhD student in the English department, regarding the importance of protecting the right to read. photo-1-2

She and her English 2100 class exercised their right to read on Thursday, September 29th, when they did readings of banned books out on Speaker's Circle. They read excerpts from Harry Potter and passed out bookmarks promoting Banned Books Week.

photoHowever, the efforts to stop banned books does not end once the week is over. Ellis Library continues that fight through multiple exhibits.

Be sure to come by the information desk and see our exhibit on banned books! Try and guess what book each of the covered books are! Each covered book is a famous piece of literature, many of which are included in reading lists for English classes. On the covering is key reasons why they have been banned or

See if any of your favorites have ever been banned by checking the ever growing list of banned books! Favorites such as Catcher in the Rye and Harry Potter are included in the list.

So don't be discouraged if you missed the week! Just pick up your favorite banned book and read it! It's always the right time to help the fight against banned books!photo-7

Register to Vote at the Ellis Library Reference Desk

The Ellis Library Reference Desk is now a voter registration place. 

To vote in the November presidential elections, Missouri voters must be registered by Wednesday, Oct 12th!

We encourage all students, staff and community members to register! Check out our guide all about how to register!

Families Welcome at Ellis Library Open House After the Homecoming Parade

Visit Ellis Library immediately after the Homecoming Parade on Saturday, Oct. 22 for refreshments, tours and family activities. The first 100 kids will receive a free mini pumpkin. This event is free and open to the public.