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

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

home Ellis Library, Staff news Federico Martinez-Garcia Presents on Diversity Standards

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

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

home Ellis Library, Staff news Noel Kopriva Presents on 4-H Digitization Project

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.

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Jennifer Gravley

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

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

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

home Ellis Library, Resources and Services Lights, Camera, Action!

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!

home Ellis Library Thank you, Dr. Foley

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!

Grace Atkins

Grace Atkins is the Outreach & Open Education Librarian at the University of Missouri Libraries. She focuses on increasing the use of Open Educational Resources on campus, engaging with library users, and marketing library services, events, and resources.

home Ellis Library, Events and Exhibits, Resources and Services Books and Movies by and about Missouri Women

Books and Movies by and about Missouri Women

Stop by Ellis Library to take a look at books and movies by and about Missouri Women. The display is near the Reference Desk, and all items on display are available for check out. Watch The Grace Lee Project, read poems by Missouri's current poet laureate, learn about the Missouri native who was blacklisted from Hollywood, and much more.

Jennifer Gravley

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

Join the Hunt

Come join the Scavenger Hunt at the Ellis Library. Almost 2000 students have already completed it. It is your turn!

You will quickly be aquainted with library spaces and services while decreasing your library anxiety, all at your own pace.   Come with friends or come alone! It will be waiting for you!

Bring a Smartphone or a tablet and start here: http://library.missouri.edu/ScavengerHunt

 

 

 

home Ellis Library, Events and Exhibits Black History Month 2017

Black History Month 2017

During February, the University of Missouri celebrates black history and culture. This year's theme is Focus on Black Education. For more information about events, scroll the Black History Month 2017 Calendar: missouri.edu/blackhistory/

This year, two Black History Month events are take place in Ellis Library:

  • From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation

     

    Speaker: Keeanga-Yamatta Taylor
    In her new book, activist and scholar Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor surveys the historical and contemporary ravages of racism and persistence of structural inequality such as mass incarceration and black unemployment. In this context, she argues that this new struggle against police violence holds the potential to reignite a broader push for black liberation.

    Taylor is assistant professor of African American studies at Princeton University. She is working on a book, Race for Profit: Black Housing and the Urban Crisis of the 1970s. She earned a Ph.D from the Department of African American Studies at Northwestern University in 2013, and was the Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

     

     

  • Black History Trivia FUNraiser

     

    Join your friends at Ellis Library for an evening of fun, facts, food and friendly competition, at the third annual Black History Month Trivia Night. Form a team, choose a local charity to support, prepare to show what you know, and come out enriched with more knowledge. 

    Suggested donation is $20 per team member, $10 for students/low income, donated at the event.

     

     

Also, don't forget to check out our MU Libraries Twitter feed for daily #OnThisDay tweets about black history that occurred across decades during the month of February: twitter.com/MULibraries

Grace Atkins

Grace Atkins is the Outreach & Open Education Librarian at the University of Missouri Libraries. She focuses on increasing the use of Open Educational Resources on campus, engaging with library users, and marketing library services, events, and resources.

Color Our Collections 2017

Color Our Collections is back! We're going to be releasing coloring sheets as the week progresses this year, so make sure to come back and check this page regularly.  Our first set of coloring pages is adapted from Hesperides, sive, De malorvm avreorvm cvltvra et vsv libri quatuor by Giovanni Battista Ferrari, published in 1646.  This book is all about growing citrus fruits, and we thought the weird and wonderful illustrations of lemons, oranges, and fruits we can't quite identify would brighten up your winter day.

We'll have some art nouveau/Jugendstil offerings, medieval costumes, and more for you throughout this week, including some bookmarks to cut out and color. If you're in Columbia, be sure to stop by the coloring table on the first floor of Ellis Library to pick up coloring pages and show off your work.

 

Thurnier Buch Coloring Book 
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 Jugendstil Bookmarks Coloring Book 
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Hesperides Coloring Book 
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Kelli Hansen

Kelli Hansen is a librarian in the Special Collections and Rare Books department. She teaches information sessions in Special Collections, does reference work, and maintains the department's digital presences. Contact Kelli