You create large amounts of digital content. What happens to that content after its creation? Will it be discoverable next year? In five years? Personal Digital
Archiving provides a set of best practices for scholars to preserve and manage their content long after it has been created.
Date: Friday, October 12, 2018 Time: 1 to 2 p.m. Location: 213 Ellis Library
Behind the scenes at the University Libraries, there are quite a few things that go into making a book shelf-ready. Occasionally, the physical processing department, in the ground floor of Ellis Library, has to repair books before they can go on (or back on) the shelves for users to check out.
Thankfully, physical processing is staffed with employees who want to teach, and great students who are eager to learn. The physical processing staff is now able to hand more and more work over to dedicated students, giving the students great experience, and freeing up the employees for other projects, such as conservation and preservation.
Two such students are Lydia Dysart and Megan Potter, both student employees in the physical processing department. As you can see from the “before” photo, books often come to physical processing looking . . . less than great. But as you see from the “after” photo, a lot can be done to fix a book. From start to finish, these students were able to complete the project.
When a book is in poor shape, you can’t simply glue it back together. The books that are repaired rarely look like they have been repaired (see the “after” photo) thanks to detailed work. When walking around the physical processing work space, you will see streamers hanging from the wall in all different shades. This is paper used to repair the books, and they want the repair to match the book as closely as possible. It’s intricate work that takes training and detail-oriented people. Thankfully, both Lydia and Megan were up to the task.
As you can see in the before and after pictures, the students have to fix breaks in the book block using rice paper. Then they replace the spine, and, lastly, consolidate and repair the covers. Lydia and Megan did all the spine and cover repairs in the finished repair pictures.
We all appreciate the students who work at University Libraries, and are happy to be able shine a spotlight on some great work! Thank you, Lydia and Megan, for helping to preserve our library’s collection!
What’s your plan for managing your research data? Will your data be reusable by you or someone else tomorrow? Five years from now? Join us for a session on managing and sharing your research data. We’ll cover funding agency policies; metadata conventions; best practices for writing Data Management Plans; and submitting data to the MOspace Institutional Repository.
Date: Friday, October 5, 2018 Time: 1 to 2 p.m. Location: 213 Ellis Library
Entrepreneur Quest is a program for any undergraduate or graduate student with a venture idea or just wanting to get engaged with other student innovators and entrepreneurs at Mizzou. Much more than a pitch competition with $30,000 at stake, EQ is an education program that involves engaging workshops, mentoring, demo days, and coaching from industry and subject matter experts. This opportunity will provide the most significant capital, to date, to student-entrepreneurs. Part of the program involves a series of workshops this fall:
September 24, 5:30 – 7 p.m. – General Information Session
October 1, 5:30 – 7 p.m. – Business Model Canvas
October 8, 5:30 – 7 p.m. – Essentials of a Business Plan
October 15, 5:30 – 7 p.m. – How to Pitch your Venture and the Application Process
These workshops will be conducted simultaneously with UMKC, UMSL, and MS&T via ZOOM. All workshops will be held in Ellis 114A and will include pizza.
The pitch competition to determine our 10 Mizzou semi-finalists will be the morning of November 12th in Monsanto Auditorium. The 10 teams chosen will then progress to a more formal online program during Spring Semester 2019. EQ is a program that will get students working on their ventures throughout the year. These initial workshops are just the beginning. Hope to see you there!
In addition to “producing grammatical descriptions and dictionaries for four varieties of the Luyia language cluster in western Kenya,” Michael Marlo is an Associate Professor of English and Linguistics and a member of the editorial board of the Language Science Press‘s Contemporary African Linguistics series. Language Science Press is an open access publisher of peer-reviewed linguistics books, including textbooks, and neither readers nor authors pay fees under the Knowledge Unlatched model, which instead relies on financial pledges from institutions and libraries to fund open access projects.
Michael’s editorship originally grew out of a desire to find a financially reasonable publishing outlet for the proceedings of the Annual Conference on African Linguistics. When researching potential publishers for book projects related to his National Science Foundation project, Structure and Tone in Luyia, he had also made note of their African Language Grammars and Dictionaries series.
“One of the major obstacles to the development of the field of linguistics is access to research results,” Michael says. For example, access to the digital version of the most prestigious publisher’s grammar series costs $10,000 plus annual fees for updates. A single book costs $200. Despite the prestige, Michael doesn’t intend to pursue publication through a press with such a prohibitive pricing model because that would limit his audience to those few whose libraries can afford access. He says, “While I recognize that there are still problems of access with publications that are primarily available as PDF downloads online, due to the fact that not everyone has internet access, having my work available for anyone to download is a major improvement in access over most other publishing options, which are either too expensive for readers or require a large subvention from the author, or both.”
Last summer, Michael learned that Language Science Press was pursuing the institutional support funding model and asked Anne Barker, his subject librarian, if Mizzou Libraries could contribute. He was “thrilled” to learn that some funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities were able to be put toward the initiative. Michael says, “I believe [this model] has the chance to revolutionize publishing in my field, and possibly by extension many other fields in academia.”
Anne confirms, “Librarians have long been concerned that the commercialization of scholarly communication restricts access for individuals and strains library budgets. Changing the traditional publication funding model to provide for more open access is complex and challenging, but the Knowledge Unlatched model is promising. Mizzou Libraries is glad to be able to join this endeavor.”
Michael encourages students to use MOBIUS and Interlibrary Loan to access books outside of our collection. He also encourages students to find their subject areas in the stacks and look around. “There’s a lot of great stuff in there that you won’t easily find just by searching online databases!”
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.
If you would like tosubmityour own success story about how the libraries have helped your research and/or work, please use the Cycle of Success form.
Bibliographies no longer have to be a frustrating component of your research paper. Zotero is a free and simple open-source research tool that can organize, manage and format your bibliography content. In our workshop, learn how to use Zotero to help create your bibliographies and in-text citations by extracting citations from PDFs and web pages.
Date: Friday, September 21, 2018 Time: 1 to 2 p.m. Location: 213 Ellis Library
Introduction to Mendeley
Mendeley is a free reference manager that produces citations and bibliographies. It organizes your PDFs into a fully searchable database, allows you to annotate those PDFs, and share them with colleagues. Mendeley is also a social network, helping you discover researchers who share interests and see the papers that interest them.
Date: Friday, September 14, 2018 Time: 1 to 2 p.m. Location: 213 Ellis Library
Learn how to use EndNote, a powerful citation program, for your academic writings. The workshop will teach you how to use this tool in order to store citation data, produce in-text citations and bibliographies in various formats.
Date: Friday, September 7, 2018 Time: 1 to 2 p.m. Location: 213 Ellis Library