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When You Find Your Oracle at the Library

This is a guest post written by Dr. Jessie Adolph, an instructor of English at Lincoln University.

oracle | ˈôrək(ə)l | noun a priest or priestess acting as a medium through whom advice or prophecy was sought from the gods in classical antiquity. • a place at which divine advice or prophecy was sought. • a person or thing regarded as an infallible authority or guide on something: casting the attorney general as the oracle for and guardian of the public interest is simply impossiblearchaic a response or message given by an oracle, typically one that is ambiguous or obscure.

Dr. Paula Roper, who I affectionately call “The Oracle” served a crucial role in my development as an educator and a scholar.  During our collaborations on subject topics for English 1000, she transformed the library from a center of archaic readings into a vibrant prophetic learning experience.  She introduced my students to peer-reviewed sources and resource methods making my lessons on historical trauma, spoken-word poetry, and hip-hop culture relative to the lives of my students.  Explicitly, she instructed my students about African and Global Studies traditions influencing popular culture in America.  The undergraduates learned “Nommo,” the power of the word (an Akan word meaning “To Make One Drink), can be utilized as a form of resistance and/or healing to build community. In other words, the young scholars learned they had a voice which can create the sound of power to change their reality.  This in mind, she inspired me as an academic to utilize my voice for change.

Dr. Paula Roper, the Oracle, and Mizzou library helped me to earn my Ph.D. in Africana Diaspora Studies.  My dissertation entitled “Dee-Jay Drop that Deadbeat;” Hip-hop’s Remix of Fatherhood Narratives” an interdisciplinary project required a substantial amount of research.  Specifically, I examined hip-hop fatherhood narratives that constructed imagery of African American fathers and Black identity formation.  Dr. Roper proved instrumental to the project by assisting me to compile an eclectic reading list African diasporic, history, sociology, and psychological to complete my task.  She helped me to maximize my time at the library—I could not have become Dr. Adolph without her expert-tutelage.

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 to submit your own success story about how the libraries have helped your research and/or work, please use the Cycle of Success form.

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Taira Meadowcroft

Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, reference, and marketing for the University of Missouri Libraries.

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Citation Management Workshops

Collect, organize, and format your citations with EndNote, Zotero and Mendeley! Register today at https://library.missouri.edu/workshops

EndNote:

Friday, February 1, 1-2 p.m.

Tuesday, February 12, 3-4 p.m.

Thursday, February 28, 5:15-6:15 p.m.

Mendeley:

Tuesday, January 29, 5:15-6:15 p.m.

Tuesday, February 19, 5:15-6:15 p.m.

Friday, March 8, 1-2 p.m.

Zotero:

Thursday, January 31, 5:15-6:15 p.m.

Thursday, February 14, 5:15-6:15 p.m.

Thursday, April 4, 5:15-6:15 p.m.

All sessions held in Ellis Library 213.

Need a different date or time? Groups of five or more can request additional sessions of these workshops at https://library.missouri.edu/workshops

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Ellis Library Hours Adjusted Due to Weather

Hours Update: Ellis Library closes today (February 19) at midnight and reopens Wednesday (February 20) at 10 am.

All specialized libraries will also open tomorrow at 10 am. Please visit library.missouri.edu/hours for a complete listing of hours.

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Possible Changes to Ellis Library Hours Due to Inclement Weather

For information on any closures or changes to the hours of Ellis Library due to inclement weather, please visit library.missouri.edu/hours.

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Junior Duck Stamp Program Display in Ellis Library

The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program is a dynamic art- and science-based curriculum that teaches wetland and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school.
The Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest is the culmination of the Junior Duck Stamp educational program. After studying waterfowl anatomy and habitat, students
express their newfound knowledge by drawing or painting a picture of an eligible North American waterfowl species.
Students from across the United States submit their artwork to their state, territory or district art competition.
The “Best of Show” from each competition is submitted to the National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest, where judges select one image to become the next Junior Duck Stamp.
In 20018, more than 20,000 youth participated in state and territory Junior Duck Stamp art contests. On display in the Ellis Library colonnade during the month of January are winners of the Missouri Junior Duck Stamp Contest.
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Ellis Library Winter Break Hours

Ellis Library’s extended finals hours have come to a close. We’ll cut way back on hours during the Winter Break and return to our regular hours when the spring semester starts up. The Libraries will be closed, along with the rest of the campus, the entire week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

As always, check our Hours page for up-to-date opening and closing times:
http://library.missouri.edu/hours/

Dec. 15–Dec. 24
Monday-Thursday 7:30 am-7pm
Friday 7:30am-5pm
Saturday 10am-2pm
Sunday closed

Dec. 25–Jan. 1
Closed

Jan. 2–Jan. 20
Monday-Thursday 7:30 am-7pm
Friday 7:30am-5pm
Saturday 10am-2pm
Sunday closed

Jan. 21
Closed

January 22 Begins Spring Semester Schedule

Library hours are subject to change. Please check the Hours page for the latest information: http://library.missouri.edu/hours/

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THERAPY DOGS FOR FINALS

Yes, it’s that time of the semester again. You’re studying, you’re researching, you’re writing, you’re living on coffee and no sleep…but look, a fluffy puff of pure love and joy! These calm, cheerful, trained therapy dogs are here to give you a break and put a smile on your face 🙂

Come to Ellis Library on the 1st floor by the North Doors / checkout desk. There will be therapy dogs Dec. 9-12 during these hours:

  • Sunday 1-5pm
  • Monday 7-9pm
  • Tuesday 7-9pm
  • Wednesday 7-9pm

Check out the full list of stress relief activities happening at your libraries too!

Thanks to Ann Gafke’s Teacher’s Pet for coordinating all the dogs and owners who help us de-stress during finals!

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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.

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Ellis Library Extended Hours for Finals

Ellis Library will be open continuously until Friday, December 14 at 7 pm. For additional information about service hours and specialized library hours, visit library.missouri.edu/hours.

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Ellis Library Open on November 26

Ellis Library will be open for study space in the morning on Monday, November 26. Please use the west entrance (by Speaker’s Circle) to enter the building. For research help, virtual chat will be available. All other services, such as in-person research help and check-out, will be available at noon. All specialized libraries will open at noon.

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Thanksgiving Hours at Ellis Library

Ellis Library will have limited hours during the Thanksgiving Break. For a complete list of the hours of Ellis Library and the specialized hours, visit library.missouri.edu/hours.

The Bookmark Cafe, which is run by Campus Dining Services, will be closed from November 17 to 25. For a complete list of hours for Campus Dining Services locations, visit dining.missouri.edu/hours.

Ellis Library Hours, November 17 to 25

Saturday (Nov. 17)…..10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sunday (Nov. 18)……Closed

Monday (Nov. 19)…..7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Tues (Nov. 20)…..7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Wed (Nov. 21)…..7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thurs (Nov. 22)……Closed

Fri (Nov. 23)…..Closed

Sat (Nov. 24)…..10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sun (Nov. 25)…..Noon to 12 a.m. (Return to 24 hour schedule)