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Families Welcome at Ellis Library Open House After the Homecoming Parade

Visit Ellis Library immediately after the Homecoming Parade on Saturday, Oct. 12 for refreshments and family activities.The first 100 kids will receive a free mini pumpkin. This event is free and open to the public.

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Art by Lisa Brooke on Display in Health Sciences Library

The paintings and drawings by Lisa Brooke currently on display in the library have viewers commenting “I thought they were photos” and as one viewer added, “they look better than photos!”

These must-see artworks are done in acrylic or colored pencil. Each has an authentic look that has much to do with the carefully chosen colors and the exquisite fine detail work. Take a good look at the feathers on the roosters and other birds. Notice the execution of drifted snow, melting snow, the colors of the snow applied to show reflected sunlight and shadows. Find how well the rabbit and quail prey in the pictures blend in with their surroundings, just as in life. In addition to depicting wildlife, Lisa enjoys making portraits of people and of pets.


We are pleased to host this display through the end of January 2020. To see more artworks by Lisa visit her Facebook page “Art by Lisa Brooke”.


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University Archives Continues Semester-Long 50th Anniversary Celebration

To continue the semester-long celebration of its 50th anniversary, University Archives has added a new display to the exhibits in the Ellis Library colonnade. The display Lost MU highlights buildings, walkways, and spaces on campus that no longer exist or have significantly changed over the years.

home Events and Exhibits, Gateway Carousel Journalism, Journalism Library Winners of the 2019 Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service

Winners of the 2019 Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service

The Ceremony Will Take Place on Wednesday, Oct. 2, on the University of Missouri Campus

Columbia, Mo. (July 9, 2019) — The Missouri School of Journalism has announced the 2019 recipients of the prestigious Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service. The three individuals and one agency will receive their medal during an evening reception and banquet on Wednesday, Oct. 2, that begins at 6 p.m. at The State Historical Society’s Center for Missouri Studies, 605 Elm St., on the University of Missouri campus.

Winners of the 2019 the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service are Dean Baquet, Burrell Communications Group, Stanley Nelson and Marina Walker Guevara, MA ’05.

Medalists are selected by the faculty of the School on the basis of lifetime or superior achievement in journalism. The Missouri School of Journalism has awarded the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service annually since 1930 to outstanding journalists, advertising and public relations practitioners, business people, institutions and media organizations from around the world. Among them are Christiane Amanpour, Sir Winston Churchill, Gloria Steinem, Deborah Howell, David Granger and Gordon Parks.

During the day the medalists will present master classes on topics related to their areas of expertise to Missouri School of Journalism students and other guests.

Those to be honored are:

Dean Baquet

Dean Baquet is executive editor of The New York Times, a position he assumed in May 2014. He is the first African American to hold the highest-ranked position in The Times’s newsroom, and he oversees news reports in all its various forms. Before being named executive editor, Baquet was managing editor of The Times and previously served as Washington bureau chief. Baquet rejoined The Times after several years at the Los Angeles Times, where he was editor for two years. Previously, Baquet was National editor and deputy Metro editor of The New York Times. He started his career at the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, working there for nearly seven years before reporting for the Chicago Tribune. There he handled investigations and was chief investigative reporter, covering corruption in politics and the garbage-hauling industry.

Baquet is the recipient of the industry’s highest honors as well as numerous local and regional recognitions. He was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting in March 1988 when he led a Chicago Tribune team of three in documenting corruption in the Chicago City Council. He was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in 1994 in the investigative reporting category. Baquet studied at Columbia University.

Burrell Communications Group

Burrell Communications Group is one of the leading and most highly-regarded multicultural advertising agencies in the country with annual billings exceeding $200 million dollars and a roster of blue-chip clients that lead in their respective categories – including Procter and Gamble, McDonald’s, Comcast, Toyota, Walmart, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

McGhee Osse, co-CEO of Burrell Communications Group, will accept the Missouri Honor Medal on behalf of the agency.

Burrell is known for its leadership, solid strategic approaches, creative astuteness and forward thinking. In 2017, the agency launched a pioneering Social Listening Lab, a focus group comprising 10,000 African-American influencers that is used to measure or evaluate campaign concepts and social issues. Osse is credited with starting the agency’s Yurban marketing initiative, which became the gold standard in reaching youth and young adults during the early days of Hip Hop.

The agency has won some of the industry’s highest awards during its nearly 50-year history. Recent honors include being named runner-up to Ad Age‘s Agency A-List Multicultural Agency of the Year in 2018, Black Enterprise‘s Advertising Agency of the Year and a Gold National ADDY Award.

Stanley Nelson

Stanley Nelson is among the premier documentary filmmakers working today. His feature-length films combine compelling narratives with rich and deeply researched historical detail, shining new light on both familiar and under-explored aspects of the American past. In addition to honors for his individual films, Nelson and his body of work have garnered every major award in the industry. He is a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, and was awarded an individual Peabody Award, the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts Sciences, and received the National Medal in the Humanities from President Barack Obama.

Nelson’s latest film, “Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool,” premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, marking Nelson’s tenth premiere at the prestigious festival in 20 years, the most premieres of any documentary filmmaker. Nelson has directed and produced more than 20 films in his career that examine civil rights, racial profiling, desegregation and social justice causes, among other topics.

In 2000, Nelson and his wife, Marcia A. Smith, founded Firelight Media, a non-profit production company dedicated to using historical film to advance contemporary social justice causes, and to mentoring, inspiring and training a new generation of diverse young filmmakers committed to advancing underrepresented stories. Firelight received a MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions in 2016.

Marina Walker Guevara

Marina Walker Guevara is the deputy director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and a 2019 John S. Knight journalism fellow at Stanford University. She managed the two largest collaborations of reporters in journalism history, both of which involved hundreds of journalists using technology to unravel stories of public interest from terabytes of leaked financial data. One collaboration, the Panama Papers, published in 2016, has helped recover more than $1.2 billion in fines and back taxes collected by governments around the world. The other, the Paradise Papers, published in 2017, exposed the offshore financial hideaways of iconic brands and power brokers across the global political spectrum.

Before becoming an editor, Walker Guevara investigated environmental degradation by mining companies, cigarette smuggling by leading tobacco firms and the shadowy world of offshore finance. Her story “Children of Lead” revealed a public health crisis in a Peruvian town caused by an American-owned lead smelting company. She has won and shared more than 40 national and international awards, including a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting. She earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and also graduated from Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina.


Schuermann, Sue

I am the Senior Library Specialist at the Journalism Library. I have over 28 years experience helping patrons with research, technology and outreach.

home Ellis Library, Events and Exhibits University Archives Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

University Archives Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

University Archives at the University of Missouri is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019. Located in Lewis and Clark Halls since its inception, the Archives is the custodian of well over 10,000 cubic feet of records and 10 terabytes of electronic records. Material in its care ranges from photographs to posters, 16mm film to video tape, walking sticks to banners, and blueprints to webpages. To celebrate its anniversary, the Archives has put together a number of exhibits in the Ellis Library colonnade featuring its history and selections from its holdings. The exhibits will be on display throughout the fall semester.

home Ellis Library, Events and Exhibits Introduction to Data from the Consumer Expenditure Surveys, Sept. 18

Introduction to Data from the Consumer Expenditure Surveys, Sept. 18

Join us for a talk with special guest Dr. Geoffrey Paulin, senior economist, on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, from 10 a.m. to noon in 114A Ellis Library. Contact Dr. Rui Yao (yaor@missourui.edu) for more information.

Sponsored by Department of Personal Financial Planning, College of Human Environmental Sciences and University of Missouri Libraries

home Ellis Library, Events and Exhibits Local Artist John Michael Holman on Display in Bookmark Cafe

Local Artist John Michael Holman on Display in Bookmark Cafe

During the fall semester, the work of John Michael Holman will be on display in Ellis Library’s Bookmark Cafe. Holman is originally from Boston, and he began painting in V.A. Hospital and Art therapy classes after serving in the Gulf War.

Artist statement:

The portrait/landscape/ narrative has been a familiar subject within my history of painting. The process of creating and methodology allows me to develop each piece individually. It also brings me the most satisfaction; even if considered imperfect or slightly awkward in technique by academic standards. Being a self-taught artist has its rewards and allows me the freedom to go outside the lines and paint what I feel and see without restraint.

My more visceral works are achieved through the application of metallic paints plus the occasional inter-vention of the ‘happy accident’ or chance. All these elements contribute in the process of making or de-constructing my paintings. The creative process for me is one of release, provocation and ultimately my way of expressing my memories of places visited and the emotional attachments that accompany them.

This is more apparent as the viewer approaches the completed works; with surfaces dissolving into a color pallet of irregular textures and unconscious imagery. From an academic perspective, I break rules and as a self-taught artist I am completely at peace with that concept. I paint what I feel and if it provokes the viewer with any reaction whether good or bad; then I have done my job.

Thank you for viewing my creations.

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Engineering Library: History of Removable Media Exhibit

Do you fondly remember the floppy disk?  Are you not sure what a floppy disk looks like?  Either way come by the Engineering Library & Technology Commons to see our new exhibit:  A History of Removable Media!  We partnered with Library Technology Services to bring you some cool examples of old tech.

Mara Inge

Mara Inge is a Sr. Library Information Specialist in the Engineering Library. She specializes in outreach activities and facilitates Comic Book Club.

home Events and Exhibits, Special Collections, Archives, and Rare Books Student Curated Exhibit: Children’s Literature of the Harlem Renaissance by African American Women

Student Curated Exhibit: Children’s Literature of the Harlem Renaissance by African American Women

By Adetokunbo Awosanmi

I had the privilege of working with staff in special collections and a Visual Studies professor to create an exhibit showcasing children’s literature. Most of the books were written or illustrated by African American women. Stories were published within a few decades after the Harlem Renaissance ended. The twenty-one books in the exhibit represent how invaluable the Harlem Renaissance was for African American children’s literature. Finding books, writing labels, and setting up the exhibit were the main goals for this project. I also used Via Libri to find and recommend rare books by Ellen Tarry, Jane Dabney Shackleford, and Ann Petry.

World Cat and MERLIN were pivotal in locating most books. Other books were found through bibliographies and other relevant articles. The New Negro, albeit important for the Harlem Renaissance, focused on intellectual movements rather than children’s literature. Although The Brownies’ Book is not in Ellis Library, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has uploaded issues of the magazine online. After examining the magazine, it is easy to see the positive impact it had not only for African American children, but for children from different ethnic backgrounds. Stories, poems, and illustrations challenged the stereotypical and racist portrayals of African Americans in earlier texts.

Through research, I learned that poetry was a popular medium during the Harlem Renaissance, and it is seen in contemporary African American literature. Poetry and children’s literature complimented each other; as many authors wrote poetry. Some authors wrote multiple books; a few of Arna Bontemps’ books are in the juvenile stacks. A prolific poet and librarian, Bontemps wrote books for young adults and children. Golden Slippers and The fast sooner hound are for younger audiences, while We have tomorrow and Sad-faced boy are for slightly older individuals. Like Golden Slippers, Gladiola garden and The picture-poetry book are collections of poetry. With poetry, aspects of African American life were relayed to a younger, wider audience.

Writing captions was one of the more difficult parts of the project; I needed to balance my interpretations of the text itself and the creators’ motives for their works. While analyzing the text, I examined illustrations and photographs. Some images, albeit harrowing, are displayed in the exhibit. To reflect on the past, a past where racism was not as frowned upon as it is today, acknowledgement is imperative.

I cannot recall reading a lot of African American children’s literature as a child. Most of the books I remember reading throughout grade school had white main characters. Granted, these books were not as problematic as books written in the early 1900s and before. I found it hard to stay invested, as I could not relate to the main character. Humiliation and discouragement are the last things children should feel when reading books about themselves. Unfortunately, with few realistic portrayals of African Americans, negative feelings surface. However, as more children’s literature is written for minorities, more children will learn to love themselves and their skin.

The exhibit will be on display in the Ellis Library colonnade through mid-September.

home Events and Exhibits, J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library, Resources and Services Phil Williams’ Abstracts on Display at the Health Sciences Library

Phil Williams’ Abstracts on Display at the Health Sciences Library

Leave realism behind when you view abstract acrylic paintings created by artist Phil Williams. His colorful canvases were painted using a splash technique. The examples shown here reading from left to right, then down, are called Mood, Unnecessarily Deliberate and Distorted Transmissions. Do you find a correlation between the paintings and their titles? What do you see when you look at them? What do you think the artist was feeling when he painted them?

If modern art is your thing and even if it isn’t, come by to experience the impact of textures and patterns created by the artist. Wouldn’t you just love to let go of your emotions by dripping paint on canvas, too? Inspired – check! This display will remain at the Health Sciences Library throughout the summer.