home Events and Exhibits, Resources and Services, Zalk Veterinary Medical Library A message from HSL director about the library fee vote

A message from HSL director about the library fee vote

November 19, 2015

Student Leaders informed the Acting Director of Libraries last evening that the library student fee referendum placed on the student election ballot failed.

We want to thank the students who supported the libraries, those who participated in the discussions, and to all of those who took the time to vote. Given the outcome of the vote, we will continue to serve the needs of our users in the most effective way possible, with available resources. We continue to value input from our users, and we look forward to working with you as we move forward.

Deb Ward, Director, Health Sciences Libraries 

Open Access Panel

MIZZOU IS OPEN FOR COLLABORATION: A Panel Discussion at Ellis Library

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Ellis Library, Room 114, 4-5pm
Refreshments will be served

“Open for Collaboration” is the theme of the global observance of Open Access Week 2015. Making research, papers, presentations and other works freely available can drive collaboration and advance research. Join us to hear from three panelists from the University of Missouri who will speak from different viewpoints about the impact of open access. 

•Jack Schultz, who will serve as moderator of the panel, is the director of the Bond Life Sciences Center and a Professor of Entomology. His research is in chemical and molecular ecology and he has published over 150 scientific papers, many in open access journals.
•Denice Adkins is a researcher in the School of Library Science & Learning Technologies who seeks to make her works freely available and recently added several presentations and published articles to MOspace.
•John Zemke is the editor of the online journal, Oral Tradition, which became a free, open-access periodical in 2006 as a way to expand readership and authorship.
•Randy Diamond is the director of MU Law Library, which manages a vibrant open access repository of scholarly and archival materials called Scholarship Repository.

West doors close for construction

On Friday evening, August 7, the atrium doors on the west side of the Medical School Addition will close, and will remain closed until the completion of the Patient Centered Care Learning Center .
Access from the west will be available through the Medical Science Building during construction.
The north entrance will remain open as usual throughout construction.

home Events and Exhibits, J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library June 18 – Training Exercise on 1st Floor

June 18 – Training Exercise on 1st Floor

On Thursday, June 18, from 1pm – 5pm, library staff will participate in Active Threat training on first floor of the library. Classroom training will be held in HSL 117 from 1pm – 2:30pm. Following that, active exercises will range throughout first floor and may include yelling, running and other loud noises. Please plan your library visit accordingly. We apologize for the disruption.

home Events and Exhibits, J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library New on display – The art of Audrey McFadden

New on display – The art of Audrey McFadden

Audrey McFadden brings a burst of sunshine to the library with cheerful blooms in bright colors. On small canvases and large, flowers and trees painted in acrylic, transform the west wall of the library into a garden. Audrey's paintings will be on display through the month of August. You will also find her work displayed at Art in the Park this June.

home Events and Exhibits, J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library Health Sciences Library News – Spring 2015

Health Sciences Library News – Spring 2015

It has been an eventful year for the Health Sciences Library and for MU Libraries! We'd like to give you a brief update and forecast of things to come. Along with the rest of the University of Missouri, the librarians face a mix of challenges and opportunities in a stringent economic climate.

You may have seen reports in the media of the proposed student library fee. With the encouragement of Chancellor Loftin and with input from the Missouri Student Association (MSA) and the Graduate Professional Council (GPC), the MU Libraries have proposed a student library fee.

  • If passed by the students, the fee will begin at $5.00 per credit hour in fall 2016 and will be followed by $2 annual increases over five years to a total of $15.00 per credit hour.
  • The fee will dramatically increase funding to the Libraries and help Mizzou to deliver library services on par with our peer institutions.
  • The vote will take place in November 2015.
  • For more details and opportunity to give your input, see The MU Libraries’ Proposal for Student Investment in the Libraries

The budget is indeed challenging. With expenditures of $18,643,152, the MU Libraries rank 53rd among the 62 AAU institutions that are members of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). Our expenditures per FTE student are 37.33% below the ARL average. (For more detail, see our Annual Statistical Report, attached, and our Operating Expenditures report.) Special challenges this year include:

  • The bankruptcy of one of our primary journal suppliers, with a budget impact of $600,000
  • Continued inflation of journal and database subscriptions at 6% – 7% each year, higher than the Consumer Price Index. One product inflated 20% this year.
  • The 2% reduction in the general allocation of library funds, including information resources funds, as for all University units.
  • Mandatory increases in minimum wage and for some staff classifications.
  • The need to replenish our self-insurance fund following the mold outbreak and fire of recent years.
  • Increased cost for rental of off-campus storage of materials.
  • Flat or reduced funding for UM four-campus resources, resulting in cancellations and shifting some costs to the MU Libraries' budget.

We are considering options for dealing with these issues. We are conducting a data-driven, library wide serials review to identify titles with low usage. The magnitude and depth of journal cuts will depend upon whether the student fee passes or not. Cuts are never welcome, but we will provide access to needed articles not owned, when possible, through interlibrary loan (ILL). Access to articles via ILL is delayed, but generally available within 24 hours. Currently, the library covers the costs. If the proposed student fee does not pass, we will almost certainly face a very large journal cancellation. Despite these budget woes, we have been able to make some additions and improvements:

  • We finished our first round of space upgrades planning for 2nd and 3rd floors of HSL. The results were displayed on posters in the lobby and via our website. Please take a look at the drawings for the proposed new spaces, and give us feedback.
  • We would like to thank Vice Chancellor of Research Hank Foley for funding the subscription to Web of Science and InCites for MU. In addition to indexing major journals in many areas, these tools provide the metrics used by the AAU to measure the impact of scholarly work. If you are interested in learning more about InCites or Web of Science, contact our Health Sciences Library Information Desk.
  • We will be transitioning to a new electronic reserves system, an improvement on eRes, this summer.
  • We continue to increase our capacity to support online learning through the creation of online learning tools, streaming of our workshops, and effective use of tools such as Blackboard Collaborate.

Finally, we look forward to celebrating one hundred years of library service, occasioned by the centennial of the dedication of the Ellis Library building. Although our history has been marked by significant challenges, there are many positive memories and achievements and exciting possibilities for the future. We hope you will join us for exhibits, performances, book signings, and other celebratory events throughout the year. Mark your calendars for the Health Sciences Library celebration October 15, 2015. Other events include:

  • September 23, a student-focused party on the North steps of Ellis Library
  • January 28, a Rededication Celebration in the grand reading room
  • April 15, the grand finale with honored guest David Ferriero, the archivist of the United States

Please join us for as many of the events as you can.

home Events and Exhibits, J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library Check out our new exhibit, Harry Potter’s World, now through April 23

Check out our new exhibit, Harry Potter’s World, now through April 23

Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine is now on display at the J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library!

In 1997, British author J. K. Rowling introduced the world to Harry Potter and a literary phenomenon was born. Millions of readers have followed Harry to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he discovers his heritage, encounters new plants and animals, and perfects his magical abilities. Although a fantasy story, the magic in the Harry Potter books is partially based on Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of Western science, including alchemy, astrology, and natural philosophy.

Incorporating the work of several 15th- and 16th-century thinkers, the seven-part series examines important ethical topics such as the desire for knowledge, the effects of prejudice, and the responsibility that comes with power. This exhibition, using materials from the National Library of Medicine, explores Harry Potter’s world and its roots in Renaissance magic, science, and medicine.

Exhibit runs through April 23, 2015.

(Marauder’s) Map of HSL

Mischief Managed!

home Events and Exhibits, J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library Galen Lecture April 1, 4pm: “The Best Doctor is Also a Philosopher”

Galen Lecture April 1, 4pm: “The Best Doctor is Also a Philosopher”

Ralph M. Rosen, University of Pennsylvania, will present the 2015 Kemp Humanities Lecture, “The Best Doctor is Also a Philosopher:  Galen on Science, Humanities and the Arts" 4pm, Wednesday, April 1 in the  Memorial Union  Benton-Bingham Ballroom, room N214.

Sponsored by Classical Studies, Kemp Lecture Fund, Lectures Committee, Arts & Humanities Domestic Travel Grant


home Events and Exhibits, Special Collections, Archives, and Rare Books Generations: Reproduction, Heredity, and Epigenetics

Generations: Reproduction, Heredity, and Epigenetics

What do old books have to do with cutting-edge science?  More than you might think.

Coste0044This year, the annual Life Sciences and Society Symposium is considering a relatively new scientific field: epigenetics.  "Epigenetics refers to the study of traits that are heritable but not caused by changes in the DNA sequence," writes Dr. Karthik Panchanathan, an assistant professor in the department of anthropology at the University of Missouri.  "In some cases, events that happen during an individual’s life can sometimes result in epigenetic changes that are subsequently heritable. This is a form of Lamarckian inheritance, the idea that an organism can pass on characteristics that it acquired during its lifetime to its offspring."

This year's Life Sciences and Society Symposium considers the implications of epigenetics for human health and behavior.  Speakers will discuss what epigenetics means, how the environment affects genetic expression, and how the fast-changing field of epigenetics is transforming medicine and society.  See a lineup of speakers and register for the symposium on the Life Sciences and Society program website.

Special Collections is participating in the symposium with an exhibition of rare books and an opening lecture to kick off the symposium week. Although the scientific study of epigenetics dates only to the middle of the twentieth century, scientists have puzzled over related questions of heredity and development for hundreds of years.  Does it matter whether you inherit a trait from your mother or father?  How do your earliest stages of development influence the rest of your life?  Which characteristics are inborn, and which are learned?  These are questions being asked by epigenetics researchers today, and they are the questions we consider in a historical sense in the exhibition, through an in-depth look at topics such as early theories of generation, maternal imagination, child development, and original sin.

GenesCultureEvolution-gateway-bDr. Panchanathan will open the exhibit with a lecture entitled "Genes, Culture and Evolution." Humans are unique among animals in the degree to which adaptive behavior is shaped by both genes and culture. Cultural transmission is a form of Lamarckian inheritance: individuals pass on cultural traits which they learned during their lifetime to their offspring. In this talk, Dr. Panchanathan will discuss how anthropologists think about and model cultural evolution. In particular, Dr. Panchanathan will discuss how and why natural selection on genes resulted in the human capacity for culture; how cultural evolution is similar to and different from genetic evolution; and how cultural processes have shaped our genes, so-called gene-culture co-evolution.

Dr. Panchanathan's presentation is on Monday, March 9, at 1:00 PM in the Government Documents area in Ellis Library.  Generations: Reproduction, Heredity, and Epigenetics will be on display in the Ellis Library Colonnade March 5-30, 2015.





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

Aldus Manutius Romanus, 1449-1515

We do not know the exact place and time of Aldus’s birth. Most scholars agree that he was born around 1449 near Rome, and died on February 6, 1515, apparently after a long illness in Venice.

At about 1501 Aldus adopted his famous printer’s device of dolphin and anchor. According to the popular legend, Cardinal Pietro Bembo gave Aldus a denarius of Vespasian, on the reverse of which was the image of a dolphin entwined with the anchor.

Aldus’s motto σπεῦδε βραδέως (make haste slowly), or festina lente in Latin, is attributed to Augustus by Suetonius.

“The Prince of Humanists”, Erasmus, made a cheeky compliment to the “Prince of Printers” in his Adages: “Aldus, making haste slowly, has acquired as much gold as he has reputation, and richly deserves both.” The more delicate Bembo thought that the image was to symbolize Aldus’s aim to “produce much by slow action”.

It would became the most famous printer’s device of Aldus’s time, pirated by the contemporary publishers and just crooked printers, coveted by book collectors of all times.  Demand for Aldine texts was high. Aldus once remarked that the pace of work in his shop was such that "with both hands occupied and surrounded by pressmen who are clamorous for work, there is scarcely even time to blow my nose."

Between 1494 and 1515 he produced some 134 editions: 68 in Latin, 58 in Greek, and 8 in Italian. A typical edition ran to 1000 to 2000 copies.

Aldus Manutius Romanus, 1449-1515 will be on exhibit in the Ellis Library Colonnade through February 2015.