We hope everyone had a great break and for those of you who are new to MU welcome! We hope you have a great semester and that you use the MU Libraries. Here is a quick guide to let you know important things about using the Journalism Library. Get more information on our webpage under About Us.
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander is this year’s One Read Program selection. The One Read Program is sponsored by Mizzou Law and Mizzou Libraries in order to facilitate conversations of diversity, inclusion, and social justice throughout the MU community. This year’s selection, The New Jim Crow, examines how old forms of discrimination have been legalized through the war on drugs and unequal enforcement of criminal laws.
An exhibit in the Ellis Library Colonnade features a timeline showing the increasing numbers of incarcerated Missourians over the past four decades. Key moments in criminal law, the privatization of prisons, Supreme Court decisions, and more are highlighted. The exhibit will be on display through October.
Before finals week, brush up on the hours the services are open at the Mizzou Libraries. Even though Ellis Library will be open 24/7, some services are not.
If you need help, the Research Help & Information Desk in Ellis is open Monday – Thursday from 9 am – 9 pm, Friday from 9 am – 5 pm, Saturday 10 am – 4 pm, and Sunday 12 am – 9 pm. If you can’t make it into the library, you can always chat with a librarian 24/5. Saturday hours are 10 am-10 pm, and then chat services start again Sunday morning at 10 am.
If you need to check out materials, the Circulation Desk is open Monday – Thursday 7:30 am – midnight, Friday 7:30 am – 8:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am – 8:00 pm, and Sunday 12:00 pm – midnight. However, if you want to check out books, there is a self-checkout machine available at all times.
If you do get fined for late equipment, remember that you will get charges for each piece of equipment you check out. That can be several items on a camera kit.
Here are how fines work:
Fines for Reserve Books & Equipment
Overdue Books on Reserve = $2/hr/book
Overdue Equipment = $2/hr with $50 maximum
Items not returned will need to be replaced with an exact replacement.Items not returned or replaced will result in a replacement cost and loss of MU Library checkout privileges and if replacement costs are high enough and you do not respond to emails about overdue or billed equipment, you can have a report filed on you at the Student Conduct Center.Always answer any emails about overdue equipment. Equipment must be returned or replaced. Fines can be negotiated on request.
Returning Overdue Reserve/Equipment Items Will Not Remove Fines
Your article has been accepted for publication in a journal and, like your colleagues, you want it to have the widest possible distribution and impact in the scholarly community. In the past, this required print publication. Today you have other options, like online archiving, but the publication agreement you’ll likely encounter will actually prevent broad distribution of your work.
You would never knowingly keep your research from a readership that could benefit from it, but signing a restrictive publication agreement limits your scholarly universe and lessens your impact as an author.
Why? According to the traditional publication agreement, all rights —including copyright — go to the journal. You probably want to include sections of your article in later works. You might want to give copies to your class or distribute it among colleagues. And you likely want to place it on your Web page or in an online repository if you had the choice. These are all ways to give your research wide exposure and fulfill your goals as a scholar, but they are inhibited by the traditional agreement. If you sign on the publisher’s dotted line, is there any way to retain these critical rights?