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.
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.
Web of Science Training Sessions on campus Tuesday, March 31st
A representative from Thomson Reuters will be on campus Tuesday, March 31st, to provide training for the Web of Science, which was recently purchased by the University of Missouri . There will be two sessions:
Web of Science Core Collection training session
An introduction to the Web of Science Core Collection and how to search it.
Time: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Tuesday March 31st
Location: Ellis Library Room 4F51A, map of 4th floor Ellis Library
Web of Science Impact Measures: Cited Reference Searching, Journal Citation Reports and Essential Science Indicators
Focusing on cited reference searching, Journal Citation Reports (impact factors and journal rankings) and Essential Science Indicators (the most influential individuals, institutions, papers and publications)
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Tuesday March 31st
Location: Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Building Room 210
You can read more about Web of Science here.
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.
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
The MERLIN library catalog will be unavailable on Monday, March 23, with a possibility of the outage continuing into Tuesday.
You can also use the book finder to search for books by title or ISBN.
If you need help finding books during this outage, please contact us.
The library gratefully acknowledges our recent gift of the book Gerontological Nursing . It was purchased through the MU Libraries Honor With Books program in memory of Marilyn McMullen, who dedicated her life to teaching and giving back to her community by way of volunteer service.
You can honor a mentor, family member, close friend with a book for as little as $100. Here’s how: http://library.missouri.edu/giving/honorbooks/
With funding provided by the University, MU Libraries now have available the Web of Science databases. You can search the Web of Science Core Collection, any of the individual databases listed below, or search them all at once.
Search for a specific paper or a topic to generate a report showing times cited back to 1990.
Click on a journal title in your search results to view Impact factor, ranking and more for journals in that subject category from Journal Citation Reports (JCR)
The Web of Science database collection includes:
• Web of Science Core Collection (1990-present): This collection indexes thousands of scholarly journals, books, reports, conferences and more. Citation information and analysis with cited reference searching available. The collection includes Science Citation Index Expanded (1990-present), Social Sciences Citation Index Expanded (1990-present), Arts & Humanities Citation Index (1990-present), Conference Proceedings Citation Index (1990-present), Book Citation Index (2005-present), Current Chemical Reactions (1985-present) and Index Chemicus (1993-present).
• BIOSIS & BIOSIS Citation Index (1969-present): BIOSIS provides access to journals, reports, books, meetings, and U.S. patents in all disciplines of the life sciences, including traditional areas of biology, such as botany, zoology, and microbiology, as well as related fields such as plant and animal science, agriculture, pharmacology, and ecology.
• Current Contents Connect (1998-present): Current Contents Connect is a current awareness database that provides easy access to complete tables of contents, abstracts, bibliographic information, and abstracts from the most recently published issues of leading scholarly journals, as well as from more than 7,000 relevant, evaluated websites.
• Data Citation Index (1990-present): Data Citation Index indexes data sets from selected repositories around the world, and also enables the user to find data sets which cite a particular work. Coverage is 1990-present.
• Derwent Innovations Index (1993-present): Provides worldwide patent information and can be searched by text or chemical structures.
• KCI – Korean Journal Database (1980-present): KCI Korean Journal Database contains bibliographic information for scholarly literature published in Korea.
• MEDLINE (Web of Science) (1950-present): Premier life sciences database from the National Library of Medicine, covering biomedicine and life sciences, bioengineering, public health, clinical care, and plant and animal science. Search by topic, MeSH terms, and CAS registry numbers; link to NCBI databases and PubMed Related Articles. Includes times cited information from the Web of Science Core Collection.
• SciELO Citation Index (1997-present): Access to scholarly literature in sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities published in leading open access journals from Latin America, Portugal, Spain and South Africa.
• Zoological Record (1985-present): Zoological Record provides access to worldwide zoological literature, including all major areas of the field: behavior, ecology, evolution, habitat, nutrition, parasitology, reproduction, taxonomy, and zoogeography.
The new Web of Science subscription also includes access to an upgraded version of the Journal Citations Report (JCR; impact factors); Essential Science Indicators; and InCites, a benchmarking & analytics tool. Links to each are listed along the top of the main search page.
If you have questions or need help with your search, contact the Health Sciences Library Information Desk.