Assisted Living Book Display at the Health Sciences Library

Assisted living is a growing area of care, and at some point, all will be impacted by assisted living as parents, grandparents, friends, and even you, age. Now is the time to learn about concepts like aging in place, and palliative care.

What are the most effective methods to nursing in senior care? Do you ever wonder how to manage the autonomy of the elderly with increased need for assistance? If you do, check out our new book display to learn more, located on the second floor of the health sciences library across from the information desk. All are available for check out. 

Recorded Sound Update

With the retirement of David Truesdell, the Recorded Sound Center is no longer open for walk-in service.  Materials will still be available for checkout.

To check out a compact disc or album, use the MERLIN Catalog to find the item, then press the "REQUEST" button at the top left and enter your MyZou login (pawprint) and password. The pickup location should default to MU Ellis Library Circulation, so next hit the submit button.

Circulation will pull the item from Recorded Sound and notify you by email that it is available for pickup at the Circulation desk. Usually within 24 hours. 

Contact Mike Muchow, Humanities Librarian, at or 573-882-3224 if you have additional questions.

Jennifer Gravley

Reference and Instruction Librarian

Textbooks at the Health Sciences Library

Starting for the Fall 2017 semester, the Health Sciences Library is providing a new service for our users: creating textbook guides. These guides, updated before the start of each semester, will feature required and recommended textbooks for classes in the School of Nursing, School of Health Professions and the Department of Health Management and Informatics that are available at the library.

Paper copies have now been moved to Health Sciences Library Reserve and are available for a 24 hour checkout time. Any duplicate copies of textbooks are available and subject to regular check out times. Please be aware of the user limits on electronic textbooks. They are different depending on textbook and platform. We make note of any user limits. 

Unfortunately, we don't have all the books required for every class. If we don't have your textbook, there are several avenues you can use to find a copy, which are all clearly labeled on each class page. 

Textbook Guides:

Taira Meadowcroft

Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, emergency medicine, and social media for the health sciences library.

University Archives Affected by Flooding in Lewis Hall

UPDATE: The Lewis Hall offices of University Archives are now open and available to the public.

The Lewis Hall offices of University Archives are closed due to a building water leak. Please send any information requests to or leave a message at 573-882-7567.

Archives staff will offer in-person reference help by appointment in the 4th floor reading room of Special Collections in Ellis Library. Pulling material located in Lewis Hall may take a day or two longer than normal. We will let you know when the Lewis Hall location is open to the public again.

Damage to materials held by the University Archives was minimal.

For more information about the effect of the flooding on the archival materials and on the building, see the link below:

Columbia Missourian article: "Archival material among Lewis Hall flood damage"

School of Health Professions 60 Second Video of Lewis Hall Flood

Overview of Recent University of Missouri Publications in Medicine and Related Fields: July 2017

Each month we provide an overview of University of Missouri authored articles in medicine and related fields, and a featured article from a School of Medicine author with the highest journal impact factor.

This month’s featured article, Regulatory T Cells Decrease Invariant Natural Killer T Cell-Mediated Pregnancy Loss in Mice , was co-authored by Dr. Danny Schust, Professor, and Dr. Jie Zhou, Post-Doctoral Fellow, in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health. The article was published in the journal Mucosal Immunology (impact factor 7.478 in 2016). 

See the list of publications in medicine and related fields we retrieved for this month:
*This list is not intended to be comprehensive.

Did we miss something? Email and we will add your publication to the list. 

Taira Meadowcroft

Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, emergency medicine, and social media for the health sciences library.

Metabolic Syndrome: New Book Display at the Health Sciences Library

Are you curious how dietary sugars impact our physical performance? Do you know about the addictive nature of dietary sugar and nonsugar substitutes? How is non-alcoholic fatty liver disease treated? If you've ever asked yourself these questions or if you are working in healthcare, come check out the Health Science Libraries new book display on Metabolic Syndrome. The National Institute of Health says that Metabolic Syndrome is one of the fastest growing risk factors for heart disease in the United States. Make sure to check out the close relationship between Metabolic Syndrome and Cardiovascular disease.  Educate yourself on prevention, treatment, management , and patient education related to these risk factors. 

The book display is located on the second floor of the Health Sciences library, to the left of the entry doors and across from the information desk.  

OER Librarian Chosen to Lead Open Textbook Network Initiative

Cycle of Success Interview with Outreach Librarian, Grace Atkins

Q: You’ve been selected by the MOBIUS Board to serve as a MOBIUS System Leader for the Open Textbook Network Initiative. Congratulations! What does this mean?
A: Thank you! Let’s break it down: MOBIUS is a network of 192 libraries that provides access to shared information resources, services, and expertise. When one of our university libraries doesn’t have a book or other resource, we go into the MOBIUS online catalog and see if one of the other branches has what we need. In turn, we do the same for other MOBIUS partners.
The MOBIUS system just gained membership to the Open Textbook Network (OTN), which provides access to the Open Textbook Library, a set of peer-reviewed, customizable academic textbooks. Over 350 campuses are part of the OTN, and now Mizzou faculty will have access to their huge set of online textbooks that are free to students.

Q: This sounds like a form of OER?
A: Yes, free textbooks are a form of an Open Educational Resource (OER). An OER can be “teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others." To over-simplify, an OER is a free textbook or any other teaching resource/tool that students don’t have to pay for. Which is great, because right now a student at Mizzou currently spends an average of $500—$700 each year on course materials (see May 2017 OER report for more stats).

Q: Why were you nominated for this position?
A: I’ve been the coordinator for our campus’s OER Interest Group for two years, and I recently presented on OER at MOBIUS’s annual conference a few weeks ago. I’m currently working to support the new MU System OER Initiative that Dr. Choi announced today.

Q: How does being a member of the Open Textbook Network support the UM System’s new OER Initiative?
A: The Open Textbook Network (OTN) promotes access, affordability, and student success through the use of open textbooks. Founded and run by the University of Minnesota's Center for Open Education, the OTN manages the Open Textbook Library which contains open textbooks licensed to be freely used, adapted, and distributed. With our membership, we now have access to these resources, which provide options for faculty who pursue the MU System OER Initiative.
Of course, we’ll also be working with OpenStax, SPARC, and other OER organizations and discovery tools. With an UM System initiative this big, it’s useful for faculty to have many options when it comes to OER, and it’s even more useful to have a trained experts and librarians such as myself to provide resources, instruction, and support for those faculty. 

Q: So, what is the role of a System Leader in the Open Textbook Network?
A: The Open Textbook Network has what is essentially a train-the-trainer program for new members. As a System Leader, I’ll be trained to train the other libraries in the MOBIUS system, including the libraries here at Mizzou. I’ll be going to a summer institute at the University of Minnesota in August to learn all about how to use and customize the resources and templates in the Open Textbook Library, and then I’ll train other librarians in our MOBIUS system to teach faculty, staff, and other educators on how to use these free resources in their courses.

Q: How does a leadership role with the Open Textbook Network contribute to the libraries’ Cycle of Success?
A: Providing access to course materials at no cost creates a more equitable learning environment for students. When all students can afford to access the textbooks they need, their academic performance and retention improves. If I teach librarians how to teach faculty to use the Open Textbook Library, then the libraries have established a cycle that ultimately results in student academic achievement.

You can learn more about Open Educational Resources (OER) at

Taira Meadowcroft

Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, emergency medicine, and social media for the health sciences library.

Health Sciences Library Wishlist: Books

The health sciences librarians have created a list of about 100 of our "Most Wanted" books, available at many price points. These are all titles we would have loved to purchase this year, but were not able to due to recent collection cuts. For as little as $35, you can help our contuinued mission of supporting teaching and research at MU.

See a full list of titles, please visit

Taira Meadowcroft

Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, emergency medicine, and social media for the health sciences library.

Let the Games Begin

Summer classes are in session and that means it's time for you to take part in the Scavenger Hunt at Ellis Library. Almost 2000 students have already completed it. Now it's your turn!

Get on your feet and go explore Ellis Library with this interactive challenge.  On your way, you will become better acquainted with library spaces and services while decreasing your library anxiety, all at your own pace.   Come with friends or come alone. It will be waiting for you!

You can join the hunt using your smartphone or mobile device.  Go to to begin!


Support the Libraries: Wish List

The librarians have created a list of over 400 titles they would have liked to purchase this year to support teaching and research at MU. To see the full list of titles go to If you would like to help us add any of these titles to our collection, please select the title of your choice by sending an e-mail or contacting Sheila Voss at 573-882-9168.