MedEdPortal is a good starting point for locating open educational materials in medicine and the health sciences. Reach out to Taira Meadowcroft if you are interested in incorporating OER in your courses.
Today’s science fiction is tomorrow’s science fact – Isaac Asimov
We brought over some books from Ellis Library for our new science fiction book display. Curious about what the world would be like if AI’s achieved consciousness or if the people of Mars decided to fight for independence? Stop by our reference section to browse through science fiction classics and films!
All of these titles are available for checkout so grab one or two for the road!
Did you know reading crime fiction can be beneficial? The strong narrative becomes a distraction allowing patients to relate to events from a distance, with power and control over the situation. Check out Natasha Cooper’s story about a new mom whose obstetrician is murdered. Read about an ex-military sniper who becomes enthralled in the Kennedy shooting and unravels a huge conspiracy.
Visit the second floor of the Health Sciences Library to learn more about the health benefits of crime fiction or pick a Halloween read!
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, Randomized Trial of Intelligent Sensor System for Early Illness Alerts in Senior Housing, was co-authored by faculty from a number of University of Missouri departments including Nursing, Social Work, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Health Management & Informatics, and Family & Community Medicine. School of Medicine authors include Dr. Richelle Koopman of Family & Community Medicine as well as Dr. Lanis Hicks and Dr. Chelsea Deroche from the Department of Health Management & Informatics. The article was published in Journal of the American Medical Directors Association (impact factor 5.775 in 2016).
Please help the University Libraries by participating in a survey about the impact of library resources and services on your research, publishing, and teaching practices at MU. Your answers will help the library plan for the right strategy and mix of services to carry forward into the future. Faculty, academic/research staff, and graduate students will receive an email on Monday, October 2, with a link to the survey. The survey will be open until Friday, October 27.
This research study is being conducted by the University of Missouri Libraries in partnership with Ithaka S+R, a non-profit educational research organization. Thanks to this partnership, we will gain a clear picture of library use here at MU and will have the opportunity to compare our situation with other colleges and universities nationally.
Thank you in advance for your time and cooperation. We need to hear from you as we plan for the future.
This year, the Research, Access, and Instructional Services Division of Ellis Library is fortunate to have seven graduate assistants providing research assistance at the Reference Desk, leading workshops, and helping with behind-the-scenes projects. Meet a few of them below and find out some of their insider research tips.
Haley Gillilan, originally from Kansas City, studied English and film studies at Ball State University as an undergraduate. Her parents took her the library from a young age, helping instill “a lifelong love for reading, pop culture, and the library.”
She says, “I started looking into library careers around the time there was a lot of racial unrest and community upheaval in Ferguson, Missouri, and I saw the way that the library took care of people in that community seeking refuge. After that event, I was inspired to look into library school and realized that the profession exemplified a lot of the values that I personally hold.”
Haley enjoys helping people find what they need and is “always happy to make the library a hospitable place.” When anyone isn’t sure where something is located in the library, she recommends using the How do I find? link under Looking For? on the library’s homepage.
Victoria Knight studied English here at Mizzou, graduating with her bachelor’s in the spring of 2016. What made her want to become a librarian? “The most stereotypical answer, I love to read! I have always been interested in reading and writing, and even in high school I knew I wanted to go into librarianship. However, as I got older and started my career in higher education, I saw the value of information literacy and the importance of our freedom to gather and read whatever we wanted. I thought librarianship would be a great way to combine my interest in literature and my love for freedom of speech and information access.”
She says finding “the exact right source” is most rewarding aspect of working at the reference desk. “It doesn’t matter if it is a book, article, or even the perfect database. When the student starts to realize that we have exactly what they need, that is what makes the job fun! We never know what we are going to be asked, and when we find the perfect source it just makes everyone happy.”
Victoria knows that library research can be intimidating but tells students “they should never spend hours struggling with library sources.” She emphasizes the library’s abundant resources and the reference department that helps students “research smarter, not harder.” She advises, “Don’t stress or be afraid to ask us for help! It’s literally why we are here.”
Erin Niederberger majored in English and minored in history and anthropology right here at Mizzou. Her undergraduate internship at Ellis Library led to her current path. She says, “I hadn’t even thought about librarianship as a career before, but the internship prompted me to find out more.”
Erin appreciates a good challenge, like “when someone has a complicated question, and we’re able to find exactly what they need. Hunting for good books and journal articles can be a fun treasure-hunting experience, but the best part is when you get them what they’re looking for.”
Her favorite piece of library history to share is that “if you stand on the second floor landing and look up the stairs, you can faintly see the outlines of windows that were filled in when additions were built onto the library. This building comes with a lot of history.” Erin’s practical advice is to take a look at the subject guides linked to as Research by subject under Quick Links on the library homepage. These guides “give you a lot of places to start with research.”
Dylan Thomas Martin studied English literature, pursuing secondary education for a few years before deciding on librarianship, which offers him a “unique mix of teaching, public service, projects, and research.” In addition to his work at Ellis Library, he is “currently working with the Daniel Boone Regional Library to host digitally a collection of a local zine published since 1992.”
As far as his work here at Ellis, Dylan most enjoys “working with diverse students from across the disciplines and helping users arrive at the ‘a-ha!’ moment, so they can walk away from the reference desk a more independent researcher.”
Dylan advises students, “Consider using citation management software like EndNote, Zotero, or Mendeley. It will save you time and help organize your research for posterity.”
Michelle Zigler majored in English, with an emphasis in creative writing, plus a minor in women’s and gender studies. What made her want to become a librarian? She says her internship with The State Historical Society of Missouri prompted her interest in the profession. She also worked in her high school library.
Michelle likes helping people and finds plenty of opportunity for that at the Reference Desk. “It makes me feel so good inside knowing that I helped give someone else the answer that they needed.”
“I love referring students to Special Collections and Rare Books,” she says of her favorite library tip. Although many students are unaware of what is in their collections, Michelle hooks them with tidbits such as “Their oldest material is around 4,000 years old!”
Having a hard time finding resources for a tough paper or big project? Struggling with a literature review? Use Canvas to schedule an appointment via MU Connect and meet with the librarian assigned to your class.
What even is MU Connect, and how do you use it? Watch this short video to find out and make an appointment today.
A School of Journalism AdZou team is conducting research on behalf of the Health Sciences Library for their capstone project. As part of their research, they are looking for survey responses from faculty as well as students.
They are also aiming to conduct interviews to get more in-depth information about your experience using the Health Sciences Library’s resources. If you are willing to participate in an in-person or phone interview, please email Nina Jen at email@example.com with a date, time and location that would work for you in the next two weeks.
Any assistance you can give to make the Health Sciences Library a better place for education, teaching, and research, would be beneficial. We want to make this library, your library.
Do you need help with analyzing, managing, storing, and archiving your data? Do you need to make your data accessible to others? Research Computing Support Services and the Libraries are working together this semester to provide information and training to support researchers.
New User Training – 10 am – 11 am – Susie Meloro, Business Technology Analyst, will help you access cyberinfrastructure assets and services, including high-speed research networks and high-performance computing clusters. She’ll also help you learn the basics of getting an account and running simple jobs on the Lewis Cluster.
Research Computing Open Consultation Hour – 11 am – noon – Jacob Gotberg, Cyberinfrastructure Engineer, will consult with you on how to best utilize the campus-supported computational, networking, and storage resources for your project and help with troubleshooting and optimizing your computational and data workflows.
Check the calendar for the latest training locations, times, and cancellations.
Do need a plan to share your data? Talk to your subject librarian about ways to make your data usefully accessible for the long term.