Though many magazines have gone completely digital, Ellis Library is still home to a large variety of print editions – several of them are probably so obscure you haven’t heard of them, but they’re full of information you wouldn’t normally come across anywhere else.
Take, for example, December/January 2018 edition of American Craft. Erin Powell of our Serials Department couldn’t resist flipping through it when she saw this headline on the cover: “Tiny Scenes of the Apocalypse.”
Who remembers making a diorama in grade school? It’s a common enough project, but Lori Nix and Kathleen Gerber have taken it to new heights (or lows, considering the size of their art) by expanding on the diorama with increasingly complex themes and textures. While Nix and Gerber didn’t study miniature design in college, their combined skills in photography, ceramics, and glass made them perfect partners for creating realistic scenes of disaster and dystopian realism. They’ve gradually moved from store-bought props and empty backgrounds to making nearly every element by hand. Every diorama is extremely detailed and filled with various textures and designs because, as Nix explains, “I don’t know what the camera is going to catch.” Seeing this kind of in-depth art can make you feel a little out of sorts when viewing the photos, as you can’t easily tell which photos portray real life, and which have been created in a studio. Nix actually ran into this problem last summer, when she photographed a grasshopper while visiting her mother here in Missouri. After posting the photo to Instagram, her followers immediately thought it was a model.
Most of their dioramas portray a “post-apocalyptic background,” as part of their ongoing series, The City, which debuted in 2005. Nix and Gerber both have a morbid streak, and their next exhibit, premiering at the end of November, takes the dystopian scenes from indoors to outdoors – from an overgrown library to a vast view of a city skyline. The dioramas are so detailed, the artists are only able to exhibit once every three years or so, but have been able to create their own commercial business, producing dioramas for companies like BBC America and Wired.
While people find a “dark humor” in the works, Nix worries that they “should be doing Utopian scenes” but admits, “it’s not in me.” She asks Gerber, “Do you think we should be making ‘pretty’? Could we even make ‘pretty’?” But neither of them know – they just know this is the art they need to make now.
Funding of $1000-$10,000 is now available to faculty who adopt, adapt or create free or low-cost textbooks and course materials for their classes. Priority will be given to grants for high-impact courses with a large number of students, and to courses with exceptionally high textbook costs. The amount awarded to successful applicants will be based upon the amount of savings to each student, and the number of students in the class.
Grants are available for several different activities, including:
Adopting, adapting and/or creating open and affordable materials
Humanities researchers, help us decide which primary sources the Center for Research Libraries should prioritize for collection. MU, as a CRL member, will have access to everything they purchase. Your recommendations matter, so please take our survey by November 17!
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.
Have you ever wondered about the ecosystem of healthcare informatics? How do informatics, biosurveillane and disease impact each other? Learn about application, management, retrieval and analysis of informatics in healthcare by checking out our new book display
The book display is located on the 2nd floor of the Health Sciences Library, across from the information desk.
We are excited to announce that starting today and running through the end of the semester, our existing Scan & Deliver service is now only a click away!
You may have noticed a new button under an item’s location in the MERLIN catalog:
Once ‘Request Item’ is clicked, a new pop-up window will display allowing members of the MU community to request either the delivery of a scanned item from the book–such as a specific journal article, chapter, or any part of other printed publications found in the university libraries–or to simply request that ILL@MU place a hold on the whole book for you!
Not all library resources are available through this special pilot project, but it does include materials from all campus branch libraries as well as the off-campus book depositories. For more information on our Scan & Deliver service, please see ILL@MU’s Scan & Deliver page.
We feel that this will be a great addition to our existing Scan & Deliver service, requesting articles via Twitter using #MizzouPDF, and of course receiving articles from the many databases available through Find it@MU. Please give it a try!