The Libraries have immediate openings for the following staff positions:
- Sr. Library Specialist – Engineering Library – 26939
- Library Information Assistant – Ellis Library Circulation Reserve Desk, Part Time – 26941
For additional information on there positions, including the job description, salary, and shift, please visit the Libraries webpage at http://library.missouri.edu/about/employment/employopp/#staff_job_openings.
Check out the Mizzou home page – Cost Savings: Faculty use OER to reduce cost for students.
Picture of Grace included!
(Thanks to Kate Anderson for sharing these links.)
Affordable & Open Educational Resources System Updates
- The UM system’s executive committee is hard at work revising the Affordable & Open Educational Resources grant program. The application process for the next round of grants will be updated by the end of the summer.
- The UM system was accepted into the OpenStax Institutional Partnership. OpenStax will act as a consultant in developing a strategic plan to encourage the use of OER on all four of our campuses. OpenStax will also provide accountability to follow through on our plan. The institutions who participated in the 2016-17 program increased OER on their campuses, on average, by 150% in one year.
As for the University Libraries and A&OER…
- The libraries across all four campuses will be working on adding OER collections to their institutional repositories and to the OER Commons. MOBIUS will be building a “hub” in the OER Commons—it will contain all of the OER created by and for Missouri higher education institutions.
- The system will be working on a data dashboard to track student savings. It will include data from the bookstore and from the libraries, mostly focusing on how we make course materials more affordable through course reserves (electronic and print). I will reach out to all of the folks handling course reserves data when I have more information. I know you all do incredible work for Mizzou students through course reserves, and I’m excited to show off what a difference you and the libraries make!
- Below is an updated list of the goals of the various system and campus A&OER groups, as well as a full list of library A&OER projects. If you have any questions or ideas about A&OER, don’t hesitate to reach out.
A&OER UM System Task Force
- Provide more affordable and open educational resources to enhance student learning and increase cost savings for students
- Engage faculty in converting existing and developing new courses into A/OER courses
- Increase sustainable support, resources, and tools for faculty using affordable/open resources.
- Develop a sustainable system-wide strategy to:
- Increase awareness of affordable and open resources
- Incentivize faculty to transition to those resources
- Encourage UM created materials to be shared as open resources
- Identify collaborative partnerships at each campus to ensure the sustainability and quality of the initiative
A&OER MU Campus Committee
- Increase A&OER awareness throughout campus by utilizing communication channels, coordinating outreach, and providing training/educational opportunities
- Identify new and existing tools, resources, and processes to sustain the initiative
- Provide recognition opportunities for faculty who participate in the A&OER initiative and share their success stories
A&OER MU Campus Operations Team (Disabilities Office, ET@MO, The Mizzou Store, University Libraries)
- Ensure communication between support units
Consistent communication will help us avoid duplication of efforts and ensure a straightforward user experience for faculty. To the best of our ability, we will inform each other about all faculty adopting, adapting, creating A&OER materials.
- Determine the best A&OER resources / preferred vendors to promote to faculty
- Invite colleagues to vendor demos
- Provide recommendations to campus and system
- Collaborate on OER marketing, promotional/informational events, workshops, etc.
- Create and maintain an A&OER informational website for faculty: oer.missouri.edu
- Update calendar and have open invitations for Operations Team members to all A&OER events
Operations Team is meeting this summer to discuss
- The role of support units in the grant application and evaluation process
- A review of how course materials are distributed/made accessible to students:
- the library’s e-reserves & print reserves
- the bookstore’s e-distribution (course packets, AutoAccess directly in Canvas, other ways inside and outside of the LMS)
- ET@MO’s facilitation of accessing course materials in Canvas
- the Disabilities Center’s process for making material accessible
This review is to gain an understanding of what we all offer so that we can discuss how services can be streamlined and cross-promoted.
University Libraries: A&OER Initiative Support
- Contribute data to system’s Student Savings data dashboard (dashboard for course materials savings)
- Curate a list of recommended OER platforms, hubs, collections, organizations, etc. for faculty
- Provide OER trainings and consultations for faculty interested in using or creating OER
- Lead Open Textbook Network faculty review workshops
- Increase MU-faculty-created OER submissions to University Libraries’ Institutional Repositories
- Curate an OER collection within the repository for faculty works created through A&OER grants
- Recruit faculty to submit their pre-A&OER-grant-created OER content to the repository’s OER collection
- Include library-created OER materials in the repository’s OER collection
- Build partnership with the OER Commons and MOBIUS to increase discoverability of our OER content
- Promote and/or rebrand current A&OER support services
- Build awareness of how libraries are the original affordability model of cost reduction through shared content.
- Feature “libraries & affordability” stories on the newshub: https://library.missouri.edu/news/
The more we can contribute, the more likely the libraries will be featured in campus stories:
“SHP and Mizzou Libraries work to Reduce Student Costs with AOER”
- Promote course reserves and library-owned course materials, especially e-books and textbooks;
emphasize that “free to students” is not free to the libraries
- Participate in the OpenStax Institutional Partnership Program (more information soon)
- Participate in grant program revisions (insert libraries in the process as needed)
- Continue to advocate for increased system funding for the collection budget in the name of affordability
The microfilm indexes originally housed in 406 Ellis Library (Special Collections & Rare Books area) have now been moved to range 138-139 in 2 East and show a display label in the WebPac of “MU Ellis Special Collections Microfilm Indexes – Ask at a service desk.” Here is an example: http://merlin.mobius.umsystem.edu/record=b1023521~S8. I’m working on updating the check in records. We also found nearly two shelves of un-barcoded materials when scanning this collection. We will be working on adding these to our collection and then having a complete list to share with selectors for review in the near future. Thanks everyone for your attention with this project.
Know & Go: IFLA-LRM: a New Conceptual Model
June 18, 2018
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm CDT
Ellis Room 159
Description: Just when you thought things had settled down: RDA is more or less stable; MARC will be around for awhile longer … along comes IFLA-LRM. RDA is based on the conceptual models defined by FRBR (Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records), FRAD (Functional Requirements for Authority Data) and FRSAD (Functional Requirements for Subject Authority Data). These three models are combined and refined in the IFLA-LRM (IFLA Library Reference Model), which had been approved by the RDA Steering Committee as the new conceptual model for RDA. IFLA-LRM will have a profound effect on the development of the RDA Toolkit. This session will explain IFLA-LRM and discuss how this will change RDA.
Know & Go: The New RDA Toolkit
July 16, 2018
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm CDT
Ellis Room 159
Description: Great news –the new RDA Toolkit is almost here! Release of the new toolkit, the result of the RDA 3R Project, is slated for June 13, 2018. This hour-long session will discuss the upcoming changes to the RDA Toolkit, demonstrate new functionalities, and review unresolved issues.
Know & Go: RDA after LRM
August 6, 2018
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm CDT
Ellis Room 159
Description: The new RDA Toolkit is here and there are significant changes. Not only has the Toolkit changed because of the 3R project, but RDA instructions have undergone substantial changes too, due to its alignment with the Library Reference Model (LRM). This hour-long session will provide a summary of the changes to RDA instructions affected by LRM. Topics to be covered include: new RDA entities, four recording methods, and the new organization of RDA instructions.
By now you have likely heard that the Catalog Management unit is no longer and Wayne will not be returning to the University Libraries. First and foremost, I want to say that cataloging is still an important function to the Libraries. If you have projects or workflows that involved Catalog Management or Wayne, please send them to me for now. I will then work with the appropriate members of my team to get the work done and/or add it to the list of projects for the future. We will be working through things the best we can, but it will take some time. Please bear with us. Thank you for your attention and understanding,
Associate University Librarian for Acquisitions, Collections, and Technical Services
Today I have a few things to share. The NNLM grant-funded librarian position in HSL has been filled, and the new person starts August 1. She is Christina Pryor, who joins us from the University of Washington in Seattle. She previously worked in St. Louis County, and some of you may remember her from the Missouri Library Association meetings. Coming with her, and with support from the Provost’s office as a spousal hire, is her husband Steven Pryor, also a librarian, who has been working in digital projects at the University of Washington Libraries, who will join RAIS in Ellis. They will be starting August 1.
Also, Wayne Sanders will not be returning, and we are starting a search soon to fill his position in Technical Services with a slightly modified title and responsibilities.
Planning for the use of Ellis’ lower level continues at the campus level, and I hope to have more to share soon.
This has seemed to be a long week, despite some of us being gone for part of it to the MOBIUS conference. I gave a presentation there on the future of libraries, and several other staff also presented on various interesting topics. (Several people have asked about my presentation, and I will be giving it at the July Staff Advisory Group meeting as the program that day, July 12.)
As I wrote last week, no additional staff reductions are planned for the Libraries in the coming year. All of you are important contributors to the work of the Libraries, and we need everyone to keep working hard.
Thanks to you all as we hang on together. Stay cool this weekend.
If you are having issuing with anything regarding Cerner (log-in issues, syncing devices, workshops or points not showing) please contact CERNER at 1-888-252-8150. The Wellness staff does not have access to look into these issues.
If you have completed 10 Real Appeal sessions your points will automatically be uploaded by the end of July.
The weather is warm and people are getting out those fancy sandals and flip flops. But are they good for your feet? Check out a blog post I wrote back in my training days. It still holds true. http://schicktraining.blogspot.com/2012/08/are-flip-flops-bad-for-your-feet.html
June is: Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month
Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other cognitive abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life.
- In Missouri alone, around 110,000 people have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease.
- In Missouri there are over 316,000 caregivers helping their loved ones!
For local assistance: https://www.alz.org/greatermissouri/index.asp 24/7 Helpline: 800-272-3900
Men’s Health Month
PTSD Awareness Month
June is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month, and we want to raise awareness on this serious condition that affects many war veterans. PTSD is a type of anxiety that occurs in many different ways. It can begin after you experience extreme trauma, some examples are: exposure to combat, being involved in a serious accident, an assault or abuse, a natural disaster, or an act of terrorism. Source: www.va.gov
For help, contact your local VA facility or contact our UM System Employee Assistance Program https://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits/eap_contact
Please welcome the following Librarians. They will both be starting on August 1.
- Christina Pryor will be a Librarian III and NNLM Missouri Coordinator in HSL.
- Steven Pryor will be a Librarian II in RAIS.