home Staff news Dia de los Muertos craft session – You are invited

Dia de los Muertos craft session – You are invited

In November, the MU Latin Graduate & Professional Network (LGPN) will have a display in the Ellis Library colonnade for the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos or “Day of the Dead,” and they are holding a community craft-making event with library employees especially invited.

The LGPN’s craft-making session will be in Ellis Library Room 4F51A on Wednesday, November 1, from 2:30-4:30 and it is open to all.* Bring a picture of the person you want to memorialize — a printout or color photocopy is fine — along with one or two small objects. For example, you can bring a piece of their favorite candy or a trinket that represents something they enjoyed in life. Favorite foods (represented by an empty wrapper), soap and grooming items are traditional items to include with these memorials. The group will be making lots of tissue paper flowers that contribute to the colorful display.

You may bring craft materials and supplies if you have some at home – brightly colored tissue paper, scissors, magic markers, tape, etc. Large shoeboxes can be decorated and used with these displays.

This is a chance to participate in a traditional Mexican observance. It is considered a time of joy in remembrance and can be part of grieving process as well, for losses that are recent. We’d love to see you there!

*Library employees should seek supervisory permission.

home Staff news University Libraries: United Way Festivities!

University Libraries: United Way Festivities!

Happy Friday!

Sheila, Gwen, Sheryl and I are gearing up for the University Libraries United Way festivities!  We want to let you know a bit more of what is being planned and how you can participate and #MizzouLU.

The big event of course is the Chili and Cookie Cook Off on Tuesday October 17th. If you have not had a chance to sign up for either the chili or cookie and would like to please contact Gwen Gray and let her know. We need your chili and cookies!

We are also doing Penny Wars! Departments versus departments. I believe we broke it down as follows:

  • Administration
  • Circulation
  • Reference
  • Technical Services
  • Branches including Archives

We will have jars at each of these locations including each branch (if you would like one) to collect spare change and any monetary donations you would like to make to the United Way. These are not for your pledge donations!

We’ve heard back from several branches already who would like a jar so please let us know if you would like one and Gwen and I will make sure you get one! We will begin distributing these next week on Monday.

A huge Thank you to Kate Wright for designing the jar label for us! (See attachment).

Folks can continue to add to the jars up until the Chili and Cookie Cook off and then we will collect those at the event and get a final count out to everyone in the days following the cook off. We think this will be a lot of fun.

Please keep the jars in staff areas to keep them from walking awayJ

Don’t forget to start saving that change and preparing your chili and cookie recipes!

All the best!

Sheila, Michelle, Sheryl, and Gwen
Your 2017 United Way Ambassadors

home Staff news Marketing Highlight and Request

Marketing Highlight and Request

Marketing Highlight
Tara was a popular subject on our social media this week. If you’re not following the Libraries on social media, you’re missing out!




Marketing Request
Current Mizzou Made stories can be found here: www.missouri.edu/mizzoumade, currently 2-3 stories a day are being published.

These stories also will be used for future marketing purposes including newspaper advertisements and social media. You can help the Libraries’ Marketing Team identify stories. Currently, the campus is prioritizing the following:

  • Mid-Missouri students (Columbia, Ashland, Hallsville, Lake of the Ozarks, etc.)
  • Rural Missouri students thriving at Mizzou
  • Student veterans (will be priority for last week of November leading up to the Military Appreciate Mizzou Football Game on November 11th)
  • Student athletes succeeding in their sport and in the classroom
  • Recent (or not-so recent) alumni with awesome jobs who credit Mizzou for their success (one of the popular stories so far on social media was Chloe’s https://news.missouri.edu/2017/from-mizzou-to-google/)

Please contact Grace Atkins, Shannon Cary, Kelli Hansen, or Taira Meadowcroft if you know of a student who would be good for a Mizzou Made story.

In addition, we will keep posting Cycle of Success stories about faculty, staff, and community. These will also be tagged on social media as #MizzouMade, but the primary marketing focus right now is student recruitment.

Feel free to contact Shannon Cary if you have questions.

home Staff news Atkins Received MLA Award in St. Louis on Oct. 5

Atkins Received MLA Award in St. Louis on Oct. 5

Congratulations to Grace Atkins, who received the Missouri Library Association Outstanding New Librarian Award last night at the MLA awards ceremony in St. Louis! Read her acceptance remarks below.

“Thank you so much. This is truly an honor.

I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin’s Information School in May 2015, and bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, applied for a brand new position at the University of Missouri Libraries: User Engagement Librarian. Engaging with the users in fall of 2015 was a challenge. As most of you know, that was a historically tumultuous time at Mizzou. But what I saw was students who loved their university so much that they demanded it be better. And, as we discussed in many sessions today, one of the fundamental roles of a library is to empower their communities to be better. So, we had an opportunity to step up as a library.

I would like to thank our Vice Provost of University Libraries, Ann Campion Riley, for supporting the establishment of a Student Advisory Council. I am fortunate to be the liaison between student leaders and library administration. This communication and collaboration has resulted in the libraries being better able to meet student needs. For example, when the student body demanded the main library be open longer, the council worked with student government and administrators in a transparent process to draft a fee proposal. In record voter turnout, almost 80% of students supported the fee and we now have Ellis Library open 24 hours a day, 5 days a week.

I would like to quote Rebecca Clarke who, in her awesome Parks & Rec session today, quoted Leslie Knope quoting Theodore Roosevelt: “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is a chance to work hard at work worth doing.” And Leslie adds that “what makes work worth doing is getting to do it with people that you love.”

The students at Mizzou love their university, and that makes my work worth doing. I am very privileged to be in a position to channel their passion into positive change, and I hope to continue this work.

This award is as much the students’ as it is mine.

Thank you.”


home Staff news Boy Scouts on Campus, Oct. 7

Boy Scouts on Campus, Oct. 7

The College of Engineering is co-sponsoring the Merit Badge University with the Great Rivers Council Boy Scouts. There will be over 1,000 boy scouts in attendance on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. The boy scouts will be learning from counselors (instructors) a variety of subjects. Expect to see these boys all over campus.

The following buildings will be unlocked on Saturday from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm:

Middlebush Hall
Arts & Sciences
Strickland Hall
Naka Hall (previously known as Engineering Building West)
Lafferre Hall
MU Student Center
Sustainability Office inside of Virginia Avenue Parking Structure
Hill Hall
Switzler Hall


home Staff news Ithaka Survey Launched

Ithaka Survey Launched

The Ithaka Survey launched as scheduled at 2:00 p.m. yesterday.  E-mails were sent to 3,090 for faculty and 6,543 for graduate/professional students.  If you know faculty or graduate/professional students who want to help the libraries prepare for the future, please encourage them to look for the e-mail and complete the survey.

home Staff news New MUSE Posts

New MUSE Posts

Web tip of the week, Oct. 2, 2017

Events for the weekend!- Yoga, Fall festivals and more

Recipe of the week: Pecan Pie Cake

home Ellis Library, Staff news Meet Joseph Askins, Head of Instructional Services

Meet Joseph Askins, Head of Instructional Services

The University of Missouri Libraries recently welcomed Joseph Askins as Head of Instructional Services. We are excited to have him on board. Get to know a little more about him in this quick interview.

Please tell us a little about your background and experience. What led you to the University of Missouri Libraries?

I grew up in Northwest Arkansas, not too far from the University of Arkansas and Walmart’s world headquarters, and moved to Columbia in 1999 to study Journalism. After graduating from the J-School in 2003, I spent a few years working for newspapers, magazines, and websites in Arkansas and Chicago. As I neared the end of my twenties, I decided to get a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois, even though I had never worked in a library at any point in my life. In 2011 I left Chicago and my job as an editor, moved back to Arkansas once again, and looked for any and every opportunity to work with libraries, archives, and museums around my hometown. In 2012 I took a job as a Reference and Instruction Librarian at NorthWest Arkansas Community College, in 2015 I moved to Columbia, SC, to become an Information Literacy Programs Librarian at the University of South Carolina, and this summer I traded in one Columbia for another and returned to Mizzou.

How did you come to be a librarian, and what do you find most interesting about library instruction?

By 2008 I was working as the managing editor of a small magazine and website that covered new residential construction in and around Chicago. The market collapsed that year, developers stopped placing ads in our publication (or, in one memorable instance, fled the country entirely), and construction in many neighborhoods ground to a halt. I realized at some point that tracking price cuts for imaginary condos in unbuilt high-rises was not my idea of a good time, and by early 2009 I was thinking a lot about what I did and didn’t enjoy about my career up to that point. What I realized was that I loved chasing facts, pulling files, sifting through records—I liked the research part of my job so much more than the storytelling part. So I started to brainstorm ways in which I could spend more time searching for information and solving mysteries about where a particular piece of data might be located, and I quickly latched onto librarianship as a career where I could do just that.

The very first LIS course I ever took, a full year before I entered school as a full-time grad student, was called Instruction & Assistance Systems. It was all about teaching in a library environment, and it was there where I first encountered terms like “information literacy” and “one-shots” and “flipped classrooms.” One of the things I realized as I went through that course was that I never really experienced that kind of instruction as a student; I tested out of my freshman composition class and didn’t recall any other instances in which I visited Ellis or the J-School library for formal instruction, and I couldn’t help but wonder how much better I would have performed as an undergraduate if I had felt more at ease with the library and its resources. So through the rest of library school and on into my career, I thought of my role as that of someone who could encourage and empower users, and help them develop the strategies and confidence necessary to use our collection to meet their needs.

What was your favorite book you were assigned to read in college, and what are you reading now?

I really enjoyed In Dubious Battle, which I read for an American Protest Lit class. It covers a lot of the same territory as The Grapes of Wrath, with its depiction of migrant workers and labor strikes, but it’s also a study of mob mentality—the way that humans, like other animals, behaved differently when grouped together than they would individually—which was a topic that interested Steinbeck greatly.

Right now I’m reading The Republic for Which It Stands, Richard White’s new book about the Reconstruction era and the Gilded Age. I’m also working my way through A New Literary History of America, an anthology of essays about works of American literature, co-edited by Greil Marcus, who’s always been good at relating rock music to seemingly unrelated works of art and folklore.

home Staff news University Libraries: United Way Kickoff!

University Libraries: United Way Kickoff!

Hello Everyone! The University Libraries is gearing up for this year’s United Way campaign. The University is doing things a bit different this year and giving each area of campus a section of time to run their campaign. Our campaign will run from October 16- 27th.

This year’s United Way theme is, “Live Mizzou. Live United.”

There is even a fun hashtag #MizzouLU, Mizzou Lives United.

How can you a member of the Mizzou family live united? There are so many ways! Whether it be a monetary donation to a United Way organization or giving of your time the ways are endless of how you can help.

One way that you can show your support is to come out for the Annual Chili cook off! This year we are mixing things up a bit by adding a Cookie Bake off to go along with the Chili. You definitely don’t want to miss the excitement of this change up.

We will also be doing a few games along the way so watch for those emails to come out soon!

Sheila Voss is back this year to help lead your United Way Ambassadors, Gwen, Sheryl and Michelle through a great campaign. To make it a huge success we need YOU.

So are you ready to MizzouLU?

  1. Mark your calendar for October 17, Chili Cook-Off and Cookie Bake off Day!
  2. Contact Gwen Gray to sign up to bring chili. Poultry, Meat, and Vegetarian are the categories for you to consider. Which will it be?
  3. If you are a staff member of a specialized library or UMLD, Please consider the cook off! We want to see your smiling faces at this event.
  4. Our team is supported by Sheila Voss! Sheila can assist with your questions related to your donation or how you can help.

For now, please mark your calendar to attend the chili cook-off at 11:30 on Tuesday, October 17.  Plan to come hungry! And Live United!

Our best to you!

Gwen Gray, Sheryl Cullina and Michelle Baggett
2017 United Way Unit Ambassadors

home Staff news In the News

In the News

Gawker Is for Sale and Its Articles Could Be Deleted – WSJ
Oct. 2, 2017

“4-Year Institutions With the Most Interlibrary Loans, 2014-15”
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct.1, 2017