home Staff news Amigos Webinars on Resource Description and Access (RDA)

Amigos Webinars on Resource Description and Access (RDA)

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.

More: https://www.amigos.org/node/3755

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.

More: https://www.amigos.org/node/5120


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.

More: https://www.amigos.org/node/5121

home Staff news Changes in ACTS

Changes in ACTS

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,

Corrie Hutchinson
Associate University Librarian for Acquisitions, Collections, and Technical Services


home Staff news Notes from the Director 6/8/18

Notes from the Director 6/8/18

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.


home Staff news Healthy for Life Update

Healthy for Life Update

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

home Staff news Welcome to Christina Pryor and Steven Pryor

Welcome to Christina Pryor and Steven Pryor

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.
home Staff news In the News

In the News

“MU lays off 30; eliminates 155 vacant positions to close budget gap”
Columbia Missourian, June 7, 2018

home Staff news Library Management Team Meeting Information and Action Items, 5/31/18

Library Management Team Meeting Information and Action Items, 5/31/18

LMT 05.31.18 Information and Action Items

home Staff news Healthy for Life Update

Healthy for Life Update

May is:

Melanoma/Skin Cancer Awareness Month – a time to increase awareness of the importance of the prevention, early detection and treatment of skin cancer.

Fact: More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined.

Article: Early skin cancer more accurately diagnosed by dermatologist than other providers

National Bike Month
Health benefits of biking:

  • increased muscle strength and flexibility
  • improved joint mobility
  • decreased stress levels
  • improved posture and coordination
  • strengthened bones
  • decreased body fat levels
  • Increased cardiovascular fitness
  • reduced anxiety and depression.


Mental Health Awareness Month
A few examples of healthy habits that can boost mental health include:

  • Sleep: Sleep recharges the mind and body. Lack of sleep can raise cortisol (the stress hormone) levels and heighten a person’s fight or flight response. Sleep allows new neural pathways to form and may contribute to resilience.
  • Nutrition: Food is not only fuel. It also impacts which hormones the body produces. Eating certain foods helps boost serotonin levels, which can improve mood.
  • Exercise: Studies show regular exercise can help relieve stress and improve mood. It has also been shown to reduce anxiety and depression.

Nurturing the body through self-care can provide more energy for other activities that boost mental health, but for some that is not enough. If you want more information or need help, please contact our Employee Assistance Program for help. https://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits/eap


Events Near You

home Staff news Planned Electrical Outage for Ellis Library, June 5th

Planned Electrical Outage for Ellis Library, June 5th

Due to an issue in the Telepresence room, there is an electrical outage for Ellis Library scheduled for Tuesday, June 5, from 5 to 7am. Please turn your computers off on Monday at the end of the day.


home Staff news Goodbye to Kate Wright

Goodbye to Kate Wright

Kate Wright has accepted a position as Outreach and Student Success Coordinator at the William H. White Business Library at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her last day in the Engineering Library will be July 6. The Engineering Library will be hosting a farewell open house for Kate on Friday, June 29 from 1-3.