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University Libraries Undergraduate Research Contest Call for Submissions

The University Libraries Undergraduate Research Contest recognizes and rewards outstanding research conducted by undergraduate students at the University of Missouri. Undergraduates in any discipline are invited to enter the contest, which will be judged by a cross-disciplinary panel of librarians.

One $500 scholarship, and one $250 scholarship will be awarded to an individual or group project. The winners will have their projects archived in MOspace, MU’s digital repository.

The research project can be a traditional research paper, a musical composition, a work of art, a video, a web page, or other creative work. It has to have been researched using the resources of the MU Libraries. The project will be judged primarily on sophistication of the research process and the materials used (as documented in the Research Process Statement).

Examples of projects:

  • A set design for theater where the student researched period-appropriate furniture, lighting, and architecture to create the perfect backdrop
  • A documentary film for class that researches the history of race relations at MU using library and archive materials
  • Composition of a piece of music created in the style of a famous composer informed by research into their style, skills, etc. through library materials
  • A business plan for a new company or product showing market need, demographics of customers, patents, design, etc. informed by research using library materials
  • A political science paper comparing the rise of fascism today with that in the early 20th century
  • A parody of a famous piece of literature or any original piece of fiction for which the author did library research for their setting, criticisms, etc.

The deadline for submission of all materials is January 31, 2018.

Questions? Contact Sandy Schiefer at schiefers@missouri.edu

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Library Ambassadors and Student Advisory Council

Welcome back to all students–we hope your semester is off to a great start!

Have you heard of the Library Ambassadors program? It’s a low-commitment, high-impact way for students to support the libraries. To learn more about the Library Ambassadors program, and how you can be involved, check out the Library Ambassadors info page.

All Library Ambassadors are welcome to attend the University Libraries Student Advisory Council (ULSAC) as non-voting participants. For meeting dates and times, check out the ULSAC info page.

Questions about either program? Contact Grace Atkins, student outreach coordinator: atkinsge@missouri.edu


Grace Atkins

Grace Atkins is the Outreach & Open Education Librarian at the University of Missouri Libraries. She focuses on increasing the use of Open Educational Resources on campus, engaging with library users, and marketing library services, events, and resources.

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Space Updates at Engineering

In addition to our study rooms, we also made a few small changes to the library as a whole while you all have been away this summer.

What’s different:

  1. In order to de-clutter and really open up our space, we removed some unused or unnecessary furniture including a dictionary stand, stools, a metal table, a bookcase, and study carrels. Don’t worry, there are still a ton of carrels left for you solitary studiers!
  2. We rearranged the furniture in our newly acquired space and added a display case given to us by the College of Engineering to show off more Engineering memorabilia from the Heritage Collection.
  3. We received new chairs and a few new tables for our study rooms from the College of Engineering. The new Student Services Enhancement Fee helped us pay to paint the walls behind the monitors so there is less eye strain when using them.
  4. We redid our call number labels at the ends of the stacks for a more polished, user friendly look. The labels now have acrylic holders for durability and they contain subject headings for easier browsing.
  5. The College of Engineering gave us framed Dean portraits to replace our paper ones on the Heritage Collection display board (Dean Loboa’s portrait is still pending).

We would like to give a big thank you to everyone who helped us change things around!

See some photos of our updated space:

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Updated Study Rooms at the Engineering Library

You may notice when you come back to the library at the start of the semester that our study rooms look a little different! We would like to give a big thank you to the Student Services Enhancement Fee for providing the funds for us to paint the wall behind our monitors and to the College of Engineering for our new tables and chairs!

Reserve one of our four new and improved study rooms online.

Study Room 3

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Thank You, Student Fee Capital Improvement Committee

Mizzou Libraries would like to thank the Student Fee Capital Improvement Committee for funding new furniture for the computer and work areas on the first floor of Ellis Library. The furniture includes numerous much-needed chairs in the computer and work spaces on the first floor, with a few more yet to come.

This photo shows a work area near Government Documents that has been refreshed with new tables as well as chairs. The furniture was chosen to make collaborative work easier.

The Student Fee Capital Improvement Committee provided $50,000 of funding for this improvement project.

Thanks also to Mizzou Libraries staff who helped with the project, including Gwen Gray, who filed the SFCIC proposal; Ann Riley, who envisioned the collaborative space; Pat Jones and Kathy Peters, who helped select the furniture; and others who provided assistance with the project.




Jennifer Gravley

I am a Research and Instruction Librarian with a background in creative writing.

home Support the Libraries Friends of the Libraries Hold Successful “Evening at the Library” Fundraiser

Friends of the Libraries Hold Successful “Evening at the Library” Fundraiser

On Friday, June 16, 2017, over 70 library supporters gathered for an event sponsored by the Friends of the University of Missouri Libraries. The event included drinks, hors d’doeuvres, a library scavenger hunt, and a silent auction.

The program included a talk from local authors Jill Orr and Alex George. Jill, an MU alum, writes humor essays about parenting on her blog, An Exercise in Narcissism, and published her first novel, The Gold Byline, in April. Alex is the author of the national and international bestseller, A Good American. He is also the founder and director of the Unbound Books Festival, and is a member of the Friends of the University Libraries Council. Attendees also heard remarks, from Ann Riley, vice provost for libraries and university librarian, and Kelli Hansen, special collections librarian.

The event raised around $9,000, which will be used to support the digitization of unique materials from Special Collections & Rare Books. Materials chosen for digitization will be uploaded to the HathiTrust Digital Library–a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure the cultural record is preserved and accessible.

Thank you to everyone who attended the event or gave a donation! Friends of the Libraries events are a lot of fun and a great way to support our libraries. We hope you’ll join us for our next event.

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Library donor James B. Nutter dies at age 89

James B. Nutter, Sr., the founder of James B. Nutter & Co., passed away on July 7, 2017, at his Kansas City home. Nutter graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor’s degree in 1949. Along with creating one of the largest privately owned mortgage banking firms in the nation, he was generous with his time and money, giving away much of his wealth to charities and causes, including libraries.

Nutter once stated that he was inspired by his father’s appreciation of libraries, “My interest in libraries comes from my father, who felt that libraries are one of the most important things our country could have. So when I had an opportunity to make an improvement in the MU Libraries, I wanted to do so.”

Nutter was one of the early donors to MU’s first major fundraising campaign, For All We Call Mizzou, donating $1.25 million to the Libraries for an information commons.

The James B. Nutter Family Information Commons opened in the fall of 2004. The space immediately had a huge impact on the MU student body, which continues to this day. The Information Commons provides individual and group study space and integrates the latest online information resources and the expertise of library staff. The 25,000 square foot facility features comfortable seating for more than 300 people, and 100 fixed computer workstations. Any day during the school year, the space is full of students studying and doing research.

Nutter was married to Annabel Fisher Nutter for nearly 63 years. She survives along with his son, James B. Nutter Jr., who is president and chief executive of James B. Nutter & Co. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Nancy Ann Moore, who died of breast cancer in 2003.




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Budget update and library wish list

In the midst of dealing with your own budget adjustments, you may be wondering what’s going on with the libraries. At this point, we are planning for a $1.3 million reduction in the materials budget for fiscal year 2018. Having already reduced our staff by 40% in the last decade, we are unable to reduce staffing much more without significant reduction in services. The Collection Steering Committee is in the process of assessing needs and determining our best options for addressing this budget reduction.

We continue to pursue all available options to support the collections and respond to your needs:

  • You may have seen the recent Missourian article about the libraries’ wish list of books that is being shared with the Friends of the Library and other potential donors. Subject librarians compiled this list, drawing from requests received in the past fiscal year. This list will be posted until August 1. You can help us by sharing the link with any you know who would be interested.
  • Although you are welcome to contribute to purchases on the wish list, we encourage you to recommend additional purchases—of any sort–to your subject librarian at any time. We all maintain request lists to draw from as funds become available. We will make every effort to meet your needs as efficiently as we can.
  • We are grateful for our development team and the donors who have given generously.
  • We are thankful for the support we’ve received from students who voted for the Student Services Enhancement Fee. The University Libraries Student Advisory Council will help us invest those funds in student-focused services.
  • We also appreciate departments and faculty who have collaborated with us in funding resources.

Taira Meadowcroft

Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, emergency medicine, and social media for the health sciences library.

Donate to the Special Collections Wish List

In Special Collections, we provide the opportunity to touch history, creating amazing learning experiences for over 1,500 students whose classes visit our reading room each year.  Special Collections is a fantastic resource for teaching at MU!  But don't take our word for it – listen to what the professors have to say:

"Students who go on this field trip always do better in the class as a whole than those who miss the field trip. This is the fourth time I've done this and it's very clear that this experience has a significant impact on student engagement and investment."


"In both classes, students were substantially more enthusiastic about the material, and had a much clearer understanding of where our texts come from and why they are in the sometimes problematic state in which we possess them."


"Students were very enthusiastic. 'This was the coolest thing ever!' 'I can't believe they let us touch this stuff!' 'This made the books come to life!'"

The Special Collections librarians have created a wish list of books we would have loved to have on hand for these enthusiastic students and faculty, but weren't able to purchase due to budget cuts.  Browse the full list of titles and donate to support teaching and learning at Mizzou.

Kelli Hansen

Kelli Hansen is a librarian in the Special Collections and Rare Books department. She teaches information sessions in Special Collections, does reference work, and maintains the department's digital presences. Contact Kelli

Health Sciences Library Wishlist: Books

The health sciences librarians have created a list of about 100 of our "Most Wanted" books, available at many price points. These are all titles we would have loved to purchase this year, but were not able to due to recent collection cuts. For as little as $35, you can help our continued mission of supporting teaching and research at MU.

See a full list of titles, please visit library.missouri.edu/giving/wishlist/?singlebroadsubject=Medicine%20and%20Health%20Sciences

Taira Meadowcroft

Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, emergency medicine, and social media for the health sciences library.