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Mizzou First-Generation Celebration 2021

November 8th is National First-Generation College Celebration Day and we are thrilled to celebrate our first-generation students, faculty and staff at Mizzou. Additional information, success stories and resources (Zoom backgrounds, social media graphics) to celebrate and support our first-generation students can be found on our website.

One of the featured events on November 8th is “Open Door Day” which invites first-generation students to stop by during open hours to talk with faculty and staff to connect and learn about opportunities. There are more than 90 individuals planning to open their doors to first-generation students! To see a list of individuals participating, please see the website.

The following participants will have open office hours in Ellis Library:

  • Kelli Hansen, Head of Special Collections – 405 Ellis Library, 2-4 pm
  • Jeannette Pierce, Library Administration – 104 Ellis Library, 10 am – noon
  • Victoria Mondelli – Teaching for Learning Center, Ellis Library, Suite 25, 10-11 am
home Staff news Sprochi Receives Award from Medical Library Association

Sprochi Receives Award from Medical Library Association

Amanda Sprochi is the 2021 recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Midcontinental Chapter of the Medical Library Association! She received her shiny new plaque earlier this week. Congratulations!

home Staff news Daylight Saving Time Ends This Weekend

Daylight Saving Time Ends This Weekend

Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 7. That means you should move your clocks back one hour Saturday night before going to bed. It is also recommended that you use this as a reminder to change all batteries in fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

home Staff news The United Way Bake Sale Starts Next Week!

The United Way Bake Sale Starts Next Week!

What are you going to do with your extra hour this weekend? How about baking something!

As promised, here are some more details about our United Way bake sale next week.
• The bake sale will be in the Admin office, but we will send out photos each day. If staff who are not in Ellis want to participate, just email me with your request. We will try to make deliveries.
• If you want to buy baked goods, it will help if you have change. So plan ahead!
• Bakers, please bring your items to the Admin office in the morning. Also, please price your items and have them bagged or wrapped. We will sell large items, like cakes and pies by the slice. We can sell small items in groups, like 2 or 3 smaller cookies.
• If you would like to sell a baked item that you will make later (like a whole pie or cake), let me know and we will make a certificate for it. Bakers should decide price of item.
• Can’t wait to see all the yummy treats!

To make it more fun and more like the Great British Bake Off, each day of the bake sale will have a theme!
• Monday: Cakes and Pies
• Tuesday: Cookies and Brownies
• Wednesday: Muffins and Scones
• Thursday: Free for All
• Friday: Savory Items, Non-Baked Items and Leftovers!

If you would like to give to United Way right now, go to https://unitedway.missouri.edu.

home Cycle of Success, Gateway Carousel Rachel Brekhus Wins Outstanding Professional Librarian Award

Rachel Brekhus Wins Outstanding Professional Librarian Award

Rachel Brekhus, a research and instructional services librarian at MU, was recently presented the Outstanding Professional Librarian Award by the Missouri Library Association.

Brekhus has worked as a humanities librarian since 1999. Her favorite projects have been creating a Civil War Bus Tour of Columbia, maintaining the tradition of Black History Month Trivia Night, supporting middle and high school student research at National History Day in Missouri, and helping McNair Scholars establish excellent research and presentation skills.

home Events and Exhibits, Gateway Carousel Provenance Learning and Storytelling Exhibit

Provenance Learning and Storytelling Exhibit

Now on display, “Provenance Learning and Storytelling” showcases research and creative works completed by students enrolled in the Honors Seminar during Fall 2021, GN_HON 1050H, “Get Real, Go Places! Let Objects Take You There.” The eight-week course takes as its focus the study of material culture, specifically the opportunities for research that objects and artifacts make possible. Students are introduced to the practice of interpreting, inspecting, and writing about objects through regular use of a sketchbook journal and weekly syntheses shared with classmates. The course is taught by Dr. Sarah Buchanan of the iSchool at the University of Missouri (in the College of Education and Human Development) and by gallery, library, archive, and museum professionals based on the Mizzou campus who belong to the Material Culture Studies Group, established in 2014.


Emphasis on learning about provenance – “the origin of an item and the history behind it,” or “where an object comes from and how it got to be where it is today” in the students’ words – generated a range of creative, colorful expressions informed by the available expertise. Our student showcase features 30 art objects created by 11 undergraduate students, each based on the class visit to a particular collection on the Columbia campus. Students created weekly syntheses reflecting on their visit and a culminating analysis of specific objects appealing to students’ future academic interests.

On display here are clay figures of the campus’s elephant ear plant (colocasia esculenta) and a trio of resident frogs, three oil pastels of the Lambach (Austria) Abbey grammar book’s provenance stamps in Special Collections and Archives, a poem questioning “what information?” after the Museum of Anthropology, “Sundial: an artist’s book,” watercolor paintings of a cardinal bird and the “Ghost Dancing” 1975 van, seed pod and plaster cast sketches, a Bicentennial collage inspired by the 1921 Missouri Centennial Poster at the SHSMO, and a painted clay figure of Akua’ba (Asante) inspired by the Museum of Art and Archaeology, among other reflections on storytelling as accompaniment. For their contributions to the success of the course we gratefully thank: Catherine Armbrust, Jessica Boldt, Buck’s Ice Cream, Cathy Callaway, Connor Frew for THE RISO ROOM, Kelli Hansen, Rachel Harper, Amanda Staley Harrison, Nicole Johnston, Maggie Mayhan, artist Nick Peña, Joe Pintz, Jennifer Roohparvar-Brumfield, Jenna Rozum, Candace Sall, Karlan Seville and Joan Stack.

The course will next be offered in Fall 2022 – join us!

home Gateway Carousel HSL, Workshops Introduction to Open Educational Resources

Introduction to Open Educational Resources

Date: Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Register for online workshop.

Are your students struggling with the cost of course materials? Would you like the freedom and flexibility to customize the content of textbooks and other learning objects to better align with your lessons and assignments? Open educational resources, or OER, are free, openly licensed educational materials that provide alternatives to traditional textbooks. Learn more about campus resources that can help you find, create, and use high-quality OER.

Presented by Joe Askins, Head of Instructional Services at the University of Missouri Libraries.

Related LibGuide: Open Educational Resources (OER) by Joe Askins

home Staff news Committee Formed for Head of VML Search

Committee Formed for Head of VML Search

The search committee for the Head, Veterinary Medical Library position was finalized this week. Members are:

Chris Pryor, Associate University Librarian for Health and Specialized Libraries, Chair
Angela Tennison, DVM, Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, College of Veterinary Medicine
Noel Kopriva, Head, Engineering Library
Terri Hall, Head, Circulation Department, Health Sciences Library
Janice Dysart, Science Librarian, RAIS

home Staff news In the News: Brekhus Wins MLA Award

In the News: Brekhus Wins MLA Award

Rachel Brekhus wins Outstanding Professional Librarian Award
Show Me Mizzou, October 26, 2021

home Staff news Library Management Team Information and Action Items 10/19/21

Library Management Team Information and Action Items 10/19/21

LMT 10.19.21 Information and Action Items