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UPublish Workshop: Rights and Wrongs of Publisher Agreements: Copyright

Tuesday, March 23
3:30-4:30 p.m.
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Traditional publishing agreements require that authors transfer their copyright to the publisher, unduly limiting options for online distribution, classroom use and other purposes. In this interactive workshop, we’ll explore how authors can grant some rights to publishers without signing away all their rights.

For a complete list of workshops, visit here.

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In the News

Paul Pepper: Joan Stack, State Historical Society of Missouri, “Historic Images of Black Families”
KBIA, March 16, 2021

“Mizzou to demolish eight buildings, sell one to save millions”
Fox 4, March 17, 2021

The Visual Arts & Design Forum is talked about at the beginning of this KOPN program (around 30 minutes in) and the libraries are thanked for partnering to make the program virtual.

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Library Management Team Action and Information Items 3/9/21

LMT 03.09.21 Information and Action Items

home Uncategorized Mizzou Libraries Help Students Display Their Work During Covid Pandemic

Mizzou Libraries Help Students Display Their Work During Covid Pandemic

In the Fall of 2020, Dr. Sarah Buchanan was teaching a class on material culture and had planned to exhibit work created by her students. Restrictions on her class due to the Covid pandemic meant that her class would have to access materials primarily online and would need to find a new way to display their work. Buchanan reached out to Marie Concannon, the head of government information at Mizzou Libraries, who had worked with her to display the physical exhibit in Ellis Library in previous years. Concannon referred her to Shannon Cary, the Libraries’ communications officer, who offered to display the exhibit on the Libraries’ website.

The exhibit “Making Art for All/Our Time” showcased work by undergraduate students for the honors class “Get Real, Go Places! Let Objects Take You There.” Over eight weeks, the students gathered on Zoom to peer inside the galleries, shelves and sidewalks of campus where objects of material culture are prudently managed for public interactions. The course introduces students 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. Buchanan of the iSchool at the University of Missouri along with gallery, library, archive and museum professionals based on the Mizzou campus who contribute to the Material Culture Studies Group, established in 2014.

The Mizzou Libraries were also able to contribute to the class by providing some of its own material culture for the curriculum. The students were introduced to Special Collections through a Zoom session that focused on a broad range of items, including artifacts, photographs, books and works of art. Items selected for this class are browsable on the Special Collections website.

Buchanan stated that, her “desired outcomes for the exhibit of Honors student works are to showcase themed explorations of objects we encounter across Mizzou’s galleries, libraries, archives, and museums – promoting collection uses while introducing students to material culture research.”

The digital display, which is still available online, includes a clay sculpture recreation of a political cartoon, a colored pencil response to works shown in the Bingham Art Gallery, and an embroidered fiber art piece depicting the plants and native species of Missouri, among others. “One digital artwork revisits the 1916 Golden Lane protest in St. Louis,” according to Buchanan, “and reminds us that art persists and connects our communities to each other.”

The Libraries were happy to contribute to the success of the exhibit by displaying it on our website. Buchanan said she appreciated the “librarians’ flexibility in transitioning from a planned in-person exhibit to a digital blogpost, given the physical risks right now. The students are thankful and happy to see their work alongside their classmates’.”


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Book Talk with Nancy McCabe: From Little Houses to Little Women

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Time: 4 – 5:30 pm
Online event on Zoom


A typical travel book takes readers along on a trip with the author, but a great travel book does much more than that, inviting readers along on a mental and spiritual journey as well. This distinction is what separates Nancy McCabe’s From Little Houses to Little Women from the typical and allows it to take its place not only as a great travel book but also as a memoir about the children’s books that have shaped all of our imaginations.  This Book Talk will delight anyone who has had a deep connection to such children’s books, whether they are 10 or 100 years old, or somewhere in between!  For more information, see this brief introduction on YouTube.
About the Author

Nancy McCabe (nancymccabe.net) grew up in Kansas just a few hours from the Ingalls family’s home in Little House on the Prairie.  She now directs the writing program at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and teaches in the low residency MFA program at the Spalding University School of Creative and Professional Writing. She is the author of four previous books of nonfiction, and a novel, her most recent of which was published in 2020 by the University of Missouri Press, Can This Marriage Be Saved?: A Memoir.

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Ellis Library Will Extend Hours After Spring Break

Starting April 5, Ellis Library will be open until midnight Sunday through Thursday.

Starting April 25, Ellis Library will be open even longer, including some Saturday hours. For a complete listing of hours, including for all specialized libraries, visit library.missouri.edu/hours.

Finals Weeks
(April 25–May 14)
Sun 10am–Midnight
Mon–Thu 7:30am–Midnight
Fri 7:30am–8pm
Sat 10am-8pm
Sun 10am-Midnight

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Spring Break Hours

The Mizzou Libraries will have reduced hours during Spring Break. For a complete listing of all library hours, visit http://library.missouri.edu/hours/.

Ellis Library: Spring Break
March 26 (Fri) 7:30am to 5pm
March 27 (Sat) Closed
March 28 (Sun) Closed
March 29–April 1 (Mon–Thu) 7:30am to 6pm
April 2 (Fri) 7:30am to 5pm
April 3 (Sat) Closed
April 4 (Sun) 1-10pm

After Spring Break, Ellis Library will have extended hours and be open until midnight Sunday through Thursday.

Looking Back on 2020

While 2020 truly threw some curve balls, our MU Librarians and staff never missed a step and continued to serve. Take a look at a few innovative ways they helped our community, kept faculty informed, and stayed busy throughout one of the most challenging years.

Over the summer, the College of Engineering was tasked with making several different types of face shields, some went to Columbia Public Schools, others went to MU Hospitals and to MU faculty and staff. Librarians are givers by nature and when the call went out asking for volunteers Mara Inge, a senior library information specialist in our engineering library, jumped at the opportunity to help. She and other volunteers spent their time performing tasks in two-hour long increments. Each piece of the face shield was its own station, and they were all put together assembly line style. Tasks included things such as riveting the headbands together, putting the headband together with the shield, and gluing die cut pieces together. “Since I enjoy power tools and things like that, I volunteered to use the giant hydraulic punch press to punch out the die cut pieces. The machine was big and loud, but it was a great deal of fun operating it,” said Inge.

Even though making the face shields was rough, tiring work, your hands would get sore and your thumbs could go numb, it was a fun opportunity to volunteer. The best part of this experience for Mara was getting to know colleagues from all over the College of Engineering. “It was great being part of such an important project. As the outreach person for the engineering library, this seemed like a perfect fit. I can’t think of a better outreach activity than providing PPE to the community,” said Inge.

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Upcoming Workshops @ Your Library

Exploring Oxford Reference: Ready Reference in a Digital World
Register for online workshop
Tuesday, March 16
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Research Smarter: JSTOR Tips and Tools
Register for online workshop
Friday, March 19
1 to 2 p.m.

Need a different date or time? Groups of five or more can request additional sessions of these workshops at:
Workshop recordings at:

home Staff news Daylight Saving Time Returns This Weekend

Daylight Saving Time Returns This Weekend

Daylight saving time returns at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 14. That means you should move your clocks forward 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.