home Cycle of Success Steven Pryor Appointed Head of Digital Scholarship

Steven Pryor Appointed Head of Digital Scholarship

The MU Libraries are pleased to announce that Steven Pryor has been appointed head of Digital Scholarship. This new position will lead the newly created unit within the Research, Access and Instructional Services division. This unit will provide critical support and leadership for digital and open scholarship initiatives that advance the MU’s commitment to research excellence.

The Digital Scholarship Unit will provide leadership for developing and maintaining repository and publishing infrastructure to preserve, curate and host content created by MU scholars or owned by the MU Libraries and will be available to consult with librarians and scholars on the implementation and use of digital scholarly tools, methods and applications. In addition, the unit will work with library colleagues to advance open scholarship through advocacy and education in the areas of open access, open educational resources, research metrics and data management.

The formation of this new unit reflects our belief that digital scholarship, digital curation and preservation, and open scholarship are part of the critical infrastructure necessary to support scholarly research at a large research university.

Steven Pryor previously served at MU as digital scholarship librarian since 2018 and as the interim head of Digital Services since April 2021. Steven has a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Southern Illinois University. Steven previously served as head of information and technology services (ITS) operations for the University of Washington Libraries. Before that he served as the ITS special projects librarian. Other previous positions include director of digital initiatives and technologies at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville and technology manager for Saint Louis University Libraries.

home Staff news In the News

In the News

“Barry Garron, Former Chief TV Critic for the Hollywood Reporter, Dies at 72”
The Hollywood Reporter, June 23, 2022

Barry Garron’s campaign button collection is on display in Ellis Library.

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Employee Updates

Danielle Gorman is transferring to the full-time LIS position in Digital Services, effective 07/11/2022. She will report to Steven Pryor.

Jara Anderson will be transferring to the full-time LIS Sr position in Vet Med, effective 07/18/2022. She will report to Rae Thudium.

home Staff news Grand Reading Room Ceiling to Be Repainted

Grand Reading Room Ceiling to Be Repainted

Some of you may have noticed that the paint is peeling off in several places on the domed ceiling in Room 201. Campus Facilities will be repainting the ceiling on July 18-21, 2022. Room 201 will be closed during that time.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


home Resources and Services Updated: Changes to the Library Catalog on June 23

Updated: Changes to the Library Catalog on June 23

The University of Missouri Libraries are pleased to announce our new catalog interface, integrated with Discover @ MU, will go live on June 23, 2022. The new system will allow patrons to search books, journals, online resources and more in one platform. All items already checked out to patrons will migrate to the new system.

We will be transitioning to our new system from June 18-21, 2022. During this transition materials will be processed manually which may result in delays in updating your account and processing some requests and holds. We will make the necessary adjustments to dates to avoid fines or other fees.

Requests for materials not owned by MU Libraries may be made via the MOBIUS catalog or ILL@MU.

If you have any questions, please visit Ask the Librarians!

home Staff news Juneteenth Events in Columbia

Juneteenth Events in Columbia

Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troops’ arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday.

The Division of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity is partnering with City of Columbia Parks and Recreation to present a free Juneteenth film series throughout the month.

Check out other Juneteenth events in Columbia.

home Staff news Concannon to Present on Prices and Wages Guide

Concannon to Present on Prices and Wages Guide

HathiTrust has opened registration for its Community Week, July 11-14. See session descriptions here.

Tuesday, July 12 Sessions
11:00 AM EDT – 12:00 PM EDT
The power of page-level linking to draw visitors
Speaker: Marie Concannon, Librarian IV, Head, Government Information and Data Archives, University of Missouri

The University of Missouri’s Prices and Wages by Decade guide is based largely on page-level links to HathiTrust and other digital libraries. It has brought a phenomenal 4.5 million hits to MU’s website, and is the 3rd largest referrer to HathiTrust. Now that Google-digitized books in HathiTrust have persistent links, it is easier than ever to maintain indexes like this one. In this session, you will learn the elements of success so you can create a similar guide on a topic of interest to you.

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In the News

“MU Museum of Anthropology completes construction of new space.”
Columbia Missourian, June 13, 2022

home Workshops Welcome to the Libraries: An Introduction for Savvy Students

Welcome to the Libraries: An Introduction for Savvy Students

June 29 or July 13
2 to 3 p.m.
Online: Register here

Hey, undergraduates and grad students: set yourself up for success with this introduction to the University of Missouri Libraries! Get the basics on our locations, services, and collections, and learn some handy tips, tricks, and tools for getting started with college-level research. Ask questions, get answers!

Participants must sign up and will be sent the password after registering.

home Events and Exhibits MU Faculty Books on Display in Ellis Library

MU Faculty Books on Display in Ellis Library

Want to see the results of MU faculty research? Visit the Ellis Library colonnade to see some of the latest books published by our faculty. The exhibit will be on display all summer.