Kelli Hansen and Anselm Huelsbergen will report to the Vice Provost for Libraries as of August 1, 2022, due to their department’s connection with advancement, facilities and fiscal functions. This restores the reporting as it was under the previous Vice Provost for Libraries. The two department heads will rotate participation in Library Management Team annually, beginning with Kelli Hansen for FY23.
Special thanks to Jeannette Pierce for overseeing this department during various changes to the library’s organizational structure and during the move of Archives to Ellis Library.
Congratulations to Erin Merrill on her reclassification to Library Specialist Senior!
Mike Muchow retires today after 31 years of service to the University of Missouri Libraries. We will miss Mike’s humanities subject expertise, his deep collection development knowledge, his commitment to students, his willingness to engage with new technologies, and his sense of humor. Mike has always been an innovative and out-of-the-box thinker who has shared ideas to improve services and worked to make them a reality. For example, when the Reference Department thought the library needed a web presence (many years ago) he taught himself HTML and created the first MU Libraries’ web pages. Mike was the first to create online tutorials and even created our first stacks maps on the web. Mike’s Thompson Folk Motif Index Bibliography and his End-Note for Windows are among our most used online guides. Mike convened the Long-Range Planning Committee under Ann Riley. The committee produced an influential report on current and future trends for academic libraries that included recommendations for strategies and innovative directions which influenced our service planning in RAIS and our space planning with Shepley-Bullfinch and beyond. Through the years, Mike has served on impactful university committees such as Student Conduct, Student Records, and Faculty Council.
In addition to his work as a subject librarian, Mike became our resident Ellis Library building historian. He created valuable historical content for our Centennial Celebration which regularly comes in handy as we answer questions from our users and most recently as we prepared our NEH West Stacks Renovation grant application. If you have never looked at Mike’s guide on the history of the Ellis Library building, you can find it at Ellis Old & New. Due to his expertise in the history of our building and services, Mike has become our go to person for library tours. I, for one, have tried not to miss an opportunity to join one of Mike’s tours.
Please note that Rachel Brekhus will assume ongoing subject librarian responsibility for Archaeology and Classical Studies which are part of the Department of Classics, Archaeology, and Religion in A&S. Anne Barker is kindly assuming interim responsibility for Music and Theater in A&S and the School of Visual Studies which includes Art, Art History, Digital Storytelling, Film Studies, and Graphic Design. We will be opening a search for a new Humanities librarian this fall.
Ashley Granger wrote a field study titled “Using Your Library’s Instagram as a #bookstagram” in the book Practical Marketing for the Academic Library by Stephanie Espinoza Villamor and Kimberly Shotick.
Ellis Library isn’t just for study and work anymore. Because the Mizzou community needs leisure reading too, the MU Libraries in partnership with the Daniel Boone Regional Library (DBRL) are proud to announce the debut of a Popular Reading Collection in the Lounge, which is located on the first floor of Ellis Library near the north entrance (access from Lowry Mall).
The Popular Reading Collection consists of books, magazines, comic books and some graphic novels that have been donated from DBRL. Library users may read these materials in the library or take them home. When they are finished, materials should be returned to Ellis Library, the Columbia Public Library, or dropped in any MU Libraries or DBRL bookdrop. The collection will be restocked once a month.
“We have heard from students over the years that they would like access to popular reading materials in Ellis Library. We are so grateful to the Daniel Boone Regional Library for collaborating on this project to make this material available to our users,” said Deb Ward.
The items in this collection are not part of the regular MU Libraries or DBRL circulating collection. You will not be able to search these books in either library’s catalog, and you do not need to check them out.
Follow the MU Libraries on Instagram @mizzou.libraries for updates on what is available in the collection.
Artwork from local artist Lisa Bartlett is currently on display in Ellis Library in the Bookmark Cafe. You can see Bartlett’s work throughout the fall semester. See Bartlett’s artist statement below.
“Being of a restless, creative nature, I generally have multiple projects going on at once. I bounce between media, and I love to experiment.
I am interested in those who have suffered and yet persevered. I like to honor cultures that have been marginalized. I do this by showing the joy and vibrancy of peoples through color and vibrant brush strokes.
Sometimes I like to paint on very large canvases and include collage and gold leaf in the composition. I also enjoy working in three dimensions using such found objects as old clock cases, broken ceramics, and Victorian hardware. My work often tells a story, since I’m fascinated by human nature and by what history has to teach us. Old photographs, old letters, and other memorabilia are major sources of inspiration.
I’m always looking for new ideas, new construction techniques, and new projects to get excited about. Anything that involves experimentation, anything complicated, and finally just the act of creation itself—that’s what I love.”
Marie Concannon has organized the annual Missouri FDLP conference, which will be held on July 28. Check out more information here.