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Celebrating Preservation Week with Digital Services!

April 24-30, 2022 is Preservation Week!  


Digital Services is committed to ensuring long-term preservation of resources. We utilize and promote good preservation practices.


What preservation programs take place in Digital Services?
 Two major programs: 

  • Digitization for preservation: We protect fragile and rare materials by creating a digital version of them and providing online access. 
  • Long-term preservation of digital resources: We follow national standards to make sure our digital files remain accessible into the future.  

What formats of materials does Digital Services digitize for preservation purposes?  

We primarily work with books and paper-based materials, including but not limited to maps, posters, manuscripts, scrapbooks, and photographs. Microfilms and slides are digitized from time to time. Currently, we do not digitize audiovisual materials.  

What digital formats does Digital Service preserve in MOspace and MU Digital Library?  

Images, text documents, datasets, and audio and video files.  

Where do the digital items live/get preserve? Are they free to use? 

Learn more about preservation: 

home Databases & Electronic Resources New Items Added to HathiTrust

New Items Added to HathiTrust

In 2021, one of the many projects that the Digital Services Department handled was the preparation and upload of items into the HathiTrust Digital Library. Before Felicity Dykas retired, she was able to add over 120 items to our English Short Title Catalog Items collection, which brings the current total to 940!

Starting in September, other staff members were able to continue uploading items, starting with a small batch of rare manuscript leaves that had been donated to the University. We also added around 40 journalism typography books. We now have 56 items added to our Typography Collection in HathiTrust, with several more waiting. In the past few years, we have submitted 2, 221 items in total!

Adding items to the HathiTrust repository is an ongoing project, and we intend to add many more items in 2022. Stay tuned!

Below are a number of links for those interested in checking out what we added last year;

English Short Title Catalog


Typography Collection


A few medieval manuscript leaves:

[Antiphonal leaf]


[Leaf from a Book of hours]


[Leaf from a Bible contained 2nd Chronicles 11:12-14:13]


[Leaf from a breviary and ferial psalter]


[Leaf from a Bible contained Ezekiel 26:10-28:19]


home Resources and Services Fun activities for upcoming holiday season!

Fun activities for upcoming holiday season!

With MU’s November and December breaks quickly approaching, Mizzou students and faculty are about to have a lot of free time on their hands. If you are looking for some fun and simple activities to fill your days with, here are a few DIY articles perfect for your open schedules.


Homecoming Coloring book: This book is a collection of pages taken from past editions of the Savitar (University of Missouri’s yearbook from 1894-2005), pages from the Missouri Outlaw (a student magazine), and Showme Magazine. All of these pages are Mizzou-themed, so break out your favorite black and gold crayons and get to coloring! https://mospace.umsystem.edu/xmlui/handle/10355/63079


Color Our Collections: This is a collection of projects curated by MU Special Collections for their #ColorOurCollections project. It features images from separate books that offer fun and unique coloring challenges. https://mospace.umsystem.edu/xmlui/handle/10355/63080


Bookmarks: Special Collections offers a series of printable bookmarks perfect for a quick coloring activity that gives you a nice placeholder for your current read. https://mospace.umsystem.edu/xmlui/handle/10355/79742


Youth Gardening: MU Extensions offers a small collection of Youth Gardening activities available on MOspace. The weather is cooling down and perfect for the “Winter Sowing Seeds” activity. Save other activities for Spring which is just a couple of months away! All of these are easy and fun projects perfect for kids or beginner gardeners. https://mospace.umsystem.edu/xmlui/handle/10355/85501



Holiday Recipes: With the holiday season fast approaching, it is the perfect time to try out some easy and cheap recipes to wow your family and friends with this November and December. MOspace offers plenty of recipes and articles that are great for this time of year, but this article contains three recipes for dishes that the author describes as: easy to fix, great tasting and good for your family. There are also several side dishes listed. https://mospace.umsystem.edu/xmlui/handle/10355/11965


We hope you found at least one activity to try during your break. Let us know what else you try on our Instagram and Twitter accounts @MuSpecColl.

[Article written by Digital Services student employee Danielle Gorman]
home Resources and Services Mizzou Must-Reads for National Book Month

Mizzou Must-Reads for National Book Month

Did you know that October is National Book Month?

For its 175th anniversary, Mizzou issued a poster asking its professors to recommend their favorite books. Each book is organized by categories, which include autobiographies and memoirs, fiction, history and biographies, nonfiction, philosophy and spirituality, plays, poetry, science, and social sciences. Out of the 175 recommendations, there is a book for every reader. Take a look and see if any standout to you or you can count to see how many you have already read!

Visit the poster here: https://hdl.handle.net/10355/66451

Read more information on these books: https://libraryguides.missouri.edu/mustreads

[Article written by Digital Services student employee Danielle Gorman]

Digital Services: Twenty for 2020

2020 was a busy and challenging year for the Digital Services Department at the University Libraries. Despite those challenges, we were able to start, advance, and complete an amazing array of projects. We present here twenty of our proudest accomplishments of 2020.

1: MOspace Grows by 12%

In 2020, we added 4,200 new items to MOspace, the online institutional repository for MU. This was the third largest number of new items added in a single year since MOspace was launched in 2008. MOspace now includes more than 35,000 research articles, presentations, theses and dissertations, maps, MU publications, etc.


2: New Scanner Enables New Projects

A generous donor provided funding for a new scanner, adding to our overall capacity to complete digitization projects of large and fragile materials. The Atiz Mark 2 also has a v-cradle which puts less stress on the material during digitization. We have completed the digitization of several items we could not previously have done.


3: Office of Undergraduate Studies Partnership

This year we partnered with the Undergraduate Studies to host the Undergraduate Research & Creative Achievements Forum in the MU Digital Library. Held in the spring, summer, and fall, the Forum highlights the scholarship of MU students, and included abstracts describing the project, posters, PowerPoint slides, and videos. While previous Forums were in-person events, the move to remote classes in the spring was the prompt for this new partnership.



4: Faculty Research is Focus of MOspace Collection

Faculty research at the University of Missouri is the focus of a new collection in MOspace. The collection includes research material already in MOspace that we are in the process of adding to the new collection. It also includes articles published with open access licenses which were added in Phase 1 of a library project to identify and make published articles by MU faculty available in MOspace.


5: More Rare Materials Now Available Online

Digitization of rare materials was put on hold during the campus closure. Still, during the spring and fall semesters we were able to complete the digitization of rare materials in the Special Collections and Rare Books Department and unique materials on loan from a private collection. These are now available in the MU Digital Library


6: Sanborn Maps of Missouri

The Sanborn Fire Insurance Map Company, established in 1867, compiled and published maps of United States cities and towns. The maps are large scale plans that were used by the fire insurance industry. In 2020, maps published in 1924, along with other 1924 publications, entered the public domain in the United States. While we did not get all of our 1924 Sanborn maps digitized, we were able to add the 1924 sheets for Liberty and the Webster Groves sheets issued as part of the St. Louis volume. They are now available in the MU Digital Library.


7: New Collection of Concert Programs

When the recently established MU Budds Center for American Music Studies asked us to partner on digitizing and making a collection of archival documents available in MOspace, we were thrilled. While this is an ongoing project, many MU concert programs, photographs, and posters, as well as miscellaneous publications are now in MOspace and available for use. Dates of items range from 1977 to1997. Check back for updates to this growing collection.



8: Global Journalist Archive Added to MOspace

In 2020, MOspace became the archive for audio recordings of the radio program, “Global Journalists.” As noted on the Global Journalist website: “Global Journalist covers press freedom, human rights and international affairs. The weekly, half-hour discussion is produced by faculty and students of the Missouri School of Journalism and Mid-Missouri Public Radio.” This is a growing collection, with 66 segments produced between 2002-2020 now available.



9: SISLT Webcast  Recordings

The School of Information Science and Learning Technologies produced webcasts between 2005 and 2015.  On each show practicing librarians and educators were interviewed about topics such as literacy, library positions, library programs, and educational technologies. 245 recordings now are archived in MOspace.


10: History of Missouri Place Names in Historical Theses

We are getting close to completion of a project to digitize 18 theses detailing the history of Missouri place names. They were written in the 1920s through the 1940s under the direction of Robert L. Ramsey, professor of English, and provide the origins of the names of counties, townships, post offices, rivers. branches, creeks, ridges, prairies, mounds, hills, valleys, gaps, churches, etc. These are great resources for historical information about Missouri.


11: MU Theses and Dissertations

MOspace is the online repository for MU theses and dissertations published since 2006. This collection highlights research being completed at MU. In 2020, we added more than 470 theses and dissertations issued in 2019-2020. In addition, we added 61 older theses and dissertations which we digitized as part of an ongoing project to make these available online. This collection is one of our larger collections, with 9,200 total items, 8,366 of which were issued after 2005. Note: Because Fall 2020 items have not yet been added and authors may request a one-year delay before publication, the 2020 numbers in the graph are not complete.



12: MU Publications in MOspace

In addition to the MU material mentioned elsewhere, we added current or historical items to several ongoing collections in MOspace, including:



13: Support for Remote Teaching and Learning

Since our unit focuses on creating and hosting online resources, we were able to support online teaching and learning by digitizing material and hosting online forums.

As an example, we digitized rare items for use in a history course and made the images available in the MU Digital Library:


14: University of Missouri Extension

Our MU Extension digitization project got a boost in 2020. As we prepared to move to remote work, we quickly digitized historical MU Extension publications that would provide opportunities for remote work. The publications we digitized were in good condition and could be fed through a scanner with a sheet-feeder, so we were able to quickly digitize a large number of them. Staff reviewed and edited images from their home worksites. In 2020 we added 1,280 MU Extension publications to MOspace. They cover a variety of topics including agriculture, homemaking, recipes, and annual reports.


15: Instagram Posts Highlight Work

Digital Services joined forces with the Special Collections and Rare Books Department to inform and entertain Instagram viewers by providing information about the work of both departments and of the resources available in the University of Missouri Libraries.



16: Celebrating MU Students in Digital Services

In Digital Services, our excellent undergraduate student workers do most of our scanning work. That productivity was missed when we moved to remote work. With a return to campus, we were pleased that two of our long-term students re-joined us in the fall and picked up digitization projects related to rare materials and MU publications.


17: Personnel

This year Digital Services saw a lot of new faces. We welcomed a new staff member, Antanella, to our permanent staff of four, and had temporary help from two library staff members – Mara and Peter — who contributed to specific projects. We rely on MU student workers to accomplish our work and were fortunate to have excellent help this year. In addition, in the spring we had two graduate assistants (one of whom was short-term) who helped move projects forward.



18: Campus Closure Prompts Move to Remote Work

With the rest of the campus, Digital Services moved to remote operations in March. In preparation, staff packed needed resources and made plans for virtual connections. Digital Services was fortunate in being able to continue its work off-site. Staff reviewed and edited digital images, added items to MOspace and the MU Digital Library and worked with others on campus to make their resources available. Other stories on this page feature some of these projects. Fortunately, we were able to return to campus in staggered shifts for the fall semester and resumed our on-site scanning work.


19: Mission, Vision, and Values

The members of the University Archives, Special Collections, and Digital Services Division collaboratively drafted mission, vision, and values statements with guidance from Julie Brandt (Institutional Research & Quality Improvement). These will be posted on a forthcoming division website. As part of that process Digital Services reviewed and refined its own mission statement, which is posted here.


20: Giving Back to the Library Community

Ying Hu and Felicity Dykas shared tips about supervising students at the 2020 statewide MOBIUS conference held virtually in June. The annual MOBIUS conference is attended by academic and public library workers and provides an opportunity to share with and learn from colleagues.


Looking Forward to 2021!

Many of our projects are ongoing and will continue into 2021. We also plan to resume activities that were put on hold due to the accommodations we had to make for Covid-19, including HathiTrust submissions. New in 2021: We will be launching a new site for digital exhibits and forums, such as online poster sessions. We will partner with others on campus to host their events and to develop digital exhibits.
home Resources and Services Reach the World with MOspace

Reach the World with MOspace

Open access refers to the free access of online resources and is of particular importance when those resources are research articles, papers and publications. Open access makes these resources available to more people in more places. The University of Missouri Libraries support the goals of open access for MU research materials though the provision of MOspace, the MU institutional repository. MOspace is an online repository for creative and scholarly works created by MU faculty, students, staff, and departments.

What difference does open access make? Materials freely available on the web often reach a wider audience than those available in high-cost journals. For example, a postprint of the following article was added to MOspace in 2018.

Fisher, P. J., & Yao, R. (2017). Gender differences in financial risk tolerance. Journal of Economic Psychology, 61, 191-202. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.joep.2017.03.006

Postprint in MOspace: https://hdl.handle.net/10355/62875

In the past six months, the postprint in MOspace was downloaded 350 times by users in the United States, Romania, the United Kingdom, Portugal and Germany. The top ten countries for all MU material downloaded from MOspace in the past six months are:

  • United States;
  • Germany;
  • Philippines;
  • United Kingdom;
  • China;
  • India;
  • Canada;
  • Indonesia;
  • France; and
  • Australia.

Additional countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East are reflected in the top 40 countries with MOspace users. Most of these users were referred from internet browsers or search engines including Google, Google Scholar, DuckDuckGo, Bing and Yahoo.

Open access supports the efforts of MU researchers by making their research more widely available and supports scholars around the world by ensuring free and open access to important research. To find out more:


Ask me about open access?


home Resources and Services, Special Collections and Archives Crossword puzzle to test your knowledge of Mizzou

Crossword puzzle to test your knowledge of Mizzou

Digital Services staff recently discovered a fun crossword puzzle when working on the Missouri alumnus (later called: Mizzou) Collection in MOspace. This crossword puzzle was published in Missouri alumnus, volume 067, number 02 (1979 January-February)  “Test your vocabulary and knowledge of Mizzou in this game constructed especially for alumni.”

Check out the answers in MOspace: https://hdl.handle.net/10355/74601



home Databases & Electronic Resources MOspace – Available 24/7 

MOspace – Available 24/7 

MOspace is an online repository for the scholarly and creative works of MU faculty, students, and staffMOspace also includes numerous University of Missouri publications from an 1857 list of library publications to the most recent copy of the Mizzou alumni magazine. Most of the resources are freely available on the web. 

Start here: 

Check these out: 

Contribute your works:


home Resources and Services, Special Collections and Archives Digitized slides from Hiller Collection are now available in MU Digital Library

Digitized slides from Hiller Collection are now available in MU Digital Library

Digital Services is excited to share that about 250 photographs from the newly acquired Hiller Collection are now available in MU Digital Library. A description of the collections and list of contents can be found in the Hiller collection library guide.

This collection is a valuable resource for students’ and faculty’s research. Yueheng Lyu, a spring 2019 history intern, worked with Special Collection and Digital Services to make part of this collection available online. She chose to digitize slides about two cities in China, Nanking and Soochow. She conducted research on the content of the photographs and curated a digital exhibit with some images that she had digitized. A professor in MU History Department also showed research interests in these slides, especially the ones related to the hardship that Chinese people experienced during the Chinese Civil War.

So far, about 370 slides have been digitized and 250 are available in MU Digital Library. We will continue working on digitizing the rest of the slides in the Hiller Collection and making them digitally available, accessible, and discoverable to more people.

Here are a few examples of the digitized slides:

home Resources and Services Celebrate National Poetry Month with MOspace

Celebrate National Poetry Month with MOspace

April is National Poetry Month. Celebrate with MOspace! MOspace includes audio recordings of poets reading their poetry. Here are a few podcasts from The Missouri Review to get you started.