Got a Project You’re Proud Of? Submit to the Undergraduate Research Contest

If you are an undergraduate student who completed a research project in the last few semesters, you can submit your work to the University Libraries Undergraduate Research Contest.

You already did the hard work! Now just submit it; it’s so easy!

You submit your already-complete project as-is, and the only extra work is including a brief Research Process Statement with details about your research process.

A “research project” can be a traditional research paper, a musical composition, a work of art, a video, a web page, or other creative work.

Not sure what to submit? Check out past submissions for inspiration.

The deadline for submission of all materials is January 31, 2023. Winners will be announced in February 2023.

Contact Jennifer Walker if you have any questions: WalkerJE@missouri.edu

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Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, reference, and marketing for the University of Missouri Libraries.

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New Exhibit in Special Collections: Wordless Novels

Before there were graphic novels, Frans Masereel and Lynd Ward, two artists working in and around the German Expressionist movement, translated their interest in the medieval woodcut into a new genre. Their works, generally referred to today as woodcut novels, often carry a political or social message and deal with the hardships faced by the oppressed, the working class, and the poor. Masereel and Ward are often cited by scholars as fathers of the graphic novel movement that started in the 1970s and 1980s with the work of Will Eisner, Art Spiegelman, and others.

The current display in Special Collections features three woodcut novels: Die Passion Eines Menschen, an influential work by Masereel, as well as Destiny by Otto Nückel (1930) and Southern Cross by Laurence Hyde (1951). These materials will be on view through January 2023.

Kelli Hansen

Kelli Hansen is head of the Special Collections and Rare Books department.

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Digital Initiatives’ 2022 Year in Review

2022 has come to a close, but the Digital Initiatives department at the University Libraries is looking back. This past year offered exciting changes and developments in Digital Initiatives, which we look forward to exploring even more in 2023. But before moving on to a new year, our department is excited to review everything we have achieved in 2022. Here are some of our proudest accomplishments of this last year!

 

 

 

1. Introducing Digital Initiatives: 

This year saw big changes for our department, formerly Digital Services. In 2023, we look forward to continuing our transition to Digital Initiatives, which will focus on our MOspace and Digital Library sites, as well as the implementation of FOLIO throughout the University Libraries. Steven Pryor, formerly the Head of Digital Scholarship, will assume the role of MU’s Head of Digital Initiatives.

 

2. Welcome Student Workers: 

Digital Initiatives was thrilled to welcome five student workers to our department this year– three undergraduate students, one graduate student, and a student intern during the spring semester. Our student workers are a vital component of our department and provide excellent support to our digitization projects and online content. Thank you to Abbie, Emma, Felix, Riteesh, and Becca for your hard work this year!

Here are some projects that the students have worked on in 2022:

 

The Doings of Death: 

In the spring, our intern Becca helped scan various materials for an exhibit with the Special Collections department. An item apart of this exhibit, The Doings of Death, has been uploaded to our Digital Library and can be viewed here: The doings of death… . This portfolio dates back to 1901 and contains gripping illustrations, each portraying a different image of death.

 

 

 

 

Course Catalogs: 

Our catalog collection in MOspace has more than 400 digitized and born-digital catalogs, including general catalogs for the whole university and different schools and colleges. Our student workers have been hard at work this year helping us add to this growing collection, which is free for you to browse: University of Missouri course catalogs (MU)

 

3. Personnel changes: 

This year offered new additions to our department! We welcomed new staff member Danielle to our team of four, and we were excited to have long time staff member Britany transfer into a full-time position in Digital Initiatives.

 

4. Digitization of Rare and Special materials to the Digital Library:

Every year, our department focuses greatly on expanding online content for our MU community. Many of our projects include digitizing rare materials, which we upload to our Digital Library. MU’s Digital Library is a platform that provides our University’s students, faculty, and staff a secure site to view unique digital content. This year, we were pleased to work on various rare materials that are now freely available to view.

 

 

The Nuremberg Chronicles: 

This rare item, dating back to 1493, includes a collection of illustrations such as portraits, scenic townscapes, and maps of cities and buildings. It is now available to view on our Digital Library site: The Nuremberg Chronicles

 

 

 

 

 

Cartas Ejecutorias: 

These documents were created in Spain during the late 1400s to 1700s and were used to confirm a person’s noble status for tax and legal purposes. The original copies are still preserved in the royal archives of Valladolid and Granada, Spain. This year, we were excited to add 15 Cartas to our collection on MU’s Digital Library. Cartas Ejecutorias | MU Digital Library, University of Missouri

 

 

 

 

Nuremberg Schembart book:

This book includes hand-drawn illustrations of unique costumes and floats from a famous parade in 1524. You can peruse these one-of-a-kind illustrations here: Nuremberg Schembart book

 

 

 

5. New Additions to MOspace:

MOspace is an online repository that houses creative and scholarly works from MU’s staff, faculty, and students. Through MOspace, these resources are freely available and archived for future preservation. In 2022, Digital Initiatives uploaded over 2,000 items to our MOspace collection, December being our most impressive month with 507 uploads. We look forward to only increasing our ever-growing MOspace collection in 2023! These are some of our favorite additions to MOspace this year:

 

 

University High School newsletters:

Per the request of Archives and the University High School’s alumni, physical copies of two historic newsletters were loaned to Digital Initiatives for digitization. Both of these newsletters, Tiger Tales and The Dixieland Press, document student content from University High School beginning in 1946 and ending in 1973.

Tiger Tales: Tiger Tales (MU)

The Dixieland Press: The Dixieland Press (MU)

 

 

 

 

 

Theses and Dissertations:

Since 2006, MOspace has been the online repository that houses MU theses and dissertations. This year, our department added 309 dissertations and 148 theses, resulting in a total of 457 additions to the ever-growing collection of 10,200 ETDs. We look forward to adding the Summer and Fall 2022 ETDs in early 2023.  Theses and Dissertations (MU)

 

 

 

 

Mizzou Weeklys: 

Mizzou Weekly is a newspaper that was published for the University’s faculty and staff from 1979 to 2015. The newspaper started as a printed publication before transitioning to online format in 2009. Currently, our MOspace collection contains 36 volumes, freely available to view: Mizzou Weekly (MU)

A special thank you to Kris Anstine and MU’s Archives for their help in providing us access to the newspapers.

 

 

 

 

6. VADS: Visual Art and Design Showcase:

The Visual Art and Design Showcase (VADS) allows Mizzou students an opportunity to display and discuss their work in an exhibition setting. This showcase features a variety of art, such as photojournalism, graphic design, painting, sculpting, digital storytelling, and much more. The 2022 showcase is available to browse on its hosted Omeka site:

https://library.missouri.edu/exhibits/exhibits/show/vads-2022/about-the-exhibit

 

7. Looking Forward to 2023: 

Many projects in the Digital Initiatives department are ongoing, so we anticipate sharing even more with our MU community in the upcoming year. Don’t forget to view MOspace and MU’s Digital Library for any updated materials added to our collections in 2023!

 

 

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Digital Media Lab at Ellis Library

The Digital Media and Innovation Lab (DMiL) in Ellis Library provides innovative technology and resources for your creative projects.  The DMiL has an Audio Recording Booth, Digital Art Tools, and 3D Scanners in Room 156; interview recording room in Room 157, and a film studio in Room 3E21.

The DMiL is complemented by the Information Commons computers and equipment checkout at the checkout & information desk.  The DMiL is available to students for class or personal projects.

You can make a reservation and check-in or stop by for a consultation in Room 153.

Monday – Thursday: 11:00am – 8:00pm
Friday: 11:00am – 3:00pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Questions & Consultation email: ellisdml@missouri.edu

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Free Equipment Checkouts

Did you leave your laptop at home? Forgot your phone charger? Need a camera? The Circulation Desk at your library can help you out! Check out the available equipment here. All equipment is available with your student ID. Materials can be renewed in person at the desk. But be careful! There is a $2 fine for every hour it is returned late.

So, the next time you are studying all day at the library and your phone dies, don’t worry! Just head over to the Circulation Desk at your library.

Taira Meadowcroft

Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, reference, and marketing for the University of Missouri Libraries.

home Ellis Library New Episode of Voice In Podcast – Study Abroad: Asturias and Lima

New Episode of Voice In Podcast – Study Abroad: Asturias and Lima

Voice In is a podcast about Mizzou students. This project of the Digital Media and Innovation Lab in Ellis Library was created to learn about students’ lives and their relationship to libraries.

This is the first in the series of short interviews on Studying Abroad. In this episode, Nav Khanal, head of e-learning technologies, talks to Andrew Whelihan about his study abroad experiences in Oviedo Spain, and preparations for an upcoming one in Lima, Peru.

Check back on our site every month or subscribe to the podcast on your favorite app. https://libraryguides.missouri.edu/dml/voicein.

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Need Help in Ellis Library? Your Peer Navigators Can Help

Next time you need help when you are in Ellis Library, stop by our Ask Here desk in the colonnade on the first floor. Your Peer Navigators are there to assist you with your question whether it’s to point you to the best study space, using print anywhere, or connecting you with your librarian.

The Ask Here desk is open 12pm-10pm Sundays and 10am-10pm Mondays-Thursdays.

Need help and no one is at the desk? You can ask the librarians for help virtually. Click here to find the best way to contact your librarian. 

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New Database: ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global

MU Libraries is pleased to provide reinstated access to ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global.

Comprehensive curated collection of multi-disciplinary dissertations and theses from around the world, offering over 5 million citations and 3 million full-text works from thousands of universities.

Access provided by the University of Missouri Graduate School.

If you have questions about the database or how to use it, contact your librarian at ask@missouri.libanswers.com.

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New Database: Early American Newspapers Series II

MU Libraries is pleased to provide access to Early American Newspapers Series II.

Early American Newspapers Series II adds coverage our existing access and now covers 1690-1900. Images and full-content access to historic newspapers from the 18th to mid-19th Century, based on the collections of the American Antiquarian Society, the Wisconsin Historical Society, and 90 other institutions, from every region of the United States.

If you have questions about the database or how to use it, contact your librarian at ask@missouri.libanswers.com.

 

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home Ellis Library, Resources and Services Books to Celebrate Disability Culture Month at Mizzou

Books to Celebrate Disability Culture Month at Mizzou

Mizzou began a tradition of celebrating Disability Culture Month, formerly Celebrate Ability Week, every September! Learn about how Mizzou is growing its understanding of disability with our Future is Accessible website, and learn about our rich history of inclusion with our Disability History at Mizzou timeline!

Below are a few we have available for check out. You can view the whole list of recommendations here.

Have a purchase recommendation? Use our book recommendation form

Being Heumann recounts Judy Heumann’s lifelong battle to achieve respect, acceptance, and inclusion in society. Paralyzed from polio at eighteen months, Judy’s struggle for equality began early in life. From fighting to attend grade school after being described as a “fire hazard” to later winning a lawsuit against the New York City school system for denying her a teacher’s license because of her paralysis, Judy’s actions set a precedent that fundamentally improved rights for disabled people.

 

 

 

 

Blackness and disability : critical examinations and cultural interventions by Christopher Bell

“Disability Studies diverge from the medical model of disability (which argues that disabled subjects can and should be “fixed”) to view disability as socially constructed, much in the same way other identities are. The work of reading black and disabled bodies is not only recovery work, but work that requires a willingness to deconstruct the systems that would keep those bodies in separate spheres. This pivotal volume uncovers the misrepresentations of black disabled bodies and demonstrates how those bodies transform systems and culture. Drawing on key themes in Disability Studies and African American Studies, these collected essays complement one another in interesting and dynamic ways, to forge connections across genres and chronotopes, an invitation to keep blackness and disability in conversation.

 

Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

In this collection of essays, Lambda Literary Award–winning writer and longtime activist and performance artist Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha explores the politics and realities of disability justice, a movement that centers the lives and leadership of sick and disabled queer, trans, Black, and brown people, with knowledge and gifts for all. Care Work is a mapping of access as radical love, a celebration of the work that sick and disabled queer/people of color are doing to find each other and to build power and community, and a tool kit for everyone who wants to build radically resilient, sustainable communities of liberation where no one is left behind. Powerful and passionate, Care Work is a crucial and necessary call to arms.

 

Defying Disability : The Lives and Legacies of Nine Disabled Leaders by Mary Wilkinson

This book tells the stories of nine disabled leaders who, by force of personality and concrete achievement, have made us think differently about disability. Whatever direction they have come from, they share a common will to change society so that disabled people get a fair deal.

 

 

 

 

 

Demystifying Disability : What to Know, What to Say, and How to Be an Ally by Emily Landau

People with disabilities are the world’s largest minority, an estimated 15 percent of the global population. But many of us—disabled and nondisabled alike—don’t know how to act, what to say, or how to be an ally to the disability community. Demystifying Disability is a friendly handbook on the important disability issues you need to know about

 

 

 

 

Disfigured : on fairy tales, disability, and making space by Amanda Leduc

Fairy tales shape how we see the world, so what happens when you identify more with the Beast than Beauty? If every disabled character is mocked and mistreated, how does the Beast ever imagine a happily-ever-after? Amanda Leduc looks at fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm to Disney, showing us how they influence our expectations and behaviour and linking the quest for disability rights to new kinds of stories that celebrate difference.

 

 

 

 

Disability aesthetics by Tobin Siebers

Disability Aesthetics is the first attempt to theorize the representation of disability in modern art and visual culture. It claims that the modern in art is perceived as disability, and that disability is evolving into an aesthetic value in itself. It argues that the essential arguments at the heart of the American culture wars in the late twentieth century involved the rejection of disability both by targeting certain artworks as “sick” and by characterizing these artworks as representative of a sick culture

 

 

 

 

Women, Disability, and Culture by Anna Siri

Women and girls with disabilities find themselves constantly having to deal with multiple, intersectional discrimination due to both their gender and their disability, as well as social conditioning. Indeed, the intersection made up of factors such as race, ethnic origin, social background, cultural substrate, age, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, gender, disability, status as refugee or migrant and others besides, has a multiplying effect that increases discrimination yet further. The book seeks to pay the right attention to the condition of women with disabilities, offering points for reflection, also on the different, often invisible, cultural and social undertones that continue today to feed into prejudicial stereotypes.

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