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Peer Navigator Podcast: AI in Education & Daily Life

Written by: Alyssa Westhoff, Margaret Gillam, and Sophie Lanzone

Have you ever used chat GPT or taken an interest in artificial intelligence? As three of your Peer Navigators at Ellis Library, we have been researching and learning more about the topic of artificial intelligence within education and daily life. We would love to share some of our findings with you, so we created two 15 minute podcasts discussing the use of artificial intelligence, like ChatGPT.

The first podcast covers the potential benefits and risks of AI in educational settings, and while the second covers addresses entertainment and recreational settings. In both, we share our own personal experiences along with secondary information gathered over the past semester while working at the library.

As an up-and-coming topic that has the potential to affect your own work, education, and day-to-day life, AI can be a game changer, but there are some drawbacks as well. It is important to understand what these risks are to make sure you use AI to its full potential in the safest ways. Tune in to both and find this information useful in all aspects of your life! 

Episode 1: AI in Education

Episode 2: AI in Daily Life

Sources Used in the Podcasts:





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Peer Navigator Corner: My Favorite Space in Ellis Library

Written by: Lexi Tucker

If you spend a regular amount of time in Ellis Library, I think it’s safe to say you have a ‘designated spot’ that seems to get the job done when doubling down on assignments. The space I tend to occupy while studying late at night is the Information Commons on the first floor of Ellis Library.

The James B. Nutter Family Information Commons, formally named to honor Mizzou philanthropists and alum James B. Nutter Sr., was opened in the Fall of 2004. With 22,000 square feet, the Information Commons provides 63 computers (22 Apple iMacs and 41 Dell PCs), 11 Black and white printers, one color printer, and two KIC scanners, all conveniently clumped together and available for student use during regularly scheduled Ellis Library operation hours.

Only a few steps in when you enter Ellis from Lowry Mall, or directly at the top of the stairs when entering from speaker circle, the Information Commons, divided as Information Commons 1 and 2, takes up the majority of the first floor of Ellis Library as indicated on the map. In this section, you will find students collaborating in small groups, lounging between classes at comfortable one-seaters, or tuning out the tour teams to focus on individual assignments.

Some may ask, how is going to arguably the most populated area in the library going to help me focus during crunch time in the semester? For myself and maybe others, it’s sometimes more distracting to be alone in a study room, and I find the keyboard strokes, the paper flipping, and the calculator punching fill the silence perfectly, bringing a sense of peace when I’m otherwise stressed about schoolwork. If your study habits are best suited to particular conditions, the library has a map of locations designed to support sensory needs as well as quiet spaces to foster the best environment for you.

The Information Commons is my go-to space, and as the first area that made me feel comfortable in the library, I soon discovered my other favorite study locations in Ellis. If you have questions or want suggestions on how to utilize the Information Commons and the library in general, please feel free to stop by the Peer Navigators desk, conveniently located between the two sections of the Information Commons.


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Ellis Library Open 24/7 Through December 15

Ellis Library is now open 24/7 until finals are over on December 15. An MU ID is required to access the building between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.

For a complete list of MU Libraries hours, visit library.missouri.edu/workshops.

New online exhibit: No Bones About It

On October 24, 2023, Special Collections held a spooky exhibit! From 11am until 2pm, we were in Ellis 114A with as many skeletons as we could find in our collections! That exhibit is now available online for your viewing pleasure.

The exhibit includes books in five different languages, from the 15th century to the 20th century, all linked by their shared interest in skeletons. From a book of hours to Vesalius’ anatomy textbooks, from a proto-novel with Death as the main character to art history, these books are full of insights as well as bones. Modern medicine wouldn’t be where it is today if it hadn’t been for anatomists dissecting bodies to see how they worked, and the dances of the dead are an important reminder of our shared humanity, no matter where we live or what we do for a living.

Whether you missed the exhibit while it was down in 114A or whether you just want to take a second look at some of the books, we hope you enjoy the exhibit in its online form!

John Henry Adams

John Henry Adams is a librarian in the Special Collections and Rare Books department. He provides instruction and reference for the history of the book in general, but especially for medieval manuscripts, early European printing, the history of cartography, and English and German literature.

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Peer Navigator Corner: Finding a Specific Book

Written by: Sophie Lanzone

If you are looking to find a specific book when you know the title, first go to the bottom of the Mizzou Libraries homepage and the Looking For section.

Under this heading there are specific links to help find a specific database, article, journal, or book.

Click on the link that says A specific book. This will take you to a new page where you will enter the title of the book you’re looking to find. If there are multiple editions, or versions with that title, you’ll be prompted with a link that says Proceed to Discover@MU to see all the options.


This will take you to a new page with books that have the exact title you entered. Each listing will show all the information about the book such as the title, author, number of pages, location, call number, status, etc. Once you have found the record, look at the location, call number and status. The location will tell you which library it is located at (make sure you’re in the right one!), the call number indicates which floor and shelf this book is located on, and the status indicates whether or not the book is available at the moment.

You can place a request for the book at this point, and have it brought for you to the circulation desk. This takes time though, and sometimes you can find other things you’d like if you go to the stacks yourself.

Since the call number tells you where the book can be found, make sure to save it by writing it down or taking a screen shot. You can always ask for help finding the location at the circulation or peer navigator desks, but you can also find call number locations on the Libraries main website. At the very top of the page, in the yellow bar, there is a drop-down menu that says In the Library. Click on that drop-down menu and then click Call Number. This will take you to a new page with a tab that says How to Find a Book, at the very top in yellow. This tab will bring up a list of call numbers and which floor they are located on.

Look at your call number and then find which floor and location it falls under. In this example, the call number is PS3511, meaning this book is located in 2 East.

After you have figured out which stack it is in, you can ask for directions, or follow the link at the very top of the Libraries website that says Maps and Floorplans.

Choose Ellis Library (Main Library), and you’ll see the option to click on a map of each floor. Since our example is in 2 East, that means it is on the second floor. The map shows where each stack is, and what each stack has. Since the call number for this book is PS3511, it falls under the PQ-QK stack. In this case you would take the elevator or stairs up to the second floor, take a slight right past the bathrooms and then walk down until you have reached the PQ-QK stacks. You’ll look for the P section, then the PS section, then the 3000s, and so on until you’ve run through the entire call number.

If you are wanting to go through the process yourself, those are the steps. If you run into any issues or questions, always feel free to ask the Peer Navigators and the Circulation Desk, or hop on the Libraries chat for more assistance!

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Digital Media Lab in 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; an 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: 10:00am – 7:00pm
Friday: 10:00am – 3:00pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Questions & Consultation email: ellisdml@missouri.edu

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Peer Navigator Corner: Printing in Ellis

By: Margaret Gillam

One of Ellis Library’s many helpful features is the printing system. The building has three printing locations on the first floor, including one colored printer, and one location on the fourth floor. The Ellis 1 printers are located on the east end of the Information Commons towards Hitt Street, and toward the back right corner of the first floor if you’re facing the peer navigator desk. The Ellis 2 bank of printers and the color printer are located on the west end of the Information Commons, and right next to the writing tutors. Finally, the Ellis 3 bank of printers is in Information Commons 2, right next to the IT help desk.  Each printer is easily accessible through the printing stations around each printer, or they can be connected to a student’s personal device. To print from your personal laptop or device, see the steps below:

  1. Go to https://doit.missouri.edu
  2. Click the yellow “print anywhere” box
  3. Proceed to log in with your tiger paw print and password
  4. Click the “print anywhere” box in the top left corner of the screen
  5. Choose the operating system that is appropriate for your device
  6. Under the “category” option, choose “departments”
  7. Under the “printer” option, choose the Ellis printer of your choice
  8. Once you download the Print Anywhere software, your chosen Ellis printer will appear in your printing bank!

Each black and white page costs $0.05 to print, and students can access and add to their printing funds through their Tiger Card Manager. Visitors or those who may not have a pawprint or student account can print and pay in cash at the Checkout & Information desk located on the 1st floor of Ellis Library.

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Peer Navigator Corner: Library of Congress vs. Dewey Decimal System

By: Lorelai Clubb

Moving from your high school or public library is already a challenge due to the amazing size of the building and the resources available at MU, but there is another new factor to consider when looking for books at Ellis Library. The University of Missouri Libraries uses the Library of Congress (LoC) classification system, which is very different from the Dewey Decimal System (DDS) you are likely used to. But don’t worry! Understanding how to navigate LoC is easy!

What is the LoC System and Why do we use it?

Firstly, academic libraries use the Library of Congress system because it allows for more items to be cataloged in more specific ways. Each LoC call number is directly attached to a specific resource (i.e. a book) to allow for you to find that resource easier. The LoC system is better for organizing a large number of resources centered around a specific subject. Since we have so many amazing materials here at Ellis, LoC allows us to group subjects easier and make it simpler for you to find the resources you need. The LoC system has 21 different main classes based on letters and then thousands based on numbers, while DDS only has 10 classes based on numbers alone. 

(Source: High Point University Libraries – https://www.highpoint.edu/library/2022/01/25/smith-library-begins-transitioning-book-collection-to-library-of-congress-classification/)

So, what is the Dewey Decimal System then?

The Dewey Decimal System classification system is typically used at public and school libraries because it’s a smaller and more general system, which is better for smaller collections of books. While DDS can be helpful in smaller libraries, it has several flaws that make it more challenging to use in our giant academic library collections. For one, fewer category options leads to diverse topics being squished under one umbrella, making them more challenging to find. Additionally, DDS classifies topics in a somewhat confusing way. For example, if you were looking for a book about human anatomy, you would need to look under the “Technology” section, NOT the “Science” section. Other topics that don’t seem to really belong in “Technology” can also be found there, such as “Public Relations” and “Accounting.” The LoC system removes this confusing problem. 

(Source – Saline County Libraries: https://www.salinecountylibrary.org/dewey-do-not-phasing-out-the-dewey-decimal-system/)


Breaking Down the LoC System Call Numbers

A Library of Congress call number is comprised of 4 parts:

  1. Class/Subclass
  2. Topic
  3. Cutter Number
  4. Publication Date

For example, this call number: HV4708 .R83 2011 is one we have at Ellis Library. Let’s break down the number to figure out what book this is about!

  1. Class/Subclass – “HV”
    The class/subclass refers to the first one to two letters of the call number. The first letter, “H” is the “social sciences” class. “HV” is the subclass of “H” that refers specifically to “social welfare”.
  2. Topic – “4708”
    Now that we know our class is in “social welfare,” we can use the number provided to find the specific topic section. By looking at the LoC classification system, we can see that the 4700s refers to Animal Welfare. Now we know what topic our book is based purely on a few numbers and letters. Isn’t that cool?
  3. Cutting Number – “.R83”
    The “cutter number” refers to the author of the material. The name “cutter” doesn’t actually refer to something being “cut”, it is named after its creator, Charles Cutter. The cutter number is a letter followed by two numbers. The first letter, “R” in this case, is the first name of our author. The “8” and “3” are the next two letters of the author’s name, but numbers are used in place of more letters. Understanding this part is a little more complicated, but the Library of Congress website has a handy table for us to use to decipher what the two numbers mean:

    (Source – Library of Congress: https://www.loc.gov/aba/pcc/053/table.html)
  4. Publication Date – “2011”
    This part is the easiest part of the LoC call number. The “2011” refers to when the book was published.

Now we know this book is about animal welfare, written by someone with a last name beginning with “Rud”, and the book was published in 2011. The book in question is Loving Animals: Toward a New Animal Advocacy by Kathy Rudy. 


While it might seem complicated, the Library of Congress classification system allows for us at Mizzou and other academic libraries to hold more resources and makes it much easier to locate materials on certain subjects. If you are having trouble navigating the library and finding a book, no fear! Just stop by the “Ask Here” desk on the first floor directly up the stairs of the West Entrance (Speaker’s Circle entrance) and to the right. Our “Ask Here” desk is staffed by students just like you who understand how daunting the Ellis Library can be at times. No question is too silly or too small, stop by and ask for directions and help 10am to 10pm Monday through Thursday, and noon to 10 pm on Sundays.

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Peer Navigator Corner: The Depository

Written by: Clementine Arneson

Famously (at least to the Tour Team), Ellis Library has over 3.5 million volumes that students can browse through. However, over a million of those books are located just a couple of miles away at the MU Depository. Even as a library employee, I’m always surprised when I learn just how many books and resources are available through MU Libraries alone.

The Depository is essentially overflow storage that allows MU students to have access to a much larger collection. It is designed to store as many books as possible, and to keep these books in archival condition. To achieve this, the books are sorted by size and the shelves are adjustable – this allows the books to be stored at a much higher density than at Ellis Library. The shelves themselves are also simply much larger – the Depository looks like a warehouse and the shelves are around 40 feet tall. The books are also carefully stored so that they last as long as possible without deteriorating. To achieve this, they are kept in acid-free boxes at 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

So, how can you access the books in the Depository? Unfortunately, the site is not open to the public, but at Mizzou we are lucky to be the Missouri campus closest to the Depository. Books located there will show up when searching the library homepage with the location, “MU Library Depository.” Simply place a request for the book you’re interested in, select a location for pick-up, and the book should arrive within a couple of days. The Depository can also scan articles and chapters and send a PDF file directly to your email.

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Peer Navigator Corner: Equipment Lending

Written by: Lexi Tucker

Have you ever been on campus and had your phone die? Or have you reserved a study room and needed more outlets for your devices? Well, the circulation desk facing Lowry Mall on the first floor of Ellis Library is an awesome resource for finding a solution!

In addition to checking out books, the circulation desk provides many other services, with a popular one being lending equipment. The service caters to a wide range of items from phone chargers to get you through your study session, to laptops if you are in a sudden need of a loaner. Beyond technology, patrons can rent umbrellas on a rainy day to get around campus, and conveniently return them to a closer campus library. Whether you need a camera for class, headphones to listen to music while studying, or office supplies to use in study rooms, the lending feature is a great, FREE resource for all students.

To borrow an item, all you need is your student ID. Show your Mizzou ID to the staff at the circulation desk, and they will let you know the availability of the product and when it should be returned. Pay attention to the due date as items range from hours and days for equipment, and even months for books!

Any questions? Stop by the Ellis Library circulation desk from 7:30 a.m. to Midnight Sunday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. Equipment lending is a feature of all the libraries on campus, and unless the item is offered at only a specific location you may return it to the most convenient one. A full list of available equipment and where it can be found is on the library’s website: https://libraryguides.missouri.edu/equipment