home Ellis Library, Resources and Services Lights, Camera, Action!

Lights, Camera, Action!

Green Screen Rooms are now available in 2E21 and 3E21 located on the 2nd and 3rd floors of Ellis Library.  To reserve these rooms for up to 2 hours, go online to the room reservation calendar on the library’s homepage. 

You can use the green screen wall to replace the background of your photography and video projects with different settings.  Then, use Adobe Photoshop or Premiere on one of the Mac computers in the Digital Media Commons Lab to edit your work.

Equipment is available for checkout at the Circulation Desk with a student ID.  We have cameras, camcorders, tripods, microphones, portable green/blue screens, and many other items that will help you complete your project.

Go to https://libraryguides.missouri.edu/DigitalMediaCommons to learn more!

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Thank you, Dr. Foley

Today, Interim Chancellor Hank Foley announced that he has accepted the position of president at the New York Institute of Technology, effective June 1. His last day at Mizzou will be May 3. You can read Dr. Foley's full statement here.

The University of Missouri Libraries would like to thank Dr. Foley for his leadership at Mizzou. We are joining President Choi, the University of Missouri-Columbia, and the entire University of Missouri System community in congratulating Dr. Foley on his new appointment.

Thank you to your dedication and service to the Libraries, and best of luck at NYIT!

home Ellis Library, Events and Exhibits, Resources and Services Books and Movies by and about Missouri Women

Books and Movies by and about Missouri Women

Stop by Ellis Library to take a look at books and movies by and about Missouri Women. The display is near the Reference Desk, and all items on display are available for check out. Watch The Grace Lee Project, read poems by Missouri's current poet laureate, learn about the Missouri native who was blacklisted from Hollywood, and much more.

Join the Hunt

Come join the Scavenger Hunt at the Ellis Library. Almost 2000 students have already completed it. It is your turn!

You will quickly be aquainted with library spaces and services while decreasing your library anxiety, all at your own pace.   Come with friends or come alone! It will be waiting for you!

Bring a Smartphone or a tablet and start here: http://library.missouri.edu/ScavengerHunt




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Black History Month 2017

During February, the University of Missouri celebrates black history and culture. This year's theme is Focus on Black Education. For more information about events, scroll the Black History Month 2017 Calendar: missouri.edu/blackhistory/

This year, two Black History Month events are take place in Ellis Library:

  • From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation


    Speaker: Keeanga-Yamatta Taylor
    In her new book, activist and scholar Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor surveys the historical and contemporary ravages of racism and persistence of structural inequality such as mass incarceration and black unemployment. In this context, she argues that this new struggle against police violence holds the potential to reignite a broader push for black liberation.

    Taylor is assistant professor of African American studies at Princeton University. She is working on a book, Race for Profit: Black Housing and the Urban Crisis of the 1970s. She earned a Ph.D from the Department of African American Studies at Northwestern University in 2013, and was the Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.



  • Black History Trivia FUNraiser


    Join your friends at Ellis Library for an evening of fun, facts, food and friendly competition, at the third annual Black History Month Trivia Night. Form a team, choose a local charity to support, prepare to show what you know, and come out enriched with more knowledge. 

    Suggested donation is $20 per team member, $10 for students/low income, donated at the event.



Also, don't forget to check out our MU Libraries Twitter feed for daily #OnThisDay tweets about black history that occurred across decades during the month of February: twitter.com/MULibraries

Color Our Collections 2017

Color Our Collections is back! We’re going to be releasing coloring sheets as the week progresses this year, so make sure to come back and check this page regularly.  Our first set of coloring pages is adapted from Hesperides, sive, De malorvm avreorvm cvltvra et vsv libri quatuor by Giovanni Battista Ferrari, published in 1646.  This book is all about growing citrus fruits, and we thought the weird and wonderful illustrations of lemons, oranges, and fruits we can’t quite identify would brighten up your winter day.

We’ll have some art nouveau/Jugendstil offerings, medieval costumes, and more for you throughout this week, including some bookmarks to cut out and color. If you’re in Columbia, be sure to stop by the coloring table on the first floor of Ellis Library to pick up coloring pages and show off your work.

Thurnier Buch Coloring Book











Jugendstil Bookmarks Coloring Book











Hesperides Coloring Book 





Kelli Hansen

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

home Ellis Library, Events and Exhibits Get Ready To Do History!

Get Ready To Do History!

Form your team by January 31 to influence the trivia questions!  See the event page for more information and registration.

home Ellis Library, Hours Ellis Library Closed Due to Weather on January 13 & 14

Ellis Library Closed Due to Weather on January 13 & 14

Elllis Library will be closed on January 13 and 14 due to adverse weather conditions that have been predicted. The specialized libraries will also be closed.

University Libraries were previously scheduled to be close on January 15 and 16 for observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

The MU Campus will be closed on Friday, Jan. 13. More information can be found at MU Alert.

home Ellis Library, Resources and Services Self-Checkout at Ellis Library

Self-Checkout at Ellis Library

We're happy to announce that Ellis Library has a fully functioning self-checkout machine!

It's a quick-and-easy way to check out books and other items.

How does it work? Simply swipe your student ID and scan your item. The screen shows the due date and gives you the options to print or email yourself a receipt.

Where is it? Right across from the Circulation Desk by the North Door on the main level of Ellis Library.


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MU Libraries Participates in Women’s and Children’s Hospital Reverse Trick-or-Treat

For the past few years, the Women's and Children's Hospital has organized reverse trick-or-treating. MU employees are invited to hand out treats to pediatric patients, siblings, and children of adult patients. This year, one of our medical librarians, Taira Meadowcroft, asked for volunteers to go with her this Halloween to participate.

This fantastic group put together halloween bags filled with stickers, pencils, instruments, play-doh, and many other goodies. In all their Halloween glory, they loaded up several boxes, and headed to the hospital. Once there, they were greeted by superheros, princesses, football players, and tinkerbells, all waiting to trick-or-treat. By the end, there was no goodie bags left!

Thanks to all who volunteered to be apart of the 200 MU and MU health staff who handed out treats. Be sure to take a peek at the MU Health instagram and story https://www.instagram.com/muhealth/



Our volunteers included: Grace Atkins, Cindi Cotner- Halloween , Stara Herron- Jack Skellington , Taira Meadowcroft- Netlflix, Kimberly Moeller- Ninja, Paula Roper, Caryn Scoville, Deb Ward- Wizard , Rhonda Whithaus


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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.