MU Libraries & the Research Lifecycle

From discovering new resources to tracking your impact, MU Libraries is here to support you every step of the way!

We offer a range of services covering all aspects of the Research Lifecycle, such as:

Contact your Subject Librarian for services in your area!

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Engineering Library: Extended Hours for Finals

It’s that time again Tigers! Finals week is upon us. The Engineering Library and Technology Commons will have the following extended hours in support of finals preparation:

Monday May 10th:  8:00am – 9:00pm

Tuesday May 11th:  8:00am – 9:00pm

Wednesday May 12th:  8:00am – 9:00pm

Thursday May 13th:  8:00am – 9:00pm

Friday May 14th:  8:00am – 5:00pm

Good luck on your finals, Engineers!

Mara Inge

Mara Inge is a Sr. Library Information Specialist in the Engineering Library. She specializes in outreach activities and works with the Department of Energy microfiche collection.

Faculty: What Workshops Would You Like To See From MU Libraries Next Year?

MU Libraries is committed to supporting the professional development of all faculty. We are developing a new series of workshops for 2021-22 focusing on library resources and services that benefit faculty who are new to MU, approaching tenure and promotion, or exploring new ideas for teaching and research.

We value your input in this process, and are eager to learn which of the following workshop topics you find most worthwhile.

The survey linked below outlines potential topics and themes. Please take a minute or two to let us know which ones you would like to see offered.


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.

MU Remembers: Honor with Books

This year’s MU Remembers ceremony, commemorating students who have passed away in the last year, was held virtually on April 16. A book in honor of each student will be added to the University of Missouri Libraries’ collection. Commemorative bookplates are placed inside the books, and students are listed as honorees on the books’ library catalog records. For more information about our Honor with Books program, click here.

The students’ names and the books selected in their memory are listed below.


Miriam Sekyere (MU Online): Wright, Michael T. (ed.). (2018). Participatory health research: Voices from around the world. Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

Jillian Robinson (MU Online): McLeish, Simon (ed.). (2020). Resource discovery for the twenty-first century library: Case studies and perspectives on the role of IT in user engagement and empowerment. London, UK: Facet Publishing.

Miles Barnhardt (College of Engineering): Kobayashi, Kenji. (2018). Miniature Japanese gardens: Beautiful bonsai landscape gardens for your home. North Clarendon, VT: Tuttle Publishing.

Emily Kirk (School of Nursing): O’Brien, Mary Elizabeth. (2021). Spirituality in nursing: Standing on holy ground (7th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

Andrew “Drew” King (School of Health Professions): Renshaw, Ian, & Annott, Peter, & McDowell, Graeme. (2021). A constraints-led approach to golf coaching. New York, NY: Routledge.

Justin Lee (College of Arts & Science): Ley, Christopher, & Dominicy, Yves (eds.). (2020). Science meets sports: When statistics are more than numbers. Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Joseph Pedrotti (College of Engineering): Lesuik Grzegorz, & Correia, Jose A.F.O., & Krechkovska, Halyna, & Pekalsi, Grzegorz, & de Jesus, Abilio M. P., & Student, Oleksandra. (2021). Degradation theory of term operated materials and structures. Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

Faculty and Staff

Shane Bader (Campus Facilities): Brown, Gabe. (2018). Dirt to soil: One family’s journey into regenerative agriculture. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing.

Gwendolyn Bailey (Hospital Nursing Services): Sole, Mary Lou, & Klein, Deborah G., & Mosely, Marthe, & Makic, Mary Beth Flynn, & Morata, Lauren T. (2021). Introduction to critical nursing care (8th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier.

Barry Cardwell (School of Medicine): Honeck, Mischa. (2018). Our frontier is the world: The Boy Scouts in the age of American ascendency. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

Rhonda Chamberlain (Campus Facilities): Brooks, Daphne A. (2021). Liner notes for the revolution: The intellectual life of black feminist sound. Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.

Chelsea Deroche (School of Medicine): Hirsch, Robert P. (2021). Introduction to biostatistical applications in health research with Microsoft Office Excel and R. (2nd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Michael Edmund Domanoswki (Hospital Support Services): Joy, David & Rickstad, Eric (eds.). (2019). Gather at the river: Twenty-five authors on fishing. Spartanburg, SC: Hub City Press.

Ameia L’Kay Ferguson (College of Veterinary Medicine): Lepore, Jill. (2014). The secret history of Wonder Woman. New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf.

Jim Hall (Information & Access Technology Services): Miley, Mike. (2019). Truth and consequences: Game shows in fiction and film. Jackson, MS: University of Mississippi Press.

Raynolde Pereira (College of Business): Schuster, Peter, & Heinemann, Mareike, & Cleary, Peter. (2021). Management accounting. Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

Phyllis Rice (School of Medicine): Steuernagel, Marcell Silva. (2021). Church music through the lens of performance. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Joan Tapp (Hospital Based Clinics): Quallich, Susanne A., & Lajiness, Michelle J. (2020). Nurse practitioner in urology: A manual for nurse practitioners, physician assistants and allied healthcare providers. (2nd ed.). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.



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Without Intent to Preserve, Digital News as Public Record Will Disappear

COLUMBIA, MO – It’s no headline that newsrooms across the country today are struggling to survive, battered by multiple economic forces, the manic march of digital competition and technology, the storm of political attacks on their mission and in 2020 the sudden repercussions of an invisible pandemic predator. While these are well known across the news industry, one little-recognized, unlisted casualty of this struggle is the impact on an irreplaceable resource that citizens and researchers rely on: the public record of their communities as recorded by their local newspaper, radio or TV station, online newsroom or other news outlet.

The results of an 18-month long research investigation to discover how news organizations in the U.S, and Europe are preserving digital news and to identify best practices, problem areas and changes needed to avoid unintentional loss of content were released today in the report: Endangered but Not Too Late: The State of Digital News Preservation.

Leading a group of University of Missouri faculty researchers and industry experts on this project, Edward McCain, Digital Curator of Journalism from the University of Missouri Libraries and the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute and his team interviewed 115 individuals from 29 news organizations, four news technology companies, two news aggregators and five memory institutions, diving deeply into the technology used by these organizations in order to better understand how digital news content can be preserved.

What’s clear from this research is that the typical expectation of readers and the public, that news preservation is automatic in the digital age, simply isn’t correct. Chances are, in fact, that unless news organizations do something specific and intentional to preserve it, some or all of their born-digital content will be gone in a few years. It will no longer be accessible, readable, searchable or recoverable unless deliberate steps are taken to ensure it is.

Some of the findings:

  • Newsrooms save some but not all digital content
  • Saved content is mostly text, images, video
  • Public media have better resources, better archives
  • Internal use is primary, public access important but often outsourced
  • Top tech challenge is managing multiple digital channels
  • Web CMS is central, often doubles as archive
  • Some use asset systems as archives, others rely on web CMS
  • News metadata is often haphazard, inconsistent
  • System migrations often lead to lost content
  • Financial stress on news industry displaces preservation
  • Migration to digital publishing incomplete, can mean lost content
  • Relying solely on web CMS can be problematic for preservation
  • There’s often nobody left to mind the archive store
  • Good preservation is linked strongly to mission, policy, track record
  • Track record of preservation matters

Based on the findings, the report offers three levels of recommendations for news organizations to preserve their digital content, based on degree of difficulty or cost.

  • Immediate actions: Steps that can be taken now, at little or no cost, to begin the process of ensuring news content is preserved
  • Medium-term actions: Steps outlined in the report are actions that will take longer to accomplish and may involve investments in technologies, staff or funding
  • Industry-wide actions: Long-term steps that involve more than one newsroom pursuing solutions that involve policy changes, institutional partnerships, actions by industry sub-groups or news associations as well as some government actions

The Preserving Digital News Project was generously supported by the Andrew. W. Mellon Foundation

For more information about:  Endangered but Not Too Late: The State of Digital News Preservation, visit

SOURCE: University of Missouri Libraries  & the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute

CONTACT:  For comment, please contact:  Edward McCain (, Digital Curator of Journalism

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Cycle of Success: Inge Creates DOE Index

Mara Inge, a senior library information specialist in the Engineering Library and Technology Commons (ELTC), has created a master index of all 36,729 conference proceedings titles from the Engineering Library and Technology Commons’ Department of Energy (DOE) uncatalogued microfiche collection. Prior to Mara’s project, the only way to locate a fiche was to look for a title in the Office of Scientific and Technical Information’s (OSTI) database of DOE information, visit ELTC or another library with DOE fiche, open a cabinet drawer, and start searching. Stephen Pryor, digital scholarship librarian, provided technical assistance with the project.

In addition to all of the titles that she entered into the index, Mara also entered metadata for proceedings not previously in the OSTI database—about 1104 titles that, for all practical purposes, were not findable online at all. Her work is a wonderful way to promote this hidden collection.

The MU Libraries plan to make the index available for searching; meanwhile, please email Mara at with any questions about DOE conference proceedings.

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Upcoming Workshops: Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry

Looking to add programming, scripting, automation, and data management skills to your research toolbox? Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry workshops return online for Spring 2021! These hands-on workshops will focus on basic concepts and skills to help researchers perform their work in less time and with less pain with code (Python or R), version control, data management, and task automation. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems. Pre-registration is required.

Specific tools covered (no prior experience necessary) include:

  • Bash/Unix shell
  • Git
  • Python
  • R
  • Data Organization with Spreadsheets
  • Data Cleaning with OpenRefine

*Scheduling note: a full Software Carpentry workshop is usually 2 days face-to-face, covering Shell, Git, and Python or R. We have temporarily moved these workshops online and have separated the lessons into shorter sessions. To receive the content equivalent to a full workshop, please register for a session of each lesson (Shell, Git, and Python or R) from the workshop calendar.

Please visit for dates, information, and registration.

More topics and workshop dates will be added, so watch the workshop calendar or subscribe to the MU-CARPENTRIES-L email listserv for information and announcements.

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Remote Group Study Tools

Due to Covid-19 pandemic, our group study rooms are offline for the semester.  But we know you still want and need to study together, so here are a few resources you may use for remote group work.

Visit Keep Learning on the University of Missouri System website to find information about using Canvas, Zoom and more.

In addition, Microsoft 365 provides a suite of cloud-based applications. This includes Microsoft Teams, which is a collaboration tool designed to allow groups of people to work together on an initiative. Learn more at this webinar.

Additional apps are also available through Teams, including the project management tool Trello.

Starting this fall, all UM System faculty, staff and students have access to Google Apps for Higher Education (G Suite).

Mizzou students have access to a variety of online tools so they can choose the tools that will work best for them.

In addition, Ellis library has set up two rooms – 114 and 114A  for socially-distanced group work.

Mara Inge

Mara Inge is a Sr. Library Information Specialist in the Engineering Library. She specializes in outreach activities and works with the Department of Energy microfiche collection.

Overdue Library Books

When we closed rather abruptly in March, we instructed everyone to hang onto their library books as we didn’t have a safe way for you to return them.  Now that we’ve been back up and running for a while, we’ve got it all figured out!  If you have any overdue library books lying around, please return them to the book drop outside of the Engineering Library.  Starting October 1st, you will begin to see our typical courtesy notices in your email.  Don’t panic! We’re just asking that you return your books as soon as you can.  As always, if you have any questions or concerns please email us at

Mara Inge

Mara Inge is a Sr. Library Information Specialist in the Engineering Library. She specializes in outreach activities and works with the Department of Energy microfiche collection.

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Curbside Pickup at the Engineering Library

We are so pleased to be open to patrons once again!  For those patrons who do not feel comfortable coming into the library in person, we will still offer curbside pickup.

How does Engineering Library Curbside Pickup work?

Simply request your library material through the MERLIN catalog and choose “ENGR Library pickup” as your location.  You will receive an email letting you know your hold is at the Engineering Library and ready for you to pick up.  If you would prefer curbside, simply call 573-882-2379 or email to arrange a pickup time.  We will be open for curbside pickup M-F 11:00am – 1:00pm.

When you arrive at Lafferre, call the library at 573-882-2379 and we will arrange to bring your materials to your car.  Please have your ID card out and ready to view – you can just show it to us through the window if you like.  We will have your materials bagged up and ready to go.  Please have your trunk open to ensure a contact-less delivery.

How long must I wait to pick up my books after I place the request/hold?

We will try as hard as possible to fill requests quickly.  However, we are quarantining most library materials for a period of 3 days.  This may lead to a longer than usual wait times.

Can I get books from other libraries?

Books from other libraries may be picked up via curbside pickup.  This may take a few additional days due to quarantining of books and materials.  If you wish to pick up these books from the library they reside in, please contact that library directly for specific details.

Mara Inge

Mara Inge is a Sr. Library Information Specialist in the Engineering Library. She specializes in outreach activities and works with the Department of Energy microfiche collection.