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Reading Revelry: Judy Blume July

The Engineering Library is turning our attention to Judy Blume for our Reading Revelry picks for the month of July.

Since her first published work in 1969, Judy Blume gained renown as a prolific author to have published works for child, young adult, and adult audiences. However, she is also considered a trailblazer of child and young adult literature[1]. Blume wrote books that discussed topics of bullying, love, sex, and body image during a time where these things were rarely ever discussed in spaces children and teens had access to. While she was met with opposition, many of her readers still hold true that her books were spaces for them to finally get answers about themselves and the world around them that they couldn’t have asked anywhere else[1].

We hope you will enjoy reading (or re-reading) the selections we’ve picked for this month. Happy Reading!

Blubber by Judy Blume

ISBN: 9781481414401

Publication Date: 1974/2014

Jill and the rest of her fifth-grade class follow Wendy and Caroline’s example after they begin bullying a classmate for her appearance. However, it doesn’t take long for Jill and her best friend Tracy to realize that they are not exempt from becoming bullied themselves. The girls soon find themselves being tormented in a similar fashion by Wendy, Caroline, and the classmate they chose to bully simply because it was what everyone else was doing. 


Here’s to you, Rachel Robinson by Judy Blume

ISBN: 9780440409465

Publication Date: 1994

Rachel Robinson is thirteen years old, and she is the youngest of three siblings. While she is proud of her academic accomplishments, Rachel feels like her insecurities and perceived insignificance may get the better of her. Throughout the novel, she feels like she fades into the background of her family’s hectic life, that her best friends, Alison and Stephanie, secretly dislike her, that she might not be able to handle the pressure of joining high-achieving school societies, and worried over her crush on her brother’s older tutor, Paul Medeiros. In this novel, Blume captures the worries and insecurities that follow children into young adulthood[2].


Wifey by Judy Blume

ISBN: 9780425206546

Publication Date: 1978/2005

Wifey follows the life of Sandy Pressman, a New Jersey housewife in the 1970s. Bored with her life and marriage, Sandy decides to have an extramarital affair with an old boyfriend. However, her world seems to shift suddenly when she discovers evidence that her husband might also be having an affair. This novel expands on many questions surrounding the pressures of what building a “perfect” life looks like for women. While the book was written in the 70s, the discussions within the novel can still apply to today’s ideas of gender roles, heteronormative lifestyles, and the parts of a marriage no one else sees[2]



  1. Phillis, Leah (2018). Judy Blume (2938-) https://www.researchgate.net/publication/327423779_Judy_Blume_1938-
  2. The New York Times. (n.d.). The New York Times. https://archive.nytimes.com/www.nytimes.com/books/98/09/13/specials/maynard-blume.html

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Gabe Harman is a Senior Info Specialist at MU's Engineering library. He focuses on out-reach, instruction, and circulation

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MU Engineering Library’s Reading Revelry

The staff at MU’s Engineering library is ecstatic to present our monthly book recommendation program: Reading Revelry!

Each month, our library staff will pick one or more books as recommendations for students to curl up and unwind from their studies with a good book or two (or more).

Please visit our Reading Revelry library guide to keep up with each month’s selections. Happy reading!

Our Selections for the month of June:

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

ISBN: 9781635570304
Publication Date: 2020-02-18
Dive into a fantasy world rich with adventure, political game, magic, and dragons in Samantha Shannon’s The Priory of the Orange Tree. This book follows a Queen pressured with producing an heir to her throne, a lady-in-waiting tied to a secret society, a Lord banished from his kingdom by those looking to destroy it from the inside, and a young soon-to-be dragon rider willing to put her future on the line for an outsider.

 All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson

ISBN: 9780374312718
Publication Date: 2020-04-28
George Johnson’s “Memoir Manifesto” is an honest, poignant recounting of their life experience as a black, queer person growing up in New Jersey and Virginia. The book follows Johnson from childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood. Beautifully told, the story navigates finding one’s own intersectional identity out of trials, triumphs, pain, and joy.
Content Warnings: Sexual Assault, Racial Slurs and Violence, Homophobic Slurs and Violence, and Familial Violence
ISBN: 9780983875550
Publication Date: 2015-04-14
Medical student Amal creates a rift with his conservative parents by coming out to them. After a night of trying to handle his emotional distress with alcohol, he wakes up to man by the name of TJ frying eggs and singing Paul Simon in his kitchen. TJ reveals that the two had made a drunken pact to drive from Berkeley to Providence. Amal needs to get there to fulfill a promise to his younger sister that he will attend her graduation. TJ has his own reasons for making the trip. Thus ensues a road trip between the two that is sweet, sometimes serious, and almost always heartening.

Gabe Harman

Gabe Harman is a Senior Info Specialist at MU's Engineering library. He focuses on out-reach, instruction, and circulation

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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Taira Meadowcroft is the Public Health and Community Engagement Librarian at the Health Sciences Library at the University of Missouri.

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Christina Pryor Appointed Director of Health Sciences Library and Associate University Librarian for Specialized Libraries

Christina Pryor has been appointed Director of Health Sciences Library and Associate University Librarian for Specialized Libraries, effective June 1, 2022. She has served admirably in her interim roles at the University of Missouri, and we welcome her permanent status at the Libraries. Chris joined the Libraries in 2018 as the Missouri Coordinator for the Network of the National Library of Medicine, and she began overseeing Health Sciences Library operations in December, 2019.

This position is a leadership role within the University Libraries, including oversight for libraries in the Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Veterinary Medicine, and the Missouri School of Journalism. As an AUL, she also serves as a member of the Libraries Management Team.

Chris brings excellent experience and skills to this position. She came to the University of Missouri in 2018 from the University of Washington Health Sciences Library in Seattle, where she served as the assistant director and community health education coordinator. Her previous positions include consulting and education services manager for Amigos Library Services, reference manager for the St. Louis County Library System, and medical research librarian for Covidien/Mallinckrodt. Over her entire career, she has worked to emphasize the importance of health information to a wide variety of constituents. She has a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Missouri and a Bachelor of Journalism from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Pryor is active in state, regional and national professional organizations. She is currently serving as President of the Reference and User Services Association, a division of ALA.

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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  englib@missouri.edu with any questions about DOE conference proceedings.

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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.

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Mara Inge is the Electronic Resources & Discovery Librarian. She is also the subject librarian for Classics, Archaeology, Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Religious Studies, and Anthropology.

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 eltc@missouri.edu.

Mara Inge

Mara Inge is the Electronic Resources & Discovery Librarian. She is also the subject librarian for Classics, Archaeology, Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Religious Studies, and Anthropology.

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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 eltc@missouri.edu 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 the Electronic Resources & Discovery Librarian. She is also the subject librarian for Classics, Archaeology, Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Religious Studies, and Anthropology.

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New Books at the Engineering Library

Happy Summer Tigers!  Although we are bummed that we can’t see you in person yet, rest assured we are busy preparing for the day we do!  Here are a sampling of new books that will be waiting for you when you return.

Advancing diversity, inclusion, and social justice through human systems engineering – Advancing Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice through Human Systems Engineering highlights how scholars and practitioners of HSE (inclusively defined to span many fields) can apply their theories and methods to understand and support healthy communities, include and empower diverse populations, and inspire strategies for a more inclusive future. T59.7.A37 2020

All blood runs red: the legendary life of Eugene Bullard – boxer, pilot, soldier, spy
The incredible life story of Eugene Bullard, the first African American military pilot in WWI, who went on to become a self-taught jazz musician, a Paris nightclub impresario, a spy in the French Resistance and an American civil rights pioneer. Eugene Bullard lived one of the most fascinating lives of the twentieth century. The son of a former slave and an indigenous Creek woman, Bullard fled home at the age of eleven to escape the racial hostility of his Georgia community.  TL540.B7492K425 2019

Culture of women in tech – This book offers a critical analysis of the contemporary and global tech culture and exposes the gender bias of masculine tech ideology and stereotypes.  T36.H37 2020

Computer vision-based agricultural engineering – This unique work provides student, engineers and technologists working in research, development, and operations in the agricultural engineering with critical, comprehensive and readily accessible information. The book applies development of artificial intelligence theory and methods including depth learning and transfer learning to the field of agricultural engineering testing.  S675.Z49 2020

In the making: digital fabrication and disability – The basic principles of digital fabrication – the transformation from concept to physical entity – offer intriguing possibilities for aesthetic and cultural readings, particularly from the perspectives of disability. Online, open access maker communities mean that anyone with an internet connection and a desktop 3D printer is able to download and print a wide variety of replicable and customisable objects. What might this mean for disabled people?  TS171.95.H87 2020

Motor vehicles, the environment, and the human condition : driving to extinction – The world now has more than a billion motor vehicles, and this number continues to increase as developing countries imitate developed societies in their adoption of the culture of automobility. Motor Vehicles, the Environment, and the Human Condition: Driving to Extinction explores the political ecology of motor vehicles in an era of growing social disparities and environmental crises, the latter of which are most manifest in anthropogenic climate change to which motor vehicles are a major contributor. TD886.5.B34 2019


Do you have a purchase recommendation?  Email us at eltc@missouri.edu


Mara Inge

Mara Inge is the Electronic Resources & Discovery Librarian. She is also the subject librarian for Classics, Archaeology, Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Religious Studies, and Anthropology.

Engineering Library Updates

Starting June 1, Engineering Library staff will be on-site Monday and Wednesday mornings.

While we will still be closed to patrons, having access to our print collection a few mornings a week will allow us to scan items for you in a much more timely fashion! More information on how the University Libraries are expanding services

Need an article from our print collection? Make a request through FindIt@MU or email us at eltc@missouri.edu

Need a book chapter for your students? Email us at eltc@missouri.edu

Ways to contact us:

  • Email eltc@missouri.edu
  • Call 573-882-2379 (we are checking voicemail regularly)
  • Set up a Zoom meeting with Noël

How to access our online resources:

  • Use the links on the Engineering Library home page or from any Libraries page. These links have all been “proxied,” so when you hit a subscribed resource, you’ll be asked to log-in with your SSO.
  • Use the Journal Finder to get to specific journal titles. The Journal Finder will let you know which years are available electronically.
  • Set your Google Scholar settings to show the FindIt@MU link for easy off-campus access to journal articles
  • Use VPN — but use it sparingly. Because of the heavy load to VPN across campus, it’s often quicker to use the links on our home page and proxy in to the library resources.
  • More information on Off-campus Access to Library Resources
  • Note: many libraries around the country are still closed or have very limited access to their print collections. You may experience delays with requests from other libraries.

Temporary access to more electronic journals and books:

  • Many publishers and vendors are lowering their paywalls during the outbreak and/or providing MU with additional electronic access due to our existing relationships with them. See our guide to temporary and expanded access.

Have something checked out from the Libraries?

  • If you have books checked out, please hang on to your books for later return.
  • The Libraries are suspending any billing and fines for overdue materials.

Libraries have a long tradition of providing faculty, students, and staff a welcoming space in which to gather, study, and think. With the unprecedented need to physically distance ourselves from one another while also remaining a connected community, it is difficult for us to close our doors to you. Fortunately, the Libraries also have decades of experience providing online and remote services, and we’re confident that we’ll get through this together.

Please keep in mind that Noël, Michelle, and Mara will be working remotely and that we, like you, are doing our best to take care of ourselves and our families in these strange times.

Erin Go Bragh – Rah for the Engineers

Mara Inge

Mara Inge is the Electronic Resources & Discovery Librarian. She is also the subject librarian for Classics, Archaeology, Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Religious Studies, and Anthropology.