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New Digital Exhibit: Masks, Hells, and Books

Special Collections has a new digital exhibit: Masks, Hells, and Books: The Nuremberg Schembartlauf (1449-1539), curated by John Henry Adams. The Schembartlauf (literally, “the running of the masked men”) was a traditional Carnival parade held in Nuremberg, Germany. It started as a small honor guard for a troop of dancers but rapidly grew to include giant mechanical parade floats, political commentary, and dozens or hundreds of masked participants. Unfortunately, sometimes the exuberance would also spill over into riots. The most memorable of these riots was probably the one in 1539, when the Schembartlauf was banned, a ban that has yet to be officially revoked.

Masks, Hells, and Books takes the reader through the different aspects of the Schembartlauf: the origins of the parade, the costumes of the runners, the parade floats, the 1539 disaster that resulted in the Schembart’s ban, and the manuscripts that have preserved the memory of this strange festivity. We hope that it inspires you to think about some of our own traditions and how strange they might seem after several centuries of inactivity, though we would like to ask that you not follow the example set by the Schembart in 1507 and 1539. No riots, please!

The exhibit is made possible by the generosity of a private collector who has loaned three medieval manuscripts to Special Collections.

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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Families Welcome at Ellis Library After Homecoming Parade

Visit Ellis Library immediately after the Homecoming Parade on Saturday, October 22, for refreshments and family activities. The first 100 kids will receive a free mini pumpkin. This event is free and open to the public.

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The Books of 1922 Exhibit

“The Books of 1922” celebrates the centennial of some notable works, including James Joyce’s Ulysses, T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, Virginia Woolf’s Jacob’s Room, Claude McKay’s Harlem Shadows and other books that became 20th-century standouts. The exhibit displays first edition covers and rare illustrations of Ulysses by Matisse, exploring the evolution of texts from manuscripts to beloved library copies bearing annotations by generations of students. This exhibit was created by the team of Associate Professor Frances Dickey and English major Claire Dooley.

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Lisa Bartlett on Display in Bookmark Cafe

Artwork from local artist Lisa Bartlett is currently on display in Ellis Library in the Bookmark Cafe. You can see Bartlett’s work throughout the fall semester. See Bartlett’s artist statement below.

“Being of a restless, creative nature, I generally have multiple projects going on at once. I bounce between media, and I love to experiment.

I am interested in those who have suffered and yet persevered. I like to honor cultures that have been marginalized. I do this by showing the joy and vibrancy of peoples through color and vibrant brush strokes.

Sometimes I like to paint on very large canvases and include collage and gold leaf in the composition. I also enjoy working in three dimensions using such found objects as old clock cases, broken ceramics, and Victorian hardware. My work often tells a story, since I’m fascinated by human nature and by what history has to teach us. Old photographs, old letters, and other memorabilia are major sources of inspiration.

I’m always looking for new ideas, new construction techniques, and new projects to get excited about. Anything that involves experimentation, anything complicated, and finally just the act of creation itself—that’s what I love.”

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MU Faculty Books on Display in Ellis Library

Want to see the results of MU faculty research? Visit the Ellis Library colonnade to see some of the latest books published by our faculty. The exhibit will be on display all summer.

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Finals Fun at the Journalism Library

It’s been a hectic semester and now finals are upon us.  It’s enough to stress anyone out! The folks at the Journalism Library want to make your week a little better.

There will be a trail mix bar Tuesday May 10th, 10am-12pm. 

We hope this gives you the chance to take a break and give you much needed energy. Good luck, Tigers!


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 Events and Exhibits Congratulations to the 2022 Undergraduate Research Contest Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2022 Undergraduate Research Contest Award Winners

The University Libraries Undergraduate Research Contest seeks to recognize and reward outstanding research conducted by undergraduate students at the University of Missouri.

Kathryn Colvin

This year the winner of the first place prize of a $500 scholarship is Kathryn Colvin, a junior studying English. Her project, “Hamlet and His Solution: ‘How All Occasions’ as Objective Correlative on Page and Screen,” was written for Dr. Kerwin’s Renaissance and 17th Century Literature course. When Dr. Kerwin was notified about Kathryn winning first place they said, “This is great news, and thank you for letting me know! That Kathryn is a very strong student. Normally I wouldn’t be in favor of shipping Missouri money to California, but this is good.”

Zoe Korte

The second place winner and recipient of a $250 scholarship is Zoe Korte, a senior studying English. Her project, “Love Laws: Trauma and Transgression in Morrison and Roy,” was written for Dr. Okonkwo’s Major Authors: Toni Morrison After Jazz course. Dr. Okonkwo said, “What great news! I won’t say that I’m surprised. Zoe is an outstanding student. I’ll be bragging that I know her; that I had the good fortune of having her in my Morrison class. BIG congratulations, Zoe. Well done.”

Kathyn and Zoe’s paper’s will be archived in MOspace, MU’s digital repository. You can see their projects, as well as past winner’s projects, here.

Special thanks to the Friends of the University of Missouri Libraries for their support of this award.


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.

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MU Remembers: Honor with Books

This year’s MU Remembers ceremony, commemorating students, faculty and staff who have passed away in the last year, was held Friday, April 22. A book in remembrance of each honoree will be added to the University of Missouri Libraries’ collection. Commemorative bookplates are placed inside the books, and honorees’ names are placed on the books’ library catalog records. More information about our Honor with Books program can be found here.

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


Ashley Footer: Carrigan, M., & Fatsis, L. (2021). The public and their platforms: Public sociology in an era of social media. Bristol University Press.

Dakota Ioanis: Criekemans, D. (Ed.). (2022). Geopolitics and international relations: Grounding world politics anew. Brill/Nijhoff.

Molly-Paige Jones: Chambers, C., & Ryder, E. (2018). Supporting compassionate healthcare practice: Understanding the role of resilience, positivity and wellbeing. Routledge.

Breanna Killian: O’Connor, M. R. (2015). Resurrection science: Conservation, de-extinction and the precarious future of wild things. St. Martin’s Press.

Matthew Marek: Goldblatt, D. (2020). The age of football: Soccer and the 21st century. W. W. Norton & Company.

Jack Perlongo: List, J. A. (2022). The voltage effect: How to make good ideas great and great ideas scale. Currency.

Megan Rowley: Shively, D. (2018). The Pacific alone: The untold story of kayaking’s boldest voyage. Falcon Press.

Keith Sumner: Bess, J. (2021). Music production methods: A concise guide for understanding your role, process, and order. Rowman & Littlefield.

Carol Williams: Osei-Kofi, N., Boovy, B., & Furman, K. (Eds.). (2022). Transformative approaches to social justice education: Equity and access in the college classroom. Routledge.

Faculty and Staff
Terri Linn Bishop: Schilp, J. L. (2019). Dogs in health care: Pioneering animal-human partnerships. McFarland & Company.

Cale Blaine: Sullivan, C. (2021). Fishing the wild waters: An angler’s search for peace and adventure in the wilderness. Pegasus Books.

Pia Christiansen: Johnson, P., & Punnett, I. (2022). Redefining journalism in an age of technological advancements, changing demographics, and social issues. Information Science Reference.

Brian DeLunas: McDermott, T. (2017). Off speed: Baseball, pitching, and the art of deception. Pantheon Books.

Richard Eyler: Paige, D. S. (2021). Community eco-gardens: Landscaping with native plants. Toplight.

Marita Harris: Rawson, K., & Shore, E. (2019). Dining out: A global history of restaurants. Reaktion Books.

Tina Havner: Rogers, M. (Ed.). (2021). Spiritual dimensions of advanced practice nursing: Stories of hope. Springer.

James Hundle: Handelsman, J. (2021). A world without soil: The past, present, and precarious future of the Earth beneath our feet. Yale University Press.

Stephanie Irwin: Novello, C. (2019). Mutual rescue: How adopting a homeless animal can save you, too. Grand Central Publishing.

Jonathan Lindquist: Cash, J. D. (2020). Boom and bust in St. Louis: A Cardinals history, 1885 to the present. McFarland & Company.

Robert McLaren: Meadows, C. J. (2021). Famous business fusions: Ideas that revolutionized industries. DeGruyter.

Steve Pilcher: Vile, J. R. (2018). The American flag: An encyclopedia of the Stars and Stripes in U.S. history, culture, and law. ABC-CLIO.

Jennifer Polkow-Haight: Romich, J. A., & Norkus, C. (2021). Anesthesia, analgesia, and pain management for veterinary technicians. Cengage.

Stewart Selves: Kalaitzandonakes, N., Kaufman, J., & Zahringer, K. (2019). The economics of soybean disease control. CABI.

Scott Vaughan: Barrett, D. (2021). The story of The Masters: Drama, joy and heartbreak at golf’s most iconic tournament. Tatra Press.

David Weston: Cohen, J. (2019). Speed bumps on a dirt road: When old time music met bluegrass. Powerhouse Books.

Illhoi Yoo: Thomas, P. L., Harris, J. L., & Collins, B. J. (Eds.). (2021). Data-driven quality improvement and sustainability in health care: An interprofessional approach. Springer.

home Events and Exhibits Celebrate National Library Week!

Celebrate National Library Week!

Come celebrate National Library Week in Ellis Library! National Library Week (April 3 – 9, 2022) is a time to celebrate our nation’s libraries, library workers’ contributions and promote library use and support.

The MU Libraries are using this week to welcome our new peer navigators! Peer navigators are students who can answer your library questions when visiting Ellis Library. If you have a quick question, visit the Ask Here desk in the colonnade to get your answer. If you have a more in-depth research question, the peer navigators can get you connected with a librarian who can help. As an added bonus, this week we will be handing out library stickers and snacks! There will be GoPo Gourmet Popcorn while supplies last.

Grab a sticker and a snack and meet the new peer navigators!

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Registration is Open for the Missouri Affordable and Open Educational Resources Conference

Registration is now open for the 2022 Missouri Affordable and Open Educational Resources Conference. This year’s event will be held virtually and is free to all attendees.

Conference Theme, Keynote, and Schedule:
The theme of this year’s conference will be Show Me the Path to A&OER through Affordability, Access, and Awareness. Bob Butterfield, Director of Instructional Resource Service at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, will provide the keynote address on Wednesday, March 9, 2022. His address will focus on affordability initiatives and educational resources.

The Conference will be held virtually on March 9-11, 2022. Click here for more information.