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.

home Events and Exhibits MU Remembers: Honor with Books

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!

home Events and Exhibits Registration is Open for the Missouri Affordable and Open Educational Resources Conference

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.

home Events and Exhibits Seeking MU Faculty Books for Exhibit at Ellis Library

Seeking MU Faculty Books for Exhibit at Ellis Library

This summer, we plan to feature a selection of books by MU faculty in our Ellis Library colonnade display cases. This exhibit would be up from May to August, a time when many campus visitors come through the colonnade. Interested faculty would be asked to provide:

1) A copy of the book with dust jacket;
2) A personal statement including biographical info and some words about the book (1-2 paragraphs);
3) A photograph of oneself; and
4) If possible, a 3-dimensional object that represents some concept in the book.

If you have questions and/or like to be included, please contact Marie Concannon, Ellis Library Exhibits Coordinator at concannonm@missouri.edu.

home Events and Exhibits Black History Month Exhibit and Talk: Black Health and Wellness

Black History Month Exhibit and Talk: Black Health and Wellness

February 22, 2022
3 p.m.
Online via Zoom

Join us as SHSMO Art Curator Joan Stack explores the exhibition Black Health and Wellness: A Selection of Historical Images which is on display in the colonnade cases of Ellis Library from February 14 to May 23, 2022.

Stack will examine exhibition artworks and photographs, detailing how these works expose the difficulties and achievements African Americans experienced related to healthcare and wellness throughout the 20th century. Stack’s illustrated presentation includes analysis of editorial cartoons by Missouri artists Daniel Fitzpatrick and Tom Engelhardt, as well as photographs by renowned Missouri photojournalist Arthur Whitman. Online and free, registration required.

Presented by the MU Libraries and the State Historical Society of Missouri.

home Events and Exhibits Therapy Dogs for Finals

Therapy Dogs for Finals

Yes, it’s that time of the semester again. You’re studying, you’re researching, you’re writing, you’re living on coffee and no sleep…but look, a fluffy puff of pure love and joy! These calm, cheerful, trained therapy dogs are here to give you a break and put a smile on your face!

Come to Ellis Library on the main floor by the North Doors / checkout desk:

Sunday, December 12 from 6-9pm
Monday, December 13 from 6-9pm
Tuesday, December 14 from 6-8pm

There will also be therapy dogs in the Engineering Library on Sunday from 3 to 6pm.

Thanks to Sherry Melton for coordinating all the dogs and owners who help us de-stress during finals!

home Events and Exhibits Being Heumann: A Virtual Discussion with Judy Heumann, an Unrepentant Disability Rights Activist

Being Heumann: A Virtual Discussion with Judy Heumann, an Unrepentant Disability Rights Activist

Wednesday, November 17 2021 at 2:00 PM
Join Event Online

The University of Missouri will virtually host Ms. Judy Heumann, a civil rights activist and author. She recently released her memoir titled Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist and was featured in the Emmy-nominated documentary, Crip Camp, about the development of the Disability Rights movement. Ms. Heumann’s leadership was instrumental in pushing Congress to enact major disability rights legislation and then pressing the Executive Office to regulate and enforce the law. Please join us in a virtual discussion about her experiences advocating for herself and other disabled citizens.

Event hosted by: MU Disability Center; Division of Inclusion, Diversity, & Equity; Michael A. Middleton Center for Race, Citizenship, and Justice; Mizzou Hillel; College of Education and Human Development; School of Law Library; University of Missouri Advancement; University of Missouri Libraries; Women’s Studies; School of Health Professions; Mizzou Ed Bridge

home Events and Exhibits Mizzou First-Generation Celebration 2021

Mizzou First-Generation Celebration 2021

November 8th is National First-Generation College Celebration Day and we are thrilled to celebrate our first-generation students, faculty and staff at Mizzou. Additional information, success stories and resources (Zoom backgrounds, social media graphics) to celebrate and support our first-generation students can be found on our website.

One of the featured events on November 8th is “Open Door Day” which invites first-generation students to stop by during open hours to talk with faculty and staff to connect and learn about opportunities. There are more than 90 individuals planning to open their doors to first-generation students! To see a list of individuals participating, please see the website.

The following participants will have open office hours in Ellis Library:

  • Kelli Hansen, Head of Special Collections – 405 Ellis Library, 2-4 pm
  • Jeannette Pierce, Library Administration – 104 Ellis Library, 10 am – noon
  • Victoria Mondelli – Teaching for Learning Center, Ellis Library, Suite 25, 10-11 am
home Events and Exhibits, Special Collections and Archives, Staff news New Digital Exhibit: Leaders and Heroes 2

New Digital Exhibit: Leaders and Heroes 2

Leaders and Heroes 2: The Arts is Special Collections’ newest digital exhibit, curated by Courtney Gillie and John Henry Adams. A continuation of the 2020 exhibit Leaders and Heroes, we continue to spotlight art, articles, and monographs by historically excluded people. Starting with the LGBTQIA icon Sappho, the exhibit was created to reflect the openly diverse world we live in now. Explore beautiful, hand-crafted wood engravings in Shall we join the ladies? and then dive into the community and culture that expelled Japanese American families built in Tanforan Racetrack horse stalls in Citizen 13660.

Leaders and Heroes exist in good times and bad. Pulling from Mizzou’s many libraries on campus, our further reading section is full of primary and secondary sources for additional contextual information on the history and identity of each fascinating creator featured in Leaders & Heroes 2. We hope you will be entertained by the wit of William Woo and Zora Neale Hurston, moved by the art of Miné Okubo and the Kiowa 5, then inspired by the poetry of Sappho and relentless writings of Lydia Maria Child to advocate yourself.

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.