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Digital Media Lab in Ellis Library

The Digital Media and Innovation Lab (DMiL) in Ellis Library provides innovative technology and resources for your creative projects.  The DMiL has an Audio Recording Booth, Digital Art Tools, and 3D Scanners in Room 156; interview recording room in Room 157, and a film studio in Room 3E21.

The DMiL is complemented by the Information Commons computers and equipment checkout at the checkout & information desk.  The DMiL is available to students for class or personal projects.

You can make a reservation and check-in or stop by for a consultation in Room 153.

Monday – Thursday: 11:00am – 8:00pm
Friday: 11:00am – 3:00pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Questions & Consultation email: ellisdml@missouri.edu

home Ellis Library, Events and Exhibits, Gateway Carousel, Special Collections and Archives Pop-up exhibit in Ellis Library Colonnade: A Bouquet for Spring

Pop-up exhibit in Ellis Library Colonnade: A Bouquet for Spring

The birds are singing, the leaves are sprouting, and the flowers are blooming: spring is here! To celebrate, Special Collections is bringing out a set of botany books from the 1500s, 1700s, and 1900s. (We’ll be back with books from the 2100s once they’re available, so stay tuned!) Some of them describe wildflowers and others garden plants, some are for information and others for appreciation, but all of them are fully illustrated and waiting for you.

So stop and smell the roses! We’ll be on the Ellis Concourse near the Information Commons on Tuesday, April 16, from 2pm until 4pm.


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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Books to Celebrate Pride Month and Arab American Heritage Month

April is Mizzou’s Pride Month and is also Arab American Heritage month!

This year, not only are we celebrating stories of triumphs and struggles of the LGBTQ community, but also celebrating and recognizing Arab American heritage and culture.

Below are some books in our library collection you can check out to celebrate both of these months. And be sure to check out the dual book display in the Ellis library Colonnade.


Books to Celebrate Mizzou Pride Month

Non-binary lives : an anthology of intersecting identities

The Velvet Mafia : the gay men who ran the Swinging Sixties

Queer ear : remaking music theory


Books to Celebrate Arab American Heritage Month

Bad girls of the Arab world

Him, Me, Muhammad Ali

Encyclopedia of embroidery from the Arab world



Peer Navigator Corner: Book Health & Preservation

Written by: Lorelai Clubb

Like nearly everything in our world, paper ages. A crisp sheet of paper can become yellowed, faded, brittle, and very easy to tear. While most modern books are printed on acid-free paper, which can last hundreds of years, older materials are printed on paper that is much quicker to deteriorate. Considering that many vital historical documents and accounts are recorded on older, acidic paper, special measures are needed to preserve those primary sources so they can continue to be accessed and appreciated for years to come.

At the University of Missouri Libraries, we have an entire department devoted to the care, preservation, and sharing of these historical treasures. Special Collections contains rare books, historical maps, original prints, and other archival materials that can prove vital to any research project. To give just a few examples, Special Collections at Mizzou includes one of the only surviving manuscripts by renowned author Charlotte Brontë, several cuneiform clay tablets, and original illustrations of classic literature in a variety of languages. There’s so much more that cannot even be covered in this post!

Specialists who work in this area of MU Libraries have several guidelines they follow to ensure all the materials are given the best possible care. Some keys to preserving book health include:

  • Temperature control: The ideal temperature for rare books and materials is about 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Higher temperatures can accelerate the deterioration of books, while lower temperatures can lead to books cracking and drying out.
  • Moisture/humidity prevention: Having the correct levels of humidity is essential to protecting rare books and materials from water damage, mold, and cracking. Too dry a place will dry out the books, while too humid a place can lead to mold growing and ruining the material. Library experts recommend a humidity level of about 40-50%.
  • Using a book stand: Opening a book all the way to be flat, or 180 degrees, harms the spine. By using a book rest or book stand to open the book, the amount of stress on the spine and binding of the book is greatly lessened. Special Collections has many of these stands for you to use when visiting.
  • Reducing light: Both artificial and natural light can be detrimental to the preservation of a book or print. Not only does light fade the words and images, but light can also deteriorate the binding materials. Storing these materials in a darker place and using blackout curtains can prevent light from affecting the materials as much.
  • Storing books properly: Books are usually stored vertically for a reason, and storing books of the same heights together matters too. Books of the same size can support one another on the shelf. Having a very tall book stored next to a shorter, smaller book can lead to covers becoming distorted.

Our Preservation & Conservation Librarian for Special Collections is Michaelle Dorsey, and she is a great addition to the library team! If you have any questions about Special Collections, contact her via email at DorseyM@missouri.edu. She’s the expert, and the one behind the scenes repairing materials or working on things like phase boxes to ensure they last as long as possible.

No matter your major, there is something in Special Collections to help you with your research or class assignments. Beyond that, it’s just a fascinating place to visit, or to bring your family when they’re in town! Since materials are stored in the specific ways mentioned above, librarians will pull materials based on your research, or just personal interest before you come, so it’s important to make an appointment ahead of time. Be sure to visit https://libcal.missouri.edu/reserve/readingroom to schedule your visit to the special collections room 24 hours in advance.

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Take Me to the Lakes: Taylor Swift and the Lake District Poets

Wednesday, April 17 at 2 pm
114A Ellis Library

Celebrate National Poetry Month and Taylor Swift’s new album, The Tortured Poets Department, with a presentation from Makayla Dublin, Ph.D. candidate in the department of English.

Makayla will discuss current conversations around Taylor Swift’s connection to literature and poetry with a focus on her references to the Lake District Poets in the folklore track, “the lakes.”

Use this map of Ellis Library to make finding 114A a little easier.

2024 MU Remembers: Honor with Books

This year’s MU Remembers ceremony, commemorating students, faculty and staff who have passed away in the last year, will be held Friday, April 5. 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.


Carol Bennett: Johnson, M. (2023). A space for us : a guide for leading Black, indigenous, and people of color affinity groups. Beacon Press.

Colin Bruhn: Robinson, J., Gonzales, D and Edwards, G. (2024). MCU : the reign of Marvel Studios (First edition). Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company.

Kennedy Carter: Richardson, B. (Ed.). (2023). Pediatric primary care : practice guidelines for nurses (Fifth edition). Jones & Bartlett Learning.

Jack Crader: Sports illustrated : the football vault : great writing from the pages of Sports illustrated. (2023). Triumph Books.

Sam DeSmit: Parah, S. A., Hurrah, N. N., and Khan, E. (Eds.). (2023). Intelligent multimedia signal processing for smart ecosystems. Springer.

Caroline Dill: Ray, D. C. (2023). Playful education: using play therapy strategies to elevate your classroom. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

Noah Marker: Winston, W. L., Nestler, S. and Pelechrinis, K. (2022). Mathletics: how gamblers, managers, and fans use mathematics in sports (2nd edition). Princeton University Press.

Brencton “Bo” Moreland: Chadwick, A. L. (2023). Part-time soldiers : reserve readiness challenges in modern military history. University Press of Kansas.

Riley Strain: Springer, C. (Ed.) (2021). America’s Bountiful Waters: 150 Years of Fisheries Conservation and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Stackpole Books.

Dale Himmelberg: Hoffstot, D. B. (2023). A farm life: observations from fields and forests. Stackpole Books.

Gary Johnson: Second, W. (2009). Dog painting: a history of the dog in art (Second edition). Antique Collectors’ Club.

Bhaskar Katram: Parekh, R., Al-Mateen, C. S., Lisotto, M. J., and Carter, R. D. (Eds.). (2021). Cultural psychiatry with children, adolescents, and families (First edition). American Psychiatric Association Publishing.

Paula Lear: Barton, G. (2023). Don’t get a job… make a job : inventive career models for next-gen creatives. Laurence King Design.

Michelle Olson: Xhignesse, M.-A. (2023). Aesthetics: 50 puzzles, paradoxes, and thought experiments. Routledge.

Brenda Pipes: Friedman, D. (2023). Let’s get physical: how women discovered exercise and reshaped the world. G.P. Putnam’s Sons.

Kathy Reimler: Newitz, A. (2021). Four lost cities : a secret history of the urban age (First edition.). W. W. Norton & Company.

Frances “Fran” Reynolds: Earle, J. (Ed.). (2023). Radical clay : contemporary women artists from Japan (First edition.). Art Institute of Chicago.

Sandy Schiefer: Biswal, S. K. and Kulkarni, A.J. (2024). Exploring the intersection of artificial intelligence and journalism: the emergence of a new journalistic paradigm. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

Kimberly Towain: McCallum, J. (2024). The real Hoosiers: Crispus Attucks High School, Oscar Robertson, and the hidden history of hoops (First edition). Hachette Books.

Stacy Wilder: Paula, S., & Brymer, E. (Eds.). (2023). Adventure psychology: going knowingly into the unknown. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

Free Equipment Checkout

Did you leave your laptop at home? Forgot your phone charger? Need a camera? The Checkout Desk at your library can help you out! Check out the available equipment here. All equipment is available with your student ID. Materials can be renewed in person at the desk. But be careful! There is a $2 fine for every hour it is returned late.

So, the next time you are studying all day at the library and your phone dies, don’t worry! Just head over to the Checkout Desk at your library.

home Gateway Carousel, Gateway Carousel HSL, Workshops Birds Aren’t Real: Fact-Checking Pop Culture

Birds Aren’t Real: Fact-Checking Pop Culture

Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2024
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Online via Zoom

home Gateway Carousel, Gateway Carousel HSL, Workshops Predatory Journals: The Dark Side of Open Access

Predatory Journals: The Dark Side of Open Access

Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2024
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Online via Zoom

Find out how to publish your research without being scammed by journals that exist only to make money not to advance knowledge. Learn ways to spot predatory journals and locate high-quality publications for your article submissions.

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Attention MOBIUS Borrowers: Changes to MOBIUS During April and May

MOBIUS will transition to a new library catalog and resource sharing system in April and May of this year. The migration will begin on April 18th with a 5-week freeze on requesting materials from MOBIUS libraries. To facilitate a smooth transition to the new system, due dates for all MOBIUS materials will be adjusted to May 17th.

MOBIUS Timeline

  • April 17: The last day to request items through MOBIUS
  • April 18: Freeze on requesting from MOBIUS
  • May 17: All MOBIUS item are due
  • May 22: Estimated date that MOBIUS will resume borrowing and lending

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us at ask@missouri.libanswers.com if you have questions. We will explore options to ensure you have the materials you need during this transition, or you may request items directly through ILL@MU now.

Checkout practices will remain normal for all MU Libraries, UM system libraries (UMKC, UMSL and Missouri S&T) and University of Missouri Libraries Depositories (UMLD) borrowing; no disruption will occur between MU/UM/UMLD libraries during the MOBIUS transition.

We appreciate your understanding and look forward to resuming MOBIUS borrowing and lending at the end of May. Thank you for your cooperation.