Four Directions celebrates Native American and Indigenous Peoples’ and students’ political, social and cultural realities at MU and beyond. Visit the Ellis Library colonnade to see an exhibit of books by and about Native Americans.
We are excited to announce that Michaelle Dorsey, a senior library specialist in collection services, will be appointed as the new Special Collections librarian, focusing on preservation. Her new position will be effective September 1, 2021.
Over her years at Mizzou, Michaelle Dorsey has acquired the required education and skills for this position. In addition, she has demonstrated a rare devotion to her craft. During the aftermath of the Ellis Library fire in 2011, Michaelle stepped up to the challenge of providing leadership for the recovery effort. She received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in 2017. She has acquired additional training in book preservation techniques in addition to her master’s in library and information science from MU that makes her uniquely qualified for this position. She also received her bachelor of arts in English from Truman State University.
In addition, she can provide a strong voice for advice regarding the materials that would be best digitized, thus providing additional guidance to the Digital Services department. To quote the findings of the MU Librarians and Archivists Council Promotions Committee, “Michaelle has a wealth of experience directly tied to this new position. In fact, she has served as the head of the preservation unit for 18 years and has over 20 years of experience in the field. She has capably served on many library and university committees, and she continues to gain new knowledge through her book conservation training with James Downey.”
Thanks to Dr. Nobel Cunningham and Caroline McBride French, whose bequest gifts provided the MU Libraries with the funds for this position.
Please join the Libraries in congratulating Michaelle Dorsey on her new position and wishing her success in her new endeavors.
Photographs from the Martin and Margaret Hiller Collection of Audiovisual Materials on China are now on view in the North Colonnade exhibit cases in Ellis Library. The Hiller Collection documents cities, industries, farming, and everyday life in China during the second phase of the Chinese Civil War. The collection contains over 1,900 glass and acetate slides, several reels of 16mm film, four reels of 8mm film, and magnetic audio tape created by Army Air Corps Capt. Martin Hiller while stationed with his family in Shanghai, China, from 1945 to 1948. These materials were donated to the University Libraries by the Hiller family in 2018. For more about the collection, see a digital exhibit curated by MU student Yueheng Lyu in 2019.
The images on view were printed from high resolution digital scans of slides created by Martin Hiller. Selections from this collection will remain on view through summer 2021.
The University of Missouri Libraries currently have Beta access to a new text and data mining service from JSTOR and Portico. This is a new, free tool that enables TDM access to over 30 million journal articles, book chapters, and research reports in the JSTOR and Portico databases. The tool provides online access to a computing environment (Python, jupyter notebooks) for building and analyzing datasets, along with extensively-documented tutorial notebooks and additional learning resources for beginning Python and TDM techniques.
Our access to the beta allows for larger datasets and additional computing resources over the free tier, so to get started visit our guide for up-to-date information, access links, and workshop information.