Algorithms, Big Data and Bias

Date: Thursday, October 6, 2022
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
Location: 114A Ellis Library
Register here.

Algorithms are computer code written by people, and humans can unknowingly introduce bias into their programming. These algorithms determine the results in your Google searches, shopping results and even in library databases. Results are ordered by “relevance” according to the rules set by these algorithms. Algorithms determine who should get hired, our ability to get a mortgage, and what type of political news we see on our social media feed. Learn how they affect your decisions and how you can combat their influence.

Presented by Sandy Schiefer, Journalism Research & Digital Access Librarian

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New Database: ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Chicago Defender

MU Libraries is pleased to provide access to ProQuest Historical Newspapers Chicago Defender 1909-2010.

ProQuest Historical Newspapers Chicago Defender 1909-2010 adds coverage for 1976-2010 to our existing access to The Chicago Defender (1910-1975). Offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue. The collection includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue.

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

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.

Workshops @ Your Library – Software and Data Carpentry

Looking to add programming, scripting, automation, and data management skills to your research toolbox? Software Carpentry workshops return for Fall 2022! We have also added some Data Carpentry workshops this time, too! The format and Python or R content is similar, but instead of Unix Shell and Version Control lessons, Data Carpentry workshops have lessons on collecting and organizing data, cleaning messy data, and manipulating/retrieving data via SQL. Check each workshop’s registration page for information on the content of that workshop.

These 2-day hands-on workshops will focus on basic concepts and skills to help researchers perform their work in less time and with less pain with code (Python or R), version control, data management, and task automation. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems.

Pre-registration is required.

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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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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!

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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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Resources for Journalism Graduate Students

Starting your literature review?  Make sure to check out the Journalism Graduate Student Resources Libguide.

Whether you are an online student or here on campus.  Getting help is just an email away.  Contact Dorothy Carner carnerd@missouri.edu or Sue Schuermann schuermanns@missouri.edu to help you from start to finish.

Schuermann, Sue

I am the Senior Library Specialist at the Journalism Library. I have over 28 years experience helping patrons with research, technology and outreach.

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New to MU? Check out the FAQs about the Journalism Library

 

We hope everyone has stayed well and for those of you who are new to MU welcome! We hope you have a great semester and that you use the MU Libraries.  Here is a quick guide to let you know important things about using the Journalism Library.

Schuermann, Sue

I am the Senior Library Specialist at the Journalism Library. I have over 28 years experience helping patrons with research, technology and outreach.

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Missourian Newspaper Library Staff Move to Journalism Library; Historic Clip Files Move to Boone County Historical Society

The Missourian Newspaper Library moved to Lee Hills Hall in 1995 with the Columbia Missourian and has served the faculty and students at the University of Missouri and the community in some capacity since 1908. The School of Journalism is reconstructing the current newsrooms and offices in Lee Hills Hall to accommodate a new converged newsroom, which will include all j-school media outlets. In May of 2021, the physical Missourian Newspaper library space was closed due to space constraints, but the Journalism and Digital Access Librarian and staff are now in the journalism library.

The Missourian Library contained thousands of clip files (articles from the newspaper that were cut out and filed) arranged by subject, business, organization, events and location. They were mainly collected in the 1980s and 1990s from the Columbia Missourian and the Columbia Tribune. There are separate file cabinets which hold biographical files of people in and around Columbia and were collected as far back as the 1920s. These files were integral to the mission of the library in providing historical information about Columbia and Boone County to the university and the community. These clip archives have been donated to the Boone County Historical Society. After learning about the files, they were enthusiastic about saving this portion of history.

The Journalism Library will continue to support researchers with access to the Missourian through microfilm (from 1908 to present) and online archives. Please contact the Journalism Library for assistance. 

 

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Deborah Willis, Artist and Photographer – Interviews and books held at the MU Libraries

A virtual display of the life and books of the artist and photographer, Deborah Willis.

 

https://spark.adobe.com/page/ZYMtHBO9rPcTn/ 

Schuermann, Sue

I am the Senior Library Specialist at the Journalism Library. I have over 28 years experience helping patrons with research, technology and outreach.

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Finding Journalism & Communication E-Books

Sandy Schiefer, Sue Schuermann and Dorothy Carner have published a guide for finding Journalism and Communication E-Books.

From MA Projects to Textbooks with a subject guide to help you find what you need.

 

Schuermann, Sue

I am the Senior Library Specialist at the Journalism Library. I have over 28 years experience helping patrons with research, technology and outreach.