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Unusual Collections Contain the Key to Scientific Discovery

Image: The Agricultural Research Service Culture Collection is one of the largest public collections of bacteria and fungi in the world.

When imagining a library’s collection, it’s natural to visualize volumes on shelves. Books and journals have certainly been central to the dissemination of knowledge for hundreds of years. Today, however, the concept of a “collection of knowledge” goes far beyond just books.

In recent years, the more advanced libraries have expanded to include collections of raw data. With powerful software tools for analysis, it is now possible to acquire new knowledge by uncovering patterns within vast quantities of data.  There is similar potential inside other sorts of collections — not books or even data, but in collections of things.

Scientists have a long tradition of collecting physical items pertaining to their research. Geologist’s rock collections and entomologists’ butterflies are two very common examples. They save such items because as knowledge progresses, scientists can return to original samples and use them build upon existing knowledge.

As any librarian will tell you, preserving collections for future generations is crucial. Members of the federal scientific community face a very similar task – it is only the type of objects differ. The government has repositories of tissue samples, geologic materials, dust from outer space, plant specimens and even microbes. Hidden in these collections may be the cure to cancer, keys to climate change, or hints about cataclysmic events eons ago and light years away.  The preservation of these collections depend on a number of factors, not the least of which is funding.

In an effort to preserve the potential for expanded knowledge made possible by such samples, the federal government has commissioned an Interagency Working Group on Scientific Collections (IWGSC) to analyze the costs and benefits of collection maintenance.  As a University library, we are interested in this group’s framework for estimating long-term operating costs, and in the five methods they have identified for estimating and documenting the benefits generated by collections. For more information, visit the IWGSC website, and click to watch the short video.

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Overview of Recent University of Missouri Publications in Medicine and Related Fields: December 2020

Each month we provide an overview of University of Missouri authored articles in medicine and related fields as well as a featured article from a School of Medicine author with the highest journal impact factor.

The December 2020 featured article, “Docking of acetyl-CoA carboxylase to the plastid envelope membrane attenuates fatty acid production in plants” , was co-authored by Dr. Steven Van Doren and Dr. Jay Thelen of the Department of Biochemistry. The article was published in Nature Communications (impact factor of 12.121 in 2019).

This month we are also featuring the 2020 publications of Dr. Richard Barohn as he was new to MU in 2020. Among his many 2020 publications, Dr. Barohn had two articles published in JAMA Neurology (impact factor 13.608 in 2019):

See the list of publications in medicine and related fields we retrieved for this month: https://library.muhealth.org/code/facultypubmonthly/faculty_publications.php?Month=December&Year=2020

*This list is not intended to be comprehensive.

Did we miss something? Email asklibrary@health.missouri.edu and we will add your publication to the list.

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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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Digital Services: Twenty for 2020

2020 was a busy and challenging year for the Digital Services Department at the University Libraries. Despite those challenges, we were able to start, advance, and complete an amazing array of projects. We present here twenty of our proudest accomplishments of 2020.

1: MOspace Grows by 12%

In 2020, we added 4,200 new items to MOspace, the online institutional repository for MU. This was the third largest number of new items added in a single year since MOspace was launched in 2008. MOspace now includes more than 35,000 research articles, presentations, theses and dissertations, maps, MU publications, etc.

 

2: New Scanner Enables New Projects

A generous donor provided funding for a new scanner, adding to our overall capacity to complete digitization projects of large and fragile materials. The Atiz Mark 2 also has a v-cradle which puts less stress on the material during digitization. We have completed the digitization of several items we could not previously have done.

 

3: Office of Undergraduate Studies Partnership

This year we partnered with the Undergraduate Studies to host the Undergraduate Research & Creative Achievements Forum in the MU Digital Library. Held in the spring, summer, and fall, the Forum highlights the scholarship of MU students, and included abstracts describing the project, posters, PowerPoint slides, and videos. While previous Forums were in-person events, the move to remote classes in the spring was the prompt for this new partnership.

 

 

4: Faculty Research is Focus of MOspace Collection

Faculty research at the University of Missouri is the focus of a new collection in MOspace. The collection includes research material already in MOspace that we are in the process of adding to the new collection. It also includes articles published with open access licenses which were added in Phase 1 of a library project to identify and make published articles by MU faculty available in MOspace.

 

5: More Rare Materials Now Available Online

Digitization of rare materials was put on hold during the campus closure. Still, during the spring and fall semesters we were able to complete the digitization of rare materials in the Special Collections and Rare Books Department and unique materials on loan from a private collection. These are now available in the MU Digital Library

 

6: Sanborn Maps of Missouri

The Sanborn Fire Insurance Map Company, established in 1867, compiled and published maps of United States cities and towns. The maps are large scale plans that were used by the fire insurance industry. In 2020, maps published in 1924, along with other 1924 publications, entered the public domain in the United States. While we did not get all of our 1924 Sanborn maps digitized, we were able to add the 1924 sheets for Liberty and the Webster Groves sheets issued as part of the St. Louis volume. They are now available in the MU Digital Library.

 

7: New Collection of Concert Programs

When the recently established MU Budds Center for American Music Studies asked us to partner on digitizing and making a collection of archival documents available in MOspace, we were thrilled. While this is an ongoing project, many MU concert programs, photographs, and posters, as well as miscellaneous publications are now in MOspace and available for use. Dates of items range from 1977 to1997. Check back for updates to this growing collection.

 

 

8: Global Journalist Archive Added to MOspace

In 2020, MOspace became the archive for audio recordings of the radio program, “Global Journalists.” As noted on the Global Journalist website: “Global Journalist covers press freedom, human rights and international affairs. The weekly, half-hour discussion is produced by faculty and students of the Missouri School of Journalism and Mid-Missouri Public Radio.” This is a growing collection, with 66 segments produced between 2002-2020 now available.

 

 

9: SISLT Webcast  Recordings

The School of Information Science and Learning Technologies produced webcasts between 2005 and 2015.  On each show practicing librarians and educators were interviewed about topics such as literacy, library positions, library programs, and educational technologies. 245 recordings now are archived in MOspace.

 

10: History of Missouri Place Names in Historical Theses

We are getting close to completion of a project to digitize 18 theses detailing the history of Missouri place names. They were written in the 1920s through the 1940s under the direction of Robert L. Ramsey, professor of English, and provide the origins of the names of counties, townships, post offices, rivers. branches, creeks, ridges, prairies, mounds, hills, valleys, gaps, churches, etc. These are great resources for historical information about Missouri.

 

11: MU Theses and Dissertations

MOspace is the online repository for MU theses and dissertations published since 2006. This collection highlights research being completed at MU. In 2020, we added more than 470 theses and dissertations issued in 2019-2020. In addition, we added 61 older theses and dissertations which we digitized as part of an ongoing project to make these available online. This collection is one of our larger collections, with 9,200 total items, 8,366 of which were issued after 2005. Note: Because Fall 2020 items have not yet been added and authors may request a one-year delay before publication, the 2020 numbers in the graph are not complete.

 

 

12: MU Publications in MOspace

In addition to the MU material mentioned elsewhere, we added current or historical items to several ongoing collections in MOspace, including:

 

 

13: Support for Remote Teaching and Learning

Since our unit focuses on creating and hosting online resources, we were able to support online teaching and learning by digitizing material and hosting online forums.

As an example, we digitized rare items for use in a history course and made the images available in the MU Digital Library:

 

14: University of Missouri Extension

Our MU Extension digitization project got a boost in 2020. As we prepared to move to remote work, we quickly digitized historical MU Extension publications that would provide opportunities for remote work. The publications we digitized were in good condition and could be fed through a scanner with a sheet-feeder, so we were able to quickly digitize a large number of them. Staff reviewed and edited images from their home worksites. In 2020 we added 1,280 MU Extension publications to MOspace. They cover a variety of topics including agriculture, homemaking, recipes, and annual reports.

 

15: Instagram Posts Highlight Work

Digital Services joined forces with the Special Collections and Rare Books Department to inform and entertain Instagram viewers by providing information about the work of both departments and of the resources available in the University of Missouri Libraries.

 

 


16: Celebrating MU Students in Digital Services

In Digital Services, our excellent undergraduate student workers do most of our scanning work. That productivity was missed when we moved to remote work. With a return to campus, we were pleased that two of our long-term students re-joined us in the fall and picked up digitization projects related to rare materials and MU publications.

 

17: Personnel

This year Digital Services saw a lot of new faces. We welcomed a new staff member, Antanella, to our permanent staff of four, and had temporary help from two library staff members – Mara and Peter — who contributed to specific projects. We rely on MU student workers to accomplish our work and were fortunate to have excellent help this year. In addition, in the spring we had two graduate assistants (one of whom was short-term) who helped move projects forward.

 

 

18: Campus Closure Prompts Move to Remote Work

With the rest of the campus, Digital Services moved to remote operations in March. In preparation, staff packed needed resources and made plans for virtual connections. Digital Services was fortunate in being able to continue its work off-site. Staff reviewed and edited digital images, added items to MOspace and the MU Digital Library and worked with others on campus to make their resources available. Other stories on this page feature some of these projects. Fortunately, we were able to return to campus in staggered shifts for the fall semester and resumed our on-site scanning work.

 

19: Mission, Vision, and Values

The members of the University Archives, Special Collections, and Digital Services Division collaboratively drafted mission, vision, and values statements with guidance from Julie Brandt (Institutional Research & Quality Improvement). These will be posted on a forthcoming division website. As part of that process Digital Services reviewed and refined its own mission statement, which is posted here.

 

20: Giving Back to the Library Community

Ying Hu and Felicity Dykas shared tips about supervising students at the 2020 statewide MOBIUS conference held virtually in June. The annual MOBIUS conference is attended by academic and public library workers and provides an opportunity to share with and learn from colleagues.

 

Looking Forward to 2021!

Many of our projects are ongoing and will continue into 2021. We also plan to resume activities that were put on hold due to the accommodations we had to make for Covid-19, including HathiTrust submissions. New in 2021: We will be launching a new site for digital exhibits and forums, such as online poster sessions. We will partner with others on campus to host their events and to develop digital exhibits.
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What the Collections Cuts Mean for You at the Health Sciences Library

This year, the campus is facing the task of reducing our journal costs by $1.2 million for FY2021, which amounts to a 20% reduction compounded by additional subscription cuts at the UM System level.

What does this mean for you?

  • We will be able to retain access to most of the high use journals, and the highly ranked journals with impact factors in the top quartile.
  • We will need to substitute interlibrary loan & pay per view for some of the most expensive journals, especially the ones costing $10,000/year or more.
  • The library will pay to get any articles you need in journals outside of our subscriptions. The image of findit@MU button button provides the most convenient way to request articles.  You can also submit article requests using this form.

Click here to learn more about our data driven approach to these collections cuts. 

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The Mizzou Libraries Are Here For You

Whether you want research help in person while social distancing or remotely from the safety and comfort of your home, the Mizzou Libraries will stay connected with you!

Many library services — including consultations and assistance, library instruction, reserves and events — will continue remotely online through the spring with some in-person options. The emphasis on remote library services will allow faculty and students to continue their work, regardless of location.

Among the changes that library users will continue to find this semester:

  • Library users will be asked to display #ClearCampus app or have symptoms checked, including temperature checks.
  • Everyone in library buildings will need to wear a face mask and maintain 6 feet of physical distancing. Library users may only remove their mask while eating at the Bookmark Cafe on the ground floor. (This University policy does not make an exception for individuals who have received the vaccine.)
  • An MU ID will be required to access the building after 5 pm.
  • Ellis Library will have limited hours. The library will close most nights at 10 pm, and the Check Out and Information desk will close at 8 pm. Visit library.missouri.edu/hours for the latest information on all campus library hours.
  • The Check-Out & Information Desk on the north side of the first floor will serve as a single service desk for assistance in the library. Visit Ask the Librarians! for online help or to schedule a consultation.
  • Furniture and computer workstations will be spread out in order to ensure physical distancing. The library’s Safety Team will monitor the building to make sure all library users are being safe. Library patrons are asked not to move furniture.
  • Study rooms will be single occupancy only. Library patrons must use masks in study rooms and keep doors open for proper ventilation. You can reserve a study room through the online reservation system. We encourage study groups to meet on Zoom or other online platforms. If you need a space to do in-person group work, you many use rooms 114 and 114A. The furniture is set up for groups to work while maintaining proper distances.
  • The ground floor and 1st floors of Ellis Library have been designated as “quiet conversation allowed” for library users, including students who need to attend their online classes in the library. The 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors are designated as quiet study space.
  • Only the west entrance of Ellis Library (near Speaker’s Circle) is currently open. The North entrance and the Grand Reading Room on the 2nd floor are closed due to a window renovation project.
  • The west stacks will be closed. To request books or other items, please place an online request and the library will retrieve them for you.
  • Circulation of books will resume, but receiving materials from other libraries may take longer. Library materials may be quarantined when they are returned, and the items may stay on your library account during that time. No fines will be assessed for items that are in quarantine.
  • Food and drink will only be allowed on the ground floor of the library. Masks must be worn on the ground floor unless the user is actively eating or drinking.
  • DigiPrint services have moved out of Ellis Library and will be located in MU Student Center Room 1212A

Library personnel will carefully assess how the new service models are working and will determine whether services can be gradually scaled up or, conversely, whether conditions will require a return to delivering more services remotely. For the latest information on library services and hours, visit library.missouri.edu. You may also subscribe to one of our weekly email newsletters to stay up to date.

Additional Information Regarding Specialized Libraries
Zalk Veterinary Medical Library

J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library

Engineering Library and Technology Commons

Journalism Library

 

 

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Some Offsite Materials Will Become Unavailable on Jan. 25

Some Mizzou Libraries materials that are shelved offsite are going to be moved to our newly expanded depository starting January 25. While being moved, the materials will not be available for request and will be temporarily listed as unavailable in the library catalog. We anticipate completion of this process by April 30th. Titles may be requested from other Merlin, MOBIUS or Prospector Libraries or via Interlibrary Loan.

Information About Requesting Materials from Other Libraries

Still have questions? Ask the Librarians!

 

 

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Spring 2021 Textbooks Available at the Health Sciences Library

Spring 2021 required and recommended textbooks for classes in the School of NursingSchool of Health Professions and the Department of Health Management and Informatics are now available at the library. Each course has its own corresponding tab.

Paper copies are available on Health Sciences Library Reserve for a 24 hour checkout time. Any duplicate copies of textbooks are available and subject to regular check out times.

Returned print books will be placed under a 72 hour quarantine before they can be checked out again. Expect delays if you wish to check out a print book.

Be aware of the user limits on electronic textbooks. They are different depending on textbook and platform. We make note of any user limits.

Unfortunately, we don’t have all the books required for every class. If we don’t have your textbook, there are several avenues you can use to find a copy, which are all clearly labeled on each class page.

Textbook Guides:

If you need help accessing any of the textbooks, email asklibrary@health.missouri.edu.

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Health Sciences Ebooks Viewed over 100,000 Times Last Year

We recently completed an analysis of our ebook usage for the Health Sciences and Veterinary Medical Libraries.

Our ebook collection of 2000 ebooks was viewed over 100,000 times and of those 2000 ebooks, 30 of them were viewed over 1000 times each! You can browse our ebook collection here.

At the Health Sciences Library, we do our best to purchase the ebook copies of the books you need knowing that our users are not always on campus. Have a book you’d like to recommend? Let us know here. 

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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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Update to Library Hours for Winter Intersession

During the winter intersession, Ellis Library will have limited hours. All libraries will be closed for the campus winter break from Dec. 25 through Jan. 3. For the first two weeks in January, Ellis Library will be open 10 am to 6 pm on Monday through Thursday and 10 am to 5 pm on Friday. The library will be closed weekends.

The specialized libraries will have varying hours and access. Visit library.missouri.edu/hours for the latest information on all campus library hours.

We are happy to continue to provide library services in a safe environment:

  • The Check-Out & Information Desk on the north side of the first floor will serve as a single service desk for assistance in the library. Visit Ask the Librarians! for online help or to schedule a consultation.
  • You are welcome to come into the library and pick your items up at the Checkout & Information desk. We are also continuing curbside service for your convenience. Information about curbside pick up is available here.

The Mizzou Libraries Are Here for You: Updates to Library Services Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic

 

How To Find Dissertations and Theses

We had to cancel Proquest Dissertations Abstracts starting November 30th, but there are several ways you can find dissertations:

For more information on how to find dissertations and theses using this tools and information about borrowing, visit our dissertations guide.

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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.