Edward McCain, the Digital Curator of Journalism at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute is retiring from the MU Libraries as of September 30th. He has been with the libraries for the last nine years and has made great strides moving the efforts of digital news preservation forward here at the University as well as laid groundwork that could have a direct impact on the news industry. Through Edward’s efforts, he worked with a collaborative team that was awarded a Mellon grant that produced the 2021 report, “Endangered But Not Too Late: The State of Digital News Preservation,” which provided actionable recommendations of how to work collaboratively to advance digital news preservation into reality.
Thank you Edward for everything that you have accomplished and please join me in wishing him all the best with his retirement!
I emailed (see below) everyone earlier in the week that we need help with the Homecoming Open House at Ellis Library. I wanted to let you know that LMT has approved overtime pay for staff members who want to help out. You may also be able to work out leave time with your supervisor if that is your preference. Also, if you have any student workers who might want some extra hours, please let them know about this opportunity. And thanks to Cindy Cotner and Ying Hu who have already said they would pitch in!
“Good morning! We will be hosting our annual Ellis Library Open House after the Homecoming Parade on Oct. 22. The event will be from 10 am to noon, and we will also need some help with set up starting around 9 am. It’s always a fun event, we provide snacks and drinks, plus family friendly activities, such as button making and decorating mini pumpkins.
If you can help out (please check with your supervisor first), please let me know by the end of this week.”
We now have over 4,500 followers on Instagram! If you are not following @Mizzou.Libraries on Instagram, you are missing out! Thanks to Taira Meadowcroft who coordinates the account and creates a lot of the content. Thanks to Ashley Granger, Mara Inge and Gwen Gray for also helping with content.
Thank you to everyone who came to Safe Space Training! We had 14 people attend in person and 23 people online. We appreciate you taking the time out of your busy day to engage in such important conversations.
And mark you calendars for a presentation by Lily Hunter on October 25th. This presentation will focus on being disabled in the work place. Once we solidify more details, we will send out another email and a calendar invite.
-IDEA Committee (Amanda Sprochi, Lily Hunter, Paula Roper, Taira Meadowcroft)
This online session is an introduction to digital accessibility for content creators. Access to websites and digital content is essential for employment, education, and independent living. We can produce digital content that makes it more or less usable for people with disabilities. The goal of digital accessibility is to create content available and usable by as many people as possible, including those with disabilities. In this session, we will cover what digital accessibility is, and the basic techniques designers, creators, and editors can use to improve the accessibility of digital content.
Congratulations to Dorothy Carner and Felicity Dykas who have received Emerita designations, which are granted by the Provost. Dorothy formerly served as the head of the journalism library and Felicity served as head of digital services.