This morning we have some good news—we have been advised by the Provost’s Office that we will be getting funds restored to us that were cut from our collections budget for FY18, the fiscal year we are in now. This will enable us NOT to have to make the terrible serials cuts that were planned. We don’t know the exact amount yet, but I will share it as soon as possible. Of course we will continue to manage our collections budget to the most advantage we can to support research and scholarly work.
In other news, the Libraries are hosting some donors this Friday morning, who MAY make a major gift in the future to help us add a digital media/makerspace area. You may see us touring around the Info Commons and West Reference. If you’re over there at that time, be your cheerful, busy selves.
We also have the new Chancellor, Alex Cartwright, scheduled to speak at our Oct. 10 Staff Advisory Group meeting at 10 am in Ellis 114A. Plan now to attend! Watch for the meeting notice.
I’m hoping for good news soon on building the extension to UMLD1. Keep your fingers crossed!
Notices have gone out to those appointed to Library committees this year. LMT did some revision to the committee structure, and the Exhibits Committee and Marketing Committee now don’t have appointees other than the people whose work relates to the groups. We have discontinued the Faculty Lecture Series Committee also. Thanks to all who volunteered to serve on the committees we have, which help us do our work.
Information has gone out on the memorial service for Debbie Melvin. I know you all join me in offering condolences to her family. This has been a tough year, to lose two long-time staff. Karla Geerlings has been gone less than six months, and of course lives on in our memories. Work is a big part of most people’s lives, and the Libraries are very fortunate to have dedicated staff who have stayed with us for many years. Let’s all be thankful for each other as we move into another academic year.
The Libraries have an immediate opening for a Library Specialist at UMLD. This position is open to current university employees only.
For additional information, including salary, work hours, and how to apply, please visit the Libraries webpage at http://library.missouri.edu/about/employment/employopp/#staff_job_openings.
Last week, we were honored to celebrate Michael Spears and his 20 years of service at the University of Missouri. During the celebration, Michael was presented his 20 years of service certificate to commemorate his time and hard work at Mizzou. Anyone who uses our health sciences library website has benefited from Mike’s skills where his programming helps get our web visitors to the information they need smoothly and quickly.
All of our staff rely on Mike for his patient and effective approach to troubleshooting. He has a special gift for working with people at all levels of computer expertise, and never talks down to someone who knows less than he does.
We want to congratulate Mike on his 20 years and thank him for making a difference in quality of their computing experience for both library staff and library users.
The Mizzou Facebook account posted a photo of students studying in the Grand Reading Room of Ellis Library for their announcement of the Missouri Land Grant Compact!
We have had lots of new posts to the Newshub this week.
“Crowds gather on University of Missouri campus to witness totality”
Columbia Daily Tribune, August 21, 2017
“Astronomers’ group to collect, redistribute eclipse glasses”
Columbia Missourian, August 22, 2017
Peter Kouba has started as a Library Information Assistant in Circulation Reserve. His first day was Thursday, August 24.
A Celebration of Life for Debbie Melvin will be held at Living Faith Church in Ashland on Saturday, September 2, 11am. The family has requested that attendees do not wear black. An obituary for Debbie will run in this Sunday’s (8/27) Tribune.
Living Faith Church
7991 E. Route Y
Ashland, MO 65010
The Libraries have several positions available. To review open positions, please visit http://library.missouri.edu/about/employment/employopp/.
Join us on August 30th at 4 p.m. in Ellis Auditorium for a viewing of the PBS documentary Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story. If you don’t have time to read this year’s One Read Program pick, Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in World War II by Richard Reeves, or if you want to learn more, this is the event for you. This PBS documentary tells the story of Japanese-American internment through the experience, resistance, and trial of Fred Korematsu.
Snacks will be provided thanks to the Friends of the University of Missouri Libraries.
The One Read Program, which promotes conversations regarding diversity, inclusion, and social justice through students, faculty, and staff reading a particular book together, is sponsored by Mizzou Law and Mizzou Libraries. For more information, see this guide or visit the exhibit through September 29. Copies of the book are available for checkout.