home Uncategorized Interlibrary Loan Delivers for Doctors in a Time Crunch

Interlibrary Loan Delivers for Doctors in a Time Crunch

Ever wonder who is behind the magic of Interlibrary Loan? At the Health Sciences Library it’s Katy Emerson.

She’s the one who receives your requests, scans what you need, and emails it to your inbox, all in the matter of a few hours.

If you search for an article and are hit with a paywall or told the library doesn’t have access, don’t worry! You can request it and Katy will work her magic.

Not only will she find articles the library doesn’t have access to, she will often scan items we have on site to save you the trip to your library.

“What I like most is getting to deliver articles to clinicians. It feels good knowing that the work I do could be having a positive impact on patient care.”

Last year, Katy and the Health Sciences Library’s Interlibrary Loan department borrowed close to 4500 articles and delivered another 1800 articles we had available on site all at no cost to our users. Interlibrary Loan is a free service for Mizzou.

To request articles and books, click on the Findit@MU button if it’s available or you can always fill out a request form.




Cycle of Success is the idea that libraries, faculty, and students are linked; for one to truly succeed, we must all succeed. The path to success is formed by the connections between University of Missouri Libraries and faculty members, between faculty members and students, and between students and the libraries that serve them. More than just success, this is also a connection of mutual respect, support, and commitment to forward-thinking research.

If you would like to submit your own success story about how the libraries have helped your research and/or workplease use the Cycle of Success form.

Taira Meadowcroft

Taira Meadowcroft is the Public Health and Community Engagement Librarian at the Health Sciences Library at the University of Missouri.

home Special Collections and Archives, Support the Libraries, Uncategorized Social Media Challenges for Mizzou Giving Day 2018

Social Media Challenges for Mizzou Giving Day 2018

Are you prepared to participate in the Mizzou Giving Day 2018 social media challenges?? Get ready to tweet…

March 14

  • NOON
    Challenge 1: Hide-and-Seek
    Five Truman the Tiger stuffed animals will be hiding throughout the Mizzou campus on Mizzou Giving Day. Find one and post a selfie using #MizzouGivingDay. You could win bonus money for your favorite Mizzou school, college or program.
  • 2pm
    Challenge 2: Draw the Logo
    Let’s see what kind of artists we have in the Mizzou family. Draw the Mizzou logo, and tag it with #MizzouGivingDay to win bonus money for the school, college or program of your choice.
  • 5pm
    Challenge 3: Mizzou Abroad
    From the Eiffel Tower to the Great Wall of China, Tigers represent. Tag your best selfie wearing Mizzou gear around the world with #MizzouGivingDay, and win bonus money to support a Mizzou school, college or program.

March 15

  • 9am
    Challenge 4: Campus Close-Up
    How well do you know some of Mizzou’s iconic landmarks? We’ll zoom in on a photo of something or someplace you’ve walked past every day on campus. Identify it, and bonus money is yours to donate to the Mizzou school, college or program that means the most to you.
  • 11am
    Challenge 5: Show Your Stripes
    Share a photo or video of you wearing your best black and gold. Use the #MizzouGivingDay tag, and win bonus money to support the Mizzou school, college or program of your choice.

NEVER FORGET that awesome moment last year when Mizzou undergraduate Taylor Tutin won $900 for Mizzou Libraries during a social media challenge!! THANK YOU, TAYLOR!


home Uncategorized Mizzou Giving Day: One Day to Make a Difference

Mizzou Giving Day: One Day to Make a Difference

Your Gift Has More Impact on Mizzou Giving Day

Mizzou Giving Day is a day for everyone who loves Mizzou to combine our support and maximize our impact. This year’s 24-hour campaign will take place from noon on March 14 to noon on March 15.

Schools, colleges, and campus programs will have the opportunity to earn additional support from two “prize pools”. Prizes will go to the top five finishers in each competition. Generous donors have contributed challenge funds that provide a way for social media users to win funds for the University Libraries.

This year’s challenges include:

  • Most dollars raised by school, college, or program
  • Most donations by school, college, or program
  • 15 social media challenges

The University Libraries priorities for this year’s Giving Day:

Special Collections & Rare Books Renovation Fund
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Friends of the Library
The University of Missouri Libraries have been leaning on the Friends of the Library since a group of alumni and friends met in the Student Union in 1960 with an idea to make our university stronger. They recognized that a gift to University Libraries impacts every student and every program. Please join us as we set our sights on 1,000 members in Friends of the Library! Great universities have great libraries. Help us build a better Mizzou by supporting the core of the academic experience, our libraries!

Collection Enhancement Fund
This fund provides for the care and growth of our collections. If you are interested in supporting access to scholarly material, this is the fund for you! Help us complete our progress toward $50,000 for collections enhancement.

Spread the Word

Your support will make Mizzou Giving Day a success. Use the hashtag #MizzouGivingDay — on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram — to spread the word and inspire other Tigers to make a difference at Mizzou.

home Uncategorized Open Textbook Library Review Workshop

Open Textbook Library Review Workshop

Are you an instructor who is concerned about the impact of high textbook costs on your students?

Explore possible open textbook solutions by attending the Open Textbook Library Review Workshop — a one-hour session where you can discover open textbooks in your field. After the workshop, you’ll be asked to write a short review of an open textbook from the Open Textbook Library Your review will benefit other faculty considering open textbooks. You’ll receive a $250 stipend* for your participation and written review.

*Because not all subjects are covered in the OTL, this will not be an open event. Faculty from specific departments will be invited to participate. $250 participation award from the A&OER grant program will be provided to each faculty member who both attends the workshop and completes a OTL textbook review.

Date: March 9th, 2018
Time: 2-3pm
Location: Ellis Library 114A

Registration URL: http://bit.ly/OpenTextbookWorkshopRegistration

More information:

  • If you have questions about this workshop or open textbooks, please contact Grace Atkins, the Open Educational and Outreach Librarian at atkinsge@missouri.edu.
  • For more information about OER on our campus, visit missouri.edu
  • For more information about the UM System’s Affordable & Open Educational Resources faculty grant program, visit edu/ums/aa/oer


How to avoid fines on equipment

We all know that everyone is busy and you don’t want to return equipment late and find out that you have fines for returning it late.

  • Look over our equipment page which tells you what we have to check out and what the check out times are.
  • Look over the equipment agreement form that you signed to be able to check out equipment.
  • You can always check your Merlin account online which tells you what you have checked out and when it’s due.
  • Create a calendar alert on your phone to tell you when items are due.
  • When checking out the equipment you can have the desk attendant show you on his/her checkout screen to see exactly when it’s due.
  • Watch your email for courtesy/overdue reminders and always check your spam folder.
  • If you can’t get back in time for when the equipment is due, call the library to get it extended 573-882-7502.  You can also contact Mary McFillen, Sue Schuermann, Danielle Wilson or Dorothy Carner.
  • If you do get fined for late equipment, remember that you will get charges for each piece of equipment you check out.  That can be several items on a camera kit.
  • Here are how fines work:
  • Fines for Reserve Books & Equipment

    Overdue Books on Reserve = $2/hr/book

    Overdue Equipment = $2/hr with $50 maximum

    Items not returned will need to be replaced with an exact replacement. Items not returned or replaced will result in a replacement cost and loss of MU Library checkout privileges and if replacement costs are high enough and you do not respond to emails about overdue or billed equipment, you can have a report filed on you at the Student Conduct Center. Always answer any emails about overdue equipment. Equipment must be returned or replaced. Fines can be negotiated on request.

    Returning Overdue Reserve/Equipment Items Will Not Remove Fines


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.

home Uncategorized University of Missouri Libraries Spring Events

University of Missouri Libraries Spring Events

Unbound Book Festival
Friday & Saturday, April 20 & 21

  • Unbound is a book festival in Columbia, Missouri, which celebrates literature of all kinds. Nationally-recognized and bestselling authors across many different genres will come to mid-Missouri to discuss their work and participate in a variety of stimulating events and environments. The third annual event will kickoff with a keynote address from Zadie Smith on Friday night at the Missouri Theatre and a full day of events on the campus of Stephens College on Saturday. There will be separate programs for Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Children’s Events. And it’s all completely free!
  • The University Libraries will sponsor a panel discussion at Unbound, focused on the archiving of writer’s works.
    • David Crespy, MU theatre professor, and Anselm Huelsbergen, university archivist, will discuss use of the Lanford Wilson papers from University Archives. Crespy is currently teaching a class utilizing the collection and has written a book on Wilson.
    • Authors William Least Heat-Moon and JoAnn Trogdon will talk about their use of archives in their writing, and their plans to give the University Libraries their notes and manuscripts.


“Missouri Self-Taught: Lanford Wilson and the American Drama”
Thursday, April 26 to Sunday, April 29

This interdisciplinary conference, which will be held at the MU Department of Theatre, will take place in conjunction with the University of Missouri Press publication of Lanford Wilson: Early Stories, Sketches, and Poems, edited by David A. Crespy, a new production of The Rimers of Eldritch presented by the university theatre department, and MU Library’s recent procurement of the Lanford Wilson Collection, an archive that is available to conference attendees for research and study. Registration is free.

Library Society and Legacy Society Joint Reception

Friday, April 27

The Library Society’s 14th annual event will be a reception with the Legacy Society featuring Marshall W. Mason, a Tony award-winning director. In addition, guests will enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, a full bar, and a jazz quartet. The reception will take place from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the Ellis Library Grand Reading Room.


For more information about any of these events, contact University Libraries Advancement at 573-882-4701 or vosss@missouri.edu.


home Uncategorized Is universal access to all knowledge an attainable goal?

Is universal access to all knowledge an attainable goal?

Imagine a world with unlimited access to any and all kinds of information. There’d be no barriers to learning. Books, music, video, software and other media would be freely available to everyone. Brewster Kahle dreams about creating such a world.

Read more at the Reynolds Journalism Institute blog: Is universal access to all knowledge an attainable goal?

home Uncategorized ULSAC Great Libraries Research Trip: Apply!

ULSAC Great Libraries Research Trip: Apply!

In order to better understand what a great academic library is, ULSAC will be sending members to the Research Triangle in North Carolina to collect information that will aid in the creation of the Student Vision Project. Attendees will report back to ULSAC on the great academic libraries at Duke University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina. Their perspective will shape the final draft of the Student Vision Report, which will be used to communicate with stakeholders and administrators on how Mizzou Libraries should best serve student needs moving forward.

Congratulations to the following ULSAC members who have applied and been approved:

  • Alex Johar (ULSAC Chair, Library Ambassador, former RHA rep)
  • Billy Donley (Library Ambassador)
  • Garren Wegener (Library Ambassador, former RHA rep)
  • Kendal Lynne Lowrey (GPC)
  • Taylor Tutin (MSA)

There is still one remaining slot. All ULSAC members and Library Ambassadors are encouraged to apply.

  • Email your Application to ULSAC advisor Grace Atkins at atkinsge@missouri.edu.
  • The trip will take place the week before Mizzou’s Spring 2018 semester starts.
  • The new deadline is Monday, Nov. 27 at 11:59pm.

home Uncategorized Inside Internet Archive: 10PB+ of storage in a church… oh, and a little fight to preserve truth

Inside Internet Archive: 10PB+ of storage in a church… oh, and a little fight to preserve truth

At the Internet Archive’s headquarters in San Francisco, California, on Wednesday, technologists, educators, archivists, and others fact-oriented folks gathered to discuss how they and the like-minded can save news from the memory hole.

Read more at the Reynolds Journalism Institute blog: Inside Internet Archive: 10PB+ of storage in a church… oh, and a little fight to preserve truth

home Uncategorized Changing media landscape adds yet another challenge to archivists of born-digital news content

Changing media landscape adds yet another challenge to archivists of born-digital news content

At Dodging the Memory Hole 2017, the changing landscape of the news media underpinned presentations by stakeholders and digital preservation practitioners who think about this issue on a daily basis.

Read more at the Reynolds Journalism Institute blog: Changing media landscape adds yet another challenge to archivists of born-digital news content