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Search Committee Rosters

Here are the search committees rosters for the six search committees that were launched this year:

Community Engagement Librarian
Chair, Deb Ward
Shannon Cary
Paula Roper
Jenny Thompson
Rae Thudium
Sheila Voss

Systems Librarian

Chair, Steven Pryor
Stephanie Chinn, MS&T
Jaleh Fazelian, UMSL
Buddy Pennington, UMKC
Ernest Shaw

AUL for Acquisitions, Collections and Technical Services

Chair, Deb Ward
Kathy Peters
Jeannette Pierce
Chris Pryor
Jennifer Walker

Chair, Seth Huber
Amanda Sprochi
Jennifer Walker
Ashley Granger

Electronic Resources Librarian(Completed)
Chair, Rhonda Whithaus
Abbie Brown
Noel Kopriva
Kimberly Moeller
David Walsh
Rhonda Whithaus, chair

Three Research & Instruction Librarians
Co-chairs, Janice Dysart and Anne Barker
John Henry Adams
Rachel Alexander
Sandy Schiefer
Ying Hu

home Staff news Welcome to Britany Saunders

Welcome to Britany Saunders

Britany Saunders started her new full-time job as a library information specialist for Digital Initiatives on September 19. She had worked in a part-time position for Digital Scholarship/Services since September 2019.

home Staff news Welcome to Donnie Spicer

Welcome to Donnie Spicer

Donnie Spicer joined the MU Libraries on January 10 as our new lead driver. Welcome, Donnie!

home Staff news Welcome to Gail Biggerstaff

Welcome to Gail Biggerstaff

Gail Biggerstaff joined the MU Libraries on January 9 as our new senior security officer. Welcome, Gail!

home Staff news Goodbye to Dave Walsh

Goodbye to Dave Walsh

Dave Walsh will retire from the University of Missouri effective December 15 – next Thursday. Please join me in congratulating him on this milestone! Dave has worked for the University for over 20 years. We are grateful for his many contributions to the Libraries and for his genuine commitment to improving the online research experience for faculty and students.

After the 15th, please send any emails that you might have previously sent to Dave to Stara Herron (herrons@missouri.edu). Stara will continue the work of the ACTS Electronic Resources Unit.

Congratulations Dave!

–Jenny Thompson

home Staff news Congratulations to Steven Pryor

Congratulations to Steven Pryor

I’d like to ensure that everyone understands what we are doing to strengthen our capacity to complete the implementation of FOLIO and continue the development of the UM Libraries’ platform. We have done a minor reorganization within the MU Libraries, creating a director of digital initiatives position to focus on MOspace, the Digital Library, the UM library services platform, and related database efforts that the Libraries may undertake in the future. The director of digital initiatives will oversee efforts in digital scholarship and FOLIO, and will have oversight of personnel in those areas.

It is my pleasure to announce that Steven Pryor is the first to be appointed to this new position here at MU, effective December 1, 2022. Steven has the experience and skills to be effective in this role, as evidenced by his work in these areas at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and the University of Washington in Seattle. At SIUE he implemented and launched the university’s first institutional repository, and at UW he worked to develop a new data repository, support the integrated library system, and launch new publishing platforms for researchers.

Steven has served here at Mizzou since the fall of 2018, and he has proven his skills and abilities consistently here at Mizzou. As Digital Scholarship Librarian he worked to promote and collect content for MOspace, consult with and advise researchers on data management and digital research and earned certification as a “Carpentries” instructor to teach Software and Data Carpentry workshops that introduce foundational coding and research computing skills to researchers. As MU Head of Digital Services, later renamed Digital Scholarship, he added oversight of the Libraries’ digitization activities and direct responsibility for MOspace and the Digital Library. In this position he has worked to introduce and refine new technology, scripting and automation, a ticketing/project management system, launch a new journal publishing platform, and other tools and processes to improve or ensure user satisfaction, image quality, and preservation. And most recently he has worked to ensure continuity in the ongoing FOLIO migration in tracking and reporting issues, troubleshooting and resolving system problems, and facilitating the various continuing post-migration cleanup and administrative tasks for both MU and UM Systems.

We are currently working on the paperwork to open the vacant position of Technical Services Librarian, renamed Systems Librarian, that works with the FOLIO Taskforce that includes members from all four campuses. We must replace this position as soon as possible to strengthen our implementation efforts. As soon as possible after that, we plan to open the vacant position for the Digital Scholarship Librarian that serves the MU campus only. This position will provide the support needed for the future of MOSpace, digitization, carpentry instruction and other digital scholarship efforts.

Please join me in congratulating Steven Pryor on his new role, and work with him collaboratively going forward for the success of the Libraries!

–Deb Ward

home Staff news Congratulations to Taira Meadowcroft

Congratulations to Taira Meadowcroft

Taira Meadowcroft has accepted the position of Public Health and Community Engagement Librarian at the Health Sciences Library effective December 1st. Reporting to the Director of the Health Sciences Library, this is a newly created role that will focus on promoting public health initiatives across the University of Missouri campus, build collaborative partnerships, and expand opportunities for users across the state to engage with the J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library. As she moves into this new role, we will be posting Taira’s current role so more details to come about that.

Taira joined the University of Missouri Libraries as a Graduate Library Assistant in August 2014 and was later hired as the Information Services Librarian at the Health Sciences Librarian in July 2015. She has also worked as a Library Associate at the Daniel Boone Regional Library and as Public Library Leadership Fellow with the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies here at MU. Taira graduated from SISLT with her MLIS in 2015 and holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Truman State University. She has been an active member of several library committees and has also volunteered as a conference planning team member for the Library Marketing & Communications Conference.

I am thrilled that Taira is taking on this new role that will utilize so many of her skills to help further our growing connections with the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, and the School of Health Professions. Please join me in congratulating Taira on this new opportunity!

home Staff news Congratulations to Larry Dietzel and Goodbye to Monique Fugate

Congratulations to Larry Dietzel and Goodbye to Monique Fugate

Larry Dietzel became the Head of the Safety Team, effective Sunday, November 27, 2022. Please join me in congratulating him on this advancement in the Libraries.

Monique Fugate left the Libraries. Her last day working in Ellis Library was Saturday, November 26, 2022. Please join me in wishing her the best in the next stage of her career.

–Kathy Peters

home Staff news Goodbye to Duane Bittle

Goodbye to Duane Bittle

Goodbye to Duane Bittle as he moves on to a new position at MU. Interim plans for managing receiving room duties and mail runs are still in the works. More information will be released as it becomes available.

home Staff news Goodbye to Courtney Gillie, LIS in Special Collections

Goodbye to Courtney Gillie, LIS in Special Collections

Courtney Gillie is leaving Special Collections to take a full-time position at the State Historical Society. Their last day with the Libraries will be Monday, November 21. Courtney has done amazing work on a variety of projects, from processing to public services, and always makes sure the Special Collections reading room runs smoothly. They will be missed!