home Staff news Congratulations to Erin Merrill

Congratulations to Erin Merrill

Congratulations to Erin Merrill on her reclassification to Library Specialist Senior!

home Staff news Goodbye to Mike Muchow

Goodbye to Mike Muchow

Mike Muchow retires today after 31 years of service to the University of Missouri Libraries. We will miss Mike’s humanities subject expertise, his deep collection development knowledge, his commitment to students, his willingness to engage with new technologies, and his sense of humor. Mike has always been an innovative and out-of-the-box thinker who has shared ideas to improve services and worked to make them a reality. For example, when the Reference Department thought the library needed a web presence (many years ago) he taught himself HTML and created the first MU Libraries’ web pages. Mike was the first to create online tutorials and even created our first stacks maps on the web. Mike’s Thompson Folk Motif Index Bibliography and his End-Note for Windows are among our most used online guides. Mike convened the Long-Range Planning Committee under Ann Riley. The committee produced an influential report on current and future trends for academic libraries that included recommendations for strategies and innovative directions which influenced our service planning in RAIS and our space planning with Shepley-Bullfinch and beyond. Through the years, Mike has served on impactful university committees such as Student Conduct, Student Records, and Faculty Council.

In addition to his work as a subject librarian, Mike became our resident Ellis Library building historian. He created valuable historical content for our Centennial Celebration which regularly comes in handy as we answer questions from our users and most recently as we prepared our NEH West Stacks Renovation grant application. If you have never looked at Mike’s guide on the history of the Ellis Library building, you can find it at Ellis Old & New. Due to his expertise in the history of our building and services, Mike has become our go to person for library tours. I, for one, have tried not to miss an opportunity to join one of Mike’s tours.

Please note that Rachel Brekhus will assume ongoing subject librarian responsibility for Archaeology and Classical Studies which are part of the Department of Classics, Archaeology, and Religion in A&S. Anne Barker is kindly assuming interim responsibility for Music and Theater in A&S and the School of Visual Studies which includes Art, Art History, Digital Storytelling, Film Studies, and Graphic Design. We will be opening a search for a new Humanities librarian this fall.


home Staff news Goodbye to Jade Lemmon

Goodbye to Jade Lemmon

Jade Lemmon has accepted a job opportunity as the Marketing and Client Services Specialist at Dobies, a healthcare marketing firm in Kansas City. Her last day will be July 22. Jade said she will remember her time at Mizzou fondly but could not turn down the opportunity for professional advancement and a chance to live in Kansas City, close to many of her best friends. The University Libraries will miss Jade, as her great attitude and fast learning curve made her an ideal colleague. In her short time here, she helped improve donor stewardship, made important contributions to the libraries marketing team, took the lead role in planning and executing our spring Library Society event and coordinated the activities of our Friends of the Libraries Council. Please wish Jade well as she embarks on this next step in her career.

home Staff news Employee Updates

Employee Updates

Danielle Gorman is transferring to the full-time LIS position in Digital Services, effective 07/11/2022. She will report to Steven Pryor.

Jara Anderson will be transferring to the full-time LIS Sr position in Vet Med, effective 07/18/2022. She will report to Rae Thudium.

home Staff news Celebration of Service Comments

Celebration of Service Comments

5 Years

Joe Askins
Joe has a strong vision for how the library presents information about our services and has strengthened how our Libraries communicate with our campus partners. He successfully restructured, promoted, and expanded our workshop programming resulting in increased attendance at scheduled workshops and new requests for on-demand programming. A faculty member commented that “…Joe is always so patient with students’ questions, as well as helping to make sure that they understand what they’re learning before moving on…I’ve gotten nothing but positive feedback from students about our lesson with Joe.” Thank you, Joe, for your outstanding contributions to the University Libraries’ strategic goal to be active partners in student-centered learning.
–Jeannette Pierce

Christianne Benedict

Christianne Benedict started with us as a temporary worker, and quickly proved how invaluable she was to our U2 operations. Whether it’s range planning, processing materials, or just a recommendation for the worst horror movie you have ever seen, Christianne is always there to help. Christianne, we are so glad to have you, congratulations on five years of service!
-Kevin McFillen

Seth Huber
Seth has served the UM System for 5 years, the last 3 here at MU. As Head of Cataloging, he has steered us successfully through big projects while maintaining a high level of service in day-to-day activities. His attention to detail and high standards are invaluable to the first UM ILS migration in over two decades. He is part of the MU team, but serves all the UM campuses as part of this project bringing needed leadership and guidance. I cannot thank him enough for his contributions and know that the success of our endeavors are due in large part to him.
-Corrie Hutchinson

Peter Kouba
While only at the journalism library for a few months, Peter has made amazing progress in learning the workings of the j-library. He is proactive and starts projects as soon as he is aware of them. Peter is thorough and takes great care in his work. He provides excellent service to our students and faculty. Peter is pleasant and kind, and you can sense he really cares about his work and supporting the students through our services. He is a great addition to our journalism library team. Congratulations on 5 years at MU libraries!
-Sandy Schiefer

10 Years

Eric Cusick
Circulation Desk
Evenings and weekends worker
Sleeps late, strong coffee
-Burt Fields

Jacqueline Eiben
In the 2 ½ years that I’ve worked with Jacqueline, I’ve discovered that behind her quiet demeanor is a steely determination to bring improvements to the Libraries. Known for her accuracy in note taking and her relentless pursuit of administrative paperwork, she has the expected qualities of being highly organized and taking a creative approach to problem-solving. Jacqueline is not only reliable, but she is also kind, cheerful, flexible, and supportive of her co-workers. She has a remarkably gentle way of reminding the boss of overlooked tasks and finding forgotten agenda items to bring back to LMT. We are all better off for having Jacqueline on our team! Thanks, Jacqueline, for 10 years of service at MU!
-Deb Ward

15 Years

Shannon Cary
Everyone knows Shannon as the voice of the Libraries’ communications, but few have the pleasure of working with her on a regular basis. As you would expect of someone in the communicator role, Shannon is organized, she pays close attention to detail, and she’s highly focused on accuracy and outcomes. From routine messages to the annual report, Shannon has it covered! I’ve learned in working with her that she has not only resilience, but also a calm, steady approach to her work that contributes to her success. Event planning and signage also fall in her scope of duties, and due to her solid experience with both, everyone relies on her good judgment to keep everything on track and moving forward. Thanks, Shannon, for 15 years of giving the Libraries voice and visibility within our academic community!
-Deb Ward

Ruth Feldkamp
Ruth is one of the nicest people at the library and is always willing to help however she can. Her hard work and dedication are one of the biggest reasons that keep Physical Processing running smoothly. Transitioning to a new supervisor can be tough, but Ruth has been very supportive and has helped me a lot as I figured out my role in Physical Processing. We are truly thankful to have her here in ACTS.
-Joel Kramer

20 Years

Daniel Akins
Dan Akins has been the heart of our U1 operations for the last twenty years. The depository has gone through a great deal of change recently–due to construction, large-scale collection moves, and smaller projects that change our operations—and through it all we have depended on Dan to be the rock that makes sure our day-to-day operations stay on track. Thank you, Dan, for all of your hard work, and congratulations on twenty years of service!
-Kevin McFillen

Jim Borwick
While Jim has been a member of Library Technology Services for the last two years, his brings with him an additional 18 years of excellent service to the University. I appreciate your hard work and dedication that puts into the future of the UM Digital Library, as well as the knowledge, perspective, and personality that you bring to LTS. Thank you for your service, we look forward to seeing the great things to come with the digital library and future projects.
–Ernest Shaw

Anselm Huelsbergen
Anselm is that he is an extraordinarily kind, competent and efficient leader of the University Archives. We are fortunate to have someone with Anselm’s expertise and good sense working to preserve and make accessible our institution’s history. Faculty and students regularly comment on his positive contributions to their work. One professor shared that “…Anselm really changed several of our students lives in the process of learning about archives.” A Ph.D. student commenting on his regular consultations with Anselm shared “As I pursue the rigors of a scholarly path, it is reassuring to know that I have resources at the library like Anselm I can turn to for help.” Thank you to Anselm for the extraordinary work he does for the University of Missouri as our University Archivist.
–Jeannette Pierce

25 Years

Ivy Hui
Seek! Persist! Obtain!
ILL Borrowing Queen
Pleased, grateful patrons.
–Cindy Cotner

Michael Spears
Michael joined the Health Sciences Library in 1999, previously doing IT support for the MU Law School. Throughout his time working at the Libraries he has taken on many roles including moving furniture, providing desktop support as well as web programming that have fueled continued improvement and innovation in the access and support of electronic resources. You have been such a significant part of our team, we can’t imagine our workplace without you.
–Ernest Shaw

Deb Ward
I have had the immense pleasure of working with Deb over the past several years, and no one is a greater champion of the importance of the libraries. She has led the library through challenging times, and is helping craft a vision for its future. Deb has educated me on the myriad ways the library is essential to all aspects of the university’s mission, and her passion for MU and the library’s role in its continued success is inspiring.
–Dr. Matthew Martens

home Staff news Photos Needed for Celebration of Service

Photos Needed for Celebration of Service

If you have any work-related photos from the last year that you would like to share with your colleagues, please send it to Shannon Cary (carysn@missouri.edu) by next Wednesday for inclusion in a Celebration of Service slide show. Thanks!

home Staff news Staff Recognition Week, May 16-20

Staff Recognition Week, May 16-20

Staff Recognition Week is COMING SOON! Staff Advisory Council invites you
to join us May 16-20 for the 2022 Staff Recognition Week.

Highlights include:

Monday, May 16
• Try MizzouRec | All week
• HR Professional Development and Training | Online, various times

Tuesday, May 17
• Arts & Crafts Showcase | Grand Opening 12 p.m. | Stotler Lounge
• Virtual Cook Along with Chef Eric | Zoom, 6 p.m.
• HR Professional Development and Training | Online, various times

Wednesday, May 18
• Carnival on the Court | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Kuhlman Court
• Free Staff Lunch | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | MU Student Center
• HR Professional Development and Training | Online, various times
• Mizzou Store 25% off Mizzou gifts and Merchandise | All day

Thursday, May 19
• Awards Ceremony | 1:30 p.m. | Bush Auditorium, Cornell Hall
• Mizzou Botanic Gardens Scavenger Hunt | All week event | Submission deadline 4 p.m.

Friday, May 20
• Nailed It! Contest | All week event | Submission deadline 5 p.m.

• Virtual 5k Walk/Run | All week event | Submission deadline 11:59 p.m.

Carnival on the Court
Join us for a Carnival on Kuhlman Court before or after you visit the Free Staff Lunch. Truman the Tiger will be in attendance and the Helmet Cart will be available for viewing and pics. There will be information tables from campus groups and organizations that would be of interest to staff. Additionally, there will be prizes and giveaways.

Free Staff Lunch
Come join us for a free lunch in staff member’s honor. We will be serving up BBQ chicken, Black Bean Burgers, Coleslaw, Baked Beans, Drinks and Dessert.

Awards Ceremony
At the Staff Recognition Week Award Ceremony, we will honor outstanding staff members who have won Staff Recognition Week awards and we celebrate staff members celebrating milestone anniversaries.

Virtual Cook Along
Chef Eric Cartwright will virtually lead an interactive cooking demonstration/cook-along for MU and UM System staff members (registration required by Wednesday, May 11). Participants will receive a shopping list, recipe, and Zoom link in advance of the event. On the night of the event, registered participants will connect via Zoom to create one-pan Chicken & Orzo with Spinach & Feta with Chef Cartwright. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and interact with the Chef as they prepare their dish from the privacy and comfort of their own kitchen. Participants will be entered to win door prizes.

5k Walk/Run
Walk or run your way to 5K anytime during Staff Recognition Week. You can track your progress with a free digital application, such as “MapMyWalk”, and share it on the SAC Facebook page to encourage other staff to get out and move! Submit a photo/screenshot of your completed 5k here. (link will be active 8 a.m. May 16 through 11:55 p.m. May 20) Participants will be entered to win door prizes.

Virtual HR Classes
The Office of Human resources will offer virtual professional development and training seminars May 16-19. For a full description of available seminars and/or to register, please see HR’s Staff Development Week webpage.

Arts & Crafts Showcase
The Arts & Crafts showcase highlights the many talented staff we have across campus. Staff members will display their work, including pottery, leatherwork, woodwork, quilting, and more. This is a great opportunity to see the skills and talents of your fellow University staff members and maybe pick up a new hobby of your own. The Arts & Crafts Showcase will have its grand opening in Stotler Lounger at noon on Tuesday, May 17. It will be also be open 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

Mizzou Nailed It!
Recreate Truman the Tiger with consumable products and enter to win prizes! Whether it’s cake, cookies, cupcakes or meatloaf – we want to see your Truman creations!

Please send photos of your entries to staffadvisorycouncil@missouri.edu by Friday, May 20th. We will be awarding prizes to the best and worst creations! You can create Truman on your own, with coworkers, or family and friends.

MizzouRec will be providing complimentary access for staff all week! Stop by the Member & Guest Services desk to activate your complimentary access to the Student Rec Complex for the week of May 16-20, 2022. We suggest reviewing the facility guidelines before visiting and make sure to bring your employee ID. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Member & Guest Services staff at membership@mizzourec.com.

Get some Mizzou swag! The Mizzou Store is offering a 25% discount on Mizzou Clothing and merchandise. The discount can be used all day on Wednesday, May 18 for in store purchases – show your employee ID for the discount.

Thank you, MU and UM System staff, for all of your support and dedication to the University. See you there!

For more on Staff Advisory Council and Staff Recognition Week, please contact our office staffadvisorycouncil@missouri.edu or visit the Council’s website.

home Staff news Action Needed: Please Send Us Names of Graduating Student Workers

Action Needed: Please Send Us Names of Graduating Student Workers

We have a small gift for all graduating student workers, and we will acknowledge them on social media (with their permission). So please send the names of these students to Jacqueline and Shannon at eibenj@missouri.edu and carysn@missouri.edu by May 2. Thanks!

home Staff news Action Needed: Please Send Us Names of Graduating Student Workers

Action Needed: Please Send Us Names of Graduating Student Workers

We have a small gift for all graduating student workers, and we will acknowledge them on social media (with their permission). So please send the names of these students to Jacqueline and Shannon at eibenj@missouri.edu and carysn@missouri.edu by May 1. Thanks!

home Staff news Goodbye to Alex Boeckman

Goodbye to Alex Boeckman

Alex Boeckman will be leaving Zalk Veterinary Medical Library for a new position as digital archivist with the company LexBlog. She will be sincerely missed here at VetMed but we’re excited for her opportunity! Alex’s last day will be April 15, 2022.