Missouri State University Libraries Annual Summer 2016
Springfield African American Read-in
In February 2016, Missouri State University Libraries faculty member Grace Jackson-Brown facilitated the annual Springfield African American Read-In (AARI). The Read-In celebrates African American authors and promotes reading in the community.
The Springfield AARI is a 7-year partnership of five organizations: Missouri State University and MSU Libraries, Springfield-Greene County Library District, Springfield Public Schools, Drury University, and the Springfield chapter of the NAACP.
This year’s event, African American Memories and Stories, kicked off with a live performance of traditional and contemporary music, poetry and storytelling at the Springfield Art Museum, and concluded with a panel discussion of current and former African American principals from local schools held at the Drury Diversity Center. The panelists shared their inspiring stories that led to their career paths as principals and spoke about the 2015-16 Missouri State University Common Reader: The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates.
In November 2015, a new archive for The Waldensian Foundation launched in Duane G. Meyer Library’s Special Collections and Archives unit. The foundation, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit cultural and educational organization based out of Monett, MO, is dedicated to preserving immigrant history in Barry and Lawrence counties. The new archive at Meyer Library will provide the proper environment for long-term conservation of materials (including papers, photographs and digital media), while making them available for researchers and the general public.
Magna Carta Exhibit Garners Local and National Awards
In celebration of the 800th anniversary of the document at the historic heart of English and American Constitutional Law, Magna Carta: Enduring Legacy 1215-2015, a national traveling exhibit, was curated by the Law Library of Congress and produced by the American Bar Association.
Magna Carta: Enduring Legacy 1215-2015 was brought to the State of Missouri by the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Foundation and hosted by Missouri State University at the Duane G. Meyer Library. The exhibit was on display from October 10 to 23, 2015, but the community-wide Magna Carta Project was launched months earlier in May, in conjunction with Law Day.
Over 2,256 people toured the exhibit, and over 4,000 people total participated in twenty-four Magna Carta related events throughout the Springfield area. Dean Thomas Peters was presented with the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association’s Liberty Bell Award, which recognizes non-lawyers who encourage respect for our legal system, for Meyer Library’s involvement in the exhibition and programming.
Donor Spotlight: Tearney’s Tiny Tot Table
Thanks to the generosity of James and Mary Tearney, even the smallest library visitors have a place to sit and enjoy a good book. The Tearneys donated funds for the purchase of a child-sized table and chairs for Meyer Library’s Infant Through Grade 12 Resources unit.
What’s Brewing @ Your Library?
On December 11, 2015, Duane G. Meyer Library hosted its first ever “What’s Brewing @ Your Library” event for faculty and staff. Over 50 attendees enjoyed beer tastings from local breweries, food and live music by the Brookline Station Trio. Programming included an update by the Dean of Library Services, Tom Peters, on new features and initiatives at the library, as well as tours of the library and the carillon tower. Feedback from those in attendance was overwhelmingly enthusiastic, and Meyer Library is already looking forward to next year. Special thanks to the local breweries that supported this event: Piney River Brewing Co., Springfield Brewing Company, Mother’s Brewing Company and Leaky Roof Meadery.
MSU Libraries hosted two game nights at Duane G. Meyer Library on November 13th and April 15th. Students, faculty, staff, and community members were invited to attend. Tabletop games from the Libraries’ collection, and the Smash Bros. video game tournament were enjoyed by the attendees.
Following the initial Game Night, several new board games became available for checkout from Meyer Library’s Infant-Grade 12 Resource Center, including: Apples to Apples, Candy Land, Checkers, Chess, Choose One, Eco Fluxx, Hanabi, One Night Ultimate Werewolf, Pictionary, Scrabble, Sushi Go!, Trophy Buck, Uno, Wonky and more.
Ozark Jubilee Digitization Project
We are moving forward in our collaboration with the UCLA Film and Television Archive to digitize over 60 kinescopes of the Ozark Jubilee, and we need your help! The cost to digitize the remaining kinescopes is $2,500 per episode.
You can contribute to the project by sending a check to the Missouri State University Foundation and specifying “Ozark Jubilee Digitization Project” in the memo. Corporate sponsorships are available. Help us preserve and distribute this local treasure!
As part of the current renovations in Meyer Library, the existing Computer Services open access lab is moving to the first level, northwest. The renovation includes the construction of new offices and multimedia rooms. Research & Instructional Services has relocated to the former Government Documents Desk, and the northeast space will be renovated into an Information Commons with areas for studying and research consultations. Starting during the Fall 2016 semester, the Cataloging and Content Management & Acquisitions units will relocate to newly constructed offices on the lower level, and their former space will be converted into a lounge and office space for Veteran Student Services.
Polish Artist Exhibits
Ann Fuhrman, UN Librarian, retired with 19 years of service at Missouri State University.
Byron Stewart, Head of Research & Instructional Services, retires with 32 years of service at Missouri State University Libraries.