Show Me Libraries
Missouri State Library Volume 2, Issue 1 Fall 2007
Inside this Issue
- Library Outreach to Spanish Speakers Workshops in Missouri
- Summer Training a Success for Library Staff
- An Extra $5,693 from A and E Funds Does Double Duty in Promoting Library Services
- Safe at Home Address Confidentiality Program and Libraries
- Carnahan Announces Addition of Online Educational Resources for MOREnet Members
- Gale Discovering Collection
- LearningExpress Library
- MOREnet Service Updates
- New Online Tutorial Available for Newsbank in October
- REAL EZ Web-constructed Library Sites Go Live
- Missouri Libraries receive 2007 Libri Foundation Grants
- Missouri Library Director Attends National Conservation Summit in Washington, D.C.
- Missouri Digital Heritage Initiative
- Scholarship Program Names Recipients, Recognizes Graduates
- Check Out the College of DuPage Press Teleconferences
- New Library Fellows Program to Prepare Librarians for Management Positions at Academic Libraries
- LSTA Summer and Fall 2007 Grant Project Awards
- U.S. Libraries Serve Over 2 Billion
- Missouri Library News
By Ann Roberts
The Missouri State Library will present twelve Library Outreach to Spanish Speakers workshops around the state from November 2007 through May 2008. These programs, funded by the Gates Foundation through WebJunction, www.webjunction.org/do/Navigation?category=10555, are designed to help equip local library staff with the necessary knowledge and resources to reach out to Spanish speakers in their communities and increase their access to technology. The program’s workshops provide library staff with information about proven marketing techniques, understanding cultural differences, providing technology training, and partnering with local community organizations serving Spanish speakers. Webjunction has partnered with state libraries to make the Spanish Language Outreach Program, as it has been called in other states, available across the county over the past three years. Fifteen states participated in late 2006 through 2007 and seventeen additional states including Missouri are currently participating. In addition to providing workshops, WebJunction is fostering an online community made up of library staff committed to serving the needs of Spanish speakers. The program uses discussion boards for sharing ideas and resources among participating libraries, trainers and other WebJunction users. A growing collection of best practices, case studies, and resources on WebJunction is also available to facilitate similar outreach efforts in any library in the country, as well as an online version of the program’s workshop curriculum designed to reach library staff unable to attend a workshop.
The first round of workshops will take place in November, with subsequent workshops in the spring for the southwest and north/central parts of the state. The first round will include the following libraries:
- Rolling Hills Consolidated, St. Joseph-November 7th
- Irene H. Ruiz Biblioteca de las Americas, Kansas City-November 8th
- Mid-Continent Administrative Office, Independence-November 9th
- Rock Road, St. Louis County, St. Ann-November 13th
- Sikeston Public Library, Sikeston-November 16th
Trainers for the workshops are being provided by the Professional Development Center of the North Central Missouri College. These trainers, Thomas DeBlauw, Tina Liston and Marian Bohumil, specialize in Adult Education, including ESL, and train teachers statewide in best practices for instruction and learning.
Workshop participants will receive promotional materials for use in their library, as well as be eligible to apply for a special Library Outreach to Spanish Speakers grant opportunity for their library that will help them implement what they have learned in the workshop. Registration for workshops will be available on the state library Web site. For more
by Brenda Sites
Almost 100 people from Missouri’s libraries attended training in Columbia on July 31 through August 3. The 2007 Library Skills Summer Institute was held at the Quality Inn in conjunction with the “How to Be an Effective Technical Trainer” workshop at MOREnet.
The Summer Institute featured one basic skills class and two advanced skills classes. The basic course provided a four-day overview of library services, including library demographics, circulation, customer service, reference, children’s services, collection development and outreach services for adults and seniors. The basic course was presented by a team of instructors from area libraries. Participants also received hands-on Internet training at MOREnet on search engine basics and mining the deep web. The advanced course on Library Classification introduced the principles of library classification with detailed instruction on the use of the Dewey Decimal Classification system. The instructor was Erlene Dudley, Library Director at William Woods University in Fulton.
The advanced course on Collection Development was taught by Doug Raber, Associate Professor in the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies at the University of Missouri. This course focused on the essential aspects of collection development, including principles of collection analysis, community needs assessment, selection, acquisition, maintenance, weeding and policy development.
Tuesday evening, the participants received an official welcome at dinner from State Librarian Margaret Conroy and Executive Deputy Secretary of State Rich Lamb. After a reception Wednesday evening, participants were able to attend an evening course with Jan Johnson, Director of Daviess County Library, specifically designed for small libraries to “pirate” ideas from one another.
While courses were in progress at the Quality Inn, a group of sixteen library staff members attended “How to Be an Effective Technical Trainer” at MOREnet. This training session was geared toward those who conduct computer classes for either fellow library staff or the general public. Over three days, participants learned skills in preparation, adult learning, concept delivery, presentation skills and classroom management. Denise Tate-Kuhler, MOREnet trainer, led the class.
The Library Skills Institute continues to be a key component of the State Library’s continuing education efforts. By completing courses at the Institute, participants can now earn credits toward an Institute Recognition Program Certificate. Participants completing five credits will receive a Certificate of Achievement. Participants completing all nine credits will receive a Certificate of Excellence. Institute participants who receive Certificates of Achievement from the Missouri State Library in 2007 include:
|Berniece Kern||Riverside Regional Library|
|Lisa Marshall||Wood Place Public Library|
|Melba Miller||Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center|
|Barbara Pratt||Salem Public Library|
by Alan Stolfus
$5,693 is the amount Rolling Hills Consolidated Library in St. Joseph and Savannah received in fiscal year 2007 from the Income Tax on Out of State Athletes and Entertainers. With the money, the library was able to purchase more than 150 new books, audio books and music CDs. To show its patrons just how important the extra funding is, the library set up a display with all of the new items for a few weeks in July at its Belt Branch in St. Joseph. A poster explained how the library received the extra funding and how even more funding was expected in 2008. Patrons were invited to write their words of thanks to the area’s state lawmakers and Secretary of State Robin Carnahan on pre-addressed postcards the library provided and mailed. In all, about 60 postcards were mailed to the state officials
The Safe at Home Address Confidentiality Program became law on August 28, 2007, providing a vital service for survivors of domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, or stalking, who have relocated or are about to relocate, by helping keep their assailants from finding them. In 2006 there were 40,026 cases of domestic violence reported by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The Safe at Home Program addresses the needs of Missouri domestic violence survivors, allowing them to use a substitute mailing address through the Secretary of State’s office. The Secretary of State’s office will then forward the participants their first class mail, certified mail and legal documents helping to keep their locations confidential. Safe at Home is not a witness protection program; rather it is a mail forwarding service.
State and local agencies and the courts are required by law to accept a participant’s Safe at Home authorization card as their address of record. This includes libraries. Program participants receive an official authorization card from the Secretary of State’s office permitting them to use the Safe at Home PO Box as their designated address. In the event a Safe at Home participant presents their authorization card and requests to use their Safe at Home designated address, the law requires you to accept it as their address of record. Agencies cannot require the participant to disclose their confidential address. Questions regarding the participant’s residency in your library district or use of the authorization card may be directed to the Safe at Home toll-free telephone number listed on the back of the card. A photocopy of the authorization card may be placed in the participant’s agency file and shall serve as confirmation of Safe at Home participation.
Libraries are also encouraged to help get the word out that this service is available. To learn more about the Safe at Home program, please visit www.MoSafeAtHome.com. If you or your staff has any questions, please contact Brenda Sites, the Safe at Home Program Manager, by e-mailing SafeAtHome@sos.mo.gov or by calling toll free (866) 509-1409.
Secretary of State Robin Carnahan would like to announce the addition of two learning resources to schools, public libraries and academic institutions that are part of Missouri’s MOREnet consortium. The MOREnet consortium encompasses approximately 514 school districts, 150 public libraries and 26 higher education institutions. By negotiating licenses for these resources at the state level, individual libraries save thousands of dollars in charges they would pay to subscribe to the resources individually.
Thanks to an additional $150,000 appropriated to the State Library for database licenses to support K-12 education, the Gale Discovering Collection will again be available to all MOREnet members at no extra charge as of September 17, 2007. This online resource consists of essays, reference works, and magazine articles on the subjects of Literature, History, Biography, Science and Social Studies for students K-12. A complete list of content can be viewed at http://gale.cengage.com/DiscoveringCollection/explore_content.htm. The Web address to search the collection is http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/?db=DC.
LearningExpress Library, available to MOREnet members as of October 1, 2007, is an interactive testing database that provides instant scoring and customized feedback. This online resource is unique in the depth of its test preparation materials that span ages from elementary through adult. The database is designed to help people succeed on the tests they must pass to gain citizenship, improve their testing skills, or to further their education or career. Online test preparation materials include the ACT, ASVAB, Civil Service, Cosmetology, EMS, Firefighter, GED, GMAT, GRE, Law Enforcement, Paramedic, PPST, Real Estate, SAT, United States Citizenship, and more. Go to www.learningexpresslibrary.com for additional information about this online learning resource.
The online resource will be available through September 30, 2009. Organizations that are interested in setting up access to their agency’s usage statistics, enabling home/off site use through remote access or asking any other questions can e-mail MOREnet at email@example.com.
If you are a MOREnet member, have 15 minutes and are interested in learning how to efficiently and effectively search the NewsBank database, check out this new online tutorial. The tutorial at www.newsbank.com/morenet/ focuses on both basic and advanced search options that will permit you to fully access the resources of this database.
NewsBank contains full text of news features, special interest stories, editorials, daily columns, letters to the editor, sports reports, death notices, obituaries and more from the Missouri publications Kansas City Star, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Springfield News-Leader. A broad spectrum of nationwide newspapers, such as the Chicago Tribune, New York Post, Washington Post, and Christian Science Monitor, is also available.
Newsbank is provided to MOREnet customers through a Missouri General Assembly appropriation made to the Secretary of State’s Office and administered by the Missouri State Library
REAL EZ Web is a website template program designed to give libraries an easy and economical way to create and maintain a website. MOREnet provided trainings for REAL EZ Web in August 2007 with the following libraries participating and ready to announce their Web sites. The State Library especially extends our thanks to the Dulany Memorial Library which beta-tested the training program in July.
Library Site Address DeSoto Public Library http://desotopubliclibrary.lib.mo.us/
Douglas County Library http://douglascountylibrary.lib.mo.us/
Dulany Memorial Library http://dulanylibrary.lib.mo.us/
Oregon County Library District http://oregoncountylibrary.lib.mo.us/
Reynolds County Library http://reynoldscountylibrary.lib.mo.us/
Additional information about the program and a link to the template are available at www.more.net/programs/real/realezweb01.html.
Applications to participate in REAL EZ Web are located on the Secretary of State, Library Development Web site at www.sos.mo.gov/library/development/realez/.
The Libri Foundation helps rural libraries through its ”Books for Children” program, acquire new, quality, hardcover children’s books that they could not otherwise afford to buy. The Foundation encourages and rewards support of libraries by matching local sponsor-raised funds at a 2 to 1 ratio. Awarded libraries select titles from a list provided by the Foundation of over 700 works; both fiction and non-fiction works appropriate to ages 12 and under are included. The majority of books have been published within the past three years, but old favorites are also offered. Libri Foundation grants are offered three times a year. Application postmark deadlines are: January 15, April 15 and August 15. Awards are announced in late January, April and August. Visit the Libri Foundation Web site at www.librifoundation.org/ for application information.
Missouri’s awarded libraries for 2007 are: Appleton City Public Library, Lewis Library of Glasgow, McDonald County Library, Robertson Memorial Library, Howard County Public Library, Mound City Public Library and St. Clair County Library.
Director Linda Ballard, University City Public Library, was selected to participate in the Connection to Collections conference in recognition of the library’s work in digitizing historic photographs and documents. The summit was a response to the Heritage Preservation findings outlined in the “Heritage Health Index” and organized in cooperation with Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The event was held at the Smithsonian Institution June 27 and 28, 2007. Three hundred participants, including over 200 representatives of small and medium-sized libraries from every state, joined national leaders in conservation, government officials and leaders in the private sector to support the conservation of art works, historic objects, photographs, natural science specimens and rare and unique print materials that require immediate attention and care. The two days of presentations and panel discussions focused on the need to connect with expertise, technology, the public and funders, to recognize the peril these unique materials and collections face and to identify solutions for saving them.
Ballard considers the University City Library fortunate to have a valuable collection of local history documents, photographs and artifacts, as well as a cordial and beneficial relationship with the University City Historical Society. The Library intends to build on the work already completed, develop relationships with agencies that can contribute to the continued preservation of the collection, and utilize digitization to make it more widely available.
by Carl Wingo
Secretary of State Robin Carnahan recently announced the creation of a landmark program to dramatically expand Missourians’ Internet access to historical information about our shared past, the Missouri Digital Heritage Initiative (MDHI). This initiative will create a partnership between the Missouri State Archives and the Missouri State Library, both divisions of the Secretary of State’s office, local governments, public libraries and community institutions. Funded by an appropriation from the Missouri Legislature, this program will create an Imaging Center in the Kirkpatrick State Information Center building where historical materials can be scanned, cataloged and made available to the public through a Web portal. This portal will be a valuable resource for students, citizens, historians, journalists and genealogists.
Local government records like the trial records of outlaw Frank James, information on the New Madrid earthquake and the naturalization of 19th century immigrants will be saved and made accessible rather than being lost, destroyed or simply hidden away in attics and basements of local governments.
This new Web portal will give Missourians the ability to do one search through all the digital resources at the State Archives and State Library, as well as those at other institutions around the state. Virtually Missouri, the current digitization program administered by the State Library, will be incorporated into the Missouri Digital Heritage Initiative.
All of Virtually Missouri’s grant-funded collections will be available via MDHI as well as some new large-scale digitization projects in which a number of institutions will contribute their historical materials. Currently, the State Library is working with the Library Systems Office at University of Missouri to digitize a complete set of published county histories for all Missouri counties. The Missouri Digital Heritage Initiative will create historical curricula and tutorials based on the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s standards that will enable students and others to understand Missouri’s shared heritage through the use of primary source documents. It will also develop educational and informational online exhibits. With the sesquicentennial of the Civil War coming up in 2011, the Missouri Digital Heritage Initiative will also focus its efforts on identifying and digitizing materials related to this seminal event in Missouri history. These historical materials will include maps, platbooks, newspapers, court documents, photographs, county histories, family histories and death certificates. The Missouri Digital Heritage Initiative will dramatically expand the accessibility of community history by working in partnership with local libraries and local governments to digitize their collections and place them online. For more information on this exciting new program, please contact Carl Wingo at 800-325-0131, ext 9 or at Carl.Wingo@sos.mo.gov.
By Brenda Sites
Secretary of State Robin Carnahan and the Missouri State Library recently awarded nine new scholarships to Missourians working on their master’s degrees in library science. Scholarships cover tuition and applicable fees at colleges and universities in Missouri and recipients must commit to work in a publicly funded Missouri library upon graduation. Recipients are selected based on the strength of their applications, transcripts, references and interviews. Scholarships were awarded to the following students to attend the University of Missouri–Columbia:
- Steven Davies-Sigmund, Kirkwood
- Stacey McMackin, Richmond Heights
- Molly Pfeiffer, St. Louis
- Melissa Poth, Rock Hill
- Lauren Williams, Columbia
- Erika Woehlk, Kirksville
Scholarships were awarded to the following students to attend the University of Central Missouri:
- Marcia Ball, Kob Noster
- Janet Creeden, Kansas City
- Sheena Self, Lebanon
Secretary Carnahan and the Missouri State Library also congratulate the following students who recently graduated from their library programs:
- Michael Cohen, St. Louis
- Patricia Corbett, Springfield
- Carrie Flaspohler, Fayette
- Valerie Jankowski, Villa Ridge
- Karla Massia, Warrensburg
- Anne May, Warrensburg
- Rebecca Smith, Columbia
- Aleah Weltha, Springfield
- Randall Yelverton, St. Louis
The scholarship program was established to increase professional librarianship in Missouri. Since 2003 the State Library has invested over $350,000 in the education of future librarians. Sixty-eight students have received support through the State Library Scholarship Program and thirty-eight have graduated from library programs.
The Missouri State Library Scholarship program is supported by funds from the federal Library Services and Technology Act. Applicant criteria and application forms are available at www.sos.mo.gov/library/scholarship/. Applications are accepted October 1 and April 1 each year.
by Brenda Sites
The Missouri State Library partnered with College of DuPage Press to offer the 2007 Library Learning Network teleconferences at no charge to Missouri libraries and 71 different libraries registered for the series. College of DuPage Press produced six teleconferences this spring on a variety of current library topics. The teleconferences were available live via satellite link or desktop streaming video. Participants interacted with the expert panelists and asked questions by e-mail or phone during the teleconference.
The College of DuPage Press provided the State Library with a recording of each event on DVD and all are available through the circulating collection. The titles shown below are each hot linked to the full Missouri State Library display to facilitate interlibrary loan processing. If you search the State Library’s holdings at http://arthur.missouri.edu/search~S6 for interlibrary loan processing, be sure to note that the desired item is identified as “Media” with the call number.
Next Gen Librarianship: Where Do We Go from Here? (025.5 S676n)
Library Transformation: Making it Happen (025.1 L697)
The Best from the Web (025.5 S676b)
Library Education: Facing New Realities (025. L697)
The Relevance of Libraries in a Digital Age (025.1 R382)
- Copyright in the Digital Age: An Update (025.523 C785)
The School of Information Science & Learning Technologies (SISLT), University of Missouri-Columbia, is pleased to announce that Dr. John Budd, Associate Director and Professor of Library Science, has been awarded a $766,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The purpose of the awarded proposal, Preparing Tomorrow’s Academic Library Managers, is to prepare students at the master’s level for leadership and management careers in academic libraries by creating an academic library fellows program. SISLT will partner with four Missouri libraries for this project—University of Missouri-Columbia, University of Missouri-St. Louis, University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Missouri State University. In collaboration with these partner libraries, SISLT will recruit 20 qualified individuals who have chosen academic librarianship as a career goal.
The 3-year project is designed to provide the students with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed as leaders by enabling them to gain practical experience at one of the four participating university libraries and providing them with a deep and broad understanding of present and future issues facing academic libraries.
A total of $697,704.82 in grants was awarded by Secretary of State Robin Carnahan from the LSTA grant provided to Missouri and supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. Congratulations to the following libraries for their awarded grants.
The following Summer 2007 LSTA grant projects totaling $673,602.82 were awarded June 1.
|After School Connections - $23,497|
|St. Clair County Library - $7,500|
|Springfield-Greene County Library - $15,997|
|Bring in an Expert – $19,462|
|University of Missouri-Columbia Libraries - $2,829 F.W.|
|Olin Library, Drury University - $5,000|
|Inman E. Page Library, Lincoln University - $2,313|
|Rolling Hills Consolidated Library - $4,320|
|Webster Groves Public Library - $5,000|
|Cooperation Grant Program - $29,617|
|Springfield-Greene County Library - $29,617|
|Discoveries for Seniors - $18,817.82|
|Bollinger County Library - $4,295|
|Camden County Library District - $8,127|
|Livingston County Library - $1,777.72|
|Rolling Hills Consolidated Library District - $593.10|
|St. Louis County Public Library - $4,025|
|GED On-line Study Groups - $37,100|
|St. Louis Public Library - $30,000|
|St. Louis County Public Library, Indian Trails Branch - $7,100|
|GED Connections/WES - $30,000|
|St. Louis Public Library - $30,000|
|Technology Ladder Grants - $303,446|
|Caruthersville Public Library - $4,917|
|Christian County Library - $22,492|
|Doniphan-Ripley County Library - $6,063|
|Keller Public Library - $5,874|
|Little Dixie Regional Libraries - $28,586|
|Marshall Public Library - $12,940|
|Montgomery City Public Library - $8,584|
|Neosho/Newton County Library - $4,147|
|Poplar Bluff Public Library - $26,164|
|Riverside Regional Library - $10,044|
|Rolling Hills Consolidated Library - $7,808|
|St. Charles City-County Library District - $37,500|
|St. Joseph Public Library - $10,105|
|Sedalia Public Library - $15,594|
|University City Public Library and Kirkwood Public Library - $17,992|
|Willow Springs Public Library - $4,118|
|Adair County Public Library - $71,496|
|Mound City Public Library - $8,381|
|Cedar County Library - $641|
|Planning and Standards - $15,000|
|Trails Regional Library - $15,000|
|Retrospective Conversion Grants - $67,916|
|Dade County Library - $15,786|
|Sarcoxie Public Library - $17,280|
|Mid-Continent Public Library / Jackson County Historical Society - $34,850|
|Spotlight on Library Programs – $2,221|
|Bollinger County Library - $2,221|
|Senior Fair - $1,309|
|Rolling Hills Consolidated Library - $1,309|
|Training and Professional Development - $1,817|
|North Kansas City Public Library - $1,391|
|Joplin Public Library - $426|
|Website Makeover - $1,268|
|Willow Spring Public Library - $1,268|
|Digital Imaging - $122,132|
|Missouri Western State University - $2,338|
|State Historical Society of Missouri - $34,536|
|Stephens College - $18,445|
|Washington University Libraries & Missouri Historical Society - $46,000|
|Lincoln University - $20,813|
The following Fall 2007 LSTA grant projects totaling $24,102 were awarded September 1.
|Bring in an Expert - $4,520|
|Bollinger County Library - $1,516|
|Rolling Hills Consolidated Library - $3,004|
|Planning and Standards - $1,502|
|Sullivan School District - $1,502|
|Spotlight on Library Programs - $6,930|
|Kirkwood Public Library - $932|
|Marshall Public Library - $1,500|
|Rolling Hills Consolidated Library - $2,498|
|Washington Public Library - $2,000|
|Training & Professional Development - $11,150|
|Jefferson County Library - $2,750|
|Joplin Public Library - $3,183|
|Springfield-Greene County Library - $5,217|