OCTOBER 22, 2017 7:00 AM - A college undergraduate spends an average of $1,200 on textbooks a year, enough to buy about five pizzas a week for the entire fall, winter and spring semesters.
It’s no wonder that free “open textbooks” are spreading fast on college campuses across the country.
“I’m in a lot of biology classes and those books can cost $300 or $400 a piece,” said Katherine Semler, a freshman biology major at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She’s from Blue Springs and receives financial aid to help pay tuition.
In conjunction with the Board of Directors, MOBIUS has created a new flyer called "MOBIUS Consortium: A Valuable Partnership". These flyers were written with Directors and other leadership in mind and describe the resources and services you receive as part of your membership.
We hope these flyers will help you when talking to your administration, faculty or other key constituents about the many benefits of MOBIUS membership.
East Central College Library was featured on the April 2016 cover of CHOICE. The photograph is the Parkview Room, silent study booth area. Renovated in 2010-2011, the Library holds 25,000 volumes and serves over 4,000 students at the Union campus.
Missouri State University has been part of the United Nations depository library program since 2000. Currently, there are 355 depository libraries in 136 countries and territories around the globe. MSU is the only U.N. depository in the state of Missouri.
The intended purpose of the depository system is for documents of the U.N. to be easily accessed by the general public free of charge. The depository system was put in place just one year after the formation of the U.N. in 1945.
On December 14, 2018, the MOBIUS Board of Directors renamed the MOBIUS IUG Conference Scholarship to the Robin Kespohl IUG Conference Scholarship. Robin passed in early 2018 and was unable to help us celebrate the 20th anniversary of MOBIUS, of which she would have been very proud to see.
Cottey College in Nevada, MO, is a Films On Demandsubscriber. We recently talked with Courtney Trautweiler, Library Director at Cottey’s Ross Memorial Library, about how her library handles technophobes, alerts faculty about new resources, and makes the most out of its budget.
The MOBIUS Shared Overdrive Collection will be featured in October's ACRL Choice Webinar: The Power of Partnership. Join us on October 4th at 1pm Central to hear Christina Virden, MOBIUS E-Resources Coordinator, discuss how the collection was developed and how it has grown over the past year. MOBIUS has been an early adopter of this model and is among the most successful of academic shared collections through Overdrive.
MOBIUS is excited to announce that we have signed an agreement with OER Commons to create a MOBIUS OERC Hub.
OERC (Open Educational Resources Commons) uses a system of "Hubs" and "Groups" to highlight collections and facilitate collaboration around the sharing and creation of Open Educational Resources. Each MOBIUS member library will be able to create its own "Group" within OER Commons for free.
MOBIUS is pleased to announce that we have become the official sponsor for the Missouri Hub for the Digital Public Library of America. (DPLA). The Missouri Hub is a partnership between Missouri libraries and museums to share their digital content.