Springfield leaders share favorite books and Ted Talks

How many times have you read a book because a friend raved about it? The Springfield-Greene County Library staff is compiling a list, “Read to Lead,” by asking community leaders about their book recommendations.

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Tulsa's Central Library pushes back grand reopening to Oct. 1

The grand reopening of Tulsa’s Central Library, which had been expected this summer, has been pushed back to the fall.

More than two years and $50 million have gone into renovating downtown’s 51-year-old Central Library.

Central Library, part of the Tulsa City-County Library system, will hold its grand reopening Oct. 1, with staff and furnishings likely moving into the updated building in mid-August, CEO Gary Shaffer said.

The library, located at Fourth Street and Denver Avenue, was built in 1965 and is approximately 135,000 square feet.

Grant and other improvements to Christian County Library increase attendance

Last month the Christian County Library submitted the final report for a Racing to Read Early Literacy Grant for $6,211.00 awarded in the fall of 2015.

This grant funded the interactive toys and tools that are now a staple of all library story times, as well as a major part of the experience library visitors with children are seeking when they stop in the children’s section at either the Christian County Library or the Clever Public Library.

Four finalists named in St. Charles Community College search for president

The St. Charles Community College Board of Trustees has named four finalists who are under consideration to fill the soon-to-be vacant college president position.

The candidates are: Darrel L. Cain, vice chancellor for student affairs at Ivy Tech Community College System in Indiana; Cliff Davis, president of Table Rock campus and system vice chancellor at Ozarks Technical Community College; Barbara R. Kavalier, district president at Navarro College in Texas; and Ted Lewis, president of academic affairs at Pellissippi State College in Tennessee.

Mural Unveiled at Crowder College

A student-painted mural titled, “Plan, Learn, Care, Create, Serve” was unveiled at Crowder College Wednesday. The mural is on display at the Lee Library on the Neosho Campus. Library Director Eric Deatherage tells News Talk KZRG what the artwork represents.

“It is designed to represent the connection between the library and different jobs and service positions in society.”

Deatherage adds that the students got a lot out of working on the piece.

“As they were going through working on the mural they got to learn about different methods and different styles.”

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Webb City Man Says Faith Key in Recovery from 2011 Tornado, Cancer

For some people, surviving an EF5 tornado, a subsequent fungal infection and cancer would be too much.

But John Hunter isn't one of those people. And for him, it all comes down to one thing: Faith.

Hunter, the library director at Ozark Christian College and a tornado survivor, has faced numerous battles since that stormy Sunday in May 2011, including multiple cancers and a bout with the infamous tornado fungus. Now 64, he has held fast to his Christian faith to get him through the rough spots. 

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Chris Le Beau Elected RUSA President

“I look forward to deeper involvement with the ALA Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) and collaborating with so many dedicated members. RUSA has been a welcoming professional home for me for a long time.” - Chris Le Beau on receiving the election

Chris Le Beau, Assistant Teaching Professor and Learning & Research Librarian at UMKC, has been elected as the 2017-2018 president of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).

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Welcome to SEMO Kent Library's New Dean, Barbara Glackin!

From the Southeast Missourian feature "People on the Move 5/16/2016":

Barbara Glackin will join Southeast Missouri State University as the dean of Kent Library. When she begins July 18, she will replace Catherine Roeder, who served in the interim after David Starrett stepped down. Before joining the university, Glackin was assistant university librarian for resource services and technology and associate professor at the Branford P. Millar library at Portland State University.

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University of Missouri libraries face cuts to academic journals because of budget shortfalls

The failure of a proposed student library fee and a potential decline in enrollment means University of Missouri libraries will have to cut back on subscriptions to academic journals and databases, Rabia Gregory, chairwoman of the Campus Library Committee, wrote Friday in a memo to campus department heads.

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