The Missouri State University Libraries, a singular entity, provides information resources, services, and spaces to advance the University’s purpose to develop educated persons. Infused by MSU’s statewide mission in public affairs and our commitment to inclusive excellence, we provide fundamental support for teaching, learning, research, scholarship, creative activities, and service. We meet information needs of the university community, the Springfield metropolitan area, the Ozarks, the State of Missouri, and diverse social, cultural, and scholarly communities across the nation and the world.
Diversity and Inclusion
The Missouri State University Libraries welcomes all members of our communities and is committed to ensure open and equitable access to our library resources, services, and spaces. We are committed to freedom of speech and the open exchange of ideas and opinions, and oppose any words or actions that threaten the safety or dignity of any member of our communities. The Libraries affirms Missouri State University’s vision to be a university of choice and opportunity for all students, and a beacon for diversity locally and nationally. We welcome all forms of diversity, including individual differences such as personality, learning styles and life experiences; group/social differences, such as race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin and disabilities; and cultural, political, religious or other affiliations, such as veteran and socioeconomic status. We recognize that each of us has more than one identity, and as part of Missouri State University the MSU Libraries will continue to support and advocate for all intersecting identities of our community members.
MSU Libraries currently promotes a climate of inclusive excellence through exhibits and programming; recent events include Native Art of the Americas and Racist Commercial Art of the Early 20th Century. It supports pre-K through grade 12 education through robust collections of multicultural, multiethnic, and diverse resources for children and young adults at both our Meyer Library and Haseltine Library locations.
Events and Programs
Meyer Library sponsors an annual event, Living Stories. This is a project in which people are invited to be living books and have one-on-one meaningful conversations with their readers about overcoming their prejudices, stereotypes, and assumptions. Recent exhibits showcasing diversity include: Native Art of the Americas; Racist Commercial Art of the Early 20th Century; and Shutterbugs: Photographers of the Ozarks. In addition, bulletin boards and book displays in IG12 and Haseltine Library always include topics that explore diversity as well as showcase diverse titles in displays that focus on curricular topics. Of titles currently on display in IG12 (102), 43% (44) feature diverse topics, illustrations, and/or writers.
Children’s and Young Adult Book Review Board of Missouri
Part of the Infant Through Grade 12 Resource area of the Libraries (which also includes Haseltine Library at Greenwood Laboratory School), the BRB has helped augment the library collections since 2002. Its mission statement emphasizes its focus on diverse literature: “The Children’s and Young Adult Book Review Board of Missouri promotes quality children’s and young adult literature, focusing on multicultural and series titles. As part of Missouri State University’s public affairs mission, we foster cultural competence and community engagement. Our staff and volunteers write reviews that are available on our websites, and present book talks and workshops at schools, libraries, and conferences. Our regional viewing room at Meyer Library on the Missouri State University Springfield campus allows hands-on examination of titles.”
Collection Development Principles
General purchases for the core collection include titles that fulfill the three pillars of MSU’s public affairs mission. While this broad collection still needs improvement in the area of inclusivity, many units have focused on purchasing materials that raise awareness of neglected groups and cultures. Collections within these units have become or are becoming models for inclusive excellence. (Music & Media, IG12, Haseltine Library, Special Collections)