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Meet Abigail Broadbent

Abi is an alumnus of the William Jewell College Oxbridge Honors Program in Literature and Theory. She witnessed the drastic changes taking place in library services, and chose a career in library science to be part of the conversation about how libraries could develop while retaining their core value of service. She earned her Master’s in Library and Information Science in May 2016 from the University of Missouri. As the new Archives and Technical Services Librarian, Abi handles all Interlibrary lending and Circulation duties, research requests, archival instruction, and management of the Partee Center. She can be contacted directly at For assistance with ILL or Circulation, call (816) 415-7610, for the Archive and Partee Center, call (816) 415-7620.

Did You Know?

The library has a collection of technology items for checkout in the PLC. We have video cameras and GoPro cameras, chargers and adapters for several different devices, and media players for everything from VHS to Blu-Ray.

Don’t Forget…

Library Instruction
As planning continues for Fall 2016, faculty may consider adding a library resource instruction session to the course calendar.
Students and Faculty Advisors: COL 90, Information Research Methods, will be offered again in Fall 2016. This course meets T/TH from 1:00 to 1:50 p.m. Please contact Rebecca Hamlett for additional course information

Faculty Purchase Requests
Library Services is now accepting requests and recommendations for library material purchases by faculty for the library collection. To request a title for purchase click on the Library Purchase/Acquisition Request Form under Forms on the library homepage.

As a reminder, Library Services purchasess supplemental and recommended texts but does not purchase textbooks or required texts for course curriculum. Those materials should be requested through the College Bookstore.

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Ebsco Discovery Service

Library Services currently subscribes to Summon Discovery Service through ProQuest. This contract comes to an end in June 2017. In order to evaluate both products to provide the highest quality of resource access, the library has agreed to run Ebsco’s Discovery Service parallel to Summon for FY 2016-17.

As a transition from the ProQuest service to Ebsco will have a major impact on our resource platforms as well as a potential impact on cost, Library Services would appreciate as much input as possible from faculty and students on both services over the coming year.

Please send feedback and customization requests to Chris Vaughn or Rebecca Hamlett. If you would like to participate in a focus group to evaluate these products please contact Rebecca Hamlett.
Stay tuned for updates!

Kanopy – Video Streaming Now Available

This new service is available to all faculty to purchase new and unique films for your courses. Kanopy offers movies and documentaries with one-year unlimited streaming licenses. Their platform contains more than 26,000 titles from PBS, BBC, Criterion Collection, Media Education Foundation and more. 300-500 new titles are added each month. Please contact library staff if you find a film you’d like for us to purchase.
To access go to:
Username: jewell | Password: access

Statista – New Database

Library Services is now subscribed to Statista, a scholarly data aggregation and research platform covering worldwide markets, industries, and societal topics. This database pulls from over 1.5 million world-wide statistics along with forecasting on 500 areas from 41 countries. It also includes more than 20,000 public and private reports and over 2,500 dossiers and 40 industry reports. All data and charts can be republished with full-publication rights, and can be exported in a number of formats.


LibGuides is an exciting new opportunity to enhance academic research for courses and expose more library and information resources to students. Access is located on our website under Electronic Resources as ‘Research Guides’ and the direct link is We have begun adding content for Music and other departments focusing on databases, books in our catalog, and citation styles. We can add many different resource types to each guide and customize each one for as many different departments, subjects, and classes that would like to start a guide. Please contact Chris Vaughn for more information.


Library Services is requesting input for new Flipster title subscriptions for the coming year. To provide your input please fill out the survey located at this link. This survey will close on August 31st.

For more information on current titles and access instructions please visit our Flipster webpage or contact Chris Vaughn.