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Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week, September 30th – October 6th

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

This annual event celebrates our freedom to read.  For information about the week’s events, including virtual read-outs, as well as lists of banned and challenged books (you might be surprised by the titles) visit the American Library Association’s site and the Banned Books Week site .


Kent Library Receives LSTA Digital Imaging Grant

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Special Collections and Archives, Kent Library, Southeast Missouri State University, has received a $73,139 grant for digitizing original Civil War materials held by libraries, historical agencies and private individuals from the region and across the country. Kent Library received the second largest digital imaging grant awarded by the Missouri State Library during this cycle of funding. This funding supports phase II of a digital imaging project begun by Special Collections and Archives in July 2011.

The project is a collaborative effort between Kent Library, the Special Collections Research Center at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, the Cape Girardeau County Archive Center, the Center for Regional History, and the Department of History at Southeast Missouri State University. It is being funded by a digital imaging grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library and Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

Materials identified during phase I of the project, which ended July 16, 2012, include original letters, journals, diaries, photographs, scrapbooks, and other ephemera from this period of history. The geographic scope of the project includes twenty three counties in Missouri: Butler, Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Carter, Crawford, Dent, Dunklin, Iron, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Oregon, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard, Washington, and, Wayne; and five counties in Illinois: Alexander, Jackson, Pulaski, Randolph, and Union.
Once completed, the digital project will include over 130 collections from 46 libraries, historical agencies and private individuals from the region and across the country. The collections will be accessible from two locations: a website via Kent Library, and, Missouri Digital Heritage. Project staff will begin making the collections accessible from the Kent Library site ( beginning September, 2012, and will add to the collection as the project moves forward.
For more information, please contact Ellen Ryan, digital project manager, at (573) 651-2750 or via email at


Library closing at 4pm Friday, June 15 due to scheduled power outage

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

As noted in this weeks Newswire:

“As part of the FEMA generator project, a power outage affecting all main campus buildings is scheduled for June 15. The outage will begin at approximately 4 p.m. and could last for up to two hours.
Facilities Management apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Ben Eller, project manager, at ext. 2283.”

Kent Libary Catalog unavailable Thursday May 23 – Friday May 24

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Due to system maintenance, the Kent Library Catalog will be unavailable from approximately 10am Thursday May 23rd through mid-Friday May 24th. *Note*: off campus access to library databases will also not be available during that time.


Kent Libary Catalog updated

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

The Kent Library Catalog is updated with a new look and features, including:
• Streamlined layout and design;
• Enhanced graphics (book cover images and navigation icons);
• New utilities, including permalinks, search history and text-item locations;
• Expanded search options, including a browse nearby feature and author/title search;
• Book bag tool for saving and exporting lists of items for bibliographies, reading lists, etc.; and
• Free personal accounts available for saving searches, lists and renewing books.


Trial access to Ebrary – a collection of over 70,000 e-books

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Kent Library is featuring trial access to Ebrary, a digital library of over 70,000 e-books covering a wide variety of academic topics, intended for college level study and research. Books may be read online in a web browser, or chapters and/or sections of up to 60 pages may be downloaded as PDF files. Entire books may also be ‘checked out’ for a 2 week period. Downloads require creating a free personal account with Ebrary, which also enables note-taking and other features. E-book content can be directly downloaded to iPhones/iPads via a dedicated app.  For other devices, e-books can be downloaded to a computer, then transferred/sideloaded using the free Adobe Digital Editions software.  The trial runs through the end of the Spring semester.


Kent Library Offers New Chat Service

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Can’t make it to the library?  Don’t want to send an email and have to wait for a response?  Kent Library now offers a chat service for all Southeast students, faculty, and staff.

Kent Library’s chat service is easy to use, is accessible anywhere, and allows you to ask the library questions in real time.  We bring the library to you!

To chat with us or to learn more about Kent Library’s chat service and the hours of availability, visit


The Library will be closed Monday, 1/16/2012

Friday, January 13th, 2012

The Library will be closed Monday, 1/16/2012, in observation of Martin Luther King Day.   Regular semester hours will resume at 7:30am, Tuesday 1/17/2012


This Web site will be down 1/26/2012

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

The Kent Library Learning and Research Arc will be unavailable Saturday, January 14th due to a server upgrade. Availability is expected to be restored by the following day. Thank you.


Library website wil be down starting 12/26/2011 for a minimum of 2 days

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Due to server maintenance, the library website will be unavailable for a minimum of two days starting 12/26/2011.  More information is available at the Southeast Newswire item: IT relocation to Disrupt Computing Services