Frank Lee Martin Journalism Library
The Frank Lee Martin Journalism Library, located at the Reynolds Journalism Institute, houses the largest academic collection of journalism-related materials in the world. It is part of the University of Missouri library system.
As the journalism library moves into its second century its history melds with its future, providing the most technologically advanced tools, experiential and collaborative space (both physical and virtual) of any academic library operating today.
The Journalism Library still subscribes to a few domestic and international print newspapers, but the majority of our news content is now digitally accessed. Current and historical digital news eprints, online websites, blogs, podcasts and video news can be access through third party aggregators such as Factiva, Proquest and Newsbank.
Most academic journals are now available online via the online catalog (MERLIN), but many professional and trade journals are still available only in print. Print journals are displayed on the southeast wall of the library’s main floor, visible when entering the library.
The journalism library has a small print (primarily historical) reference collection on the main level. Many classic print titles are now available online, either through the online catalog or the databases page.
Masters Projects/Masters Theses/Dissertations
Journalism library master’s students may choose to write a thesis or do a project. Print and digital theses are available through the online catalog, with newer digital theses available through MU’s Electronic Theses and Dissertation Archives http://edt.missouri.edu/.
The journalism library has an on-site collection of over 35,000 print books. It includes the working collection of journalism, communication, and strategic communication books as well as a growing 4000-volume journalism fiction collection. The Steve Weinberg Journalism Fiction Collection, named for journalist and author, Steve Weinberg, is a collection of novels with primary characters depicted as journalists. These books are housed in state-of-the-art compact shelving with one-touch electronic movement and a passive laser safety system
The library embraces the University and School of Journalism’s goal to provide free or low-cost open education resources (OER) for students, by growing the multi and unlimited access journalism and communication textbook collections.
The library also houses the largest academic photojournalism collection which include books from the Jack and Dorothy Fields Collection, Pictures of the Year International Collection, the Angus and Betty McDougall Photojournalism Collection. This is only fitting since photojournalism as an academic subject was born at the Missouri School of Journalism. In addition to these collections, the journalism library has a substantial historical collection of typography books. Since the journalism library collection is over 100 years old, several thousand books and periodicals are either in the MU Libraries’ Special Collections or safely stored in off-site storage where temperature and humidity levels are closely monitored.
Individual and Group Study Space
The journalism library space has been optimized for collaboration. Most furniture is modern, mobile and comfortable. Colorful portable screens are available to make student study space more private. Two group study rooms are available in the lower level of the library and may be booked ahead online. The library provides access to a conference room (RJI 102a) which may be reserved for meetings, instruction and webinars. Check availability by contacting Dorothy Carner or Sue Schuermann.
The journalism library has 35 computers (15 iMacs, 20 Macbook laptops) with a full suite of Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite software, 6 iPad Airs, two color scanners, black and white and color laser printers, five 52″ flat screen television monitors and a Bloomberg terminal. Students may check out a large variety of multimedia content creation equipment, including cameras, microphones, tripods, audio recorders, headphones, etc. from the journalism library.