UMKC Libraries’ Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Since the national election on Nov.8, many people have experienced incidents of bigotry, discrimination, and bullying.  As Dean of the UMKC Libraries, I stand with our Chancellor and Provost in cherishing the academic freedom to explore the pursuit of knowledge, in dedicating ourselves to free and civil exchange of ideas to seek understanding, and being committed to providing a place that is welcoming and inclusive to all and where all can feel safe and 

An Itchy Subject

In the September 13, 2016 UNews article “Bugs Bed Down in Books”, the campus learned of the presence of bed bugs in the Miller Nichols Library.   We understand that this topic makes people ‘itchy’ even thinking about it.  We take the presence of any pest in the libraries very seriously.  I want to assure you that, while we have found some bed bugs, we do not have an infestation.

Welcome to the 2016-17 Academic Year!


Big Scholarly Roo The University is a learning organization and what better place to learn than in one of our libraries!  We have scholarly resources in print, various media, and online.  We have amazing rare and special collections in the LaBudde Special Collections and the Marr Sound Archives located in Miller Nichols Library.  If we don’t have it, we can get it for you from libraries anywhere in the world.  Need help starting your research or finding that elusive article?  Our librarians excel in not only helping you with your research but also teach you information literacy skills that will help your throughout your life.  We offer comfortable places to study—both contemplative, quiet study as well as group study in our collaborative study areas.  Here’s what you can expect from your UMKC Libraries…

Friends of the Library’s Gift to the University Library

Since 1966, UMKC Friends of the Library (FOL) have presented the University Libraries and the UMKC community with an Annual Gift for the purchase of library materials. The cumulative amount of the Friends’ Annual Gifts in its first 50 years came in just under $1 million. Early on, the process incorporated the submission by faculty for proposals that articulated a faculty member’s need and lack of availability in any regional library. The criteria for the type of resources to be funded has been consistent over the years. Friends of the Library funds were for one-time purchases only.

Flood recovery update

The recovery efforts following the December 19 flooding in the Miller Nichols Library is well underway. All of the dry wall that had to be cut out has been replaced and repainting of the walls will be completed by January 19.

Flooding in the Miller Nichols Library

The weekend of Dec. 19 when the Miller Nichols Library was closed, an ice machine in the café malfunctioned and flooded the first floor. Water seeped into the ground floor as well. On Monday morning when library staff arrived, it was raining on the ground floor. Campus Police and Facilities were immediately called and a water remediation company was on site very shortly to start the process of extracting water. Workers vacuuming up water in the area in front of the Robot CafeSome books, periodicals, and scores in the Music/Media Library got wet but library staff immediately set to work on drying them out. Some materials were too wet to dry out in the library and were sent out for treatment. We anticipate no losses to our collections.

Tell Us What You Want in the Library!

Student academic success sits at the heart of the library’s focus. As librarians, we seek input from students and faculty on an ongoing basis to better understand what students need from the library. We hear from students in many ways. Sometimes students give us valuable unsolicited feedback and other times we formally request it. Either way, we welcome hearing from you.

University Libraries Presents an Array of Fall Programs

The UMKC Libraries strives to create engaging life-long learning opportunities for UMKC students and faculty as well as the Kansas City Community that go beyond great places to study and do research and all the books and other resources we have in our collections.  I encourage you to join us for one or several of our Fall 2015 offerings.

Where new discoveries begin—LaBudde Special Collections

Did you know that UMKC Libraries holds a world-renowned collection of rare and special research materials?  A treasure trove of cool and unique materials awaits you in the Labudde Special Collections, University Archives, and Marr Sound Archives located in the Miller Nichols Library.  The LaBudde Special Collections and University Archives will soon be housed on Miller Nichols Library’s 3rd floor in a new, expansive space providing plenty of room to spread out and use the research materials.  You will even be able to listen to sound recordings from the Marr Sound Archives (still on the Ground Floor) in the new space.   Leading you into Special Collections is the new Special Collections Gallery which will exhibit highlights of the Special Collections.

How Student Input Shapes the Library’s Future

In November, librarians conducted a Student Library Advisory Forum to gather feedback on the Miller Nichols Library, the library web site and library teaching.  Nourished with pizza, the students that attended provide a lot of valuable information about how they use the library and what they would like to have happen there.  They even got to design their own ideal library space!  Here’s what we learned.