Nov 07 13:29

UMKC Health Sciences librarians win video contest

Challenged to spread the word about how Health Sciences librarians make a difference, Sue Sykes-Berry and Kristy Steigerwalt received first place for their winning entry in the Wolters Kluwer Health Video contest.

Wolters Kluwer is global information services and publishing company whose products include the popular OvidMD database. Video entries were judged by an expert panel comprised of clinicians, librarians and publishers who reviewed the videos on the basis of creativity and originality, quality, and content of the message. The winning entry received a $5000 cash prize.

Contest judge, Sujana S. Chandrasekhar, MD, FACS, FAAO-HNS, had this to say about their entry: “As a busy, practicing physician who just tries to 'Google it' or 'Pubmed it' on the fly, but who wishes she had that type of support in unusual patient cases, that video absolutely tells the value of a great medical librarian.”

Sue Sykes-Berry began working at UMKC's Health Science Library in July 1998 where she is the Instructional Reference Librarian. Kristy Steigerwalt joined UMKC in August 2011 and is one of the library's Clinical Medical Librarian.

Congratulations Sue and Kristy!

Oct 17 10:27

Chuck Haddix and Bobby Watson Celebrate Charlie 'Bird' Parker - Nov. 6

Chuck Haddix discusses his book, Bird:The Life and Music of Charlie Parker, November 6 at 6pm in the Jeannette Nichols Forum of the new Miller Nichols Learning Center. The program is free and open to the public and will also feature live performances by Bobby Watson and friends. Complimentary parking is available on the 5th and 6th levels of the Cherry Street Garage on 50th Street between Cherry and Oak.

UMKC Friends of the Library proudly sponsor this event as the inaugural program in their new portFOLio series.

Chuck Haddix, Bobby Watson, Charlie ParkerMore about Chuck Haddix and Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker. The book will be available for sale both before and after the program and Chuck is happy to sign all copies.

Help spread the word by posting and sharing our event flyer.

Oct 16 14:24

'Divergent' trilogy book discussion - Nov.13

UMKC Women’s Center and UMKC Libraries invite your participation in a facilitated discussion of the 'Divergent' trilogy by Veronica Roth.

Divergent Trilogy Book TalkDivergent Trilogy Book Discussion

Wednesday, Nov. 13

12:00 pm

Miller Nichols Library

Room 303

The books: 'Divergent,' 'Insurgent,' and the recently-released 'Allegiant,' follow the coming-of-age of Beatrice 'Tris' Prior. In this near-future dystopian society (played out in an antecedent, decaying infrastructure that appears to be Chicago), children take an Aptitude Test at age 16, and thereafter dedicate their lives to one of the society’s factions: Amity, Erudite, Candor, Abnegation, or Dauntless. At the point you choose your Faction, you are cut off from your previous friends and family: you belong to the Faction.

What Faction will Beatrice choose? What does it mean to be of a Faction? Does this social format promote a better society, or is corruption lurking under the surface?

These are great YA (young adult) novels: similar to 'The Hunger Games' in flavor with a different take on societies and their impact our individual choices (and freedom of choice) as we mature. Beatrice is a unique character, and her path through life will make for an excellent discussion, lead by librarian Scott Curtis.

Oct 16 13:41

Visiting scholar presents on Dead Sea Scrolls - Oct. 24

Dr. Jodi Magness will discuss 'The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls' on Thursday, October 24 at 6:00pm in room 452 of the new Miller Nichols Learning Center. 

Dr Jodi MagnessDr. Magness is Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She specializes in the archaeology of Palestine in the Roman, Byzantine and early Islamic periods and has conducted fieldwork in Israel and the Mediterranean for over 30 years.

Dr. Magness will be giving a Joukowsky Lecture, named for Martha Sharp Joukowsky, past President of the Archaeological Institute of America and Professor of Old World Archaeology at Brown University.  The Joukowsky Lectureship is part of the AIA’s National Lecture Program.

Admission is free and open to the public. Free parking is available on Level 5 of the Cherry Street Parking Garage, 5000 Cherry.

For additonal information call 816.235.6257.

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Oct 15 10:53

Library offers assistance accessing Government Information during shutdown

Even though U.S. Government websites are unavailable, librarians at Miller Nichols Library have access and may direct users to other sources for certain types of information otherwise provided through govenment run sites.

Government ShutdownNeed help?

Call us at 816-235-1526
Text a Librarian (Mobile-text service) at 66746
Chat with us by clicking the green “help” tab on any library web page
Send us an email.

Sep 12 15:20

'True Grit' book discussion - Sept. 24

UMKC participates in The Big Read 2013, a community-wide celebration of Charles Portis's True Grit.

Big Read True GritTrue Grit Book Discussion

Tuesday, September 24

12:00 pm

iX Theatre

Miller Nichols Library

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, organized locally by the Kansas City Public Library and hosted at UMKC by UMKC Libraries and UMKC Women's Center.

Visit the True Grit book display near the South entrance of Miller Nichols Library where you will find copies available to check out, NEA reading guides, and an audio CD interview with Charles Portis. The novel checks in at around 200 pages, and is a riveting and fast read.

For a complete list of True Gritrelated programing including book discussions, films, and exhibits, visit the KCPL's Big Read 2013 page.

More about Charles Portis' True Grit

Although only published in 1968, True Grit has become recognized as a masterwork of American storytelling, with appeal far beyond the Western genre.

Written in the form of a memoir, the novel’s main character, Mattie Ross, relates the story of her adventure as a plucky 14-year old girl from Yell County, Arkansas, who has headed to Fort Smith in order to settle the affairs of her father - and to bring his killer to justice. She hires an alcoholic US Marshal of merciless reputation named Rooster Cogburn to pursue the drifter Tom Chaney into Indian Territory in Oklahoma. Not trusting Cogburn to do the job without her, she insists on accompanying Cogburn and a Texas Ranger named LaBoeuf, who is also in pursuit of Chaney for other reasons.

Author Portis’s writing in True Grit is notable for its careful respect for the dialects of time and place, and the characters are exceptional studies when seen through the eyes of the judgmental and religious Mattie. True Grit was made into two Oscar-winning movies, a John Wayne western in 1969, and the exceptional Coen brothers’ 2010 movie, with more faithful duplication of the language, characters, and story.

Sep 10 14:56

'The Other Wes Moore' Social Justice book discussion - Oct. 9

UMKC Libraries book discussion of 'The Other Wes Moore' complements 2013 Social Justice Lecture.

The Other Wes MooreTwo boys, same name, same neighborhood.
One grows up to be a Rhodes Scholar, White House Fellow, and successful businessman.
The other, a convicted murderer.  
How does this happen?


The Other Wes Moore, by Wes Moore
Copies available for check out at UMKC’s Dental, Health Sciences, and Miller Nichols Libraries.


Social Justice Book Discussion

Wednesday, October 9, 3-4:30pm

iX Theatre, Miller Nichols Library

Register at


Wes Moore in person
2013 Social Justice Lecture
Wednesday, October 16, 6:00 pm
Pierson Auditorium   more information

Library book discussion is presented in support of and partnership with the UMKC Office of Diversity, Access, and Equity. For more information contact Gloria Tibbs. Help spread the word by printing and displaying our flyer.

Sep 06 13:32

RooWriter Workshop offered to faculty - Sept 10

UMKC faculty from all disciplines are invited to contribute to student success by learning how to create reading packets relevant to their area of study in support of newly launched RooWriter Writing Assessment.

Reading Packets are used by students use to write essays. These collections of sources address important issues and topics, such as digital piracy and homelessness in Kansas City.

Sep 04 17:39

Visiting expert presents on computational text analysis

Dr. Matthew Jocker's will discuss his research and book 'Macroanalysis: Digital Methods and Literary History' on September 11, 2013 at 6:00pm in room 451 of the new Miller Nichols Learning Center. 

Dr Matthew JockersDr. Jockers’s research and teaching are focused on computational text analysis. In this lecture, he will discuss large-scale literary computing and the revolutionary potential of macroanalysis--a new approach to the study of the literary record designed for probing the digital-textual world as it exists today, in digital form and in large quantities.

Admission is free and open to the public. Free parking is available on Level 5 of the Cherry Street Parking Garage, 5000 Cherry.

For additonal information call 816.235.6257.

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Sep 04 15:35

Latino music album display complements Smithsonian exhibit at American Jazz Museum

UMKC Libraries dips into the Marr Sound Archives to honor Latin American and Caribbean influence on the landscape of American popular music.

Latino Music ExhibitAs Latino immigrants brought traditional sounds from their homelands to U.S. audiences, their music triggered new musical traditions. For generations, Latin American and Caribbean music has profoundly influenced popular music in the United States.

The current UMKC Libaries exhibit is located on the ground floor of Miller Nichols Library and features album covers from Latino musicians such as Tito Fuente, Mucho Macho Machito, and Ruben Blades.

The library exhibit is mounted in conjunction with a series of programs organized by the American Jazz Museum connecting with ‘American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music,’ a traveling exhibit by the Smithsonian Institute. More information about the Smithsonian's 'American Sabor' and a complete list of American Jazz Museum programs is available online.

Both exhibits are free, open to the public, and run through October 27, 2013.