Mar 14 13:51

Librarian receives Excellence in Diversity Award

Congratulations Stuart Hinds!

March 11, 2014 - Stuart Hinds was honored with the "Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Diversity" at the UMKC Celebrating Excellence Faculty & Staff Awards Ceremony.

Stuart Hinds, Director of Speical Collections Hinds was recognized for his ongoing work in support of UMKC's LGBT students and community. In addition to servings as Director of Special Collections at UMKC Libraries, he is an advisor for the Pride Alliance student organization and co-founder of the Gay and Lesbian Archives of Mid-America (GLAMA). GLAMA is a collecting partnership between UMKC Libraries and the Kansas City Museum

See a complete list 2014 Faculty and Staff awardees.

Mar 05 14:58

From Whiteboard to Boardroom: The EyeVerify Story - Apr 2

UMKC Friends of the Library's portFOLio program highlights the connection between UMKC research, community, and commerce by telling how revolutionary, game-changing research taking place at UMKC is finding a home in the marketplace. Speakers will also address the role library resources played in assisting on this journey. Wednesday, April 2, 6:30pm in Miller Nichols Learning Center room 451, 800 E. 51st. Street.EyeVerify programFeatured speakers:

  • Reza Derakshani - UMKC School of Computing & Engineering; EyeVerify, Chief Scientist
  • Maria Meyers - Director, UMKC Innovation Center
  • Toby Rush - EyeVerify CEO & Founder

Admission is free and open to the public. Complementary parking is available on level 5 of the 5000 cherry street parking garage

Program will also include presentation of 2014 Friends of the Library annual gift and student scholarship.

portFOLio is the signature programming series of UMKC Friends of the Library designed to highlight UMKC Libraries by providing the Kansas City community with life-long learning opportunities linked to UMKC’s strategic priorities: Visual and Performing Arts; Economic Development and Research; Health and Life Sciences; and Urban Engagement.

Born out of the research of Dr. Reza R. Derakhshani, an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at UMKC. EyeVerify is a fast-growing Kansas City startup based on patented “EyeVein” biometrics. Dr. Derakhshani's interdisciplinary research has brought about many successful joint ventures from diverse fields such as medicine, experimental psychology, cyber security, computational optics, identity management, and trusted mobile platforms. EyeVerify is the exclusive provider of EyePrint Verification, a password-free, secure authentication mobile experience that uses existing cameras on smartphones to image and pattern match the blood vessels in the whites of the eye.

Maria Meyers heads the UMKC Innovation Center which organizes a variety of university supported business outreach   services into a single organization. With a focus on technology commercialization, the Center connects university researchers with the community to ignite collaborative partnerships leading to new innovations and business growth. 

Toby Rush is an entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of EyeVerify. His expertise in imaging, sensors, and mobility gives him early insight into the trends and technologies impacting consumers and the enterprise.

Contact Friends of the Libary for more information.

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Feb 21 17:23

Civil Rights Series: 'Freedom Riders' - Mar 30

UMKC Libraries presents the acclaimed film 'Freedom Riders', Feb. 30, 2:00 - 4:00, Miller Nichols Learning Center, Jeannette Nichols Forum, located at 800 E 51st Street at the intersection of 51st Street and Rockhill Road. Discussion led by Veronica Nana Wilson-Tagoe of the UMKC Black Studies Program.
Freedom RidersStudent Partners: NAACP-UMKC

Advance REGISTRATION is suggested. Admission & parking are FREE.

Remaining series program:

Slavery by Another Name
Scholar/Discussion Leader: Dr. Jacqueline Wood
Sunday, April 27, 2-4 p.m.
Student Partners: UMKC Student Government Association

Contact Gloria Tibbs for more information.

Help  spread the word by post and sharing our printable Freedom Riders event flyer  and series poster.

Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is an initiative that uses the power of documentary films to encourage community discussion of America’s civil rights history. Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Feb 07 14:22

Local artist and UMKC alumna exhibiting Feb 25 - Mar 27

UMKC Friends of the Library invite you to the opening reception of 'Jeanine Cobler: Retrospective,' February 25, 5-7pm, in the Dean's Gallery of Miller Nichols Library.

Jeanine Cobler RestrospectiveThe exhibit runs through March 27 and is open during the library's regular operating hours.

Cobler holds a degree in Liberal Arts from UMKC and has served since 2009 as a director and officer on UMKC Friends of the Library board. In addition to UMKC, she has studied at the Kansas City Art Institute, Johnson County Community College, and with artists in Colorado, New York, and Kansas City.

"The human body and other forms from nature have a beauty that I find irresistible. I like to use these forms along with geometric shapes and lines as the base or anchor for my paintings. Cottonwood trees also have a special meaning to me, and many of my pieces contain impressions of cottonwood leaves and branches. Although my work is abstract, I incorporate representations of items from my everyday life and the world. Colors, glazes, shapes, and textures are added, and as each element is applied, the composition is moved in a new direction until the final balance is achieved." - J. Cobler

Jan 27 17:02

Get $500 for School - deadline extended to Mar18

Call for Applicants for UMKC Friends of the Library Annual Scholarship 2014

FOL Scholarship Logo

UMKC Libraries is the place where great minds meet. Tell us about the great minds you've met at or through UMKC's Libraries and you might win $500 towards next fall's tuition and fees. Great minds could be those of teachers, classmates, academics, or artists. Be creative!

To enter, submit your 500-1000 word original piece written in response to the statement "3 'Great Minds' I met at UMKC Libraries and what they taught me." 

Applications should be submitted electronically no later than March 18, 2014 and should include the following student information: name, student ID#, e-mail address, street address, phone number, degree program being sought, UMKC department and school, current level/year, and expected graduation date.

Award is available to degree seeking students of any level from any school or discipline, with preference given to those with a cumulative gpa of 3.0 or higher. Award will be applied toward Fall 2014 tuition and fees.

Applicants are advised that all materials become the property of the Friends upon submittal and may be used in promoting UMKC Libraries.

Winner to be announced in April.

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Jan 27 14:39

Civil Rights Series: 'The Loving Story' - Feb. 23

UMKC Libraries presents the acclaimed film 'The Loving Story', Feb. 23, 2:00 - 4:00, Miller Nichols Learning Center, Jeannette Nichols Forum, located at 800 E 51st Street at the intersection of 51st Street and Rockhill Road. Discussion led by Dr. Adrienne Walker Hoard of the UMKC Black Studies Program.
The Loving Story - Feb 23 2014Student Partners: UMKC Pride Alliance

Advance REGISTRATION is suggested. Admission & parking are FREE.

Other series programs include:

Freedom Riders
Scholar/Discussion Leader: Dr. Veronica Nana Wilson-Tagoe
Sunday, March 30, 2-4 p.m.
Student Partners: NAACP-UMKC

Slavery by Another Name
Scholar/Discussion Leader: Dr. Jacqueline Wood
Sunday, April 27, 2-4 p.m.
Student Partners: UMKC Student Government Association

Contact Gloria Tibbs for more information.

Help  spread the word by post and sharing our printable The Loving Story event flyer  and series poster.

Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is an initiative that uses the power of documentary films to encourage community discussion of America’s civil rights history. Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Jan 13 15:28

Civil Rights Series: 'The Abolitionists' - Jan. 26

UMKC Libraries presents the acclaimed film 'The Abolitionists', Jan. 26, 2:00 - 4:00, Miller Nichols Library, iX Theatre. Discussion led by Dr. Clovis Semmes of the UMKC Black Studies Program.
The Abolitionists - Jan 26 2014Student Partners: Lambda Epsilon Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Advance REGISTRATION is suggested. Admission & parking are FREE.

Other series programs include:

The Loving Story
Scholar/Discussion Leader: Dr. Adrienne Walker Hoard
Sunday, Feb. 23, 2-4 p.m.
Student Partners: Pride Alliance

Freedom Riders
Scholar/Discussion Leader: Dr. Veronica Nana Wilson-Tagoe
Sunday, March 30, 2-4 p.m.
Student Partners: NAACP-UMKC

Slavery by Another Name
Scholar/Discussion Leader: Dr. Jacqueline Wood
Sunday, April 27, 2-4 p.m.
Student Partners: UMKC Student Government Association

Contact Gloria Tibbs for more information.

Help  spread the word by post and sharing our printable Abolitionists event flyer and series poster.

Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is an initiative that uses the power of documentary films to encourage community discussion of America’s civil rights history. Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Jan 08 16:19

Civil Rights Film and Scholars Series begins Jan. 26

UMKC Libraries will host a series of four acclaimed films chronicling the history of the civil rights movement, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is an initiative that uses the power of documentary films to encourage community discussion of America’s civil rights history. 2014 Created Equal Series The public events will take place in the iX Theatre in the Miller Nichols Library, 800 E. 51st St., Kansas City, MO. All sessions (and parking) are FREE and open to the public. Advance REGISTRATION is suggested.

The Abolitionists
Scholar/Discussion Leader: Dr. Clovis E. Semmes
Sunday, Jan. 26, 2-4 p.m.
Student Partners: Lambda Epsilon Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

The Loving Story
Scholar/Discussion Leader: Dr. Adrienne Walker Hoard
Sunday, Feb. 23, 2-4 p.m.
Student Partners: Pride Alliance

Freedom Riders
Scholar/Discussion Leader: Dr. Veronica Nana Wilson-Tagoe
Sunday, March 30, 2-4 p.m.
Student Partners: NAACP-UMKC.

Slavery by Another Name
Scholar/Discussion Leader: Dr. Jacqueline Wood
Sunday, April 27, 2-4 p.m.
Student Partners: UMKC Student Government Association.

UMKC Libraries applied for and won the grant for a series of public showings of the films, combined with discussions lead by faculty from the UMKC Black Studies program. The 2014 Civil Rights Film Series is supported by partnerships from various UMKC campus departments; various UMKC students’ organizations; and community organizations/businesses in partnership with the UMKC Office of Community and Public Affairs. read more

Contact Gloria Tibbs for more information.

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Dec 11 2013

UMKC Libraries Awarded Competitive Federal Challenge Grant

UMKC Libraries have received a $500,000 matching funds grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to help pay for a relocation and major expansion of the Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections and Marr Sound Archives and to establish an endowment to fund the Director of Special Collections.

Bonnie Postlethwaite, Dean of Libraries

“The National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant enables the UMKC Libraries to increase capacity for our excellent and rapidly growing Special Collections and Marr Sound Archives. By providing matching support for renovations to create expanded space and to establish an endowment for the Director of Special Collections position, the Special Collections will be able to accommodate more scholars, exhibits, and programming that support humanities research at UMKC,” said Dean of Libraries Bonnie Postlethwaite. “Through this challenge grant, scholars will be able to discover the depth and richness of our special collections both onsite and in online exhibits. We are most grateful to NEH for their support of the UMKC Libraries.”

The grant must be matched by $1.5 million in non-federal funds. About $800,000 of that amount – slightly more than half – has already been raised. The balance of the matching funds must be raised by July 31, 2018.

The combined $2 million will be used to renovate the third and fourth floors of the Miller Nichols Library and will include a Special Collections' reading room, listening room, digitization studios, instructional rooms, staff offices, an exhibit hall, a dean’s gallery and the new Edgar Snow Scholars Alcove. It is expected to be completed by early 2015.

The funds will also be used to endow the Director of Special Collections position and a new student research scholarship program: The Martha Jane Starr Research Grant program will assist individuals using the Martha Jane Starr collection or any of the designated Women’s and Gender Studies manuscript holdings in Special Collections.  The Director of Special Collections will supervise the scholarship awardees in conjunction with their faculty advisor. read more

View the PUBLIC NOTICE regarding the initiation of the NEH's Section 106 review of Miller Nichols Library.

Dec 06 2013

2014 African American Read In - Feb. 19


Joining over a million readers nationwide, UMKC Libraries celebrates Black History Month by participating in the 24th National African American Read In, Feb 19 - 1:30 - 3:30 in Miller Nichols Library's iX Theatre.
2014 African American Read In
READ, SING, or PERFORM a work from the African-American author of your choice, or just come to LISTEN, REFLECT, & ENJOY!

Advance REGISTRATION is suggested. "Drop in" presenters are welcome as time allows.

Contact Gloria Tibbs for more information.

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Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.