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 11:20

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 17:05

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.


Dec 06 13:58

Harvesters Food Drive at MNL and HSL Dec 6 - 17

Donate non-perishable food and household items to help our neighbors in need.Holiday Food Drive

Most Needed Items (no glass, please)
•    Canned vegetables
•    Canned fruit
•    Boxed meals - (Hamburger Helper, etc.)
•    Canned Meat/Tuna
•    Peanut Butter
•    Canned Soup
•    Cereal – hot and cold
•    Soap
•    Deodorant
•    Shampoo
•    Toilet Paper

Nov 25 17:08

FOL Annual Gift Proposals being accepted thru Feb. 5, 2014

Since 1966, UMKC Friends of the Libraries have presented the Libraries and the UMKC community with an Annual Gift for the purchase of new library resources. Made possible through memberhip dues and special gifts, the Friends donated over $35,000 for books, videos, recordings, periodical backfiles, music scores in 2013.

Proposals are now being accepted for 2014 requests.

For more information on how to apply, download the following application materials:

Dean Bonnie Postlethwaite and former FOL president Oliver Burnette with 2013 Annual Gift Check

Deadline for submissions is February 5, 2014.

For more information email Mark Mattison at 816.235.5828.

List of 2013 funded proposals.

Nov 11 13:46

'Chance Encounters' photography exhibit opens Nov 13

Artist Rolf Brommelsiek creates and photographs staged environments to elicit emotion and examine the complicated relationship between automobile and man.

"The tension and mystery contained within these images coupled with their ability to elicit a sense of ‘no place/no time’, the real and the imagined, and the blurring of past with present, serve as the foundation for this body of work." Read the artist's statement.

Chance Encounters exhibit'Chance Encounters: The Photograph as Palimpsest' exhibits in the Dean's Gallery on the second floor of UMKC's Miller Nichols Library through January 30, 2014. Meet the artist during an opening reception on November 13, 2013 from 4-6:00pm.

Rolf Brommelsiek, an artist and designer creates architectural design elements for commercial projects. These include specialty features in Club Med’s first urban center in Paris, France, as well as restaurants in San Francisco, California and Naples, Florida. His artistic projects include numerous public sculptures, with his work Rabone 9 selected for Kansas City’s Avenue of the Arts. Returning to his roots in photography, Brommelsiek has recently focused on creating theatrical ‘sets’ around specific themes that are photographed. The result of this process, are two bodies of work: Homage to Detroit that explored the car as myth in society, and Chance Encounters: The Car as Palimpsest which examines the car through a series of staged environments to elicit a mood of tension and mystery. Brommelsiek holds a Master of Fine Arts from Florida State University in sculpture.

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.

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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.