Sep 02 2014

Social Justice Series: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

UMKC Libraries hosts film screening and book discussion in conjunction with lecture by Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Advance registration requested

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Film Showing: Cancer Cell Research: The Way of all Flesh (story of Henrietta and her cells)

Sunday, October 26

Film viewing and panel discussion
Miller Nichols Learning Center, Jeannette Nichols Forum

Wednesday, October 29

Film viewing, complimentary pizza provided
School of Medicine

Book Discussion: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks lead by librarian Scott Curtis

Wednesday, October 29

Miller Nichols Library, iX Theater

Lecture and Book Signing: Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life Henrietta Lacks
Presented by the UMKC Division of Diversity and Inclusion

Thursday, November 13

Atterbury Student Success Center, Pierson Auditorium

Aug 27 2014

Writer-in-Residence offers Master Class and Public Lecture - Sept. 21, 23

UMKC Friends of the Library invite you to a public reading by master American lyrical poet, Ellen Bryant Voigt, Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 7:30pm in room 451 of the Miller Nichols Learning Center.

Voigt lectureVoigt is the UMKC Creative Writing Department’s 2014 Writer-in-Residence. The evening is part of a series celebrating the inspiration of the UMKC Carolyn Benton Cockefair Chair in Continuing Education and includes a book signing and reception sponsored by UMKC Friends of the Library.

Both the Sept. 23 lecture and preceding Master Class on Sept. 21 are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the UMKC English Department at 816.235.1307.

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Aug 26 2014

Library worker receives statewide award and recognition

Congratulations Mary Anderson!

Mary E. Anderson, Head of Circulation Services at Miller Nichols Library, was named "2014 Outstanding Library Employee of the Year" by the Missouri Library Association.

Mary Anderson, Head of Circulation Services

The Outstanding Library Employee Award recognizes a library employee who has made a significant contribution to the improvement and advancement of library and information services. Anderson will receive the award at a banquet to be held October 9, 2014, at 7:00pm in Columbia.

Anderson was nominated by her superviser, Cindy Thompson, Director of Public Services at Miller Nichols Library. In her nomination packet Thompson states, "(Mary) sets an example of leadership, commitment, and a strong work ethic, and strives to make UMKC a better place to work. She gives of herself on a daily basis in an effort to improve our students’ lives on campus and recognizes that students are integral to everything we do and knows that their success feeds into the success of others; and she is undoubtedly committed to libraries – both ours and others in the state."

In supporting Anderson's nomination, one of her staff wrote, “Mary is the type of manager that is willing to hear suggestions, no matter how big or small, that will help the department better meet the needs of UMKC students. Her openness not only makes Miller Nichols Library a better place to work, but also makes it a better place for everyone. Her positive attitude and good spirit are infectious.”

"I can think of no one more deserving of this recognition," said Bonnie Postlethwaite, Dean of UMKC Libraries, upon learning of Anderson's award. "Everyone at UMKC Libraries already knows what an asset she is to our team, now our colleagues throughout the state can join us in celebrating Mary!"

Read more from Thompson's letter nominating Anderson for Outstanding Library Employee of the year.

Aug 07 2014

University Archives moves to Miller Nichols Library

Administration of UMKC's University Archives will move to the Miller Nichols Library effective August 21, 2014. 

The decision by UMKC administration to relocate Archives user services and processing follows the retirement of longtime University Archivist, David Boutros, last month. Archives staff as well as delivery and retrieval of materials will move from Newcomb Hall to the 4th floor of Miller Nichols Library, room 410. Stewardship of the Archives will be led by the director of the University Libraries' Division of Special Collections and University Archives, Stuart Hinds. Items housed at Newcomb will move over to the library, but the majority of the collection will stay in its current location, the Columbia Records Center.

University Archives move

“UMKC Libraries is honored to  be entrusted with the maintenance and growth of the University Archives. Our hope is that integrating our collections and resources will be of benefit to our researchers, while at the same time providing cross-training and back-up for Archives’ staff.” - Bonnie Postlethwaite, Dean of Libraries

What this change means to you:

  • New hours: 9:00 AM -4:30 PM, Monday - Friday
  • New location to send materials to Archives: *410 Miller Nichols Library
  • New Web address:
  • Same phone number: 816-235-1539
  • Same staff contact: Tonya Crawford, Senior Manuscript Specialist
  • Same processing and retrieval times.

*While the transition is in progress, please do not send new material to Archives until after September 8.

Apr 23 2014

Durrett online exhibit opens with Apr. 30 reception

Explore the exhibit is live and includes three sections to explore:

Join us for the unveiling of the online Warren Durrett Exhibit, 'Swing and Sweat,' April 30, 4-5pm, in the room 303 of UMKC's Miller Nichols Library.

Durrett Swing and Sweat Exhibit

Warren Durrett, an alum of the University of Kansas City, was a KC-based big band leader, commercial jingle writer, and real estate magnate.

'Swing and Sweat' was created as a class project by the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance Advanced Research and Bibliography course, and will be permanently hosted on the libary's website. Students spent the semester studying Durrett's life, career, and music, and created an online exhibit detailing their research. The exhibit features vintage photos of Durrett's professional life, audio recordings of his band arrangements and jingles, and analyses of his musical styles.

Image from the Warren Durrett Collection.

Apr 07 2014

2014 FOL Annual Gift Awards announced

$25,000 gift from Friends of the Library supports collection development

Since 1966, UMKC Friends of the Library have presented the University Libraries and the UMKC community with an Annual Gift. The 2014 awards were announced April 2, 2014.

Bonnie Postlethwaite & Grace Suh with $25k check For their 49th Annual Gift, the Friends donate $25,000 for the purchase of books, DVDs, recordings, data sets, periodical back files, and music scores. The cumulative amount of the Friends’ Annual Gifts exceeds $1.3 million.

This year the Friends received 13 proposals with requests totaling nearly $17,000. The Selections Committee carefully consider  each proposal and may recommend no, full, or partial funding of proposals. New for 2014, the Friends made $10,000 of their gift available upfront, last fall, to be used to fund immediate or “on demand” faculty requests purchased at the time of need. A complete list of recipients is available online.

The Annual Gift is made possible through endowment distributions, membership dues, and book sale proceeds.

Apr 04 2014

2014 FOL Scholarship Winner Announced

Karl Gottschalk, UMKC French and Music Performance student, awarded $500 towards Fall 2015 tuition and fee.

UMKC Friends of the Library announce Gottschalk as the sixth recipient of their annual scholarship.

Karl Gottschalk The Friends scholarship 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.

To apply, students were asked to submit and original piece written in response to the statement "Three great minds I met at UMKC Libaries and what they have meant to me."

Karl's essay was selected from 15 entries.

Apr 02 2014

Artist and curator discuss American Jazz Museum exhibit - Apr 21

American Jazz Museum visiting curator Sonie' Joi Ruffin and artist Glenn North discuss the art and inspiration of 'Convergence: Jazz, Dance, and the Visual Arts' exhibit, April 21, 12-1pm, in the room 303 of UMKC's Miller Nichols Library. You are invited to bring your lunch to this free and public event.

Convergence Artists' talk

'Convergence', on exhibit through April 27 at the American Jazz Museum, features more than 65 works by innovative artists and filmmakers, mostly African American, whose works interact with jazz music and culture. Not only does Convergence seek to explore the connection between jazz and the visual arts, it also offers and opportunity to explore the intimate relationship between sound and image in African American culture.

Sonié Joi Ruffin is a fabric artist, a textile designer, and published author. Her quilts have been exhibited at the Smithsonian’s' Renwick Museum. Her artwork can be found in museums and galleries across the nation. She is also a Charlotte Street Foundation fellow and the Visiting Curator for the American Jazz Museum's Changing Gallery.

Glenn North Glenn is the Poet in Resident, & Education Specialist for the American Jazz Museum, he is a UMKC Alumni, organizer of Jazz Poetry Jamz, a Cave Conem Fellow and a Charlotte Street Foundation Fellow.

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(Image by Ronald Beverly, Aurora series I photography)

Apr 01 2014

Managing Student Loans Information Session - April 24

Get Ready. Get Set. GET SMART about College Loans.

April 24, 2014, 3:00 - 4:30 pm, Miller Nichols Library room 303

Attend this free informational session and learn from experts about:

  • types of student loans and what they mean to your future,
  • managing student loan debt, and
  • ways to tackle debt after graduation.

KC Money Month bannerFeatured presenter:

Kat Hnatyshy, Branch Manager, Community America Credit Union, Nall Hills Branch.

Money Smart Week® is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. This is achieved through the collaboration and coordinated effort of hundreds of organizations across the country including businesses, financial institutions, schools, libraries, not-for-profits, government agencies and the media. These groups come together once a year to stress the importance of financial literacy, inform consumers about where they can get help and provide free educational seminars and activities throughout the week. Programming is offered to all demographics and income levels and covers all facets of personal finance from establishing a budget to first time home buying to estate planning. The effort was created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002.

Check out other Money Smart events taking place around Kansas City.

National Partners: American Library Association and Financial Planning Association

Apr 01 2014

Civil Rights Series: 'Slavery by Another Name' - Apr 27

UMKC Libraries presents the acclaimed film 'Slavery by Another Name,' Apr. 27, 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 Jacqueline Wood of the UMKC Black Studies Program.
Slavery by Another NameStudent Partners: UMKC Student Government Association

Advance REGISTRATION is suggested. Admission & parking are FREE.

Contact Gloria Tibbs for more information.

Help  spread the word by post and sharing our printable Slavery by Another Name 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.