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.

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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.

Mar 25 2014

Visiting scholar presents on Ancient Egyptian Tombs - Apr. 9

Dr. Marjorie Venit will discuss Egypt as Metaphor: Decoration and the Afterlife in the Monumental Tombs of Ancient Alexandria on Wednesday, April 9 at 6:00pm in room 452 of the Miller Nichols Learning Center, 800 E. 51st Street.

Egyptian TombVenit explores the intersection of Egyptian and Greek (or Roman) decorative elements and motifs in Alexandrian monumental tombs and the eschatological climate that permitted and encouraged the convergence. She proposes that Greeks adopted and adapted Egyptian modes of expression in order to fill a void in their own visual repertoire at a time when visualizing the road to the afterlife became more acutely essential.

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

Dr. Venit is a professor at the University of Maryland where she specializes in the art and archaeology of the ancient Mediterranean world with an emphasis on the Greek center and its periphery considered both geographically and temporally.

Particularly interested in the intersection of cultures and ethnicities, she has excavated at Tel Anafa, Israel, and Mendes, Egypt and is the author of Monumental Tombs of Ancient Alexandria: The Theater of the Dead and Greek Painted Pottery from Naukratis in Egyptian Museums. Her book projects have been supported by generous grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Kress Foundation, and the J.P Getty Trust. Among her other national awards are a Fulbright-Hayes Fellowship and fellowships from the American Research Center in Egypt, the American Association of University Women, and the American Philosophical Societys.

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Mar 14 2014

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 2014

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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