News from the Dean: Welcome to UMKC Faculty!

Many of you are returning to campus after a summer away, some of you have been around teaching and/or doing research, and some of you are new to UMKC. I hope you all had a great summer--although it has been a hot, dry one-- and are energized for the new academic year.

The library has also spent the summer getting ready for the new academic year. As you prepare your classes for the upcoming semester, here are a few services the library provides to help you.

 Course reserves. We are available to help you place print books on reserve at all three of the University Libraries (Miller Nichols, Health Sciences, and Dental). Please visit our Web site for links to the Course Reserve Request Form. If you want to put journal articles or chapters on e-reserves, we are happy to help you with permissions, if required; scan the item; and post it on you Bb course. Many of journal articles are available from the full-text databases we license for your use. To use these licensed items you can use the Durable Links, or we can add the links to your Bb course for you.

 Copyright support. Not sure if use of a copyrighted item for classroom use is fair use? Contact the Copyright Support Team at with your question and we will provide guidance on your consideration of the item’s usage.

 RooBooks. Yes, we deliver books to your office if you are on the Volker campus. When you search the library catalog, MERLIN, choose the pick-up location UMK RooBooks Nichols Library. We will put the book(s) in campus mail for delivery to your office.

 Document delivery. Need a journal article and we only have it in print? Request it with an ILL@UMKC request, and we will scan it and send the link to it to you on email.

 Consultation space. You may schedule the use of our Research Consultation room to meet with a colleague or student in the Miller Nichols Library. Contact the Circulation Desk to schedule the use of this room. Call ext. 1526.

 Information literacy instruction. Subject librarians are available for each academic unit on campus. Your librarian can provide library instruction to your classes as well as many other services. Librarians have created LibGuides for many disciplines and/or courses that provide links to key resources for that subject. Contact your librarian if you would like a specific LibGuide created for one of your courses.

 Scanning. We now have easy to use scanners in all of the libraries where you can scan any document or pages from a book or journal for no cost. Once the scanning is completed you can either save it to a flash drive or email it to yourself or a colleague.

 Library collections. We have over 1 million volumes or items in the University Libraries, over 200,000 e-books, and over 300 electronic databases, many with full-text. RooSearch enables you to search both our library catalog and multiple databases with a single search, or you can use the more sophisticated searching of specific database. Many of the databases have direct links to electronic resources or to an ILL request with all the correct citation information already provided.

This listing is a short list of some key library services for teaching faculty. Please check out a more complete list of services for faculty on the Faculty Library Information page.  Have a great year!