News from the Dean: Welcome to the 2014-15 Academic Year

I hope you all had a wonderful summer and were able to rejuvenate!  We all think of summer as a leisurely time, perhaps taking a vacation or reading some good books.  However, the University Libraries have been busy working all summer to make your coming academic year a great one!

Research Assistance

Librarians at all of the UMKC Libraries are ready to help you with your research using the wide array of library collections—both physical and electronic.  Don’t hesitant to ask for help or schedule a research consultation.

University Archives

We welcomed the UMKC University Archives into Miller Nichols Library in August.  Both staff and collections can now be found on the 4th floor in the LaBudde Special Collections. The Missouri State Historical Society, caretaker for the Western Historical Manuscripts Collection, remain in Newcomb Hall.

Miller Nichols Library 2nd Floor Renovations

As part of the long-term plan to renovate the entire Miller Nichols Library, work began in April to upgrade the 2nd floor.  As of the end of August, work continues with a planned completion of mid-September. The browsing book stacks are being relocated from the 3rd and 4th floors and consolidated on the 2nd floor.  You will find wide aisles, excellent lighting to browse the books, and quiet study space—all on one floor.  The IS Computer Lab will be re-installed and open by September 8 in its previous location.  We apologize that the Computer Lab and the book moves were not completed by the start of the Fall term, but we think you will really appreciate the upgrade.  Later in the Fall, look for a new KIC Scanner on the 2nd floor near the West elevator to scan select pages from books you find nearby. 

New Chairs Coming to the Health Sciences and Dental Libraries

One of the most requested upgrades for our libraries on Hospital Hill is more comfortable seating. You asked for it and we have ordered chairs that will arrive by early October. The group study room at the Health Sciences Library now sports a wall-mounted monitor where small groups can work on projects together. 

Events to Expand Your Horizons

The University Libraries are dedicated to enriching your education and providing life-long learning opportunities through programming and exhibits. We are pleased to have re-located the Dean’s Gallery to the 4th Floor recently and you will see exhibits starting to be scheduled there soon. We also have the new Link Gallery on the Ground Floor in the corridor leading from the Marr Sound Archives to the new West Elevator and the MNLC. Here is just a sampling of the events and exhibits we hope you will enjoy:

  • Sept. 22 – Oct. 30 “History of Nursing” exhibit in the Link Gallery
  • Sept. 23, 7pm Cockefair speaker: Ellen Bryant Voigt Reading at the MNLC (English Department Creative Writing Program & the Friends of the Library)
  • Oct. 9, 12p  Latino/Latino History Month event, MNL iX Theatre
  • Oct. 14- Nov. 15 “Culture of Peace” exhibit, reception, and programming (Global and Multicultural Education)
  • Social Justice Series in conjunction with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s Social Justice Lecture
    • Oct. 26, 2p – Film Cancer Cell Research:  The Way of All Flesh with panel discussion, MNLC
    • Oct. 29, 12p Film - Cancer Cell Research: The Way of All Flesh, School of Medicine Theatre
    • Oct. 29, 6p, Book Discussion -The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot  iX Theater
  • Nov. 14, 12p film and discussion: “Christmas Truce of 1914”  (History Dept)
  • February 2015--Watch for the announcements about the annual African-American Read-In