UMKC Geosciences Museum to Move to Miller Nichols Library


Geosciences Museum Relocating to MNL Third Floor
 
As the Department of Geosciences prepares for changes to their space in Flarsheim Hall, the UMKC Libraries will gain a unique display of minerals and fossils. 
 
The Richard L. Sutton, Jr. Geosciences Museum is a scientific collection of mineral and fossil specimens, some collected by former UMKC faculty and students from locations around the midwestern United States. It will move from its current location in Flarsheim Hall to the third floor of Miller Nichols Library this winter, into the space formerly occupied by UMKC Math and Science Tutoring (MaST). MaST will relocate to the Atterbury Student Success Center, to be near other student support services like the Writing Studio's main location and the Academic Support & Mentoring offices.
 
MaST's move and work on the new library location for the Geosciences Museum is scheduled to begin during the 2018-19 winter break. When the space is complete the museum will be open to the public during the library's open hours. The museum is a site of teaching and learning within the Department of Geosciences, when classes visit for firsthand geologic examination. For more information about the museum's collections or to schedule a group museum tour, contact the Department of Geosciences at (816) 235-1334.
 
Future plans for MNL third and fourth floors
 
Since 2010 the UMKC Libraries have been working through phases of a complete renovation of Miller Nichols Library. The most dramatic phase completely overhauled the first floor, introducing student study space, computer pods, group study rooms, new service desks, and the iX Theatre. The following phase expanded the building with the Miller Nichols Learning Center and Robot addition. Most recently the third floor was partially renovated to build the new LaBudde Special Collections reading room and materials processing spaces.
 
Plans for the next phase encompass the remaining un-renovated portions of the third and fourth floors of Miller Nichols Library, including improved student study space, an upgraded Dean's Gallery, and bringing the State Historical Society of Missouri to rejoin us at the Libraries. The Kansas City Research Center of the State Historical Society of Missouri was last co-located with the UMKC Libraries in 1980; it is currently housed in UMKC's Newcomb Hall. Following a joint fundraising campaign, the Historical Society is expected to take up residence on the third floor of Miller Nichols Library. 

Posted: December 05, 2018




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