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Welcoming New Library Staff

The UMKC Libraries welcomes new staff members to the library and to UMKC!

Nick Dean profile pictureNick Dean, Health Sciences Library
Hi! My name is Nick Dean (my pronoun is just Nick). I am excited to be the new Health Equities Fellow in the Health Sciences Library here at UMKC. My professional background is in higher education student services (in fact, I am also currently an Education Team Coordinator at the UMKC School of Medicine) and I have worked in that field for almost a decade. I am originally from east Tennessee and have an undergraduate degree in History from Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia, and a master’s degree in Higher Education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. I am currently working on my second master’s – this time in Library Science – at Emporia State University.

Outside of work, I really enjoy watching movies, attending operas, playing board games, and traveling. I have been married to my husband Thomas for almost 3 years, and we reside in the Northland area of the KC metro.


Courtney Strimel profile pictureCourtney Strimel Teaching & Learning
Courtney Strimel is one of two academic library Fellows in the Teaching & Learning Department at Miller Nichols. She has a Master’s degree in English with a focus in Cultural Studies from Kansas State University and is nearing the completion of her MLIS from the University of Missouri’s iSchool. Although she is open to working in a number of areas of librarianship after graduating, Courtney is most interested in library management, electronic materials and metadata, and in archival studies.


Sierra Hale profile pictureSierra Hale Electronic Resources & Acquisitions
Sierra Hale is new to Miller Nichols Library and new to Kansas City. She comes to UMKC after several years living in Denver, Colorado and working for Denver Public Libraries. Sierra can most often be found on the third floor but you may sometimes see her filling in at the First Floor Service Desk. In her free time she enjoys hiking and reading murder mysteries.


 Grace Nicholas profile picture Grace Nicholas Outreach & Engagement
Grace Nicholas (Communications Coordinator, Miller Nichols Library) has an MLS and MA in English from Emporia State University, and is currently pursuing doctorates in Library Science from ESU, and in Linguistics from the University of Kansas. She is an Associate Professor of English for Southern New Hampshire University’s online initiative. In her free time, Grace writes, walks her dogs, knits, reads, plays video games, and really wishes someone would make it possible to do all of that at the same time. Grace is excited to become a part of UMKC’s libraries and help promote all of the amazing programs, exhibits, and resources the libraries have to offer, through social media.



Posted: February 11, 2020