Summer News, Events and Awards

It’s been an exciting and wonderful summer at UMKC University Libraries! Here are some of the highlights of what has been happening here and what is yet to come. Keep an eye out for more news on the exciting programming we have in store by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

UMKC Friends of the Library donation

UMKC Friends of the Library donates $25,000

Since 1966, UMKC Friends of the Library (FOL) has presented the UMKC University Libraries and the UMKC community with an annual gift for the purchase of library collections and various resources. The Friends of the Library Annual Gift is made possible through endowment distributions. We are thankful that they continue to provide funds for library collections each year.

We are excited to announce that this year, the FOL voted to donate $25,000 to the UMKC University Libraries to be spent in various areas that have typically been funded by the FOL including but not limited to: Film & Video Streaming, Diversity Initiatives, Music Score Collections, as well as to purchase JSTOR Arts & Sciences XIV (covering archaeology, Asian Studies, Education, Languages & Literature, Law and Political Science). We are tremendously grateful for the annual gift from the FOL and their ongoing support of the UMKC University Libraries and the community we serve.

And the Winner is...

Dave Brumbley, FOL scholarship winnerCongratulations to Dave Brumbley, recipient of the 2016 UMKC Friends of the Library Scholarship! Rread his winning essay.

Sanctuary of Dreams: The Mid-Century Film Experience 

Summer Exhibit: Sanctuaries of Dreams

Sanctuaries of Dreams:The Mid-Century Film Experience
Open now through Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Miller Nichols Library: Ground Floor Link Gallery

As film soared in popularity in the early 20th century, movie houses became a necessity. In some cases, theaters did double duty, providing both live performances and silver screen spectacles.

Throughout the early and mid-century, Kansas City theaters such as The Uptown, Orpheum, and Tower Theatre were bustling centers for experiencing worlds unseen and lives unlived.

Roger Ebert once said: “Old Theatres are irreplaceable…their spirit could not be duplicated because they remind us of a day when going to a show was a more glorious and escapist experience. I think a town’s old theatres are the sanctuary of its dreams.”

Experience the spirit of Kansas City's "sanctuaries" for yourself! 

This exhibit was curated by Alexa Sundeen, and all the photographs were taken from the Joseph K. Redmond Jr. Collection housed in LaBudde Special Collections at Miller Nichols Library. Click here to see more of the collection.

For more information, please call 816.235.5827.

Unbound: THe Artisty of Cuban Bookmaking September 27th 

Cuba and the Art of Bookmaking

Unbound: The Artistry of Cuban Bookmaking
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
5:30pm Reception, 6:00pm Lecture and Book Viewing
LaBudde Special Collections, Miller Nichols Library-3rd Floor
800 East 51st Street, Kansas City, MO 64110

Free to all, RSVP Requested - Click here to RSVP

Mark your calendar to join us on September 27th to experience the beautiful and creative handmade works of Ediciones Vigía, an independent, small press publishing company located in Matanzas, Cuba.

Jeanne Drewes (B.A., '76), Chief of the Binding & Collections Care Division at the Library of Congress, recently donated her personal collection of Ediciones Vigía books to the LaBudde Special Collections at UMKC. She will be here to talk about the small press community at Vigía, the books and how they are made, as well as her time and experiences during her travels to Cuba.

"What is Vigía? It is a book cooperative; it is a small press; it is an artist community; it is a gathering of literary and artistic people who come together to create."
- Jeanne Drewes

Don't miss your opportunity to hear Ms. Drewes' first-hand accounts of the struggles, accomplishments, and creative process of the individuals who make these practical works of art possible!

UMKC Libraries faculty and staff continue to excel, succeed and surpass!

Chris Le BeauChris Le Beau, Assistant Teaching Professor and Learning & Research Librarian here at UMKC, has been elected as the 2017-2018 president of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).  RUSA is a division of the American Library Association and is considered the foremost organization of reference and information professionals who connect people to the information, services, and collection materials they need. Chris will become RUSA president-elect at the ALA Annual Conference this year and will officially become president in June of 2017. Congratulations on receiving this honor, Chris!

Cindy Thompson, Director of Public Services at the UMKC Libraries, nominated Salvo-Eaton for the award. In her nomination she wrote, "just shy of three years after receiving her MLS, [Jen] has taken on more than many librarians do throughout their careers. In three years at UMKC, Jen has made incredible improvements to our interlibrary loan service, built a regional community of interlibrary loan staff and librarians, and built up a brand new set of services targeted toward graduate students."

Jen Salvo-EatonJen Salvo-Eaton, Head of Resource Sharing and Graduate Student Services at the UMKC Libraries, recently received the Missouri Library Association's Outstanding New Librarian Award.

The Outstanding New Librarian Award recognizes a librarian who has made a significant contribution to the improvement and advancement of library and information services.

Congratulations, Jen!

Patricia BarraUMKC Libraries Learning and Research Graduate Assistant Patricia Barra received a highly competitive 2016-2017 Spectrum Scholarship, awarded to exceptional students pursuing graduate degrees in library and information studies.

The scholarship is awarded to students from traditionally underrepresented ethnic groups looking to gain leadership training, professional networking, and mentoring opportunities as they move forward in their Library Science degree.

Patricia was selected based on her commitment to diversity, commitment to entering the library profession, demonstrated community outreach, academic ability, and achievements and leadership potential.  Patricia was also just recently hired as the new librarian at Hickey College, a small professional school in Maryland Heights, MO.

Congratulations, Patricia!

Library Receives Grant for Writing Resource Micro-Collection

On May 11, 2016, the UMKC Libraries received a $6,308 Opportunity Award from Amigos Library Services to build a digital and physical writing resources micro-collection at Miller Nichols Library.

A recent study of UMKC graduate students found that students are often not aware of the resources available to support their writing. In response, the Libraries are partnering with the UMKC Writing Studio to develop a small, curated physical and electronic collection of writing resources to enhance services provided by both parties.

This opportunity was made possible by UMKC Employees Jen Salvo-Eaton, Cindy Thompson, Staci Pratt, and Thomas Ferrell (Writing Studio) and their project: “Dynamic Engagement: Digital and Physical Promotion of a Writing Resources Micro-Collection.”

The micro-collection will use LibraryThing, a tool used to create a browseable digital display promoting select resources in our e-collections. For greatest accessibility, the collection will be located between the Libraries’ reference and research support area and the Writing Studio’s writing consultation space.

Planning on this project has begun, and hopes are to make visible changes to the space and services starting as early as this year.

University Libraries and Edgar Snow Memorial Foundation Welcomes 21st and 22nd Visiting Snow Scholars: Zhang Hong and Dr. Sun Hua


Zhang Hong

Zhang Hong


Dr. Sun Hua

Dr. Sun Hua

This year, the Edgar Snow Memorial Foundation (ESMF) brings back the Edgar Snow Visiting Scholar program after an eight-year hiatus. The University Libraries is hosting the scholars this year in the LaBudde Special Collections and University Archives. The Edgar Snow papers are housed in the University Archives.

The 2016 scholars are Zhang Hong and Dr. Sun Hua. Ms. Zhang is a Ph.D. Candidate from Renmin University in Beijing who will be working with the Edgar Snow Archives housed in the Special Collections at the Miller Nichols Library at UMKC. Zhang Hong arrived in April and will be continuing  her work here as an Edgar Snow Scholar through September. Sun Hua is a Ph.D., Professor, and Executive Dean at Yuanpei College at Peking University in Beijing. He is also the Deputy Director and Secretary-General for the China Center for Edgar Snow Studies. His stay runs from July 15-August 31. Both scholars are sponsored by the Edgar Snow Memorial Foundation (ESMF) and the Libraries.

They will be working with us to construct, narrate, and translate for an upcoming traveling exhibit marking the 80th anniversary of Edgar Snow’s landmark book, Red Star Over China, as well as other projects.  

Edgar Snow, a native of Kansas City, is believed to be the first Western journalist to interview Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong, and is best known for Red Star Over China (1937), an account of the Chinese Communist movement from its foundation until the late 1930s. For more information about Edgar Snow and his papers in the University Archives, please visit us.

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