Fall News, Exhibits and Events

Fall is off to a fast and festive start at the UMKC University Libraries! Last week we celebrated the grand opening of the Starr Women's Hall of Fame Display, and next week we will welcome alumna Jeanne Drewes back to campus. We have a lot of programming in store for you this semester, and we hope you can join us at some of these exciting events.

Unbound: The Artistry of Cuban Bookmaking

Unbound: The Artistry of Cuban Bookmaking

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
5:30 p.m. Reception, 6:00 p.m. Lecture and Book Viewing

Miller Nichols Library, LaBudde Special Collections - 3rd Floor
800 East 51st Street, Kansas City, MO 64110

Free to all, RSVP Requested

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!

History of UMKC: Kansas City's University

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
5:00 p.m. Reception and Book Sale
5:30 p.m. Presentation. Book signing follows.

Miller Nichols Library, Room 325
800 East 51st Street, Kansas City, MO 64110
Free to all, RSVP Requested

Join us for a special presentation from Chris Wolff, UMKC alumnus and author of the upcoming book, A Pearl of Great Value: The History of UMKC, Kansas City’s University. Chris Wolff’s presentation will trace the historical identity of UMKC by exploring the story of our founding, the university’s traditions, and the origin of our current mission. How did we become Kansas City’s University? Why are we the Kangaroos? Have we always been an urban-serving university? These questions and more will be answered through this glimpse into UMKC’s more than 80 years of history.

Preorder your copy of A Pearl of Great Value: The History of UMKC, Kansas City’s University through the UMKC Bookstore’s website. Books will also be available for purchase before the presentation, and Chris Wolff will be signing copies following the presentation. Book proceeds will support the UMKC Alumni Association’s student scholarships.

A historical exhibit that shows the university through the years is currently on display on the ground floor of Miller Nichols Library.

Social Justice Book Discussion: The Distance Between Us with Reyna Grande 

Social Justice Book Discussion
The Distance Between Us

Monday, October 10, 2016
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 UMKC Miller Nichols Library | iX Theatre - 1st Floor
Click here to RSVP

Join Scott Curtis, book discussion leader, as we engage in a discussion of the memoir The Distance Between Us, by Reyna Grande. 

There is another often untold side to the immigrant experience—of those who get left behind. Using a non-linear narrative style, where the pieces don't fall into place until the very end, Grande takes readers on a journey inside the lives of the people of Mexico who are left behind in the phenomenon of migration to the United States.

Books by the author are available at the Miller Nichols Library Circulation Desk. The discussion is free and open to all.

The book discussion is hosted in conjunction with the 10th Annual Social Justice Book Lecture on October 13. Click here for more information.


Leon Jordan & The Rise of Black Politics in Kansas City

Monday, October 24, 2016
5:30 p.m. Reception, 6 p.m. Event

Miller Nichols Learning Center: Jeannette Nichols Forum

The UMKC Libraries are partnering with KCUR and the UMKC Friends of the Library to explore the life of Leon Jordan and his impact on current and future black politics in Kansas City.

Leon Jordan was a well-known and highly respected politician and civil rights leader in Kansas City and Missouri. He has often been hailed as one of the most influential African Americans in Kansas City history and, at the time of his death, the state's most powerful black politician.

As a prominent member of Kansas City society, Jordan's infamous murder and the mysteries surrounding it rattled the Kansas City community. But his memory and legacy live on to encourage the continued growth of black social and political leaders in Kansas City and beyond.

Be sure to arrive early or stay after the event to visit the Headlines: Leon Jordan in the Media exhibit on the Ground Floor of the Miller Nichols Library, now through October.
This event is brought to you as part of the UMKC Friends of the Library portFOLio Series.

Leon Jordan in the Media

Headlines: Leon Jordan in the Media

Curated by Alexa Sundeen

Exhibit opening September 6, 2016
Miller Nichols Library | Link Gallery - Ground Floor

Policeman, politician, and infamous murder victim.
Experience the life of Leon Jordan as only the press could tell it.

Articles from news outlets like The Kansas City Star and The Call partner with images from our archives to move you through the rise, untimely fall, and stranger-than-fiction murder case of Leon Mercer Jordan, prominent political leader in Kansas City and Missouri.

And don't miss our related event Monday, October 24: Leon Jordan & The Rise of Black Politics in Kansas City.

Want more on Leon Jordan? Check out our collection!

All images were curated from the Leon M. Jordan and Brian Thurn Collections housed in LaBudde Special Collections at the UMKC Miller Nichols Library.

This exhibit is brought to you as part of the UMKC Friends of the Library portFOLio Series.

Bernard Step Buddy Anderson - Street Level Surrealism

Photographs curated from the Bernard "Step Buddy" Anderson Collection in LaBudde Special Collections.

Bernard 'Step Buddy' Anderson - Street Level Surrealism:
A Photographic Legacy

Exhibit open now through fall semester
Special Collections Gallery - 3rd Floor

Jazz musician Bernard "Step Buddy" Anderson was an early innovator in multi-media presentations, combining slide shows with live musical performances. As an impressive amateur photographer, removed from the context of the multi-media shows, Anderson's images provide a unique and often surrealistic viewpoint of the Kansas City landscape from the late 1970s.


Swapping Stacks for Students

We are delighted to announce that the renovation of our Health Sciences Library (HSL) is complete! The updated space features new carpet, more study space with tons of tables and chairs, and lots of natural light to help students be more productive. There is even an area reserved for silent study!

These changes have been highly anticipated by both staff and students as a way to make the library more useable. A common frustration was the lack of study space available for students--a problem due in-part to the stacks filled with thousands of journals, books, and other resources.

This summer, many of the University Libraries staff worked tirelessly to transfer nearly 47,000 journals and other materials from HSL to the RooBot at Miller Nichols Library. This allowed us to remove most of the stacks and replace them with tables, chairs, and various spaces students can utilize for both group and individual study.

Although HSL may now look less like a traditional library, these changes represent the Libraries' eagerness to respond to the needs of UMKC students. "We are student-centered, not stack-centered," said one HSL staff member.

Students, faculty, and guest researchers will still have access to all of the HSL materials now housed in the RooBot, only the process has changed. Rather than searching the stacks for your title, simply request it online and the UMKC Libraries staff will do the rest.

We are excited about these changes and happy to provide students with resources for their academic growth and success.


Starr Women's Hall of Fame Grand Opening

September 12, 2016 was the grand opening of the Starr Women's Hall of Fame display. This permanent display honoring Hall of Fame members is now open to the public on the third floor of the Miller Nichols Library.

The Starr Women's Hall of Fame is named in honor of Martha Jane Phillips Starr, a legendary activist and philanthropist who blazed a trail for family issues and women's rights. The Hall is dedicated to recognizing extraordinary Kansas City women and preserving the history of their accomplishments. By sharing their stories, the Hall of Fame encourages and inspires women everywhere.

In March 2015, seven women were inducted into the Hall of Fame as the inaugural class. At the grand opening this month, nine more women joined them as the class of 2017.

The display currently includes memorabilia and information about the contributions of the inaugural class of inductees. An interactive touch screen at the center of the display plays a short video about each inductee.

To see a list of inductees and learn more about the Hall of Fame, or to nominate an extraordinary KC woman you know, visit http://www.umkc.edu/starrhalloffame/.

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