UMKC University Libraries are an essential partner in intellectual discovery, knowledge creation, and empowerment while serving as the hub of learning activities for students, researchers, and UMKC's urban neighbors.

Miller Nichols Library, located on the Volker campus, is UMKC’s largest library and houses the general collection, Music/Media Library, LaBudde Special Collections, and Marr Sound Archives. On the Health Sciences campus, the Dental Library and Health Sciences Library serve students and researchers in those disciplines. Along with its partners, the UMKC School of Law’s Leon E. Bloch Law Library and the Linda Hall Library, University Libraries is the comprehensive public research library for Kansas City and the very heart of UMKC.

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  • Using 360-Degree Cameras for Self-Assessment in Skills-Based Courses 

    Ajmi, Ayyoub (2017)
    The proliferation of digital photography, which can capture and process high-resolution images with low-cost consumer cameras, brought panoramic imaging technology to the mass very quickly. Today’s 360-degree cameras are ...
  • Developing In-House Digital Tools: Case Studies From the UMKC School of Law Library 

    Ajmi, Ayyoub (2018)
    The author describes his experiences working in the Leon E. Bloch Law Library designing and prototyping in-house digital tools to improve communication among internal and external stakeholders. The projects discussed include ...
  • They Can't Kill Us All 

    Curtis, Scott (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
  • The Distance Between Us 

    Curtis, Scott (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
  • Where Do They Look?: Music Information Seeking Behavior in the Digital Age 

    Newcomer, Nara L. (2017)
    Presentation given at the Music Library Association annual conference, February 24, 2017, Orlando, Florida. Discovering new musical works is an important activity for musicians. The increasing proliferation of online tools ...
  • More Than a Melody: Providing Graphical Subject Access to Sheet Music 

    Tardy, Garth (2017)
    Presentation given at the Music Library Association annual conference, February 22-6, 2017, Orlando, Florida.
  • Avanzando: The Impact of Mentoring 

    Tibbs, Gloria; Datwyler, Marjorie; Peiffer, Patricia (2016-10-07)
    Presentation given at the Missouri Library Association annual conference, October 5-7, 2016, Springfield, Missouri.
  • Helping patrons navigate GIS (Geographic Information Systems) 

    Curtis, Scott (2016-10-05)
    Presentation given at the Missouri Library Association annual conference, October 5-7, 2016, Springfield, Missouri.
  • Altmetrics: A look at a moving target... 

    Curtis, Scott (2016-07-13)
    Presented at Health Sciences Library Network of Kansas City (HSLNKC) meeting on July 13, 2016.
  • The Next Chapter for Academic Libraries 

    Postlethwaite, Bonnie (2016-03-06)
    Presentation given at the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church Forum in Kansas City on March 6, 2016. Audio is available on the KKFI.ORG website (http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/the-next-chapter-for-academic-libr ...
  • Music Discovery Requirements: A Guide to Optimizing Resources 

    Newcomer, Nara L.; Belford, Rebecca; Kulczak, Deb; Szeto, Kimmy; Matthews, Jennifer; Shaw, Misti (Music Library Association, 2013-03)
    Music materials, particularly scores and recordings, pose unique demands that must be considered for their successful discovery. Some of the discoverability challenges of music materials in public search interfaces can be ...
  • Music Discovery Requirements: A Guide to Optimizing Interfaces 

    Newcomer, Nara L.; Belford, Rebecca; Kulczak, Deb; Szeto, Kimmy; Matthews, Jennifer; Shaw, Misti (Ortus Musikverlag, 2013-07)
    This is an English language version of the German language article cited below. “Discovery” has become a library buzzword but it refers to a traditional concept: enabling users to find library information and materials. ...
  • Picture the Music: Performing Arts Library Planning with Photo Elicitation 

    Newcomer, Nara L.; Lindahl, David; Harriman, Stephanie (Taylor & Francis, 2016-03)
    Photo elicitation, a form of ethnographic journaling, provided insights into university music and dance student needs in library and campus spaces and services. In this case study, subjects took a photo for each of twenty ...
  • UMKC Conservatory Students and Their Work: Research Findings 

    Newcomer, Nara L.; Lindahl, David; Harriman, Stephanie (2015)
    The initiative for UMKC’s Downtown Campus for the Arts presents a unique opportunity for radical change in Conservatory and Conservatory library spaces and services. To inform planning of the new campus and its library, a ...
  • User Centered Design 

    Newcomer, Nara L.; Lindahl, David; Martin, Kelley (2014-06-03)
    MOBIUS Annual Conference, Columbia, MO, June 3, 2014. Libraries purportedly operate with our users’ needs and desires in mind, but how do we know what those needs and desires really are? The University of Missouri-Kansas ...
  • Recorded Sound and Discovery Interfaces 

    Newcomer, Nara L. (2013-03-15)
    Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) 2013 Pre-Conference Workshop “Discovery Access Methods for Sound Recording Collections.” Kansas City, MO. May 15, 2013. Recorded sound professionals know inherently that ...
  • RDA and Music Discovery. Part of RDA For All: RDA, Music Discovery, and Beyond 

    Newcomer, Nara L. (2013-03-02)
    Presentation given at the Music Library Association Annual Meeting on March 2, 2013 in San Jose, California. RDA can -- and cannot -- affect music discovery in various ways. Music discovery is defined broadly speaking to ...
  • Discovery Interfaces and Music: Summon 

    Newcomer, Nara L. (2013-03-02)
    Presentation given at the Music Library Association Annual Meeting on March 2, 2013 in San Jose, California. This presentation examines the Serials Solutions “Summon” product as a discovery interface for music. It was part ...
  • Picture the Music: Planning Library Spaces with a Photo Elicitation Study 

    Newcomer, Nara L. (2015-02-27)
    Presentation given at the Music Library Association Annual Meeting. Denver, CO. Feb. 27, 2015. UMKC Libraries use participatory design methods to envision library spaces optimally supporting music and dance students’ work. ...
  • Music Discovery Requirements in Action 

    Newcomer, Nara L.; Harvey, Jessica; Lorimer, Nancy; Sasser, Patricia; Holden, Christopher (2016-03-04)
    Music Library Association Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, OH, March 4, 2016. (presentation)

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