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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Recent Submissions

  • 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)
  • Cataloging Stampers: A Matter of Process 

    Rodriguez, Sandy (2012-02-15)
  • Tune Chasin’ the Past: Unlocking the Hidden Contents of a Disc Stamper Collection 

    Rodriguez, Sandy; Tomlinson, Christina (2012-07-26)
    In April 2011, the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Marr Sound Archives was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to preserve and catalog the nearly 2,000 lacquer and transcription discs in the ...
  • Library data and its future on the web 

    Rodriguez, Sandy; Dykas, Felicity; Aycock, Mary (2015-06-02)
    Metadata created by libraries has been locked up in libraries for a long time. BIBFRAME, the proposed replacement for MARC, will free library metadata from library silos and will help us get our data on the web where it ...
  • Providing Bibliographic Access to Archival Sound Collections: A Case from the J. David Goldin Collection of Transcription Discs at UMKC 

    Rodriguez, Sandy; Sistrunk, Wendy (2011-05-12)
    As new tools and technologies continue to develop and as budgets decline or remain stagnant, libraries and archives have increasingly turned to automation of standard process. This increased efficiency has allowed for a ...
  • Stick to the Plan (or Not): the Unique Challenges of Grant-Funded Projects 

    Rodriguez, Sandy; Gieringer, Timothy (2010-06-16)
  • Consider This! Providing Access to Archival Sound Collections: A Transcription Disc Example 

    Rodriguez, Sandy (2010-03-23)
    Before embarking on a project to provide access to an archival sound collection, several special considerations should be taken into account as they may have ramifications that determine the ease in which the goal of that ...

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