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Miller Nichols Library wins Library of the Year

UMKC’s libraries were selected by the Missouri Library Association (MLA) as the 2010 Library of the Year.

MLA chose UMKC libraries as the recipient of the award after recognizing the efforts put forth by Miller Nichols Library to provide excellent services to UMKC students and the Kansas City community.

Their efforts were recognized because of the robot being added to the Miller Nichols Library.

Once finished, it will hold about 80 percent of the library’s collection. In doing so, more space will be allotted for multipurpose student and community use.

A few more reasons why UMKC libraries were selected: they support the staff’s continuation of education, have outstanding collections during hard economic times, are flexible with new ways of offering services and spectacular cooperation with other libraries and networks.

The 2010 Library of the Year Award will be presented at MLA’s annual conference at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7 at the Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, Mo.

Miller Nichols Library dedicates ‘Roobot’ to UMKC

In addition to winning the 2010 Library of the Year, Miller Nichols Library became one of the few academic libraries to have a robot retrieval system this past Wednesday at 3 p.m.

“Miller Nichols Library is the 17th academic library in North America to install a robotic storage and retrieval system and the first in the region,” a UMKC press release said.

Sharon L. Bostick, Dean of Libraries, announced the robot’s name during the dedication ceremony.

The name “Roobot” was chosen by UMKC students, staff and faculty to be the official name.

Roobot was built to allow for 15 more years of use and any additional material that may be added to the library.

Roobot takes up only one-seventh of the floor space occupied by shelves in a normal library.

Because of this, the library will gain more space for students and researchers to utilize, an expanded café and a place for presentations and performances to take place.

To see how the robot works, visit

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