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Under the Cupola: 2015

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JCKL - Academic 2015

New Dean Comes to Library

            In July the University of Central Missouri welcomed its newest Dean of Library Services, Dr. Gail Staines. Dr. Staines brings a wealth of experience to the James C. Kirkpatrick Library, including being the Executive Director of the Western New York Library Resources Council as well as the Assistant Vice President of the University Libraries of St. Louis. Along with her husband David, she has a son Ryan, who is completing his studies at Truman State. Dr. Staines takes pride in her son’s participation in the Bluecoats Drum Corps, which recently competed in Warrensburg when the university hosted a drum corps competition. Additionally, her family includes two Cairn Terriers, Emma and Olga, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Madeline, and one horse, Frankie. Outside of work, Dr. Staines enjoys spending time with her family, riding Frankie in show jumping competitions, writing, reading, and attending musical events. 


Mascot Joins JCKL

Beginning October 2014 a leprechaun became the JCKL mascot. Student input was sought for names and by ballot our mascot became Kirk O’Patrick. He made his first appearance at “chocolate day.” Kirk has been busy sitting on our book holiday tree, attending a campus coffee, and appearing on Facebook and Twitter. He is expected to put in many appearances at library functions and on social media in the coming years.

Laura Horne-Popp

            The James C. Kirkpatrick Library welcomes Laura Horne-Popp.  Previously, Laura served as the Social Sciences and Humanities Librarian in the Boatwright Library at the University of Richmond in Virginia.  She fills the newly created Public Services position of User Experience and Assessment Librarian. Laura said that she “finds great meaning and satisfaction in helping students learn and succeed.”  When not working, Laura and her husband Robb enjoy traveling and gardening, as well as hanging out with their three-legged cat Django Reinhardt.  Welcome to the library, Laura!   

Our New Director of the Children’s Literature Festival

            In August the James C. Kirkpatrick Library welcomed its newest member, Maya Kucij, as the Special Collections Librarian/Director of the Children’s Literature Festival.  With degrees from both Bard College and McGill University, Maya accepted her position at the library after having worked at McGill. She and her husband Walter have two children, Esther and Henry. Maya loves to bake, play board games, and watch movies with her family when she is not reading children’s literature or pursuing her passion as an amateur gardener

New Harmon Computer Hours

            In Fall 2014 the Harmon Computer Commons expanded its hours to better serve library patrons. The Commons now opens at ten a.m. on Sunday mornings, three hours earlier than the previous one p.m.  Offering expanded hours allows patrons more access to the Commons computers, scanners, multiple black and white printers, and the library’s sole color printer. 


Kathryn Erisman began work in 1969 at Ward Edwards Library and was the librarian in charge of government documents until her retirement in 1990. She passed away in 2015.

Francis Medaris managed Ward Edwards Library’s audio-visual area in the 1980’s. He passed away in 2014. 

Congresswoman Visits the Library

U. S. Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler of the fourth district of the state of Missouri visited the James C. Kirkpatrick Library on March 6, 2015. After Representative Hartzler was greeted by Provost Deborah Curtis and Dean Mollie Dinwiddie she was introduced to the director of the Warrensburg Branch of the Trails Regional Library, Karen Hicklin. Representative Hartzler and the library staff participated in a conversation concerning federal legislation and the future of libraries. This meeting was followed by a tour of the library.

JCKL Initiates Quiz Bowl

The first annual JCKL Quiz Bowl took place on January 30th, 2015. Four teams battled it out for three rounds: Rascals, Les Quizerbles, A-Team, and House Kittens. The honor of being JCKL Quiz Bowl champions went to the A-Team. Pictured below is the winning team holding their signed trophy, the Quiz Bowl-ing PinJim Sawyer, Jim Cox, Michele Hesselbein, & Spencer Payne (left to right)

Wise and Foolish Virgins Come to Library

Within a custom-made frame a stained glass art piece entitled The Five Wise and Five Foolish Virgins is now on permanent exhibition in front of the west windows of the second floor of the library. Its original home was the Houts-Hosey residence hall for women where it served as a window since the 1950’s. The artist is Gabriella Polony-Mountain, now in her 90's.  She was born in Hungary and came to this country as an adult, settling eventually in the Kansas City area where she has worked in a variety of media. Other art of hers is also on the campus.

When there was a move afoot a couple of years ago to renovate Houts-Hosey in order to install more energy efficient windows, the Facilities Planning & Operations employees asked the Art Department and Gallery about the fate of the piece.  As a result, Dean Gersham Nelson secured funding and Dr. Mick Luehrman began an effort of salvage and restoration.  They thought of JCKL as a display area, and Dean Mollie Dinwiddie agreed to that suggestion. 

The subject of the stained glass is inspired by the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins that is found in Matthew and is about the prudence of bringing oil for lamps. From a pedagogic perspective the interpretation could represent students who have prepared for study by using the library versus those who have not.

JCKL Donors from August 2014 to August 2015

Dr. Mohaned Talib Al-Hamdi, Manhattan, KS

Mr. William T. Anderson, Lapeer, MI

Mrs. Joan Arth & Mr. Doug Arth, Kearney, MO

Miss Lindsay Brice, Climax Springs, MO

Ms. Jerry Brown, Warrensburg, MO

Mrs. Peggy Derrington, Warrensburg, MO

Ms. Mollie Dinwiddie, Warrensburg, MO

Mr. Gary Hartman & Mrs. Linda Hartman, Lee’s Summit, MO

Ms. Anne Keeley, Easton, KS

Mrs. Doris Kirkpatrick, Warrensburg, MO

Ms. Becky Klein, Bleton, MO

Ms. Linda Medaris, Warrensburg, MO

Mr. Glenn Metheny & Mrs. Georgann Metheny, Raymore, MO

Ms. Ruth Sanderson, Easthampton, MA

Mrs. Christine Scott & Mr. Matthew Scott, Fairfax, VA

Mr. Brad Sneed, Prairie Village, KS

The State Historical Society of Missouri, Columbia, MO

Mrs. Barbara Wales & Rev. Alexander Wales, Warrensburg, MO

Mr. Alexander Warner, Springfield, MO

Mrs. M. Naomi Williamson & Mr. Dennis Williamson, Warrensburg, MO


The following are individuals/group that has given in memory of an individual:

In memory of Dr. Glen R. Anderson

            Dr. Ted Garten & Mrs. Mary Garten, Warrensburg, MO

            Mrs. Amy Hahn & Dr. David Hahn, Chico, CA

            Mrs. M. Naomi Willamson & Mrs. Dennis Williamson, Warrensburg, MO

JCKL - Academic Year 2015

After nearly 30 years at the universiy library, Mollie Dinwiddie retired July 31, 2015.  Libraries have changed significantly since she started her first professional position at Mississippi State University in 1972.  Mollie’s career gave her experience in cataloging, special collections work, reference services, and law librarianship prior to beginning her position in 1986 as Instructor of Library Services and Catalog Librarian at Central Missouri State University.

Tenured and promoted to Assistant Professor in 1990, Mollie continued her cataloging work in Technical Services until 1994, when she was promoted to Associate Professor. From 1990 to 2003 she served as Director of Technical Services.  Promotion to Professor came in 2000, and in 2003 Mollie was named Interim Dean of Library Services.  In 2006, following a national search, Mollie was named Dean of Library Services.  From a world that included few library computer applications to one in which they are the lifeblood of patron service delivery, Mollie has observed dramatic changes in all aspects of library services during her career.

Mollie has been an active member of the American Library Association, the Mississippi and Missouri Library Associations, and the MOBIUS Consortium, serving as chair of MOBIUS in 2008-2009. She was President of the Missouri Library Association in 1999-2000 and has served on national committees, chaired programs, held other statewide offices, and presented at various conferences and meetings. She served for many years as a peer reviewer for poster session proposals to be selected for the annual conference of the American Library Association. She has authored and co-authored a number of publications in library literature. 

Mollie plans to remain in the Warrensburg area and will continue to enjoy singing in the Warrensburg Community Chorus, teaching Zumba classes, volunteering at Western Missouri Medical Center, and participating in other community organizations.  She hopes to travel and spend time with her grandsons. 


“Everything is in my purse but dead men and money.”

“Sometimes you have to blow things up and see how they come back together.”


“Whistling women and cackling hens never come to a good end.”

Medaris Retires

Linda Medaris retired this summer after a career that spanned five decades. Before receiving her Masters in Library Science from Emporia State University Linda studied the oboe and completed a BA in history. She worked as a part-time reference librarian at Crowder College, was employed at Allen County Community College, and held another position with the Southeast Kansas Library System.

Linda saw an ad in Show-Me Libraries in 1979 for a position at Central Missouri State University. She requested an application in the mail, but after seeing its length decided she was not interested. Shortly after she got snowed in for a few days and, with little to do, she went ahead and filled it out. After a long wait she got an interview and was invited to come back a second time. After another wait a contract unexpectedly arrived in the mail and she began in 1979 as a reference librarian.

For Linda one of the highlights of working at UCM was attending her first ALA conference in San Francisco; it was her first time to fly. She attended many other conferences in the course of her career.

Her biggest adventure was working with Naomi Williamson to coordinate the move from Ward Edwards Library to the James C. Kirkpatrick Library in 1999. This included a book brigade consisting of a solid line of students, staff, faculty, community folks and Governor Carnahan standing shoulder to shoulder passing a book from the old library to the new library.

In retirement Linda hopes to be more active with MOKAN Grey Hound Adoption, helping at church with PowerPoint slides, and visiting her mother in Springfield.

Study Room Improvements at JCKL

Study rooms have become one of the most important parts of the library for UCM students. Demand for study rooms has boomed in recent years. During the 2013-14 academic year, the study rooms at JCKL were checked out over 17,000 times, up 17% from the previous year.

In response to this increased demand, four rooms on the second floor have been repurposed as study rooms. In addition to study rooms, a new open-space study area has been added in the southeast corner of the second floor. The reference collection was consolidated, and five rows of shelves were removed. Five tables, twenty chairs, and four large dry-erase boards were installed in their place.

This fall, JCKL is implementing a new system to streamline the study room experience. Using new online tools, students can reserve study rooms in advance. The study room waiting list has been removed. A link to the new reservation system can be found on JCKL’s home page.

JCKL strives to provide the best space possible to help UCM students succeed. If you have any suggestions for how we might improve study rooms, feel free to contact us.

Award-Winning Quilt on Display

The library is now the home for a quilt by Caryl Bryer Fallert. Entitled “Reflection #37” this received the Presidents Purchase Award at the 10th Annual Greater Midwest International Exhibition in 1995. The author of several books, the quilter has exhibited throughout North America. See her art on the east wall of the second floor in the new collaboration area.

Well Done!

  Alice Ruleman gave a presentation, Identifying the Needs and Usage Habits of University Study Room Users, at the 11th Northumbria International Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland July 20-22, 2015. Her co-researcher, Anthony Kaiser, was unable to attend the conference but he is writing the article for the proceedings.

   Anthony Kaiser, Laura Horne-Popp, and Joshua Welker presented a session at MOBIUS called Best Practices in Library Website Management. The session covered steps the Web Usability Team has taken to improve the workflow for managing the website.

Alice Ruleman was elected to the board of the Association of Christian Librarians as Director-at-Large at the June 2015 conference.

Steve Walker had published "Place Names in H. P. Lovecraft's 'The Rats in the Walls'" in Notes and Queries. In August he presented a paper at a Lovecraft conference (the Armitage Symposium at the NecronomiCon) in Providence, Rhode Island.