Dawn McInnis

Rare Book Librarian

Clendening History of Medicine Library
MS 1024, KUMC
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160

(913) 588-7244 -- Library & Personal Voice Mail
(913) 588-7060 -- fax
E-Mail: dmcinnis@kumc.edu

Education and Training

University of Missouri, Kansas City
Dykes Library, University of Kansas Medical Center

Personal Statement

Library research permeates my day as I answer questions for patrons, facilitate their historical research projects, help select patron materials, and create library exhibits or displays for special events like the Osler Society meetings. Educating visitors touring the library is energizing and informative as I prepare a specialized tour geared toward each group whether they’re 4th year medical students attending during their anesthesia rotation or Kansas City Art Institute students reviewing our book arts or 16th-17th century anatomical texts. I enjoy participating in medical library organizations and am currently on the archiving committee of the Health Sciences Library Network of Kansas City (HSLNKC). I just finished a 2 year term as a member-at-large for the Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences. 


“The Ease of Publishing From Local & Regional Historical Libraries and Archives”. This was a short introduction of Clendening resources presented along with Fred Holmes and Nancy Hulston during a lunch and learn for the KU School of Medicine Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development office.


I’m currently involved in committee meetings for the May 2012 Anesthesia History Association meeting to be held in Kansas City and I’m planning a library exhibit and tour for that meeting. Annually I create a library exhibit and help host an Open House during KUMC Alumni Weekend. I’m working with a Kansas teacher of the year on our 3rd Honors Archeology Fieldtrip to the Clendening Library. This year I may be taking part in the post tour analysis and discussion. I enjoy working with outside groups making the history of medicine interesting as a subject and relevant to their mission.  


Since July of 2010 the Clendening Library has partnered with Dykes Library to work on an overdue cataloging project. So far I’ve processed and reviewed over 1000 books that have gone to Dykes to be cataloged for the Spine & Orthopedic Historical Collections. During this project we’re also reviewing and transferring (online and physically) thousands of linear feet of older journals back to storage at the Clendening. While at Dykes they’ve been individually reviewed and updated in the catalog. This has given me a chance to clean and prepare the storage shelves for transfer. Our web presence is also being changed to the new KU format—you’re seeing part of that project right now!

Last modified: Nov 27, 2013