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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

Education and Training

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

Research, Teaching and Service

I enjoy searching the literature as I answer questions for patrons, facilitate their historical research projects, and create library exhibits or displays for special events or specific classes. Educating visitors touring the library is energizing whether they're students, adults, International guests, or visiting scholars. I participate in organizations relating to medical libraries, dental history and anesthesia history and appreciate the benefits of the collegiality and knowledge received at those meetings.

I am currently in my 4th year of chairing (co-chair in 2016) the Professional Development Committee of the Health Sciences Library Network of Kansas City (HSLNKC). In 2015 I served on the Publication Award Committee and in 2016 I was a member of the Program Committee for the annual meeting of the Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences. Since 2014 when the committee was created, I have continued to serve as the KUMC Building Advisory Committee Member for the first floor Robinson. Annually I create a library exhibit and help host an Open House for KUMC Alumni Weekend. I enjoy working with outside groups endeavoring to make the history of medicine interesting as a subject and relevant to their mission.

After collaborating with A.R. Dykes Library in their journal deaccession, we began reviewing their books. For all of 2015 I coordinated the selection of Dykes books for transfer back to the Clendening and then organized the cleaning, moving, and interfiling of 4000 plus volumes. Our next major project may be updating some equipment that keeps our library protected.

Selected Publications

Clendening History of Medicine Library. Plains to Peaks Post, the online newsletter from the NN/LM, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region, April 2014 issue.


Dr. Anthony Kovac and I have collaborated on three presentations about Horace Wells and the Wells Death Mask which is part of the Anesthesia Collection in the Clendening History of Medicine Library & Museum. We are always looking for more information in this area.

Metro Collaborations: Commemorating the Centennial of the First World War & Celebrating the Centennial of the Opening of the Panama Canal. Archivists & Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences annual meeting, May 8, 2014.


Last modified: Oct 10, 2019