by Amanda Bertholf // Spring 2011
ROObot, located in Miller Nichols Library, is a retrieval system with about 400,000 items loaded in it. –Photo by Tracy M. Rasmussen

Last fall, UMKC students, faculty, staff and community supporters voted and chose the name ROObot, a combination of UMKC’s kangaroo mascot and robot, for the libraries’ new robot retrieval system. Coming in second was the name Capek, after the Czech playwright who popularized the word “robot” in his 1921 play R.U.R. In third place was Fletcher the Fetcher—no explanation needed. Dean of Libraries Sharon Bostick and Chaz Walgren, executive vice president of the Student Government Association, announced the winning name as part of the official dedication ceremony for the Miller Nichols Library Robot Addition.

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