Higher education institutions are undergoing a fundamental transformation in their role in our society, economic structure, and value system. The University of Maryland (UMD) Libraries find themselves in the midst of this constantly changing environment where new technologies, new pedagogies, new publishing models, and new environments evolve every day. The UMD Libraries are being challenged to adopt new roles in order to support the research activities of our academic community and to foster research and teaching initiatives across the university. The concept of a research commons accomplishes just that.
The Research Commons is not only a physical space in McKeldin Library that welcomes faculty and upper-level researchers; it is also a web presence that centralizes access to research assistance. By bringing together expertise from across campus into one location to support the entire research cycle, the Research Commons will sustain the innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship of our researchers.
Liaison Librarians are your most important resource in the UMD Libraries. Among the services your Liaison Librarian can provide are:
- Specialized research assistance on your project
- Purchasing materials for the Libraries' collections in your subject area; use the online form to request a specific title.
- Partnering with you to conduct library instruction sessions for your courses
- Collaborating with you to build course- and subject-specific Resource Guides for students
- Helping with citation management
- Consulting on your rights as a publishing author
- Coordinating expanding services for Graduate Students and Faculty
To find the Liaison Librarian for your department or program, consult the Directory of Librarian Subject Specialists.
- Library Boot Camp Discipline-specific workshops to provide new graduate students an overview of the many services and collections provided by the library geared toward the research process at the highest levels.
- Innovation Fridays Meet with successful entrepreneurs every Friday, 11 am to 1 pm at McKeldin and EPSL. Get feedback and advice on strategy, testing, funding and landing your idea in the world. We have big plans for your big plans.
- Speaking of Books Conversations with Campus Authors features book talks by faculty authors, highlighting new books by faculty members from all Colleges and Schools at the University of Maryland. These free events are open to all members of the campus community and the general public. Each author answers questions following his or her talk and signs books, which are available for purchase. Light refreshments are served.
- The Library Award for Undergraduate Research is a competitive award granting up to three annual prizes of $1,000 each to undergraduates with impressive research methods and quality papers. The awards promote the value and use of library services and information resources.
- The University Libraries' Award for Outstanding Gemstone Team recognizes student teams that demonstrate excellence in the integration of principles of information literacy and who conduct research with integrity and diligence. The prizes are given to support the completion of the proposed projects.
The Future of Information Alliance is a campus-wide initiative facilitated by the Office of the Vice President for Research with participation from every academic college. It is housed on the 4th floor of McKeldin Library. Its program includes: seed grants, brainstorming board, and topical discussion boards.
Graduate Student Multipurpose Room and Study Area are two different spaces reserved specifically for the graduate student community. The study room is on the 3rd floor, room 3100A, overlooking the North wing of the TLC. It has a number of carrels (on a first come, first serve basis) for your quiet study needs. The Multipurpose Room is all you need to succeed: a place to meet your group, information, services, & technology, like the plotter (a large format poster printer) for your use. The Lounge is located in MCK 2105. Bring your UMD I.D. card to get access to each.
Library of Congress/University Libraries Partnership integrates scholarly research materials from both libraries into the University of Maryland course curriculum by providing access to on-site Library of Congress collections. Contact your subject librarian to discuss how this partnership might benefit your courses. UMD librarians will work with you to identify appropriate collections and connect you with research librarians at the Library of Congress.
Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) is a leading digital humanities center that pursues disciplinary innovation and institutional transformation through applied research, public programming, and educational opportunities by engaging in collaborative, interdisciplinary work at the intersection of technology and humanistic inquiry. MITH specializes in text and image analytics for cultural heritage collections, data curation, digital preservation, linked data applications, and data publishing.