Library Media Services Merge FAQ
Beginning this summer, Library Media Services, currently located on the ground floor of Hornbake Library, will merge with McKeldin Library. The consolidation of LMS collections, services, and staff with those of McKeldin Libary is currently underway. This page provides answers to some of the questions library users might have about the merger.
If you have a question about a service not addressed in this FAQ or a general question about the merge, please email Gary White, Associate Dean for Public Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With campus space at a premium, the Provost and the Dean of the College of Information Studies elected to support the department’s pressing need to accommodate a rapidly growing undergraduate program. The Library Media Services space was selected to meet this need.
Some services currently offered at LMS might require more time to fully incorporate into McKeldin and may operate on a temporary basis until more permanent solutions are found.
The merger provides an opportunity to assess and improve our services, spaces, and collections, using holistic approaches, and in compliance with the strategic goals of the University and Libraries.
Placing DVDs or streaming videos on course reserve – email@example.com
Scheduling a viewing Room for my class – firstname.lastname@example.org
Submitting a purchase requests for Film Studies books and journals– Pat Herron email@example.com
Scheduling a library instruction session for my course – Pat Herron firstname.lastname@example.org
Scheduling a research consultation – Pat Herron email@example.com
Borrowing a DVD on interlibrary loan – firstname.lastname@example.org
Our long-term goal is to consolidate the Library Media Services collection as much as possible in one location. We will take into account the needs of the particular disciplines and the challenges of interdisciplinary research and instruction, which sometimes blur traditional subject-specific delineations.
Certain materials, valuable but less frequently used, will be moved to Severn Library, our off-campus facility. We have already begun consulting with faculty to make decisions about the collection.
We will also take into account the needs of the particular disciplines whose primary teaching material are audiovisual formats and any challenges to curricular and instructional priorities during and after the merge.
The subject responsibility for Film Studies, including instruction, research consultations, books and journals will go to Pat Herron, Liaison Librarian for English, Latin American & Latina/o Studies, Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition.
If you have a question about a particular service not addressed in this FAQ, please email Gary White, Associate Dean for Public Services, at email@example.com.
In addition to study spaces in the Terrapin Learning Commons and a recently updated first floor, McKeldin will be opening 25 study carrels on the seventh floor to on-demand reservations this fall. McKeldin’s Reading Room and additional Research Commons seating have also helped increase the total number of library study spaces.
In the past few years, STEM Library has also added 80 seats. A recent first-floor renovation offers prime opportunities for study and collaboration. During summer 2017, STEM Library added space to significantly increase student seating in the branch.