Library Media Services Merge FAQ
Beginning this summer, Library Media Services, currently residing in Hornbake Library, will merge with McKeldin Library. Library Media Services specializes in physical and digital media collections, course support, curricular planning, audiovisual production, and conversion. Primary users are students, faculty, and staff who use audio and visual media as an integral part of coursework, research and publishing.
The consolidation of LMS collections, services, staff, and spaces with those of McKeldin Library 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.
Legacy formats remain unavailable for the time being. Our long-term goal is to consolidate the media collections as much as possible in one location. 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.
- Streaming media reserves
- Hard copy media reserves (at McKeldin and Michelle Smith Performing Arts Libraries)
- Individual media viewing stations (first floor of McKeldin Library)
- Memory Lab (for media digitization)
- Podcasting Lab (for audio recording)
- Media lab (in Hornbake Library)
- Media production workshops and consultations
- Loan of media production equipment
- Instruction and research consultations related to Film Studies (contact Pat Herron)
In addition to study spaces in the Terrapin Learning Commons and a recently updated first floor, McKeldin recently opened 25 study carrels on the seventh floor for 4-hour reservations. 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.
- Placing streaming videos on course reserves – email@example.com
- Placing physical videos on course reserves – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Borrowing media via interlibrary loan – email@example.com
- Submitting a purchase request for media – use this online form
- Submitting a purchase request for Film Studies books and journals – Chuck Howell firstname.lastname@example.org
- Scheduling a library instruction session for my course – Chuck Howell email@example.com
- Scheduling a research consultation – Chuck Howell firstname.lastname@example.org
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.