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February 16, 2022

Announcing the University of Maryland’s Pilot Agreement with Wiley

The University of Maryland (UMD) Libraries are pleased to announce that we have signed a one-year, cost neutral contract extension with Wiley in collaboration with the BTAA.  The agreement extends our existing Wiley Online Library Database Model contract, and includes a new Open Access (OA) option, as a pilot in collective action toward the BTAA Big Collection.

February 11, 2022

UMD Libraries joins USMAI in condemning recent bomb threats against HBCUs

UMD Libraries is joining USMAI in condemning the recent bomb threats against Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Read the full statement.

February 1, 2022

The Art & Craft of Puppetry Exhibit in Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

The Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library at the University of Maryland will present The Art & Craft of Puppetry, a new exhibit on view February 1 through July 29, 2022. The exhibit explores how puppets have captured our imagination by examining specific puppets, universal characteristics, international aesthetics, and local puppet companies. It also asks a playfully provocative question: What makes a puppet?

January 21, 2022

Announcing the University of Maryland’s Read and Publish Agreement with Cambridge University Press (CUP)

The University of Maryland (UMD) Libraries are pleased to announce that we have signed a cost neutral, three-year “Read and Publish” agreement with Cambridge University Press (CUP) in collaboration with our consortial partner NERL (formerly known as NorthEast Regional Libraries). This is the first Read and Publish deal for the Libraries, and became effective 1 January 2022. Under this CUP Read and Publish agreement, UMD authors may publish articles as gold Open Access without paying an Article Processing Charge (APC).

January 18, 2022

UMD Libraries joins statement of support for new e-book law as a member of USMAI Library Consortium

University Libraries joins USMAI in their statement of support for Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh's defense of new state legislation, “Public Libraries — Electronic Literary Product Licenses, Access” (HB518/SB432), against a complaint filed by the Association of American Publishers, Inc. (AAP). Read the full statement.

January 13, 2022

Special Collections in Performing Arts debuts new podcast

Special Collections in Performing Arts (SCPA) at the University of Maryland (UMD) has released a new scripted podcast, Not a Quiet Place: Exploring Special Collections in Performing Arts.

December 13, 2021

UMD Libraries names inaugural Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

“I hope to be a catalyst for a procedural, cultural and operational shift towards a more inclusive, equitable and accessible workplace.” Nneka Chisholm-Edwards (she/her) has been named UMD Libraries’ first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Officer.

November 18, 2021

Commitment to Anti-Racism and Social Justice

Statement of Commitment to Anti-Racismi and Social Justice by the Undersigned Faculty and Staff at the UMD Libraries The undersigned at the UMD Libraries join in solidarity with campus and community members who seek to promote social justice and to end racism, especially the scourge of systemic anti-Black racism in American society. We affirm the importance of our work together as a library and higher education community, and the need to co-create new knowledge and build a better society, one free from violence, hate, and fear.

November 18, 2021

UMD Libraries adopt core licensing principles

The University of Maryland Libraries has adopted a set of core licensing principles to guide negotiations with scholarly publishers and other vendors. The principles support the mission, vision, and values of the University and of the Libraries.

November 18, 2021

UMD Libraries mourn the loss of labor leader and AFL-CIO President, Richard Trumka

University of Maryland Libraries mourns the sudden and tragic passing of labor leader and former AFL-CIO President, Richard Trumka. From his early days as a rank and file coal miner in Western Pennsylvania to President of the United Mineworkers of America, and then President of the AFL-CIO, Richard Trumka dedicated his entire life to the working class.

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