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.
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.
- Open Access and Education
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.
During their November 5 meeting, the Graduate Student Government (GSG) passed a resolution officially endorsing the proposed policy on equitable access to scholarly research put forth by the University of Maryland Publishing, Access and Contract Terms (UMD PACT) group.
From creation to dissemination and discovery, UMD librarian Svetla Baykoucheva takes readers through the life cycle of science information in her new book, Driving Science Information Discovery in the Digital Age. In her book, Baykoucheva explores science information from three distinct perspectives:
The UMD Libraries WikiProject, an effort to link data to related content from the Libraries’ archival collections, has surpassed editing its 1000th item on Wikidata. These valuable resources are now more discoverable by scholars across the globe.
- Special Collections and University Archives
Beginning this fall semester, the John and Stella Graves Makerspace (JSGM), currently located in the Terrapin Learning Commons on the second floor of McKeldin Library will merge with the makerspace in STEM Library to make more effective and efficient use of Library resources. The Makerspace at STEM Library opens for the Fall 2021 semester on August 23, 2021.
- Around the Libraries
Section body - TOME@UMD, a two-year pilot program of the national TOME initiative, is now accepting applications for three grants of up to $15,000 each that will sponsor the publication of open access, digital monographs by UMD faculty members. With a deadline of November 15, 2021, the process calls for applications from eligible faculty in all disciplines, but with preference given for those in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
To meet the growing demand for streaming media in education and research, colleagues at the University of Maryland Libraries have implemented a number of new initiatives to enhance their understanding about the educational need for streaming media and improve related infrastructure and services.