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October 27, 2022

Defining the Modern Marching Band

The influence of marching bands, specifically those from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), on American pop culture is undeniable. Even more undeniable is the influence Dr. William Patrick Foster had on shaping the style of HBCU bands and elevating them to the national and international stage. Having been discouraged from a career in conducting because of a lack of jobs for Black conductors, Dr. Foster resolved to “develop a band that would be better than any white band in the country.”

October 27, 2022

Make it a MckBuster Night

McKeldin Library is throwing it back this Halloween to the nostalgic days of the classic video rental store Blockbuster. The first-floor service desk is masquerading as “MckBuster” and renting out (er, lending) movies from the Libraries’ physical and streaming collections you can watch at home with friends and family. The helpful MckBuster staff has even curated a Movie Guide to help you find something to suit your movie-viewing sensibilities.

October 27, 2022

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy issues new guidance on Open Scholarship

On August 25, 2022, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a memorandum regarding the open sharing of government-funded research. The memo, Ensuring Free, Immediate, and Equitable Access to Federally Funded Research, issues guidance to all federal agencies to develop plans ensuring that publicly funded research outputs will be openly available.

October 10, 2022

Shellock Holmes and the Reign of the Terrorpin

On Saturday, October 8, nearly 150 Terp family investigators gathered at McKeldin Library to help Shellock Holmes defeat his arch nemesis Profesor Pestudo. There were some strange occurrences happening in McKeldin - librarians were missing and fake resources were popping up everywhere. Thankfully, Professor Pestudo was no match for our clever families. 

October 6, 2022

UMD Libraries Joins Open Access Initiative with MIT Press

The University of Maryland Libraries has joined a pioneering open access initiative that will make scholarly books openly available for researchers across the globe. Along with all member libraries of the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA), UMD is now part of a three-year collective action agreement with the MIT Press.

September 29, 2022

A New Room for Zoom

Library users have a new space to block out distractions and get their work done this fall. The Focus Room, located near the public computers on the 1st floor of McKeldin Library, provides relative privacy and soundproofing making it an ideal location for phone and video calls. The room features a height-adjustable desk, task light with embedded wireless charging, built-in power with outlets and USB ports, and a whiteboard.

September 12, 2022

UMD Libraries' Open Access Publishing Fund now accepting applications for 2022-2023

The UMD Libraries is now accepting applications for the Open Access Publishing Fund for 2022-2023. Established as a recommendation of the 2013 Report of the Joint Provost/Senate Open Access Task Force, the fund helps UMD researchers cover article-processing charges levied by peer-reviewed open access journals. Eligibility requirements and guidelines, along with a link to the application form, are available online. Please note that for 2022-2023, the Libraries will fund 50% of the fee for a single article.

September 9, 2022

Royal Treasures in University Archives

Upon learning of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, the University of Maryland Libraries recall the Queen's once-in-a-lifetime 1957 visit to campus, as documented in the University Archives.

August 30, 2022

UMD Libraries updates copyright guidance for campus

The Libraries has released important guidance about a new copyright law, called the “Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2020” (known as the “CASE Act”), to raise awareness about the law and the possible impact it may have on students, faculty, and staff at the University of Maryland. The Libraries’ guidance provides information about the new law, explains what it means if you receive a small-claims notice, and summarizes your options for responding to the notice. 

August 30, 2022

UMD Libraries welcomes inaugural Head of Open Scholarship Services

UMD Libraries is pleased to announce Michelle Wilson as our inaugural Head of Open Scholarship Services (OSS). Michelle comes to the Libraries from Columbia University, where she served as the Digital Publishing Librarian. Prior to joining Columbia Libraries, Michelle was an Associate Editor in the Reference department at Oxford University Press.

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