Research and Academic Services
The Research and Academic Services Division (RAS) supports the education, research, and scholarship needs of the campus by working directly with the University's students, faculty, and staff members to provide a breadth of services to ensure their academic excellence.
RAS consists of the following departments: User Services and Resource Sharing and Research Teaching and Learning.
User Services and Resource Sharing
The User Services & Resource Sharing department manages the Library Services Desk, TLC Tech Desk, and related services and spaces in McKeldin Library; collection maintenance and fulfillment operations at McKeldin and Severn Libraries; interlibrary loan and course reserves services; and (with Research, Teaching and Learning) the Libraries' Ask Us! virtual information services.
Research, Teaching, and Learning
The Department of Research, Teaching, and Learning incorporates all subject liaison and instructional librarians from across campus libraries, and staff working in the Architecture Library, the Art Library, the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, and the STEM Library. We provide strong outreach and liaison services to campus departments, subject-specific and general reference and research assistance, teaching subject-specific and general information classes, developing and managing library collections, and developing innovative services and tools in support of the research needs of a world class university.