Spring 2017

UMD Joins Open Textbook Network


The University of Maryland Libraries joined the Open Textbook Network, an alliance of 350 higher education institutions working to improve access and affordability through the use of open textbooks. Representatives will lead workshops on campus this fall to promote the adoption and use of open textbooks by faculty. Textbooks, organized by subject and peer reviewed, are available through the network’s Open Textbook Library.

Student groups on campus view open textbooks—freely available and not restricted by copyright—as a welcome solution to help ease the burden of high textbook costs. 

For more information: Gary White, Associate Dean for Public Services,

Theses and Dissertations Transferred to the Severn Library


About two-thirds of the UMD theses and dissertations formerly housed in Hornbake Library have been transferred to Severn Library, the high-density, climate-controlled facility for the long-term preservation of valuable books and archival materials. We expect to transfer the remaining third by the end of the semester.

You make a request online for a thesis or dissertation to be delivered the next day to the Maryland Reading Room in Hornbake Library.

For information about making such a request, go to You can also use your interlibrary loan account to request a digital copy through our Scan and Deliver service.

For more information: Dan Mack, Associate Dean for Collection Strategies and Services,

User Satisfaction Survey

Thanks to those of you who participated in our recent campus wide survey. We received more than 4,900 responses from faculty, students and staff.

The Association of Research Libraries created the survey instrument, widely used by libraries around the country. Results will therefore provide data to compare not only previous UMD measures, but also peer institutions. 

Your subject librarian will report findings as they are tabulated and analyzed.

For more information: Gary White, Associate Dean for Public Services,

Research Commons to Expand over Summer

Space on the fourth floor of McKeldin Library to be vacated in early summer by the Teaching and Learning Technology Center will be repurposed to expand the Research Commons.

The Research Commons compiles services supporting high-level research under one umbrella, expanding the boundaries of the traditional library. 

Librarians for humanities and social sciences will relocate to offices there and occupy a single location for the first time. In addition to taking advantage of opportunities for additional collaboration, they will be steps away from the large reading room that will be used for consultations, informal meetings and workshops.


An afternoon of networking and problem-solving for campus publishers.
Tuesday, April 11
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
TLC, Room 2109

Speaker Series: STEAM Salon
Grant McKenzie, Assistant Professor of Geographical Sciences
"Open Geo-data from Social Fitness Tracking Apps"
Tuesday, April 11
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Engineering and Physical Science Library, Math (Kirwan) Building

Speaker Series: Speaking of Books
"The Theatre of David Henry Hwang: A Conversation with Dr. Esther Kim Lee"
Thursday, April 20
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Piano Room, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

Speaker SeriesFuture of the Research Library
Matt Barnes, Director of Sustainable Collection Services at OCLC
"Sustainable Collection Management: Enabling the Transformation of Libraries"
Wednesday, April 26
3:00 pm – 4:40 pm
McKeldin Library 6137

Undergraduate Research Day
Meet the Finalists of our 2017 Library Award for Undergraduate Research
Wednesday, April 26
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Grand Ballroom, Stamp Student Union

Speaker Series: Speaking of Books
"Suspect Freedoms: A Conversation with Nancy Raquel Mirabal"
Thursday, April 27
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
McKeldin Library 6137




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