Fall 2016

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In order to avoid a budget deficit, subject librarians have canceled several research databases and reduced funds for discretionary monograph purchases across all disciplines.

Next up:  Canceling subscriptions to journals not part of contractually protected “big deal” packages purchased in collaboration with consortial partners at significant discount. 

A review of serials conducted by librarians in consultation with collegiate faculty in spring 2016 identified cancellations at levels of 8 percent of the total collections budget.

A flat budget and significant serials inflation conspired to create the deficit.

Please contact Daniel Mack, Associate Dean, Collection Strategies and Services, ( with questions about collections. 


A crew dedicated to retrieving library materials from Severn Library is now fulfilling requests for items shelved in the newly operational facility. Materials are delivered to McKeldin Library within one to two days of the request.

Materials transferred to Severn Library over the summer were previously held in the offsite shelving at the Johns Hopkins Library Services Center (aka MOSS). The October opening of Severn Library greatly expands shelving capacity for the University Libraries and ensures materials are maintained in optimal environmental conditions.

Severn Library is a high-density, climate-controlled facility for the long-term preservation of valuable books and archival materials. Located on Greenbelt Road, the facility will eventually hold approximately three million volumes. 


The University Libraries are now accepting applications for the Open Access Publishing Fund for 2016-2017.  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.

Authors should review eligibility requirements and guidelines and submit an online application form. Note that the University Libraries will fund 50 percent of the fee for a single article.

Please contact Terry Owen, Digital Scholarship Librarian, ( with questions about the fund.

Register now for workshops and events offered as a part of Open Access Week (beginning October 24), celebrated by scholars worldwide.


As a central access point for UMD’s robust and diverse research community, the IRROC website has attracted nearly 7,500 unique users since its launch in January 2016. A new study reveals highest interest in pages related to budget guidance, proposal writing resources and core facilities.

A cross-campus partnership of  UMD’s Division of Research, Division of Information Technology, and University Libraries created a new searchable database that integrates university research resources spanning departments, centers, colleges, divisions, and libraries, making this information easy to find and place in proposals.


Materials requested through interlibrary loan and UBorrow are now eligible for delivery to campus departments. Look for red canvas bags delivered via campus mail. Only faculty and staff with 20742 zip codes are eligible for this service.

The service expands a popular delivery model introduced in 2013 for items from UMD and USMAI libraries.


Speaking of Books
A conversation with Dr. Judith Freidenberg, Department of Anthropology
Tuesday, October 18
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
McKeldin Library 6137


Interdisciplinary Dialogue
Election 2016: The Use and Impact of Social Media
Wednesday, October 19
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
McKeldin Library 6137


Exhibit Opening Reception
Frederick Douglass & Wye House
Friday, October 21
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hornbake Library
RSVP by October 15


Speaker Series
Future of the Research Library
Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education
SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition)
Tuesday, October 25
10:00 am – 11:30 am
McKeldin Library 6137


Guest Speaker
Dan Russell, Senior Research Scientist
“The Future of Asking (and Answering) Questions: How Technology Changes the Way We Think”
Monday, October 31
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Engineering and Physical Sciences Library


Speaking of Books
A conversation with Dr. Matthew Kirschenbaum, Department of English
Wednesday, November 2
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
McKeldin Library 6137


Film Screening
Friday, November 4, 12:30 pm
Sunday, November 6, 5:30 pm

Franco Zeffirelli’s For Florence
National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium
A rare showing of a one-of-a-kind film from the University Libraries collections, on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the devastating 1966 flood in Florence, Italy

All events are free and open to the public.  



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