Fall 2017

Faculty explore options to reduce textbook costs


Fourteen UMD faculty members from five different schools or colleges participated in a workshop led by representatives of the Open Textbook Network to learn about resources available to them as instructors. As a follow-up, the faculty participants agreed to review a textbook in their field to supplement the Open Textbook Library, an online library containing hundreds of open textbooks that can be downloaded at no cost.
Membership in the Open Textbook Network supplements ongoing efforts by the UMD Libraries to promote the use of open educational resources meant to increase student success by easing the financial burden created by expensive textbooks. These initiatives can have a real impact: Forty-eight percent of UMD students reported that textbook prices influence their decisions to enroll in courses.

Video-streaming service illustrates new focus


UMD faculty and students have accessed more than 7,600 films since July when the UMD Libraries announced a trial license for Kanopy, an on-demand video-streaming service. The service offers documentaries, feature films and educational videos from producers including PBS, HBO, BBC, Media Education Foundation and more. There are no educational limitations on use.

The trial Kanopy license illustrates how librarians are shifting focus from ownership of resources to access. By freeing funds from large journal packages with high inflation, librarians have greater flexibility to acquire new types of resources—such as streaming media, data sets, or data visualizations--at the point of need. In this demand-driven model, the library provides access to a resource only when a user actually wants it.

Service tops satisfaction survey; information discovery falls short

Faculty made up 8 percent of the 5,000 responses to our spring survey and overall rated the University Libraries very favorably, with high levels of satisfaction. Mean scores for questions related to general satisfaction ranged from 7.34 to 7.78 out of a possible 9. 

Faculty particularly valued service, giving high marks for interactions with employees, whom they perceive as consistently courteous and willing to help. Some faculty and graduate students expressed dissatisfaction related to discovery and access to information. Undergraduates generally expressed a desire for more study spaces, more seating, and more group areas.  

The responses will inform changes to services and spaces and help us plan for the future.

UMD creates digital repository for USMAI

Following a two-year pilot, the UMD Libraries launched an online service to showcase scholarship of USMAIinstitutions in a shared, open access repository (MD SOAR). The project is funded by the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) Library Consortium and jointly governed by the participating libraries. Each library can customize services and collections to meet local institutional needs.

The effort builds on the success of our own digital repository (DRUM) and addresses a statewide need.  DRUM collects, preserves, and provides public access to the scholarly output of the university. Faculty and researchers can upload research products for rapid dissemination, global visibility and impact, and long-term preservation.

Request a workshop in video production

Library Media Services, a unit located in Hornbake Library, offers a variety of workshops to train your students to produce videos, from storyboarding and recording to editing and using Adobe After Effects. 

Workshops are offered on demand, and you may submit a request online.

Library Media Services also offers a configurable production studio with green screen, camera, and audio and lighting equipment. You may reserve the studio and other media rooms online.


Interdisciplinary Dialogue: Fake News and Alternative Facts
Featured speakers: Dr. Ernesto Calvo (Govt and Politics); Rachel Gammons (Libraries); Jamie McIntyre (Journalism); Dr. Scott Roberts (TLTC); Dr. Andrew Wolvin (Communication)
Tuesday, October 17
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
McKeldin Library 6137

Open Access Week: SocArXiv 03S Symposium
Open Scholarship for the Social Sciences
This inaugural conference will highlight research that uses tools and methods of open scholarship, and brings together researchers who work on problems of open access, publishing, and open scholarship.
Thursday, October 26 and Friday, October 27

Financial Awareness Series
Understanding Social Security
Wednesday, November 8

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

McKeldin Library 6137


STEAM Salon: Michael Driggers
Thursday, November 16
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Engineering and Physical Sciences Library, Math Building 1403


Speaking of Books: Carol Graham
Happiness for All? Unequal Hopes and Lives in Pursuit of the American Dream
Wednesday, November 29
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
McKeldin Library 6137

Future of the Research Library: Trevor Dawes
Diversity and the Library: Ensuring the Success of Our Community
Thursday, November 30
10:00 am – 11:30 am
McKeldin Library 6137


For Liberty, Justice, and Equality: Unions Making History in America
Exhibition at Hornbake Library drawing from labor-related collections, including the vast AFL-CIO archive
Through July 2018




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