Spring 2016

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In the coming fiscal year, the University Libraries will be forced to cancel subscriptions to academic journals across all disciplinary areas. While the collections budget has been spared from campus budget cuts, purchasing power has eroded steadily due, in large part, to inflation. We anticipate canceling selected titles at levels of 3 to 8 percent of the current serials budget.

Subject specialists are currently analyzing subscriptions with robust pricing, use and cost data and will send details directly to academic departments and the programs they serve. Cancellations must happen over the summer to impact the FY17 budget.


Severn Library  

Between April and October 2016, UMD Libraries materials held in offsite shelving at the Johns Hopkins Library Services Center (aka MOSS) will be unavailable for request by library users. These materials will be moved to UMD's Severn Library, a new facility at the edge of campus.

Moving, inventorying, and reshelving these materials at Severn Library will take approximately six months; during that time researchers will not be able to place requests for these materials through WorldCat or other means. Seek materials through ILL or UBorrow.

Severn Library is a high-density, climate-controlled facility for the long-term preservation of valuable books and archival materials. 



Because the UMD Libraries recently joined the Open Library of Humanities (OLH) as a supporting institution, UMD scholars can now submit an unlimited number of articles for publication each year without any article processing charges.

Submissions are accepted for a wide range of humanities subject areas and undergo a double-blind peer-review process.

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



Individuals who use RefWorks to manage their citations must save their data in another citation manager before June 30.

Use alternatives such as Endnote Online, Mendeley and Zotero.



A new website provides a unified, central access point to connect UMD’s robust and diverse research community with data, resources, and services across campus.

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.



By embracing the university’s values of entrepreneurship and innovation, the University Libraries have adopted new strategies to realize the library of the future.  

The vision prizes partnerships within and outside the University Libraries. Also in the plan: search and discovery; software development; new spaces.


Textbooks can cost a student hundreds of dollars each semester....$100, $300, $700, even $1,000 a semester. 

Spearheaded by a group of student advisors to the University Libraries, a new crowdfunding campaign takes a swipe at the issue of textbook affordability.

The group seeks donations to expand a program through which the University Libraries loan text books for the top 50 courses at UMD.  



Wed, Apr 27    //   1 pm
Library Undergraduate Research Award Presentation and Reception 

Wed, May 4  //  6 pm
Irina Chaykovskaya
Selections from Seagull


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