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Spring Exam Hours Summary

May 12 - May 29, 2017
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 Noon - 2:00 a.m.

Exceptions:
Wednesday, May 24: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 25: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday, May 26: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 27 - Monday, May 29: CLOSED


Atrium and Retriever Learning Center: always open. RLC access is by valid UMBC ID card swipe only.

Summer Hours Summary

May 30 - August 19, 2017
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: 12:00 Noon - 8:00 p.m.


Exceptions:
Tuesday, July 4 (Independence Day): CLOSED





Atrium and Retriever Learning Center: always open. RLC access is by valid UMBC ID card swipe only.

Places to Study

Choose one or more to find the right space for you:




Table and whiteboard in a Group Study Room

Group Study Rooms

These 10 rooms are available for a 3 hour period on a first-come, first-served basis to groups of 2 or more UMBC faculty, students, or staff. For information on obtaining and using these rooms, please visit the Group Study Room page.
Note: The Library is testing a new service allowing students to reserve Study Rooms. To reserve one of 6 study rooms on the 3rd floor, use this form or try the touchscreen kiosk on the 3rd floor. Let us know what you think!

Availability: Group study rooms
Study rooms with computer

Group Study, Conversation Allowed, Whiteboards, Computers, Reservable

Booth, computer, and whiteboard in the Retriever Learning Center RLC

Retriever Learning Center (RLC)

The RLC is UMBC's best place for lively group study, scholarly discussion, collaboration, and academic coaching. This room features comfortable, mobile furniture so that students can design their own study spaces. Movable white boards and large monitors allow for collaboration.

Group Study, Conversation Allowed, Whiteboards, 24-hour, Computers, Individual Study

Large conference table in the Retriever Learning Center Seminar Room

Richard Roberts Seminar Room (140)

This room in the RLC is available to UMBC students, faculty, and staff. It contains a small conference table, large-screen monitor, and a projector with cables to connect to your laptop. Reserve the seminar room for your group for periods up to 2 hours.

Group Study, Conversation Allowed, Reservable, 24-hour, Whiteboards, Presentation Space

Open study room doors

Open Study Rooms

These 17 rooms are left open for students to use on a first-come, first-served basis. Each room has four seats. Room numbers are listed here.
Note: The Library is testing a new service allowing students to reserve Study Rooms. To reserve one of 6 study rooms on the 3rd floor, use this form or try the touchscreen kiosk on the 3rd floor. Let us know what you think!

Individual Study, Conversation Allowed, Reservable

Podium and screen in the Presentation Practice Room

Presentation Practice Room (257)

This room has been set up for students to practice giving presentations, speeches, etc. Bring your flash drive to plug into our one-button recording system - when you're finished, you'll have a recording of your presentation to critique. To use this room, check out the key from the Check Out Desk.

Availability: Presentation Practice Room

Presentation Space, Conversation Allowed, Group Study, Individual Study

Digital Media Lab Mac and scanner

Digital Media Lab (DML)

The Digital Media Lab is open to all UMBC students, faculty, and staff and contains a Whisper Room, an Audio/Video Recording Room, and computer workspaces with editing software. Book time in the Whisper Room or Audio/Video Recording Room here. For information on hours and available equipment, please visit the DML homepage.

Creation Space, Computers, Reservable, Group Study, Individual Study, Conversation Allowed

Rows of chairs and screen in the Screening Room

Screening Room (258)

Our Screening Room is designed for groups to view films. It features a Blu-ray/DVD player, Windows computer, HD Plasma TV, and VHS player. A minimum of 3 people is required to use the room. Reserve the Screening Room. Reservations are not required but do take precedence over walk-up appointments. You can check out the key at the Check Out desk.

Reservable, Conversation Allowed, Presentation Space

Doors and windows of faculty study rooms

Faculty Study Rooms

These 39 rooms are available to UMBC faculty, as well as visiting and Emeritus faculty. They are assigned each semester; to apply for a room, please fill out an application form.

Individual Study, Quiet, Reservable

Workstation in an Assistive Technology Room

Assistive Technology Rooms

Ask at the Check Out desk to access Rooms 121, 122, or 455. They are equipped with Jaws screenreader software, magnifiers, and scanners. Learn more about assistive technology facilities.

Individual Study, Computers

Stairwell from first to second floor

Floors 1, 2, and 7

The first, second, and seventh floors of the AOK Library have 160 computers (both Macs and PCs) for student use, as well as printers, scanners, and photocopiers.

Individual Study, Group Study, Computers, Conversation Allowed

Study tables

Floors 3 and 4

The third and fourth floors of the AOK Library are designated Quiet areas, so please keep volume to a whisper. These floors have 22 computers (PCs) for student use.

Quiet, Individual Study, Computers

Quiet sign and book stacks on Floor 5

Floors 5 and 6

The fifth and sixth floors of the AOK Library are designated Absolute Quiet areas at all times. These floors have 32 computers (PCs) for student use.

Individual Study, Absolute Quiet, Computers

Group table and large monitor in the 2nd Floor Study Area

2nd Floor Study Area

Head up to the 2nd floor and take a left at the Serials sign - there you'll find a group study space featuring whiteboards, big tables, and large monitors with cables to connect to your laptop.

Group Study, Whiteboards, Conversation Allowed

Chair near the windows in the Library Atrium

Atrium

The entry hall of the library is a vibrant social and conversation space. It hosts a coffee shop (Pura Vida hours) and is open 24 hours a day.

Individual Study, Group Study, 24-hour, Conversation Allowed

Lockers

Daily Lockers

Daily lockers are available to UMBC students, faculty, and staff for a 24 hour period. Daily locker keys are checked out at the Check Out Desk. For more information, please visit the Locker page.

Lockers

Semester Lockers

Semester lockers are a great place for UMBC students, faculty, and staff to store their study materials. They are assigned each Fall and Spring semester; to apply for a locker, please fill out an application form. For more information, please visit the Locker page.

Reservable

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Printing in the Library

Where can I print?

  • You can print from any of our computers (except when booted as Linux).
  • You can print from any laptop or mobile device using Pharos MobilePrint.
  • You must release and pick up the print job on the 1st, 2nd, or 7th floor, or in the RLC.

How much does it cost?

  • Black and white: $0.10 per side
  • Color: $0.70 per side

How do I pay?

  • UMBC Campus ID card
  • Add more money online using a credit card or using cash on the 1st floor at the Cash-to-Card machine
  • Guest card
  • Purchase using a $1 bill (gives you $.50 for printing) on the 1st floor at the Cash-to-Card machine


Equipment Loan

Note: Laptops are now located at the Check Out Desk.

Did you know that the Library now loans laptops and a variety of audio and video equipment? Laptops are available at the Check Out Desk. For everything else, head up to the Digital Media Lab on the 2nd floor - equipment is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please take a moment to read the Equipment Loan Policies and Laptop Loan Policies pages for detailed information about the program.


Video & Photography:

Picture of Canon Rebel CameraCanon Rebel T3i DSLR Camera includes an 18 megapixel sensor allowing it to capture beautiful, high resolution JPEG, RAW, and RAW+JPEG images and also records full-HD video at 1920x1080/30p/24p, among other frame-rate options. The T3i kit also features a top-loading camera bag designed for DSLRs, a 16GB SD card, attached UV filter and lens cap holder, rechargeable battery, the necessary cords/cables and our Quick-Start Guide and instruction manual.

8 DSLR Cameras are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Read the Quick-Start Guide

Read the Instruction Manual (PDF)


Picture of Canon Rebel T5i DSLR CameraCanon Rebel T5i DSLR Camera includes an 18 megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor allowing it to capture beautiful, high resolution JPEG, RAW, and RAW+JPEG images and also records full-HD video at 1920x1080/30p/24p, among other frame-rate options. The T5i kit also features a durable camera bag designed for DSLRs, a 16GB SD card, attached UV filter and lens cap holder, rechargeable battery, infrared shutter remote, necessary cords/cables, and an instruction manual.

8 DSLR Cameras are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Read the Instruction Manual (PDF)


Picture of Canon Vixia Camcorder

Canon VIXIA HD Camcorder features a 3.28 megapixel censor and records full-HD 1920x1080p video directly to an SD card. The HF R400 also employs a genuine Canon HD video lens with 53x Advanced Zoom and SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization with improved Dynamic Image Stabilization. For easy recording and instant playback, there's a 3" touch panel LCD as well. Included in the kit is a 32GB SD card, the necessary cables/cords and our Quick-Start Guide and instruction manual.

5 HD Camcorders are available on a first-come, first-served basis

Read the Quick-Start Guide

Read the Instruction Manual (PDF)


Picture of Manfrotto TripodManfrotto MKC3-H01 Tripod is designed for those times when space and weight are of primary concern. People on-the-go will appreciate this featherweight 2.54 lb five section tripod which supports up 3.31 lb and rises to a height of 5.05’ with the column extended, while breaking down to only 18” to fit easily in your bag. Leg angles can be lengthened or shortened quickly via the flip lever leg locks. The integrated quick release grip head has a large ergonomic, locking, fast-action handle a front tilt of 0° / +90°, a lateral tilt of -90° / +90° and a panning range of 360°.

3 Tripods are available on a first-come, first-served basis

Read the Instruction Manual (PDF)



Audio Recording:

Picture of Zoom Recorder

ZOOM H4n Recorder features true X/Y stereo mics with selectable recording patterns. It can record up to 4 channels of audio, with rates up to 24-bit/96kHz. XLR/TRS combo inputs let you connect a variety of gear. The recorder also features a built-in speaker and a 3.5mm output for connecting external speakers. A USB 2.0 port makes it easy to transfer files to a Mac or PC, or use the H4n as a live audio interface. It has a backlit LCD for easy control, and can operate on AA batteries, USB power, or wall power for versatility. The kit includes a 16GB SD card, batteries, the necessary cables/cords, stand adapter, windshield and our Quick-Start Guide and instruction manual.

2 ZOOM Recorders are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Read the Quick-Start Guide

Read the Instruction Manual (PDF)


Sony Lavalier Microphone

Sony ECM-44B Lavalier Microphone makes the exceptional quality of Sony's electric condenser microphones available for budget conscious productions, and a variety of sound reinforcement requirements, such as lectures and demonstrations. Measuring only 8.5 x 14.5mm, the ECM-44B reduces the visual distraction to the audience. The ECM-44B can be depended upon for clean, bright, yet natural reproduction. To maintain its low cost, this microphone operates on a single AA (does not accept phantom power) battery for over 5000 hours of service.

5 Lavalier Mics are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Read the Quick-Start Guide

Read the Instruction Manual (PDF)



Laptops:

 

Picture of Dell LaptopDell LATITUDE E6440 Laptop features Windows 7 Enterprise with a 2.70 GHz Intel Core i5 processor and 8.0 GB of RAM. Installed on the machine are Microsoft Office 2013, Adobe Photoshop CC 2015, Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015, and Adobe Acrobat DC; additional software can be accessed through the VMware Horizon Client.

10 Dell Laptops are available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Picture of MacBook ProMacBook Pro 13" Laptop features OS X Yosemite with Retina Display, a 2.7 GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM, and Intel Iris Graphics 6100. Installed on the machine are Microsoft Office 2011, Adobe Photoshop CC 2015, Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015, and Adobe Acrobat DC; additional software can be accessed through the VMware Horizon Client.

10 Mac Laptops are available on a first-come, first-served basis.



Other Available Equipment:

Picture of SanDisk Memory CardEXtra SanDisk Ultra 32GB SD Card is a Secure Digital High Capacity memory card. With 32GB of data storage capacity, the card provides ample space for photos and videos captured with your camera. It offers an SD Class 10 rating along with an Ultra High Speed Class 1 rating, featuring read speeds up to 30MB/s and write speeds of at least 10MB/s. A built-in write-protect switch prevents data from being accidentally modified, overwritten or deleted.

5 Extra SD Cards are available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Picture of Samsung DVD Player/WriterSamsung Portable DVD Player/Writer has an exclusive A/V connection technology available in it which allows users to easily connect the TV media in the drive to the USB port to play audio-visual content. This external disc drive offers a variety of writing speeds of different types of media: 24X CD-ROM, 24X CD-RW and 8X DVD ± R, 5X DVD-RAM, 6X DVD + R Dual Layer, 6X DVD-R Dual Layer, 8X DVD + RW and 6X DVD-RW disc for burning.

5 DVD Player/Writers are available on a first-come, first-served basis


Picture of Aaxa P300 Pico ProjectorAaxa P300 Pico Projectors are palm-sized projectors that come in at 1.4lbs and can project media up to 80 inches in size. Plug it into either a PC or use a USB drive and present slide presentations, photos and videos. For video playback, we suggest plugging the projector into a PC. The included remote allows you to control the projector from across the room (especially helpful for presentations and photo slideshows). Note: with the included cables, this projector does not connect to Apple products.

2 Portable Projectors are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Read the Instruction Manual (Aaxa P300 Pico--HDMI connection)


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Upcoming Events

 Other events scheduled in the Library can be found on the full Events page.

  • WRITING TO THE BEAT: THE POETRY & PROSE OF LANGSTON HUGHES

    Date: Friday May 26th at 8:00am

    Summary: Langston Hughes is one of the most famous African American writers who inspired African Americans to hold on to their dreams of a better tomorrow. Born and raised in the Midwest, he made his home...



Library News

  • Full Time Job - Business Services Specialist
    Job no: 492355
    Work type: Staff Full-time
    Location: UMBC Campus
    Categories: Business/Accounting/Finance
    Department: Library and Gallery

    Responsibilities:
    Reporting to the Business Manager and Director of the Library & Gallery, the incumbent will be responsible for assisting the Business Manager in managing the business services and activities for the Library.   Specific duties include managing the day-to-day operations of Accounting and Receiving unit; providing financial and business support to each department; managing procurement; maintaining ledger accounts in MS Excel, to include journal entries, purchase orders and requisitions (including monthly reconciliation); and performing other duties as assigned.

    Required Minimum Qualifications:
    Requires a High School Diploma/GED and six years progressively responsible experience in a combination of budgeting, accounting, payroll, purchasing, and personnel work.  Must have excellent communication, customer service, organizational, computer, problem solving, and time management skills. A proven ability to work with a diverse population.   

    Preferred Qualifications:
    Experience processing travel reimbursements preferred.
    Knowledge of PeopleSoft Finance and MS Excel  is strongly preferred.

    Background Screening Statement:
    A background check will be required.  

    Closing Date: June 9, 2017

    Salary: Pay Range 11 (starting at $40,852) based on a University of Maryland System Pay Program.

    Hours: Full-time

    FSLA Status: Nonexempt


     UMBC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, minority group members, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

     As required by the 1986 Immigration Act, be prepared to present acceptable documentation upon hire showing your identity and that you are a U.S. citizen or an alien who is authorized to work.

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  • Fines happen. What’s the next step?
    We’ve all been there - sometimes the date slips your mind, and next thing you know you’ve got overdue library books!  So what happens next?

    First off: don’t panic!  The fine for late books is only $0.50 per day!  Other fines, like for DVDs and equipment, are a little higher.  You can check the full list of fine amounts here: http://library.umbc.edu/circulation.php#fees  

    If you can’t get to the library immediately, try renewing the item.  You’ll still have the original fines, but you’ll stop accruing more.  (Note: not all items can be renewed.  For example, a recalled book cannot be renewed this way.  But it’s worth a try!)

    When you’re ready to pay your fine, head to the Check Out Desk. Payment options are Campus Cash, credit card, or check. (Note: you can only pay your bill at the library for the first 30 days.  After that, the Student Business Office takes over.)

    Do you have a question about your fine?  You can contact the Circulation Department for answers at 410-455-2354. If you would like to appeal a fine, please fill out the Library Fine Appeal Form.

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  • Updated Library hours
    UPDATE: The Administration has rescheduled the electrical work originally planned for May 25, so the Library will be open that day.

    Tuesday, May 23: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
    Wednesday, May 24: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Thursday, May 25: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Friday, May 26: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Saturday, May 27 - Monday, May 29: CLOSED

    Summer hours will begin Tuesday May 30. Up-to-date building hours are available at http://library.umbc.edu/location.

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  • Research tutorials: Learn anywhere, at your own pace
    Our self-guided tutorials cover a variety of useful research skills. These tutorials are available in a variety of formats. Some are videos and some are web pages (interactive and static). Many have been produced by other libraries.

    You’ll find great topics such as:

    Research Basics        

       

    Understanding Sources        

       

    Finding Resources       

       

    For more topics, browse the full list.

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  • Jason Pate collection now available

    In partnership with Maryland Traditions and the Maryland State Arts Council, the Special Collections department is excited to make available the Jason Pate collection. Special Collections student assistant Riley Auer assisted with the processing of the collection and prepared this blog post. Thank you, Riley!

    Jason Thomas Pate (1915-1960) first aired his radio station, WASA, on May 15, 1948 in Havre de Grace, Maryland. It was the first broadcasting station between Baltimore, MD and Wilmington, DE playing 500 watts and eventually expanded to some 1500 watts before its sale to KME in 1992. After a sudden heart attack, Pate died in 1960 leaving two radio stations, WASA and WHDG, in the care of his wife, Virginia Forwood Pate Wetter. Although Pate Wetter had no previous broadcasting experience, she accepted the role of President of WASA (1960) and CEO of the Chesapeake Broadcasting Company (1985), parent company to WASA, and continued her husband’s legacy with the help of her son Jason David Pate.

    WASA made its fame by establishing itself as an authority on folklife in the Appalachian and Chesapeake Regions. Influential artists such as “jubilee” singers the Little Wonders, banjoist Ted Lundy, country gospel singers E.C. and Orna Ball, singer and banjoist Ola Belle Reed (1916-2002) and her brother, guitarist Alex Campbell (1923-2013), also made frequent appearances performing traditional folk and bluegrass music. Reed and Campbell, natives of Ashe County, North Carolina, quickly rose to local fame by performing at various music parks, alongside other musicians, and on local radio stations, such as Pate’s stations. Reed later began a successful solo career leaving a legacy that has inspired artists such as Tim O’brien, Marty Stuart, Del McCoury, the Avett Brothers, and more. In 2015 Clifford Murphy, Henry Glassie, and Doug Peach published a book and two-part audio collection titled Ola Belle Reed and Southern Mountain Music on the Mason-Dixon Line (UMBC catalog record). The book and recording, based on research compiled by Glassie in the 1960s and recent fieldwork by Murphy, Glassie, and Peach, documents the careers of Ola Belle and Alex, and their many projects and contributions to the genres of bluegrass and folk.

    A selection of materials from the Jason Pate collection:


    Today a large collection recordings from WASA can be found within the American Folklife Center (AFC) at the Library of Congress, and, here, at the UMBC Special Collections. Thanks to efforts by Murphy, then the director of Maryland Traditions (the state's folklife program), UMBC proudly holds several Maryland folklife collections including the Jason Pate collection which features over 1,000 audio recordings from WASA and WHGD whose axillary contents include fan letters to Pate, club mailers, guitar lessons, artist posters, and more. After 2 years of careful photo-documentation, cataloguing, and detailed processing, the Jason Pate collection has been processed and is open to the public.

    For more information about the individuals Jason Pate hosted on his radio shows, including those mentioned above, see the Jason Pate collection finding aid or contact the Special Collections department.

    Reference list for the attached image, left to right, top to bottom:
    Thank you note from “The Ernest Tubb Record Shops”, (Coll123_0364)
    “Queen Elizabeth’s Cake” Recipe, (Coll123_1194)
    January 10, 1977 Letter from E.C. Ball, (Coll123_0109)
    Ola Belle Reed recording dated September 23, 1975, (Coll123_1051)
    Ola Belle Reed & Maiwers Mountaineers Recording, (Coll123_0362)
    “Beverly King Sings and Plays the Blue Ridge Hills” 45 record, (Coll123_1255)
    “The Ralph Stanley International Fan Club” insert, (Coll123_0064)
    View of “Campus Challenge, Tape #455”, (Coll123_0188)
    Chuckie Reed, Ola Belle Reed + Friends recording dated July 10, 1976, (Coll123_1524)
    “Flatpicking” sheet music, (Coll123_0055)
    Interior of a tape container lid, (Coll123_0064)
    “Mountain Music Shindig; Vol. 5, No. 5” mailer, (Coll123_0041)
    View of “Mountain Music Shindig” tape container interior, (Coll123_0364)
    “Stanley Brothers Old Time Tape Club” insert, (Coll123_0064)

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