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Spring Semester Hours Summary

January 24 - May 5, 2016
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 Midnight
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 Noon - 12:00 Midnight

Exceptions:
Sunday, March 13: CLOSED
Monday, March 14 - Friday, March 18: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 19: 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:




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

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

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.

Availability: Group study rooms
Study rooms with computer

Group Study, Conversation Allowed, Whiteboards, Computers

Open study room doors

Open Study Rooms

These 15 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.

Individual Study, Conversation Allowed

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 Circulation 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. 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 can hold up to 30 people, and 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.

Group Study, Reservable, Conversation Allowed, Computers, 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 Circulation 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 desk - 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 Circulation 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 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

Did you know that the Library now loans laptops and a variety of audio and video equipment? Head up to the Library Media desk on the 2nd floor to borrow any of the equipment - available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please take a moment to read the Equipment Loan Policies page 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 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)



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.

5 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.

5 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 Mini ProjectorPortable 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 (BenQ Joybee GP1--no HDMI connection)

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


Upcoming Events

 Other events scheduled in the Library can be found on the UMBC Scheduler or Room 259 Calendar.

  • Literature Review Workshop

    Date: Wednesday February 17th at 12:00pm

    Summary: Is writing the literature review a stumbling block? Come to hear what a literature review is and what its required components are. Learn how to address common writing issues, such as effective use...


  • Diversity Film Festival: School Daze

    Date: Thursday February 18th at 4:30pm

    Summary: Come celebrate Black History Month at the Library through groundbreaking movies, highlighting the stories of African–Americans in higher education. Enjoy free snacks, candy and soda! Image...


  • Film Screening: Freedom Riders

    Date: Tuesday February 23rd at 4:00pm

    Summary: Presented by: The Department of Africana Studies, The Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery, and The National Endowment for the Humanities. Image Source:...


  • Friends of the Library & Gallery Book Notes

    Date: Tuesday February 23rd at 4:00pm

    Summary: Dr. Meredith Oyen from the History Department will discuss her new book: "The Diplomacy of Migration:  Transnational Lives and the Making of US-China Relations in the Cold War" (Cornell University...


  • Diversity Film Festival: Higher Learning

    Date: Thursday February 25th at 4:30pm

    Summary: Come celebrate Black History Month at the Library through groundbreaking movies highlighting the stories of African–Americans in higher education. Enjoy free snacks, candy and soda! Image...


  • Film Screening: The Abolitionists

    Date: Tuesday March 1st at 4:00pm

    Summary: Presented by: The Department of Africana Studies, The Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery, and The National Endowment for the Humanities. Image Source:...


  • EndNote Basic Workshop

    Date: Monday March 7th at 12:00pm

    Summary: Learn how to utilize the full range of features included in the web-accessible citation manager. This hands-on workshop will focus on setting up an account, importing and transferring references,...


  • Zotero Workshop

    Date: Thursday March 10th at 12:00pm

    Summary: Zotero is a freely available citation management software that allows you to save citation information while searching and browsing the Web. With a single click, Zotero saves citations and enables...


  • Literature Review Workshop

    Date: Wednesday March 23rd at 12:00pm

    Summary: Is writing the literature review a stumbling block? Come to hear what a literature review is and what its required components are. Learn how to address common writing issues, such as effective use...


  • How to Conduct a Preliminary U.S. Patent Search Workshop

    Date: Monday March 28th at 12:00pm

    Summary: Patent searching can be a daunting and overwhelming process. Come learn how to conduct preliminary patent searches of U.S. patents and published applications using free online resources of the...



Library News

  • Student job - Library Web Assistant

    UNIT: REFERENCE - REFERENCE STUDENT - WEB ASSISTANT

    Purpose:Provide support for Reference Department by assisting with web-based tutorial development activities, compiling data, and producing reports.

    Reports to: Sarah New, Web Services Librarian

    Duties:The Reference Student - Web Assistant will assist the Web Services Librarian by:

    • Assisting with the design, creation, and editing of online tutorials

    • Compiling results of assessment activities and assisting with other special reports

    • May also have the opportunity to participate in and provide support for various other reference-related projects.

    Skills required:The assistant should have technical competence with computers and databases, and experience with media creation and/or screen capture creation software, such as Adobe Illustrator, TechSmith Camtasia or Adobe Captivate.

    Preference will be given to applicants who have experience recording audio using software such as Audacity; or who have graphic design and/or animation experience.  Applicants will be asked to share a portfolio of their work.

    The assistant should be motivated, able to work in a team-based collaborative environment or independently, and possess excellent oral and written communication skills.  The assistant must also display demonstrated professionalism, good judgment skills, excellent public service orientation, and exceptional interpersonal skills.

    Schedule:Up to 10 hours per week during the Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters; work hours are somewhat flexible.

    Pay Scale:$10.25 per hour

    To Apply:Contact Sarah New by e-mail: snew@umbc.edu or phone: 410-455-1551

    Read more…


  • Step into Baltimore's industrial past with historical photos

    Special Collections has a great photo collection you have to see for yourself. With over 400 panoramic Cirkut negatives ranging in content from Fort Meade and industrial sights around Baltimore to group portraits of Boumi Temple members and Red Cross nurses, the Hughes Company Cirkut Negatives collection has something for everyone to enjoy. The photographs were taken using a Cirkut camera, patented in 1904 by William J. Johnston and used to capture landscapes and group portraits. Cirkut cameras revolved on an axis and exposed sections of a film roll at the same time as the camera rotated. The negatives range in length from 20 inches to 100 inches, and can be exceptionally detailed. The assorted collection spans 15 boxes and features industrial plants, military units, city skylines, company picnics, panoramic views, schools, churches, city and town life in Maryland between 1916 to the mid-1940s.



    Images in the collection depict a variety of locations from factory construction sites to group portraits. Many of the negatives capture the whimsical elements of daily life. Can you spot the pigs in the negative of the Liberty Yeast Co. Plant above? Or the jolly man sitting a few people over from the man who looks incredibly angry in the negative below?



    Other topics include baseball games, several Maryland schools, and fleets of ice cream trucks with slogans such as “on your way take home a brick.” While the slogan seems bizarre to us, during this period ice cream was sold in half gallon rectangular tubs therefore they became known as bricks of ice cream.  


    Come see these negatives and more in Special Collections. The Special Collections Department is located at the far end of the Library Gallery, and is open Monday through Friday 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm with extended hours on Thursday from 4:00 to  8:00 pm.


    Learn more about Cirkut cameras here.


    This post was written by Special Collections intern Madison Meyer. Special Collections student assistants Graham Johnson, Rashmi Fegade, Rakshith Gowda, and Flora Kirk worked with Madison to measure and describe the Hughes Company Cirkut Negatives. Graduate Assistant Sarah Houston and Madison photographed the negatives and stitched the images together to make the seamless panoramic positive images seen in this post. Madison is currently working on creating a finding aid to the collection.


    Read more…


  • Database Trial: RILM Music Encyclopedias
    RILM Music Encyclopedias is a unique collection of 41 seminal encyclopedias in full text, comprising nearly 80,000 pages and including historical and current encyclopedias published between 1775 and 2015. It is international in scope, providing access to content written in the key languages of musicological research, among them English, German, French, Italian, Dutch and Greek. It is the first comprehensive collection of encyclopedia content spanning the most important disciplines, fields and subject areas of historical musicology and ethnomusicology, with subject-specific focus on topics ranging from popular music, opera, instruments, blues and gospel, to recorded music and women composers.

    Available through the end of March.

    Questions? Contact Drew Alfgren, alfgren@umbc.edu

    Read more…


  • Diversity Film Festival
    Come celebrate Black History Month at the Library through groundbreaking movies, highlighting the stories of African–Americans in higher education.

    School Daze
    Feb 18 @ 4:30 p.m.
    Location : LIBRARY -259

    Higher Learning
    Feb 25 @ 4:30 p.m
    Location : LIBRARY-259

    Enjoy FREE snacks, candy and soda!


    Sponsored by:
    Student Life's Mosaic: Center for Culture and Diversity
    Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery





    Image Source:https://pixabay.com/static/uploads/photo/2015/01/11/09/19/film-596008_960_720.jpg

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  • AOK Library & Gallery Film Screenings
    The Loving Story
    Tuesday, Feb 9
    4:00-5:30
    Room 259

    Freedom Riders
    Tuesday, Feb 23
    4:00-6:00
    Room 259

    The Abolitionists
    Tuesday, Mar 1
    4:00-6:00
    Room 259

    Questions? Contact Simmona Simmons: simmons@umbc.edu

    Presented by: The Department of Africana Studies, The Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery, and The National Endowment for the Humanities.

    Read more…