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Table and whiteboard in a Study Room

Group Study Rooms

These 16 rooms are available to any UMBC faculty, students, or staff. You can reserve one ahead up to five days in advance. Reservations are limited to 3 hours per person or group each day. Book yours today!

Group Study, Conversation Allowed, Whiteboards, Computers, Reservable

Table with seating for one in a Study Room

Individual Study Rooms

These 6 rooms are available to any UMBC faculty, students, or staff. You can reserve one ahead up to five days in advance. Reservations are limited to 3 hours per person each day. Book yours today!

Individual Study, Conversation Allowed, Quiet, 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

Door of Lactation Room

Lactation Room (755)

The Library is pleased to offer a Lactation Room for its users who need a private space to express breast milk. The room includes a table, two chairs, an outlet and power strip, and sanitizing wipes. It is located close to the restrooms on the 7th floor. It may be reserved for up to one hour, up to 5 days in advance. A key is also available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Check Out Desk on the Library's first floor. Reserve the Lactation Room for periods up to 1 hour.

Reservable, Quiet, Individual Study, Specialty

Open study room doors

Open Study Rooms

These 12 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. Reserve the Presentation Practice Room. Reservations are not required but do take precedence over walk-up appointments. You can check out the key at the Check Out desk.

Availability: Presentation Practice Room

Presentation Space, Conversation Allowed, Group Study, Individual Study, Reservable

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 32 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 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

Table and screen in the Simmons Collaboration Room

Simmons Collaboration Room (368)

This room is available to UMBC students, faculty, and staff. It contains a small conference table and a smart TV with Chromecast, which allows a laptop, tablet or smartphone to stream content to the screen. Reserve this room for your group of 3-7 people for periods up to 3 hours. You can find instructions for how to use Chromecast here (Note: the Chromecast device is already connected to the Simmons room screen).

Presentation Space, Conversation Allowed, Group Study, 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 $1 for printing) on the 1st floor at the Cash-to-Card machine


Equipment Loan

Did you know that the Library 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 (DML) on the 2nd floor - all equipment is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Software loaded on the laptops is listed here. Full descriptions of the available equipment and instruction manuals are available on the DML homepage. Please take a moment to read the Equipment Loan Policies and Laptop Loan Policies pages for detailed information about the program.


At the Check Out Desk:

Picture of Dell Laptop Dell LATITUDE E6440
Laptop (3 Days)
Available at Check Out Desk;
Click here to see availability.
Picture of MacBook Pro MacBook Pro 13"
Laptop (3 Days)
Available at Check Out Desk;
Click here to see availability.
Picture of HP Chromebook HP Chromebook
(3 Days)
Available at Check Out Desk;
Click here to see availability.
Picture of HP Chromebook HP Chromebook
(4 Hours)
Available at Check Out Desk;
Click here to see availability.


In the Digital Media Lab:

The Digital Media Lab has a variety of A/V equipment for use and checkout. Click here to see what's available.



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Upcoming Events

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

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Library News

  • Full Time Job - Accounting Clerk II
    Job no: 493130
    Work type: Staff Full-time
    Location: UMBC Campus
    Categories: Business/Accounting/Finance


    Responsibilities:

    Under general supervision, the incumbent performs moderately complex accounting clerical or bookkeeping tasks to support accounts payable/receivable and auditing function. Post journal entries, process payments, and verifies accuracy of data.

    Specific duties include: inputting data, records and verifies details of financial transactions in ledgers and automated systems; review and process financial documents such as invoices and receipts; purchase of all supply request and receiving of Goods and Services for the Library; inputting and retrieving financial transactions into a shadow system (QuickBooks) for monthly reconciliation and other reports; retrieve and process order from the Accounting and Receiving RT system; back up to the Accounting Associate with picking up paychecks and writing receipts for departments with the Library; and perform other duties as assigned, including serving as back for other staff in the department.

    Required Minimum Qualifications:

    • High school diploma or GED
    • One year accounting clerical experience.
    • Working knowledge of bookkeeping principles, mathematical methods and techniques.
    • Skilled in performing basic mathematical computations and the use of calculator.
    • Ability to communicate effectively.
    • Ability to operate keyboards, personal computers and financial software
    • Ability to prepare written records and reports
    • Ability to input data accurately
    Preferred Qualifications: 
    • Basic Knowledge of QuickBooks
    • Strong computer skills with excel, word, Google docs and Box
    Background Screening Statement:A background check will be required. 

    Special Instructions to Applicants:

    For best consideration, along with your application please submit a cover letter, resume and contact name and information for three professional references.

    Closing Date:  January 1, 2020
    Type: Regular
    FLSA Status: Nonexempt

    Salary:

    Pay Range 6 (starting at $32,200) based on the University System of Maryland Pay Program

    Hours: 

    This is a Full Time position. Work schedule is Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm


    Benefits:

    UMBC offers a benefits package for regular and grant-funded regular employees including generous leave, excellent health, life, and disability insurance, retirement plans, tuition remission, on-site preschool, and numerous professional development and wellness opportunities. Contingent II positions may include some benefits. To learn more about our benefits click here.


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


    If you require a reasonable accommodation for a disability for any part of the employment process, please contact the Human Resources Department at 410-455-2337 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.


    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.

    Apply here.

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  • Job: Library Services Specialist, Database Maintenance
    Job no: 493120
    Work type: Staff Full-time
    Location: UMBC Campus
    Categories: Library

    Responsibilities:

    Working in the Library Technical Services Bibliographic and Metadata Services Unit, perform database maintenance for Library collections in several databases for materials including but not limited to serials, monographs, and nonprint materials.

    Specific duties include: weeding and transferring materials; creation/editing of holdings statements; working with system reports which entails problem solving, reviewing of regular reports, responding to requests for assistance, and coordinating work with other departments; performing copy cataloging in several databases including  Aleph, ContentDM, and OCLC for a variety of materials; creating non-MARC metadata descriptions of a variety of materials and; performing other duties as assigned.

    Required Minimum Qualifications:

    Bachelor’s Degree and one year of library experience directly related to the primary duties of the position.

    Preferred Qualifications: 

    • Experience working in Technical Services performing database maintenance work
    • Experience with library systems such as ContentDM and OCLC
    • Experience working with Ex Libris products preferably Aleph
    Special Instructions to Applicants:

    When submitting your application, please upload a cover letter, a resume or curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three professional references.

    Salary:

    Pay Range 10 (starting at $39,732) based on the University System of Maryland Pay Program

    Hours: Full-time, Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Closing Date:
    January 1, 2020
    Type: Regular
    FLSA 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.

    If you require a reasonable accommodation for a disability for any part of the employment process, please contact the Human Resources Department at 410-455-2337 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    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.

    Apply Here

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  • AOK Library needs a Reference & Instruction Librarian
    Job no: 493122
    Work type: Faculty- Librarian
    Location: UMBC Campus
    Categories: Library, Library
    Department:  Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery

    For more information visit: https://library.umbc.edu/

    Responsibilities:

    This position serves as subject librarian to a number of academic departments in the social sciences and humanities. Duties include providing library instruction, outreach, collection development, and research support to students, faculty and staff. As part of a department of six faculty librarians and two professional staff, this position provides general reference service to the campus community (including occasional evening and weekend hours) and participates in the planning and implementation of departmental and Library operations. As an instruction librarian, this position designs and delivers library instruction and contributes to the planning and implementation of the Library's instructional program. The successful candidate is expected to participate in relevant professional development activities, and campus and Library committee work.

    Requirements:

    • Master of Library & Information Science degree (or equivalent ALA accredited degree)-December 2019 graduates are encouraged to apply
    • Demonstrated ability and interest in providing dynamic library instruction and contributing to a team-based information literacy program
    • Demonstrated ability and interest in the areas of library public services and outreach
    • Demonstrated high-quality written and verbal communication
    • Ability to work effectively independently and as part of a team
    • Ability to initiate and lead projects to completion
    • Interest and/or experience working with diverse populations, particularly students

    Preferred Qualifications: 

    • Undergraduate or advanced degree in a social science or humanities discipline
    • Reference experience in an academic library setting
    • Direct teaching or library instruction experience

    Special Instructions to Applicants:

    Please upload a cover letter, a resume or curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three professional references.
    Questions:

    For questions about submitting application materials, contact Teresa Reese at reeset@umbc.edu

    For questions about the position, contact Katy Sullivan at sullivan@umbc.edu
    Screening of Applications Begins: Review of application materials will begin January 2, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.   
    Salary & Benefits:

    This position is a full time (40 hours/week), 12-month library faculty appointment at anticipated rank of Librarian I. Salary commensurate with experience—minimum salary $49,500. Comprehensive benefits.

    The successful candidate will be expected to meet library and university requirements for reappointment, promotion, and permanent status, as outlined in part 6.6 of the Faculty Handbook - http://provost.umbc.edu/faculty-handbook/.

    Hours: Full-time 

    About UMBC:

    UMBC, an honors university serving more than 11,000 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students, is one of two public universities in Maryland to achieve the “doctoral/research university-extensive” Carnegie classification. Located just outside Baltimore and 45 minutes from Washington, DC, the campus is growing rapidly under dynamic leadership.

    Our UMBC community redefines excellence in higher education through an inclusive culture that connects innovative teaching and learning, research across disciplines, and civic engagement. We will advance knowledge, economic prosperity, and social justice by welcoming and inspiring inquisitive minds from all backgrounds. The successful candidate will join a department with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence, and will be expected to contribute actively to these efforts (https://diversity.umbc.edu/).
     Equal Opportunity Statement: UMBC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, minority group members, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

    Accommodation: 
    If you require a reasonable accommodation for a disability for any part of the employment process, please contact the Human Resources Department at 410-455-2337 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    Work Authorization: 
    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.
       

    Advertised: 26 Nov 2019 09:00 Eastern Standard Time
    Applications close: Open Until Filled 

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  • Full Time Job - Information Technology Librarian
    Job no: 493111
    Work type: Faculty- Librarian
    Location: UMBC Campus
    Categories: Library


    Responsibilities:

    As part of the Library Information Technology Services (LITS) division, the I.T. Librarian oversees the daily operations of IT support and AV services for staff computing as well as AV deployment in the Library & Gallery. Works closely with DolT in management of the Library's public computing and AV resources. This position works collaboratively in a diverse and inclusive environment with librarians and staff, both inside and outside of the Library & Gallery, to implement effective and equitable technological solutions including assistive technologies and to identify current and emerging technologies to meet the evolving needs and expectations for an academic library environment. Assesses and documents condition and use of technologies in the building; makes recommendations on existing and emerging technology and resources based on gaps in meeting user needs and emerging trends. The IT Librarian is responsible administering and maintaining library applications including, but not limited to, ILLiad, CONTENTdm, Connexion, Ares, Aleph, and EBSCO Discovery Services (EDS). In addition, the IT Librarian supports efficient use of technology for employees in the Library & Gallery including through management and training for various systems, development of best practices for document management and use of cloud systems, and development of procedures and training for other topics as needed. The position also assists with the coordination and continued development of local digitization projects and with defining and implementing the Library & Gallery's digital preservation strategy. This position also manages and maintains servers for storage and backups. Other duties as assigned.


    Required Minimum Qualifications:

    • Requires a Master's degree from an ALA-accredited library school or information science program
    • Knowledge of computer workstations, networking, and computer security.
    • Knowledge of web client and server applications, databases, and Web programming environments.
    • Knowledge or experience working with integrated library systems and the application of technology to enhance effectiveness in library operations.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of technology trends, standards, information technology best practices, and issues in academic libraries.
    • Demonstrated working knowledge of information technology principles, processes, systems and standards, including operating systems, systems security, wireless networking, and digital initiatives and emerging web technologies.
    • Demonstrated experience in progressively responsible supervisory positions, managing multiple priorities.
    • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
    Preferred Qualifications:


    • Background in computer science or related field
    • Demonstrated experience with system administration and network administration.
    • Experience working with digital repositories or working to develop projects that support locally digitized scholarly content.
    • Experience leading projects or implementing new technologies, preferably in an academic library environment.
    • Experience with Ex Libris products
    Screening of Applications Begins:

    Review of application materials will begin December 20, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.


    Salary & Benefits:

    Position is a 12-month library faculty appointment at anticipated rank of Librarian II. Minimum salary: $65,000, comprehensive benefits. 

    The successful candidate will be expected to meet library and university requirements for reappointment, promotion, and permanent status, as outlined in part 6.6 of the Faculty Handbook - http://provost.umbc.edu/faculty-handbook/.

    Hours:


    This is a full time (40 hrs/wk) position, Monday to Friday.

    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.

    Apply here.

    Read more…


  • We're looking for an eResources Librarian
    Job no: 493096
    Work type: Faculty- Librarian
    Location: UMBC Campus
    Categories: Library, Library
    Department:  Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery

    For more information visit: https://library.umbc.edu/

    Responsibilities:

    The Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), is looking for an eResources Librarian. This permanent status-eligible full-time, non-tenure track library faculty position at the rank of Librarian II reports to the Associate Director for Technical Services and will oversee the eResources and Serial Unit within the Technical Services Division.

    • Reporting to and working collaboratively with the Associate Director for Technical Services, oversees the daily operations of the eResources and Serials Unit within Technical Services.
    • Oversees workflows related to managing the life cycle of the Library's electronic resources, including but not limited to acquisitions, access, administration, support, and evaluation.
    • Oversees the work related to the database maintenance of the Library's print serials and microfilm collections.
    • Establishes access to new electronic resources, monitors platform changes, and works collaboratively to investigate, resolve and communicate access issues in a timely manner.
    • Assists with establishing collection development assessment strategies related to electronic resources including the use and understanding of standards and methods for gathering usage data and tracking cost per use.
    • Oversees and when needed performs copy cataloging of electronic resources, including ejoumals, ebooks, and other eresources. Oversees batch processing of cataloging records for electronic resource collections.
    • Participates in library, campus, consortium, and regional/national communities and organizations as appropriate.

    Required Minimum Qualifications:

    • ALA accredited MLS or equivalent advanced degree.
    • 3 years (five preferred) of experience working with electronic resources
    • Demonstrated experience and understanding of best practices for managing and using electronic resources.
    • Demonstrated experience managing a print serials collection and knowledge of current issues related to maintaining a print serials collection.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of cataloging electronic and digital resources.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of electronic resource industry standards, best practices, and protocols, including but not limited to ER Licensing, SUSHI, and COUNTER.
    • Demonstrated experience with electronic resource management systems.
    • Knowledge of ER licensing
    • Knowledge of integrated library systems
    • Knowledge of open URL link resolvers, preferably SFX
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal relations skills and demonstrated ability to work independently and in a collaborative environment.
    • Demonstrated experience supervising staff and student assistants.
    • Demonstrated ability to develop and document procedures.
    • Demonstrated experience managing multiple priorities.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Experience with Ex Libris products.
    • Experience working with a print serials collection.

    Special Instructions to Applicants:
    When submitting your application, please upload a cover letter, a resume or curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three professional references. Please address cover letter to:  Patrick Dawson, Library Director, UMBC, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery, Room 353, Baltimore, Maryland, 21250

    Questions:
    For questions about submitting application materials, contact Teresa Reese at reeset@umbc.edu. For questions about the position, contact Lynda Aldana at laldana@umbc.edu.

    Screening of Applications Begins
    Review of application materials will begin December 13, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.  
     
    Salary & Benefits:
    Position is a 12-month library faculty appointment at anticipated rank of Librarian II. Minimum salary: $65,000, comprehensive benefits. 

    The successful candidate will be expected to meet library and university requirements for reappointment, promotion, and permanent status, as outlined in part 6.6 of the Faculty Handbook - http://provost.umbc.edu/faculty-handbook/.

    Hours: Full-time 

    About UMBC:
    UMBC, an honors university serving more than 11,000 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students, is one of two public universities in Maryland to achieve the “doctoral/research university-extensive” Carnegie classification. Located just outside Baltimore and 45 minutes from Washington, DC, the campus is growing rapidly under dynamic leadership.

    Our UMBC community redefines excellence in higher education through an inclusive culture that connects innovative teaching and learning, research across disciplines, and civic engagement. We will advance knowledge, economic prosperity, and social justice by welcoming and inspiring inquisitive minds from all backgrounds. The successful candidate will join a department with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence, and will be expected to contribute actively to these efforts (https://diversity.umbc.edu/).

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

    Accommodation:
    If you require a reasonable accommodation for a disability for any part of the employment process, please contact the Human Resources Department at 410-455-2337 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    Work Authorization:
    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.
       

    Advertised: 13 Nov 2019 09:00 Eastern Standard Time
    Applications close: Open Until Filled 

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