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AOK Article Search contains millions of articles on a variety of topics. It's a good place to start your research.
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Databases are large collections of journals, articles, or data.
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Please see the hours section below.
Please make an appointment to use a study space, to visit Special Collections, and for Curbside Pick-Up.
Choose one or more to find the right space for you:
Virtual Study Space
With AOK Library's Virtual Study Room (VSR), you can work alongside your fellow Retrievers for a focused study environment.
The VSR is a Discord server that is available 24/7. Join here: https://discord.com/invite/kSuUSpG7bA. Find more information about getting started on Discord. For more information, including hours when student support is available: https://lib.guides.umbc.edu/virtualstudyroom
Virtual Study Space, Conversation Allowed, Group Study, Reservable
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
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
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
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
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 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
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.
Presentation Space, Conversation Allowed, Group Study, Individual Study, Reservable
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
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
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
Assistive Technology Rooms
Ask at the Check Out desk to access Room 455. It is equipped with Jaws screenreader software, magnifiers, and scanners. Learn more about assistive technology facilities.
Individual Study, Computers
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
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 (PCs) for student use.
Quiet, Individual Study, Computers
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
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
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
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.
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.
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 room screen).
Presentation Space, Conversation Allowed, Group Study, Reservable
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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.
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.
Other events scheduled in the Library can be found on the full Events page.
Friday September 30th at 12:00pm
Summary: Imagining Otherwise: Strategies for Teaching and Learning Abolition The logics of crime and punishment are so deeply embedded for most of us that it is hard to think of any alternatives....
Wednesday October 5th at 4:00pm
Summary: Do you want to maximize your research time? Do you want a better sense of direction in your search for relevant sources? You can adapt strategies from this workshop to find needed sources in...
Monday October 10th at 12:00pm
Summary: In this presentation, we will discuss the alarmingly high rate of incarceration in the United States and in Maryland, as well as racial discrimination resulting in incarceration. Next, we’ll dive...
Wednesday October 12th at 12:00pm
Summary: An academic research poster is a visual communication tool that allows you to present your research in a clear, concise, graphic format. Learn how to create a poster that stands out. In this...
Monday October 17th at 12:00pm
Summary: Publishing your work is considered one of the primary pillars of a research project. Graduate students are often haunted by policies and recommendations to publish several papers as part of their...
Wednesday October 19th at 12:00pm
Summary: No Prospect for Relief: Community Activism and the Politics of Prison Siting in Maryland, 1970-1987 This talk examines community struggles against the expansion of Maryland’s prison system in...
Wednesday October 26th at 12:00pm
Summary: Exploring the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program for Baltimore Area College Students, Inside and Out During June of 2022, I took part in Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program Training, which is a...
Friday October 28th at 12:00pm
Summary: People Over Profit: What it will take to end the war on marijuana and achieve police accountability The discussion will focus on the intersection of the war on drugs, mass incarceration, and...
Wednesday November 2nd at 12:00pm
Summary: Drug Decriminalization from a Reparations Perspective 2021 had the highest rate of death by overdose in American history, with over 100,000 Americans dead. In opposition to the "Just Say No"...
Wednesday November 2nd at 4:00pm
Summary: Do you have questions about how to cite and incorporate sources in your writing assignments? Avoid accidental plagiarism by learning how to properly cite your sources and show your skill as an...
As a member of the staff, the Library Services Technician will engage in customer service duties that support the teaching and research needs of our users.
Responsibilities: Specific tasks include assisting patrons at the shared service desk, stacks maintenance, managing the assignment of study rooms and lockers, monitoring the building for security matters, opening or closing the building as needed, and providing training and directions to library student assistants.
The candidate will perform library services efficiently, serving library users courteously, promptly, and in accordance with the Public Services Division's values of approachability, cooperation, diversity and inclusion, professionalism, and excellent quality of work.
Required Minimum Qualifications:
High School Diploma or GED
Two years of experience directly related to the primary duties of this position: customer service, and experience working in a team environment.
Ability to work independently and exercise initiative in applying rules, procedures, and instructions.
Ability to work professionally with diverse individuals
Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
Note: Additional related experience and formal education in which one has gained the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for full performance of the work may be substituted for the education or experience requirement on a year-for-year basis with 30 college credits being equivalent to one year of experience.
Demonstrated familiarity and proficiency with Microsoft or Google Suite applications (e.g. Google Docs, Gmail, and Google Calendar).
Experience using an Integrated Library System
Experience working with or serving college-age populations
Knowledge and familiarity with classification systems used in libraries
In addition to a resume, upload a statement discussing your knowledge of the nature and functions of libraries, working in a team-based environment, and interacting with diverse populations. Individuals who progress in the search will be asked to provide contact information of a supervisor and other personal or professional references.
This is a full-time position Tuesday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
To apply for this position and to learn more, please visit the UMBC Jobs site.
UMBC offers competitive compensation. This role starts at $39,232 and has 11 days of vacation as well as winter break, spring break, and personal days for regular full time roles. Tuition remission is also available.
What is it like to work at UMBC? Check out Glassdoor or Indeed. And read about our recent award, UMBC is a 2021 Great College to Work for…. In every category.
Specific duties and responsibilities include:
Prepare cash receipt documentation for daily deposit.
Process invoices in UMBC PAW for Library Serials and Monographs daily.
Back up to Business Service Specialist with transactions recorded in Aleph.
Staff will process requisitions, contracts, and payment requests for all Library Departments.
Process payment using the UMBC purchasing card while maintaining backup documentation.
Process all Library supply orders using the purchasing card or PAW system.
Complete reconciliation for Library Revolving and Library Gallery transactions.
Monitoring transactions and budget for accuracy.
Serve as a P-Card reallocator to the Gallery staff.
Shipping and receiving postage using UPS world-ship for Library departments.
Will supervise Student Assistant and Accounting Clerk.
High School Diploma
4 Years of Accounting Clerical Experience
Must be skilled in performing mathematical computations, operating a calculator and utilizing analytical techniques to reconcile financial data.
Thorough knowledge of bookkeeping principles, mathematical methods and techniques and accounting standards.
The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented, have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to work independently with little supervision
In addition to a resume, please upload a cover letter and three professional references. For best consideration, submit your application before October 14, 2022.
To apply and learn more about this position, please visit the UMBC Jobs site.
The Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery at the University
of Maryland, Baltimore County seeks an experienced and innovative
manager to become a key member of the Library Executive Team and to
provide future vision, oversight, leadership and strategic direction for
the library's public services.
This permanent status-eligible full-time, non-tenure track
library faculty position at the rank of Librarian II reports to the
Library Director. The Associate Director is the head of Public Services
and provides leadership and strategic visioning for the departments of
Reference Services, Circulation Media Services, Interlibrary Loan, and
Special Collections and Archives and the Library Gallery at UMBC's Albin
O. Kuhn Library & Gallery.
Specific duties include:
This position is a full time (40 hours/week), 12-month library
faculty appointment at anticipated rank of Librarian II. Salary
commensurate with experience—minimum salary $95,000. 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/.
To read more about this position, and to apply, please visit the posting on the UMBC jobs site.
This post is written by Special Collections Graduate Assistant Nikki Vietz, who recently finished processing the papers of prolific sci fi/fantasy author Lawrence Watt-Evans. Nikki, along with previous interns and student assistants, did a great job with this large collection of manuscripts, convention materials, correspondence, and more!
Do you believe that anyone can write a book? The highly acclaimed science fiction and fantasy writer, Lawrence Watt-Evans believes that all you need is a good idea, a keyboard, and some writing skills. According to him “there is no idea so stupid or hackneyed that a sufficiently-talented writer can’t get a good story out of it.” Whether you believe this or not, Lawrence Watt-Evans has recently donated a large amount of his manuscripts, proofs, science-fiction convention memorabilia, and other miscellaneous materials to UMBC’s Special Collections.
Born and raised in Arlington, Massachusetts, Lawrence Watt-Evans has been a full-time writer and editor for more than twenty years. His first attempt at writing science-fiction occurred at the young age of eight and after surviving twelve years of school, he followed in the footsteps of father and grandfather and attended Princeton University. Watt-Evans never finished his degree and in 1980, he published his first novel The Lure of the Basilisk with Del Rey Books. He went on to write three sequels and the highly popular Ethshar fantasy series, which was initially created for role-playing games.
A prolific author with an immense imagination, Watt-Evans’s other fantasy work includes the short novel The Rebirth of Wonder and the collaboration with Esther Friesner, another acclaimed fantasy writer, entitled Split Heirs. Along with fantasy, Watt-Evans has written one horror novel, The Nightmare People, and several science fiction novels, including two Star Trek novels, The Cyborg and the Sorcerers, and his Three World Trilogy: Out of This World, In the Empire of Shadow, and The Reign of the Brown Magician. He also edited and compiled an anthology about contemporary and futuristic New York called Newer York, which includes twenty-four stories from various authors including Susan Shwartz, Mike Resnick, and Esther Friesner.
Watt-Evans also served as the president of the Horror Writers Association for two years from 1994-1996 and was the co-owner of the horror magazine Deathrealm with Terry Rossiobefore it ceased publication in 1997. The magazine won the International Horror Critics Guild Award in 1995 for best horror magazine, which was awarded at the 1996 World Horror Convention. And, according to Lawrence Watt-Evans, Deathrealm #27was banned in Canada for “disturbing” cover art.
His donation and gift will contribute significantly to UMBC’s growing collection of science fiction and fantasy literature. For more information, see the Lawrence Watt-Evans papers collection finding aid or contact Special Collections.