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September 16, 2010

Make $10 for 45 Minutes of Your Time

Are you a first year student (freshman or transfer)? You can make $10 for taking a 45 minute online test in the Library as part of an assessment of information literacy skills.

The Library is conducting an assessment of the information literacy skills of first year undergraduate students in order to support the campus' assessment goals. The Library will utilize Project SAILS (https://www.projectsails.org), a standardized assessment tool.

In order to participate, you must be a currently enrolled freshman or first year transfer student. Participants must be 18 or older by the selected testing date. You will be paid $10 (credited to your UMBC ID card) upon completion of the test. Participation is limited to the first 250 students who register.

Go to http://aok2.lib.umbc.edu/sails/ to select your date and time and to register for the test.

Test dates/times include:
10/4/10, 12-1 PM (LIB 259)
10/6/10, 12-1 PM (LIB 259)
10/12/10, 5-6 PM (LIB 259)
10/14/10, 12-1 PM (LIB 259)
10/18/10, 12-1 PM (LIB 259)
10/27/10, 12-1 PM (LIB 259)
11/1/10, 12-1 PM (LIB 259)
11/3/10, 12-1 PM (LIB 259)
11/9/10, 12-1 PM (LIB 259)
11/10/10, 5-6 PM (LIB 259)
11/15/10, 12-1 PM (LIB 259)
11/17/10, 12-1 PM (LIB 259)

If you have any questions, please contact Katy Sullivan at sullivan@umbc.edu or 410.455.3604.


Database Trial - British Periodicals I (Early British Periodicals)

UMBC has trial access to the ProQuest Database, British Periodicals I (Early British Periodicals). The trial runs through October 15, 2010.

Contact the Reference desk at 410-455-2346 or email ref@lists.umbc.edu for log-in information.

British Periodicals Collection I consists of more than 160 journals spanning the late 17th through early 20th centuries, and covering a range of topics such as literature, philosophy, history, science, the fine arts and the social sciences. Derived from the UMI microfilm collection Early British Periodicals the collection will contain the equivalent of 5,238 printed volumes and over 3 million pages.

Please let us know what you think. Leave a comment or send your comments to Drew Alfgren at alfgren@umbc.edu.


September 20, 2010

Database Trial: Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive

UMBC has trial access to the Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive. The trial runs through October 20, 2010.

The Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive includes Every page of every issue of the TLS published from 1902 to 2005. Identification of the anonymous contributors - reviewers, essayists, and writers of letters and poems - is included, allowing students, researchers, critics and authors to explore in greater depth the literary activity and critical opinion makers of the 20th and early 21st centuries.

For off-campus access, please login via VPN first (http://vpn.umbc.edu). Then follow the link under "News & Events" on the library homepage. For more info on remote access, see http://aok.lib.umbc.edu/services/remoteaccess.php

Please let us know what you think. Leave a comment or send your comments to Drew Alfgren at alfgren@umbc.edu.


Database Trial: Times Digital Archive

UMBC now has trial access to the Times Digital Archive. The trial runs through October 20, 2010.

The Times Digital Archive is a full-image online archive of every page published by The Times (London) from 1785-1985. The text within the images is fully searchable at the article level. Users can easily search news articles, obituaries, advertising and classifieds - virtually everything that appeared in the newspaper. Results are displayed at the article level and users may view the article - or the full page upon which it appeared.

For off-campus access, please login via VPN first (http://vpn.umbc.edu). Then follow the link under "News & Events" on the library homepage. For more info on remote access, see http://aok.lib.umbc.edu/services/remoteaccess.php

Please let us know what you think. Leave a comment or send your comments to Drew Alfgren at alfgren@umbc.edu.


Database Trial: The Economist Historical Archive

UMBC now has trial access to The Economist Historical Archive. The trial runs through October 20, 2010.

The Economist Historical Archive delivers a complete searchable copy of every issue of The Economist from 1843 to 2006. New full-color images, multiple search indexes, exportable financial tables and a gallery of front covers highlighting a key topic of each week - all combine to offer a primary source of research covering the 19th and 20th centuries.

For off-campus access, please login via VPN first (http://vpn.umbc.edu). Then follow the link under "News & Events" on the library homepage. For more info on remote access, see http://aok.lib.umbc.edu/services/remoteaccess.php

Please let us know what you think. Leave a comment or send your comments to Drew Alfgren at alfgren@umbc.edu.


September 27, 2010

October is American Archives Month!

Shelf_wide.jpgPlease join the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery as we celebrate American Archives Month 2010, Making Connections: Archives and Imagination. Each October the national library, archives, and museum community designates October as the "official" time to reflect and appreciate the historical importance and value that archival resources can provide to historians, students, researchers, cultural centers, governmental bodies, and family genealogists. The Library will be hosting several events, both online and in the Library Gallery, to celebrate the value of archives and primary resources. A brief list is below; additional information is available on the Archives Month webpage: http://aok.lib.umbc.edu/specoll/archivesmonth

Discard discussion with Lynn Cazabon
Wednesday October 6th in the Library Gallery during Free Hour (12-1pm)
Lynn Cazabon will present her series of photographs, Discard. Discard is an ongoing body of work consisting of several discrete series of images featuring movie films discarded by public institutions (libraries, schools, archives). Harking back to the 19th century practice of postmortem photography, each print serves as a memento mori to the recently obsolete medium of film. In its totality, Discard is a shadow archive, reflecting that which has been omitted from institutional archives. More generally, the series reflects on the ongoing cycle of obsolescence, wherein technologies replace one another at ever increasing speed. With each iteration of this cycle, a particular way of seeing/knowing the world is lost. You can view photographs from the Discard series online at lynncazabon.com.

"Using Images for Original Research" discussion panelP1386.jpg
Monday October 18th in the Library Gallery, 10-11:30am
Researchers in the humanities, arts, and social sciences often request historical images for use as an accompanying illustration in publications, presentations, and online exhibits, but despite the wealth of content contained in a single image, few use them as an independent historical resource. Archivists and curators from UMBC, College Park, and the Library of Congress will discuss the importance of visual literacy, image-based research methods, and the scholarly potential held in photographs, illustrations, and postcards. Registration for UMBC attendees is required; please see additional information on the event webpage.

Presenters:
Tom Beck, Chief Curator, Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery at UMBC
Joanne Archer and Doug McElrath, Special Collections at University of Maryland, College Park
Barbara Orbach Natanson, Prints and Photographs Division at the Library of Congress

In the Archives essay compilation
letter_small.jpgSpecial Collections Archivist Lindsey Loeper contacted some of her best archives supporters on campus and asked them to write short essays about how archives have influenced them, either professionally, academically, or personally. The essays will be posted throughout the month of October on the Library blog. Essayists include:

Michael Bowler, Library volunteer
Richard Byrne, UMBC Magazine
Christopher Corbett, English
David Hoffman, Office of Student Life
Jenny O'Grady, Institutional Advancement
Ed Orser, American Studies
Jody Shipka, English


A book display will be available on the first floor of the Library throughout the month of October, featuring archives related publications. Topics include archival theory, public history, non-fiction texts heavily influenced by archival materials, and books exploring the use of archives in professional and personal situations. A full list of the books is available, but please stop by and browse the selections in person! Each book is available to be checked out - just take the book to the Circulation desk and they will check it out for you.

Other resources:

Archives Month webpage on the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference website: Making Connections: Archives and Imagination

American Archives Month at the Society of American Archivists

Prints and Photographs Division at the Library of Congress