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March 2008 Archives

March 3, 2008

Library Tech Talks for Faculty and Staff

The Library Tech Talks series is offered to UMBC faculty and staff and focuses on training for a variety of library-based resources and tech-based tools useful for meeting research needs and current awareness needs.

Spring 2008 workshops include: Web of Science, EndNote Web and Research Port. Register and get more information here.

March 4, 2008

Library Basics & Research Clinics for Students

Get a head start on your spring research projects! Learn the basics of doing research at the Albin O. Kuhn Library and get personal assistance from a reference librarian. Bring your research project questions and learn to search the library catalog for books and use the library databases to find journal articles.
Register here.

Monday, March 24th 12-1 and 5-6 [LIB 259]
Wednesday, March 26th 12-1 and 5-6 [LIB 259]
Tuesday, April 1st 12-1 and 5-6 [LIB 259]
Thursday, April 3rd 12-1 and 5-6 [LIB 259]

March 14, 2008

Streaming Search Tutorials for Media Items

Library Media unveils their streaming search tutorials, which allow one to learn how to effectively locate media items in the Library's catalog. The tutorial page, which provides hyperlinks and summaries of each lesson, is located at

March 18, 2008

LibX Toolbar: UMBC Edition

LibX Toolbar: UMBC Edition is a browser extension (also known as a plug-in or add-on) that provides direct access to the Library's resources from any page on the web. In addition to searching the library catalog, LibX allows you to access library subscriptions by right-clicking on any web page and reloading that page via Research Port. LibX also embeds visual cues - the Find It button FindIt button or the UMBC icon UMBC icon - in web pages such as Wikipedia, Google search results, and to help you locate resources which are available at UMBC.

LibX toolbar

LibX was originally developed for Firefox, but a beta version is now available for Internet Explorer. The LibX Toolbar is available at

March 24, 2008

Computer Lab in the Library

Computer Lab

Over Spring Break, the Library and OIT successfully moved the computer lab from the lower level of the Library to the 7th floor. This provides a more conducive work environment - early users have noticed the brighter and more open space. We also hope you will help us keep this area clean and free of food and drinks.

The former computer lab area in the lower level will be used for shelving books and serials from the main floor Reference room where space is being cleared for study space. These changes will yield a net increase in study space, and eventually in computer access, in the Library.

We look forward to your comments and feedback (


March 27, 2008

Changes to Library Fines and Fees

Effective April 1, 2008
Book Fines: 50 cents per day per item to a maximum of $50.00 per item
Media Fines: $2 a day with a maximum of $50.00 per item.
Overdue Recalled Item Fines: $4.00 per day, per item; continues to $50.00 maximum per item
Reserve Fines:
- 1 Hour, 2 Hour, 3 Hour, and 7 Hour Reserves: $3.00 each hour per item; Maximum $50.00 per item
- 1 Day, 2 Day, 3 Day, and 7 Day Reserves: $5.00 per day per item; Maximum $50.00 per item
Lost Books: $100.00 replacement fee, $35.00 processing fee
Lost CDs: $100.00 replacement fee, $35.00 processing fee
Lost DVDs: $150.00 replacement fee, $35.00 processing fee

March 28, 2008

Library Book Sale

The Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery Spring Book Sale will be held in the rotunda of the Library on Wednesday, April 23, 2008 (9 am to 7 pm) & Thursday, April 24, 2008 (9 am to 5 pm).

Items sold include books, CDs, LPs and more! Prices generally range from $.25 to $5 with some individually priced items. Proceeds will be used to purchase new library materials and equipment.

Contact (410) 455-2341 for further information.