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May 1, 2009

Learn More About Special Collections!

There are two new videos designed to inform researchers about our Special Collections, and how to use Special Collections materials. Watch the Special Collections Overview video to see what items we have in Special Collections. Check out the Visiting Special Collections video to find out what to expect when you come to Special Collections, including our services, rules, and special handling procedures. Both videos are below. We hope to see you in Special Collections soon!

May 6, 2009

Database Trial: Oxford Biblical Studies Online

UMBC now has trial access to Oxford Biblical Studies Online,a comprehensive resource for the study of the Bible and biblical history.

In addition to the Bible texts, Oxford Biblical Studies Online offers quick access to over 5,000 A-Z entries from the Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Oxford Companion to the Bible, and a wealth of other Oxford references.

This trial will run through June 4, 2009. For off-campus access, please login via VPN first ( Then follow the link under "News & Events" on the library homepage. For more info on remote access, please see

Please let us know what you think.

May 15, 2009

Library Media begins Tweeting!

Library Media is now "tweeting" featured new titles, new services, and much more at Our username is "UMBCLibMedia."

May 18, 2009

Locker & Study Room Key Recall Notices

Due to a technical error, patrons may have received Locker or Study Room Key recall notices in error. If you did not have a Locker or Study Room key this semester, please disregard this notice.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Library Circulation Department

May 19, 2009

WorldCat UMBC

Use WorldCat UMBC to search for:

  • Books, journals, musical scores, media, government publications, and more held by the Albin O. Kuhn Library, the University System of Maryland and partners (USMAI), and libraries worldwide.

  • Article citations from a growing list of databases including NLM Medline (medicine and health), ERIC (education), GPO (U.S. government publications), ArticleFirst and British Library serials.

What isn’t included?

  • Some of the materials that are on order or are in the process of being added to the library's collections.

  • Individual titles included within most of the UMBC-licensed collections such as NetLibrary and Early English Books Online.

  • Article citations from databases other than NLM Medline, ERIC, GPO, ArticleFirst and British Library Serials.

What else does WorldCat UMBC do?

  • Free registration within WorldCat UMBC allows you to mark, save, email and export citations, maintain your own file of citations, and contribute reviews, ratings, and lists.

  • Provides links to full-text content as appropriate per licensing agreements (available to current UMBC students, faculty and staff only).

  • Allows you to easily share links with Facebook,, Twitter, and other social networking tools.

  • Integrates request and delivery from University System of Maryland and partners (USMAI) and interlibrary loan (available to current UMBC students, faculty and staff only).

Can’t find what you want?

If you don’t find what you want in WorldCat UMBC, try the UMBC Library Catalog, Research Port, or our Subject Guides. Or visit or contact the Reference Desk.

Credit: this page inspired by the “About UW WorldCat” page of the University of Washington Libraries.

May 20, 2009

A look at UMBC's first May celebration, 5/8/1967

Congratulations to the undergrad and graduate students that have completed their degrees this Spring semester! UMBC's first graduating class crossed the stage in 1970 but 3 years earlier, on May 8, 1967, the campus held a small but historic convocation ceremony to celebrate UMBC's first academic year.

From The Retriever, May 15, 1967, "Progress Cited At Convocation":

May 8 of last week was the day of UMBC's first formal convocation. The well attended ceremony commenced with an organ prelude by James Houstin who was accompanied by Wilmer Wide, of the Baltimore Symphony, on trumpet for the processional.

Following the invocation by Rabbi Jacob B. Agus of the Beth El Congregation, Dean Homer W. Schamp, Jr. proceeded to introduce the platform guests. Members of the platform who delivered addresses to the audience included Doug Gordon, President of the SGA; Mr. Charles McCormick, Chairman of the Board of Regents; Dr. Wilson H. Elkins, President of the University of Maryland; and Dr. Albin O. Kuhn, vice-president for the Baltimore Campuses.

Mr. Gordon's short welcoming speech emphasized the maturation of UMBC's family as a result of the responsibilities of college life, respect, student government, the upholding of the name of the university and the setting of precedence, that of the learning process. The welcoming address ended with his confidence that "...UMBC will be one of the great universities in the future."

Mr. McCormick assured everyone that the Board of Regents " dedicated to the University and will extend any help that is required." A message from President Elkins recognized the never ending changes that will be associated with UMBC and agreed that progress has indeed been made.

The principle address, "Progress Begins," was delivered by Dr. Kuhn and included a message of thanks, a look at the past and a glance to the future.