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    Content and Context in a Single Image: Multi-format Analysis of Lewis Hine Photographs at UMBC
    (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2023) Loeper, Lindsey; Graham, Susan
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    Bridging the Mind and Body: A Mini Pantry Collaboration Within a Library
    (IOPN, 2023-09-07) Sannella, Lydia; Shumaker, Jasmine; Yohannes, Semhar
    Academic libraries and campus food pantries are on the front lines of feeding college students experiencing food insecurity. Academic libraries are uniquely positioned to address these students. Food pantries located in academic libraries have many advantages over traditional food pantries, such as longer hours, greater accessibility, and staff with more customer service experience. This paper will focus on the budding partnership between the University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s Albin O. Kuhn Library and Retriever Essentials, the on-campus food access initiative. We will examine the campus demographics, specifically campus food insecurity statistics, and how that contributes to the overall need for the Library mini pantry space. In addition, we will also discuss ways to identify key partners, the ideal location, and the best pantry model to implement. The urgency of this initiative encourages us to include “tips to getting started” at your own campus. Usage statistics will also be briefed, and best practices, including the need to include culturally inclusive foods, will be reviewed as well as our next steps for the mini pantry.
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    A Practice of Connection: Applying Relational-Cultural Theory to Librarianship
    (ACRL, 2023-06) Chiu, Anastasia; Arellano Douglas, Veronica; Gadsby, Joanna; Kumbier, Alana; Nataraj, Lalitha; Library
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    Making "Digital Cruikshank": A Special Collections Collaboration
    (2023-04-21) Graham, Susan; DiCuirci, Lindsay; Library & English
    In Fall 2022, students in Lindsay DiCuirci's combined undergraduate and graduate English seminar participated in a semester-long collaboration with UMBC Special Collections. This course was supported by a Hrabowski Innovation Grant which allowed Susan Graham and her team to digitize a collection of donated materials related to George Cruikshank. Cruikshank was nineteenth-century England’s most prolific caricaturist and illustrator; the Merkle family's donation included unbound manuscript materials and over 120 printed works. Working in teams to build a digital resource based on these materials, students produced "Digital Cruikshank: Etching & Sketching in Nineteenth-Century England" ( The resource features over 130 sketches gathered into collections with accompanying explanatory content. This presentation will share elements of the project management workflow and student-created guides and templates. We will also highlight the interdisciplinary affordances of collaborative, archival work as well as the significant pedagogical benefits of a project-based class in the Humanities.
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    Content and Context in a Single Image: Multi-format analysis of Lewis Hine photographs in Special Collections
    (2023-04-21) Graham, Susan; Loeper, Lindsey; Library
    We will present a lesson plan developed by Special Collections faculty leading archival and visual literacy sessions. During the hands-on exercise, students analyze an original photography print, a digital surrogate, and a publication that includes the same photograph within the text. The worksheet directs their analysis and a class discussion includes both structured and unstructured, open reflection on the photograph and their research experience. Our goals are to introduce visual literacy concepts for historical research; encourage use of historical visual items when developing research questions; demonstrate the research process using multiple format types for comparison; and familiarize students with working in a special collections department. This case study is the focus of a book chapter, “Content and Context in a Single Image: Multi-format analysis of Lewis Hine photographs at UMBC,” in the forthcoming book, Unframing the Visual: Visual Literacy Pedagogy in Academic Libraries and Information Spaces.
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    Whose Voice Matters? Cocreating Knowledge Practices with Students in Libraries and Writing Centers
    (Association of College and Research Libraries, 2023) Durham, Erin; Kelly, David Jr.; Jennings-Roche, Allison; MacDougall, Elaine
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    Empowering Students by Using Primary Sources to Research Queer and Feminist Histories
    (ACRL, 2023) Drabinski, Kate; Gadsby, Jo; Loeper, Lindsey
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    Archival Professionals and Teaching Faculty: Collaborative Education in the Time of Quarantine
    (2022-10-20) Delozier, Alan; Loeper, Lindsey; Scott, Liz
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    Managing Electronic Theses and Dissertations in Acquisitions
    (Purdue University Press , 2019) Flinchbaugh, Michelle
    In February 2009, the acquisitions librarian for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), proposed that the Acquisitions Unit take responsibility for digital transfer services for digital collections. The workload of the Acquisitions Unit had been declining, and all indications were that it would continue to decline. Ordering processes had been streamlined and required less staff time, and purchasing of e-book packages and a switch to patron-driven acquisition for e-books suggested that staff time spent on ordering would continue to diminish. An article about transfer-related services suggested a new set of services the unit could provide: • acquiring digital content; • conducting quality review of digital content; • moving digital content between systems; and • inventorying, manipulating, and ingesting digital content into digital collections.
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    E-Book Perceptions and Use: A Longitudinal FollowUp Study
    (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2022) Hackman, Timothy; Carroll, Alexander J.; Corlett-Rivera, Kelsey; Macomber, Kendra; Ding, Yishan
    This article describes the results of a survey that gathered data on perceptions and use of e-books from undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and staff at two Maryland research universities in 2019. It follows two previous surveys in 2012 and 2014 by the same team of investigators, with slight changes in personnel, and compares results across time, by user affiliation with the university, and by STEM versus non-STEM disciplines. The study concludes with a discussion of the major findings and their implications for academic libraries and publishers, as well as areas for further inquiry.
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    ETDs in Lock-Down: Trends, Analyses and Faculty Perspectives on ETD Embargoes
    (2009-06-10) Owen, Terry M.; Hackman, Timothy; Harrod, Thomas
    Since September 2006, graduate students at the University of Maryland have had the option of restricting access to their ETD in the university’s digital repository (DRUM) for either a one- or six-year period. Embargo requests must be approved by the student’s faculty advisor and submitted to the Graduate School prior to uploading the ETD. Since the beginning of the program, an average of 32% of the ETDs that have been submitted each semester have been embargoed. While Engineering has the largest number of embargoes (150), Chemical and Life Sciences has the greatest percentage (54%), followed closely by Agriculture and Natural Resources (51%) and Business (47%). The College of Arts and Humanities, specifically the English Department, has the largest number of six-year embargoes (75). Faculty advisors who had approved at least one embargo request since 2006 were surveyed to gain insight into their perspectives on publicly available ETDs and ascertain their reasons for approving embargo requests. In general, faculty advisors indicated that they approve ETDs without attempting to change the students’ choice of embargo period, indicating that the student plays a major role in deciding whether or not to embargo their ETD. In addition, faculty stated that the primary reason for approving embargoes was to protect opportunities for future publication. While the percentage of embargoes has remained relatively constant each semester, our goal is to decrease the number of embargoes by educating faculty and students on the benefits of making their research widely available. We are working with the Graduate School and library faculty to develop a scholarly communications program that not only educates faculty and graduate students about the consequences of embargoes, but also makes them more aware of open access issues in general.
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    Looking for Genres on the World Wide Web: Content Analysis of American Author Web Sites
    (2009-07-11) Hackman, Timothy; Patterson, Karen
    This project entails content analysis of 200 websites for authors commonly taught in university-level American literature survey courses. Using a faceted classification scheme to categorize site content, the researchers explore the extent to which consistency has developed in the scope and content of Web sites for authors in the canon of American literature. The goal is to identify both the full range of unique content on these Web sites and, within that range, the core content elements that comprise the “American Author Web Site” genre. The authors also gathered biographical details on each author, to consider the question of whether Web site content varies by an author’s gender or racial background. Ultimately, the goal is to identify a set of common and/or “best” practices for content and organization of author Web sites that will assist both undergraduate students and advanced researchers looking for author information on the Web, as well as site designers hoping to create quality resources for these users. In the choice of subject, size of the sample, and novelty of the approach, this promises to be a unique project that will interest librarians, web developers, and literature researchers alike.
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    Speaking of Books... Connecting with Faculty through a Campus Author Series
    (2009-07-12) Hackman, Timothy
    Academic librarians are continually seeking new and effective ways to work more closely with teaching faculty. Despite our best efforts, there often remains a gap between the two. Since 2006, librarians at the University of Maryland Libraries have been attempting to bridge this gap through a faculty speaker series entitled “Speaking of Books… Conversations with Campus Authors.” This series has allowed a group of librarians to work closely with individual faculty members to provide a forum for great scholarship on campus and to foster the image of the UM Libraries as a place where teaching and learning take place every day. To explore the challenges and rewards of hosting a faculty author lecture series, this presentation will begin with a brief history of the “Speaking of Books” series at the University of Maryland. It will then discuss some of the details of planning and executing author events, in the hopes that others can use this information as a primer for how to host their own lecture series. Finally, it will present a few ideas for future directions of such a series.
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    E-Book Use and Opinions at UMD
    (2015-06-04) Carroll, Alexander; Corlett-Rivera, Kelsey; Hackman, Timothy
    Initial report on e-book survey conducted at University of Maryland, fall 2014
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    Microassessments of Public Services Usability: Improving Holds at UMD
    (2016-06-25) Hackman, Timothy; Bloom, Catherine
    Results of a survey to assess and improve the effectiveness of patron-placed holds at the University of Maryland Libraries.