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MD-SOAR is a shared digital repository platform for twelve colleges and universities in Maryland. It is currently funded by the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) Library Consortium (usmai.org) and other participating partner institutions. MD-SOAR is jointly governed by all participating libraries, who have agreed to share policies and practices that are necessary and appropriate for the shared platform. Within this broad framework, each library provides customized repository services and collections that meet local institutional needs. Please follow the links below to learn more about each library's repository services and collections.

 

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As Best I Can Tell Frostburg State: 1970-2000
(2024-04) Stewart, Kenneth
Dr. Kenneth Stewart memoir of his 30-year career at Frostburg State College and Frostburg State University, 1970 - 2000. Stewart was hired as a faculty member for the Frostburg State College Psychology Department in 1970, with a goal to create a Psychology Master's Program at the college. Stewart went on to become Chair of the Psychology Department in 1977 and then Dean of the College of Natural and Social Sciences in 1986 until his retirement in 1999. He also served as Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs from 1991 - 1993. Stewart describes his working relationships with Presidents Dr. Nelson P. Guild, Dr. Herb. Reinhard, Harold Delaney and Dr. Catherine Gira, faculty collaboration, his involvement in restructuring faculty salary equity and promotion & tenure and teaching psychology courses.
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Community 3D Printing at Libraries
Doshi, Rajmi; Inuganti, Aikya; Pierce, Jade A.S.
This initiative centers on democratizing 3D printing technology, particularly for individuals lacking technical expertise, by collaborating with public libraries. The objective is to bridge the accessibility gap, historically dominated by tech enthusiasts, by refining strategies through engagement with libraries offering 3D printing services. The investigation focuses on understanding user needs, challenges, and the extent of community involvement in the design phase. Motivated by a desire to make 3D printing inclusive, the project draws inspiration from related studies, emphasizing the importance of demystifying the technology for newcomers. The methodology involves surveys, interviews, and community workshops, revealing insights into user demographics, preferences, and challenges. Preliminary findings underscore the perceived complexity of 3D printing processes and highlight the potential of libraries as community hubs for 3D printing access. The workshop's positive response indicates a willingness to engage with 3D printing, emphasizing the need for user-friendly tools and educational content. The initiative aims to collaborate with libraries to make 3D printing more accessible, fostering a creative and inclusive community.
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Enhancing Accessibility for Sign Language Users
Antony, Jestin; Doshi, Rajmi; Singh, Swati; Kondhalkar, Vaishnavi
Language serves as a powerful tool facilitating effective communication across diverse cultures globally. However, individuals facing language barriers, such as those with hearing disabilities, encounter difficulties expressing themselves to the world [15]. The existence of multiple sign languages worldwide compounds this challenge, as the unique gestures of each language create barriers to mutual understanding. To address this, people turn to mobile applications like Handtalk, Jeenie, and ASL Pocket Sign for communication and learning due to their affordability and accessibility [1, 6, 7]. Despite their benefits, challenges persist, including limited vocabulary signs leading to feature constraints, inconsistencies in displayed content, and a lack of multimedia utilization affecting user-friendliness, effectiveness, and performance [3]. Enhancing applications for barrier-free communication and addressing gaps in existing technology, the research focuses on the challenges individuals face due to the absence of suitable communication technologies, especially for those familiar with different sign languages worldwide [6]. A thorough analysis was conducted to address the identified issues with existing applications and platforms, examining their strengths, weaknesses, and areas for improvement through competitive analysis. Innovations were devised using research papers and innovative ideas from applications to improve overall usability and effectiveness. The proposed application stands out by offering a selection of multiple sign languages, including widely used ones like ASL, BSL, FSL, etc [18]. This approach eliminates the need for users to switch between different applications, distinguishing it from some existing solutions. Prioritizing globally used sign languages further enhances inclusivity in our application [18]. Introducing a live sign language translator, inspired by technology like Slait [19], revolutionizes video calls and meetings by providing real-time sign language translation into text captions, improving communication efficiency [19]. Unlike platforms using human translators, such as Jeenie [8], the proposed solution feature ensures user privacy and cost-effectiveness. Additionally, drawing inspiration from engaging platforms like Goodreads and Duolingo, we aim to overcome content limitations in existing applications. Our platform encourages user interaction and engagement by incorporating interactive individual and group activities and gamifying the learning experience [4,8]. These implementations aim to elevate the user experience and usability of the application. The research identified significant issues and system gaps, proposing solutions based on existing features in other domains. The subsequent sections will provide detailed insights into the literature review and the process behind these advancements.
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INTEGRATING ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES FOR ENHANCED HSE MANAGEMENT IN THE FMCG SECTOR
(Fair East Publishers, 2024-04-10) Abatan, Ayodeji; Obiuto, Nwankwo Constance; Ninduwezuor-Ehiobu, Nwakamma; Ani, Emmanuel Chigozie; Olu-lawal, Kehinde Andrew; Ugwuanyi, Ejike David
The Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) sector operates in a dynamic environment, facing numerous challenges in maintaining Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) standards while meeting the demands of a rapidly evolving market. To address these challenges, integrating advanced technologies has emerged as a strategic approach for enhancing HSE management practices within the FMCG sector. This review explores the integration of various advanced technologies and their impact on improving HSE management in the FMCG industry. The utilization of technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Big Data Analytics has revolutionized HSE management practices in the FMCG sector. IoT sensors embedded in production machinery and equipment enable real-time monitoring of environmental conditions, equipment performance, and worker safety. AI-driven predictive analytics algorithms analyze vast amounts of data to identify potential safety hazards, predict equipment failures, and optimize HSE protocols. Furthermore, the adoption of wearable devices equipped with biometric sensors provides continuous health monitoring for employees, ensuring early detection of fatigue, stress, or other health-related issues. Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies are utilized for immersive HSE training simulations, enabling employees to practice safety procedures in realistic virtual environments, thus enhancing their preparedness for real-life scenarios. Moreover, the integration of drone technology facilitates remote monitoring of vast operational areas, enabling quick identification of potential hazards and swift response to emergencies. Additionally, blockchain technology ensures the transparency and traceability of HSE data across the supply chain, enhancing accountability and compliance with regulatory standards. The integration of advanced technologies holds significant promise for enhancing HSE management practices in the FMCG sector, fostering a safer and more sustainable operational environment while addressing the evolving challenges of the industry.
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The Impact of Land Conversion on Primate Habitats: Refining the Extent of Occurrence Data for Four Capuchin Species in North and Northeastern Brazil
(Springer, 2024-04-05) Farias, Anailda T.; Hamilton, Stuart E.; Pires, Luciana B. M.; Canale, Gustavo R.; Santos, Ricardo R.; Presotto, Andrea
Conversion of primate forest habitat is a global concern with significant implications for primate populations. Although the current geospatial Extent of Occurrence (EOO) data provided for primates by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature are widely used, they do not accurately reflect the existing extent of primate species due to ongoing habitat loss. We focused on four capuchin monkey species (Sapajus apella, S. flavius, S. libidinosus, and S. xanthosternos), all native to North and Northeastern Brazil, to help prioritize research by the Capuchin Action Network. We refined the EOOs for the four primate species using MapBiomas land cover data. We accounted for areas of agriculture, urban, and mining and updated the current EOOs of these species. Additionally, we evaluated the Conservation Units (UC) in each EOO. UCs are protected areas critical to mitigating habitat loss in Brazil. Our results show that S. apella has lost the smallest amount of its current EOO (13%), while S. flavius has lost the most (77%). Agriculture was the leading cause of land cover change, followed by urbanization and mining. We provide an updated EOO for the four capuchin species and highlight the need for conservation efforts to address the challenges posed by human activities in the capuchin species’ habitats.