Starting August 1, all researchers using Special Collections and University Archives, the Prange Collection, and Special Collections in Performing Arts at the University of Maryland will need to create an online account to use materials in the reading room. We know you will have questions about the new policy, and we are here to help!
As part of our efforts to inform our researchers, we will be posting information in the upcoming weeks about upcoming changes, including how to register, how to make requests for special collections materials, and how to place duplication orders. So, lets start with the basics.
What is Aeon?
Aeon is a management tool designed specifically for archives and special collection libraries. It automates researcher registration, retrieval requests, and duplication requests to offer researchers greater access and a more efficient way to conduct your special collections research.
You will be able to register and manage your requests for special collections materials online with any computer using your account. Not only can you view the status of all your requests, but you will also be able to access your request history and export citations for the materials you have previously viewed. You can access your account and make requests online from any computer, even when the reading room is closed!
How Will I Know if I Need to Register?
Researchers requesting materials from Special Collections and University Archives in the Maryland Room, the Prange Collection, and Special Collection in Performing Arts will need to make their requests through this new system. You will notice ‘Request from Special Collections’ links in catalog records and finding aids. These links will prompt you to register or log in using your username and password. If you are unsure, we are here to help! You can visit the reading room or contact us with any questions.
Special collections staff will continue to provide information about the changes. Until then, follow us @hornbakeLibrary on Twitter or sign up to follow Special Collections and University Archives on wordpress.
Have questions? Contact us