Want to pursue a career as a librarian or archivist? Do you love libraries and “old stuff”? Are you detail-oriented? Looking for a job on campus? Good news, Special Collections and University Archives is hiring student assistants!
Student assistants in Special Collections and University Archives at UMD are exposed to a wide variety of public and behind-the-scenes elements of the special collection library/archival field. They work closely with curators and library staff to make accessible some of the University’s most valuable research collections.
Our collections cover a wide variety of subjects/formats, including literary manuscripts and rare books, UMD history, labor history, the state of Maryland and historical collections, mass media and culture, and women’s history.
Primary responsibilities may include:
- Assisting patrons in the Maryland Room and serving on the Hornbake Welcome Desk.
- Processing Special Collections materials, including book, archival, and/or digital collections.
- Contributing to special projects, events, and exhibits.
Knowledge, experience, or strong interest in one or more of the following is preferred: archives; book processing; project management.
Applicants must be detailed oriented and able to maintain a schedule of 15-20 hours per week. This is an hourly position only; not a graduate assistantship. The University of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Contact Amer Kohl at email@example.com with questions about student positions in Special Collections and University Archives.
To apply please send a cover letter and resume to Amber Kohl at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LINK Fall 2016 | UMD Libraries
In order to avoid a budget deficit, subject librarians have canceled several research databases and reduced funds for discretionary monograph purchases across all disciplines.
Next up: Canceling subscriptions to journals not part of contractually protected “big deal” packages purchased in collaboration with consortial partners at significant discount.
A review of serials conducted by librarians in consultation with collegiate faculty in spring 2016 identified cancellations at levels of 8 percent of the total collections budget.
A flat budget and significant serials inflation conspired to create the deficit.
Please contact Daniel Mack, Associate Dean, Collection Strategies and Services, (email@example.com) with questions about collections.
A crew dedicated to retrieving library materials from Severn Library is now fulfilling requests for items shelved in the newly operational facility. Materials are delivered to McKeldin Library within one to two days of the request.
Materials transferred to Severn Library over the summer were previously held in the offsite shelving at the Johns Hopkins Library Services Center (aka MOSS). The October opening of Severn Library greatly expands shelving capacity for the University Libraries and ensures materials are maintained in optimal environmental conditions.
Severn Library is a high-density, climate-controlled facility for the long-term preservation of valuable books and archival materials. Located on Greenbelt Road, the facility will eventually hold approximately three million volumes.
The new exhibit Frederick Douglass & Wye House: Archaeology and African American Culture in Maryland will be opening soon in the Maryland Room exhibit gallery in Hornbake Library.
Thousands of African and African American families were enslaved in Maryland for almost 250 years. Little evidence of their daily lives was preserved which leaves many questions about how they created a vital and distinct culture.
The University of Maryland seeks to answer questions about the origins of the nation including the contributions of African Americans. In the Department of Anthropology, archaeologists investigate Maryland’s landscapes to collect historical evidence and reveal new knowledge about the African American experience. At Wye House plantation, researchers utilized the words and work of Frederick Douglass to help answer the questions of today’s descendants of enslaved people.
By understanding past relationships to the natural environment and religions, University of Maryland archaeologists are discovering how African and European traditions creatively merged over four centuries to form a unique Maryland culture.
Visit Hornbake Library September 2016-July 2017 to explore this fascinating exhibit and learn more about the life and times of Frederick Douglass.
This June, city streets in America will bloom with colorful celebrations. Pride, this year, marks the 47th anniversary of Stonewall, and the first year since Obergefell v. Hodges. While most of those celebrating are no stranger to the struggle for equality, it can be easy to forget the struggle of the past and the struggles still needed today. Pride at Work, the AFL-CIO LGBT constituency group, and its members have been fighting for LGBT equality since before the organization was founded in 1994. Today, Pride at Work, along with the labor movement, continues the fight for LGBT rights and equality for all workers.
Pride at work is also celebrating its 22nd anniversary this month. On June 24th, 1994, LGBT union activists gathered in New York City to remember the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. In New York, this network of activists held “The Founding Conference of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender People in the Labor Movement” creating the organization known today as Pride at Work. Three years later, in 1997, it became one of the seven official constituency groups of the AFL-CIO.
Feeling sleepy? You must be channeling the Dormouse, the drowsiest guest at the Mad Tea Party in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alice first encounters the Dormouse napping at the table, with the March Hare and Hatter using it as a cushion. It initially sparks her sympathy as she approaches the scene:
Special Collections and University Archives celebrated Maryland Day 2016 with crafting, coloring, croquet, and discovery! Among the activities we hosted in Hornbake Library were kid-friendly crafts like Color Your Own Terrapin, Color Characters from Alice in Wonderland, Perform Your Own Radio Advertisement, and Play a Game of Alice in Wonderland Croquet with flamingo mallets and hedgehogs- just like Alice!
Visitors also had an opportunity to discover more about Special Collections with activities highlighting our collections and exhibits. these included Meet the Real Testudo– the taxidermied terrapin who served as the model for the beloved statue located outside McKedlin Library, View Student Posters on UMD history, listen to the Alice in Wonderland audio book as they walked through out Alice 150 Years and Counting exhibit, and explore one of our newest collections- the Filipino American Community Archives.
We enjoyed visits from a variety of English classes this semester and look forward to future visits.
ENGL702 – Cultures of Theory
Students discussed author and artist Robert Carlton Brown and his optical poetry.