5/17/2018

Library 2.0: the new UB library

http://blogs.ubalt.edu/newlibrary/


It’s a home, a university square where students and faculty will work together. It’s designed to inspire both individual research and collaboration.

The library is certainly home to us! With only a week before the highly anticipated move begins, we're packing, marking boxes, inventorying, and taking count of the lasts for Langsdale.

The last Final Finish.
The last birthday party celebration.
The last student appreciation event.
The last learning and success workshop.
The last Coffee Break.

What will the new UB library look like? Well, we're not sure--and that's kind of the point.

Learn more about the new library, its flexible space, and what we hope will be the new heart of the university at the Library 2.0 blog.

5/10/2018

Libraries' place in the university

Mortlock Library, Adelaide, Australia
This photo by unknown author is licensed under cc by-nc-nd 2.0
Here's an interesting essay in the Chronicle of Higher Education on the changes (losses) we face in academic libraries and the impact on higher education (and I would argue society/culture).  I hope it will engage some discussion here.

5/08/2018

New Materials at the Library!


Did you know that your UB Library offers a list of all of our newest materials? We do! Each month we'll post an update letting you know about a few select titles, but there are far too many to mention here so be sure to check out our comprehensive online list. There is an RSS feed to the list, so you can subscribe and be updated when new materials get listed each month.

New Materials at the UB Library:


Image result for minority leader book stacey

"Minority Leader is a guide to harnessing the strengths of being an outsider by Stacey Abrams, slated to become the first black female governor in the U.S. Networking, persistence, and hard work are the crucial ingredients to advancing a career, but for people like Stacey Abrams, and many in the New American Majority, it takes more than that to get ahead. In Minority Leader, Stacey combines aspects of memoir with real-world advice for women and people of color, offering hard-won insights for navigating worlds that, until now, were largely the territory of white men alone."



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"A groundbreaking new look at the neuroscience of change--and how elastic thinking can help us thrive in a world changing faster than ever before. "


The idiot


"A portrait of the artist as a young woman. A novel about not just discovering but inventing oneself. The year is 1995, and email is new. Selin, the daughter of Turkish immigrants, arrives for her freshman year at Harvard. She signs up for classes in subjects she has never heard of, befriends her charismatic and worldly Serbian classmate, Svetlana, and, almost by accident, begins corresponding with Ivan, an older mathematics student from Hungary. Selin may have barely spoken to Ivan, but with each email they exchange, the act of writing seems to take on new and increasingly mysterious meanings." 



These are just a few of the many new books, movies, and games at your UB Library. To see the complete listing of new materials check out our list right here! If you want to receive updates when new materials get listed each month, you can subscribe to the list through the RSS feed.

5/03/2018

The History of the University of Baltimore


There are multiple ways to learn more about the history of the UB. The UB photographs and Yearbook collections are the best way to start. The University of Baltimore Photographs Collection includes images from the University Archives that depict the past athletics programs, the campus, significant events, and student life. The photographs are drawn from archival collections that were generated by a diverse set of units in the University and span over the period from 1925 to the present.

Below, there are some pictures from this collection:

Former Odorite Building 1994
The former Odorite building at the southeast corner of Maryland Ave. and Mount Royal Ave. 
(The current location of the University of Baltimore Student Center)


 University of Baltimore Campus 1990
Aerial view looking west featuring the Academic Center, Charles Hall, Charles Hall Annex, the Lyric Theatre, The Law Center, Penn Station, and the Jones Falls Expressway


Edgar Allen Poe Statue Installation in Gordon Plaza 1993
Edgar Allen Poe statue being lowered onto a plinth in Gordon Plaza 


Edgar Allen Poe Statue 1984
 Cover image from the spring 1984 edition of the Newsmagazine


Also, the University of Baltimore Yearbook Collection contains issues of the UB student yearbook from 1928 to 1975.

The University of Baltimore was founded in 1925 to provide an opportunity for working adults to receive degrees in law and business, graduating its first class in 1928. This graduating class began the tradition of publishing an annual yearbook, known as The Reporter

If you want to know more about UB Archives you can browse the complete database here.

5/01/2018

A Tribute to a Forgotten May Day Tradition

When I was younger we changed this a bit and used tiny cups of candy to leave on the doorsteps of our friends. We'd ring the doorbell then run and hide so we could watch them pick it up and look for us. It was a fun and innocent thing to do and made our friends feel good. 

If a boy hangs a May basket on a girl's door and the girl catches him, "it's a great disgrace." If a girl is the hanger, "it disgraces the boy again not to catch her."

Happy May Day!

4/19/2018

An Image Database to the Rescue--Britannica ImageQuest!




So, now it’s crunch time with final papers and presentations coming due in the next few weeks. You need a couple of photos to illustrate your points. Where do you turn? Well, there is one resource available to you here at UB—Britannica ImageQuest—and it’s easily accessed from Langsdale’s list of A-Z Databases.

Britannica ImageQuest has tons of rights-cleared images for non-commercial, educational purposes on just about any topic in the world. This means you can use the images for your course-related papers and presentations.

There are nearly 3 million images from almost 60 collections (which include the likes of National Geographic, Getty Images, and DK images). In addition to photographs, there are maps, diagrams, artwork, and clipart (a new collection is Graphics Factory). You can download, email, or print individual images or save images to a “My Images” album for later use.

Britannica ImageQuest is an easy database to use, and is accessible 24/7 on any device. Its high-quality images will make any paper or presentation visually compelling. So don't procrastinate--get to it!

4/04/2018

New Materials at the Library


New Materials at the Library!


Did you know that the UB Library offers a list of all of our newest materials? We do! Each month we'll post an update letting you know about a few select titles, but there are far too many to mention here so be sure to check out our comprehensive online list. There is an RSS feed to the list, so you can subscribe and be updated when new materials get listed each month.

New Materials at the Library:


Bitch Planet. Book one, Extraordinary machine

"In a future just a few years down the road in the wrong direction, a woman's failure to comply with her patriarchal overlords will result in exile to the meanest penal planet in the galaxy. When the newest crop of fresh femmes arrive, can they work together to stay alive or will hidden agendas, crooked guards, and the deadliest sport on (or off!) Earth take them to their maker?"








Warnings : finding Cassandras to stop catastrophes



"In Greek mythology, Cassandra foresaw calamities, but was cursed by the gods to be ignored. Modern-day Cassandras clearly predicted the disasters of Katrina, Fukushima, the Great Recession, the rise of ISIS, and many others. Like her, they were ignored. There are others right now warning of impending disasters, but how do we know which warnings are likely to be right? Through explorations in a variety of fields, the authors uncover a method to separate the accurate Cassandras from the crazy doomsayers."






The miracle of analogy, or, The history of photography




"The Miracle of Analogy is the first of a two-volume reconceptualization of photography. It argues that photography originates in what is seen, rather than in the human eye or the camera lens, and that it is the world's primary way of revealing itself to us. Neither an index, representation, nor copy, as conventional studies would have it, the photographic image is an analogy."




These are just a few of the many new books, movies, and games at your UB Library. To see the complete listing of new materials check out our list right here! If you want to receive updates when new materials get listed each month, you can subscribe to the list through the RSS feed.