Hands Off!

Believe it or not, decisions made by the Librarian of Congress impact your day-to-day life. 

Every 3 years, the Librarian of Congress gets to decide on exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).  The DMCA is a law passed in 2000 that harshly penalizes the circumvention of “technological protection measures,” often known as DRM, or Digital Restrictions Management.  In other words, under the DMCA, you could face hefty fines or jail time if you jailbreak your smartphone or attempt to modify the software that powers your car.

On October 27, the Library of Congress handed down its latest list of exemptions to the DMCA.  Among other exemptions, owners of motor vehicles and farm equipment are now legally free to modify the software embedded in these vehicles.  Last spring, as the Library of Congress’s Copyright Office heard arguments for exemptions to the DMCA, the companies General Motors and John Deere both argued that, on some level, car and tractor owners don’t actually own the underlying software that’s built into their machines.  The companies claim that they retain ownership of the software, simply granting a license for its use to the end user and that, as such, the “owner” of the vehicle is not entitled to make any changes to the software.

While we can be thankful that the latest DMCA exemptions have dealt a blow to the clouded corporate logic of GM and John Deere, the unfortunate fact remains that these exemptions only last 3 years.  Every 3 years, everything is up for grabs again; even past exemptions must be newly argued for!  The Free Software Foundation points out numerous problems with the current law.  Hopefully Congress will act soon to reform the DMCA, a law which, in the name of protecting copyright, keeps people from being able to make full use of their own technology.


UB student recognized for online magazine

Check out the recent Baltimore Sun article on UB's own Evelyn Atieno's online magazine, Affinity.  Atieno's has been publishing the magazine, which she describes as Vice for a younger audience, for the last two years.

Congratulations to Atieno for her work on  Affinity and the publicity in the Baltimore Sun.


Check us out... online

Did you know that we have more than just books? Many still believe that libraries only have books. Yes, even today in our wondrous world of technology people still think this is true. In fact, we have over 35,000 full-text journals available through our library in electronic form that is convenient, searchable and much easier to work with in your research. The American Library Association is also trying to raise awareness with their recent posting of The E’s of Libraries.

Come in and check it out for yourselves! We have over 90 computers on our 4th floor. including 10 iMac’s, and a gaming room with PCs and iMacs. We also have laptops and iPads that you can check out and use inside the library.

Are you required to do a presentation? Do you want to practice beforehand? We can also help with that. There are 2 presentation rooms that are specially set up for this purpose. Walk-ins are welcome on a first come–first serve basis if the room is available, and students in select professor-approved classes can reserve these rooms online for up to four hours per day. See our practice room reservations page for more information.

And, if you need help with that research paper you’ve been postponing until the last possible moment, our reference librarians are always happy to help.

Check out our hours and then come check us out!


Reciprocal Borrowing

University of Baltimore students, faculty and staff continue to be able to borrow in person or through patron-placed holds from the University of Maryland System  using catalog USMAI.  Did you also know that the University has reciprocal agreements with the Baltimore Collegetown Academic Libraries in Maryland? You can use you current ID/barcode to borrow from these Libraries.  The list is as follows:

Coppin State University
Goucher College
Loyola/Notre Dame
Maryland Institute College of Art
Morgan State University
Stevenson University
Towson University

Currently enrolled students may also borrow from any CCBC campus using their current UB ID.  UB Alumni may borrow from Langsdale Library, UB Law Library, and UMBC with a valid Alumni Association card and ID

For further questions email langcirc@ubalt.

Library contact information can be found at


New Materials at Langsdale

Did you know that Langsdale 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 Langsdale:

"Both born to power and wealth, and raised by courtiers, they lived lives of aristocrats and landowners, in poor health and with uncertain futures. Though they lived over 3000 years apart, the lives of Egyptian King Tutankhamun and the fifth Lord Carnarvon share many parallels, not the least of which was Carnarvon's sponsorship of the team that found the pharoah's tomb in the Valley of Kings. Brian Fegan's narrative expertly weaves these two lives together, showing similarities and differences between these two powerful men.
In the annals of consumer crazes, nothing compares to Beanie Babies. In just three years, collectors who saw the toys as a means of speculation made creator Ty Warner, an eccentric college dropout, a billionaire--without advertising or big-box distribution. Beanie Babies were ten percent of eBay's sales in its early days, with an average selling price of $30--six times the retail price. At the peak of the bubble in 1999, Warner reported a personal income of $662 million--more than Hasbro and Mattel combined.

The end of the craze was swift and devastating, with "rare" Beanie Babies deemed worthless as quickly as they'd once been deemed priceless.

Bissonnette draws on hundreds of interviews (including a visit to a man who lives with his 40,000 Ty products and an in-prison interview with a guy who killed a coworker over a Beanie Baby debt) for the first book on the strangest speculative mania of all time.

Vladislav, Viago, and Deacon are vampires who live here, among us. They are real vampires; undead, immortal creatures who stalk the night and search for human blood, preferably virgins. Witness the many horrid, abominable aspects of vampire life, such as hunting and feeding, vampire rivalry and fighting with werewolves, as well as normal night to night aspects that make them not so different from us like keeping the flat clean, jobs, shopping, meeting people and trying to fit in.
"In The settlers of Catan you control a group of settlers trying to tame the wilds on the remote but rich island of Catan. Start by revealing Catan's many harbors and regions: plains, meadows, mountains, hills, forests & desert. The random mix creates a different board for virtually every game" Interested in Langsdale's Game Collection? If you are, contact librarian Mike Kiel at skiel@ubalt.edu
Want to see all of the games in our collection? Check out Langsdale's online list here

These are just a few of the many new books, movies, and games at your Langsdale 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.


Don't Forget to Read for You

You should be reading more. 

We realize this is probably not the best time in the semester to tell you that. In fact, you’re probably reading more right now - doing research for papers, projects, and other academic deadlines - than you have been all semester. And now some librarian is telling you you should be reading even more, on top of school and work and family obligations? But hear us out.

Like your doctor nagging you to take the time to exercise, we want to remind you to take time to take care of yourself and particularly your brain. And that’s where reading comes in. As it turns out, a little extra reading, like a brisk walk, can go a long way towards making you happier, healthier, and a little better at what you do. 

And we’re not only talking about scholarly articles or long academic books Spending a little more time each week reading a book you enjoy, for fun, had been shown to have all sorts of benefits.

Reading has been shown to improve memory. The process of reading, of taking in words on a page, interpreting the language, and imagining the scenes they describe, engages the brain in ways watching television simply doesn’t. And this mental workout can slow your brain’s decline as you age, keeping you sharper for longer, and may even stave off Alzheimer’s disease.

But it’s not just the long-term you should think about when deciding whether to put down the remote and pick up a book. There are more immediate benefits that can improve your life now and make you more effective both at work and at school. Research shows that readers of fiction are better able to interpret and understand the thoughts and feelings of others, the kind of empathy that allows you to relate to family, friends, co-workers, and clients.

Making reading a habit can also help alleviate depression, reduce your stress level, and when included in bedtime rituals, get you to sleep faster.

And perhaps most importantly for those with children, reading as a parent sets your children up to have better reading habits. Reading to your kids has been shown time and time again to improve things like communication skills and test scores. But showing your kids that you value reading enough to do it yourself will help them stick with it beyond homework and summer reading programs, and set them up for success in school and work.

So when the semester is finally over and you have some free time again, or when you’ve gotten one paper or project done and need to take some time to de-stress before beginning the next one, grab a book (a fun book, a book you want to read), and remember: it’s good for you.

Ready to read and don't know where to start? Langsdale Library has a Leisure Reading Collection! Check out bestsellers, award winners, and more.

Poster Printing

Poster Printing

Need a poster printed for a conference or class presentation?

Langsdale Library Book & Document Delivery is now providing poster prints for academic presentations and poster sessions. With support from the Office of the Provost, color posters are FREE for University of Baltimore faculty and staff members and $0.85 per inch for current University of Baltimore students.

Poster size is limited to 36 inches on one side, the width of our printing paper roll. The other dimension may be set at the size of your choice. A standard 24” by 36” poster will cost students $20.40.

Please see our Poster Printing request page to place orders.