Final Finish Strong

Final Finish Strong
                  Do you find yourself looking for a place to study late night on campus to get ready for finals?  Are you looking for a one stop shop where you can get academic support?  If you answered yes to either of these then Final Finish is the event for you!  Don’t be a procrastinator this semester, come to this event and let it be the jumpstart you need to start your finals preparation. 
            On Wednesday, November 29th Langsdale Library will stay open until 1:00am for the Final Finish event.  There will be writing consultants, tutors in many disciplines, academic coaches, and librarians to provide you with academic support as you prepare for your finals or final projects.  The event starts at 6:00pm which is when you can start dropping by to see any of the services listed above.   Writing consultants will be able to help you with all of your writing needs such as brainstorming, reviewing various drafts, help with structure, organization, punctuation, grammar, style, etc.  Be sure to bring any papers or outlines that you may need help with.  Tutors will be able to help you with content specific questions regarding your classes.  Be sure to bring your notes, textbooks, and any other class resources so that your tutor can best help you.  Academic coaches will be able to help you with time management techniques, studying strategies, setting goals, getting organized, etc.  Coaches can help you set your final exam and project study schedule so you will most likely to succeed.  The librarians will be able to assist you with your research needs.  They are knowledgeable about the databases and other resources available to UB students.
            If you are planning to attend this event it would be helpful to start thinking about what it is that you are trying to achieve with each service.  The more specific your questions are to the various service the better help you will receive, so help the consultants, tutors, coaches, and librarians help you by preparing before the event.  We hope to see you there!


New to the Archives in 2017

Definition from the Glossary of Archival and Records Terminology

So far this year, the library’s Special Collections department has accessioned four brand new archival collections about 20th century Baltimore history. We’re proud of this accomplishment! But what does that really mean?

The Society of American Archivists’ Glossary of Archival and Records Terminology  defines the verb ACCESSION in the following way: “To take legal and physical custody of a group of records or other materials and to formally document their receipt.”

You might be asking yourself what types of materials our new collections contain. Many formats are represented, including:
Correspondence, legal case files, newspaper clippings, immigration records, FBI records, historical research files, newsletters, bylaws, reports, conference proceedings, meeting minutes, maps, historical narratives, event flyers, neighborhood data, grant applications, architectural profiles, videos, photographs, audiotapes
But, more importantly for most researchers, what subjects do these collections cover? Although in no way complete, here’s a preview of some of the topics documented in this year’s archival acquisitions:
Community organizing, citizen participation, social work, the anti-war movement, nonviolence, African-American dancers, woman-owned businesses, cultural arts, antipoverty programs, public arts education, black arts movement, civil rights, legal history, desegregation of higher education, racially restrictive covenants, antiwar activism, religious freedom, expatriates, neighborhood history, historic preservation, rezoning, African American history, history of the Catholic Church in Maryland, architectural history, citizen engagement, local politics
So what are the names of these incredible collections? Their titles, with links to their archival database records, are provided below:

Want to know more? Browse the complete Baltimore Regional Studies Archives database and find primary sources for your research today!


New Materials @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:

Beyond respectability : the intellectual thought of race women 

"Beyond Respectability charts the development of African American women as public intellectuals and the evolution of their thought from the end of the 1800s through the Black Power era of the 1970s. Eschewing the Great Race Man paradigm so prominent in contemporary discourse, Brittney C. Cooper looks at the far-reaching intellectual achievements of female thinkers and activists like Anna Julia Cooper, Mary Church Terrell, Fannie Barrier Williams, Pauli Murray, and Toni Cade Bambara. Cooper delves into the processes that transformed these women and others into racial leadership figures, including long-overdue discussions of their theoretical output and personal experiences. As Cooper shows, their body of work critically reshaped our understandings of race and gender discourse. It also confronted entrenched ideas of how--and who--produced racial knowledge."

The four : the hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google
"Business professor Scott Galloway asks fundamental questions about Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. How did those four infiltrate our lives so completely that they're almost impossible to avoid (or boycott)? Why does the stock market forgive them for sins that would destroy other firms? And as they race to become the world's first trillion-dollar company, can anyone chalƯlenge them? Galloway deconstructs the strategies of the Four that lurk beneath their shiny veneers. He shows how they manipulate the fundamental emotional needs that have driven us since our ancestors lived in caves, at a speed and scope others cant match. And he reveals how you can apply the lessons of their ascent to your own business or career."


"As urban job prospects change to reflect a more 'creative' economy and the desire for a particular form of 'urban living' continues to grow, so too does the migration of young people to cities. Gentrification and gentrifiers are often understood as 'dirty' words, ideas discussed at a veiled distance. Gentrifiers, in particular, are usually a 'they.' Gentrifier demystifies the idea of gentrification by opening a conversation that links the theoretical and the grassroots, spanning the literature of urban sociology, geography, planning, policy, and more. Along with established research, new analytical tools, and contemporary anecdotes, John Joe Schlichtman, Jason Patch, and Marc Lamont Hill place their personal experiences as urbanists, academics, parents, and spouses at the centre of analysis. They expose raw conversations usually reserved for the privacy of people's intimate social networks in order to complicate our understanding of the individual decisions behind urban living and the displacement of low-income residents. The authors' accounts of living in New York City, San Diego, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Providence link economic, political, and sociocultural factors to challenge the readers' current understanding of gentrification and their own roles within their neighbourhoods."

Your Maryland : little-known histories from the shores of the Chesapeake to the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains
"'Good evening, I'm Ric Cottom' is the well-recognized introduction to Your Maryland on WYPR. When, in 2001, Ric signed on to deliver a weekly segment on Maryland history during All Things Considered on WYPR, his was the first short-form radio spot the station featured. Ric narrates little-known human interest stories from any point in Maryland's past, from the early colonial period through the start of the twentieth century. He discovered many of the stories during his time as the director of the Maryland Historical Society, researching factual histories that he could deliver in a storytelling format. The genre is unique, blending narrative or literary nonfiction with regional history."

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!


Scares in the Stacks

The Raven, University Art Collection.
“Not incredibly scary” or even “not scary at all” is probably how many would describe the features that make up Special Collections’ October exhibit “Scares in Special Collections.”  Honestly, if you want to be scared or unsettled or irked, there is no shortage of archival caches at Langsdale to sift through--  you can find out about discrimination (ACLU of Maryland for one, and many, many others), challenges to reproductive freedom (Planned Parenthood of Maryland Collection), LGBTQ-bashing, injustice, and the AIDS crisis (The GLCCB collection), or deadly workplace hazards and unfair labor practices (The White Lung Association collection). But since October is one of the most lovely months on the calendar, I thought I’d keep it light. You can view the display in the hallway on the 2nd Floor of Learning Commons, but let me post a few images here for your seasonal amusement.


1230 Talk this Wednesday: Diversity in Gaming

Bring your lunch and join us on 3 Wednesdays this semester during the Common Hour for a series of lunchtime conversations about perspectives on issues surrounding diversity. Connect with professors and staff outside of the classroom setting, or with students from other departments.

This week we'll be hearing from Dr. Todd Harper from the Division of Science, Information Arts, and Technology about diversity in the gaming community.  He'll also tell us a little bit about the LGBTQ+ Game Jam coming later this month!


Archives Are for Everyone

When some people think of archives, they imagine documents and artifacts that are rarefied, specialized, and only available through tightly monitored access. While preservation does require that archives are arranged systematically and treated with care, archival materials are not meant to be vaunted and intangible.  They are historical primary sources, but communities and individuals make up history, and as such, are deeply connected to what they choose to document and keep. Archives are for everyone.

Langsdale Special Collections’ own Angela Rodgers-Koukoui--with assistance from Smithsonian Audiovisual Archivist and Baltimorean Megan McShea--is sharing the secrets of archival preservation in Special Collections' Community Archives workshop (#bemorearchives) that will take place for 3 Saturdays in October, part of Baltimore’s #FreeFall program. We had some questions for Angela and Megan about what people can expect, and what the workshop is all about.


Free Fall Baltimore!

Every year one of the greatest things about Baltimore City, Free Fall Baltimore, sneaks up on me before I know it.  Free Fall offers you a chance to attend hundreds of FREE events throughout Baltimore city.  Arts, music, and theater events abound, along with workshops.  You can even join Langsdale Library's Special Collections department for a "Community Archives Workshop" on how to archive and preserve documents and photos on October 7, 14, or 28.  Many events require an RSVP, so make sure you check out the website before just showing up.