Be Kind, Rewind: Putting Endangered Collections First

Quad Tape, soon to appear at a nonprofit regional archive near you.
Tick-tock! Time is running out for videophiles to enjoy the glitchy, retro pleasures of analog media. Last year, the last videocassette recorder (VCR) was manufactured in Japan, and preservation experts recommend migrating VHS and other types of analog video to digital formats within 10 to 12 years. Langsdale Special Collections has been caring for two major audiovisual news morgues: the WMAR collection and the WJZ collection, which both consist of raw footage and broadcast materials from the two local network-affiliated television stations. 


Academic Support @ Langsdale

Langsdale Library and the ALC are open all summer long and we're here to support you through all your tough summer courses!

Working on a research project? Make an appointment with a Reference Librarian or drop by the reference desk on the fourth floor of Langsdale. We can help you organize your research project, plan your project, find credible sources, and more!

Need to start writing your research project and don't know where to start? The Writing Center can help you outline your writing project, organize your thoughts, and support a thesis or hypothesis. Consultants can meet with you at any stage of the writing process and review writing on any topic.

Taking a tough course this summer? We have one-on-one and group tutoring to review core course concepts and best meet your needs. Depending on the tutor, you can even meet in-person or online! Sign up using the online appointment system. If you don't see your course listed, let us know!

If you're struggling with a computer program, we're here to support you with that too! Not sure how to change your Running head in Microsoft Word? Scheduled for a design course in the fall and need to brush up on your Adobe InDesign/ Illustrator/ Photoshop? Need to make convert a file to a PDF? Not sure how to navigate Sakai? Sign up for an appointment on the Computer Application Skills schedule and we'll get your questions answered!

Research, writing, course, and computer skills support appointments can all be made using the online appointment system. We look forward to working with you!


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:
The power of little ideas : a third way to innovate for market success

"Conventional wisdom today says that to survive, companies must move beyond incremental, sustaining innovation and invest in some form of radical innovation. "Disrupt yourself or be disrupted!" is the relentless message company leaders hear. The Power of Little Ideas argues there's a "third way" that is neither sustaining nor disruptive. This low-risk, high-reward strategy is an approach to innovation that all company leaders should understand so that they recognize it when their competitors practice it, and apply it when it will give them a competitive advantage."

"Privilege is about more than being white, wealthy, and male-as Michael Kimmel, Abby Ferber, and a range of contributors make clear in this timely anthology. In an era when "diversity" is too often shorthand for "of color" and/or "female," the personal and analytical essays in this collection explore the multifaceted nature of social location and consider how gender, class, race, sexual orientation, (dis)ability."

"TV analysts and money managers would have you believe your finances are enormously complicated, and if you don't follow their guidance, you'll end up in the poorhouse. They're wrong. When University of Chicago professor Harold Pollack interviewed Helaine Olen, a financial journalist, he made an offhand suggestion: everything you need to know about managing your money could fit on an index card. To prove his point, he grabbed a 4" x 6" card, scribbled down a list of rules, and posted a picture of the card online."

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.


Location, Location, Location

If you’ve visited the library recently and come away feeling a little starstruck, you’re not alone. That’s because Langsdale is featured extensively in the buzzy new true crime documentary The Keepers on Netflix, about the 50-year-old mystery of a slain Baltimore nun and the tragic sexual abuse scandal that erupted in its wake.

Credo: New Database @ Langsdale


Check out the new materials at Langsdale! We've recently added Credo Reference to our list of databases. Credo covers all of higher education's primary disciplines, with over 650 titles to search. It includes publications like encyclopedias, atlases, dictionaries, and reference books.

Credo also offers over 1000 videos, almost 300,000 high-resolution art images, plus thousands of other images from all subjects. Another unique feature offered by Credo allows you to create a visual mind map, which can help you brainstorm and plan your research projects.

The database, Credo Reference, can be accessed through the Databases guide on Langsdale's web site. Visit here
 to get tips and additional information on how to search Credo.


Helping An Undergrad Illuminate Local LGBTQ+ History

Christine Wertz '17 takes a page from history
Many of the most crucial battles in the LGBT+ movement happened in the 1980s, and--as history major Christine Wertz discovered-- a number of them happened right here in Baltimore.  Christine already had a topic in mind when she received instruction in doing research for her senior capstone course. But in utilizing Langsdale Library’s various resources-- courtesy of sundry departments within the library--she was able to turn her research about the major legislative battles of the LGBT rights movement into an exhibition, currently featured in the Helen P. Denit Honors Lounge.


Congratulations to Sam Singh and Anthony Bellamy, winners of Inspired Discoveries

Congratulations to Santokh (Sam) Singh and Anthony Bellamy, winners of the 2017 Inspired Discoveries awards!

Sam's presentation on Narcissistic Behaviors and Social Media Usage won this year's research prize. Judges were greatly impressed with the research itself and his poise in presenting the results and agreed that his original research was worthy of publication in a scholarly journal.

Anthony's documentary video on UB's Second Chance Program, won this year's creative prize. Judges praised Anthony for an incredibly professional product that will be immensely helpful in promoting the program to the public.

Both winners will receive a $500 award for their efforts.

Langsdale Library and the Helen P. Denit Honors Program thanks all the participants for what many judges and faculty believe was the best year of presentations in the eight years of the symposium.  There was a breadth and depth to this year's submissions and a wide variety of research and creative topics.  All the presenters did an amazing job and should be proud of their efforts.  


Oscar Nominated DVDs at Langsdale

Did you know that  the Langsdale Library has many films that were nominated for an Oscar in 2017! Check out the list below:



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There are more on the way!