UB Athletic History

Shortly after the founding of the school in 1925, athletic sports were established. Tennis and Fencing were two sports were among the first to be represented by athletic teams on campus. Basketball, Baseball, Soccer, Lacrosse, Wrestling, Baseball, Golf were among the sports they were added later on.
1983, The University of Baltimore was home to a vigorous Athletic program that competed positively in the Mason Dixon and the Eastern College Athletic Conference. Special collection at Langsdale library has housed any materials related to UB athletic history such as photographs, Athletic Clothes, Award Placards, championship Trophies, Medals, and audio visual materials.

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Exhausted: A Research Story

Exhausted: A research story through Langsdale’s resources*
(*all links in this story take you to our various databases, which require a UB login)

We’re nearing the end of the semester -- prime time for fatigue to kick in. 

The Oxford English Dictionary gives four definitions for exhausted:
  1. Consumed, used up, expended. 
  2. Emptied of contents; chiefly said of a vessel or receiver: Emptied of air.
  3. Of air, soil, etc.: Deprived of essential properties; effete, ‘spent’, worn out. Also, deprived of resources, completely impoverished.
  4. Of persons or living things: Having one's strength, energy, etc. used up; tired out.

Assuming we're all living things (see OED definition #4), our library search has numerous scholarly articles on exhaustion …OR mental fatigue OR emotional exhaustion OR stress OR burnout, if you are looking for other keywords. Avoid the subject terms “soil exhaustion,” “patent exhaustion” and “T Cell exhaustion” (unless you're used OED definition #3). 

You might particularly relate to the study “Exhaustion in University Students and the Effect of Course Work Involvement.” 

But it's not just school-related exhaustion: Psych Tests database has a number of survey instruments to gauge fatigue, like the Social Media Fatigue Scale.

Before we got tired of liking posts on Facebook, the Baltimore Sun [Historic] reported stories from the early 1900s when we were exhausted from the heat, working conditions, and dangerous situations. There's also a peculiar case of a Mr. Simon who was exhausted from being buried alive in August of 1901. 

If you've recently un-buried yourself and are looking for a pick-me-up (or research on who’s drinking Red Bull), Mintel Market’s Energy Drink Report found that 25% of adults drink energy drinks at work or school.

Wary of artificial drinks (after you’ve done some digging on our Medline database)? Try watching Relaxation Therapies from our Kanopy streaming video collection. Or just take a break.

It’s National Poetry Month – Are You Celebrating?

Did you know that National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world? Or that the Academy of American Poets was inspired by the successful celebrations of Black History Month (February) and Women’s History Month (March), and the first National Poetry Month was in April of 1996, making it only 21 years old this year?


Good news is that even if you weren't aware, we still have 10 days left in April to celebrate. But don't stop celebrating poetry just because April ends. Share our favorites, read something new, ask others for their recommendations, and find new favorites. Expand your poetry horizons! There’s a big world of poetry out there beyond Shakespeare, Keats, Dickinson, Frost, Angelou, and Poe. Yes, these are great poets, but so are some of the ones yet to be discovered.


Want some ideas? Check out Poets.org. You can sign up for poem-a-day and check out all kinds of poetry and poets on their site. They also have a list of 30 ways to celebrate National Poetry Month.


Be sure to participate next week Thursday, April 20, 2017 in Poem in Your Pocket Day! You can find all the details here!


So, read, write, share, and most importantly ENJOY this year's National Poetry Month!


Happy National Bookmobile Day!

When you hear the word "bookmobile," you probably wouldn't think of this:

58Camel: credit Jambyn Dashdondog/Mongolian Children's Culture Foundation/Go Help
The Mongolian Children’s Mobile Library carried by camel to nomadic herding communities and remote parts of the Gobi desert. (photo by Jambyn Dashdondog/Mongolian Children’s Culture Foundation/Go Help, all images courtesy University of Chicago Press)
Today is National Bookmobile Day, a day celebrating the role of bookmobiles in fulfilling the mission of libraries. It is held on the Wednesday of National Library Week and is sponsored by the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS), the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS), and the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL).

Bookmobiles around the world come in a variety of forms, including the “biblioburro” in rural Colombia, the M.S. Epos library ship in Norway, and elephant libraries in Thailand.

And here in the United States, the first bookmobile was started in 1905 in Washington County, Maryland, by librarian Mary Lemist Titcomb. Her "Library Wagon" was horse-drawn and visited farms throughout the county.
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(Image from the Washington County Free Library.)

Today, modern bookmobiles have become hi-tech, but their mission has not changed: to bring reading materials to areas not served by a library or to groups of people who are not able to readily visit the library. They also provide technology such as computers with Internet access, e-readers, and even video game systems.

The Baltimore Ravens football team have even kicked off their own bookmobile last year, fully funded by the Ravens Foundation, and owned and operated by the Maryland Book Bank.

With bookmobiles, libraries are able to increase the scope of their community involvement. Enoch Pratt Library just launched their new Mobile Job Center. The Center features computer work stations and staff to provide one-on-one assistance with job searches. It will travel to neighborhoods where unemployment is high.

So let's pay homage to the bookmobile on this special day!


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 home that was our country : a memoir of Syria
"In The Home that Was My Country, Syrian-American journalist Alia Malek chronicles her return to her family home in Damascus and the history of the Jabban apartment building. Here, generations of Christians, Jews, Muslims, and Armenians lived, worked, loved, and suffered in close quarters. In telling the story of her family over the course of the last century, Alia brings to light the triumphs and failures that have led Syria to where it is today. "

Why love leads to justice : love across the boundaries
""Why Love Leads to Justice Love Across the Boundaries This book tells the stories of notable historical figures who, by resisting patriarchal laws condemning adultery, gay and lesbian sex, and sex across the boundaries of religion and race, brought about lasting social and political change. Constitutional scholar David A.J. Richards investigates the lives of leading transgressive artists, social critics, and activists including George Eliot, Benjamin Britten, Christopher Isherwood, Bayard Rustin, James Baldwin, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Margaret Mead."

"How Journalists Use Twitter: The Changing Landscape of U.S. Newsrooms shows how leading reporters and editors at four major metropolitan newspapers are embracing Twitter as a key tool in their daily routines and how the social media platform influences coverage. This book builds on social media research by analyzing newsroom work through the lens of four different communications theories--diffusion of innovation, boundary, social capital and agenda-setting theories."

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.


Spring Game Night: Coming Attractions!

If you need a break from finishing your projects upstairs during Final Finish, come down to the Learning Commons Lobby for our Spring Game Night featuring games in support of the Simulation and Digital Entertainment program. 

First up in our spotlight of attractions is a brief history of SEGA consoles.  Come check out the '90s classic NBA Jam, or the original Tomb Raider and Soul Calibur on May 4th from 6-10 in the Learning Commons Lobby.


Check out a librarian!

Back in 1986, a librarian named Constance Mellon identified a problem she labeled as “Library Anxiety”.  She noted that college students in particular were prone to being ashamed of their research skills to the point where they didn’t want to ask for help.  One can imagine that the rise of the internet did little to alleviate this problem.  After all, no one wants to ask a question about something like library anxiety, only to get a link from Let Me Google that For You as a response.

In order to address library anxiety, Langsdale has been working with students in UB’s Information and Interaction Design, and Integrated Design programs to develop a Check Out a Librarian (COaL) app. This app makes talking with a librarian just as easy as finding a match on Tinder. To begin using COaL you will need to have a profile, but the app makes this easy by automatically pulling in your interests and reading habits from sites like Facebook and Goodreads.  Once you have a profile, COaL will show you photos of librarians in your area who share similar reading habits.  If you find a librarian that looks relatively unintimidating, just swipe right to indicate your interest.  If the librarian swipes right back, the app will help you arrange a meeting with a librarian at a nearby independent bookstore or a cafĂ© with free wifi.

So far, most the people beta testing the app say that it is really helpful for breaking the ice with librarians.  One COaL user (Isobel, age 17) indicated that she may even be able to approach one in the library now.  “Librarians are like priests” Isobel said.  “You can tell them you want information on just about any subject and they never look at you weird. It's like a rule or something.”  Many of our librarian participants benefit too, realizing that they can be themselves, even when not in a building with the word “library” etched over the entrance.  As librarian Jane Jameson put it “You can take the girl out of the library, but you can’t take the neurotic, compulsively curious librarian out of the girl.”

In the future, we hope to expand the beta to more and more cities until it is available worldwide. If you are interested in participating in COal, either as a Librarian or as a Reader, you can sign up here to be notified when it becomes available in your area.


Information Literacy tops CHE Trends Report

Information Literacy tops the 2017 Chronicle of Higher Education trends report, which “outlines 10 key shifts in higher education.” Librarians and other educators have been championing information literacy for decades, so labeling this as a “shift” is not really about information literacy being a new topic so much as there being a greater need for it. With the proliferation of “fake news” being cited as perhaps having played a role in the 2016 elections, the ability to evaluate information - one of the pillars of information literacy – has taken on more importance.
There are three articles in the Trends Report on information literacy (Note: UB students, staff and faculty can access premium CHE content by signing up for an account using their ubalt.edu email address):
One theme that unites all three of these articles is the idea that things are changing so quickly, that the emphasis should be on students learning metaliteracies, including information literacy and critical thinking skills, that equip them with the ability to critically examine information today, as well as in whatever new forms of information that will manifest in the future. It is also clear form these articles that information literacy should not be confined to when a librarian comes into the classroom.  Instead it should be integrated across many classes across the curriculum. If this emphasis on information literacy is a shift, UB is a bit ahead of the game, since there has been an information literacy graduation requirement here for several years.

You can read about information literacy and nine other trends impacting higher education in the 2017 Trends Report.