Teaching Opportunities in the Office of Undergraduate Education (OUE) for 2016-2017

The Office of Undergraduate Education (OUE) is in the process of recruiting instructors for our First-Year Experience (FYE) courses for the 2016-2017 academic year. Courses include the Introduction to an Honors University (IHU) Seminar and the Transfer Student (TRS) Seminar. For more information about our programs, please watch our introductory video.

In order to apply to serve as an instructor, we ask that those interested attend an info session:

  • Tuesday, February 16th from 4 to 5 PM (113 Sherman Hall – OUE Conference Room); OR
  • Thursday, February 18th from 9:30 to 10:30 AM (113 Sherman Hall – OUE Conference Room)

Please RSVP directly to Devon Fick (OUE) at dfick1@umbc.edu no later than Friday, February 12. Make sure to include in your RSVP which date you plan to attend. If you are unable to attend one of these info sessions but still want to learn more about these opportunities, contact Laila Shishineh (OUE) at lailams@umbc.edu.

Access MD Program and Campus Facility Accessibility (2/3)

Facilities Management, the Office of Human Relations, and Student Support Services are hosting a review of recent and current projects that enhance accessibility, as well as a discussion of potential new projects that will improve the physical environment of UMBC and meet the needs of students, staff, faculty and visitors with disabilities. Your ideas, suggestions and feedback will inform the process for our AccessMD Program project proposals.

One source of potential projects comes from campus discussions that are held in the early spring. This year’s second discussion for our FY 18 submission will be held on February 3, 2016 at noon in the Library on the 7th floor assembly area.

Our current Accessibility Map is both a reference and a resource. If you are unable to attend, or have an idea later in the year, this is a year-round process, more information is on our website. Each presentation is in anticipation of this year’s submission.

Please contact Celso Guitian in Planning and Construction Services at cguitian@umbc.edu or 410-455-5578 or Stephanie Lazarus, ADA/Section 504 Coordinator at slazar@umbc.edu or 410-455-5745 with questions or concerns. ASL interpretation will be provided. Individuals requesting accommodations for disabilities should contact slazar@umbc.edu as soon as possible to request accommodations. In all situations, a good faith effort (up until the time of the event) will be made to provide accommodations.

Check out the new library website

A new and improved Library website is now available at library.umbc.edu! Highlights include:

  • A cleaner, less cluttered layout.
  • A new default search tool: AOK OneSearch. View books, articles, media and more in a single results list.
  • A page highlighting all of the Library’s fabulous places to study
  • Links to all of our catalog options and explanation of what’s in them at the Find Books and Media page

The Library has been working hard to make our website more user-friendly. Please tell us what you think! Send feedback to: WebLibrarian@umbc.edu

New UMBC archival records and finding aids now available online

The Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery is excited to announce the release of new and updated records for the Library’s archival collections, a major milestone in providing easier searching of the holdings.

The 16-month-long project creates collection-level records and implements an Encoded Archival Description (EAD-XML) compliant workflow for the collections. As of January 2016, Library staff have successfully updated over 100 finding aids and collection-level records, and created new collection-level records for nearly 50 previously-undescribed archival collections.

Additional information is available on the Library’s myUMBC page.

Spring 2016 AOK Library & Gallery Workshops

Announcing the Spring 2016 AOK Library & Gallery Workshops. Register today!

  • Literature Review Workshop (2 offerings)
    Wednesday, February 17, 12-1 PM, LIB 259
    Wednesday, March 23, 12-1 PM, LIB 259

Is writing the literature review a stumbling block? Come to hear what a literature review is and what its required components are. Learn how to address common writing issues, such as effective use of summary and synthesis, and use of quotations. This workshop will help you to learn how to begin and advance your literature review, and how to connect your ideas to the literature in the field.

  • EndNote Basic Workshop
    Monday, March 7, 12-1 PM, LIB 259

Learn how to utilize the full range of features included in the web-accessible citation manager. This hands-on workshop will focus on setting up an account, importing and transferring references, sharing references, and accessing your references in Microsoft Word.

  • Zotero Workshop
    Thursday, March 10, 12-1 PM, LIB 259

Zotero is a freely available citation management software that allows you to save citation information while searching and browsing the Web. With a single click, Zotero saves citations and enables you to create customized bibliographies in standard citation styles, including MLA, Chicago and APA. This workshop will introduce some of the key functions of Zotero such as: installing Zotero, adding citations to your Zotero library, organizing and managing your citations, creating a bibliography, and using the Microsoft Word plug-in to easily insert citations from Zotero into your documents.

  • How to Conduct a Preliminary U.S. Patent Search
    Monday, March 28, 12-1 PM, LIB 259

Patent searching can be a daunting and overwhelming process. Come learn how to conduct preliminary patent searches of U.S. patents and published applications using free online resources of the USPTO and its bi-lateral partner EPO (European Patent Office).

  • Creating an Academic Research Poster Workshop (2 offerings)
    Wednesday, April 13, 12-1 PM, LIB 259
    Wednesday, April 20, 12-1 PM, LIB 259

An academic research poster is a visual communication tool that allows you to present your research in a clear, concise, graphic format. Learn how to create a poster that stands out. In this workshop, learn the design principles and guidelines that will help you create an effective and aesthetically pleasing poster using PowerPoint. We’ll discuss layout, fonts, colors, graphics and more.

Public Policy Info Session (2/18)

Learn about the UMBC Master’s Degree in Public Policy (MPP) at an information session on Thursday, February 18 at 7 p.m. in Public Policy Room 438.

Enjoy a light dinner and talk with faculty and current students about the field of public policy, career opportunities, and how to apply to our MPP program. Those interested in the PhD are also invited to the session.

This event is open to prospective students on and off campus. To register, email your name, year, and major to Sally Helms, helms@umbc.edu.