ALA@UMD Fall 2012 Events

Fall Semester is off to a great start for ALA@UMD. In September, we had a special curator’s tour of the William Morris exhibition at Hornbake Library on the College Park campus. We also had a tour at the cutting-edge, brand new green library in Ellicott City – the Charles E. Miller Branch and Historical Center.  To start of October we hosted a hands-on workshop called “Grow Your Garden Program with Inspiration from Books” and just two days after that we hosted an Art Library/Archivist speaker from Glenstone out at the Universities at Shady Grove.  We’ve had great feedback on these tours, workshops and speakers and hope you will join us for upcoming events! Events are open to all – you do not need to join ALA.

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Friday, October 12, 1:30 TO 5 PM

Did you know? The NLM Associate Fellowship program offers post-graduate training for a career in health sciences information services.

Tour the National Library of Medicine on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland

Join us Friday, October 12 from 1:30 to 5 PM for this exciting tour of the world’s largest medical library.

  • Learn about NLM and its role in public health and scientific discovery
  • Explore NLM’s history, art and architecture
  • View the history of medicine/rare books section
  • See the reading room and stacks, reference and web services
  • Learn about the associate fellowship program for MLS grads
  • View the current exhibition, Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness


Saturday, October 13, 10 AM TO NOON

Did you know? The average salary of a Federal librarian is over $80,000 a year.
Careers in Federal Libraries Presented at Shady Grove campus AND via LIVE WEBCAST!
Join us Saturday, October 13 from 10 AM to noon (refreshments provided).

Great information presented by a panel of knowledgeable federal librarians who will offer advice for navigating the federal hiring process, tips on where to look for jobs and internships, and how to get your application noticed.
The panel includes:
Nancy Faget, Information Resource Center Chief at the Army Research Laboratory
Kathel Dunn, Associate Fellowship Coordinator at the National Library of Medicine
Jennifer Manning, Information Research Specialist with the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress
Candice Melinda LaPlante, Regional Coordinating Officer at the Bureau of International Information Programs, United States Department of State


Late October, date TBA

Read The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway for One Maryland One Book. ALA@UMD will hold a book chat/social to discuss it at Shady Grove campus.


Friday, November 2, 2 TO 4 PM

Did you know? The NAL was established by Lincoln and its special collections contain many beautiful and fragile, rare and one-of-a-kind items.

Tour the National Agricultural Library located in Beltsville, Maryland, near the beltway and close to the University of Maryland, College Park

Join us Friday, November 2 from 2 to 4 PM for this exciting tour – the NAL is truly a treasure with a vast collection used by researchers worldwide.

  • Learn about NAL’s history, purpose and wide-ranging collections
  • Explore NAL’s current exhibitions in the 15-story Abraham Lincoln Building, named for the president who created the US Department of Agriculture and the library that serves it – the National Agricultural Library
  • View items from the vast special collections which include over 7,000 watercolors of fruits and nuts, old and fragile herbals used in medical research, tens of thousands of photographs of plants and gardens around the world, thousands of rare books, seed catalogs, and much more
  • Learn about reference services, technical services and cataloging
  • Plenty of time for Q&A


Wednesday, November 14, 1PM

Tour the Artists’ Book exhibit ‘Material Meanings’ at the Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery Library. Artists’ books are unique works of art. According to the Smithsonian Libraries blog, “This exhibit investigates the way that book artists use material and visual features to make meaning.”


We hope to see you soon!

Your ALA@UMD Executive Board: Melissa McDonald, Katie Rapp, and Alisha Abrams

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