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For students:

Are your ready to wrap up your semester?

End on a positive note with Langsdale Library’s Final Finish on Dec. 2.

On Dec. 2, the library is open to until 1 a.m.

Make sure you bring your Bee Card.

Reference librarians will be available until 1 a.m. on Dec. 2 Photo Credit: Laura Melamed
Reference librarians will be available until 1 a.m. on Dec. 2
Photo Credit: Laura Melamed

The Langsdale Library and the Achievement and Learning Center(ALC) are partnering to bring you a late night of writing and research help. Writing consultants and reference librarians will be around to answer questions throughout the evening.

Do you need fuel for your research?

Coffee, tea and snacks will be up for grabs during the event.

You can attend a free fifteen minute workshop on citations or another fifteen minute workshop on constructing effective sentences.You can also find out how to get free access to resources you need for your research. Get tips on navigating databases in yet another fifteen minute workshop. Feel free to attend all the workshops offered.

Final Finish at the library is a free event, but please R.S.V.P. on the UB calendar. Free registration includes eligibility for a free raffle drawing before each workshop.

Arrive at 6 p.m. for the opening ceremony with UB President Kurt Schmoke.

Reserve a 30-minute appointment with a consultant by visiting the ALC’s online scheduling system now. Choose an open time on the “Final Finish” schedule.

For more information about the online appointment system, please contact the ALC at 410.837.5383 or alc@ubalt.edu.

For more information about Final Finish please visit the Writing Center website or contact langref@ubalt.edu

We hope to see you there!

For faculty:

KnowledgeWorks@UB is an ideal space to store your most important work. The new digital repository has major advantages like high Google visibility and a permanent url. It’s a great backup for content located elsewhere and preserves your work on University of Maryland servers.

Knowledgeworks@UB is an optimal place for articles, papers, books, chapters and reports. Presentations and posters as well as audio and video files can be stored on KnowledgeWorks@UB.

Any file format is acceptable as well as large files up to two gigabytes.

Currently there is no limit on the total volume of uploads per registrant. We recommend you register now before limits are set.

To become a KnowledgeWorks@UB community member, register here. We will contact you about uploading your files.

To request help with uploading, email knowledgeworks@ubalt.edu.

We hope to hear from you soon.

Bike More, Bee More

One of the great joys of bike riding is being able to load up on French fries while also losing weight.

One of the great pains of bike riding is finding a place to park without losing your bike to the ravages of rain — especially on a longterm basis.

With a new sheltered bike rack installed inside the Maryland Avenue Garage (MAG), UB students who live in midtown now have a new option for bicycle parking.

MAG bike parking is free.

“We want to see if there’s demand for covered bike parking for people who live in the neighborhood,” said UB Sustainability Planner Jeff La Noue.

The rack is mainly geared toward students who reside near UB but it’s open to UB bicycle commuters, as well.

Six bikes can be locked at the rack, with protection from the elements. There is room for expansion if the new bike rack proves popular.

The MAG is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. Bee card access is available all other times through the Biddle Street entrance.

Residents of the Varsity have a special room for bicycle storage. The Varsity, an apartment building for UB students at 30 W. Biddle St., is two blocks from campus. Up to 323 students can live in the Varsity.

But how many students live near UB without access to a bike room?

239 UB students live in the 21201 zip code, the same zip code as UB.

205 UB students live in 21202, the zip code next door. 

Christine Wertz, who lives ten blocks from UB, rents a fourth floor walk-up with no elevator and no room for storage.

UB students Scott Thomsen and Christine Wertz check out the bike room that provides longterm and overnight bicycle storage for residents of the Varsity, near campus. How many students living in midtown don’t have access to a bike room? Photo Credit: Laura Melamed
UB students Scott Thomsen and Christine Wertz check out the bike room that provides longterm and overnight bicycle storage for residents of the Varsity, near campus. How many students living in midtown don’t have access to a bike room?
Photo Credit: Laura Melamed

Even if there were room for bike storage in her apartment, getting a bike up and down the stairs would be impossible.

“It’s so annoying!” said Wertz, who is majoring in history at UB. “Literally, the top flight of stairs is just wide enough for me to get through.”

How many UB students are in Wertz’s situation?

When Alexis Jeter lived in Bolton Hill, she kept her bike in her living room. Jeter, an English major at UB, said bike parking in the MAG might have helped her out.

It’s challenging to get around a bike parked in the middle of your living space. My bike is now leaning against my dresser. I make sure I keep most of my work clothes elsewhere, but when I need something out of that dresser, it requires wheeling the bike halfway around the room.

I have access to storage space but it’s down a flight stairs and through heavy doors. I have to hold those heavy doors open while bike pedals scape mercilessly against my legs as I try to squeeze my transportation through a tiny space and keep it from crashing to dangerous depths at the same time.

I would definitely experiment with bike parking in the MAG if I lived close to UB.

Even bike commuters were excited to hear about the new sheltered racks.

“Absolutely,” said UB student Timothy Kleiner when I asked him if he would use the new bicycle parking in the MAG. Kleiner has a fifteen minute bicycle commute to campus.

For extra protection but no extra cost, students can register their bikes with the UB police, as well.

Please see comments below for updates on how to register your bike with campus security.

Bicycle registration, like bicycle parking, is free.

Free + free sounds like a good deal to me.

Of course you have to pay for bicycle fuel, but what’s a few extra french fries?

From party to port — to campus

Bicycling is social in Baltimore

It’s hard to describe the exhilaration I felt, riding my bike up North Charles Street between the UB Law School and the Academic Center with about two thousand people on bikes behind me. I waved to an UB student standing on the corner of Charles St. and Mt. Royal Ave. who seemed more than a little surprised to see us.

Every month Bike Party has a theme — August was circus!
Every month Bike Party has a theme — August was circus!

It was Friday, August 28, 2015, but more importantly, it was the last Friday of the month in Baltimore.

Baltimore Bike Party takes place the last Friday of every month, all year long.

I’d only gone once before — in the summer of 2014, when I took up the tail end of a teaming mass of bicycles with a little trepidation and followed them nervously but determinedly for two hours. It was my first summer of bike riding after fifteen years of steering completely clear of bicycles. As a Gen X’er used to riding the light rail or the quiet car on the MARC train, the bells, whistles, and blasting music of Bike Party were a bit of a change.

I felt right at home wearing my University of Baltimore shirt, which was part of my costume for the “Boasting Baltimore” Bike Party theme that night. I was following instructions on the Bike Party.

Facebook page that said “dress up in what you love about Baltimore and Maryland.”

UB student Zachary Holbrook led the ride. Holbrook had led the ride that originally got me back into cycling — a trip up the Jones Falls Trail the previous November — along with UB Sustainability Planner Jeff La Noue as part of a UBGreen event. Intermittently, during that entire August Bike Party, I wondered if Holbrook would turn out to be the leader of every ride I went on. But I didn’t see him on the next group ride.

When I joined the Crank Mavens Monday Night Riders, it was a small group of women organized by Molly Williams, who took the name from an earlier women’s cycling group.

“A bunch of women I knew had been on other group rides and we all talked about how great it would be to have one geared towards a community of women,” said Williams.

A few people picked a route, on the spot, and off we went. It was a quiet ride where I got to chat and get to know people. One woman even carried a radio that played some really mellow music.

Equally mellow was the Maryland Historical Society Bike Ride which started out with a happy hour and a tour of the museum. Bikes going back to the 1800s were on exhibit. The ride went through Reservoir Hill and ended with an outdoor party and food stands featuring local vendors.

During May 2015, the UB Out- doors Club hosted Bike to School Day right on campus with the assis- tance of the Helen P. Denit Honors Program and UBGreen. Thirty members of the UB community participated and a few said they would like to see a cycling club on campus.

Why not?, I thought. There are regular group rides all around Baltimore. Along with the rides I’d been on, there was also the popular Tour du Port and Tour D’em Parks, to name just a few.

It would be really cool if UB had its own bike rides, I thought.

Or, a UB group could join larger rides like Tour du Port.

By the time you read this article a UB Cycling Club may be ready to roll.

This August I was ready for another Bike Party and I was ready to ride at the front instead of the back. There is nothing like looking behind you and seeing thousands of bicycles fill the street as if they were cars.

It was a curb-to-curb phenomenon of shiny two-wheeled wonders.

Imagine what UB students could do if we got on our bikes and joined in with all the others.

Photos courtesy of Laura Melamed

Twelve-Thirty Talks and Writing Wednesdays

Whether you’re planning a paper or a garden, the library can help you cover ground

Are you looking for a unique learning experience this October? Twelve-thirty Talks or Writing Wednesdays at the library may fulfill that requirement.

On October 21, Dr. Jan L. Williams, Associate Professor of Accounting and Yale Gordon Chair for Distinguished Teaching will be discussing accounting as part of the library’s Twelve-Thirty Talks series.

Streambank native garden, two years after planting. Photo by Jeff La Noue
Streambank native garden, two years after planting.
Photo by Jeff La Noue

At the Twelve-Thirty Talks in September, sixteen people learned about native gardening. UB Sustainability Planner Jeff La Noue discussed how a native garden can attract butterflies, birds and help the environment, as well.

“My first big advice is to start small,” said La Noue. In order to be sustainable, your garden must be manageable.

“If you let nature do it, your neighbors are going to be mad at you,” added La Noue.

Are you a busy UB student? Then a native tree or bush may be better for your yard. They require little upkeep but are still good for the environment.

Are you wondering what to plant? La Noue recommends visiting Herring Run Nursery, located seasonally at 6131 Hillen Road. Staff can help with appropriate selections.

Are you looking for inspiration? Reference and Instruction Librarian Peter Ramsey recommends Paradise Lot , a book about two people who turned a junk yard into a permaculture garden.

You can find Paradise Lot and related books on Langsdale’s shelves and in the library catalog, as well.

Another October learning opportunity is Writing Wednesdays. The library and the Writing Center are partnering to bring you this educational experience.

Do you ever worry about your writing? Then you’re among even experienced writers.

“I have always experienced doubt about my own writing,” said Mia White, tutor for the Writing Center and writer for The UB Post.

White is working on an MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts. Despite being in her final year of the program, she is still apprehensive about her writing at times.

White’s own self-doubt is part of the reason she likes working as a writing tutor. “Seeing students change their attitude about themselves is really rewarding,” she says.

“I’m not a writer,” White hears students say, quite often. “If students learn skills on their own, and start to see writing as a process, they may begin to realize this isn’t the case.”

White will be in the library from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Wednesday in October as a writing consultant. To make an appointment, please go to https://ubalt.mywconline.com/

“Bring an assignment sheet and whatever you have written – printed,” says White.

Do you like interactive workshops? Visit the Academic Learning Center to polish your professional prose. For details, check out the Achievement and  Learning Center  (ALC) online or in AC 113.

For the Writing Center’s Wednesday Walk-in Hours and Online Chat, please visit the Writing Center, also located online and in AC 113.

The Langsdale Library is located on the third floor of the Learning Commons.

Look out for more Twelve-Thirty Talks in November. Heather L. Pfeifer, Associate professor in the School of Criminal Justice, will speak about police reform and training.

Do you want to be ready for finals? Stay tuned for details about the library’s late night, coming up in December.

Stencil a storm drain; save the bay

Storm drain art in Station North.
Storm drain art in Station North.

 

UB students can paint to prevent pollution, following in the footsteps of other city residents.

Have you seen the painted storm drains around campus? Volunteers painted the storm drains to remind people they lead to the Chesapeake Bay and Baltimore’s harbor. UB students will have a chance to sign up to stencil a storm drain on campus this fall. UB Sustainability Planner Jeff La Noue will be leading the project. Students can also volunteer to help with a UB tree planting project at Pearlstone Park, just north of the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. To find out more, email jlanoue@ubalt.edu, like Sustainable UB on facebook and keep a look out for flyers!

Blue Water Baltimore (BWB) has been working with community members to adorn the drains around the city using either stencils and spray paint or to engage local artists and paint murals with a particular message brainstormed by neighborhood residents. The goal of the project is to keep people from tossing trash in storm drains and to discourage them from allowing pollutants to drain into the bay. Blue Water Baltimore’s goal is restoration, advocacy, and education to achieve clean water in the Baltimore watersheds.

The storm drain painting project was originally started by 901 Arts, a community based art center and was inspired by Brazilian street artists and a desire to help the environment. Blue Water Baltimore has expanded the project. Since 2011, they have painted over 600 storm drains in Baltimore, with the help of community volunteers.

“Not many people stop to think about their streets as being their streams,” said University of Baltimore (UB) student Chris Bellmyer. “– that pollution in the street will end up as pollution in the stream.” Bellmyer, an Environmental Sustainability and Human Ecology major, worked with Blue Water Baltimore last semester on the Jones Falls Project. The painted storm drains, he said, are a reminder that a watershed isn’t just the immediate area around a stream, but also everywhere that drains into it, including our streets. “Everybody lives, works, plays, and studies in a watershed,” said Bellmyer. “The University of Baltimore is no exception!”

UB’s storm drains were stenciled the week before Artscape

Lisa DeGuire, BWB’S Education & Outreach Coordinator ran the painting and was out there every day for a week. She was joined by other BWB staff and a number of volunteers.

Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts (BOPA) asked us to build on our existing Storm Drain Art Program by commissioning these storm drain stencils especially for Artscape. The theme for Artscape this year was water, so we were excited to be involved, and felt like this was a natural fit,” said Elise Bruner, Community Organizer for BWB.

UB student, Dina Varsalone, likes the storm drain paintings. “It’s something I would do,” she said. “It’s something small that can help protect our harbor and brighten up the city streets at the same time.”

Photo credit: Laura Melamed

Uncommon Knowledge

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Look for new Reference and Instruction Librarian Maggie Dull and new Resource Sharing Librarian Sean Hogan at Langsdale Library this fall. Photo credit: Laura Melamed

The Langsdale Library at the Learning Commons

Have you ever been to the library at UB? The Langsdale Library is currently located on the third floor of the Learning Commons.

Is this your first semester at UB? Are you looking for the Learning Commons? Check out the building with the huge front yard, called Gordon Plaza, where you’ll see a statue of Edgar Allen Poe. You’ll see trees and flowers, too. You may notice benches where you can take a study break and picnic tables where you can eat lunch after a productive morning in one of the library computer labs.

The library also has study rooms in addition to large open areas with big tables where you can spread out your books in front of expansive windows with lots of natural light and a great view of the city. Feel free to bring your laptop and write a paper sitting by the inspiring panorama. You can also a borrow a laptop from the library for up to four hours at a time, as long as you use it in one of the library’s comfortable study areas.

Are you spending all day at the library or just running in to borrow books and DVDs? Lock your bike at one of the racks on Gordon Plaza right in front of the Learning Commons for a minute, an hour or an afternoon. It’s free to check out DVDs from the library and free to park your bike on campus. Just bring your Bee Card to check out books and DVDs.

The library is open until 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, for late-night studying and last-minute checkouts.

The library’s Lunch and Learn program will be returning. Come to the library when UB professors discuss the results of their research. Feel free to ask questions and engage in the discussion.

On Aug. 27, the library’s popular Cupcake Social returns for one hour only! Be sure to be there from 3 p.m to 4 p.m. All students are invited.

What’s new at the library?

Academic Search Premier, one of the library’s most-used databases, is now called Academic Search Complete.

Writing Wednesdays, a new UB project, is a collaboration between the Writing Center and the Langsdale Library which will include workshops, appointments and walk-in sessions. The program will begin this semester. Keep a lookout for details.

Do you have old tapes you want to preserve or convert? Learn how in Making the Overwhelming Possible, a workshop co-hosted by Langsdale Library and Digital Maryland on Sept. 25 in the Learning Commons Town Hall. For more information visit http://www.digitalmaryland.org/conference/.

Meet the library’s new faculty: Resource Sharing Librarian Sean Hogan, Cataloging and Metadata Librarian Maggie Dull and, Reference and Instruction Librarian Bess Beck. All will be happy to answer your questions when working the library reference desk.

Langsdale Library Hours

Monday to Thursday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.