Thursday, December 20, 2012

Happy Holidays Everyone!

We hope that you will all be enjoying some well deserved rest and relaxation with family and friends over the holidays. Please keep safe during New Year's eve and come back to us with a renewed spirit and purpose.


Jennifer Neumyer

Thursday, December 6, 2012


UPDATED --Revised Change in hours!!!
NOW, on Thursday, Dec. 13th, the library will close at 8pm! It will reopen on Friday at 8am til 5pm as usual with the exception of being closed for commencement.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Extended Hours coming for finals prep!

Extended Hours for Exams, December 2012.

The Library will extend the opening hours for an additional two hours on the following dates: 

Monday, December 3 through Thursday, December 6,
and, from Monday, December 10 through Thursday, December 13, the library will be open from 8:00 am to 2:00 am.

On Sunday, December 9, the library will open from 1:00 pm to 12:00 am.

Opening hours for Friday, December 7, are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm; and Saturday, December 8, 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Science Direct database to have service improvements -- possible minor disruptions...

We are keen on making our users' experience with ScienceDirect and Scopus as smooth, friendly, and effective as possible. Based on user feedback we plan new releases to further improve our products.

The next release is scheduled for Saturday, December 1, 2012 EST, and will extend our full internet browser coverage to include Google Chrome and Safari. During this scheduled maintenance, there may be minor disruptions to some ScienceDirect and Scopus functionality.

For more details about the changes, please check our

We encourage you to share this information with your users to minimize the impact in the event of a disruption to their research schedule.

We apologize for the inconvenience while we improve Elsevier products.

Kind regards,
The ScienceDirect and Scopus Team

Friday, October 5, 2012

Extra Study Hours

Feeling the Pressure? Need computer time? Need some quiet?

We've got you covered next week!
Extra hours to the rescue!
Just in time to prepare for mid-terms:

Monday Oct. 8th-Thursday Oct. 11th open 8am - 2AM (in the morning!!!)
In addition to our almost 50 desktop computers, we have up to 30 laptops that can be checked out for use in the library. There is Wi-fi and three WEPA stations in the library as well.

Even better -- helpful librarians and staff trained to get you to the right resources you need right away! Online or off-line.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

"Like" Us and Enter to Win!

Want to win a Top Brand ;) MP3 player?

Take a Chance on the Frederick Douglass Library.

Simply "Like" our Facebook page!

(ONE winner will be randomly selected from all "likes")

Contest runs Sept. 23rd-Oct. 20th, 2012

You must be able to pick your prize up on location.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

This is a specialized discovery platform where researchers can effectively search multiple engineering databases all in one place. For more information about any of the databases available on Engineering Village, please visit
You are welcome to search the Engineering Village at during the one-month trial period!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Welcome entering Freshman class of 2016 and welcome back to our entire Hawk family!
Our Fall semester hours are as follows:
Sunday:  3pm-midnight
Monday-Thursday: 8am-midnight
Friday: 8am-5pm
Saturday: 10am-7pm

We hope you enjoyed your summer and we are ready to assist you. Please stop by and see what's new!

Friday, June 1, 2012

New Library Hours

Starting Monday June 4th through Friday August 10th, the library will be open Monday through Thursday from 8am-7pm and Fridays from 8am -5pm for your added convenience. Enjoy your Summer!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Extended Hours for Final Exams, May 2012 

The Frederick Douglass Library staff are pleased to offer students additional library hours for their studying convenience.

From Monday, May 7, through Thursday, May 10, 2012; and, from Monday, May 14, through Wednesday, May 16, 2012, the library will open from 8:00 am to 2:00 am.

On Sunday, May 13, 2012, the library will be open from 1:00 pm to 12:00 am.

Library opening hours for
Friday, May 11, are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm; and
Saturday, May 12, 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Honors Band and Choir Concert

Please come out and support the Honors Band and Choir Concert this Sunday April 22nd at 4pm in the Ella Fitzgerald Performing Arts Center on campus. The Library's own Jennifer Neumyer will be aiding many talented students with her flute playing. Please come out and support the terrific skill of the UMES and area high school students!

Book Review

On April 10th, Mr. Rhett Burden, alumnus of the class of 2009 gave an inspiring presentation on his book Brother, Please A Guidebook to Life and Leadership: Tools for the Sane, Advice for the Crazy. Impassioned by a previous leadership camp and full of personal narratives to share, he began by asking the simple question “What motivates you?” He reminds us that setting goals is desirable, as long as your expectations aren’t crazy. Even if they are crazy, he has advice for that too.
His book is available through

Friday, February 17, 2012

Free Presentation -- Rivalry Between Morgan State and UMES Explored

Rivalry between Morgan State and UMES explored

            Just in time for Black History Month and Homecoming, Eric Jodlbauer, library technician at the Frederick Douglass Library, presents a lecture Feb. 24, at 10 a.m. in the Student Services Center Theatre on the long-time rivalry between Morgan State and UMES. 
            “I compare it to a sibling rivalry,” Jodlbauer said.  “They’re like the older brother that you compete against for attention.” 
            Jodlbauer explains that Morgan State and UMES “are all from the same family” since UMES was founded in 1886 by the Centenary Biblical Institute, which later became Morgan State.  The school remained “under their wing” until mid 1930s when the state purchased the school and renamed it Princess Anne College. 
            The year 1947 greatly impacted the Morgan and UMES rivalry in the classroom and on the athletic fields.
            In the wake of the Marbury Report, University of Maryland President Harry C. “Curley” Byrd, unwilling to lose land-grant status, lobbied to keep Princess Anne College, its Eastern Shore branch, and to build up the rural campus.  The rivalry between Morgan State and Princess Anne for state monies and for students had begun. 
            As for athletics, the rivalry took a while to evolve.   For the first half of the 20th century, Morgan was in a different athletic conference.  Then in 1954, the two were members of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (CIAA), but avoided playing each other for the first few years, Jodlbauer said. 
            It was at the first game of the 1957 series, known as “The Maryland Classic,” which ended in a 7-7 tie, that the two began to compete athletically on a regular basis.  “That’s when the rivalry really heated up,” said Jodlbauer.

Technology Improvements

New this semester in the Frederick Douglass Library is a 47 inch monitor, which will be located in the front of the library on the first floor.  The monitor will greet our patrons with the latest in library activities and upcoming functions.  It will present slide shows of events that have taken place in the past as well as those happening at the moment.  The monitor’s secondary function serves as a communication device utilized by Campus Police in case of campus emergencies. Campus Police will have the ability to flash emergency instructions across the screen when and if a situation arises.
Also located in the lobby area will be the new 32” TV screen.  The TV screen will televise the current national news via CNN.  Since it is connected thru campus cable services, whenever there are functions on campus that are being televised, they will be shown across this TV screen as well as the 32” TV screen located at the Media Center Desk.
New in the Frederick Douglass Library are two new 42 inch monitors and computers located in the 2nd floor Group Study Room and the ground floor Group Study Room.  This brings our grand total to 4 Group Study Rooms equipped with large screen monitors and computers.  Also located in the Graduate Group Study room is a similar 42 inch monitor and computer.
So just know that all of these changes and advances here at the Frederick Douglass library are made with you in mind.  Now we can better serve you personally, as we advance globally.
--Tod Armstrong, IT Support Associate

Thursday, January 19, 2012

New Interlibrary Loan Text Messaging Feature!

George walked the distance to his apartment after a long day. He had been on campus most of the day in classes and working in study groups. Now, although tired he knew it was time to start work on his research paper.
                George switched on his computer and decided to check his email. To his surprise he found that he had three books available for pick up from interlibrary loan. These were books he had been waiting for and the main reason for his delay in finishing his research paper.  He sighed heavily; he would have to return to campus to pick up the materials. If only there was a way he could have been notified before leaving campus.
                Many students might find themselves in similar situations, with no email access to alert them of the need to stop by the library. Now thanks to a new venture here at the Frederick Douglass Library, students can be notified on their cell phones automatically via text messaging when ILL materials arrive.
                The service is easy to set up. All we need to know is your cell phone number and your provider’s email extension. Don’t know your provider’s extension? We have links that will help you find it.
                To set up this service follow these simple steps:
·         Login to your ILLiad account
·         Click on Change User Information (lower left hand side)
·         In the email field after your email put a comma (no space), your 10 digit cell phone number and your providers email extension.
·         Ex:,
·         Don’t know your provider’s extension visit the following websites to find it.

            Students are responsible for any charges related to text messaging. This is a great service that will allow students to be notified faster when ILL materials are available, due or have issues.

by Joseph Bree, Access Services Librarian