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Departments in the Library

  • Acquisitions/Collection Development (410) 651-6615

    • This is the purchasing unit of the Frederick Douglass Library. Library materials in all formats: books, periodicals, audiovisuals and computer media are purchased and paid for by the Acquisitions staff. The Coordinator of Acquisitions and Collection Development is responsible for coordinating the selection of library materials with the help of other professional librarians and the faculty at UMES. The department, as a whole, is responsible for the planning and organization, as well as the selection and acquisition of all library materials.

    Automation (410) 651-6611

    • The Automation Department provides technical support and development services for the library information management system (LIMS). The on-line public access catalog provides comprehensive information on library holdings in the Frederick Douglass Library as well as each of the 14 University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions libraries. The Online Catalog is accessible from all library locations supporting Internet access.  Access the Online Catalog from a remote site using:

    Cataloging (410) 651-7697

    • The Cataloging Department is responsible for cataloging and processing all new material received by the library. These materials include books, audiovisuals, serials, dissertations, and theses. It is also the maintenance unit within the library, responsible for 1) correcting database problems, 2)withdrawing lost or damaged material from the library's collection, and 3) verifying name and subject authority work on the online catalog.

    Circulation (410) 651-7691

    • All circulating materials at the Frederick Douglass Library are charged out at the Circulation Desk on the first floor. Books may be returned here or in the book drops located outside the library (front entrance, rear entrance). The Circulation Department bills for late returns, lost items, recalls, and laptops.  Circulation also recalls circulating material, and requests items from other USM campuses through the Intercampus Request Service.
    • A valid university ID must be presented in order to borrow material. Borrowers from participating USM campuses may borrow with a valid ID from their respective campus. Others may inquire at the Circulation Desk about acquiring Special Borrowing Privileges.
    • The Circulation Department offers course-related reserve services upon request from UMES faculty.
    • Photocopying is available (Self-Service) both coin-operated or with the Hawk Card.
    • Laptop Use Policy 

    Interlibrary Loan (410) 651-6609

    • The Interlibrary Loan Department, located on the first floor, provides access to journal articles not available in the Library. The Department also requests books that do not belong to the Library, or to any of the other USM libraries. Requests may be made electronically via ILLiad.

    Media Services Center (410) 651-6154

    • The non-print collection is housed in the Media Services Center on the lower level. This collection consists of videotapes, slides and cassettes. Services include audiovisual equipment loans and non-print loans, videotaping, editing, videotape and audio cassette duplication. Other services such as banner and poster designs, transparency production, spiral binding and lamination are provided for a small fee.
    • The Media Services Center also provides access to the Interactive Video Network (IVN) System. UMES faculty, staff and students must present a valid university ID to borrow nonprint materials and audiovisual equipment. Borrowers who are not associated with the campus will need approval from the Dean of Library Services.

    Reference Department (410) 651-7937

    • The Reference Department is located on the first floor to the rear as you enter the library. The collection consists of standard reference material, such as bibliographies, dictionaries, directories, encyclopedias, handbooks and manuals, indexes and abstracts (print and electronic), biographical sources, atlases, yearbooks, and almanacs. The department also has a strong humanities collection, and a Maryland Reference Collection. Computerized reference sources include the online catalog, a large variety of web-based databases, and access to the World Wide Web.
    • Services include course-related bibliographic instruction as well as one-to-one instruction on individual resources.

    Serials/Documents Department (410) 651-6610

    • The Serials/Documents Department (lower level) houses journals, magazines, newspapers, and newsletters. Most items are cataloged and may be located using the Online Catalog system. Please note that journals and magazines are arranged in Library of Congress call number order.
    • The Micromedia Room is located in the Serials/Documents Department. Titles on microfiche and microfilm are housed here.  Microcomputers are available for access to e-mail and Internet.   
    • All departmental material is non-circulating. Scanning is available.

    Special Collections (410) 651-7695

    • Rare books, manuscripts, theses/dissertations and archival material are housed in the Special Collections Department which is located on the second floor of the library. The particular strengths of the collection are Afro-American studies and literature, juvenile literature, and the social life, history, and customs of the Eastern Shore. University Archives houses the documentary records of the university, including official publications, reports, photographs, and miscellaneous documents relating to the history of the institution. The Manuscript Collection features the papers of public figures of the Eastern Shore and elsewhere. Most of the material is non-circulating. Photocopying is available.