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LangsdaleLink Vol. 14 No. 1 SPRING 2014


New Look for Langsdale by Adam Shutz



t’s finally happening: Langsdale is getting a facelift. With the University of Baltimore becoming, bit by bit, a modern and glittering campus—see the bright, glass hive of the John and Frances Angelos Law Center, the sloped and swirling geometry of the Student Center—Langsdale was beginning to feel a bit like an old (but comfortable!) shoe. Now, all that is about to change. On Wednesday, Jan. 15, six architectural firms presented their designs for the renovation and remodeling of Langsdale Library. On Jan. 31, Behnisch Architekten of Boston was selected.


As expected, many of the firms focused on the library as a space of learning and collaboration, one brimming with new technology and spaces adaptable to a variety of needs. This is a long way from the old way of thinking of libraries as giant book warehouses, which predominated the philosophies of both architects and librarians alike. Those days are dead and gone. The day now before us is full of color and light, glass and open floorplans—in a word, spaces designed more for people than for books. Concepts of airy, collaborative spaces were featured in one way or another in each of the design proposals presented at the contest. Ground was broken for the original Langsdale Library on April 7, 1965, to accommodate both a growing collection of books and a growing student body. The building as evinced today was designed in the brutalist style (which, believe it or not, was en vogue at the time of construction) by local architect Henry Powell Hopkins. Aside from the façade of the building looking progressively dated over time, the “bones” (as many of the architects at the competition called them) are in good shape. For this rea(continued on page 8)




Langsdale’s Moving by Natalie Burclaff


his spring semester, Langsdale staff and faculty will be boxing up their desks in preparation for the big move across Maryland Avenue to our temporary space RQWKHWKLUGðRRURIWKH/HDUQLQJ&RPPRQV)RUWKRVH of you familiar with UB’s recent history, you’ll know this location as the old home of the School of Law. But now the school has moved to its new center at Charles St. and Mt. Royal Avenue, and the former building is now the home of the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences, as well as the Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics, the Helen P. Denit Honors Program, and DQXPEHURIRWKHURIïFHVDQGFODVVURRPV:HKRSHWR have our library moved into the Learning Commons by the beginning of June, and plan to stay until the summer of 2016, while the renovation of Langsdale Library takes place. 6RZKDWZLOO\RXïQGZKHQ\RXYLVLWWKHQHZKRPHRI the library this summer? Our Learning Commons library will be spread out on WKHWKLUGDQGIRXUWKðRRUV7KHHQWUDQFHWRWKHOLEUDU\ LV RQ WKH WKLUG ðRRU ZKLFK \RX FDQ DFFHVV HLWKHU E\ taking the elevator or the east staircase. Because this is a temporary space, we’re going to work with what we have there. This means we might rearrange some shelving and maybe add a wall or two in the staff VSDFHVEXWIRUWKHPRVWSDUWZHÛUHJRLQJWRWU\WRïQG a home for everyone and everything without too much construction. 7KH WKLUG ðRRU ZLOO KROG PRVW RI WKH VWDII DQG IDFXOW\ RIïFHV,WÛVDOVRZKHUH\RXÛOOïQGRXUJHQHUDODQGUHI-

erence collections. Current plans also GHVLJQDWHTXLHWDUHDVRQWKHWKLUGðRRUIRU independent study. Reference and circulation staff will work together at one large information desk near the entrance of the library. Here you’ll be able to ask research questions, and check out books, laptops, iPads and other items. 2QWKHIRXUWKðRRU\RXÛOOïQGDODUJHFRPputer area, printers, group study spaces, DQGWKHRIïFHVRIRXU6SHFLDO&ROOHFWLRQV department (although their collection will be housed in other parts of the building). We plan to maintain similar summer and fall hours, with Bee-Card-only access after 8:30 p.m. We’ll also continue library instruction sessions in the computer lab ORFDWHGRQWKHIRXUWKðRRURIWKH/HDUQLQJ Commons. Of course, our virtual space at http:// isn’t moving. Our databases, research guides, and e-books will be available at all points during the transition. We hope you visit us in person, and don’t hesitate to let us know what’s working and what isn’t. Just because it’s a temporary space doesn’t mean it needs to be an inapt space. Further, we look forward to the move—it brings all of us in the UB community one step closer to a modern, renovated library.

FALL 2013



Weird Resolutions for the New Year by Adele Marley



hat is a new year, other than a reminder that we’re being propelled mercilessly into the future? If VFLHQFH ïFWLRQ KDV WDXJKW XV DQ\WKLQJ LWÛV WKDW  means we should be colonizing other planets and traveling around via jet-powered backpacks. New Year’s resolutions are cold comfort, something to distract us from the reality that we haven’t yet achieved such fantastic aims. Also, a little self-improvement can’t hurt, right?

Well, it turns out the least futuristic thing you could do is commit to a New Year’s resolution, according to Langsdale Library student assistant Steven Boyd: “Nobody makes New Year’s resolutions anymore,� Boyd opines, “It’s old-fashioned.� A number of Langsdale staffers seem to think Boyd’s assessment is on target, at least implicitly. More than one person we spoke to when we nosed around about their New Year’s pledges said they “made a resolution not to make any more New Year’s resolutions.� Ouch. Peter Ramsey, reference librarian, put his own spin on it: “This year, I resolved not to make any resolutions. It didn’t turn out well, since I broke the resolution in making it,� he lamented. Other library folks had more traditional attitudes about making self-improvement goals in 2014. Erin Toepfner,

circulation assistant, vowed to “be better with my money and not spend so much on Pyrex, Lego and random pieces of antique furniture.â€? Toepfner reported that, aside from being a recent victim of identity theft, she was “doing pretty wellâ€? on that goal. Natalie Burclaff, reference librarian, said that she also wants to put a lid on her spending in 2014, which, except for her recent trip to Wisconsin (ka-ching!), is going swell so far. In some instances, staffers are focused on making more meaningful strides in improving their lives. Ben Blake, head of 6SHFLDO &ROOHFWLRQV FRQĂŻGHV Ă?0\ QHZ year’s resolution is to spend more time with my sister and mother and to get a life outside work.â€? Similarly, Noah Veiga, Circulation department student assistant, decided he wants to “work on intimacyâ€? in the new year, proudly pointing to his recent endeavor of inviting friends out for chats over tea. Wow, who knew that taking control of your future could be so low maintenance? Whatever you strive for in 2014, Langsdale wishes you all the best.




All the King’s Horses

n rides, a carousel and cotton candy! FbeinguI remember, as a child, those sentiments among the most important thoughts that came to my mind as I pondered the bi-monthly visits to Gwynn Oak Park with my older sisters. Little did I know at that time, the tumultuous and historic events that took place at the park just a few years earlier.

On Feb. 21 at 5 p.m., UB will present All the King’s Horses: The Story of Gwynn Oak Amusement Park in the Student Center’s Wright Theater. This IXOOOHQJWKGRFXPHQWDU\ïOPFKURQLFOHV the efforts of many ordinary people to desegregate the privately owned Gwynn Oak Amusement Park during Maryland’s racially charged civil rights era of the early 1960s. Included are personal narratives of those involved in the desegregation of the park. 7KHïOPLVERWKSURGXFHGDQGGLUHFWHGE\YHWHUDQ YLGHRJUDSKHUDQGïOPPDNHU3HWH2Û1HDODQGKLVZLIH Beverly. Pete O’Neal has included archival footage of

the Gwynn Oaks protests, which he found in Langsdale Library’s WMAR-TV archives. $IWHUWKHVFUHHQLQJRIWKHïOPDW UB, the library will own two DVD FRSLHVRIWKHïOPRQHFLUFXODWing copy and one reserve copy. Faculty who wish to show the ïOPWRWKHLUFODVVHVRUZRXOGOLNH to invite speakers connected to the event may contact Benjamin Blake, head of Special Collections, at Having taken a peek at the 1963 footage, it is humbling to see the faces of those who courageously stood up to injustice. I am thankful to them all. For if it was not for them, I would not have the wonderful childhood memories I now have of Gwynn Oak Amusement Park with my sister.

By Delores Redman




GLCCB Archives Comes to Langsdale By Aiden Faust


e are proud to welcome the archives of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland to Langsdale Library Special Collections. Founded in 1977, the GLCCB has been serving Baltimore’s gay community from its 241 W. Chase Street address since 1980. But after more than three decades in their current headquarters, the GLCCB is in the process of preparing to move.

With this change on the horizon, GLCCB volunteers formed an archives committee and sought a community partner to help safeguard their collection of historically important records, including a near-complete set of Baltimore’s Gay Life newspapers from 1979 to the present. Ben Blake, head of Langsdale’s Special Collections, explains: “These newspapers provide a core framework for exploring the history of the community, from the decade after Stonewall [the watershed gay-rights protest in New York City] through to the present.â€? GLCCB volunteers will work alongside Langsdale archivists to organize, describe and provide access to these primary resources. According to Blake, the collection will remain open for research use even during processing, something that’s unusual for archives. “We want to provide as much access to researchers and memEHUVRIWKHFRPPXQLW\DVSRVVLEOHJLYHQWKHKLVWRULFDOVLJQLĂŻcance of these materials,â€? Blake said. “This is the most important archive of gay history in Baltimore.â€? In addition to working with the GLCCB on its existing archives, Special Collections hopes to continue to collect materials dealing with the history of gay life in Baltimore from the 1960s and ’70s to compliment the collection’s strengths in the 1980s and ’90s. “This should be viewed as an ongoing program,â€? Blake said. The members of the GLCCB’s archives committee are actively interested in working with volunteers to help with the archiving project. In addition to sorting through the existing collection, the group is looking for anyone who can donate materials to KHOSĂŻOOLQJDSVLQWKHFROOHFWLRQLQFOXGLQJHGLWLRQVRIGay Life missing from the archive. Monetary donations to the GLCCB for the archives project are also welcome. With additional

resources, the group hopes to digitize the complete run of Gay Life newspaper. In addition to the work of the GLCCB archives committee, the center recently celebrated its 35th anniversary and participated in a local oral-history project. The project, coordinated by Denise Duarte, a graduate student in the Community Arts program at the Maryland Institute College of Art and GLCCB artist in residence, is available online at lgbt-history-project. Archivists and librarians at Langsdale are enthusiastic about working with the GLCCB on such an important aspect of central Maryland’s social history. For more information about the collection, contact Ben Blake, head of Special Collections, at To volunteer or donate to the GLCCB, send a note to info@




Getting to Know Nicholas Richard

It feels like Nick has already been with us for a long time, but we can’t forgo bugging him with our little questionnaire. It’s a tradition: Link: What do you consider to be your hometown? Nick Richard: Lafayette, La. Link:KDWZDV\RXUïUVWMRE" Richard: A manny (male nanny) for two awesome kids. Link: What are your hobbies? Richard: Reading good books, writing short stories, playing bass guitar, volunteering at my FKXUFKDQG1HWðL[ELQJHZDWFKLQJ Link: How about a brief list of your favorite books? Richard: A Song of Fire and Ice, Brave New World, Interview with the Vampire, 1Q84 and The Chronicles of Narnia (nerd alert). Link: What are some of your favorite movies? Richard: Pulp Fiction, Let the Right One In, American Hustle, Stoker, V for Vendetta and any ïOPE\&KULVWRSKHU1RODQRIFRXUVH Link: Do you have a collection of any sort? Richard: Besides my old Beanie Babies collection? Link: Name some of your favorite foods. Richard: Any form of cooked potatoes (mashed, stewed, baked, steamed, etc.) and pizza. Link: Please confess your hidden talent/superpower. Richard: Tricking my wife into putting up with me. Link: What do you like best about Baltimore? Richard: The Baltimore Ravens, of course. Link)RU\RXUDPï[GR\RXSUHIHUFRIIHHRUWHD" Richard: Tea’s great, but coffee gets me going. Sigh. The confessions of a caffeine addict. Link: If I didn’t work in a Library I’d probably‌ Richard: ... be lounging around at the park working on my manifesto. Thankfully, the library has spared you from that horror.




Getting to Know Siobhan Hagan Over the winter break, Langsdale welcomed its new audiovisual archivist. We had a few nosy questions for her: Link: What do you consider to be your hometown? Siobhan Hagan: Baltimore, hon! I actually grew up in Reisterstown and then went to KLJKVFKRRORXWLQ)UHGHULFN&RXQW\%XWP\KHDUWKDVDOZD\VEHHQĂŻUPO\HQWUHQFKHGLQ the city of Baltimore. Link: What are your hobbies? Hagan: My main hobby crosses over into work. I watch a lot of television! Mostly I HQMR\JRLQJEDFNWRROGHUVKRZVDQGELQJHZDWFKLQJWKHPWKDQNVWR1HWĂ°L[+XOXDQG $PD]RQ3ULPH,ZLOOZDWFKDQ\W\SHRIVFLHQFHĂŻFWLRQEXWRQHRIP\IDYRULWHVKRZVRI all time is Wagon Train. I am also a huge proponent for and practitioner of napping. Link: How about a brief list of your favorite books and movies? Hagan: I found my favorite book and favorite movie when I was 11, and I am very dedicated to them, so even if I ever read or saw a media item that was “better,â€? I wouldn’t admit it. So my favorite book and my favorite movie are both Rebecca (written by Daphne du Maurier, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, respectively). Link: Name some of your favorite foods. Hagan: I am strictly gluten free, so wine and cheese. Link: What do you like best about Baltimore? Hagan: Where do I start? OK, probably my favorite thing is the rampant cultivation and celebration of weirdness. Link: “If I didn’t work in a library I’d probably‌â€? HaganĂŁEHPXFKOHVVIXOĂŻOOHG Link: Can you speak a bit about the video archives (WMAR-TV and WJZ-TV)? Hagan: The AV [materials] held by Special Collections are truly some of the most unique items in the United States. I have yet to ĂŻQGDQRWKHUOLEUDU\DUFKLYHRUPXVHXPWKDWKDVDUHFRUGRI one particular geographic region’s television-news original production elements that spans the entire latter half of the 20th-century. I also think it is special because I grew up watching these channels (Rise and Shine every weekday morning since I can remember)!





New Look for Langsdale (continued from page 1) son, there was no need to start from scratch; instead the building will be gutted and given an entirely new identity, one that will serve the current needs of patrons and students, while being flexible enough to change with the times and with technology. Behnisch Architekten, the winner of the design competition—the firm that drew the plans for UB’s Angelos Law Center—presented a design for Langsdale that celebrates the current façade’s strong vertical lines, bringing them squarely into the 21st century from both aesthetic and technological viewpoints. The new design will be LEED certified and will feature many similar environmentally-friendly features that now make the Law Center the jewel of the UB campus. We are excited for the range of possibilities a new building will afford the library, and thankful to the Governor, the Maryland legislature and President Robert Bogomolny for their commitment to the project and the support they have shown University of Baltimore’s library.

Langsdale Link, Spring 2014  
Langsdale Link, Spring 2014  

Semesterly newsletter from the University of Baltimore's Langsdale Library, fall 2014