The Reference Department's primary mission is providing reference service and instruction, both proactively and on demand, to UMBC students, faculty and staff. Additionally, we provide similar services to University System of Maryland (USM) students, faculty and staff, as well as local high schools and the general public.
Reference and information services are provided at the reference desk in the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery (1st floor) most hours the Library is open. Reference librarians and reference department staff at this desk are available to answer your questions on any subject. You may also contact subject librarians by email or telephone for answers to specific questions, or in-depth research consultations. In the meantime, subject guides and research help guides have been developed by librarians to better assist you in locating research materials.
Reference librarians and reference department staff strive to help patrons find information using both print and non-print resources, either in person, by telephone, or via Email, or IM chat. At present there is no TTY connection in the library.
Reference Department Staff
|Drew received a B.A. from Ursinus College, PA, his M.S.L.I.S. from the College of Information Science & Technolgy, Drexel University, PA, and his M.A. in History from UMBC. Drew's primary responsibility is the management and development of the reference print collection. He serves as subject librarian for Ancient Studies, Computer Science & Electrical Engineering, Emergency Health Services, History, Human Context of Science & Technology, Information Systems, Interdisciplinary Studies, Media & Communication Studies, and Linehan Artist Scholar Program.|
Reference and Instruction Librarian
|Joanna holds a B.A. in Human Development from St. Mary's College of Maryland, an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Loyola College in Maryland, and an M.L.I.S. from University of Maryland, College Park. She serves as the subject librarian for the departments of Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology, Education, Public Policy, and Health Administration and Policy.|
Reference and Web Services Librarian
|Janet received her B.A. in Chemistry from Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA and her M.L.S. from the College of Information Studies, University of Maryland, College Park. She is the Web Services Librarian at UMBC, as well as the subject librarian for the departments of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Chemical & Biochemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Physics.|
Reference and Instruction Librarian
|Gergana received her M.A. in Polish Studies and PhD in Comparative Literature from Sofia University, Bulgaria, and her M.L.S. from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is the subject librarian for the departments of English and Modern Languages and Linguistics.|
Head, Collection Management, Interlibrary Loan, Accounting & Receiving; Head of Reference
|Robin holds a B.A. in Anthropology and a Master's of Library Science from the University of Kentucky. She has worked at Virginia Tech in Reference and ILL, Gettysburg College as Head of Access Services, and twice at UMBC in various departments including Reference, Collection Management and ILL. She manages the Collection Management, Interlibrary Loan, and Accounting & Receiving Department, and is Head of Reference.|
Science Reference & Instruction Librarian
|Shu received her first masters degree in computational mathematics from Shanghai University, China in 2003, and a second masters degree in library and information studies from Florida State University in August, 2008. She had college teaching experience and research assistant experience at a biology lab before pursuing librarianship. She is subject librarian for the departments of Biological Sciences, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Geography & Environmental Systems, and Mathematics.|
|Simmona E. Simmons
Services Development & Special Projects Librarian
|Simmona has a B.A. and a master's degree in American studies, and an M.L.S. from the University of Maryland, College Park. She has also completed coursework in communication and broadcasting research. Simmona is responsible for faculty outreach which includes the provision of personalized research assistance for faculty. She also works on special projects including grants. Simmona is the subject librarian for Administrative and Managerial Sciences, Africana Studies, American Studies, Athletics, Economics, Gender & Women's Studies, the Shriver Center, Sonography, Speech, and Women in Technology.|
Assistant Head of Reference
|Katy received her B.A. in history from Grove City College, Grove City, PA, and her M.L.S. from the University of Maryland, College Park. She oversees the day-to-day management of the Reference Department, including planning and implementation of general operations; oversight and review of scheduling; oversight of the Library's instruction program, and development and oversight of information literacy and assessment initiatives. In addition, she is the subject librarian for the departments of Aging Studies, Gerontology, Political Science, and Social Work.|