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Reference Department

Reference Desk Hours

Fall & Spring Terms
Monday - Thursday9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday12 Noon - 6 p.m.
Sunday12 Noon - 8 p.m.


Phone: 410-455-2346
Fax: 410-455-1906
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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 Alfgren Drew Alfgren

Reference Librarian
Phone: 410-455-3608

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, Asian Studies, Biology, Chemical & Biochemical Engineering, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Computer Science & Electrical Engineering, Emergency Health Services, History, Human Context of Science & Technology, Information Systems, Interdisciplinary Studies, Mechanical Engineering, Media & Communication Studies, Physics, and Linehan Artist Scholar Program.

Joanna Gadsby Joanna Gadsby

Instruction Coordinator and Reference Librarian
Phone: 410-455-2358

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, Education, Gender & Women's Studies, Health Administration and Policy, Mathematics, Psychology, Public Policy, and Sociology.

Daniel Gallaher Daniel Gallaher

Reference Technician
Phone: 410-455-6829


Gergana Kostova Gergana Kostova

Reference and Instruction Librarian
Phone: 410-455-3592

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.

Sarah Miller Sarah Miller

Reference Librarian

Sarah received her B.S. in Biology and Education from Ohio Northern University and her M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She provides reference and instruction services, social media updates, and participates in reference outreach activities.

Robin Moskal Robin Moskal

Associate Director - Collection Management, Reference, Interlibrary Loan, Accounting & Receiving
Phone: 410-455-2341

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 Departments, and is Head of Reference.

Sarah New Sarah New

Web Services Librarian
Phone: 410-455-1551

Sarah studied Classics at the University of Virginia before going on to receive a Master's of Library and Information Science from the Catholic University of America and a G.C. in Applied Intelligence from Mercyhurst College. She maintains and develops the library website.

Simmona E. Simmons Simmona E. Simmons

Services Development & Special Projects Librarian
Phone: 410-455-3587

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, Geography & Environmental Systems, the Shriver Center, Sonography, Speech, and Women in Technology.

Katy Sullivan Katy Sullivan

Head of Reference
Phone: 410-455-3604

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.

Semhar Yohannes Semhar Yohannes

Science Reference & Instruction Librarian
Phone: 410-455-8130

Semhar holds a B.A. in Psychology from McDaniel College and her M.L.S. from University of Maryland, College Park. She serves as the subject librarian for the departments of Biological Sciences, Chemical, Biochemical & Environmental Engineering, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering and Physics.

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