Honoring Heritage Months

Honoring Heritage Months - Celebrating Women's History Month

The UMD College of Information Studies is a notably welcoming and encouraging environment, with members of the college community representing a wide range of backgrounds and experiences.

The College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland was founded in the 1960s with an overtly Activist Mission.

In the past few years, surveys taken of the College students, faculty, staff, and alumni have shown the College to have embraced diversity and inclusion as central to the mission of the school. The numbers of students in the MLS program who identify as LGBTQ or a person with a disability, for example, are far above the national averages. Many of the College’s students at the University of Maryland – regardless of their educational focus – have listed the emphasis on diversity and inclusion as the main reason for choosing to enroll here.

To find out more about how the College of Information Studies celebrates and acknowledges national heritage, click on the month that you are interested in. Each month will share resources, and articles from the College of Information Studies, and from other organizations aboard.

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history. Learn MoreDuring this month we celebrated Black History Month. Below are articles and other sources of information that were provided.

sixteen Black and Brown women-led archival projects that are reclaiming the overlooked histories and intellectual productions of Black women, gender non-conforming and non-binary peopleThis piece by Jaimee A. Swift for @blkwomenradical complies with sixteen Black and Brown women-led archival projects that are reclaiming the overlooked histories and intellectual productions of Black women, gender non-conforming, and non-binary people. (Full Article)
-Black Women Radicals


Harold T. PinkettHarold T. Pinkett (1914–2001), the first African American archivist employed by the National Archives as well as the first African American to be named an SAA Fellow, to edit The American Archivist, and to serve on SAA Council. (Full Article)
-The American Archivist

Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” Learn More

During this month we celebrate Women’s History Month. Below are articles and other sources of information that were provided.

Celebrate Women’s History Month From Anywhere

Explore the National Women’s History Museum’s collection of virtual exhibits and learn about trailblazing women, past and present. (Full Article)


MLIS Alumnae Use Instagram to Amplify Black Excellence in Librarianship

To kick-off the first week of #WomensHistoryMonth, the UMD College of Information Studies highlights Hawa Jalloh and Shannon Bland, two alumnae of the Master’s of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program who are using their social media platforms to bring Black excellence in librarianship to the forefront, and share opportunities for people of color pursuing LIS careers. (Full Article)

Women Who are In the Archives

The National Archives’ Archives Library Information Center has made available a list of websites relevant to Women’s History and contributions in the United States. Learn More


Diverse Women’s StoriesGroup of protesting women

The Patricia D. Klingenstein Library holdings are home to a diverse range of women’s stories – but also recognize the gaps in the presence of the stories of the Indigenous, enslaved, impoverished which are among those most underrepresented. Learn More



School Library Month

This month is School LibraryMonth! SLM is the American Association of School Librarians‘ celebration of school librarians and the essential role that strong school library programs play in a student’s educational career.




Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Image of a 2 story building with wood siding on second level and brick facade on first levelThis month is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month!
Did You Know that the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to preserving the history of Asian-American immigration in the US? Learn more about the organization and their research here: https://www.aiisf.org/

Eric Hung, an adjunct lecturer at the College of Information studies gave a virtual presentation for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. The talk is entitled “Recovering Early Asian American Voices in American Popular Music: Two Girl Groups”. Read the article here.

Did You Know that Joel Chan, Assistant Professor, and Associate Director of the HCIL for The iSchool is the principal investigator for research projects focused on Computational Linguistics, Machine Learning, Information Retrieval, and Data Science, Analytics, and Visualization

Jewish American Heritage Month

Logo that reads "Jewish American Heritage Month" with a Star of David. Additional text below reads "May 1st through 31st, 2022"Jewish American Heritage at UMD  This month, UMD recognizes the impact of Jewish Americans at the University and beyond. Here the iSchool compiles a list of resources, events, and exhibits to celebrate Jewish history and culture.


The Search for Wisdom, Understanding, and Knowledge Dr. David B. Levy’s choice to pursue a Master’s of Library Science (MLS) degree with a focus on Judaica librarianship at the University of Maryland was based on a love of cherishing and revering texts

Did You Know Norma Spungen, archivist emerita of the Chicago Jewish Archives, Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies – continues to do research in American Jewish history?  Read More

Older Americans Month

This month we are honoring Older Americans Month.   Inclusion is one of the many foundations of the College of Information Studies.

Often times the aging demographic is overlooked. This paper by iSchool PhD student Alisha Pradhan, iSchool assistant professor Dr. Amanda Lazar, and University of Washington’s Dr. Leah Findlater explores the potential for and challenges of this technology for older adults who use digital technology infrequently.


Did you know that the College of Information studies at UMD has a research project that investigates the effectiveness of a mobile-health (mHealth) system that aim to enable high-dosage motor performance in chronic stroke survivors in the real-world setting? This is just one of the many ways the iSchool sustains its foundation in inclusiveness and diversity. Get more information about our HCIM program or other research projects here.


Did you know that the College of Information studies at UMD conducts research that focuses on Inclusive Design for People with Dementia? This is just one of the many ways the iSchool sustains its foundation in inclusiveness and diversity. Find out more about this and other research projects here.


Pride Month


National Back-to-School month


Latinx Heritage Month


LGBTQ+ History Month

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

National Disability Awareness Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month


Native American/ Alaska Native Heritage Month

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