The University of Baltimore has many resources for librarians, faculty, students and Baltimore community members to learn more about their neighborhoods, from historical archives to quantitative open data about current community-based indicators. This page offers a concrete example and lesson plan on how to incorporate the materials into University courses and other training sessions.
For the Spring Introduction to Information Literacy (INFO 110) Course at the University of Baltimore, Librarian Kristin Conlin decided to use collection for the Model Urban Neighborhood Demonstration (MUND), which was a public-private partnership from 1967 to 1974 between the Baltimore Community Action Agency, the Greater Baltimore Committee, and Westinghouse Corporation. The goal was to focus the resources and expertise of the private sector on a single district within Baltimore City, applying the best practices of business to the problems of urban renewal.
Student Research Tasks Based off the MUND Collection
2. Connecting the Past to Current Community-based Indicators
In the 2nd week of the 3-week module, students were shown videos to familiarize them with the work of the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance and the Vital Signs data on the website.
The work of the MUND partnership was specifically targeted within distinct geographical boundaries in what is today considered Central Baltimore (25th Street to the north; North Avenue to the south; Jones Falls to the west; Harford Road to the east). There are 3 communities in Vital Signs that span this area:
To help students navigate to indicators that relate to their topic of interest, this introductory learning module was tailored to progress students step-by-step the annual Vital Signs data compiled specifically for the 3 communities in the MUND area.
Optional: Beyond the introductory learning module, there are other topical learning modules for faculty and students to help explore other themes depending on what topics the students are interested in.
The case study for this project is available on The Civic Switchboard Project’s website, alongside the projects conducted in other cities in 2019.