Library Game Night – We would LOVE your donations!

Carney Library Game NightThe Carney Library is organizing several game nights in the library Living Room this semester starting Sept. 24th. Big thank you to the members of the UMass Dartmouth community who have already given us several games to use, but we are still looking for more sets from all the categories below to make sure we have enough.

If you have board games that you would like to donate…We would LOVE to have them!

We are organizing some potential themes:

  • Monopoly (Monopoly – Classic or if possible themed sets would be great)
  • Word Games (Scrabble, Word up, Boggle, Bananagrams, etc.)
  • Kiddie Games (Candy Land, Mousetrap, Trouble, Chutes and Ladders, Hungry Hungry Hippo, Sorry, Operation, Connect Four, Life, etc.)
  • Build It Games (Legos (loose fine, sets if complete, Lincoln Logs, Jenga, Tinker Toys, etc)
  • Trivia Night (Trivial Pursuit, Worst Case Scenerio, Cranium, Scene It, Don’t Quote Me, etc.)
  • Act It Out (Pictionary, Charades, Taboo, Scattergories, Balderdash, Twister etc.)
  • Strategic Games (Stratego, Risk, Battleship, Rummikub, Dominos, Triominos, Clue)
  • Card games (UNO, Phase 10, Old Maid, Yahtzee, etc.)

So if you have any of these games, or similar ones, we would love to have your donations! We prefer games/sets with all their pieces, but even those that are missing some can be useful as we anticipate having to replace lost pieces eventually.

Donation collection will be at the Carney Library Circulation desk and if you have any questions, please contact Kari Mofford,

Sharing library group study tables without the awkward interactions

Just Turn It Over: New Library Open/Taken Study Table SignsWelcome back! You will notice these new signs on the 3rd and 5th floors on all the group study tables.

In our last library survey many of you told us that often large group study tables were difficult to find open and sometimes there would only be one person sitting at the table. Large multi-person tables are not meant for solitary study, and should not be “reserved” by a single person, but it still can make for an awkward situation to ask the person if you can join them. So to make this easier we are piloting a new system that should make this type of interaction less uncomfortable for all involved. If you are by yourself at a table, please turn the sign to say “Open” unless you are expecting more team/group members to join you, then turn it to “Taken.” If you leave the table, please make sure to turn the sign to “Open” again. But if there is a table with a “Taken” sign and no one there, consider it open. Most likely, someone forgot to turn it back. :)

Please let us know how this is working for you, so we would love your feedback!

Welcome back! We hope you had a great summer. Stop by the Carney Library, we’ve got few things for you to check out (and to remind you of!)

Welcome Back! Arnie Greets Returning Students in Library Learning CommonsWelcome back! We hope you had a great summer.

So now that you’re back we thought we’d remind you about a few things.

The library is on new semester hours starting on Monday, but if you’re unsure you can always check our library calendar to see our hours for each day.

There are lots of study spaces throughout the library for individual and group study and we’ve added more movable white boards to help you work things out. And, on the 3rd and 5th floors we have new signage to help you make the best use of the large group study tables. Of course on the first and second floors, there are the Learning Commons and Scholarly Commons complete with computers and printing facilities. And near the Learning Commons on the first floor there is a large quiet study space in the South Reading Room.

Need a laptop for your work in the library? Check one out at the first floor Circulation Desk. Want to schedule a place for your group to study, then go online and reserve the room! Or perhaps wish to just notify a friend about where you’re going to be studying in the library. Then send them a link with a pointer on a library floor map of where you’ll be using the Find Me Here tool.

If your back and already thinking about your senior project, your master’s thesis or the big paper you’ll have to write this semester, you might want to look up one of our expert subject librarians to help you with your research.

Wait, you’re back, but your an online student. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with our Library Services for Online Learners guide. And look here later for a schedule of library services online orientation sessions that are being planned for you.

On the other hand, if just finished moving back in and are looking for some stress free reading to relax with, check-out our New Books Shelf just across from the elevators on the first floor or pop over into the Library Living Room and see what’s there for you on the Books to Go @ The Carney Library shelves.

Anyway, we hope you get the point. We’re glad you’re back and we hope that you’ll stop by at one of our service points and ask if there is some way we can be of help … or if you want, just to say Hi!

Welcome Back!

Carney Library Staff

Finding Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER) are digital teaching and learning materials that are free for faculty and students to use. Not only can OER materials save students money, but because they are free, they may also increase student access to required readings, films, etc. This has the potential to have a very positive impact on learning outcomes. However, according to Opening the Curriculum, a 2014 study funded by The Babson Survey Research Group and Pearson, “The most significant barrier to wider adoption of OER remains a faculty perception of the time and effort required to find and evaluate it.” The Scholarly Communications Committee and our campus librarians can make this task a little less daunting.

As you know, every academic department has a librarian liaison. Your liaison can help you identify high quality open educational resources as well as materials available through library subscriptions. Contact your librarian liaison to help you identify course readings or videos. Your liaison may be able to create a list of potential alternatives if s/he is provided with citations of the works you’re currently using with your class. Since these alternatives will be free to the students, you will be saving them money while ensuring that all students have access to the material regardless of the their ability and willingness to purchase the items.

The Scholarly Communications Committee has compiled a guide to OER resources for faculty interested in exploring the topic further.

Best wishes for a successful semester.

Matt Sylvain & Allison Cywin, Co-Chairs of the Scholarly Communication Committee
Committee Email:

Easy ILL Requests with BrowZine

Images of BrowZine If you’re familiar with BrowZine, you know how it makes browsing your favorite journals VERY simple. Now it is even easier. If the full-text of a current issue is unavailable, you can request an article through interlibrary loan (ILL). When you click the “Open” button on iOS devices or the “Tap here to request” link on Android, you will automatically populate an ILL form. It’s that easy! We will get the article for you and have it delivered electronically to your ILL account.

Questions: Send us a message! 




Congratulations Graduates! UMass Dartmouth Commencement 2015 – Claire T. Carney Library Staff

Conagratulations from Claire T. Carney Library Staff - Image of Commencement Program and Student Celebrating

You made it! Congratulations from the staff of the Claire T. Carney Library!

For more commencement information, check the UMass Dartmouth Commencement site.

Commencement Photo Galleries via UMassD PhotoGraphics!:

Dystopian Fiction Book Club Turns To Mysteries For The Summer At UMass Dartmouth

Dystopia UMassD - Join the Club ... the book clubDystopian Fiction Book Club turns to mysteries for the summer

The Dystopian Fiction Book Club will shake things up this summer with a temporary switch to mysteries!

To celebrate the 85th anniversary of Nancy Drew, we’ll be reading one of the classic novels featuring the famed female sleuth, and then selecting a book whose leading lady is a modern day Nancy Drew.

For our June meeting, read any one of the first 56 Nancy Drew stories (full title list with descriptions: ) and bring it with you for a lively discussion of how the character was presented in her heyday.

For July, we’re seeking suggestions for a recent Nancy Drew-style mystery. Our minds are open, so please share your favorites and we’ll pick one for all of us to read and discuss.

Everyone is welcome to participate!

To be consulted about meeting dates and to suggest your July read, please contact me directly at: Hilary Kraus ( / 508-999-8681 )

Dr. Alan Hirshfeld to Speak at Annual Meeting of Claire T. Carney Library Associates – May 12th at the Claire T. Carney Library

Author Dr. Alan Hirshfeld and book Starlight DetectivesWhat: Claire T. Carney Library Associates Annual Meeting – Guest Speaker Dr. Alan Hirshfeld
Where: Soico/FirstFed Charitable Foundation Grand Reading Room, Claire T. Carney Library
When: 7 p.m., May 12, 2015
Open to the Public

Light refreshments will be served following the lecture.

The Claire T. Carney Library Associates of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth will hold their annual meeting on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 in the Soico/FirstFed Charitable Foundation Grand Reading Room at 7 PM.

A check from the Library Associates will be presented to the Dean of the Claire T. Carney Library, Dr. Terrence Burton at the meeting.

Our guest speaker for our annual meeting will be Dr. Alan Hirshfeld, a professor of physics at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Dr. Hirshfeld is the author of several books on astrophysics including Starlight Dectectives: How Astronomers, Inventors, and Eccentrics Discovered the Modern Universe, which was released last summer.

Professor Hirshfeld earned his B.S. in astrophysics from Princeton University in 1973 and his M.S. (1975) and his Ph.D. (1978) in astronomy from Yale University. He is the director of the UMass Dartmouth Observatory. He is also the author of several periodicals on the history of physics and astronomy.

All Claire T. Carney Library Associate members are invited to attend as well as the general public.

Light refreshments will be served following the lecture. Parking is available on campus in lot 13.

Please consider becoming a member of the Library Associates.
For further information, please contact Maria Sanguinetti at