Library Orientation for Students in Fully-Online Programs – October 6th & October 8th

Library Online Wherever you are! Images of students interacting online with librarianLibrarians at Claire T. Carney Library are offering an orientation to online library services. Sign up for one of two sessions designed especially for students in online programs. Find out how the Carney Library’s staff and resources can help you succeed. The orientation will cover key library services, including the library’s Primo discovery search, free home delivery of books and electronic delivery of articles, registration for a library card/university ID, and the availability of research help and technical support. The orientation sessions are scheduled for Monday, October 6th from 6 to 7:00 pm and Wednesday, October 8th from 10 to 11:00 am. The sessions will be conducted using Blackboard Collaborate, an online teaching and learning tool. We will email attendees the link to the Collaborate classroom and directions for accessing it. If you’re interested in attending one of the sessions, please complete the online registration form by Sunday, October 5th. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions!

Presenters:

Matt Sylvain, Library Online Support Coordinator
Charlie McNeil, Library Systems and Digital Services Librarian

Feedback from previous attendees:

“The support to online learners is amazing. Every student should participate in the online library orientation. I learned so much that I didn’t realize they could help me with.”

“I did not realize all that was available to the online student. It will definitely make life easier when it comes to research.”

“I almost want to recommend that it should be a requirement to attend – that’s how helpful I found it.”

“The important thing to me is that the orientation made me feel that full on-line students are also part of the library and that you care about us…now I have something else to love about UMassD.”

“Being a returning student with minimal computer resource knowledge, this instruction has made me more comfortable to pursue information and provided the avenues in which I would be able to obtain it.”

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In Celebration of International Open Access Week 2014

Open Access Week 2014International Open Access Week, is an annual international celebration, now in its seventh year, created to raise awareness of the issue of access to published scholarly research. The week is serves as an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they have learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research. For more information and news about the event and open access in general go to “International Open Access Week” (http://www.openaccessweek.org)

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Reception Recognizing Judge Francis J. Larkin Book Collection Donation to Claire T. Carney Library, UMass Dartmouth – September 18, 2014 – 4 – 6 pm

What: A reception recognizing Judge Francis J. Larkin, Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus, for his generous gift of books to the Claire T. Carney Library.
Where: Grand Reading Room, Claire T. Carney Library, UMass Dartmouth
When: Thursday, September 18, 2014 – 4 – 6 pm
~ Parking is available in Lots 13 and 1~

The Dean of Library Services, Terrance Burton, invites all to a reception recognizing Judge Francis J. Larkin, Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus, for his generous gift of books to the Claire T. Carney Library.

Please RSVP by September 15, 2014 to Karen Tavares: KTavares@umassd.edu

Judge Francis J. LarkinUMass Law's Judge Francis Larkin:

“Before he was appointed dean of the Southern New England School of Law in 1993, a position he held until 1998 when he was appointed chancellor, Professor Larkin served for over two decades as a member of the Massachusetts judiciary. Earlier he served as Associate Dean of the Boston College Law School where he was also a tenured Full Professor”. –  UMass Law Faculty

 

 

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Welcome, Or Welcome Back To UMass Dartmouth! We Are Happy You Are Back. Come See Us Soon!

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We are pleased to have you here and proud of our fine library services and facilities at the Claire T. Carney Library on the main campus and the Law Library on the UMass School of Law campus. Library staff are geared up with excellent resources and a helpful attitude to assist you in using information to enhance your learning, research, and personal growth. Come see us early and often!

Our library offers many great places to study and work either individually or as a group.

Need some quiet to concentrate? 1st floor – Official Quiet Study – South Reading Room

Need a place for your group to meet? Group Study Rooms – Make sure to reserve to ensure usage. See instructions below:

  • 127 – Mediascape Room – Comes with large monitor that you can connect to with your laptop. Good for small groups.
  • 217 – Mediascape Room – Duel screen monitors that you can connect to with your laptop. Good for small groups.
  • 310, 311, 312 313 – Rooms with tables, chairs and white boards – good for groups up to 12
  • 318, 319 – Rooms with tables, chairs and white boards – good for groups up to 16

Reserve these rooms using ReservIT, which is located on the myUMassD portal under campus tools.

We also have a Graduate Study Room (306) and a Veterans’ Reading Room (354), which do not need to be reserved.  :-)

See this orientation guide for more info about our spaces and using ReservIT, as well as other great library information.

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(CLOSED) Part Time Reference Librarian Position Opening – UMass Dartmouth Claire T. Carney Library

Library Job Opportunities - Woman Holding Up The WorldThe University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is looking for a reference librarian to work at the reference desk during, September 2014-June 2015, with the possibility of annual renewal. MLS from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent preferred; MLS candidates w ho have completed coursework in reference service considered. Other qualifications include: reference experience, preferably in an academic library; strong interpersonal communications skills, and a demonstrated ability to work with colleagues and library users. This is a 15-20 hour/week position, including Friday, another half day and one or two weekday evenings.

See full job description and link to apply online at: (CLOSED)

 

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Mary Adams, the Nursing and Health Sciences Librarian, at the Claire T. Carney Library has retired after 17 years of outstanding service to UMass Dartmouth.

 

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Mary Adams, the Nursing and Health Sciences Librarian, at the Claire T. Carney Library has retired after 17 years of outstanding service to UMass Dartmouth. Mary will be missed for many reasons, most notably for her tireless efforts to find, evaluate and acquire important information resources for the nursing and health sciences and her dedication to helping “her students” learn how to find scholarly information for their research projects. Mary was recently thanked for her great service and congratulated on her upcoming retirement for at the UMass Dartmouth College of Nursing Scholarship Day. Just before she left, faculty and library staff gathered for an afternoon tea to celebrate her career at UMass Dartmouth. At the gathering it was noted how much both faculty and students will miss her ever present support and expertise. Mary thanked all for the lovely tea and gifts and said she would probably be using one of the gifts, a tablet, to check out some of the library’s new eBooks, if she could figure out how to get it up and working properly!

 

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“Teaching Across Difference” – The New England Library Instruction Group’s Annual Meeting Is Being Held at UMass Dartmouth on June 6th

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Teaching Across Difference is the theme for this year’s New England Library Instruction Group (NELIG) annual meeting being held at UMass Dartmouth. The program for this year’s meeting was inspired by keynote speaker, Yu-Hui Chen and the article she co-authored with Mary K. Van Ullen, “Helping International Students Succeed Academically through Research Process and Plagiarism Workshops”.

The program as described on the NELIG web site says:

We will share and explore how instruction librarians negotiate the many differences we encounter in our work, be they one-on-one, collaborative or in the classroom. For example, do you have a technique for dealing with a particular difference in your library instruction sessions? How do you incorporate your own differences into teaching information literacy skills to students? What collaborative partnerships have you developed on your campus to accommodate difference into your information literacy program?

Presentations will address differences of:

Ability
Potential
English Language Proficiency
Location (Distance/Online)
Educational Background (ex: first generation, public/private, adult)
Learning Style
Culture

See http://nelig.acrlnec.org/content/nelig-annual-program-june-6-2014 for full program and agenda.

 

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And Now the Video! Carney Library’s Mass State Book Cart Drill Team Championship Performance Captured For Your Viewing Pleasure!

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You’ve read about it. You’ve longed to see it. And now it is here!

The UMass Dartmouth Carney Library’s State Champion Book Cart Drill Team championship performance comes to a screen near you!

Yes today you can view the whole electrifying performance by just going to:

http://www.wccatv.com/video/specials/GALAAWARDSDINNERMLA

Watch the whole Massachusetts Library Association Gala Awards Dinner OR move the video control bar to about minute 3:45 on the dial and sit back (or stand up and clap with them) and enjoy!

And a big Thank you to Worcester Community Access Television for bringing us this wonderful video, though we’re sure their ratings will rise significantly during this showing period ;-)

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The UMass Dartmouth Carney Library Corsairs Book Cart Drill Team Rolled Over the Competition at the Recent Massachusetts Library Association Annual Conference

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The Carney Library Corsairs wowed the judges with their precision choreography, upbeat musical interpretation, awesome costumes, pirate-y cart decoration and overall flair and enthusiasm. They had just four minutes to impress, but impress they did, as they sailed away from the rest of the competition with our own Arnie the Corsair helping to bring home the gold.

The UMass Dartmouth Carney Library Corsairs Book Cart Drill Team members that won it all were: Library Staff Members Amy Lawton and Kayla Faught-Hodgson, Library Student Assistants Kelsey Szarek and Jovietthe Ramos, and the campus’ one and only Arnie the Corsair!

Look for the winning performance to be displayed on Worcester Public Access Television service in the coming weeks!

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Historical Portuguese Newspapers of Hawaii Digitized and Available Via UMassD Claire T. Carney Library’s Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives

Image of historic OLUSO Portuguese NewspaperThe Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives at the Claire T. Carney Library and the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth announce the addition of six Portuguese-language newspapers published in Hawaii between 1885 and 1937 to its Portuguese-American Digital Newspaper Collections. The project was done in collaboration with The Hawaiian Historical Society of Honolulu, which provided the original newspapers.

In 1878 the German ship Priscilla brought 114 Portuguese, including entire families, to Honolulu. Although there had been Portuguese in Hawaii for at least a century or so, this event marked the start of mass Portuguese migration to the archipelago. According to historian Leo Pap, by 1888 about 12,000 “had made the long voyage halfway around the world to start new lives in a mid-Pacific island kingdom.” They came primarily from the islands of Madeira and Saint Michael to work as contract laborers in the sugar cane plantations that had been expanding as a result of the Reciprocity Treat of 1875 between the U.S. and the Kingdom of Hawaii, which allowed for the duty-free importation of Hawaiian sugar into the U.S. Within a few years after the arrival of the first immigrants, a vibrant Portuguese ethnic press began to develop in Hawaii. Research by Prof. Alberto Pena-Rodríguez of the University of Vigo, Spain, who was the Helio and Amelia Pedroso Visiting Endowed Chair Professor in Portuguese Studies at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in the fall of 2013, between 1885 and 1900 there were at least nine Portuguese-Language newspapers published in Hawaii.

To make these historical newspapers available to researchers worldwide, in 2010, the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives (FMPAA) initiated a search for original copies of the periodicals and for organizations that would be willing to enter into a partnership to digitize them. After years of negotiations, which involved the shipping of fragile originals from Honolulu to Minneapolis (where the digitization took place) and back, the FMPAA partnered with the Hawaiian Historical Society of Honolulu to make this unique collection available worldwide. What in the past required researchers to travel to various archives and spend extensive hours of poring over paper documents or reel after reel of microfilm is now available, for free, from the comfort of one’s home, at the click of a computer mouse.

“The process utilized to digitize the collection created high quality scans, using a patented process that optimizes the text and illustrations,” said Sonia Pacheco, the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives librarian/archivist who was responsible for the project. “Each issue of the newspapers in the collection may be browsed on its entirety or searched by keyword. The site also offers the possibility of searching across all issues of the same paper or across all newspapers in the collection,” she added.

The digitization of the historical Portuguese newspapers of Hawaii is the third major venture undertaken by the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives under its Portuguese-American Newspaper Digitization Project. The first was the Diário de Notícias, a daily newspaper published in New Bedford, Massachusetts between 1919 and 1973 and the second a set of 14 titles published in California between the mid 1880s and 1940s. All may be searched online by going to:

The Portuguese-American Newspaper Digitization Project
http://www.lib.umassd.edu/paa/portuguese-american-digital-newspaper-collections.

The first two initiatives were made possible by grants from the Government of the Autonomous Region of the Azores; Elisia and Mark Saab of Advanced Polymers, Inc., in Salem, NH; and Luis Pedroso, of Accutronics, Inc., in Lowell, MA. The goal of Portuguese-American Newspaper Digitization Project is to digitize all major historical Portuguese newspapers published in the United States. Individuals or organizations possessing copies of such newspapers or other historical documents associated with the Portuguese in the U.S. are encouraged to contact Sonia Pacheco at 508 999-8695 or spacheco@umassd.edu.

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