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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

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

Great Turnout for the 21st Annual Sigma Xi UMass Dartmouth Research Expo 2015 at the Claire T. Carney Library

Sigma XI LogoThe 21st Annual Sigma Xi UMass Dartmouth Research Expo was held at the Claire T. Carney Library last week.  This event drew 90 posters showcasing research collaboration between faculty and both undergraduate and graduate students.  Over 20 alumni and local business people served as judges.

Researchers and Attendees at The 21st Annual Sigma Xi UMass Dartmouth Research Expo

A Presenter at The 21st Annual Sigma Xi UMass Dartmouth Research ExpoA Presenter at The 21st Annual Sigma Xi UMass Dartmouth Research ExpoPresenters and Guest at The 21st Annual Sigma Xi UMass Dartmouth Research ExpoAfter setting it up registration begins …

Liz Winiarz, Librarian, at The 21st Annual Sigma Xi UMass Dartmouth Research Expo Registration Table

Paper to finish? Don’t worry help is here. Join UMassD Writing & Reading Center Tutors at the International Write~In at the Claire T. Carney Library – April 29th 8 p.m. to Midnight

International Write-In - Writing Center Event - Typewritter imageWhat: International Write-In
Where: Claire T. Carney Library, Room 319
When: Wednesday, April 29th, 2015,
8 p.m. to Midnight

Paper to finish? Join the WRC’s tutors for one last night of snacks and frenzied writing!

Let us know you’re coming! Email us at:

Do you like company?  Do you like late night comfort food?  Do you want to have both in one room to help you push through your last papers of the year?

Then come to our first annual INTERNATIONAL WRITE-IN, sponsored by ARC/Writing and Reading Center tutors, on Wednesday night, April 29th, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m., in the Carney Library, Room 319.

We’re joining approximately 40 schools across the country/world next week who are hosting  write-ins at their campuses.   Writing Center tutors will be circulating to work with anyone who wants to talk about their papers.

If you want to commit to attending as a way to make sure you won’t put off your paper-writing, sign up at

Follow all participating schools at hashtag #intlwritein or Facebook

See the map of schools participating thus far at

List of schools as of April 23:

Claremont McKenna College (April 24)
Harvey Mudd College (April 24)
Connecticut College (April 26)
Hobart and William Smith Colleges (April 26)
Kenyon College (April 26)
Bucknell University (April 26)
Pitzer College (April 26)
University of Rochester (April 26)
Queens University of Charlotte (April 27)
Texas A&M (April 27-28)
Westchester Community College (April 28)
Moravian College (April 28)
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (April 29)
Elizabeth City State University (April 29)
Millsaps College (April 29)
Our Lady of the Lake University (April 29)
Cottey College (April 30)
Oklahoma State University (April 30)
University of Baltimore (April 30)
Danville Area Community College (May 1)
Salt Lake Community College (May 1)
Denison University (May 3)
Whittier College (May 3)
Occidental College (May 3)
Rhodes College (May 3)
Pomona College (May 3)
Wellesley College (May 3)
Bowdoin College (May 3)
Juniata College (May 3)
University of Puget Sound (May 4-5)
Brazosport College (May 4)
Hendrix College (May 4)
Wofford College (May 4)
Swarthmore College (May 4)
Southern Illinois University (May 4)
Metropolitan Community College–Longview (May 4)
Willamette University (May 4)
Grinnell College (May 4)
Drew University (May 4 or 5)
Guilford College (May 5)
Colby College (May 5)

Write on….

Amy Parelman
ARC/Writing and Reading Center Director
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
508 910-6410


Claire T. Carney Library Open 24/7 Starting Sunday, April 26th! Come Study and Finish Up Your Research

Poster of Claire T. Carney Library and Open 24 HoursThe Claire T. Carney Library is happy to open its doors to the UMassD community for 24/7 hours starting on the night of April 26 (Sunday) until May 13 (Tuesday) when we will close at 10PM.  Library services for Circulation/Reserves, the Digital Media Center, and Reference will not have extended hours, so make sure to visit those service points during regular hours.  You will also need a UMass Pass to enter the building after 10PM.

We hope you will find a variety of study spaces to choose from including our quiet study areas in the South Reading Room and Grand Reading Room (when no events are scheduled), several group study rooms available by reservation, and many individual and group study areas throughout the building.

We also encourage everyone to be respectful of the space and other students by watching noise levels and picking up after yourselves should you bring any food/drink.

The Campus Transportation Department will be providing Shuttle Service in a continuous loop to and from the library from April 27 – May 8.  You may also choose the Flex Parking program which will offer all Residential and Commuter students with cars the option of parking in lots 13, 14 and 15 from 6pm to 6am during this time frame.  Starting May 9th – May 13th “Safe Ride Shuttle Service” will be provided by calling and arrange a pick up at the Library between the hours of 2am and 7am (Transportation Dispatcher 508-999-9175).

Also, Dining Services would like to offer extended hours at the Library Café until 12am beginning Monday April 27th, below are the hours of operation for the dates listed:

Spring 2015-Library Cafe:

  • Monday, April 27     9 AM-Midnight
  • Tuesday, April 28    9 AM-Midnight
  • Wednesday, April 29  9 AM-Midnight
  • Thursday, April 30   9 AM-Midnight
  • Friday, May 1*       9 AM-9 PM
  • Saturday, May 2*     9 AM-9 PM
  • Sunday, May 3        5 PM-Midnight
  • Monday May 4         9 AM-Midnight
  • Tuesday, May 5       9 AM-Midnight
  • Wednesday, May 6     9 AM-Midnight
  • Thursday, May 7      9 AM-Midnight
  • Friday, May 8*       9 AM-9 PM

Closed after business on May 8th.

We wish you all the best with your exams and a productive end to the semester!   :)