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Need Help Finishing those Research Papers?


The Claire T. Carney Library and the Writing and Reading Center have you covered. If you need help finding journal articles, statistics, etc., stop by the library’s reference desk or contact us online. If you need specialized help, consider contacting the librarian responsible for your major.

Finding it difficult to write that last paper or commit to its final revision?  Join other like-minded students for the Writing and Reading Center’s semi-annual “Write-in”
next Monday, May 2nd, from 8p.m. to midnight in LARTS 219. Tutors will be available, and refreshments will be served. No appointments required. Just bring your laptop (if you have one), and prepare to write.

Let’s do this…together!

Book Collections Honoring MLK & The Civil Rights Movement

Photo of Martin Luther King on the Mall in D.C.

Martin Luther King’s leadership and moral authority has inspired black Americans for more than 50 years.

 Young black people, proud and outspoken members of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), organized their own form of struggle, adopting the strategy of non-violence while pressing forward on broader social change.

The Carney Library commemorates Martin Luther King and the Black History Month 2016 with books by and about people who led the fight for racial justice and equality.

Check out them out!  Discover the lives and experiences of men and women who changed society in the face of racism and brutality.

Library Update for Sunday, November 29th

Pipe Burst In Carney LibraryAs the Provost announced this evening,  “Most of the Claire T. Carney Library (other than sections such as the South Living Room and Digital Media Center) will be open for use on Sunday, November 29, starting at noon.

We hope to have the Library fully functional on Monday and will be monitoring air quality in the days ahead to assure safety.

Thank you for your patience as we work through this situation.”

Library Living Room Open — Main Area Closed — Saturday, Nov. 28th

Pipe Burst In Carney LibraryAs we reported yesterday, we experienced major water damage due to a broken pipe. This affected a large portion of the library including the Learning Commons, South Reading Room, Archives, and Veterans’ Reading Room. We’ve been working to repair the damage with the facilities team. The library main area will remain closed Saturday, November 28.

The Library Living Room as well as the Circulation Desk will remain open and students may check out laptops and other equipment. We will provide another update Saturday evening.

We are sorry for the inconvenience!

Update 9 pm Saturday: Clean-up continued throughout the day. The library main area will re-open Sunday although select areas may remain closed. We will post more details as they become available.

Thank you to all library, facilities, CITS, and public safety staff who have worked diligently to ensure that we could continue providing library services while restoring the building as quickly and safely as possible.

Library Orientation for Students in Fully-Online Programs — October 6th & 7th

Picture of a librarian interacting with online studentsLibrarians 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. Learn information that all online UMass Dartmouth students need to know in order to take full advantage of the library. The orientation will cover key library services, including how to get books and other physical resources mailed to your home for free, how to register for a library card/university ID, how to access online journals, and how to get research help and technical support. The orientation sessions are scheduled for Tuesday, October 6th  from 6 to 7:00 pm and Wednesday, October 7th from 10 to 11:00 am. Sign-up for the one that best fits your schedule!

The sessions will take approximately one hour and 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 Monday, October 5th. If you’re interested in attending but can’t make either session, feel free to contact us. We will work with you to schedule a time that works for you.


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 know the magnitude of resources available to me as an online student – I wish I had this orientation earlier.”

“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.”

“This was a great experience and all freshman and new students should take this as it is very helpful.”

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!