Category Archives: From the Dean of Library Services

Messages from the Library Dean

Welcome back! We hope you had a great break. 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 for the spring semester! We hope you had a great break.

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

The library is back to regular hours starting on Monday, but if you’re unsure you can always check our library calendar to see our hours for each day. Don’t forget to bring your UMass Pass, which is also your library card and will give you access (with a proximity reader near the doors) to the building after 10 PM.

There are lots of study spaces throughout the library for individual and group study. You will see “table tents” on the 3rd and 5th floors to help you share the group study tables and help us all make the best use of the library’s study space. 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 you’re 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 if you just 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 studying  using the Find Me Here tool.

If you’re 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 you’re 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 you 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.

And if that’s not enough, for future stress relievers, we are sponsoring a Game Night every second Thursday of the month in the Library Living Room with a variety of board games on hand. The library will also co-sponsor a De-Stress Day once a month in the Library Living Room with games, chair massage, and arts and crafts. Just miss reading for fun? We have a Dystopian Book Club that meets once a month and is currently reading “The Watchmen” for the February meeting … dates/times to be announced soon!

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!

~ From Your Carney Library Staff

Position Opening: Visiting Assistant/Associate Librarian-Archives, Claire T. Carney Library ~ Archives & Special Collections ~ UMass Dartmouth

Visiting Assistant/Associate Librarian-Archives

As a member of the Claire T. Carney Library’s Archives and Special Collections team, the Visiting Assistant/Associate Librarian is primarily responsible for processing the papers of former U.S. Congressman Barney Frank.   This is a one-year, temporary appointment with the possibility of a second and third year renewal, dependent on performance and funding.  Reporting to and under the direction of the Head of the Archives and Special Collections Division, the Project Archivist will develop and implement a comprehensive archival processing plan for the Congressman Barney Frank Archives Collection (CBFA) that includes but is not limited to arrangement, description, preservation, access and security for records in all formats.  The Visiting Assistant/Associate Librarian’s work requires application of archival best practices and national standards, as well as specific practices for political papers.  Work also involves identifying series within the collection for digitization and includes contributing content to the Archives and Special Collections web page and social media outlets.

Additionally, the Assistant/Associate Librarian, like all library staff, have leadership responsibilities regardless of their position within Library Services.  Leadership for the Assistant/Associate Librarian includes activities such as contributing to the goals and strategic library directions through active participation on committees, teams, and task forces and sharing expertise throughout the library in order to further library and university missions.

Lastly, the Assistant/Associate Librarian participates in other department, library, university, and professional activities, as appropriate.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education: Master’s Degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution of higher education, with a concentration in archives management.

Experience:  Previous experience in archival arrangement, description, cataloguing methods, archival management and access methods.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Experience handling primary materials.
  • Knowledge of preservation issues.
  • Ability to work in a collegial setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to write proposals and reports.
  • Demonstrated ability to complete projects or assignments in archival processing, arrangement and description.
  • Strong interpersonal communications skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of best practices and standards in archival processing.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of digital and online techniques and services applicable to archives and special collections.
  • Knowledge of descriptive standards such as DACS and use of appropriate thesauri.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of metadata standards as they pertain to archival materials.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of modern congressional papers collections.
  • Demonstrated experience processing congressional collections.
  • Demonstrated experience in metadata creation.
  • Experience in processing large collections (100+ linear feet).
  • Demonstrated application of digital and online techniques and services applicable to archives and special collections.
  • Familiarity with the U.S. Congress, the legislative process, and congressional office practices.
  • Experience managing a variety of audiovisual formats in archives.
  • Degree in History or substantive coursework in modern American History.
  • Additional degree in a related field.

To apply please submit a letter of interest, current resume and the contact information for three professional references.

The review of applications will begin October 5, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth values excellence, diversity, transparency, student-centeredness, accountability, innovation, engagement, collaboration, collegiality and safety.

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age over 40, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, or other protected class.

The University of Massachusetts reserves the right to conduct background checks on potential employees.

View official posting and apply at:


Claire T. Carney Library Building Hours – Fall 2015

Please Note that hours adjust during the semester.

August 31 – September 27, 2015

Monday – Thursday 7:30 AM – 11:00 PM
Friday 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday 12:00 Noon – 11:00 PM

September 28 – November 28, 2015

Mon – Thurs 7:30 AM – 1:30 AM
Fri 7:30 AM – 11 PM
Sat 9 AM – 11 PM
Sun noon – 1:30 AM

Holiday hours will differ

Nov 29 – Dec 16 Open 24 hours

For questions regarding Library hours, check the Library Hours and Events page at:

Terrance M. Burton
Dean of Library Services
Claire T. Carney Library
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Claire T. Carney Library Open 24/7 Starting Sunday, November 30th!

Library 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 November 30 (Sunday) until December 16 (Tuesday) when it will close at 7PM.  Library services for Circulation/Reserves 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, 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 from the Library to Residential buildings from December 1 – 16.  A continuous loop to and from the Library will be offered December 1 – 11 and then starting December 12 -16, “Safe Ride Shuttle Service”  will be provided  by calling to arrange a pick-up at the Library between the hours of  2am and 7am (Transportation Dispatcher 508-999-9175).

For added convenience, residential and commuter students with cars may park in lots 13, 14, and 15 from 6pm to 6am during this time frame.

Also, Dining Services will be available for extended hours at the Library Café until 12am beginning December 1 -11.

* Extended hours are for members of the UMassD community only. Please have your UMass Pass with you as you ma be asked to present it during the overnight hours to verify eligibility for the extended hours.  If you need to obtain a UMass Pass, please go to their office located on the ground floor of the campus center Monday – Friday 9 AM to 4 PM.

Check library calendar for specific days and hours:

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:

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



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

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Welcome back!
UMass Dartmouth!

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.

Join the library in celebrating National Poetry Month. Find the Poem Boards on the 2nd Floor Walkway and Post Your Own Favorite!

Join the library in celebrating National Poetry Month!

Picture of Nation Poetry Month Board with Poems Tacked On It
Look for the poem boards on 2nd Floor walkway across from Library 206 in the midst of the Richard and Cecila Ward Poetry Collection.

Read what your friends and classmates may have put up there. And don’t forget to bring your own favorite to hang up!








Here’s one of our favorites …

The Libraries Didn’t Burn by Elaine Equi

despite books kindled in electronic flames.

The locket of bookish love

still opens and shuts.

But its words have migrated

to a luminous elsewhere.

Neither completely oral nor written —

a somewhere in between.

Then will oak, willow,

birch, and olive poets return

to their digital tribes —

trees wander back to the forest?

National Poetry Month is a celebration of poetry first introduced in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States.

Claire T. Carney Library OPEN 24 HOURS! Come Study and Finish Up Your Research

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The Claire T. Carney Library will be open continuously through Tuesday, December 17 when we close at 7 PM. This period covers the last days of classes and the last day of the final exam period. Regular library services such as circulation/reserve transactions will only be available on the same schedule as regular library hours. IT assistance will be available at the Learning Commons service point on the 1st floor for all of the hours that the building is open.

Extended hours are for members of the UMD community only. Please have your UMass Pass with you as you ma be asked to present it during the overnight hours to verify eligibility for the extended hours. If you need to obtain a UMass Pass, please go to their office located on the ground floor of the campus center Monday – Friday 9 AM to 4 PM.

Please contact the Library Dean at for general information and the IT Student Services Center or 508-999-8884 for IT questions.

Terrance M. Burton
Dean of Library Services
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Veterans’ Reading Room At The Claire T. Carney Library – A Recognition of Service, A Place Of Support

Looking Through The Veterans' Reading Room DoorWith Veterans Day just around the corner we’d like to join in the university’s recognition of veterans and active duty military at UMassD by reminding all of the Claire T. Carney Library’s Veterans Reading Room

Students who are veterans or active duty military are invited to take advantage of the Veterans’ Reading Room in the Claire T. Carney Library. The space, developed in consultation with the Student Veterans Association and UMass Dartmouth Veterans Affairs, offers comfortable study and interaction geared toward the particular needs of the veteran student — less glass, VA and other resources, comradeship, and support. A library study space focused on veterans’ needs is a fairly rare item, so please let us know if there is anything you need to make the VRR more useful to you. We thank you for your service.

Statements on Veterans’ Services and the Veterans’ Reading Room from our collaborators, the Student Veterans Association and Student Affairs:

The Student Veterans Association is committed to helping past, present and future Veterans at UMass Dartmouth. As a student group, we help facilitate events and support for military members. UMassD has done an excellent job by setting up the Veterans’ Reading Room in the library as a central place to study and meet like minded individuals. We pride ourselves in developing professional skills and talent as the next generation of the future leaders from UMassD.

Whether you are a student, staff or faculty member, please know that you a valued Veteran and member of our campus community. I hope you will accept our appreciation for your service, as well as our interest in who you are, as well as your experiences and opinions. Please feel free to contact us at with any questions or comments you may have. Ronald Voltz, our Veteran Assistant, is eager to connect with you as a colleague and peer resource. Based out of the Student Affairs Office (Campus Center, suite 221), Ron spends time in the Veterans Reading Room, as well as throughout campus talking with Student Veterans and representing their interests throughout the University. Many thanks for your service to our country and your feedback on how UMass Dartmouth can serve you better. Sincerely, Shelly Metivier Scott, Associate Dean of Students, UMass Dartmouth.

Terry Burrton

Terrance M. Burton
Dean of Library Services
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
508-999-8664 (t)
508-999-8987 (f)

More Info on the Veterans’ Reading Room: