Category Archives: From the Dean of Library Services

Messages from the Library Dean

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

Pic of East Entrance of Library with Library Open 24 Hours - Dec. 1 -17 @ 7 pmLIBRARY OPEN 24 HOURS

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:

Provost Karim Announces Graduate Student Study Space in Claire T. Carney Library

Pic of Graduate Student Study Room & Yoken SignsDesignated Graduate Student Study Space
Dear Everyone:
Responding to the need for UMass Dartmouth graduate students to have a designated space for study and cross-disciplinary interaction, Library Services has designated the Claire T. Carney Library Room 306 to be the Graduate Student Study Space. The room, also known as the Yoken Family Reading Room, is on the third floor directly across from the elevators. The Graduate Student Study Space joins the Veterans’ Reading Room (Room 354) as spaces designated for specific groups with specialized study needs. We trust you will find the space conducive to the process of learning and discovery.
Mohammad Karim, Ph.D.
Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor
Chief Operating Officer
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
285 Old Westport Road
North Dartmouth, MA 02747-2300
Tel: 508-999-8024

Ann Wolpert, a powerful voice for libraries in the digital age, passes

Our hearts go out to family and friends of Ann Wolpert, Director of the MIT Libraries. Her passing is a sad occasion for libraries as she was a powerful voice for digital libraries and open access to the scholarly record. We wish her colleagues at MIT and the Boston Library Consortium peace in this difficult time.

Terry Burton
Dean of Library Services
UMass Dartmouth

From the MIT Libraries:

Dear colleagues:

With deep sadness we share this news of Ann Wolpert’s passing last evening after a very brief illness. The MIT public announcement was just released:

We only learned on Monday that Ann was in hospice care in Cambridge where she was well cared for by the Visiting Nurse Association of Boston. We know her last days were lived with dignity and grace in a peaceful setting.

Ann was an intensely private person. She asked us — her senior colleagues — to honor her confidentiality while she focused her energy on dealing with an illness that struck just over two months ago while vacationing in Maine with her husband. She rushed to a Boston area hospital and never came into the MIT Libraries again. This is a shock for us all.

For many of the staff, the library community, and even close friends there was no opportunity to share concern and caring to a person whose legacy will long be remembered. Some of you reached out to us when you found her missing from your board, committee, or council meetings this fall and expressed your concern and some of you covered for her gladly. We know she was grateful.

Her family was with her throughout. We continue to take the lead from them on a memorial service and celebration of her life, and will share information as it becomes available.

For now we are tending to staff and one another, and are deeply grateful for your support and caring thoughts.

On behalf of the MIT Libraries,
Diane Geraci and Steve Gass
Co-Interim Directors
From MIT News:

Ann Wolpert, MIT’s director of libraries since 1996, has died after a brief illness. She was 70 years old.

Wolpert was a pioneer in digital stewardship, bringing to the MIT community a deep understanding of scholarship, of research, and of the library’s broader mission to preserve and disseminate knowledge. Under her leadership, the MIT Libraries developed DSpace, a milestone in digital libraries that catalyzed the institutional repository movement.

Wolpert began work at MIT just as the Internet was emerging, and her tenure was marked by her passionate response to the opportunity and upheaval that resulted for research libraries. In scientific, research, and university communities around the world, a debate, still unresolved, came to the fore: how the decades-old system of peer-reviewed scholarly journals ought to operate in the digital world.

Wolpert became a leading voice in that discussion; she argued for unrestricted online access to journal articles. In a February 2013 essay in the New England Journal of Medicine, she not only made the case for such access: She also called it an inevitability. “There is no doubt,” she wrote, “that the public interests vested in funding agencies, universities, libraries, and authors, together with the power and reach of the Internet, have created a compelling and necessary momentum for open access. It won’t be easy, and it won’t be inexpensive, but it is only a matter of time.”

Though Wolpert made her case forcefully, she was not dismissive of concerns about how open access might work in practice, and she upheld the value of peer review. “The fact,” she wrote, “that faculty members and researchers donate to publishers the ownership of their research articles — as well as their time and effort as reviewers — does not mean that there are no expenses associated with the production of high-quality publications. For all its known flaws, no one wants to destroy peer-reviewed publication.”

Hal Abelson, the Class of 1922 Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at MIT and founding director of both Creative Commons and the Free Software Foundation, remembers Wolpert as “one of the great intellectual leaders at MIT.” She fused, he says, a mix of business experience from her earlier career with serious academic curiosity and integrity. “Ann was funny, warm, caring, and remarkably fair,” Abelson says.

“She believed in open access, but it went deeper than that,” he adds. “Her central insight was that in the age of the Internet, a great research library could serve not only as a window into scholarly output for given members of university and research communities, but also as a window for the world at large into the scholarly enterprise. That was a great and thrilling idea, and she pursued it deftly and with great respect for the full spectrum of faculty views.”

MIT President L. Rafael Reif, in his previous role as provost, worked closely with Wolpert. “I knew her to be very dedicated to MIT, and she thought carefully about how our library system could best serve the Institute and beyond,” he says. “She was an excellent steward of our scholarship — and a very dear colleague. I will miss her very much.”

As director of libraries, Wolpert managed the MIT Libraries and the MIT Press. The MIT Libraries — with five major subject collections, the Institute Archives and Special Collections, and a staff of 170 — support the research and teaching needs of the Institute community. The MIT Press publishes around 30 journals and 220 books each year in a wide range of subjects.

Wolpert also served on MIT’s Committee on Intellectual Property, the Council on Educational Technology, the OpenCourseWare Faculty Advisory Committee, the Deans’ Group, and Academic Council. She also served as chair of the board of directors of MIT Technology Review.

In 2000, Wolpert helped lead the MIT Libraries’ collaboration with Hewlett-Packard to build DSpace, an open-source digital archive for faculty output that has been adopted by more than 1,000 institutions worldwide.

In 2009, Wolpert was instrumental in the conception and passage of the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy, whereby faculty authors give MIT nonexclusive permission to disseminate their journal articles for open access through DSpace@MIT. It was the first institution-wide policy of its kind in the United States. Open sharing of MIT scholarship has given readers around the world access to the results of MIT’s research.

Wolpert continued to be a player in other “startups” that have the potential to transform the way research institutions and their libraries collaborate to solve problems big enough to call for a collective response. She referred to these as “solutions at scale.” Among them is the Digital Preservation Network (DPN), to whose inaugural board she was recently appointed. DPN was created to ensure that the scholarly record is preserved for future generations by using a shared, national preservation ecosystem composed of several federated, replicating nodes containing redundant copies of all deposits to protect against catastrophic loss.

Wolpert was a leader in her field. “Ann has been a trailblazer in defining the new roles of libraries in an era of data-intensive scholarship,” says Cliff Lynch, executive director of the Coalition for Networked Information. “Her work in the development of institutional repositories as a means of curating and making public the research contributions of universities has fundamentally reshaped strategies for managing scholarship at a national and international level. She will be greatly missed.”

Prior to joining MIT, Wolpert was executive director of library and information services at the Harvard Business School. Her experience previous to Harvard included management of the information center of Arthur D. Little, Inc., an international management and consulting firm, where she also worked on various consulting assignments. More recent consulting assignments took her to the University of New Mexico, Cornell University and Adelphi University in New York, the campuses of INCAE in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, MASDAR in Abu Dhabi, the League of European Research Libraries in Amsterdam, the National Library of China, and the Malaysia University of Science and Technology.

In 2005 Wolpert served as president of the Association of Research Libraries and was most recently a member of its Influencing Public Policies Steering Committee. She served on the boards of directors of the Boston Library Consortium, the National Academies’ Board of Research Data and Information (BRDI), DuraSpace, and DPN, and on the steering committee of the Coalition for Networked Information. She also served as a publications advisor to the Massachusetts Medical Society.

Wolpert received a BA from Boston University and an MLS from Simmons College, where she was an honorary trustee and a member of the board of advisors of the PhD Program in Managerial Leadership in the Information Professions at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

Welcome to 2013-2014 at the Claire T. Carney Library


Welcome or Welcome Back!

Here are a few updates from the Claire T. Carney Library.

From Sept. 3 – Sept. 19 our hours will be:

Upperclassmen please note closing times!

M-Th 7:30AM – 11PM
F 7:30AM – 5PM
Sat. 9AM – 5PM
Sun. Noon – 11PM

Then beginning on Sept. 20:

M-Th 7:30AM – 1:30AM
F 7:30AM – 11PM
Sat. 9AM – 11PM
Sun. Noon – 1:30AM

Please make sure to check our calendar online for holiday hours.

If you are wondering if the library has your textbook or other required reading for your courses, make sure to search “course reserves” in our Primo search on the homepage. If you have any questions please call x8750.

Also, we have expanded our Read and Return Collection, which is located in the Library Living Room and 2nd Floor Corridor (near the lecture halls). This popular reading collection does not have to be checked out formally, but we would appreciate it if you returned the book when you finish. 🙂

If you find that all our public terminals are in use, don’t forget you can borrow a laptop. Laptop and equipment borrowing is now located at our Circulation Desk on the first floor. Questions about the equipment may be directed to x8856.

We have several group study rooms on the 3rd floor and two Mediascape rooms (one on the first floor and one on the second) that may be reserved through ReservIT. ReservIT is located under campus tools in MyUmassD.

Students in groups of three or more may reserve group study rooms (two or more students for Mediascape room) up to three hours a week and may book a space either a minute before use or up to two weeks in advance. These rooms are available only when the library is open.

Terrance Burton
Dean of Library Services

UMassD Claire T. Carney Library 24 HOUR Opening Starts Sunday, April 21

Library Open 24 HRS with Graphic of Library at NightThe Claire T. Carney Library will be open continuously from noon on Sunday April 21 through 1:30 AM on Monday May 6. The hours on May 6 – 8 are 7:30 AM – 1:30 AM. This period covers the last days of classes and the final exam period. Regular library services such as circulation/reserve transactions and reference assistance 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.
A valid UMass Pass is required for entrance to the building after 10 PM.

You will be required to swipe your card at the door in order to enter the building. This only works at the 3 doors in the addition. The door on the 2nd floor connecting to SENG is for emergency exit only after 10 PM. 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.

Personnel from the Department of Public Safety and DART van service will be available.

These extended hours are sponsored by the Claire T. Carney Library, CITS, UMD Dept of Public Safety and Campus Services.

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

Join Us for A Guided Tour of the Newly Renovated Claire T. Carney Library and Its Beautiful New Addition

Catherine Fortier-Barnes Leads Library TourTake A Guided Tour
of the Newly Renovated
Claire T. Carney Library and Its Beautiful New Addition

Find a day and time that suits you and just meet us near the elevator in the lobby on the 1st Floor of the library.




Tuesday, April 2

  • 11:30 AM
  • 1:15 PM
  • 3:15 PM

Wednesday, April 3

  • 10 AM
  • 12:15 PM
  • 2:15 PM

Canceled – Copyright, Fair Use and Scholarly Communication – Presentation & Discussion – Claire T. Carney Library

The presentation “Copyright, Fair Use and Scholarly Communication – Presentation & Discussion – Claire T. Carney Library” planned for today in the Claire T. Carney Library has been canceled. A traffic situation on the Mass Pike has delayed the presenters and made it impossible for them to arrive in time for the presentation to go forward as scheduled.

The presentation will be rescheduled for later in the semester. The rescheduled date and time will be posted here as soon as it is available.


Architectural Record Magazine Highlights the Transformation of the Claire T. Carney Library Renovation and Addition

Architectural Record Article Image of Claire T Carney Library

Wrestling with Rudolph: Changing an important complex by a major (but difficult) architect poses both dangers and the chance to keep his work alive.

By Fred A. Bernstein
Architectural Record

February, 2013

Highlights the difficulties and successes of the transformation of the Claire T. Carney Library Renovation and Addition projects.

The Claire T. Carney Library Addition Arrives with a “Soft Opening” on Jan. 22nd – Join Us for Coffee, Hot Chocolate & Treats at the New Café

Claire T Carney Library & New Addition

Welcome Back – to Your New Library Space!

It’s bright, spacious, and warm, especially near the new fireplaces. Join us for the “Soft Opening” on the first day of the  spring semester, Tuesday, Jan. 22nd. We’ll be waiting for you in the new addition with hot chocolate, coffee and some treats at the new Café.

There is still work to be done, but after three years of construction, you’ve just got to come see it for yourselves. The new addition features a brand new space that serves as the new entryway for the Library. This “campus living room,” with its fifty-foot-tall windows, coffee tables, and low bookcases (and did we mention the two working fireplaces!) will make it the
campus’s best place to meet, talk, or study.

We’ll start at 7:30 a.m. and the Library Dean and Assistant Dean will be there to officially welcome you to your new library space.

** And please give thanks to the UMass Dartmouth Alumni Association for wanting to make your welcome back a little more special by sponsoring the hot drinks and treats. **

Note that the more formal grand opening of the fully renovated and expanded Library will be held on Tuesday, April 2 to kick off Chancellor Grossmans Inauguration festivities. A full schedule of the events focusing on the achievements of students, alumni, staff and faculty will be released soon.

See full press release at:

Just for fun, check out a few of these before and after pictures and try to remember it as it was when you’re in the new space!

Center of New Addition - Before & After

Remember the moldy cement seating just outside the library. Looks a little different now!

Looking North from the old library entrance - Before & After

Now if you can remember looking straight ahead when you came out of the old library entrance … well, now you’re still inside, right near the new Circulation service point.

Circulation Desks - Old & New

And, speaking of the Access Services Circulation Desk … It’s now in the new space!

Looking Towards the Library from the Charlton College of Business

It’ll be a little different walking from the Charlton College of Business towards the new library entrance.

There will be a few more of these before and after pictures along with some views of the new library renovation and addition on the library’s “Library Building Renovation and Expansion Program” page. Look for them soon.