Category Archives: General Library

Dystopian Fiction Book Club @ the Carney Library – Help pick a date & time for November meeting AND see the books up for discussion!

Dystopia UMassD - Join the Club ... the book clubThe Dystopian Fiction Book Club will be meeting in November to finish our discussion of Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game and discuss Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake. Copies of Ender’s Game can be checked out at the library circulation desk; Oryx and Crake will be available there soon.


Help us pick a date and time for our November meeting! We want to schedule it so it works for as many readers as possible.

Fill out our poll to help us choose a date: November book club date & time

Contact Hilary Kraus ( / 508-999-8681 )

Game Night in the Library Living Room – Thursday night, October 8, from 7-10PM – @ the Claire T. Carney Library, UMass Dartmouth

Image of Game Board with Pieces and Title of Game Night @ Carney LibraryNeed a study break or a just break from technology?  Stop by the Library to play a classic board game.   :)

Our first game night was a success and we are having our second one this Thursday night, October 8, from 7-10PM.



We have sets of:

  • Monopoly
  • Life
  • Scrabble
  • Battleship
  • Rummikub
  • Connect Four

In addition…we have some trivia games:

  • “Don’t Quote Me”
  • Trival Pursuit
  • Loaded Questions
  • Foodie Fight
  • Family Feud

So come early to pick your favorite and unplug for a while with friends. :)

Questions? Please contact Kari Mofford (

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

Game Night in the Library Living Room – Claire T. Carney Library, UMass Dartmouth

Image of Game Board with Pieces and Title of Game Night @ Carney Library


Game Night in the Library Living Room!

What better place to hang out with friends and kick back with a fun board game than a Living Room?

This Thursday, Sept 24th,  from 7 – 10 PM the Library is hosting a Game Night with classic board games.


We have sets of:

  • Monopoly
  • Life
  • Risk
  • Stratego
  • Pay Day
  • Scrabble
  • Battleship

So come early to pick your favorite and unplug for a while with friends.   :)

Questions?  Please contact Kari Mofford (

StressLess Afternoon TODAY! Wednesday, September 16 in Claire T. Carney Library “Living Room”

What: StressLess Afternoon
Where: Library Living Room
When: TODAY! Wednesday, September 16 1-5 PM

Take a few minutes out of your week to unwind.
Get a mini-massage
Play! Arts, Crafts, & Games

Sponsored by: Claire T. Carney Library; LiveWell: The Office of Health Education, Promotion, & Wellness; Peer Health Educators

Beth-Anne Guthrie
Assistant Director of Health Services, Health Education & Promotion

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.”

Claire T. Carney Library Hours – A Memorandum from UMassD Provost Mohammad Karim

UMass Dartmouth


To: Students, Faculty, and Staff

From: Provost Mohammad Karim

Subject: Library Hours

There appears to be significant confusion about the announced operating hours of the Claire T. Carney Library. The current hours are the same as they have been for the past several years at the beginning of the academic year. As new students and professional staff are hired and trained, we fully expect the hours to be expanded, as in past years, by the end of September.

At the same time, we constantly monitor the usage of the library and its services so that we can make adjustments as needed. We also work closely with the Student Government Association’s Committee on the Library and Information Technology and the Graduate Student Senate to address concerns and consider new ideas raised by students.

The Claire T. Carney Library is a remarkable resource for our students, as both a collection of valuable materials and a place to gather around intellectual pursuits. We are fully committed to making the Library as accessible as possible.


Mohammad Karim

Position Opening for Library Assistant IV at the UMass Dartmouth Claire T. Carney Library

Library Assistant IV

General Statement of Duties and Responsibilities:

Primary supervisor of Access Services during the evening hours; Supervises and organizes functions assigned to the circulation desk to insure the smooth flow of circulating materials to borrowers during the evening; Supervises student workers; Responsible for daily management of library fines and billing process and is liaison with the Registrar’s office and all other University Libraries’ billing agents; Manages the sending of overdue and fine notices through the library’s ILS; Designs and writes forms, handbooks, schedules, policies and procedures under the direction of the Circulation Manager to facilitate the smooth operation of Access Services operations; Monitors the borrowing of all library materials; Charges, renews and discharges library materials; Aids library users in locating and using materials;  Plans the use of available floor and shelf space; Performs related work as required.

The Library Assistant performs a range of duties relating to acquiring, processing, and making available resources to library users, as well as assisting users in discovery and use of resources. Primary responsibility may lie within a single department or division, but due to the interoperability of library systems and patron service needs, individuals may be cross-trained in multiple departments.

For the complete position description please go to:

Are You a Science Fiction Fan? The Kickoff Meeting of the Dystopian Fiction Book Club is on Oct. 5th. Join Us To Help Us Plan the Year and While We’re At It, We’ll Discuss “Ender’s Game.” Your thoughts?

Dystopia UMassD - Join the Club ... the book clubAre you a science fiction fan? Love The Hunger Games series? Enjoy squeezing in some fun reading in between textbook chapters?

The odds are in your favor that the Dystopian Fiction Book Club is for you!

We’ll be meeting again this academic year for monthly book discussions.

Our first meeting will take place on Monday, October 5th at 2pm in Library 314. We’ll be having a general kickoff, talking about the upcoming year and possible book choices.

We’ll also be discussing Ender’s Game, the fantastic novel by Orson Scott Card. If you’ve seen the movie, you only know half the story, so you’ll definitely want to read this one! Copies of Ender’s Game will be available at the library’s circulation desk, and can be checked out for 3 days at a time. We hope that will give everyone plenty of time to read it by October 5th.

Even if you don’t have a chance to finish Ender’s Game, come to the meeting anyway! We want to hear your thoughts about what the book club should be like this year, and what you want to read!

Contact Hilary Kraus ( / 508-999-8681 )