Category Archives: Library Staff News

Dean Burton – Selected as a Distinguished Alumni of UWM’s School of Information Studies

Terry Burton

Congratulations to Dean Burton for being selected as one of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Information Studies 50 Distinguished Alumni!  The school selected recipients “who, through their lives and work, exemplify the breadth, diversity, culture, and spirit of the School of Information Studies and its research, academics, practice and community engagement.”

Dean Burton received his Master of Library and Information Science degree from the Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1988. He joined UMass Dartmouth as Dean of Library Services in 2010 after serving as the Director of the Health Sciences Library at West Virginia University and at the University of Wisconsin Madison. He has approximately twenty years of administrative experience, leading libraries during a period of historic transformation. His tenure at UMassD has included an award-winning building renovation, an expansion of library services, and management of significant staffing and position changes.  

Thanks to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for recognizing Dean Burton’s considerable accomplishments!

Position Opening: Web and Discovery Services Librarian

The librarian in this service-oriented position develops and enhances all library user interfaces. This includes the library’s website and blog as well as our Primo discovery service. The Web and Discovery Services Librarian will be part of a creative and forward-looking team and will participate in new library initiatives such as configuring and customizing the collection landing page for our digital resources and the user interfaces for journals published in the library’s instance of Open Journal Systems. This librarian will lead the library’s usability efforts and will adapt new and existing web tools to improve the library’s online platforms and interfaces. Additionally, the librarian also assists in administering core library systems such as the Alma library services platform.

Read the job description and apply at

Third Annual New England National Digital Stewardship Alliance Regional Meeting, Claire T. Carney Library – Friday, Sept. 25th, 2015

Picture of Library and words NSDS NE Regional Meeting At UMassD 2015What: Third Annual New England National Digital Stewardship Alliance Regional Meeting
Where: Grand Reading Room of the Claire T. Carney Library, UMass Dartmouth, Parking Lot 13, North Dartmouth, MA 02747 ~ Directions ~
When: Friday, Sept. 25th, 2015


On Friday September 25th, librarians, archivists, and other information professionals from the northeast with an interest will gather in the Grand Reading Room of the Claire T. Carney Library to discuss current issues in the field of digital stewardship and preservation. The event is the third annual New England National Digital Stewardship Alliance regional meeting, the oldest regional NDSA meeting, co-hosted this year by UMass Dartmouth and Brown University.

The program will contain a series of talks from experts in the field and breakout discussion sessions for those involved in the work of digital stewardship to participate in. Among the presenters is National Chair of the NDSA Coordinating Committee Dr. Micah Altman, Director of Research and Head/Scientist for Program on Information Science at the MIT Libraries. Other speakers include practitioners from Brown University School of Public Health, CodedCulture, Harvard Medical School, WGBH, and the 5 residents of the National Digital Stewardship Residency – Boston Program.

The National Digital Stewardship Alliance is a consortium of organizations that are committed to the long-term preservation of digital information. The mission of the NDSA is to establish, maintain, and advance the capacity to preserve our nation’s digital resources for the benefit of present and future generations. More information about NDSA can be found here:



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 )

Dystopian Fiction Book Club – February meetings at the Claire T. Carney Library

Dystopia UMassD - Join the Club ... the book clubDuring the first week of February, the Dystopian Fiction Book Club will explore Margaret Atwood’s disturbing novel, The Handmaid’s Tale.

We’re meeting twice to accommodate as many interested readers as possible. All are welcome at one or both of our meetings!

Meeting times are:

Feb. 4, 2pm-3pm (Carney Library, Room 314)
Feb. 5, 2pm-3pm (Carney Library, Room 314)

Even if you haven’t finished the book, feel free to come anyway, and learn about what our meetings our like. You can also get a head start on our next book, which will be Lois Lowry’s The Giver.

Busy during our February meetings? Never fear! You can still come to any of our future discussions in March and April.


Contact Hilary Kraus ( or Kari Mofford (!

Come to the Dystopian Fiction Book Club meetings in December!

Dystopia UMassD - Join the Club ... the book clubWhat: Dystopian Fiction Book Club
Where: Carney Library, Third Floor, Room 314
When: Monday Dec. 1, 11am-12pm AND
Thursday Dec. 4, 2pm-3pm
(Room 426)

We’ll explore the concept of dystopia in Ray Bradbury’s classic novel, Fahrenheit 451.

We’re meeting twice during the first week of December, to accommodate as many interested readers as possible. All are welcome at one or both of our meetings!

Busy on those dates? Excited about what we’re reading next? Our first book of spring semester will be Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Stay tuned for meeting dates!

Questions? Ask Hilary or Kari!

Mary Adams, the Nursing and Health Sciences Librarian, at the Claire T. Carney Library has retired after 17 years of outstanding service to UMass Dartmouth.


Pictures from Mary Adams' Retirement Celebrations

Mary Adams, the Nursing and Health Sciences Librarian, at the Claire T. Carney Library has retired after 17 years of outstanding service to UMass Dartmouth. Mary will be missed for many reasons, most notably for her tireless efforts to find, evaluate and acquire important information resources for the nursing and health sciences and her dedication to helping “her students” learn how to find scholarly information for their research projects. Mary was recently thanked for her great service and congratulated on her upcoming retirement for at the UMass Dartmouth College of Nursing Scholarship Day. Just before she left, faculty and library staff gathered for an afternoon tea to celebrate her career at UMass Dartmouth. At the gathering it was noted how much both faculty and students will miss her ever present support and expertise. Mary thanked all for the lovely tea and gifts and said she would probably be using one of the gifts, a tablet, to check out some of the library’s new eBooks, if she could figure out how to get it up and working properly!


“Teaching Across Difference” – The New England Library Instruction Group’s Annual Meeting Is Being Held at UMass Dartmouth on June 6th

NELIG Logo and Picture of Registration Desk @ UMassD

Teaching Across Difference is the theme for this year’s New England Library Instruction Group (NELIG) annual meeting being held at UMass Dartmouth. The program for this year’s meeting was inspired by keynote speaker, Yu-Hui Chen and the article she co-authored with Mary K. Van Ullen, “Helping International Students Succeed Academically through Research Process and Plagiarism Workshops”.

The program as described on the NELIG web site says:

We will share and explore how instruction librarians negotiate the many differences we encounter in our work, be they one-on-one, collaborative or in the classroom. For example, do you have a technique for dealing with a particular difference in your library instruction sessions? How do you incorporate your own differences into teaching information literacy skills to students? What collaborative partnerships have you developed on your campus to accommodate difference into your information literacy program?

Presentations will address differences of:

English Language Proficiency
Location (Distance/Online)
Educational Background (ex: first generation, public/private, adult)
Learning Style

See for full program and agenda.


And Now the Video! Carney Library’s Mass State Book Cart Drill Team Championship Performance Captured For Your Viewing Pleasure!

Book Cart Drill Team image and link to video

You’ve read about it. You’ve longed to see it. And now it is here!

The UMass Dartmouth Carney Library’s State Champion Book Cart Drill Team championship performance comes to a screen near you!

Yes today you can view the whole electrifying performance by just going to:

Watch the whole Massachusetts Library Association Gala Awards Dinner OR move the video control bar to about minute 3:45 on the dial and sit back (or stand up and clap with them) and enjoy!

And a big Thank you to Worcester Community Access Television for bringing us this wonderful video, though we’re sure their ratings will rise significantly during this showing period 😉