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The UMass Dartmouth Carney Library Corsairs Book Cart Drill Team Rolled Over the Competition at the Recent Massachusetts Library Association Annual Conference

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The Carney Library Corsairs wowed the judges with their precision choreography, upbeat musical interpretation, awesome costumes, pirate-y cart decoration and overall flair and enthusiasm. They had just four minutes to impress, but impress they did, as they sailed away from the rest of the competition with our own Arnie the Corsair helping to bring home the gold.

The UMass Dartmouth Carney Library Corsairs Book Cart Drill Team members that won it all were: Library Staff Members Amy Lawton and Kayla Faught-Hodgson, Library Student Assistants Kelsey Szarek and Jovietthe Ramos, and the campus’ one and only Arnie the Corsair!

Look for the winning performance to be displayed on Worcester Public Access Television service in the coming weeks!

Damaris Berner, Cataloger Exemplar, Retires! She Will Be Missed!

Pictures of Damaris Chapin-Berner on her last day as UMassD Cataloger


Damaris Berner rolled her last cart of newly cataloged books out of her office last Tuesday, completing her story at UMassD and beginning the next chapter of her life. During her time here, Damaris helped move the library forward in many ways, including  creating metadata for a wide array of print and electronic resources and through her  collaborative work on projects throughout the library. Most recently she served as a key team member on several vital library projects such as the merger of the UMass Law School Library collection into the Claire T. Carney Library‘s integrated library system, the library renovation collection relocation project and her efforts as a core member of the team that implemented library’s next generation Alma Unified Resource Management system and the Primo discovery and delivery system. And we’d be remiss if we didn’t note her remarkable efforts in support of the Claire T. Carney Library Associates. From books to eBooks to born digital objects Damaris endeavored to make the library’s resources findable and retrievable to all students, researchers and readers alike. She will be missed by all!

Library Staff Holiday Ugly Sweater Contest – And the Winner Is …


It was a difficult contest to judge and, well, frankly hard to look at … but the winner is:

Sonia Pacheco. And she is (somehow) so proud!

But the other contestants (Joanne Mello, Heather Tripp, Kayla Hodgson, Yueqing Chen, and Susanne Andrews) have nothing to be ashamed about. OK, they do, those were some pretty UGLY sweaters! Congratulations ALL! Happy Holidays!



Book and Toy Drive @ The Claire T. Carney Library – Help Bring Holiday Cheer To Local Families!

Images of Toys and Teddy Bear walking - Toy & Book Drive - CTC Library 2013A children’s books and toy collection is underway until Dec 11th at the Claire T. Carney Library. Please bring new children’s books and toys to the library and place them in the collection box near the Circulation Desk on the 1st floor. The donated items will be distributed to local families for the holidays. Let’s help to bring some holiday cheer to local families in need.

The event is sponsored by the Claire T. Carney Library.

For more information, please contact Catherine Fortier-Barnes at or Ext. 8665.


CARES – Chancellor’s Award Recognizing Excellence in Service – Congratulations Kathy Bancroft!

Yay! Kathy Way to Rep the Library!

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Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,Please join me in congratulating Kathy Bancroft, Assistant Manager for Computer Operations in the Learning Commons as the October recipient of CARES (Chancellor’s Award Recognizing Excellence in Service).Kathy was nominated by a fellow colleague within the Library who has witnessed on many occasions how Kathy does not hesitate to reach out and put a student’s needs first. “Kathy continually goes above and beyond to assist students with issues even when it is outside her area.”Kathleen BancroftRecently, after a full day when Kathy had been organizing and running placement exams, an incoming student and her mother appeared frustrated in attempts to secure computer access. The pair had been between departments trying to get answers, and they were both understandably irritable. Kathy did not hesitate to stop what she was doing to assist them. She made several phone calls on their behalf and was successful in securing them answers without sending them on multiple trips around campus. Both parent and student were thankful and grateful to Ms. Bancroft for her assistance.

According to the nomination, this is just one example of her dedication to the patrons and students of the Library. Most nights and weekends, Kathy does not hesitate to respond to inquiries to assist students with issues as they arise.

Thank you, Kathy, for taking the time to turn a frustrating situation into a very pleasant one. By extraordinary example, you have demonstrated to the UMass Dartmouth campus how to go above and beyond to make a difference for a student and her family.

I am so proud of Kathy and look forward to learning of the next CARES recipient. If you know someone deserving of this recognition, please let us know by completing a nomination form. Please follow the link:


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Paige Gibbs Receives the Homer I. Bernhardt Distinguished Service Award


Paige Gibbs

Congratulations to our colleague Paige Gibbs on receiving the  Homer I. Bernhardt Distinguished Service Award. The award has been described as the Engineering Libraries Division’s “Hall of Fame.” Receipt of this award is testimony to the respect and appreciation of a librarian’s peers. It is given to librarians who have made significant professional contributions.

The librarian who nominated Paige wrote “I believe her ongoing contributions over the years since she joined in 1982 have been key to nurturing the group where networking, friendship, and the exchange of ideas flourish. Paige exemplifies the energy, dedication, and enthusiasm of an engineering librarian. She is an excellent role model for outreach and participation. Hence I nominate her for the Homer I. Bernhardt award.”

Join us in congratulating Paige on her hard-earned, well-deserved award!

Children’s Books and Toy Collection – Claire T. Carney Library – Bring Them In NOW!

What: Children’s Books and Toy Collection
Where: Claire T. Carney Library – 1st Floor – Near Circulation Desk
When: NOW until December 16th

A children’s books and toy collection is underway at the Claire T. Carney Library.  Please bring new children’s books and toys to the library and place them in the collection box near the Circulation Desk on the first floor.  The donated items will be distributed to local families for the holidays.  Let’s help to bring some holiday cheer to local families in need.  Items will be collected until December 16.

The event is sponsored by the Claire T. Carney Library and the UMassD Dept of Public Safety.

Old Dartmouth Roots – UMassD Archivist, Judy Farrar, will take part in a series of talks on local history and genealogy organized by the New Bedford Whaling Museum, September 22 – 24

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What: Old Dartmouth Roots: A Genealogy & Local History Symposium
Where: New Bedford Whaling Museum
When: September 22, 2011 at 11:15 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.

The Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections will be participating in “Old Dartmouth Roots,” a series of talks on local history and genealogy organized by the New Bedford Whaling Museum.  On September 22 at  11:15 AM, UMass Dartmouth Archivist, Judy Farrar will be on a panel of local repositories to present an overview of the archives’ holdings.  At 1:30 PM on that same day she will be presenting a talk about the “History of Jewish New Bedford” and the role of oral history projects in documenting local and family history.

The Old Dartmouth Historical Society / New Bedford Whaling Museum are presenting the region’s first genealogy symposium, “Old Dartmouth Roots: A Genealogy & Local History Symposium” from September 22-24, 2011. The three day event will include presentations on local genealogical resources and collections, a primer on how to do a genealogy search, a guide to regional cemeteries, walking tours and more.

In Memory of Our Friend and Colleague – Patricia Sikora

Our library and university community lost a valued friend and staff member when Patricia Sikora passed away suddenly on August 14th of this year. Many of our community members may have worked with her on research projects or during her time assisting people in the library’s Audio-Visual Services and Archives departments.  Saddened as we are, we take this opportunity to reflect on Pat’s work here at the university.

A long-time employee of the UMass Dartmouth Library, she had worked as an assistant in the Archives and Special Collections since 1997, and prior to that had held several positions in the Audio-Visual Department of the library from 1975-1997.  Pat completed graduate work in instructional media at Bridgewater State College and took courses in library science before working at UMD, then known as SMU.  Through her work scheduling equipment in the Audio-Visual Department, Pat became acquainted with many of the faculty on campus through the years.  In the archives, she was particularly interested in the Robert F. Kennedy Assassination Archives, providing hours of assistance to patrons conducting research into the questions surrounding this tragic event.  In particular, she assisted Sirhan Sirhan’s legal counsel, Larry Teeter, who filed legal documents on Sirhan’s behalf.  Through numerous long-distance correspondences, Pat and Larry Teeter became friends, and through him she was acquainted with other individuals researching the case.  She also assisted students in Professor Philip Melanson’s senior seminar on the Robert F. Kennedy Assassination, which met in the archives reading room for many years.    Her cataloging work in the archives included the Papers of California Attorney Marilyn Barrett, who filed the request to reopen the case in 1992, and the Floyd B. Nelson Assassination Research collection.  A founding member of the Assassination Truth Committee, Nelson was instrumental in bringing its inconsistencies to public light, beginning in 1969, which eventually led to the release of the records of the LAPD’s investigation to the state archives in California.    The unsolved nature of the case intrigued Pat.

We will all miss her.

– The Library Staff