Claire T. Carney Library Associates Ninth Annual Authors’ Brunch and Fundraiser – Sunday, March 29th 2015 – UMassD Woodland Commons

Image with silhouette of books with words Claire T. Carney Library Associates Ninth Annual Authors’ Brunch and Fundraiser

What: Claire T. Carney Library Associates Ninth Annual Authors’ Brunch and Fundraiser
Where: Woodland Commons,  University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
When: 12 Noon, Sunday, March 29th, 2015
Cost: $35.00
~ Students with school ID may attend the lecture only, free of charge~

This fundraiser will assist in the establishment of the Veterans’ Reading Room at the Claire T. Carney Library.

The program will feature five notable authors: Carlos Eire, Janet Freedman, Jennifer Haigh, Gregory Maguire and Victoria Wilson. The brunch will precede the talk followed by a Q&A and book signings. The cost is $35. Checks can be made out to the Claire T. Carney Library Associates and sent to Rita Raymond, 1032 Sterling Street, New Bedford, MA 02745. Reservations are required. Please respond by March 22rd . Students with school ID may attend the lecture only, free of charge. Shuttle service will be provided from parking lot seven.

Carlos Eire is a T. Lawson Riggs Professor of History and Religion at Yale University. He is the author of several books on European history and is the author of a memoir, Cuban Revolution, Waiting for Snow in Havana, which won the U.S. National Award for Nonfiction in 2003.

Janet Freedman, a former Dean of Library Services at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, has recently published Reclaiming the Feminist Vision. She has worked throughout her career to advance the role of libraries as vehicles for social change.

Jennifer Haigh is an award-winning novelist and short story writer. Her books include: Mrs. Kimble, Baker Towers, The Condition and Faith . Her short story collection, entitled News from Heaven, published in 2013, revisits some of the characters from her book Baker Towers.

Gregory Maguire is best known for his revisionist retelling of classic children’s stories in particular his novel, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, which was turned into the successful Broadway musical of the same name. He has also authored many short stories and children’s books.

Victoria Wilson is the senior editor and vice-president of Alfred Knopf Publishers. She is the author of Barbara Stanwyck, Steel True, 1907-1940. Ms Wilson has worked with notable authors such as Anne Rice. She was appointed by President Clinton to serve on the United States Civil Rights Commission.

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Library Orientation for Students in Fully-Online Programs — February 23rd & 24th

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. Find out how the Carney Library’s staff and resources can help you succeed. The orientation will cover key library services, including the library’s Primo discovery search, free home delivery of books and electronic delivery of articles, registration for a library card/university ID, and the availability of research help and technical support. The orientation sessions are scheduled for Monday, February 23rd  from 6 to 7:00 pm and Tuesday, February 24th 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 Sunday, February 22nd. 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 realize all that was available to the online student. It will definitely make life easier when it comes to research.”

“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.”

“Being a returning student with minimal computer resource knowledge, this instruction has made me more comfortable to pursue information and provided the avenues in which I would be able to obtain it.”

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WEATHER ALERT: UMass Dartmouth Campus closed Monday, February 2…..Ring Road parking ban in effect

UMass Dartmouth will be closed on Monday, February 2 due to a winter storm.


All classes, except online courses, at all sites are canceled on Monday, February 2.


A Ring Road parking ban is in effect until further notice.

Check Here For: More Details and Continually Updated UMassD Storm News

Library Hours: To Be Determined

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UMass Dartmouth: Weather Alert – Campus closed Monday 4 p.m. through Wednesday, 5 p.m. Ring Road parking ban.

Due to the forecast of an historic winter storm, UMass Dartmouth will be closed Monday, January 26, at 4 p.m. and will re-open Wednesday, January 28, at 5 p.m. All classes, except online course, are cancelled during the closure.

A Ring Road parking ban is effect until further notice. Automobiles violating the ban will be subject to towing.

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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.

There are lots of study spaces throughout the library for individual and group study and we’ve added more movable white boards to help you work things out. 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 your work in the library? Check one out at the first floor Circulation Desk. Want to schedulae a place for your group to study, then go online and reserve the room!  Or perhaps 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 using the Find Me Here tool.

If your 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 your 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 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 Circulation Desk 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.

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!

- Carney Library Staff

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LibGuides Have Been Updated – All Is Well :-) – Friday, Jan. 23rd

LibGuidesTransitionSMUpdate News: LibGuides were successfully updated today. Enjoy the new system!


We are transitioning our library guides to a new system version! This update and transition will begin on Friday morning, January 23rd. During the day on Friday, the LibGuides will become temporarily unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, however, we are looking forward to making use of the new features and capabilities that will come with this latest version to better serve you.

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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 (!

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Dystopian Fiction Book Club – Spring Semester Update – Claire T. Carney Library

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Dystopian Fiction Book Club – Spring Semester Update
The Dystopian Fiction Book Club met in December for two illuminating discussions of Ray Bradbury’s classic novel, Fahrenheit 451.

This spring, we’ll be reading:

  • The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood (February meetings)
  • The Giver, by Lois Lowry (March)
  • Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley (April)

We hope you’ll enjoy The Handmaid’s Tale over the winter break, and arrive with lots of ideas and questions at the start of spring semester.

Winter is a lovely time to read! Have a happy, book-filled vacation.

Questions? Contact Hilary ( or Kari (!

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Wishing You A Restful & Safe Winter Break: Happy Holidays From the Claire T. Carney Library!

Image of Arnie the Corsair with a snowy Claire T. Carney Library behind in the distance.

Happy Holidays From the Claire T. Carney Library!

Wishing You A
Restful & Safe
Winter Break.

Happy Holidays!

From the
Claire T. Carney Library

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Claire T. Carney Library Book & Toy Drive – Bring ‘Em In Now!

Children's Book & Toy DriveA children’s books and toy collection is underway until Dec 14th 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.

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