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
Educational Background (ex: first generation, public/private, adult)
See http://nelig.acrlnec.org/content/nelig-annual-program-june-6-2014 for full program and agenda.
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
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!
The Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives at the Claire T. Carney Library and the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth announce the addition of six Portuguese-language newspapers published in Hawaii between 1885 and 1937 to its Portuguese-American Digital Newspaper Collections. The project was done in collaboration with The Hawaiian Historical Society of Honolulu, which provided the original newspapers.
In 1878 the German ship Priscilla brought 114 Portuguese, including entire families, to Honolulu. Although there had been Portuguese in Hawaii for at least a century or so, this event marked the start of mass Portuguese migration to the archipelago. According to historian Leo Pap, by 1888 about 12,000 “had made the long voyage halfway around the world to start new lives in a mid-Pacific island kingdom.” They came primarily from the islands of Madeira and Saint Michael to work as contract laborers in the sugar cane plantations that had been expanding as a result of the Reciprocity Treat of 1875 between the U.S. and the Kingdom of Hawaii, which allowed for the duty-free importation of Hawaiian sugar into the U.S. Within a few years after the arrival of the first immigrants, a vibrant Portuguese ethnic press began to develop in Hawaii. Research by Prof. Alberto Pena-Rodríguez of the University of Vigo, Spain, who was the Helio and Amelia Pedroso Visiting Endowed Chair Professor in Portuguese Studies at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in the fall of 2013, between 1885 and 1900 there were at least nine Portuguese-Language newspapers published in Hawaii.
To make these historical newspapers available to researchers worldwide, in 2010, the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives (FMPAA) initiated a search for original copies of the periodicals and for organizations that would be willing to enter into a partnership to digitize them. After years of negotiations, which involved the shipping of fragile originals from Honolulu to Minneapolis (where the digitization took place) and back, the FMPAA partnered with the Hawaiian Historical Society of Honolulu to make this unique collection available worldwide. What in the past required researchers to travel to various archives and spend extensive hours of poring over paper documents or reel after reel of microfilm is now available, for free, from the comfort of one’s home, at the click of a computer mouse.
“The process utilized to digitize the collection created high quality scans, using a patented process that optimizes the text and illustrations,” said Sonia Pacheco, the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives librarian/archivist who was responsible for the project. “Each issue of the newspapers in the collection may be browsed on its entirety or searched by keyword. The site also offers the possibility of searching across all issues of the same paper or across all newspapers in the collection,” she added.
The digitization of the historical Portuguese newspapers of Hawaii is the third major venture undertaken by the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives under its Portuguese-American Newspaper Digitization Project. The first was the Diário de Notícias, a daily newspaper published in New Bedford, Massachusetts between 1919 and 1973 and the second a set of 14 titles published in California between the mid 1880s and 1940s. All may be searched online by going to:
The first two initiatives were made possible by grants from the Government of the Autonomous Region of the Azores; Elisia and Mark Saab of Advanced Polymers, Inc., in Salem, NH; and Luis Pedroso, of Accutronics, Inc., in Lowell, MA. The goal of Portuguese-American Newspaper Digitization Project is to digitize all major historical Portuguese newspapers published in the United States. Individuals or organizations possessing copies of such newspapers or other historical documents associated with the Portuguese in the U.S. are encouraged to contact Sonia Pacheco at 508 999-8695 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT: Disobedience: the Sousa Mendes Story – A Public Screening & Discussion of the Award Winning Film
WHERE: Grand Reading Room of the Claire T. Carney Library, UMass Dartmouth
WHEN: 2 P.M., Sunday, May 4, 2014
~ Free and Open to the Public ~
Use Parking Lot 13
On Sunday, May 4, 2014, the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese American Archives and the Center for Jewish Culture at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth will hold a public screening and discussion of the award-winning film Disobedience: the Sousa Mendes Story. The event will take place at 2:00 PM in the Grand Reading Room of the Claire T. Carney Library (Parking Lot 13).
In June 1940, when Nazi troops invaded France, an amazing rescue operation sprang into being. One man, on his own, defying the direct orders of his government, chose to grant visas out of Occupied France to an estimated 30,000 refugees, including around 10,000 Jews. This remarkable true story has been described by historians as “the largest rescue action by a single individual during the Holocaust.” The man was Aristides de Sousa Mendes, the Portuguese Consul in Bordeaux.
Disobedience: the Sousa Mendes Story is a dramatization of the events surrounding that act of bravery that led then Prime Minister of Portugal António de Oliveira Salazar to strip Aristides de Sousa Mendes of his diplomatic position and his pension, forbidding him from earning a living and provide for his large family. It was also the act that led the state of Israel to declare Aristides de Sousa Mendes “Righteous Among the Nations” in 1966.
Directed by Joel Santoni and starring Bernard Lecoq as Aristides de Sousa Mendes, the film has been shown at various festivals, including the Mirabile Dictu International Catholic Film Festival in Italy, where it won the “Best movie and best supporting actor” award; and the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival in California where it received the prize for “Best Narrative Feature.“
Disobedience: the Sousa Mendes Story will be introduced by Mr. Harry Oesterreicher, of the Sousa Mendes Foundation, whose father and grandfather received exit visas issued by the hero.
The Sousa Mendes Foundation was created in 2010 for the purpose of honoring the memory of Aristides de Sousa Mendes and educating the world about his activities. It has a twofold mission: raising funds for the creation of a Sousa Mendes Museum and Human Rights Center in Portugal, and sponsoring US-based projects that perpetuate the legacy of Aristides de Sousa Mendes.
For further information about the screening of Disobedience: the Sousa Mendes Story, contact 508-999-8684 or email email@example.com.
Read what your friends and classmates may have put up there. And don’t forget to bring your own favorite to hang up!
Here’s one of our favorites …
The Libraries Didn’t Burn by Elaine Equi
despite books kindled in electronic flames.
The locket of bookish love
still opens and shuts.
But its words have migrated
to a luminous elsewhere.
Neither completely oral nor written —
a somewhere in between.
Then will oak, willow,
birch, and olive poets return
to their digital tribes —
trees wander back to the forest?
National Poetry Month is a celebration of poetry first introduced in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States.
WHAT: A talk by Cecília Amaral Figueiredo, author of Ary dos Santos: A Voz da Resistência à Ditadura Salazarista.
WHERE: Prince Henry Society Reading Room at the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, Claire T. Carney Library, UMass Dartmouth
WHEN: 5:30 PM, Tuesday April 15, 2014
Light refreshments will be served.
~ The event is free and open to the public ~
ARY DOS SANTOS: THE VOICE OF THE RESISTANCE TO THE SALAZAR DICTATORSHIP
April 1, 2014 – North Dartmouth, MA. On Tuesday April 15, 2014, the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese American Archives at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, in collaboration with the Consulate of Portugal in New Bedford will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Portuguese Carnation Revolution with a talk by Cecília Amaral Figueiredo, who will present and sign her book Ary dos Santos: A Voz da Resistência à Ditadura Salazarista.
The event is free and open to the public and will take place at 5:30 PM in the Prince Henry Society Reading Room at the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives. Light refreshments will be served.
In Ary dos Santos: A Voz da Resistência à Ditadura Salazarista, Figueiredo investigates the role played by the poetry of the Portuguese writer Ary dos Santos in giving voice to the feelings of thousands of Portuguese silenced and oppressed by the Salazar regime, which came to an end on April 25, 1974. At once intellectual and popular, Ary dos Santos’ lyric voice, argues Figueiredo, became a means by which the poet and his readers survived and resisted oppression.
According to Rui Zink, a Portuguese writer, cultural commentator and professor at Lisbon’s Universidade Nova, who wrote the preface to Figueiredo’s book, Ary dos Santos was “what one could call a ‘public poet,’” who has been neglected by academic studies. With Ary dos Santos: A Voz da Resistência à Ditadura Salazarista, Cecília Figueiredo begins to fill that lacuna and does it with generosity and attention, helping us “read and see” the merit of a writer who called himself “the poet of the people.” Applying the analytical and theoretical concepts of poetic resistance developed by Brazilian literary critic and historian Alfredo Bosi, and comparing the poet’s life and work to that of Russian poet, playwright, artist and actor Vladimir Mayakovsky, the author demonstrates that Ary dos Santos’ poems, whose language “abounds with versatility, irreverence, and vital restlessness,” make the poet and his readers allies within a larger act of collective resistance.
Cecília Figueiredo is a PhD candidate in Luzo-Afro-Brazilian Studies and Culture at UMassD, where she is working on a dissertation project that analyzes the concept of crisis in 20th century Portuguese novel. She has taught romance languages at the secondary and college levels in both the U.S. and Portugal. Currently, she teaches at Dartmouth High School.
The entrance to the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives is located on the campus side of the Claire T. Carney Library. For access, from Parking Lot 13, please follow the footpath to the library entrance, exit the building on the opposite side, and proceed to the right, to the archives’ entrance.
For further information, contact 508-999-8684 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Announcing a new guide for understanding fair use and copyright
Copyright, fair use and author’s rights are hot topics in higher education. The Committee on Fair Use created a new online educational guide to help clarify these important, but often confusing, issues. The guide offers links to relevant best practices and resources, as well as current information on educational opportunities here on campus. Check out this guide if you have questions about the fair use in education or are interested in protecting your own rights when publishing your research in academic journals.
Fair Use Guide: http://guides.lib.umassd.edu/fairuse
WHAT: Three preeminent writers share their personal stories and writing processes
WHEN: March 30 from 2-4:30 PM
WHERE: Woodland Commons, UMass Dartmouth – Parking and shuttle service is available in parking lot 7.
Tickets are $35 and may be purchased in advance by mailing a check payable to the Carney Library Associates, 1032 Sterling Street, New Bedford, Massachusetts 02745. Included is a plentiful afternoon buffet of sandwiches, scones, beverages and desserts.
NOTE: Students with identification are admitted free to the talk only.
The Claire T. Carney Library Associates annual Literary Author Talk and Tea, hosted by Prof. Mel B. Yoken, is March 30 from 2-4:30 PM at the Woodland Commons, UMass Dartmouth, 285 Old Westport Road, North Dartmouth, MA
Three preeminent contemporary writers, J.A. Jance, Nicholas A. Basbanes and Mitchell Zuckoff will share their personal stories and writing processes. The Dean of Library Services, Terrence Burton will provide opening remarks. Rev. Robert Lawrence, Margo Moore and Maureen Lewis, all board members of the Claire T. Carney Library Associates, will introduce the speakers.
J.A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of the J.P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brody series, the Ali Reynolds series, four interrelated thrillers featuring the Walker family, and a book of poetry. Her books have sold more than 25 million copies in print. “Moving Target,” just published, is the latest in the Ali Reynolds series. Jance is an avid crusader for many important causes including the American Cancer Society, Gilda’s Club, the Humane Society, the YWCA and the Girl Scouts. A lover of animals, Jance has rescued a Dachshund named Bella. Born in South Dakota and raised in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance and her husband split their time between Seattle, Washington and Tucson, Arizona.
Nicholas A. Basbanes is a cultural historian and a bibliophile par excellence who has written nine books of general nonfiction. His first, “A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes and the Eternal Passion for Books,” was a finalist in 1995 for the National Book Critics Circle Award and was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. His most recent book, “On Paper: The Everything of its Two Thousand Year History,” was the recipient in 2008 of a National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship and was published in October 2013 by Alfred A. Knopf. It was named a Best Book of the Year by Bloomberg News, Kirkus Reviews, Mother Jones and the National Post of Canada. An award-winning investigative reporter during the 1970s, Basbanes was literary editor of the Worcester Sunday Telegram from 1978 to 1991 and, for the next eight years, he wrote a nationally syndicated column on books and authors. Basbanes lectures widely on a variety of subjects, has reviewed and written Op-ed pieces for numerous publications and writes a featured column for Fine Books & Collections magazine.
Mitchell Zuckoff is a professor of journalism at Boston University. He is the author of six works of nonfiction, most recently the New York Times bestsellers, “Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II” and “Lost in Shangri-la: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II.” “Lost in Shangri-la” received the 2012 Winship/PEN New England Award for Nonfiction. His previous books are “Robert Altman: The Oral Biography,” Ponzi’s Scheme,” “Judgment Ridge” and “Choosing Naia.” Zuckoff is a former special projects reporter for the Boston Globe where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for investigative reporting. He received the Distinguished Writing Award from the American Society of Newspaper Editors, the Livingston Award for International Reporting and other national honors. His magazine work has appeared in the New Yorker, Fortune and other national publications.
The event, sponsored by the Claire T. Carney Associates, includes a plentiful afternoon buffet of sandwiches, scones, beverages and desserts.
Following the program, featured books from Barnes and Nobles will be available for purchase and signing. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased in advance by mailing a check payable to the Carney Library Associates, 1032 Sterling Street, New Bedford, Massachusetts 02745.
Students with identification are admitted free to the talk only.
Parking and shuttle service is available in parking lot 7.