Monthly Archives: December 2011

Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives and University Archives and Special Collections to Close for the Holidays

Christmas Greeting Image from early campus Torch  NewspaperThe Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives and the University’s Archives and Special Collections, located in the Claire T. Carney Library, will be closed for the holidays. Closure will begin on December 23rd at 4:00 pm and continue through January 2nd. The Archives will reopen with regular hours January 3rd. The current exhibition on display in the gallery, with selections from the Schooner Ernestina/Effie M. Morrissey Archives, will continue through March 2012.

Information & graphic from University Archives & Special Collections Blog post:

Claire T. Carney Library Building Changes in January 2012

To:  UMass Dartmouth Students, Faculty and Staff


Terrance Burton, Dean of Library Services
Donna Massano, CIO and Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Technology

Subject: Library Building Changes in January 2012

The next phase of the Claire T. Carney Library expansion and renovation project will take place in January 2012. It will bring a dramatic change in how the library building will be used during the spring semester and summer months. The concentration of collections, services and people onto the 4th and 5th floors and a small area of the lower level will be inconvenient. It will be very different from what people expect from a library but it is what needs to be done in order to complete the public portions of the renovation and addition for the start of the Fall 2012 semester. The patience and understanding of the entire university community during this time is greatly appreciated.

Below is an itemized list of temporary service and location changes.

1. Library Floors 4 and 5

The renovation of the 4th and 5th floors will be complete in mid-January. The floors are transformed into modern study and work spaces. Furniture and carpeting are new. Windows have been replaced. Restrooms are completely renovated. The climate control system has been upgraded. Books stacks are aligned differently on the 5th floor. Staff offices only (no collections) are present on the 4th floor.

2. Library Floors 1-3

In order to renovate floors 1-3, all people and materials need to move to another location. Most of the staff and materials will relocate to the 4th and 5th floors. All collections that will stay in the building will be moved to the 5th floor.

All of the student study seating will be on the 5th floor. This means there will be a limited number of seats available.

Circulation/Reserve and Reference services will be temporarily available at a combined desk on the 5th floor.

The computer labs will be located on the Library Lower Level and the Learning Commons Service Desk split, with computer help and printing on the Lower Level and Reference on the 5th floor .

Mobile Computing Loan Program (MCLP) will be located on the Library Lower Level.

3. Office of Faculty Development

The Office of Faculty Development will continue to hold events throughout the spring semester; however, the faculty lounge area will be temporarily closed. The new mailing address will be announced at the beginning of the semester.

4. Lab Reservations

Because of the Learning Commons renovation on the Library 1st floor, there is a significant reduction in the number of student workstations. To make available as many computers as possible, a “No Reservation Policy” will be in effect until the Learning Commons reopens in the Fall 2012 semester. This means that neither the Library Lower Level training rooms nor LARTS 216 may be reserved for instruction.

5. Access to the Building

In order to gain access to the upper floors, people will use the elevator or north stairs. These stairs will go all the way from the 1st through 5th floors. A minor renovation will happen prior to the start of the spring semester in order to open up this stairway. The elevator renovation will begin during the spring semester. There will always be one elevator available for public use. The only public space on the 1st floor will be a limited area between the entrance, elevator and stairs.

Access from the Parking Lot 13 and the Charlton College of Business will remain unchanged with the access to the building via the Loading Dock.

Terrance Burton
Dean of Library Services
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
285 Old Westport Road voice 508-999-8664
North Dartmouth MA 02747 email

Donna R Massano
CIO and Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Technology
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
285 Old Westport Road voice 508-999-8043
North Dartmouth MA 02747 email

UMass Dartmouth Libraries Join Ex Libris Early Adopter Program – Ex Libris Press Release

Press Release: Ex Libris – Chicago, IL – December 12, 2011

Eleven North American institutions join the Ex Libris Alma Early adopter program

Ex Libris Group, a world leader in the provision of library automation solutions, is pleased to announce the launch of the North American early adopter program for the Alma library management service. Initiated with an intensive two-day workshop in Chicago this October, the program enables its pioneering member libraries to become fully engaged with Alma’s final development—ahead of the solution’s general release in 2012.

Over 60 institutions across three continents have so far committed to adopting Alma through various collaborative and early adopter programs, including four Development Partners: Boston College; Princeton University Library; Purdue University Library; and K.U. Leuven, which includes the LIBIS library network.

Among the early adopters in North America are the following institutions:

  • Boston University Libraries
  • Fort Hays State University
  • Midwestern State University
  • North Dakota State University Libraries
  • Northeastern University
  • Texas Woman’s University
  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • University of Minnesota Libraries
  • University of Texas at Dallas
  • Virginia Commonwealth University

“Becoming an Alma early adopter plays a major part in our strategy to transform our library systems,” commented North Dakota State University’s Dean of Libraries, Michele Reid. “Alma’s ability to integrate library processes with campus-wide systems aligns with our vision of the academic library as a center of excellence serving the whole institution. We are pleased to be in the vanguard of adopters of next-generation academic library systems in North America, and we look forward to sharing our own expertise and creativity with our fellow early adopters.”

Randall Thursby, CIO of the North Dakota State University System of which NDSU is a member, also welcomed the opportunity to become an Alma early adopter. “The program will enable North Dakota to maintain its competitiveness in higher education technology,” Mr Thursby remarked.

Almost all the early adopters have also decided to deploy the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution, to enhance their users’ discovery experience in advance of realigning their current library systems into a unified resource management environment, with Alma.

“This is an important period in the lead-up to Alma’s general release next year,” remarked Mark Triest, President of Ex Libris North America. “As more academic and research institutions in North America decide to take their libraries into the next generation with Alma, the early adopters are taking the lead in the deployment of this fully cloud-based, collaborative and unified service for the world’s premier libraries.”

About Alma

By consolidating the disparate systems used by today’s libraries to manage electronic, print, and digital resources, the Ex Libris Alma solution accelerates libraries’ move toward next-generation services. Alma’s cloud infrastructure helps libraries increase their efficiency through data sharing and collaboration. As a result, libraries can focus their resources on extending services within and outside their institution, while supporting the institution’s teaching and research missions.

About North Dakota State University

North Dakota State University is distinctive as a student-focused, land-grant, research university, ranked by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education among the top 108 public and private universities in the country. NDSU is in the elite category of “Research Universities/Very High Research Activity.” NDSU is one of two flagship universities in North Dakota, with several programs ranked in the Top 100 by the National Science Foundation. NDSU has over 11,000 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students.

For more information, see

About Ex Libris

Ex Libris is a leading provider of automation solutions for academic libraries. Offering the only comprehensive product suite for electronic, digital, and print materials, Ex Libris provides efficient, user-friendly products that serve the needs of libraries today and will facilitate their transition into the future. Ex Libris maintains an impressive customer base consisting of thousands of sites in more than 80 countries on six continents.

Dedicated to developing creative solutions in close collaboration with customers, Ex Libris enables academic, national, and research libraries to maximize productivity and efficiency and, at the same time, greatly enhance the user experience. By empowering users to discover and obtain the information they need, libraries ensure their position as the bridge to knowledge.

Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books – Talk by Author William Kuhn – Dec 12th 2011 – Woodland Commons, UMass Dartmouth

What: Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books – A talk by author William Kuhn
When: Monday, December 12, 2011 @ 7:00pm
Where: UMass Dartmouth, Woodland Commons, parking lot 7
     ~  shuttle service available  ~

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis never wrote a memoir, but she told her life story and revealed herself in intimate ways through the nearly 100 books she brought into print during the last two decades of her life as an editor at Viking and Doubleday. Based on archives and interviews with Jackie’s authors, colleagues, and friends, this book mines this significant period of her life to reveal both the serious and the mischievous woman underneath the glamorous public image. Many Americans regarded Jackie as the paragon of grace, but few knew her as the woman sitting on her office floor laying out illustrations, or flying to California to persuade Michael Jackson to write his autobiography. This book provides a behind the scenes look at Jackie at work: how she commissioned books and nurtured authors, as well as how she helped to shape stories that spoke to her strongly.–From publisher description.

Sponsored by the Claire T. Carney Library Associates and the UMass Dartmouth Center for Women, Gender & Sexuality

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.