Monthly Archives: February 2012

Looking Ahead To The New Library – An Article In The UMass Dartmouth Torch Student Newspaper

Looking Ahead To The New Library by Austin Walker
The Torch, Feb. 9, 2012

Article features an interview with Jennifer McGrory of Austin Architects, an architect from one of the two architectural firms working on the design of the renovation and planned addition to the UMass Dartmouth Claire T. Carney Library.

Read the complete article at: The Torch

Herald News Article Highlights UMass Dartmouth Claire T. Carney Library Renovation Project

Books will be harder to find in UMass Dartmouth’s renovated library by Grant Welker
The Herald News (Fall River) , Feb. 9, 2012

The Claire T. Carney Library was designed in the 1960s as a warehouse for books — its most important features the rows and stacks of bookshelves.

Now that the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is renovating the library, its mission is going in the opposite direction. Half the university’s collection of physical books will be stored in a new basement below a new addition. Instead of four floors with books, there will be only two.

“It’s going to fundamentally change the experience for students coming to UMass Dartmouth,” said Robert Miklos, a project manager with Design LAB Architects of Boston.

The $43 million, three-year renovation and expansion of the library — the first major changes to the building since it was built in 1972 — is slated for completion this fall. When complete, the library will shift away from its book-first focus. Instead, it will prioritize spaces for students looking to meet with others, work on projects together or study quietly.

For now, only the fourth and fifth floors are open. The first, second and third floors are undergoing completely renovations. The only computer lab the library currently offers is in the basement, right next to the loud sounds of construction.

Read the complete article at:
The Herald News

Library Orientation for Students in Fully-Online Programs – Two days – February 28th & 29th

Library Systems & Digital Services

Librarians 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 and ensure that you know how to seek additional help from your liaison as well as library’s online support coordinator.

The orientation sessions are scheduled for Tuesday, February 28th from 6 to 6:45 pm and Wednesday, February 29th from 10 to 10:45 am. The sessions will be conducted using Wimba, an online teaching and learning tool. We will email attendees the link to the Wimba classroom and directions for accessing it.

If you’re interested in attending one of the sessions, please complete the online registration form by Monday, February 27th.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions!


Matt Sylvain, Library Online Support Coordinator
Charlie McNeil, Library Systems and Digital Services Librarian

Technical Requirements

  • Windows 7, Vista, or XP; Mac OSX 10.4+
  • 256 MB RAM
  • IE 7.0+, Safari 3.0+, Firefox 3.0+ (Browser must be Java and JavaScript enabled)

You need speakers or a headset to listen to the presentation. We also recommend that you have a microphone to ask questions and make comments. If you don’t have a microphone, you may use Wimba’s text-based chat to communicate with the presenters and fellow participants.

We recommend that you use a broadband connection or higher. Dial-up and wireless may not provide an uninterupted connection.

STUDENTS – Important Notice Library On Extended Hours

In recognition of the limited study seating in the Claire T. Carney Library and Computer Labs during the construction, we are increasing the open hours. Three hours will be added each evening Sunday through Thursday and six hours will be added on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Starting February 12, the Library and Lower Level Computer Lab and IT Service Desk hours will be:

  • Mon – Thurs 7:30 AM to 2 AM
  • Fri 7:30 AM to 11 PM
  • Sat 9:30 AM to 11 PM
  • Sun 12 noon to 2 AM

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

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