Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Claire T. Carney Library Addition Arrives with a “Soft Opening” on Jan. 22nd – Join Us for Coffee, Hot Chocolate & Treats at the New Café

Claire T Carney Library & New Addition

Welcome Back – to Your New Library Space!

It’s bright, spacious, and warm, especially near the new fireplaces. Join us for the “Soft Opening” on the first day of the  spring semester, Tuesday, Jan. 22nd. We’ll be waiting for you in the new addition with hot chocolate, coffee and some treats at the new Café.

There is still work to be done, but after three years of construction, you’ve just got to come see it for yourselves. The new addition features a brand new space that serves as the new entryway for the Library. This “campus living room,” with its fifty-foot-tall windows, coffee tables, and low bookcases (and did we mention the two working fireplaces!) will make it the
campus’s best place to meet, talk, or study.

We’ll start at 7:30 a.m. and the Library Dean and Assistant Dean will be there to officially welcome you to your new library space.

** And please give thanks to the UMass Dartmouth Alumni Association for wanting to make your welcome back a little more special by sponsoring the hot drinks and treats. **

Note that the more formal grand opening of the fully renovated and expanded Library will be held on Tuesday, April 2 to kick off Chancellor Grossmans Inauguration festivities. A full schedule of the events focusing on the achievements of students, alumni, staff and faculty will be released soon.

See full press release at:

Just for fun, check out a few of these before and after pictures and try to remember it as it was when you’re in the new space!

Center of New Addition - Before & After

Remember the moldy cement seating just outside the library. Looks a little different now!

Looking North from the old library entrance - Before & After

Now if you can remember looking straight ahead when you came out of the old library entrance … well, now you’re still inside, right near the new Circulation service point.

Circulation Desks - Old & New

And, speaking of the Access Services Circulation Desk … It’s now in the new space!

Looking Towards the Library from the Charlton College of Business

It’ll be a little different walking from the Charlton College of Business towards the new library entrance.

There will be a few more of these before and after pictures along with some views of the new library renovation and addition on the library’s “Library Building Renovation and Expansion Program” page. Look for them soon.

The Claire T. Carney and UMass Law libraries “Go Live” With New Next Generation Library Systems Alma and Primo – Jan. 22nd, 2013

Announcing the unveiling of Primo & Alma - a search box and results screen imageThe UMass Dartmouth Claire T. Carney Library and UMass Law library are pleased to announce the unveiling of the new library services platform Alma and the search discovery and access system Primo.

Selected to be part of an Alma Early Adopter Program, UMass Dartmouth Libraries join Boston College and Boston University in Massachusetts to become one of six libraries in the United State to “Go Live” with the cloud-based Ex Libris Alma library unified resource management system and the Primo discovery search and delivery services. The Alma and Primo systems replace the Voyager integrated library system, first implemented in 1999, and the separate SFX, MetaLIB and DigiTool systems.

Benefits to You, the Researcher:

On the front end, Primo is a new search tool that enables the discovery of a wide range of materials like articles, books, images and other forms of electronic resources from a wide variety of sources within one search. Without leaving a search, a researcher will be able to access the available electronic materials online or send the results to email or a citation manager like RefWorks. A short list of advantages include:

  • Faster: You search just once to find and access all different kinds of materials.
  • Easier: After-search filters let you start with a simple keyword search and then refine your results by simply clicking on the filters you wish to apply.
  • bX Recommender: Many citations point to related articles. Recommendations based on data mining and structured analysis of usage data obtained from hundreds of research institutions worldwide.
  • Save your research: Save items or searches in a personal e-Shelf, or export them to RefWorks or EndNote.
  • Discovery: An advanced researcher may still need to rely on specialized databases in their field. Primo’s multidisciplinary search allows them to quickly discover valuable scholarly resources and information from other sources that they may not have found otherwise.
  • Added features: Examples include book covers, material type images, and multiple limiting and sorting options.

On the back office side, Alma allows library staff to move more efficiently through acquisition and metadata phases of work allowing researchers to gain faster access to new materials and online resources purchased by the library. Alma’s internal business intelligence tools allow staff to better analyze such things as purchasing processes, collection usage, and other essentials important to collection analysis and development work.

More Information on the New Systems:

Alma is a library services platform that supports the entire suite of library operations for print, electronic, and digital resources. Located in a cloud-based community environment consisting of other academic and research libraries, Alma will provide new opportunities for a collaborative metadata management and back office work like collection analysis, acquisitions, fund management, cataloging, and maintenance of knowledgebases that work to connect search results with online access links and print resource inventories.  On the back end, this next generation library system will unify, simplify, and allow library staff to work in a much more efficient manner while allowing staff to take on new functions and efforts vital to future library activities.

Primo is a web-scale discovery and delivery system that works with Alma to virtually transform the library’s ability to deliver better and deeper access to the wide array of information resources and databases licensed for access by the university libraries. These new systems will provide an enhanced user experience for UMass Dartmouth student and faculty researchers and dramatically expand the researcher’s ability to discover and access to scholarly publications and information resources relevant to research, work and creative needs.

Starting on January 22, 2013, access the new systems here:

Books to Go @ Carney Library! Look for Them On The Shelves In the New Carney Library Café/Lounge.


Books to Go @ Carney Library

Looking for a time out from work and studies?
Marking time in between classes?
Looking for inspiration? Or just a good laugh?
BTG may just be the answer.

It’s a new collection of books to read and return with no time limits and no charge. They’re on the shelves in the luxurious Café/Lounge. Pick up a SF/fantasy classic, a disturbing mystery, or a brilliant short story to read here or take away.

No check-out……No waiting list…..No fines……

Read and Return

And feel free to drop off one of your own to exchange or add.

BLC WorldCAT & MassVC Virtual Catalogs Currently Unavailable During Library’s Transition to new ALMA Library System

Virtual Catalogs are down at Carney LibraryThe virtual catalog direct lending services of the Boston Library Consortium (BLC WorldCAT NRE) and the Massachusetts Virtual Catalog (MassVC) are temporarily unavailable through the Carney Library. UMassD Library Services are in the midst of implementing and transitioning to a new library system, Alma by Ex Libris. In addition, the Massachusetts Virtual Catalog is in the beginning phases of moving to a new platform for its MassVC operations. During the transitions at UMassD and the changeover to new systems at the MassVC, these systems will be unavailable until further notice. In the meantime, all requests for books and articles can be still be submitted through the Carney Library’s Interlibrary Loan Services.

If you have any questions, please contact us at:

We apologize for any inconvenience caused.