Monthly Archives: November 2013

How to Break the Stalemates: Political & Economic – A Public Lecture by Congressman Barney Frank – Nov. 21st – Claire T. Carney Library, UMass Dartmouth

Picture of Barney FrankWHAT: “How to Break the Stalemates: Political & Economic” – A Public Lecture by Congressman Barney Frank (Ret.)
WHERE: Claire T. Carney Library Grand Reading Room
WHEN: Thursday, November 21, 2 p.m.

UMass Dartmouth will welcome former Congressman Barney Frank to campus November 20-21, 2013. The congressman will spend two full days engaging with students, visiting classrooms, taking part in a Q&A session at UMass School of Law, all leading up to a public lecture on “How to Break the Stalemates: Political & Economic” at the Claire T. Carney Library Grand Reading Room, on Thursday, November 21, at 2 p.m.

Faculty who would like to bring their class to the lecture should call Amy Mangold in the Chancellor’s Office at X8006 or send an email to

Other events include:

Wednesday, November 20

  • 10 a.m.- Professor Ken Manning’s Constitutional Law class; Liberal Arts Building, Room 204.
  • 11:30 a.m. – Round table discussion at the Charlton College of Business, Room 115.
  • 5 p.m. – Q&A Session at UMass School of Law

Thursday, November 21

  • 11 a.m. – Professor Neil Olitsky’s Intermediate Microeconomics class; Liberal Arts Building, Room 104.

Congressman Frank, whose former district included New Bedford, Dartmouth and part of Fall River, donated many historical documents and papers to establish the Congressman Barney Frank Collection at the Claire T. Carney Library. The majority of the collection spans his congressional career. National issues covered include financial reform, gay rights, the housing crisis, immigration reform, military spending, and environmental protection. Records of his many electoral campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives include the hard-fought win over Republican Margaret Heckler in the 4th district in 1982.The collection also includes material on legislation he sponsored when he served in the Massachusetts State Legislature.

Barney Frank served in Congress from 1981 to 2013, serving as chairman of the House Financial Services Committee from 2007 to 2011. Previously he was a Massachusetts State Representative and an assistant to the Mayor of Boston.

Check out the video! Free Superseded Charts and Maps Available @ the Claire T. Carney Library

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Now that you’ve watched the video …

Remember that the free superseded charts and maps @ the Claire T. Carney Library are located in a bin beside the map cabinets adjacent to Group Study Room 311 on the third floor of the library.

And don’t forget to please re-roll any charts you decide not to take and place them in the bin for others. Thank you!

More questions? Please contact our map librarian, Paige Gibbs.

Book and Toy Drive @ The Claire T. Carney Library – Help Bring Holiday Cheer To Local Families!

Images of Toys and Teddy Bear walking - Toy & Book Drive - CTC Library 2013A children’s books and toy collection is underway until Dec 11th 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.


Veterans’ Reading Room At The Claire T. Carney Library – A Recognition of Service, A Place Of Support

Looking Through The Veterans' Reading Room DoorWith Veterans Day just around the corner we’d like to join in the university’s recognition of veterans and active duty military at UMassD by reminding all of the Claire T. Carney Library’s Veterans Reading Room

Students who are veterans or active duty military are invited to take advantage of the Veterans’ Reading Room in the Claire T. Carney Library. The space, developed in consultation with the Student Veterans Association and UMass Dartmouth Veterans Affairs, offers comfortable study and interaction geared toward the particular needs of the veteran student — less glass, VA and other resources, comradeship, and support. A library study space focused on veterans’ needs is a fairly rare item, so please let us know if there is anything you need to make the VRR more useful to you. We thank you for your service.

Statements on Veterans’ Services and the Veterans’ Reading Room from our collaborators, the Student Veterans Association and Student Affairs:

The Student Veterans Association is committed to helping past, present and future Veterans at UMass Dartmouth. As a student group, we help facilitate events and support for military members. UMassD has done an excellent job by setting up the Veterans’ Reading Room in the library as a central place to study and meet like minded individuals. We pride ourselves in developing professional skills and talent as the next generation of the future leaders from UMassD.

Whether you are a student, staff or faculty member, please know that you a valued Veteran and member of our campus community. I hope you will accept our appreciation for your service, as well as our interest in who you are, as well as your experiences and opinions. Please feel free to contact us at with any questions or comments you may have. Ronald Voltz, our Veteran Assistant, is eager to connect with you as a colleague and peer resource. Based out of the Student Affairs Office (Campus Center, suite 221), Ron spends time in the Veterans Reading Room, as well as throughout campus talking with Student Veterans and representing their interests throughout the University. Many thanks for your service to our country and your feedback on how UMass Dartmouth can serve you better. Sincerely, Shelly Metivier Scott, Associate Dean of Students, UMass Dartmouth.

Terry Burrton

Terrance M. Burton
Dean of Library Services
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
508-999-8664 (t)
508-999-8987 (f)

More Info on the Veterans’ Reading Room:

CARES – Chancellor’s Award Recognizing Excellence in Service – Congratulations Kathy Bancroft!

Yay! Kathy Way to Rep the Library!

Chancellor's Award
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,Please join me in congratulating Kathy Bancroft, Assistant Manager for Computer Operations in the Learning Commons as the October recipient of CARES (Chancellor’s Award Recognizing Excellence in Service).Kathy was nominated by a fellow colleague within the Library who has witnessed on many occasions how Kathy does not hesitate to reach out and put a student’s needs first. “Kathy continually goes above and beyond to assist students with issues even when it is outside her area.”Kathleen BancroftRecently, after a full day when Kathy had been organizing and running placement exams, an incoming student and her mother appeared frustrated in attempts to secure computer access. The pair had been between departments trying to get answers, and they were both understandably irritable. Kathy did not hesitate to stop what she was doing to assist them. She made several phone calls on their behalf and was successful in securing them answers without sending them on multiple trips around campus. Both parent and student were thankful and grateful to Ms. Bancroft for her assistance.

According to the nomination, this is just one example of her dedication to the patrons and students of the Library. Most nights and weekends, Kathy does not hesitate to respond to inquiries to assist students with issues as they arise.

Thank you, Kathy, for taking the time to turn a frustrating situation into a very pleasant one. By extraordinary example, you have demonstrated to the UMass Dartmouth campus how to go above and beyond to make a difference for a student and her family.

I am so proud of Kathy and look forward to learning of the next CARES recipient. If you know someone deserving of this recognition, please let us know by completing a nomination form. Please follow the link:


Chancellor's Signature
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