Daily Archives: February 5, 2015

Claire T. Carney Library Associates Ninth Annual Authors’ Brunch and Fundraiser – Sunday, March 29th 2015 – UMassD Woodland Commons

Image with silhouette of books with words Claire T. Carney Library Associates Ninth Annual Authors’ Brunch and Fundraiser

What: Claire T. Carney Library Associates Ninth Annual Authors’ Brunch and Fundraiser
Where: Woodland Commons,  University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
When: 12 Noon, Sunday, March 29th, 2015
Cost: $35.00
~ Students with school ID may attend the lecture only, free of charge~

This fundraiser will assist in the establishment of the Veterans’ Reading Room at the Claire T. Carney Library.

The program will feature five notable authors: Carlos Eire, Janet Freedman, Jennifer Haigh, Gregory Maguire and Victoria Wilson. The brunch will precede the talk followed by a Q&A and book signings. The cost is $35. Checks can be made out to the Claire T. Carney Library Associates and sent to Rita Raymond, 1032 Sterling Street, New Bedford, MA 02745. Reservations are required. Please respond by March 22rd . Students with school ID may attend the lecture only, free of charge. Shuttle service will be provided from parking lot seven.

Carlos Eire is a T. Lawson Riggs Professor of History and Religion at Yale University. He is the author of several books on European history and is the author of a memoir, Cuban Revolution, Waiting for Snow in Havana, which won the U.S. National Award for Nonfiction in 2003.

Janet Freedman, a former Dean of Library Services at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, has recently published Reclaiming the Feminist Vision. She has worked throughout her career to advance the role of libraries as vehicles for social change.

Jennifer Haigh is an award-winning novelist and short story writer. Her books include: Mrs. Kimble, Baker Towers, The Condition and Faith . Her short story collection, entitled News from Heaven, published in 2013, revisits some of the characters from her book Baker Towers.

Gregory Maguire is best known for his revisionist retelling of classic children’s stories in particular his novel, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, which was turned into the successful Broadway musical of the same name. He has also authored many short stories and children’s books.

Victoria Wilson is the senior editor and vice-president of Alfred Knopf Publishers. She is the author of Barbara Stanwyck, Steel True, 1907-1940. Ms Wilson has worked with notable authors such as Anne Rice. She was appointed by President Clinton to serve on the United States Civil Rights Commission.

Library Orientation for Students in Fully-Online Programs — February 23rd & 24th

Picture of a librarian interacting with online studentsLibrarians 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, including the library’s Primo discovery search, free home delivery of books and electronic delivery of articles, registration for a library card/university ID, and the availability of research help and technical support. The orientation sessions are scheduled for Monday, February 23rd  from 6 to 7:00 pm and Tuesday, February 24th from 10 to 11:00 am. Sign-up for the one that best fits your schedule!

The sessions will take approximately one hour and will be conducted using Blackboard Collaborate, an online teaching and learning tool. We will email attendees the link to the Collaborate classroom and directions for accessing it. If you’re interested in attending one of the sessions, please complete the online registration form by Sunday, February 22nd. If you’re interested in attending but can’t make either session, feel free to contact us. We will work with you to schedule a time that works for you.


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

Feedback from previous attendees:

“The support to online learners is amazing. Every student should participate in the online library orientation. I learned so much that I didn’t realize they could help me with.”

“I did not realize all that was available to the online student. It will definitely make life easier when it comes to research.”

“I almost want to recommend that it should be a requirement to attend – that’s how helpful I found it.”

“The important thing to me is that the orientation made me feel that full on-line students are also part of the library and that you care about us…now I have something else to love about UMassD.”

“Being a returning student with minimal computer resource knowledge, this instruction has made me more comfortable to pursue information and provided the avenues in which I would be able to obtain it.”