Monthly Archives: September 2019

Announcing the New Issue of PLCS: Luso-American Literatures and Cultures Today

We are pleased to announce that Portuguese Literary & Cultural Studies (PLCS) 32, “Luso-American Literatures and Cultures Today,” is now available.  You can find this issue as well as all back issues available for free on the journal’s website!

This issue is dedicated primarily to Luso-American literatures and cultures from across the US, Canada, and the Caribbean, incorporating perspectives from both within and beyond the current set of canonical reference points. Articles on the cultures of southeastern New England are joined by others that focus on Montreal, Barbados, and Curaçao. This issue also features literary contributions from urban centers such as Toronto, San Francisco and Vancouver, as well as authors whose work can be said to be in transit between North America and disparate points in the Lusophone Atlantic (continental Portugal, the Azores, Cabo Verde).

The Center for Portuguese Studies and Cultures ‘s Tagus Press publishes its electronic version of PLCS on the library’s journal hosting platform.

Welcome from the Claire T. Carney Library Staff!

Arnie working at a library computer

Welcome or welcome back!

We hope you had a great summer!

Here are a few important things to know about the library, including how to get help when you need it.

Library Hours: The Claire T. Carney Library’s hours will be extended as the semester progresses (specifics below). Check the library calendar to see hours for a specific day.

Research Help: If you’re already thinking about your senior project, your master’s thesis, or just a research assignment that’s coming up this semester, our expert subject librarians are here to help you with your research. Librarians are available in person; via phone and text message; or online via instant message and email. You can schedule a research consultation with the librarian who’s an expert in the topic you’re researching. No project is too big, no question too small!

If you are an online student, check our Library Services for Online Learners guide for information about special services, such as free home delivery of UMassD library books or ways to connect with helpful library staff.

Library Collections: Roughly half of our collection is available physically and the other half is available electronicallyWe have a large, print book and journal collection housed on the 3rd and 5th floors of the library. The best way to find resources – print or electronic – is to search our discovery system, Primo.  Check out physical items – including DVDs and equipment – at the Circulation Desk using your UMass Pass as your library card.  Full-text electronic items are available by signing in to Primo and clicking a link. If you have any questions, please contact a librarian!  

Study Spaces: There are a variety of study spaces throughout the library for individuals and groups; whiteboards are distributed around the building for use in team projects.  To make the most of our available space, especially on the 3rd and 5th floors, we use an OPEN/TAKEN table tent system.  If you have room at your table, please set the sign with the orange part (OPEN) on top; if you are waiting for others to join you, please set the sign with the purple part (TAKEN) on top.  We encourage you to welcome others to a table that is not fully occupied – Corsairs Care!  

Computer and printing facilities are located on the first and second floors in our Learning Commons and Scholarly Commons. The South Reading Room, located near the Learning Commons on the first floor, is designated for quiet study.  If you are looking for a good place for group work, we have several group study rooms that you can reserve. Check the library orientation guide for directions on how to submit a reservation.  A map of the library is available and you can use the Find Me Here tool to share a link of where you are studying in the library so a friend or group knows where to meet you.

Tutoring: Beginning September 22, work with a tutor from the Multiliteracy Communication Center Sunday through Thursday from 6:00pm-9:00pm in Library Room 135. You can make an appointment with a tutor by using the MCC website.

Computers: If public computers are all in use, remember to check the computer classrooms (128, 225, 226) to see if they are open.  We also have laptops at the Circulation Desk that may be borrowed either overnight or for the day. Stop by our Learning Commons Desk on the 1st floor to get assistance with IT questions.

Leisure & Fun: Our Read and Return collection, located in the Library Living Room, offers a selection of books for fun reading.  Borrow a book from that collection by taking it home with you and return it for the next person to read, once you have finished it.  We host a Game Night every Thursday from 7-10PM in the Library Living Room or check out board games for the day using your UMass Pass at the Circulation Desk. To borrow library materials from our circulating collections, use your UMass Pass at the Circulation Desk.

We’re glad you’re back on campus! Let us know if there is some way we can be of help.   

Claire T. Carney Library Staff

Fall 2019

Sept. 2nd – Labor Day, CLOSED
Sept. 3rd – 7:30AM – 8:00PM

September 4th – September 28 th

Monday – Thursday: 7:30AM – 11:00PM
Friday: 7:30AM – 9:00PM
Saturday: 9:00AM – 9:00PM
Sunday: Noon – 11:00PM

September 29th – December 1nd

Monday – Thursday: 7:30AM – 1:00AM
Friday: 7:30AM – 9:00PM
Saturday: 9:00AM – 9:00PM
Sunday: Noon – 1:00AM


October 14th – Columbus Day, Noon – 1:00AM
November 11th – Veterans’ Day, Noon – 1:00AM
November 27th – 7:30AM – 5:00PM
November 28th – Thanksgiving Day, CLOSED
November 29th – 7:30AM – 5:00PM
November 30th – 9:00AM – 5:00PM

December 25th – Christmas Day, CLOSED