Monthly Archives: July 2023

Claire T. Carney Library – Air Conditioning

Update — Tuesday Morning, July 25th

The AC is working and the building is much more comfortable.

Update — Monday Afternoon, July 24th

The AC part arrived and the unit has been repaired. However, it will take 24 hours to cool the building. The library is open regular hours today, but please be prepared for warm indoor conditions if you visit us!

Original Post – Monday Morning, July 24th

The Claire T. Carney Library is currently open but without air conditioning. The Vice Chancellor for Administration & Facilities, David Gingerella, shared the following message with the UMassD Community this morning:

“Dear UMassD Community,

Due to a component failure within the HVAC system, the air conditioning for the Claire T. Carney Library has been taken offline. We are currently awaiting the replacement part, and once they arrive, the Facilities staff will immediately install and begin testing the unit.

We will provide an update on the Library as soon as possible. Please contact me with any questions or concerns.


David Gingerella
Vice Chancellor for Administration & Facilities”

We will update this post as we learn more. If you have questions about library hours, please call the Circulation Desk at 508-999-8750.

Announcing the Publication of PLCS 38-39: O Ensino das Literaturas em Português

We are pleased to announce that Portuguese Literary & Cultural Studies (PLCS) 38-39, “O Ensino das Literaturas em Português,” is now available! You can find this issue as well as all back issues available for free on the journal’s website.

Cover image of PLCS 38-39

PLCS 38/39 Não há pensamento sobre o ensino da literatura sem a pergunta recorrente e provocatória: “Para que serve, afinal, a literatura?”. O presente volume pretende refletir sobre o ensino das literaturas em português, considerando os eventuais dilemas éticos e políticos subjacentes à prática pedagógica dos professores. Os artigos e recensões aqui reunidos procuram dar espaço à indagação sobre as aulas de literatura nos diversos níveis de ensino e em diferentes geografias, quer sejam de língua oficial portuguesa ou outras. Contamos ainda com uma antologia de textos literários dedicados à experiência, ao mesmo tempo comum e extraordinária, de se aprender e de se ensinar literatura.

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

Access Over 2,500 Books Online Through MIT Press Direct to Open

Photo by Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash

The Claire T. Carney Library has joined more than 250 libraries participating in MIT Press’s new Direct to Open initiative. This publishing model will help to fund the publication of nearly 90 open access books per year. Open Access (OA) is a set of practices and principles that allows publications to be shared online without cost to the reader or other access barriers. This effort supports equitable access to scholarly material and enables authors to publish open access without additional fees and regardless of their institutional funding.

As an added benefit for participation, our campus has access to an archive of over 2,500 titles that would otherwise be gated. These titles cover a variety of disciplines such as psychology, artificial intelligence, graphic design, neuroscience, and more. Browse the collection and gain full access to download or read these books online.