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Webinar: The US COVID-19 County Policy Database: A novel resource to support pandemic-related research

Did you know that the Carney Library’s subscription to the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) also provides access to free informational webinars?

Join ICPSR for a webinar with Dr. Rita Hamad, where she will discuss the U.S. COVID-19 County Policy (UCCP) Database, a NIH- and PCORI-funded project. The database aims to systematically gather, characterize, and assess variation in U.S. county-level COVID-19-related policies. The study recognizes that policies have played a critical role in both alleviating and exacerbating the health and economic consequences of the pandemic. While prior research has focused on federal and state policies, there has been limited systematic evaluation of variation in U.S. local (i.e., county) COVID-19-related policies. Dr. Hamad will describe the data collection methods and some preliminary results. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the UCCP database and its potential impact on COVID-19 research.

Date: March 23, 2023 at 3 p.m. EDT

Register here:

Questions? Contact our Electronic Resources Librarian.

Open Education Week 2023

It’s Spring Break, and this week (March 6-10) is also the observance of Open Education, an innovative and effective approach to teaching and learning. Open Education is the practice of incorporating tools and materials that are free of financial and technical barriers in the classroom. These resources can be shared and adapted in the digital environment. Examples include free, openly licensed textbooks from Openstax or OER Commons. Here are a few ways you can explore Open Education and get involved in OER this week and beyond:

  • Panel Discussion: Using Open Educational Resources – Thursday, March 9th, 3pm – 4:30pm
    MA Department of Higher Ed and MASSPIRG will partner on this virtual event to celebrate Open Education Week. Reach out to our UMD MASSPIRG Campus organizer by email for the link to join: UMass Dartmouth – MASSPIRG Students
  • Nominate a Faculty Member for the OER Olympics! – Do you know a faculty member who uses free materials in the classroom? All currently-enrolled undergraduate students, faculty, staff, and administrators at Massachusetts state colleges and universities can nominate Massachusetts public higher education employees who have had a compelling, positive impact on open educational resources (OER) either within or outside of their institution.

For questions about the hub in OER Commons or about Open Educational Resources (OER) more generally, please contact our Scholarly Communication Librarian.

Three Librarians Recognized for Years of Service

Three librarians were recognized at yesterday afternoon’s Chancellor’s Years of Service event. Congratulations to Kari Mofford (15 yrs), Bela Gupta (5 yrs), and Jessica Almeida (10 yrs). (Pictured below – left to right)

Kari is the Health Sciences & Engineering Librarian, and Bela is the Metadata & Cataloging Librarian. Both work at the Claire T. Carney Library. Jessica is a Public Services Librarian at the Law Library. We thank them for all their contributions to the University’s teaching, learning, and research activities!

New: Scholarly Workshop Series

The DiSH is offering a group of workshops targeting scholarly writing and research. Topics include ‘Formatting your Thesis‘, ‘Zotero Basics‘, ‘Getting the most out of Google Scholar‘ and ‘Publishing Basics’ (what to do with your thesis once you defend it).

As always, please register with our Scholarly Communication Librarian, Emma Wood

Easy Access to Recent UMass Dartmouth Theses and Dissertations Online

Many recently published theses and dissertations are available electronically through Claire T. Carney Library. You can browse the collection online, search the library’s Primo catalog for a specific title, or use one of the department links below.

UMass Dartmouth Dissertations by Department:

Chemistry and Biochemistry
Educational Leadership
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Engineering and Applied Science
Fisheries Oceanography
Nursing (PhD)
STEM Education and Teacher Development

UMass Dartmouth Theses by Department:

Art Education
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Computer and Information Science
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Engineering and Applied Science
Estuarine and Ocean Sciences
Fine Arts
Fisheries Oceanography
Mechanical Engineering
Visual Design

If you have questions or feedback, feel free to contact us at

HeinOnline’s LGBTQ+ Rights Content Expanded

New content from the Williams Institute at UCLA has been added to the LGBTQ+ Rights collection available through the HeinOnline database. This database can be accessed through the A-Z database list on the Carney Library website.

“As the newest addition to HeinOnline’s Social Justice Suite, LGBTQ+ Rights is dedicated to charting the gay rights movement in America, showing the civil rights codified into law in the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as the inequalities that still exist today. Titles in this collection are grouped into subcollections focused on specific areas of society, examining issues from same-sex marriage to employment discrimination, military service, and more. 

A unique interactive piece within this collection is the Timeline charting the American gay rights movement from 1950 up to present day. Pulling in documents from HeinOnline, photographs from the Library of Congress, and YouTube videos, this timeline allows users to both visualize the progression of the gay rights movement as well as how HeinOnline documents connect to this overall historical narrative.” –HeinOnline LGBTQ+ Libguide

Position Opening: Senior Administrative Assistant

We are looking for a Senior Administrative Assistant to join the Claire T. Carney Library staff. Here’s a general statement of duties and responsibilities:

“Provide direct support to the Dean and the Associate Dean in the Library, which includes management of all daily office administrative and fiscal operations. Monitor expenditures to ensure budgetary compliance for all funds overseen by the Dean; prepare, review, and analyze financial reports; prepare and review requisitions, purchase requests, payroll, contracts, etc. Oversee the daily administrative business functions and operations of the library, working in conjunction with the Chancellors’ Office, Provost’s Office, Administrative and Fiscal Services, Student Affairs, Campus Services, Facilities, etc. Coordinate complex and highly confidential administrative functions for the Dean and Associate Dean. Assist and provide guidance to Library Division Heads regarding university administrative and fiscal policies and operations.”

For more information and to apply for the position, see the full job posting at

Welcome back from the Library!

Welcome back for the Spring Semester. We hope you enjoyed the break, and we are excited to have you back on campus!

Here are a few helpful library tips and reminders:

  • Research Help: Our subject librarians are here to help you find articles, books, and other resources for research projects/papers. Don’t be shy! You can email, chat, text, call, or stop by LIB-233 to connect with one of our librarians.
  • Student Study Rooms: You can reserve a group study room for you and your classmates.
  • Get Items from Other Libraries (ILL): If you need articles or books that the Carney Library doesn’t provide access to, request it through interlibrary library loan (ILL). Our ILL department can get you articles, books, and more from libraries across the country and around the world. The best part is there is no extra cost to you.
  • Equipment Loans: The library loans a variety of equipment including overnight laptops, TI-84 Plus calculators, whiteboard markers, and more. Stop by the 1st floor circulation desk to borrow items.
  • Digital Scholarship Hub (DiSH) Events: Register for free workshops on a variety of digital tools such as the upcoming one on RStudio and the Tidyverse, or add one of the “Research Power Hours” to your calendar.
  • Electronic Theses & Dissertations: You can browse and access many recent UMassD theses and dissertations online.
  • Hours: You can always find the library’s hours at
  • Website: Our recently redesigned website includes information on many more resources.

If you have questions or would like to share feedback, please let us know.

New Interim Dean of Library Services, Judy Farrar

We are excited to announce the appointment of Judy Farrar as the new Interim Dean of Library Services. Ms. Farrar joined the UMass Dartmouth library in 1996 as the Archives and Special Collections Librarian. As Provost Huang noted in his campus announcement, “Ms. Farrar has seen the Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections grow exponentially, from less than 100 linear feet to a collection of over 2,000 linear feet. She has been part of major initiatives like the establishment of the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese American Archives, the addition of the papers of former Congressman Barney Frank, the acquisition of the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Archives, and a major facility renovation.” Ms. Farrar also has a long history of innovation and collaboration with library, campus, and community partners. We look forward to her applying her knowledge and experience in this new role!