Category Archives: Department News

PhotoGraphics Department Relocated into Archives Area During Library Renovation Project

The UMassD Library’s PhotoGraphics Department has been relocated from the Library lower level to a temporary location within the Archives & Special Collections/Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese American Archives of the Claire T. Carney Library. Hours of operation remain 8:00 – 5:00, with access through the Archives only from 9:30 – 5:00. To access the department prior to 9:30am, please call ahead of time.

Note: As a result of the move, Photographics has had to temporarily downsize their operation and some services will be limited. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns or email

  • x8693 D. Confar
  • x8762 Heather Tripp
  • x8694 Justin Maucione
  • x6573 Jennifer White

PhotoGraphics will reside within the Archives area until the Claire T. Carney Library renovation is completed. Enter Archives from the entrance facing the center of the campus. See the PhotoGraphics departments new location on a library building floor plan.


Workshop on oral history by Dr. Betty Hoffman, President of the New England Association of Oral History

Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese American ArchivesWorkshop on oral history by Dr. Betty Hoffman, President of the New England Association of Oral History

Please register by October 1st by calling 508 999-8689.

When: Thursday, Oct. 8th, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Where: Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, Claire T. Carney Library, UMass Dartmouth

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth announces a workshop, “Recording Oral History: The Basics,” organized by the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives in collaboration with the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture and the Claire T. Carney Library.

The event will take place on Thursday, October 8th, from 1:00- 4:00 P.M. in the Prince Henry Society Reading Room of the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, located in the Claire T. Carney Library.

The workshop is designed for individuals who are interested in interviewing people about their lives and about events that have shaped the history of our community, especially people and events related to the immigration and settlement of the Portuguese in this region.

This free oral history workshop will give you a chance to work with expert oral historian, Dr. Betty Hoffman, president of the New England Association of Oral History, in learning the basic principles and techniques for collecting and preserving stories and memories that might otherwise be lost.  You will be introduced to the oral history process, including planning, interviewing techniques, equipment and release forms and will get the opportunity to practice some of the techniques learned.

Dr. Betty Hoffman is an anthropologist who has extensive experience in researching and recording local history.  She has been involved in many projects including, Witness to War: 1941-1945: The Soviet Jewish Experience, an oral history and photographic exhibition, which became the focal point for Military History Month at the Connecticut State Library and then traveled to venues throughout the country.

Her publications include: Jewish Hearts: A Study of Dynamic Ethnicity in the United States and the Soviet Union, Honoring the Past, Building the Future: the History of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford and Jewish West Hartford: From City to Suburb.

Please register by October 1st by calling 508 999-8689.

For directions to the UMass Dartmouth campus, see

Workshop participants should use Parking Lot 7.  For handicapped parking, available adjacent to the library, use Parking Lot 13.

Carney Library Archives and Special Collections Will Be Closed Oct. 16 – Mid-November During Move to New Archives Facility

New Archives EntranceThe Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections, currently located on the fourth floor of the library, will be closed for all but emergency requests from October 16 through mid-November.

During this period, the collections and staff will be moving into the newly-renovated Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections and Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives facility on the mezzanine and lower levels of the library.

A date has not yet been set for the grand opening, but we anticipate that the Archives will be open to the public in mid-November.

The photograph shows the outside entrance to the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives/Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections. It was taken on October 7, 2008.  The new archives is currently in the final stages of construction.


RefWorks Workshops – An easier way to organize research & format citations – RSVP NOW!

RefWorks Bibliographic Citation Management Software - Learn it!The Library is offering sessions to help beginners and advanced users. All sessions will meet in the Library’s second floor conference room (just behind the elevator). Each session can have 6 participants, so RSVP quickly to get a spot!

  • FILLED – April 4 2:30 – 3:30 Beginner
  • It was great!– April 11 12-1PM Advanced; 2-3PM Beginner
  • Completed!– April 18 2-3 Advanced
  • Sign Up Now!– April 25 2:30 – 3:30 Beginner
  • May 2 2:30-3:30 Advanced
  • May 9: 2:30 – 3:30 Beginner

RefWorks allows you to create your own database of references. You may then use those references in a bibliography or you may cite references in your paper and RefWorks will format your paper and bibliography in any style that you choose.

Beginners will learn:

  • How to open an account
  • Basic citation importation
  • How to create and organize folders in your account
  • How to link to your paper in MSWord
  • How to create a basic bibliography

Advanced sessions will focus on:

  • Importing from other sources (web pages, RSS feeds, and other commercial databases)
  • Editing references
  • More viewing and sorting options
  • Checking for duplicates
  • Troubleshooting problems

Please RSVP for a session by contacting Kari Mofford at
If you have a laptop with wireless access, please bring it!