Category Archives: General Library

Spring Titles for Library Book Club

Here are the titles and dates for our spring meetings. All are welcome and there is no judgement if one doesn’t finish the book…but be aware there may be spoilers! If you need any assistance with ordering a copy through the Library’s Interlibrary Loan service or the Commonwealth Catalog, please contact kmofford@umassd.edu.

  • Wednesday, February 21 at Noon:  The Once and Future Witches, by Alix E. Harrow (this title is a bit longer (516 pages), so order it early).
  • Tuesday, April 16 at 12:30: Tea with the Black Dragon, by R.A. MacAvoy.

Our meeting is hybrid, so if you would like to come in person, we will be in Library 240 and if you would like to join by Zoom, please contact kmofford@umassd.edu.

Extended Hours for Finals

The Claire T. Carney Library will be open for extended hours for finals starting on Sunday, December 3. View the library calendar for details.

The library will be open for the following hours through the end of the semester:

  • Sunday, December 3, 3pm – Friday, December 8, 6pm (open continuously)
  • Saturday, December 9, 10am – 6pm
  • Sunday, December 10, 3pm – Friday, December 15, 6pm (open continuously)
  • Saturday, December 16, 10am – 6pm
  • Sunday, December 17, 3pm – 11pm
  • Monday, December 18, 7:30am – 11pm
  • Tuesday, December 19, 7:30am – 5pm

Celebrate International Open Access Week

Cross-posted from the Scholarly Communications Blog.

This year’s theme for International Open Access Week (Oct. 23 – Oct. 29) is Community over Commercialization. Open Access (OA) places the value of accessible information to the public above monetary interest in knowledge dissemination. OA removes restriction from research outputs such as journal articles, books, datasets, and more. Have you ever hit a paywall in your research? Perhaps you have located the abstract for an article that sounds ideal for your project, but then you click to find a request for your credit card. Interlibrary loan is a solution for the UMass Dartmouth community in those circumstances, but what about researchers who do not have library resources available?

The free and immediate availability of academic publications online means that the research will be read and built upon by a wider and more diverse audience. With this greater exposure comes more opportunity in the academic and scientific community. This publishing model is not available for all academic research at this time, but acknowledging Open Access Week is a great way to expand awareness of OA, and to learn more.

Here are some ways to deepen your understanding of OA this week:

Position Opening: Library Assistant IV

We are currently looking for a Library Assistant IV to join our team! This patron-focused position is an important member of the Claire T. Carney Library’s Access Services Department.

General Summary of Position:  The Library Assistant IV is responsible for performing day-to-day activities in the area of access services. These activities include assisting patrons with circulating materials by charging, renewing, and discharging library materials; providing technical support to patrons using library computers, printers, or connecting personal devices to the university network; supervising student workers; and assuming responsibility for the operation of the library in the absence of a supervisor, especially during night and weekend hours.

The review of applications will begin 10/30/2023 and will be ongoing.

For more information and to apply for the position, see the full job posting at http://careers.umassd.edu/dartmouth/en-us/job/521020/library-assistant-ivaccess-services.

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.

Sincerely,

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.

Nancy Godleski to be the new Dean of Library Services

We are excited to announce that Nancy M. Godleski will be the new Dean of the Claire T. Carney Library, effective August 1. We look forward to working with Dean Godleski to enhance existing library services and resources. She joins the library at an exciting time of technological changes and opportunities, positioning the library to pursue innovative ways of supporting our students, faculty, and staff!

Last week’s campus press release summarized of Dean Godleski’s professional experience: “Godleski comes to UMass Dartmouth from Vanderbilt University, where her most recent position was Associate University Librarian for Collections and Core Services. In this role, she led the strategic direction and resource management for seven library employee units and collections services for nine libraries across the university. During her tenure at Vanderbilt, Godleski oversaw access services, acquisitions and e-resources, cataloging and metadata services, preservation, remote storage, interlibrary loan, collection development and analysis, government documents, and library technology and digital services. As a member of the library’s senior leadership team, she advocated for librarian advancement and established a collections council with representatives from each campus library and library unit to build understanding and consensus. Her responsibilities within Vanderbilt also included serving as interim director of the Eskind Biomedical Library and Stevenson Science and Engineering Library.” Read the full press release at: https://www.umassd.edu/news/2023/new-dean-claire-carney-library-appointed.html

Limited Computer Access during New Student Orientation

New Student orientation will take place at the Claire T. Carney Library on the following days:

First-year Session I: June 15 – June 16
Transfer Session: June 20
First-year Session II: June 22 – June 23
First-year Session III: June 26 – 27
First-year Session IV: June 29 – 30

New students will have priority access to library computers as part of their orientation. If you plan to visit the library during Student Orientation, please be aware that Carney Library staff may not have a computer for you to use. That said, the library will remain open to the public and you are welcome to bring your own laptop or mobile device. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

If you have any questions, please contact Library Administration.

Academic Video Online Trial Now Active

The library has activated a trial to the streaming video service “Academic Video Online” through Proquest/Clarivate. This trial will be active until May 31, 2023

Academic Video Online is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary video subscription that supports the entire range of curriculum, from anthropology to zoology. It includes a variety of video material available with curricular relevance: documentaries, interviews, feature films, performances, news programs and newsreels, and demonstrations.

Access the trial through ProQuest Trials.

If you have any questions, contact our Electronic Resources Librarian.

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