Category Archives: General Library

The Passing of Claire T. Carney

We were saddened to learn about the passing of Claire T. Carney. She was a kind and generous woman whose commitment to life long learning is memorialized in the name of the UMass Dartmouth library.

All library staff who had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Carney have had wonderful things to say about her. We are honored to work in a building named after such a remarkable woman.

Learn more about Mrs. Carney:
Oral history interview with Claire T. Carney with Dr. Fred Griffin (2006)
The Library’s webpage about Mrs. Carney taken from the Blue & Gold Gala program(October 14, 2006)

Obituary, Claire T. Carney

Open Education Events This Week

Every year, in the month of March, there is a week-long global recognition of the importance of Open Education. Its goal is to raise awareness about the impact of open education on teaching and learning worldwide. Open Education Global promotes events on an international scale to increase knowledge of Open Educational Resources (OER) and other topics within Open Education. Hopefully you will have a chance to participate in some of these opportunities, and you may consider the following events offered by Massachusetts state colleges and universities, including a panel to be held here at UMass Dartmouth.

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

  • 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

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

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.

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:

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.