Category Archives: General Library

Announcing the Publication of PLCS 36-37: Heritages of Portuguese Influence: Histories, Spaces, Texts, and Objects

We are pleased to announce that Portuguese Literary & Cultural Studies (PLCS) 36-37, “Heritages of Portuguese Influence: Histories, Spaces, Texts, and Objects,” is now available! You can find this issue as well as all back issues available for free on the journal’s website.

Cover of PLCS 36/37. Includes names of guest editors: Miguel Badeira Jeronimo, Anna M. Klobucka, and Walter Rossa.

Situated in the interdisciplinary field of Critical Heritage Studies, this special issue gathers articles originating in diverse areas of scholarship (and in many cases fostering productive cross-fertilizations among them) that deal with the multifaceted postcolonial and globalized heritages of the Portuguese empire and Lusophone diasporas. The contributors discuss “heritage” and “influence” critically, as cultural and political arguments and practices, and as historical manifestations entailing diverse perspectives, motivations, and consequences, formed in colonial and postcolonial situations, imagining the past, the present, and the future.

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

Website Redesign Coming Soon

The Claire T. Carney Library is getting a new website!

Based on feedback from faculty and students, we have redesigned the library’s main website. The new website offers a contemporary look and feel alongside improved functionality, making it easier for you to find exactly what you need.

The site will go live later this month (August 2022), just in time for the start of the fall semester. Here is a sneak peek of the new design:

New library website homepage.

If you have any questions, please contact us. We look forward to sharing the new website with you!

Announcing the Publication of PLCS 34-35: The Open Veins of the Postcolonial: Afrodescendants and Racisms

We are pleased to announce that Portuguese Literary & Cultural Studies (PLCS) 34-35, “The Open Veins of the Postcolonial: Afrodescendants and Racisms,” is now available! You can find this issue as well as all back issues available for free on the journal’s website.

Making an obvious reference to Eduardo Galeano’s Open Veins of Latin America, this volume proves that the veins of the postcolonial remain open, having prolonged and reproduced themselves over the course of decades. “The Open Veins of the Postcolonial” traces the emergence of epistemological categories and offers thematic analyses of racial and ethnic differences, as well as those arising from sociability, representations, and sociopolitical and cultural dynamics. This volume likewise unmasks the naturalizing discourse of the ideology of subalternity and institutionalized discrimination through various “beliefs” and tacit practices; discusses how to articulate the place of belonging with ethno-racial identity in the twenty-first century; and contributes to the broad discussion initiated by the United Nations’ declaration of the International Decade for People of African Descent, 2015-2024 (Resolution 68/237).

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

Position Opening: Electronic Resources Librarian

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is seeking applicants for its Electronic Resources Librarian position.

The Electronic Resources Librarian is responsible for managing the life cycle of electronic resources, including license negotiation; acquisition; renewals; activation; discovery and access support; maintenance; and evaluation. The librarian in this role is part of the Library Technical Services team and ensures continued access to and support for robust, distinctive, and innovative collecting in support of academic initiatives and university programs. The Electronic Resources Librarian effectively engages with colleagues across the Library, the University and externally with consortia and vendors.

The Claire T. Carney Library is the centerpiece of the concentric campus plan of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. UMass Dartmouth is the only research university located on the beautiful South Coast of Massachusetts. Its library plays a fundamental role in enhancing the learning experience of students by providing services and space for research, study, and social activities.

The historic town of Dartmouth along New England’s Farm Coast is one of the largest towns by land area on the banks of the Buzzards Bay. New England has historic architecture, small towns, large cities, bustling metropolitan areas, and great seafood. The cities of Providence, Boston, and New York are within driving distance.

How to apply:

For more information about this position, including minimum starting salary; qualifications; and information about how to apply, please navigate to our website at UMass Dartmouth Careers.

All interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, current resume, and the contact information for at least three professional references.

Position Opening: Library Assistant IV

Want to work at Claire T. Carney Library? We are currently looking for a Library Assistant IV to join our team.

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.

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

ILL/ILLiad to be unavailable Thursday morning, May 12th

ILLiad, the software used to make interlibrary loan (ILL) requests, will be unavailable for 1 to 3 hours on Thursday, May 12th starting around 9 am. This downtime is needed for the vendor to make server-side upgrades.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Library Systems department at and/or the Interlibrary Loan Department at

Claire T. Carney Library celebrates Black and African American History Month

The Claire T. Carney Library celebrates Black and African American History Month. We honor a past filled with achievements and boundary-breaking while acknowledging that these boundaries were put in place by our nation’s forefathers and elected officials. We celebrate Black excellence, past, present, and future, knowing that there is more work to be done.

As a library, tangible action often takes the form of the information we choose to highlight. Below you’ll find links to a selection of library resources by Black authors and scholars.

“Equality is the soul of liberty; there is, in fact, no liberty without it.” – Frances Wright

The Claire T. Carney library is open to faculty, staff, and students. Our print book Black History Month display is located near the library entrance and includes:



Access even more books with a BPL eCard or via your public library:

Library Virtual Book Club – Spring 2022 Titles

Welcome back !  We hope you will join us to discuss more of our excellent titles chosen for this year’s theme: Adventures, Quests, and Treasure Hunts. 

We will be discussing The Princess Bride, by William Goldman via Zoom on Tuesday, Feb. 15th at 12:30PM. 

Our second book will be Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline via Zoom  on Friday, April 15th at Noon. 

Remember, you can request the books through our Interlibrary Loan Department if you need to borrow a copy (but do it soon for the Princess Bride!):

Please contact Kari Mofford ( for questions, Zoom links, and if you would like to be on our email list.