Category Archives: Library Instruction

WorldCat Subscription Change

The library will be altering its OCLC WorldCat subscription beginning July 1st. This change will yield significant savings and will have minimal impact on our faculty and students. It will not affect the timing of interlibrary loan deliveries. That said, there are a couple of changes you should be aware of:

  • You will no longer have the option of submitting an interlibrary loan request directly from WorldCat. Instead, you will need to enter the citation information in ILLiad (Note: ILLiad is the name of the system we use to submit and manage interlibrary loan requests.)
  • You WILL continue to have access to, but you will only see the holdings of libraries who subscribe to an OCLC product called WorldCat Discovery. A library must subscribe to WorldCat Discovery in order for its holdings to appear in the free

If you’re a frequent user of WorldCat and want to search the Discovery version, you can still do so through the Boston Public Library (BPL). The BPL offers free ecards to Massachusetts residents as well as those who “commute to a Massachusetts employer on a sustained and regular basis.” By using this free ecard, you can use Discovery to see the holdings of libraries regardless of whether they subscribe to the product. In other words, you will find holdings of institutions such as UMass Dartmouth and UMass Amherst even though these libraries don’t subscribe.

We understand that the relationship between WorldCat Discovery and is confusing. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Get Books & Articles from Other Libraries

Image of an interlibrary loan vanIs there an article you need for your research, but our library doesn’t have it? Never fear! You can request articles via our interlibrary loan service. It’s a quick and free online process for the active UMD community (faculty/staff/students), and we’ll try to get an electronic copy of your article (pdf) as quickly as possible. Turnaround time varies for those we can obtain, but many articles are received within 48 hours.

Do you need a book we don’t own? The same service can get you books from other libraries! Books we can obtain take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to arrive, so please plan ahead.

Place your article or book ILL requests here:

Questions? Ask a librarian!

Need Help Finishing those Research Papers?

Writing and Reading Center's "Write-In" on December 7, 2016 from 8 PM to midnightThe Claire T. Carney Library and the Writing and Reading Center have you covered. If you need help finding journal articles, statistics, etc., stop by the library’s reference desk or contact us online. If you need specialized help, consider contacting the librarian responsible for your major.

Finding it difficult to write that last paper or commit to its final revision? Join other like-minded students for the Writing and Reading Center’s semi-annual “Write-in”
next Monday, May 2nd, from 8p.m. to midnight in LARTS 219. Tutors will be available, and refreshments will be served. No sign-up necessary, but If you want to commit to attending as a way to make sure you won’t put off your paper-writing, sign up at All you need is paper, pen or a laptop. There will be computers available, but bring yours if convenient

Let’s do this…together!

Welcome back! We hope you had a great break. Stop by the Carney Library, we’ve got few things for you to check out (and to remind you of!)

Welcome Back! Arnie Greets Returning Students in Library Learning CommonsWelcome back for the spring semester! We hope you had a great break.

So now that you’re back we thought we’d remind you about a few things.

The library is back to regular hours starting on Monday, but if you’re unsure you can always check our library calendar to see our hours for each day. Don’t forget to bring your UMass Pass, which is also your library card and will give you access (with a proximity reader near the doors) to the building after 10 PM.

There are lots of study spaces throughout the library for individual and group study. You will see “table tents” on the 3rd and 5th floors to help you share the group study tables and help us all make the best use of the library’s study space. Of course on the first and second floors, there are the Learning Commons and Scholarly Commons complete with computers and printing facilities. And near the Learning Commons on the first floor there is a large quiet study space in the South Reading Room.

Need a laptop for you’re work in the library? Check one out at the first floor Circulation Desk. Want to schedule a place for your group to study? Then go online and reserve the room! Or perhaps if you just wish to just notify a friend about where you’re going to be studying in the library; Then send them a link with a pointer on a library floor map of where you’ll be studying  using the Find Me Here tool.

If you’re back and already thinking about your senior project, your master’s thesis or the big paper you’ll have to write this semester, you might want to look up one of our expert subject librarians to help you with your research.

Wait, you’re back, but you’re an online student. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with our Library Services for Online Learners guide. And look here later for a schedule of library services online orientation sessions that are being planned for you.

On the other hand, if you just finished moving back in and are looking for some stress free reading to relax with, check-out our New Books Shelf just across from the elevators on the first floor or pop over into the Library Living Room and see what’s there for you on the Books to Go @ The Carney Library shelves.

And if that’s not enough, for future stress relievers, we are sponsoring a Game Night every second Thursday of the month in the Library Living Room with a variety of board games on hand. The library will also co-sponsor a De-Stress Day once a month in the Library Living Room with games, chair massage, and arts and crafts. Just miss reading for fun? We have a Dystopian Book Club that meets once a month and is currently reading “The Watchmen” for the February meeting … dates/times to be announced soon!

Anyway, we hope you get the point. We’re glad you’re back and we hope that you’ll stop by at one of our service points and ask if there is some way we can be of help … or if you want, just to say Hi!

Welcome Back!

~ From Your Carney Library Staff

Come to the Carney Library’s Living Room for our Game Night this Thursday night (November 5) from 7-10 PM.

Image of Game Board with Pieces and Title of Game Night @ Carney LibraryCome to the Library’s Living Room for our Game Night this Thursday night (November 5) from 7-10 PM. Perfect way to decompress and enjoy time with friends.

We have Legos and Magnetix if you are in a mood to build something or check out some of our favorite games:



  • Monopoly
  • Life
  • Scrabble
  • Rummikub
  • Battleship
  • Operation
  • UNO

Questions? Please contact Kari Mofford (

Fall Data Management Workshop Series at the Claire T. Carney Library – Tuesdays in October, 3 – 4 p.m.

Image of silhouetted coup in front of Data Manangement Planning Servicesdata wall withWHAT: Data Management Workshop Series
WHEN: Tuesdays in October at 3:00pm to 4:00pm
WHERE: Room 128, Claire T. Carney Library

The Claire T. Carney Library is pleased to offer the Data Management Workshop Series for the fall semester, co-taught by librarians Zac Painter, Dawn Gross, and Liz Winiarz. The course will cover essential topics in data management and provide hands-on experience with some tools for working with your research data. The course is free and is open to all faculty, staff, and students of UMassD. A course outline is listed below; all courses will take place in LIB-128 from 3:00pm-4:00pm on Tuesdays in October.

  • October 06: Overview of Data Management & the DMPTool
  • October 13: Types and Formats of Data, Contextual Details & OpenRefine
  • October 20: Data Storage and Security, Repositories and Archiving & Git/GitHub
  • October 27: Legal and Ethical Issues, Data Sharing & the Open Movement (Open Data, Open Source, Open Access, Open Educational Resources)

Further course information will be provided on the wiki,

You do not have to attend each course in the sequence, but you are requested to bring your own laptop for each session as we will be demonstrating the applications in a hands-on fashion, which requires installing the software ahead of time. If you need assistance installing the software, please either come a few minutes early to a session or contact one of the instructors before to get help.

If you wish to attend please register through the calendar of events. Please contact Zac Painter ( , x8886) with questions.

Third Annual New England National Digital Stewardship Alliance Regional Meeting, Claire T. Carney Library – Friday, Sept. 25th, 2015

Picture of Library and words NSDS NE Regional Meeting At UMassD 2015What: Third Annual New England National Digital Stewardship Alliance Regional Meeting
Where: Grand Reading Room of the Claire T. Carney Library, UMass Dartmouth, Parking Lot 13, North Dartmouth, MA 02747 ~ Directions ~
When: Friday, Sept. 25th, 2015


On Friday September 25th, librarians, archivists, and other information professionals from the northeast with an interest will gather in the Grand Reading Room of the Claire T. Carney Library to discuss current issues in the field of digital stewardship and preservation. The event is the third annual New England National Digital Stewardship Alliance regional meeting, the oldest regional NDSA meeting, co-hosted this year by UMass Dartmouth and Brown University.

The program will contain a series of talks from experts in the field and breakout discussion sessions for those involved in the work of digital stewardship to participate in. Among the presenters is National Chair of the NDSA Coordinating Committee Dr. Micah Altman, Director of Research and Head/Scientist for Program on Information Science at the MIT Libraries. Other speakers include practitioners from Brown University School of Public Health, CodedCulture, Harvard Medical School, WGBH, and the 5 residents of the National Digital Stewardship Residency – Boston Program.

The National Digital Stewardship Alliance is a consortium of organizations that are committed to the long-term preservation of digital information. The mission of the NDSA is to establish, maintain, and advance the capacity to preserve our nation’s digital resources for the benefit of present and future generations. More information about NDSA can be found here:



Research Data Management Workshops @ UMass Dartmouth – Starting Soon – See What’s In Them For You!

Image of silhouetted coup in front of Data Manangement Planning Servicesdata wall with The Claire T. Carney Library has partnered with Computer & Information Technology Services (CITS) and Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) to assist members of the campus community manage their research data, and this workshop series is one part of that initiative. First we will show a broad overview of what data management is and show you a tool (DMPTool) you can use to deposit your plans for managing your research data. Next we will take a look at what metadata is and play with a tool (TeX) you can use for document formatting. Last we will work with a tool (OpenRefine) which will curate your messy data and play around with theory on version controls and backlogs.

The class will be taught in two sequences. The first sequence is for faculty and staff only and is sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development. The second sequence is open to faculty, staff, students, and the public. You do not need to attend every class in a sequence, and faculty/staff may attend from a mix of sequences. For more information please visit the Data Workshop Wiki or contact Zac Painter, Engineering & Data Services Librarian.

Faculty/Staff Sequence (Co-sponsored with OFD)

  • Tuesday March 31, 2:30 – 3:30, LIB 226
  • Monday April 6, 1:00 – 2:00, LIB 226
  • Tuesday April 14, 2:30 – 3:30, LIB 226

Open Sequence (Students and Public welcome in addition to faculty/staff)

  • Tuesday April 21, 2:30 – 3:30, LIB 225
  • Tuesday April 28, 2:30 – 3:30, LIB 128
  • Wednesday May 6, 3:00 – 4:00, LIB 226

Open access publishing, the good, the bad and the ugly! – A discussion led by Elizabeth Winiarz, Science Librarian with the Office of Faculty Development

What: Open Access Publishing,  the good, the bad and the ugly!
When: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Where: Claire T. Carney Library, Room 314

Lunch will be provided. If you wish to attend, please register online.

A discussion about open access publishing, the good, the bad and the ugly! Don’t be a victim of predatory publishers! Science Librarian, Elizabeth Winiarz will lead a discussion on how to distinguish legitimate from questionable open access publishers.

“Dear Colleagues,

with the pressure to publish and the recent development of Open Access publishing, the options for scholars looking to disseminate their research and scholarship continue to expand.    To answer some of the questions people may have on this topic, the Office of Faculty Development together with the UMass Dartmouth chapter of Sigma Xi and the Clair T. Carney Library have a lunchtime presentation by Science Librarian Elizabeth Winiarz TOMORROW March 3 at 12:30 – 1:30 pm in LIB 314. “

Dr. Grant O’Rielly
President, Faculty Senate
and Associate Professor
Department of Physics
Univ. of Massachusetts  Dartmouth