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.

STEM Electronic Resource Trials

The Claire T. Carney Library has initiated trial access to three STEM-focused electronic resources during the Fall semester. Access to these resources is provided through the library’s A-Z databases list. We encourage the campus community to explore these resources and provide feedback using our online form or by contacting a reference librarian. If you have questions or access problems, please contact our Electronic Resources Librarian, Sara Pike at spike1@umassd.edu

Visible Body (October 1-31) 

A complete set of visual and interactive reference and learning content for anatomy, physiology and life sciences. Includes web access to a vast library of 3D models, animations, diagnostic images and bite-sized learning modules as well as flashcards and interactive presentations.” To use Visible Body, individuals will need to create a personal account on the website. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact our Electronic Resources Librarian, Sara Pike.

Inspec (October 1 – November 30) 

Containing almost 16 million records across multidisciplinary and subject specific research including physics, engineering, communications and computing, Inspec is one of the most definitive abstract and indexing databases available. 

Knovel (October 1 – November 30) 

Knovel is an extensive, searchable online library of full-text content from many different publishers, including reference handbooks, conference proceedings and databases. Knovel also provides tools to bring this content into your workflow, with tables and graphs that allow users to manipulate, analyze, and export data—and an extensive unit conversion tool. 

Books too Dangerous to Read

Censorship of Library Books

There are many efforts to protect readers from encountering dangerous literature. One of the most commonly cited is the formal censorship of library books. This is when an authoritative body, whether a person or organization, actively removes a item from library circulation in order to restrict the dissemination of ideas, words, or images. The censors go beyond choosing not to read offending material and decide to restrict or eliminate other people’s access.

As this is Banned Books Week, it seems appropriate to highlight pressure put on libraries, authors, and publishers. While higher education libraries escape most traditional book censorship campaigns, our colleagues in public and school libraries are not as fortunate. In fact, the American Library Association (ALA)’s reports a record 1,269 attempted bans in 2022. Meanwhile, the ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom believes that vast majority of bans go unreported, indicating that these are only the tip of iceberg. 

Here’s a list of the top five most challenged books of 2022

  1. Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe
  2. All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson (request through ILL)
  3. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  4. Flamer by Mike Curato (request through ILL)
  5. (Tie) Looking for Alaska by John Green (request through ILL)
    (Tie) The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky> (request through ILL)

Literary Withdrawal

University libraries account for a very, very small percentage of the formal censorship bans. However, literary withdrawal impacts university libraries as well as school and public libraries. It can even impact the availability and pricing of books available for sale. These actions are very difficult to track but can be insidiously effective. Ayad Akhtar, President of PEN America, wrote that his organization pays “close attention to the phenomenon of literary withdrawal, that is, when an author or publisher, invariably in response to online pressure, pulls a book from publication.” Activists pressure authors and publishers in hopes of stopping the publication of ideas and stories they believe are harmful. As noted by Pen America in their report, Booklash: Literary Freedom, Online Outrage, and the Language of Harm, “critics have argued that “problematic” books or authors deserve special censure from the literary world.”  PEN America identifies several of these titles in the report. If you’re interested in borrowing any of the ones that were published, you can request a copy through interlibrary loan.

While PEN examines works of fiction, fear and external pressure can also adversely impact the publication of non-fiction as well. Dr. James Flynn, renowned for the Flynn effect, lamented that Emerald Publishing concluded that his book on free speech was too risky to publish after having previously accepted it for publication. It was later released by an independent publisher, although it likely lacked the publicity, editorial support, etc. that prominent publisher like Emerald would have provided. The published version can be borrowed from the Carney Library

Learn More

Here are a few resources to check out if you’re interested in learning more:

Get Books, Articles, and More from Other Libraries

The Claire T. Carney Library offers access to hundreds of thousands of publications, but sometimes it doesn’t have the article, book, or chapter you need. In these situations, our interlibrary loan (ILL) staff have you covered. They offer a free ILL service to UMassD students, faculty, and staff in which they will request items on your behalf.

Students often ask how long it takes to receive an article or book chapter. Turnaround time varies from request to request. It’s largely dependent upon the loaning institution as we need to wait for the “loaning” institution to upload the article. That said, the average turnaround is about 2 business days. 

Do you need a book we don’t own? The same service can get you books from other libraries. Books can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to arrive, so please plan ahead. Please note that the interlibrary loan department cannot process requests for books sold in the campus bookstore.

On final note: It is okay to request material that you want to use for recreational reading and entertainment. You can request books by your favorite authors either using the form on the ILL page or directly from Massachusetts public libraries using a service called ComCat.

Questions: Contact our interlibrary loan staff at libill@umassd.edu.

Digital Display Monitors Now Available in LIB-217 & LIB-311

New this semester: The Claire T. Carney Library offers display monitors in two student group study rooms: LIB-217 & LIB-311. These rooms are intended to support students looking to practice presentations, collaborate on documents, review course materials, and complete other group work. The rooms are equipped with HDMI cables and remotes.

If you need an HDMI adaptor or batteries for the remote, please visit the 1st floor Circulation Desk.

We’d love to get your feedback. After you use the room, please share your thoughts with us by completing a brief online survey: https://forms.office.com/r/dxVkm6FYJ7

Questions: Contact the Systems & Digital Services department at libsys@umassd.edu.

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.