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Careers in Library and Information Science
 

The Libraries will host a Library Careers Networking Night on Thursday, November 13, 2014 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Room 2601, Du Bois Library. The event is free, open to the public, and refreshments are provided. RSVPs requested by Nov. 6 to Jessica Adamick, jadamick@library.umass.edu, 413-545-0044.

Press release

October 23, 2014


Undergraduate Research in Sustainability Award
 

The Libraries are pleased to announce the new Undergraduate Research in Sustainability Award. All undergraduate UMass Amherst students are eligible. For more information and to apply by Feb. 20, 2015, visit: http://guides.library.umass.edu/sustainability.

Press Release

October 21, 2014


A Long and Winding Road: The Legacy of the Back-to-the-Land Communes of the 1960s
 

The Libraries host the Tenth Annual Social Change Colloquium on Monday, November 3, at 4 p.m. with a reception to follow, in the Learning Commons (Lower Level), Du Bois Library. “A Long and Winding Road: The legacy of the back-to-the-land communes of the 1960s,” will explore the nearly 40-year history of some of the region’s best known communes, which are documented in the Library’s Special Collections and University Archives. The event is free and open to the public.

Press Release

October 16, 2014


Libraries and Partners Host Open Access Week October 20-24
 

Open Access Week, a global event in its eighth year, will be held from Oct. 20-24, 2014. The keynote speaker, Peter Suber, engages in a dialogue on open access on Thursday, Oct. 23, 3 – 4:30 p.m., in 160A Events Hall West, Commonwealth Honors College. The Libraries will host a series of events relevant to open access: http://scholarworks.umass.edu/oa/2014/.

More information

October 9, 2014


Libraries Announce New Fund for Open Access Publishing
 

The Libraries announce a new fund to support open access publication of University of Massachusetts Amherst peer-reviewed scholarship. A pilot program will make $25,000 in total available to UMass Amherst authors of articles and monographs. For more information and to apply, visit: http://library.umass.edu/SOARfund/.

Press Release

October 21, 2014


Libraries Host Exploring Open Science Oct. 14
 

The Libraries host a workshop and panel, Exploring Open Science, on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library. The workshop begins at 6 p.m. in the Calipari Room, Lower Level, followed by a panel discussion at 7:30 p.m., in Room 1320, on Floor 13. Undergraduates are encouraged to attend and the event is free and open to all.

Press Release

September 29, 2014


Open Access and the Humanities: Contexts, Controversies and the Future
 

The Libraries host a talk, “Open Access and the Humanities: Contexts, Controversies and the Future,” by Dr. Martin Eve, on Thursday, October 2, 2014, at 3:00 p.m., in Room 2601, on Floor 26, in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In his talk, Eve will discuss the history of Open Access, including specific challenges faced by the humanities and potential future solutions. Press Release

September 22, 2014

 


Deep in the Hole: Experiences of Imprisonment
 

The Libraries will host a talk by Lois Ahrens, founder and director of the Real Cost of Prisons Project, on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at 4:00 P.M., with a reception to follow, in the Learning Commons (Lower Level), W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst. The event is free and open to the public. The talk illuminates the current exhibit, Deep in the Hole: Experiences of Imprisonment, on display through January 21, 2015, on the Lower Level and Floor 25, in Du Bois Library.

Press Release

September 22, 2014


Libraries Acquire Site License to The New York Times website
 

The Libraries announce its newest online subscription resource, the New York Times Academic Pass. The entire New York Times website is now available free of charge to all UMass Amherst students, faculty and staff. Academic Pass provides unlimited access to the New York Times from 1851 to present, plus all multimedia, and to the New York Times smartphone app. Anyone with a current UMass Amherst email address can register.

More information

September 18, 2014


Libraries Display OpenStax Textbooks
 

The Libraries invite students and faculty to peruse a sample collection of open textbooks on display next to the Information Desk in the Du Bois Library Lobby. Traditional textbooks tend to be very expensive, but open textbooks such as these from OpenStax College have several free online formats and are less expensive in hardback ($30-$50).

More information

September 17, 2014


Learning Commons Microclimate Installation
 

The Libraries announce the initial phase of the Learning Commons Transformation Project in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. “Microclimates” of new furniture are installed on the north side of the Learning Commons and are expected to be fully completed by mid-October 2014. A microclimate is designed to facilitate students’ use of technology, their study habits, and help-seeking behaviors.

Press Release

September 8, 2014


Science and Engineering Library Reopens and Welcomes New Staff
 

The Science and Engineering Library (SEL) in Lederle Graduate Research Center Lowrise at the University of Massachusetts Amherst reopened Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, following completion of a window replacement project. In addition, the Libraries are pleased to announce the appointments of three new Science and Engineering Librarians; Thea Atwood, Ellen Lutz, and Blake Spitz.

Press Release

September 4, 2014


Learn the Ancient Art of Paper Marbling
 

The Libraries invite the public to learn the ancient technique of paper marbling on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., in the Oswald Tippo Library Sculpture Courtyard (or Learning Commons, Lower Level, in case of rain), at the Du Bois Library. Paula Hodecker, director of the Student Union Craft Center at UMass Amherst, will teach a basic paper marbling process which is simple to learn and allows for the production of attractive examples from the first attempt. The event is free and open to all.

Press Release

September 4, 2014


Drug Policy Archive Symposium Sept. 22
 

The Libraries invite the public to the Drug Policy Archive Symposium on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Symposium publicly launches the Drug Policy Archive within Special Collections and University Archives. The symposium is free and open to the public, including lunch. It brings together faculty, students, and experts to explore a wide range of issues involved in the marijuana legalization movement as well as to encourage scholarship about drug policy reform within the larger context of social change. Dr. Melanie Dreher, former Dean of the College of Nursing, is the keynote speaker. Full symposium schedule: http://bit.ly/dpsymposium.

Press Release

 

August 29, 2014

 


The NORMLization of Cannabis Culture in America
 

The Libraries invite the public to the 16th Annual Fall Reception, “The NORMLization of Cannabis Culture in America,” on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., in the Science & Engineering Library, Floor 2, Lederle Lowrise. The event features Allen F. St. Pierre and R. Keith Stroup of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). The event highlights the recent donation of NORML’s records to the Libraries’ Department of Special Collections and University Archives and celebrates the Libraries’ 4 millionth item.

Press Release

August 29, 2014


Walk In the Footsteps of Du Bois July 12
 

The Honorable Byron Rushing will be the keynote speaker at a celebration of the life and legacy of W.E.B. Du Bois on Saturday, July 12, 2014, at 4 p.m., at the First Congregational Church in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. In the Footsteps of Du Bois is a day-long series of events culminating in a public program featuring Rushing, who will reflect on Du Bois’s significance today. A reception follows.

Press Release

June 12, 2014


Libraries Award Sustainability Curriculum Initiative Grants to Faculty
 

The Libraries awarded Sustainability Curriculum Initiative grants of $1,000 each to nine faculty members. The Sustainability Curriculum Initiative supports teaching faculty interested in revising existing courses to include or augment sustainability topics. Liaison Librarians work with faculty to integrate library resources and information literacy into their revised courses.

Press Release

April 30, 2014


Libraries Announce Winners of Undergraduate Research Award
 

The Libraries are pleased to announce the winners of the sixth annual Friends of the Library Undergraduate Research Award (FLURA). The recipient of the first place prize of $1,000 is Celeste Guhl ’15 of Seabrook, Texas, for “Baby, It’s Cold Outside: Curfews for Women at the University of Massachusetts.” The Recipient of the Honorable Mention award of $250 is Andrew Clinton ’14 of Carver, Massachusetts, for “Yung Wing, the Chinese Educational Mission, and the Politics of Chinese Exclusion.”  Press Release

April 16, 2014

 


Science and Engineering Library Closes for Renovations
 

The Science and Engineering Library (SEL) in Lederle Graduate Research Center Lowrise at UMass Amherst will close from May 9, 2014, to August 30, 2014, for a window replacement project. Books housed in SEL may be requested online (www.library.umass.edu) through World Cat Local (UMA Worldcat) or the Five College Catalog, and picked up at the Circulation Desk in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library.

More information

April 16, 2014


Libraries Accepting Applications for Fellowships
 

The Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) Department is accepting applications for fellowships in digital humanities. In an initiative designed to provide students with structured, hands-on experience using and interpreting historical documentary resources, the Libraries offer Experiential Training in Historical Information Resources (ETHIR). Graduate students from any department enrolled at UMass Amherst are eligible to apply. The deadline for applications is Monday, April 21, 2014. For more information and to apply, visit: http://bit.ly/ethir_fellowship.

Press Release

April 4, 2014


Libraries Announce Open Education Initiative Grants
 

Libraries announce the fourth round of Open Education Initiative Grants for instructors who use low-cost or free alternatives to expensive course materials. The Initiative offers awards of $1,000 for instructors teaching courses with enrollments of fewer than 200 students; and awards of $2,500 for instructors teaching courses with enrollment of 200 or more students. Information sessions will be held on April 1, 4:00 p.m., and April 4, 12:00 noon, in Room 1320, in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library. Ten grants will be awarded. The deadline for proposals is April 22nd, 2014. Application  Press Release

March 27, 2014


Library Installs Sparq Meditation Labyrinth for Stress Reduction
 

The Sparq meditation labyrinth has been installed on Floor 9 of the Du Bois Library as part of a nursing study being conducted by Associate Professor Donna Zucker of the College of Nursing, UMass Amherst Libraries, and University of Oklahoma Bizzell Library. The goal of the study is to extend the knowledge of the impact of labyrinth walking on stress and relaxation. The labyrinth will be available all hours that the Library is open through the spring semester.

Press Release

March 26, 2014


W.E.B. Du Bois Library Reference Desk Moves to New Location
 

It is now easier to find a librarian to help with research needs such as refining a paper topic, finding an article or book, creating a bibliography, and more. The Reference desk in the Du Bois Library is now in a more visible and convenient location; at the bottom of the stairs in the Learning Commons, on the Lower Level, near the windows of the courtyard with a sign that reads, “Ask A Librarian.”

Press Release

March 26, 2014


Call For Proposals: Libraries Announce Sustainability Grants
 

The Libraries invite faculty to apply for Sustainability Curriculum Initiative Grants of $1,000 each by Monday, April 14, 2014. All proposal authors are strongly encouraged to attend the information session on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., in Room 1620, on Floor 16, in the Du Bois Library. The grants are funded by the UMass Amherst Libraries Sustainability Fund. Recipients will be announced in late April. For more information and to apply visit: http://bit.ly/sustain2014

Press Release

March 24, 2014


Writing Center Hosts Open House March 6
 

The UMass Amherst Writing Center invites students, faculty, and staff to an Open House in the newly renovated space on Thursday, March 6, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Writing Center is located in the Learning Commons, on the Lower Level of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library in the northwest corner.  The event will include a day of activities, workshops, coffee, and conversation. More information

 

 February 25, 2014


A Genius for Place: American Landscapes of the Country Place Era
 

The Libraries host A Genius for Place: American Landscapes of the Country Place Era, a panel exhibition from the Library of American Landscape History, through Saturday, May 10, 2014, on the Lower Level of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library. An opening reception on Wednesday, March 5, at 4:30 p.m., includes remarks by Robin Karson, author and curator, and Carol Betsch, photographer. The event is free and open to the public. Press Release

 

February, 4, 2014


Libraries Host "W.E.B. Du Bois: A Man For All Times"
 

The 20th Annual Du Bois Birthday Celebration features “W.E.B. Du Bois: A Man for All Times,” performed by the Pulse Ensemble Theatre, on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at 4:00 p.m., at the Campus Center Auditorium. Learn more about Great Barrington’s native son, civil rights leader, and visionary of equality and democracy at this free one-hour, one-man show of the 95-year-long life of W.E.B. Du Bois.  Press Release

January 30, 2014


Libraries Call for Submissions for Undergraduate Student Research Award
 

The Libraries invite submissions for the Friends of the Library Undergraduate Research Award. The deadline is Friday, February 28, 2014. Winners will be announced at the end of March. Submission guidelines and evaluation criteria are available at: http://bit.ly/flura2014. Recipients will be invited to receive their awards at the Library’s Dinner with Friends fundraiser on Saturday, March 29, 2014. Press Release

 

January 24, 2014


Libraries Host "Growing Up Bond"
 

To celebrate completion of the digitization of the papers of Horace Mann Bond, the Department of Special Collections at the UMass Amherst Libraries will host “Growing Up Bond,” a conversation with the children of Horace Mann Bond: Julian Bond, James Bond, and Jane Bond Moore, on Wednesday, February 12, 2014, at 4:00 p.m., in the Student Union Ballroom at UMass Amherst. The event is free and open to the public. Press Release

 

January 22, 2014


#1 New York Times bestselling novelist JODI PICOULT to speak at Library

 

Acclaimed novelist Jodi Picoult, who recently donated her papers to UMass Amherst Special Collections, will be the guest speaker on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at 6:30 p.m., at the Friends of the UMass Amherst Libraries twelfth annual Dinner with Friends, at the W.E.B. Du Bois Library at UMass Amherst.  Press Release

 

January 22, 2014


Former Chancellor Lombardi to Speak on Measuring Universities’ Performance
 

How do universities improve? By measuring their performance using data and expert analysis, says former UMass Amherst Chancellor John V. Lombardi, director of the Measuring University Performance (MUP) Center. The UMass Amherst Libraries will host a talk by Lombardi about the center, now affiliated with UMass Amherst, and his new book, How Universities Work (John Hopkins University Press, 2013), on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 3 p.m. in Room 2601 of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library. Press Release

 

January 17, 2014


Richard Baker, class of ’61, discusses his book, The American Senate: An Insider’s History, at special Washington D.C. event
 

On December 12, 2013 in the Congressional Visitors Center, D.C., historian emeritus of the United States Senate and UMass Amherst Alumnus Richard Baker presented and discussed his new book, The American Senate: An Insider’s History, with alumni, faculty, politicians, and other respected guests.  The College of Humanities and Fine Arts and UMass Amherst Libraries sponsored this unique event, hosted by Congressman James McGovern, D-MA.  Press Release

December 16, 2013


UMass Amherst Libraries Join HathiTrust Partnership
 

The UMass Amherst Libraries has become one of the newest partners of HathiTrust (www.hathitrust.org), a partnership of major academic and research libraries collaborating in an extraordinary digital library initiative to preserve and provide access to the published record in digital form.  As HathiTrust members, UMass Amherst students, faculty, and staff will have access to more than 3.5 million public domain books.

Press Release

December 6, 2013

 


The American Revolution Documentary Archive
 

The Libraries and Lichtenstein Creative Media announce the launch of The American Revolution Documentary Archive, a collaborative project between the producers of an upcoming documentary film, The American Revolution, and UMass Amherst Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives. The archive makes accessible to scholars and the community rare audio and video recordings and films; photographs; posters; memorabilia; artwork; and other materials for use in the film.  Press Release

November 13, 2013


Demystifying Library Research
 

The Libraries offer a new course, “Demystifying Library Research,” (UNIV 190-L) during the Spring 2014 semester. The course, taught by Undergraduate Education Librarian Katherine Freedman, is primarily intended for first and second year students, and transfer students, but it is open to all.  Press Release 

November 5, 2013

 


Owning the Genome: Myriad Genetics and Biomedical Patents
 

The UMass Amherst Libraries and partners host “Owning the Genome: Myriad Genetics and Biomedical Patents with attorney Chris Hansen, on November 13, 2013, at 7:00 p.m., at the Campus Center Auditorium, at UMass Amherst.  Press Release  Poster

November 1, 2013


Exhibit: "Emergence: UMass A Century On"
 

The Libraries host the third in a series of three exhibits to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the University of Massachusetts, “Emergence: UMass A Century On,” through January 6, 2014, on the Lower Level and Floor 25 of Du Bois Library. “Emergence” centers on the post-World War II expansion of UMass Amherst and its emergence as a fully-fledged research university.  Press Release

October 18, 2013


Libraries and Partners Host Open Access Week October 21-25
 

Open Access Week, a global event in its seventh year, will be held from October 21 to October 25 this year. As part of the 2013 Open Access Week, the UMass Amherst Libraries will host a series of events relevant to open access, copyright and fair use, data sharing, electronic theses and dissertations, sustainability, and will celebrate their publishing services for open access journals and conferences. All events are free and open to the public. Daily schedules are available at http://scholarworks.umass.edu/oa/2013/ , or link directly to a PDF of the full schedule

Press Release

October 9, 2013


Fifteenth Annual Fall Reception
 

The Friends of the UMass Amherst Libraries will host the 15th Annual Fall Reception on Sunday, October 6, 2013, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library on the Lower Level. Robert S. Cox will give a talk, “Ghosts of Campus Past” and Patrick T.J. Browne ’94, G’96 will give a talk, “William Smith Clark: Civil War Colonel to College President.” The reception begins at 2:00 p.m. and the program starts at 2:30 p.m. The event is in honor of the Sesquicentennial and the 40th anniversary of the Du Bois Library. It is free and open to the public.  Press Release

September 18, 2013


Launch of National Arts Policy Archives and Library
 

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the UMass Arts Extension Service and the UMass Amherst Libraries announce the launch of the new National Arts Policy Archives and Library (NAPAAL) featuring materials from the National Endowment for the Arts. The launch will be celebrated at a symposium titled “Arts Policy on the Ground: The Impact of National Endowment for the Arts,” on Thursday, Sept. 26 at UMass Amherst.  Press Release

September 6, 2013

 


Libraries Award Sustainability Curriculum Initiative Grants to Faculty
 

Students are flocking in record numbers to sustainability courses and majors on the UMass Amherst campus, recently named to the “Green Honor Roll” by The Princeton Review. To support sustainability teaching and learning, the Library awarded 11 Sustainability Curriculum Initiative mini grants of $1,000 per course. Faculty recipients will collaborate with Liaison Librarians to create assignments, develop online guides, and integrate licensed library databases into the curriculum. Grant recipients and librarians will meet regularly to discuss student learning outcomes specific to sustainability topics. Press Release

September 6, 2013


Libraries Open Digital Media Lab
 

To support students working in multimedia, the W.E.B. Du Bois Library has opened a Digital Media Lab on Floor 3. The Lab has over 4,000 sq. ft. of production space that combines all the resources needed to produce high-quality multimedia from start to finish.  The Digital Media Lab is equipped with Mac and PC multimedia workstations, a green screen video room for producing chroma-key videos, two pro-audio sound recording booths, team collaboration space, and a presentation practice room.  Press Release

September 5, 2013


The Libraries and Lichtenstein Creative Media Announce the Launch of The American Revolution Documentary Collection
 

The Libraries and Lichtenstein Creative Media announce the launch of The American Revolution Documentary Collection, a collaborative project between the producers of an upcoming documentary film, The American Revolution, and UMass Amherst Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives. Due out next year, the film looks at the underground radio station WBCN-FM during the late-1960s and early-1970s. The collection is a vast set of audio/visual material focusing on underground media in the Boston area and its impact on the profound social, political and cultural changes that took place during that time.  Press Release

July 25, 2013


Du Bois Library Fellowship Awards
 

As part of the Du Bois Center’s mission to support scholarship emanating from the life and teachings of W.E.B. Du Bois, the UMass Amherst Libraries are pleased to announce the 2013 Fellowship recipients Horace D. Ballard Jr, Emahunn Raheem Ali Campbell, and Daniel Chard. The Libraries offer short-term residential fellowships to assist new scholars in conducting research in Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library. The deadline for applications is February 14, 2014. Press Release

September 25, 2013


W.E.B. Du Bois Falcons Banded
 

The three chicks hatched by the mating pair of adult peregrine falcons nesting atop the W.E.B. Du Bois Library were banded May 29, allowing wildlife officials and researchers their first opportunity to study the tiny birds and the nesting box they currently call home.  Press Release

May 30, 2013


Metamorphosis: Transformation from Agriculture College to University
 

The Libraries will host an exhibit, “Metamorphosis: Transformation from Agriculture College to University,” from May 20, 2013, through September 27, 2013, on the Lower Level and in Special Collections and University Archives, on Floor 25, in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, UMass Amherst. “Metamorphosis” is the second of three exhibits celebrating the 150th anniversary of the founding of University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Press Release

May 16, 2013


Eleventh Annual "Dinner with Friends" Raises $30,000
 

The eleventh annual “Dinner with Friends” on Saturday, April 6, 2013, was a great success. Sponsors, friends, and attendees raised nearly $30,000 for the new Digital Media Lab in the Du Bois Library. The event, hosted by the Friends of the UMass Amherst Libraries, featured a talk by New York Times bestselling mystery writer Archer Mayor.  Press Release

May 13, 2013


Libraries Announce Student Award Winners
 

The Department of Special Collections and University Archives is pleased to announce the winners of the fourth annual Emily Silverman Book Collecting Award and the fifth annual Friends of the Library Undergraduate Research Award, Sonia McCallum and Ken Lefebvre.

Press release

May 9, 2013


Peregrine Falcons Nesting Atop Library Get New Camera
 

A pair of Peregrine Falcons, which have successfully nested on the roof of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library for the past eleven years, have a new, more powerful web camera. To date, three out of four falcon eggs have hatched. Live images can be viewed at http://library.umass.edu/falcons (or by clicking on the Falcon Cam button on the Library’s web page: http://library.umass.edu) with support for both iOS and Android mobile devices.  Press Release

May 7, 2013


Libraries Sustainability Fund Wins Award
 

The Libraries Sustainability Fund is the winner of the prestigious Gale Cengage Learning Financial Development Award. The award is presented annually to a library organization which exhibits meritorious achievement in creating new means of funding for a public or academic library. The Libraries developed the Sustainability Fund to engage philanthropic support from faculty, students, alumni, and friends who recognize the value of the rapidly-growing field of sustainability studies.  Press Release

April 5, 2013

 


UMass Amherst Introduces "Green Monstah" E-Waste Recycling Center at Library
 

The Campus Sustainability Initiative is partnering with the UMass Amherst Libraries to provide an easy, centralized way for the campus community to recycle electronic products. The vestibule of the Du Bois Library is now home to the “Green Monstah” Electronic Waste Recycling Center. The campus community can now recycle small electronics like phone chargers, USB cables, iPods, and calculators, as well as light bulbs, ink cartridges, and non-alkaline batteries.    Press Release

 

April 1, 2013


Libraries Accepting Applications For Fellowships in Digital Humanities
 

Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) in the UMass Amherst Libraries is accepting applications for fellowships in digital humanities. In an initiative designed to provide students with structured, hands-on experience using and interpreting historical documentary resources, the Libraries announce Experiential Training in Historical Information Resources (ETHIR). Graduate students from any department enrolled at UMass Amherst are eligible to apply. The deadline for applications is April 19, 2013. For more information and to apply, visit: http://bit.ly/ethir_fellowship.     Press Release

 

March 15, 2013


Libraries Accepting Applications for Du Bois Library Fellowships
 

The Libraries offer short-term residential fellowships to assist younger scholars in conducting research in Special Collections and University Archives in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library. Full-time graduate students, faculty, or independent scholars (with a PhD) are eligible to apply. Fellows will receive a stipend of $2,500 for a four-week residency. The deadline for applications is April 19, 2013. To apply, visit: http://bit.ly/dubois_fellowship.
Press release

March 12, 2013


NY Times Bestselling Mystery Writer to Speak at Library Fundraiser
 

Mystery writer Archer Mayor will be the guest speaker on Saturday, April 6, at 6:30pm, at the Friends of the UMass Amherst Libraries’ eleventh annual “Dinner with Friends,” at the Du Bois Library. Archer Mayor is the author of the New York Times bestselling, Vermont-based mystery series featuring detective Joe Gunther. He will be reading from and autographing his new novel, Paradise City (2012), which takes place in Northampton, Massachusetts. The evening will include a champagne and hors d’oeuvre reception with music by UMass Amherst student jazz musicians, live and silent auctions, a gourmet meal, and a book signing.  Press release

March 8, 2013


Exhibit: Images from VISUAL
 

The Libraries host an exhibit, “Images from VISUAL,” through April 7, in the Science and Engineering Library, in the Lederle Graduate Research Center Lowrise, Floor 2. An opening reception will be held on February 27, from 4-6 pm in the same location. The event is free and open to the public. The exhibit features fifteen 22”x24” images selected from VISUAL’s collection, each one captured during research at UMass Amherst.  Press release

February 20, 2013


Libraries Call For Submissions For Student Awards
  The Libraries invite submissions for two student awards: the Emily Silverman Book Collecting Contest for undergraduates and graduate students, and the Friends of the Library Undergraduate Research Award. The deadline for both contests is March 1, 2013. Winners will be announced in early April and first place recipients will receive their awards at the Library’s Dinner with Friends on Saturday, April 6, 2013. Submission guidelines and evaluation criteria for both awards are available at: http://bit.ly/contest_awardPress release

Exhibit: "Pioneers of Mass Aggie: Founders, Builders, and Innovators" 
 

The Libraries host an exhibit, “Pioneers of Mass Aggie: Founders, Builders, and Innovators,” through May 13, 2013, on the Lower Level and in Special Collections and University Archives on Floor 25, in W.E.B. Du Bois Library. “Pioneers” is the first of three exhibits to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the University of Massachusetts and will focus on the early history of “Mass Aggie,” as the Massachusetts Agricultural College was known. A talk by John Lee, "Sustaining Massachusetts Agriculture through the Years," and a reception will be held on Friday, March 1, 2013, at 4pm, on the Lower Level.  Press Release

February 19, 2013


Peace and War: Assessing the Legacies of Sixties Activism Today
 

The Libraries will host talks by author Tom Fels and media artist Mark Tribe on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., in Room 2601 on Floor 26, of the Du Bois Library at UMass Amherst. The event, “Peace and War: Assessing the Legacies of Sixties Activism Today,” marks the completion of the eighth annual Social Change Colloquium. The event is free and open to the public.  Press Release

 

January 22, 2013


The Life of W.E.B. Du Bois: Its Relevance to Today
 

The Libraries will host the 19th Annual Du Bois Lecture on Tuesday, February 26, 2013, at 4:00 p.m., on the Lower Level of W.E.B. Du Bois Library, at UMass Amherst. Harlem native and great-grandson of American civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois, Arthur McFarlane II will give a talk, “The Life of W.E.B. Du Bois: Its Relevance to Today.” The talk will be given the same day at 10:00 a.m. at St. John’s Congregational Church, 643 Union Street, Springfield, Massachusetts. Refreshments will be served. Both events are free and open to the public.  Press Release

January 25, 2013


Exhibit: Greensboro Justice Fund: A Legacy 
 

The Libraries host an exhibit, “Waging Change: The Greensboro Justice Fund,” through January 11, 2013, in the Special Collections Reading Room, Floor 25, Du Bois Library. A reception will be held on November 2, 2012, from 4:30-6pm. in the same location. The reception is open to the public and will feature speakers Marty Nathan (former director, Greensboro Justice Fund) and Rev. Nelson Johnson (Executive Director, Beloved Community Center, Greensboro, N.C.).  Press Release

October 29, 2012


Libraries Announce Digital Scholarship & Consultation Services 
 

The Libraries announce a new service, Digital Scholarship & Consultation Services (DSCS). This consultation-based service is targeted to faculty and researchers, but is open to the entire campus community. DSCS supports the creation, curation, management, and long-term access and discovery of digital content. Library staff will advise on digital collections in support of instructional and research activities and are available to answer questions, help strategize on projects, and outline options to meet goals.  Press Release

October 23, 2012

 


Libraries Awarded $ 48,000 Grant
 

The Libraries have received a $48,000 National Leadership Planning Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to investigate the development of a disciplinary repository for the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) of nanoscience and emerging technologies research.

Press release

October 17, 2012


Libraries Announce New Appointment
 

The Libraries are pleased to announce the appointment of Laura Quilter to the position of Copyright and Information Policy Librarian.  Quilter has a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Kentucky and a Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley.

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October 10, 2012


Libraries and Partners Host Open Access Week Oct. 22-26 
 

2012 Open Access Week, a global event in its sixth year, will be held from October 22 to October 26. The UMass Amherst Libraries will host a series of events relevant to open access, copyright and fair use, data sharing, electronic theses and dissertations, and sustainability. All events are free and open to the public. The full schedule is available at http://scholarworks.umass.edu/oa/2012/.

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October 4, 2012


How the Hippies Saved Physics: Science, Counterculture, and the Quantum Revival 
 

On Sunday, October 14, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Friends of the UMass Amherst Libraries will host the 14th Annual Fall Reception in the Science and Engineering Library in Lederle Lowrise on Floor 2. The keynote speaker, David Kaiser, will give a talk, “How the Hippies Saved Physics: Science, Counterculture, and the Quantum Revival.”  Press release

September 27, 2012


To the Village Square: An Experiment in American Democracy 
 

Isabel Espinal, Librarian for Afro American Studies, Native American Indian Studies, and Information Literacy, at UMass Amherst Libraries has been elected REFORMA vice-president/president-elect.  More information

August 28,2012


Science and Engineering Library Closed July 16-27 
 

The Science and Engineering Library (SEL) will be closed from Monday, July 16, through Friday, July 27, 2012, for renovations. UMass Amherst and Five College faculty, staff and students, and UMass State borrower card holders, may request books from the SEL collection through the “Request Item” feature in the online catalog accessed through the Library home page: www.library.umass.edu.

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June 20, 2012


Falcons Lift Off At UMass Amherst 
 

The three female peregrine falcon chicks which hatched last month on the roof of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library at UMass Amherst all successfully began flying over the weekend of June 9 and 10. They have been coming back to the box at night to be fed, but they will spend less and less time at the box over the next few days until they completely stop visiting it on a regular basis, according to Richard Nathhorst, Capital Projects Manager in Facilities Planning.   Press Release

June 13, 2012


Libraries Announce Media Collection Move 
 

The Media and Music Monuments Collection, on Floor 3 of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, at UMass Amherst, will close on Monday, June 4, 2012, in preparation for a new Music and Media Center anticipated to open on Floor 6 later this summer. UMass and Five College faculty, staff, and students,and UMass State borrower card holders may request DVDs, VHS tapes, CDs, and music monuments through the “Request item” feature in the online catalog or go to the Circulation/Reserves Desk on the Lower Level of the Du Bois Library.   Press Release

May 24, 2012


Graduate Student Wins Research Award 
 

Amy Brady, a graduate student in the English Department at UMass Amherst, has been selected as the 2012 awardee for Research in the Center for Research Libraries’ Primary Source Awards. The UMass Amherst Libraries is a member of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL). CRL recognized the awardees in Chicago in April.      Press Release

 

May 16, 2012


Three Falcon Chicks Successfully Hatched 
 

The installation of a video camera atop Du Bois Library is providing new information about the mating pair of peregrine falcons that have taken up residence each spring on the 274-foot perch for the last decade. Thousands of watchers have followed along in real time since mid-April as three of four eggs hatched successfully and the falcon parents began feeding the chicks.  Fans of the FalconCam are logging onto the site from their smart phones and iPads and keeping an eye from home and work on their computers.   Press Release

May 14, 2012


Librarian James L. Craig Elected to MLS Board 
 

James L. Craig, Biological Sciences and Instructional Services Librarian for the Science and Engineering Library at UMass Amherst, was named to the Continuing Education and Advisory Services Committee of the Massachusetts Library System (MLS).  Craig has been elected to serve on several other boards and committees for both professional and service organizations.  Press Releases

May 3, 2012


Libraries Announce Winners of Student Awards 
 

The Department of Special Collections and University Archives at the UMass Amherst Libraries is pleased to announce the winners of the third annual Emily Silverman Book Collecting Award and the fourth annual Friends of the Library Undergraduate Research Award (FLURA).

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April 26, 2012


Peregrine Falcons Nesting Atop Du Bois Library Get Live Reality Show 
 

A pair of Peregrine Falcons, which have successfully nested on the roof of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library at UMass Amherst for the past ten years, now have a live webcam thanks to the UMass Amherst Facilities Planning Division, the Office of Information Technology (OIT), the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife), the Libraries' Systems and Web Management Department, and the Friends of the Libraries. Live images of the falcons brooding their eggs and caring for their hatchlings can be viewed at www.library.umass.edu/falconsPress Release

April 17, 2012


The Hampshire Council of Governments and UMass Amherst Libraries Honor County's 350th
 
 

The Hampshire Council of Governments and UMass Amherst Libraries recently selected 44 historic documents to reproduce and offer for sale as a cooperative fundraising effort and to commemorate the 350th Anniversary of Hampshire County. The reproductions were selected from the collection of dockets, session books, maps, and other paper records dealing with Hampshire County business from as early as 1677 that the Council transferred to UMass Amherst Libraries last year.  Many are available for view online, and all are available for use on site by appointment.  Press release

April 13, 2012


Libraries Help Campus Celebrate Earth Day 
 

The Du Bois Library will offer a number of sustainability-related activities for this year’s expanded Earth Day Festival from Wednesday, April 18, to Monday, April 23, 2012. The activities at the Library include a film screening of “Rivers and Tides,” a self-guided garden tour, a demonstration of "BuildingGreen Suite,” a resource dedicated to green building materials and practices, and a celebration of the gold rating for our campus from STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System). For a full calendar of events, visit: http://bit.ly/2012earthday.        Press Release

April 11, 2012


Yankee Publishing Donates Archives to Special Collections 
 

Yankee Publishing Incorporated of Dublin, New Hampshire, has donated its corporate records to UMass Amherst Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives. The materials offer insight into the early years and growth of the corporation and its remarkable survival in an age of media conglomeration, as well as its flagship publications Yankee Magazine and the Old Farmer's Almanac. The Yankee Publishing Incorporated collection adds rich context to Special Collections’ extensive historic New England holdings, providing students, scholars, and researchers a wide window into New England social life and customs.  Press release

April 9, 2012


Tenth Annual "Dinner with Friends" Fundraiser 
 

On Saturday, April 14, 2012, at 6:30 p.m., the Friends of the UMass Amherst Libraries will host the tenth annual “Dinner with Friends” at the Du Bois Library. Yankee Publishing’s Editor-in-Chief Judson Hale will spin stories about New England’s past and present. During a gourmet feast featuring New England fare, food historians and University of Massachusetts Press authors Keith Stavely and Kathleen Fitzgerald will cook up some tasty tales from the region’s entertaining culinary history. The evening will include a champagne and hors d’oeuvre reception with music by UMass Amherst student jazz musicians.  Press Release

March 30, 2012


Libraries Announce Fellowships in Digital Humanities 
 

Special Collections and University Archives in the Libraries is accepting applications for fellowships in digital humanities. Experiential Training in Historical Information Resources (ETHIR) is an initiative designed to provide students with structured, hands-on experience using and interpreting historical documentary resources. Graduate students from any department enrolled at UMass Amherst are eligible to apply. The deadline for applications is April 20, 2012. For more information visit http://bit.ly/ethir_fellowship.    Press release

March 9, 2012


Libraries Announce W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowships 
 

The UMass Amherst Libraries will offer short-term residential fellowships to assist younger scholars in conducting research in Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) in the Du Bois Library. Full-time graduate students, faculty, or independent scholars (with a PhD) are eligible to apply. Fellows will receive a stipend of $2,500 for a four-week residency. The deadline for applications is April 20, 2012. For more information: http://bit.ly/dubois_fellowship.               Press release

March 7, 2012


The Soul of W.E.B. Du Bois: A Tribute to the Black Church
 

Sunday, February 26, 2012, 3:00 p.m.

St. John’s Congregational Church (Springfield, Mass.), in collaboration with The W.E.B. Du Bois Center at UMass Amherst Libraries, host the 2nd Annual “The Soul of W.E.B. Du Bois: A Tribute to the Black Church.” The high-energy program will feature inspirational songs, poetic expressions, and other tributes to the Western Massachusetts native.

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February 24, 2012


UMass Amherst Libraries Hosts Get Your Game On 
 

The Libraries will host “Get Your Game On” on Thursday, March 1, from 10:00 pm to 2:00 am, in the Learning Commons on the Lower Level of Du Bois Library. The event is part of the UMass Night Out event series. “Get Your Game On” is a gaming event including table top games such as Bananagrams, Chess, Guillotine, Jenga, Munchkin, Poker, Scrabble, and Settlers of Catan. All students are invited to attend.  More information

February 24, 2012


Libraries Redesign Science and Engineering Library   
 

The Libraries have renovated the Science and Engineering Library (SEL) to accommodate more students and optimize the available space. Construction was completed for the spring 2012 semester, and the area is now open for student use.  More information    Watch a video

February 22, 2012


Media Collection Now Open for Browsing 
 

The Libraries are pleased to announce that users can now browse and borrow media materials (i.e., DVDs, videocassettes, music CDs, CD-ROMs) and music monuments (collections of scores) in the Media and Music service area on Floor 3 of the Du Bois Library.  More information

February 21, 2012

 


Exhibit: To the Village Square - An Experiment in American Democracy
 

The Libraries host an exhibit, “To the Village Square: An Experiment in American Democracy,” through May 1, 2012, in Du Bois Library on the Lower Level and continuing on Floor 25 in Special Collections and University Archives. The exhibit features photographs by photojournalist Lionel Delevingne covering the antinuclear movement.  Press Release

February 1, 2012


Libraries Host 18th Annual Du Bois Lecture 
 

The Libraries will host the 18th Annual Du Bois Lecture on February 23, 2012, at 4:30 p.m., in the Cape Cod Lounge, Student Union. Derrick P. Alridge will give a talk, “Ideas Have Consequences: The Radical Pedagogy of W.E.B. Du Bois.” He will explore Du Bois’s many meanings of pedagogy and offer a genealogy of Du Bois’s ideas about a variety of issues faced by black Americans during the 20th century. Refreshments will be served. The event is open to the public.  Press release

January 30, 2012


Exhibit: The Gesture in Light: Illuminated 
 

The Libraries host an exhibit, “The Gesture in Light: Illuminated,” by Theresa Antonellis from Monday, January 9, through Sunday, May 11, in the Science and Engineering Library, Lederle Lowrise. The exhibit consists of a related series of framed prints featuring photo-enhanced light photography. A reception will be held Thursday, February 2, from 4-6 p.m. The event is open to the public.  Press Release

January 3, 2012

 

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