The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Spring 2021 Message to Parents

Signs of spring are beginning to slowly appear on campus, though we’ve still got a little while before the snow is fully gone. Along with warmer weather (and a decrease in COVID-19 cases on campus), the Libraries are preparing to implement our plans for student access in keeping with the guidelines from Environmental Health & Safety and University Health. All of the necessary details will be available on the Libraries’ website, and any changes to our protocols will be posted there.

Students on campus will be able to make use of our renovated and refreshed Library spaces. This includes the Digital Media Lab, which was relocated and expanded to a purpose-built space adjacent to our Learning Commons. Here, students and faculty can engage in projects and research, including dynamic technologies such as 3D printingvirtual and augmented reality technology, and video and audio media production, supported by a staff with expertise in each of these areas. 

Of course, our support for students remaining off-campus as remote learners will continue at the same level as before, with librarians available through chat and email to assist with research, identifying and obtaining resources, and ensuring that those resources are made available virtually wherever possible, but in hard-copy when necessary through the USPS with Library Express. 

We also want to highlight the work of Annette Vadnais ‘99, our Undergraduate Outreach Librarian, whose role it is to work closely with undergraduates, including first year and transfer students, to introduce them to the Libraries. Annette has a particular affinity for first-generation students, having been one as a UMass undergrad herself. Your students may know her as the “Purple Hair Librarian” due to her distinctive hair color, which you can see for yourself in this welcome back video in this video created to welcome students back this semester.

In addition, the W. E. B. Du Bois Center hosts a weekly “Breakfast with Du Bois” event via Zoom each Monday at 9:30 a.m. You can learn more about these events on the Du Bois Center events page, and you (and your student!) may register for them by emailing Adam Holmes. We’d love to have you join us for these events if you’re able to do so!



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Simon Neame
Dean of Libraries
There is no better time than now to support the UMass Amherst Libraries.

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