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Press Releases 2009


"Exhibit Reveals Collaborative Art of Picture Books" 
 picture book exhibit


Continuing coverage on "The Making of a Picture Book: The Marriage of Text and Art."  the exhibit is on view through January 29 in the Learning Commons, Du Bois Library.

 December 31, 2009 •  Daily Hampshire Gazette  Download article here.

 Library Offers Workshops in January for Faculty and Instructors 

The UMass Amherst Libraries will offer two workshops in January for faculty and instructors, "A Practical Approach to Information Literacy," on Wednesday, January 6, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and "Expanding Information Literacy with RefWorks and RefShare," on Friday, January 15, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  To register:  For more information, email


Peregrines Get New Penthouse on Library Roof 
Peregrine falcons get new nest box on top of Du Bois Library at UMass Amherst

Come next spring, the peregrine falcons that nest on the roof of the Du Bois Library will have a new penthouse suite available, according to Richard Nathhorst of Facilities and Campus Planning.  Read about it

December 4, 2009 •  In The Loop



"It Takes a Village" 

Picture book exhibit Ten Times Better

Authors and illustrators were interviewed about the exhibit "The Making of a Picture Book: The Marriage of Text and Art," through December 18 on the Lower Level Learning Commons, Du Bois Library.  article

December 4, 2009 • Amherst Bulletin

UMass Amherst Libraries Invite Submissions For Student Awards 
SCUA Awards

The Libraries invite submissions for two student awards: the new Book Collecting Contest for undergraduates and graduate students, and the second annual Friends of the Library Undergraduate Research Award.  The deadline for both contests is February 19, 2010.  Winners will be announced in late March and first place recipients will receive their awards at the Library's Dinner with Friends on Saturday, April 10, 2010.  Press Release

December 5, 2009



Renovation Project Slated for ISEL 

 Beginning the week of November 16, some materials in the Integrated Sciences and Engineering Library (in Lederle Graduate Research Center lowrise) will be unavailable as the basement of the facility is closed for an electrical upgrade project. Books in the basement will be moved to the third floor and bound periodicals on the third floor will be temporarily moved to remote storage; articles from these periodicals may be requested online via Interlibrary Loan.  Press release.

November 10, 2009

Libraries Invites Faculty for Focus Group 

 The UMass Amherst Libraries is holding a faculty focus group to gather input on an upcoming website redesign on Thursday, November 19, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., in the Isenberg School of Management. Food and drinks will be provided. Participants will receive a 1GB USB drive at the end of the session.

Press release. 

November 10, 2009

  Rob Cox Interviewed On Social Change Colloquium 

 "UMass to host Raymond Luc Levasseur, found innocent of revolutionary violence in 1989, as part of colloquium on social change": read the article on

Press release. 

October 29, 2009

   Exhibit: "New Haven's Garment Workers: An Elm City Story"

 The exhibition paints a portrait of the lives, victories, and defeats of working people who, in the 1930s, combated sweatshop conditions in New Haven, Connecticut. Photographs, artifacts, and documents highlight their work, labor struggles, and social and political lives. The exhibit is on view through January 30, on the Lower Level of Du Bois Library.

October 21, 2009 - Press release

 Director of Libraries Jay Schafer Speaks at Du Bois Anniversary

 Friends of the Du Bois Homesite and UMass Amherst hosted a celebration in Great Barrington to mark the 40th anniversary of the homesite.

October 19, 2009 • The Berkshire Eagle

  "Advancing the Sharing of Knowledge"

 The first international Open Access Week, October 19-23, includes talks on copyright issues for instructors, open access journal publishing, graduate student publishing, finding copyright-free images, and using open educational resources in the classroom. The Students for Free Culture will host a launching party. All events are free and open to the public. 

Press Release

October 9, 2009

  Libraries Conduct Web Survey

 The Libraries are conducting a brief survey to gather information for the upcoming redesign of the library website. Users of the website are invited to complete the survey at:, through December 1. All members of the campus community as well as Massachusetts residents are encouraged to participate in the survey and have a chance to win a USB drive.

Press Release

October 5, 2009

 "The Indispensible Librarian: Confessions and Tales from a Proud Profession"

 On Wednesday, October 21, 2009, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the Libraries will host a Library Career Reception on Floor 26, Du Bois Library. The event is open to anyone interested in seeking a degree in library and information science. Students, faculty, staff, and the general public are invited. Light refreshments will be served. Space is limited, RSVP via email by Monday, October 19, 2009.

Press Release 

October 1, 2009

Library exhibit "showcases the life of a picture book"

 The Daily Collegian reports on "The Marriage of Text and Art" exhibit at the Du Bois Library. 

 September 30, 2009 • The Daily Collegian

 Fifth Annual Colloquium on Social Change

 On Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009, at 4:00 p.m., the UMass Amherst Libraries' Department of Special Collections and University Archives will present a talk by historian Blake Slonecker on the Liberation News Service and the New Left of the 1960s and 1970s. Following at 7:00 p.m., renowned writers and activists, Todd Gitlin and Raymond Mungo will speak in a discussion moderated by Christian Appy, Professor of History at UMass Amherst. On Thursday, November 12, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. the last talk in the series will be by Ray Luc Levasseur.

 Press Release 

September 30, 2009

 UMass Amherst Libraries Hosts Exhibit: "The Making of a Picture Book: The Marriage of Text and Art"


The UMass Amherst Libraries is hosting an exhibit "The Making of a Picture Book: The Marriage of Text and Art" on the Lower Level of Du Bois Library through December 18, 2009. The exhibit features a behind-the-scenes look at the making of picture books by local authors and illustrators Leonard Baskin, Kathryn Brown, Corinne Demas, Patricia MacLachlan, Richard Michelson, Dennis Nolan, Katy Schneider, and Jane Yolen. 

 Press Release       Public service announcement.

September 21, 2009

 "The University's Role in the Dissemination of Research & Scholarship: A Call to Action"

 UMass Amherst will host the fourth annual Digital Quadrangle Colloquium, "The University's Role in the Dissemination of Research & Scholarship: A Call to Action," on September 24, 2009, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Room 168C of the Campus Center. Faculty, staff, and graduate students are invited to attend. The event is also open to the public. Colloquium agenda and speaker list are available at the ScholarWorks website

Press Release 

September 14, 2009

 New interface for InterNano Launched at Conference

The NNN introduced a new, streamlined design for InterNano in conjunction with its exhibit at the NanoBusiness Conference 2009 in Chicago. InterNano is supported by the UMass Amherst Libraries and administered from the Integrated Sciences and Engineering Library.

Press Release 

September 11, 2009

 UMass Amherst W.E.B. Du Bois Center Appoints Maurice Hobson 

 Dr. Maurice Hobson has been appointed to the one-year position of W.E.B. Du Bois Post Doctoral Associate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries W.E.B. Du Bois Center. Dr. Hobson will be responsible for assisting with creating the initial structure of the Center, working with the campus advisory board, communicating with potential members of the national board of directors, identifying funding for research fellowships and staffing, and other activities related to establishing the Center.

September 3, 2009

 Exhibit: "All Roads Lead Back to Amherst"

 An exhibit of nature photographs by Annie (Fournier) Tiberio Cameron '73 will be on display from September 15 through December 11, 2009, in the Integrated Sciences and Engineering Library, Lederle Graduate Research Center Lowrise, Floor 2. An opening reception will be held on Tuesday, September 15, 2009, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The reception is open to the public and refreshments will be served.

Press Release.  

September 2, 2009

Fall Reception and Book Discussion: "Behind the Book: Creativity and Compromise" 

 On Sunday, October 4, from 2:00-4:00 p.m., the Friends of the UMass Amherst Libraries host the 11th Annual Fall Reception in Memorial Hall at UMass Amherst. The keynote speaker, author Corinne Demas, will give a talk "Behind the Book: Creativity and Compromise." The event is free and open to the public.

 September 1, 2009         Public service announcement.

 UMass Science Librarians Head to ‘Boot Camp'
  Science Librarians Paulina Borrego, Naka Ishii, Rebecca Reznik-Zellen, and Maxine Schmidt helped organize a ‘Science Boot Camp' to educate librarians from all UMass campuses in the latest research tools in Biology, Geographic Information Systems, and Nanotechnology. A total of 51 librarians attended the two-and-a-half day event.


August 14, 2009

 Exhibit: "Designing a Sustainable Future" 
 detail from 2008 Proposed Master Plan for Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Preserve in "Designing a Sustainable Future" is an exhibit of selected works from students of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning on display through Sept 11, 2009, in the Integrated Sciences and Engineering Library (Lederle Graduate Research Center Lowrise, Floor 2).  A closing reception will be held on Thursday, September 10, 2009, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. 

 Image Credit: from the 2008 Proposed Master Plan for Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Preserve in Augustine, Belize by LARP students Daniel Shaw and Peter W. Stephens

 June 22, 2009

 UMass Amherst Libraries Go Green with Recyclable Bags 

The UMass Amherst Libraries are discontinuing the use of plastic "rainy day" book bags.  The Libraries now offer recyclable, compostable bags to users to protect their books from bad weather. 

June 12, 2009

 NSF Grants UMass Amherst $250,000 for Online Library 
   Marilyn Billings, the UMass Amherst Library's scholarly communication and special initiatives librarian, will co-direct a project to develop an online digital library about the ethical and responsible conduct of research with a $250,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

June 5, 2009

  UMass Amherst Libraries Win MLA PR Awards 

 The UMass Amherst Libraries were recently recognized at the Massachusetts Library Association 19th Biennial Public Relations Awards in Springfield, Massachusetts for two outstanding publications.  The UMass Amherst Libraries received First Place in the category of Bookmarks and Second Place in the category of Annual Reports.

June 5, 2009

 Peregrine Falcons Raising Family Atop W.E.B. Du Bois Library 

The Springfield Republican reports that a pair of peregrines is raising four chicks on top of the library; three females and a male. The young hatched about a month ago, and they are expected to take their first flights in six or seven weeks.

June 4, 2009 • The Springfield Republican

June Workshops for Faculty and Instructors 


 The UMass Amherst Library will offer two workshops in June for faculty and instructors: "Finding Library Resources," on Wednesday, June 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and "Putting Reading Lists Online in RefShare" on Thursday, June 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

June 2, 2009

Digital Advantage Improves Access To Works of W.E.B. Du Bois 

 For the first time, broadband and digital technology will bring students and teachers across the country and the world access to the thoughts and writings of W.E.B. Du Bois.

April 28, 2009

 On the W.E.B.: UMass digitizing Du Bois archives 

 In continuing coverage on digitizing Du Bois Papers, Gazette reporter Kristin Palpini reports "UMass plans to employ the equivalent of three full-time employees, mostly graduate and undergraduate students, to scan every piece of the university's Du Bois collection and catalog the items. Every scanned item will contain a description of what that item is and its relationship to a larger historical context."

April 22, 2009 • The Daily Hampshire Gazette

 UMass Amherst Librarians Selected for Library Leaders Institute 

 UMass Amherst Librarians Paulina Borrego, Maxine Schmidt, and Carol Will have been selected as up and coming library leaders to participate in the Library Leadership Massachusetts Institute, July 27-30, 2009, at Wheaton College, in Norton, Massachusetts. The three are among 40 applicants selected from a highly-qualified pool of candidates from across the state.

April 14, 2009

 Library to Digitize Du Bois Collection

In an interview with the Daily Collegian, Head of Special Collections Rob Cox explains how the Du Bois Papers will be digitized and made accessible to the public.

April 9, 2009 • The Daily Collegian

 Library Announces Winners of Undergraduate Research Award 
  The Friends of the Library and the Library's Department of Special Collections and University Archives are pleased to announce the winners of the first annual Friends of the Library Undergraduate Research Award. The award recognizes excellence in the use of primary sources, creativity and originality, and clarity and effectiveness of writing.

 Du Bois Papers to be Digitized
  The Springfield Republican interviews former chancellor Randolph Bromery, interim vice chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Life Esther Terry, and head of special collections and university archives Rob Cox.

April 4, 2009 • The Springfield Republican

 UMass to post treasure trove of Du Bois documents online
  The Boston Globe interviews head of special collections and University Archives, Rob Cox, and former chancellor Randolph Bromery regarding digitizing the Du Bois Papers with help from a Verizon grant.

April 4, 2009 • The Boston Globe

 UMass to publish Du Bois collection
  Channel 22 reporting on a project to digitize the Du Bois Papers with a $200,000 grant from Verizon said, "now, anyone with internet access across the globe will be able to view the original diaries, letters, photographs and other materials associated with one of the most influential African Americans in U.S. history."

April 3, 2009 • Channel 22 News

 UMass to put papers of W.E.B. Du Bois online

The Associated Press interviews Rob Cox, Head of Special Collections and University Archives, on the $200,000 Verizon grant to help digitize the Du Bois Papers. "What we're looking to do is spark conversation about difficult issues in race, inequality, class and all these things are things that concerned Du Bois."

April 3, 2009 • The Associated Press


 W.E.B. Du Bois's Papers to Be Digitized, Thanks to $200,000 Verizon Foundation Grant 

The Libraries will digitize an estimated 100,000 items from its Du Bois collection, thanks to a $200,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation. The project will provide online access for the first time to original diaries, letters, photographs and other material related to one of the most influential African Americans in United States history.

April 3, 2009

 Libraries Hosts Seventh Annual Reception And Dinner 

 On Saturday, April 4, at 6:30 p.m., the Friends of the UMass Amherst Libraries will host the seventh annual "Dinner with Friends" in the Learning Commons at the Du Bois Library. The event features talks by three notable speakers: author/illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi, novelist and short story writer Valerie Martin MFA '74, and poet and NPR commentator Lloyd Schwartz, as well as a champagne and hors d'oeuvre reception with the Jay Messer Trio, and a gourmet dinner.

March 5, 2009

 All floors of W.E.B. Du Bois library go wireless 

 Daily Collegian reports on wireless access throughout Du Bois Library and quotes Director of Libraries Jay Schafer.

February 27, 2009 • The Daily Collegian

 Library to Honor Namesake 

The 15th annual Du Bois lecture with Howard Dodson is featured in the Daily Collegian.

February 26, 2009 • The Daily Collegian

  Libraries Expands Electronic Book Collection

 The UMass Amherst Libraries has expanded its rich collection of electronic books with the addition of two new databases, Springer E-Books and ebrary Academic Complete. Springer E-books includes over 13,000 full text books, major works, monographs, and journal articles from the science publisher Springer, from 2005 to 2008. Ebrary Academic Complete consists of 42,000 scholarly and popular books in full text, from 1990 to the present, covering a wide assortment of subjects from agriculture to technology, and including fine arts, music, literature, and more.

February 26, 2009

W.E.B. Du Bois Center Created at UMass Amherst Libraries 

On Thursday, February 26, the Libraries will officially announce that the UMass Amherst Faculty Senate has approved the creation of the W.E.B. Du Bois Center, which will promote scholarship and public engagement with the wide range of issues in social and racial justice central to the thought of W.E.B. Du Bois. A scholar and activist, Du Bois was instrumental in the founding of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

February 25, 2009

UMass Daily Collegian Reports on Library's Du Bois Center 

"Every day, thousands of students, faculty and staff walk by the W.E.B. Du Bois Library. Though it is the largest structure at the University of Massachusetts, as well as the largest academic library in the country, the real meaning behind the library typically goes unnoticed; W.E.B. Du Bois himself."

February 22, 2009 • The Daily Collegian

Appreciating W.E.B. Du Bois 
  A Republican editorial gives a "thumbs up" to the creation of the Du Bois Center.

February 18, 2009 • The Springfield Republican

 Wireless Network Now Available Throughout Du Bois Library


Thanks to expanded wireless coverage, students, faculty, and staff with OIT Accounts can now access the network on every floor of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library. To access the campus wireless network, users must choose ‘UMASS' from the list of available networks, open a browser, and then log in with their NetID (OIT Account user name) and password.

February 17, 2009

   UMass Amherst Libraries Begins Du Bois Improvement Project

Renovations are underway in the Du Bois Library to replace the building's HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) system and expand the Learning Commons on the Lower Level.  The project will take approximately two years and will add 5,000 square feet to the Learning Commons.

February 17, 2009

 UMass Plans Du Bois Center

Director of Libraries Jay Schafer quoted in Springfield Republican article on Faculty Senate approval of the creation of W.E.B. Du Bois center.

February 14, 2009 • Springfield Republican

 Libraries Hosts 15TH Annual Du Bois Lecture by Howard Dodson


The UMass Amherst Libraries hosts the 15th Annual Du Bois Lecture, by Howard Dodson, Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 6:30 p.m., in the Special Collections Reading Room, Floor 25, Du Bois Library, UMass Amherst.  Howard Dodson is the Chief of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library.  The event is free and open to the public.

February 13, 2009

 New WORLD Theater's 30TH Anniversary:  A Retrospective Exhibit

The UMass Amherst Libraries will host "New WORLD Theater's 30th Anniversary: A Retrospective Exhibit" through April 30, 2009, in the Learning Commons, on the Lower Level of Du Bois Library, UMass Amherst.  The exhibit commemorates 30 years of New WORLD Theater's unique contributions to the campus and the surrounding Pioneer Valley as an innovative cultural institution dedicated to presenting and producing theatrical works by artists of color.  An opening reception will be held on February 12, 2009, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., featuring a talk, "Reflections of New WORLD in an Obama Nation" by founding artistic director Roberta Uno.  The reception is open to the public and refreshments will be served.

February 3, 2009

  Libraries Offers RefWorks Spring Workshops

UMass Amherst librarians will offer several workshops in the use of RefWorks this spring. RefWorks is a web-based citation management program used to organize and generate bibliographies, manage citations, and retrieve references. The workshops are open to all, pre-registration is required as space is limited.

January 23, 2009

 Exhibit: "Natural History Prints"

The Libraries will host an exhibit of nature photographs by John Green, through May 3, at the Integrated Sciences and Engineering Library. An opening reception, including slideshow, will be held on Friday January 30, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. The reception is open to the public and refreshments will be served.

January 13, 2009

  Office of Faculty Development Holds "Mini-Writing Retreats" in Library

The Office of Faculty Development will hold monthly mini-writing retreats for all faculty on the following Fridays-Feb. 27, March 27, and April 24, at the Faculty Writing Place, Room 1602, Du Bois Library.

December 29, 2008



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