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Copyright & Information Policy Librarian Laura Quilter

Participates in a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant

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The University Libraries of UMass Lowell and the Center for Asian American Studies announce the recent award of a $239,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant which will help create the Southeast Asian Digital Archive.

The Archive will document the history of Southeast Asian refugees in Lowell and will include about 63,000 images of newspapers, books, posters, and nearly 620 hours of audio and audiovisual recordings. Most of the grant will go toward hiring a full-time archivist for two years who will set up the digital infrastructure for the collection.

Thanks to an additional $28,000 Creative Economy Fund grant from the UMass president's office, all items will be made publicly accessible to students through lessons, teacher training, community workshops, and an updated exhibit at the Lowell National Historical Park.

UMass Amherst Copyright and Information Policy Librarian Laura Quilter will train project staff on copyright issues (since the Archive will digitize works that are presumptively in copyright) and consult with staff on individual copyright concerns. 

For the full UMass Lowell press release, please visit 

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The Image Collection Library Has Moved to Du Bois

and has changed its name to the Digital Scholarship Center

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Please welcome Brian Shelburne, Annie Sollinger, Michael Foldy, and their students to the 6th floor of the Du Bois Library.

They moved from Bartlett during the weekend of May 20 - 21 and are getting settled into their new space!

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The Libraries' Journal Study Survey

The Libraries are looking for Faculty & Grad Students to participate

Over the past decade, academic journal subscriptions have been sold in bundles, similar to cable TV.  Libraries have to subscribe to these packages, although there may be relatively few journals in them that are relevant to institutional teaching and research needs.   At the UMass Amherst Libraries, we find ourselves in a very similar situation.   We spend a significant percentage of the collections budget for the packages and pricing for them is structured in such a way that annual cost is less if we commit to multi-year agreements.  That commitment, though, limits our purchasing flexibility and hampers our ability to purchase books and subscribe to new resources that support emerging areas of scholarship.    

While we have journal use data, that quantitative data is only one measure of a journal’s relevance.  For that reason and others outlined above, the Libraries are asking faculty and graduate students to complete a very short survey regarding journals.  

The survey responses we receive, along with existing use and citation analysis data, will help us understand how journals are being used, identify gaps between current subscriptions and the real needs of our community, and allow us to make adjustments.  The survey has been developed as part of a continuous review strategy which we anticipate conducting every three years.

Please know we are committed to providing you with access to the content you need, whether we subscribe to it, purchase it, or deliver it through Interlibrary Loan.

For more information about the survey, please contact Sally Krash, Head of Information Resources Management: 413-545-6865,


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Finals Fun @ UMass Libraries

May 3 - 11, 2017

Finals fun

During the week of May 3 - 11, the Libraries have once again planned a series of activities to help students have some Finals Fun during what can sometimes be a stressful time of the semester.

May 3 - 11 24/7 Both locations - Coloring/Building Blocks/Origami 

May 3, 4, 5 2 p.m. Both locations - Free Cookies and Coffee provided by UMass Catering & Auxiliary Services

May 3, 4 4-6 p.m. Science and Engineering Library - Button Making

May 8, 9 4-6 p.m. Du Bois Library - Button Making

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Library Pop-Up Book Return

May 8, 9, and 10

Pop up book return

Three pop-up book drop locations make it easier to return library books at the end of the semester!

Monday May 8, Tuesday May 9, and Wednesday May 10 from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in Berkshire Dining Commons, Worcester Dining Commons, and Roots Café, in Commonwealth Honors College.

Also, in addition to the book drop at the W. E. B. Du Bois Library, there are two new book drops that provide convenient, 24-7 accessible UMass and Five College book and media returns: the drive-up book return at Robsham Visitor’s Center, Lot 34, off Mass. Ave and a book drop at the Science and Engineering Library, north end of Lederle Lowrise, Lot 61, off Governor’s Drive.

All locations above are for books and media only.

All other items, such as electronics and reserve materials, should be returned directly to the Du Bois Library.

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