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UMass Amherst Librarian Receives Digital Library Federation & Kress Cross-Pollinator Award


The UMass Amherst Libraries are pleased to announce that Annie Sollinger, Digital Image Metadata Librarian, has been selected as a winner of this year’s Digital Library Federation (DLF) & Kress Cross-Pollinator Awards.

A member of the Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Center (formerly the Image Collection Library), Sollinger works closely with the Department of the History of Art and Architecture in particular to provide quality digital images, metadata, and research support. She states, “As we add to our traditional visual resources work, I am excited about building new services that are accessible and equitable from the ground up.”

The Kress Cross-Pollinator Awards bring in awardees from non-DLF members who belong to other cultural organizations. These awards provide a travel fellowship to the annual DLF Forum, serving as a meeting place, marketplace, and congress for digital library practitioners from member institutions and the broader community. This year, the Forum will be held in Pittsburgh on October 23-25.

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UMass Amherst Faculty Members Receive Sustainability Curriculum Fellowships

$10,000 Awarded for 2017-18

The Chancellor’s Office has awarded 11 UMass Amherst faculty members with a Sustainability Curriculum Fellowship (SCF) for the 2017-18 school year. The year-long interdisciplinary fellowship provides ten fellowships of $1,000 each (one shared) to faculty developing or augmenting courses with sustainability-related topics.

Fellows will attend monthly meetings, during which they receive guidance with using library resources, assistance with course design or redesign, and reports about campus sustainability policies, projects, and other initiatives. 

The fellowship is supported by the Chancellor’s Sustainability Advisory Committee, in cooperation with UMass Amherst Libraries, the Campus Sustainability Manager from Facilities and Campus Service, the Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development, and the School of Earth and Sustainability.

To date, the SCF program has supported five cohorts of faculty fellows from every college, across two dozen different departments at the university.

This year’s Sustainability Curriculum Fellows are:



Mary Bell and Angela Roell, Stockbridge

Madeleine Charney/Naka Ishii

Nicole Burton, Stockbridge

Madeleine Charney/Naka Ishii

Carol Connare, Journalism

James Kelly

Christina DiMarco-Crook - Food Science

Naka Ishii

Wayne Feiden - LARP

Madeleine Charney

David Glassberg - History

James Kelly

Emily Kumpel - Civil and Environmental Engineering

Maxine Schmidt

Jennifer Merton - Management

J. Michael Davis

Joel Saxe - Communication

Jeremy Smith

Elizabeth Schmidt – Public Policy

Lisa Di Valentino

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UMass Amherst Libraries Win Grant from the National Networks of Libraries of Medicine - New England Region

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The UMass Amherst Libraries announce the recent award of a $9,694 grant from the National Networks of Libraries of Medicine – New England Region to support Science Boot Camp (SBC), an annual two-and-a-half-day professional development event for science librarians.

The grant provided seven scholarships for Library staff and library school students from across New England. Recipients were paired with a veteran SBC mentor to develop deeper understandings of science librarianship and related opportunities. The grant also increases the reach of the program, using technology to enable more librarians to participate on the local, national, and even international scale.

“The grant money enabled the Planning Committee to hire a professional videographer to record, edit, and close-caption each session during SBC,” said Thea Atwood, Science and Engineering Librarian at the UMass Amherst Libraries, “as well as to purchase a public address system to enable participants to better hear each lecturer and provide the SBC Planning Committee more autonomy in selecting locations for future Boot Camps.”

Atwood applied for and was awarded the grant on behalf of the New England Science Boot Camp Planning Committee, comprised of science librarians from New England.

SBC aims to support science librarians assisting researchers in subjects new to them, as well as provide them with strategies for effective communication and outreach across multiple scientific disciplines. Each year, researchers are invited from three topical areas to discuss a brief overview of their field and current research. The program ends with librarians spending a half-day working intimately with a subject relevant to their work.

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UMass Amherst Libraries' Special Collections & University Archives Wins Preservation Grant for Veterans' Collections, Sites, and Memorials

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AMHERST, Mass. – UMass Amherst Libraries announce that Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) was recently awarded a $7,500 Preservation Grant for Veterans’ Collections, Sites, and Memorials for their project “Digitizing the War Experience.” Awarded by the Massachusetts State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB), this grant will be matched in kind by the Libraries.


The “Digitizing the War Experience” project will expand access to unique historical material in SCUA’s collections created by and about members of the military service and those on the home front. Over the past several years, SCUA has received a number of collections of personal and family papers that include noteworthy content relating to military and wartime experiences. These collections intersect in revealing ways with SCUA’s major collecting areas–UMass Amherst, New England histories and cultures, innovation and entrepreneurship, and social change–and highlight some of the twentieth century’s momentous historic events through the perspectives of individuals who took part in them.


In keeping with SCUA’s mission to preserve history and inspire discovery by making historical material accessible, the goal of this project is to digitize and describe materials from more than a dozen of SCUA’s collections that contain significant content related to the major American wars of the twentieth century. The digitized items, including letters, photographs, and memorabilia, will be freely available on the web in SCUA’s online repository, Credo.


Among other collections identified for digitization in this project is a quartet from the Second World War: the papers of UMass Amherst poet and professor Joseph Langland, who served in the European theater and was involved in liberating the Buchenwald concentration camp; UMass Amherst alumna and faculty member Maida Riggs, who documented her work with the Red Cross in letters and photographs; Mary Lauman, whose letters reflect on her service as a female marine; and Springfield native Herman B. Nash, whose radical political views were shaped by his military service. The project will address other experiences of war as well, including the post war occupations of Japan and Germany, Japanese-American relations, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and will include important publications and photographs from the early years of the International Center for the Disabled, which was established in 1917 to help wounded World War I veterans through vocational rehabilitation.


Staff members from SCUA will begin preparing for the project in the late summer by selecting materials to be digitized.  “Digitizing the War Experience” will start in earnest during the fall. The approximately 4,000 digital objects will be available in Credo by the end of the 2017-18 academic year. 

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The Libraries Announce New Virtual Assistance Pilot Program

for Pro Se inventors, beginning August 1, 2017


The UMass Amherst Libraries announce the new United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Virtual Assistance Pilot Program beginning on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, at the Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) located in the Science & Engineering Library, Lederle Lowrise, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The USPTO recommends using a registered attorney or agent to assist in preparing and prosecuting a patent application; however, they also recognize that the cost of such assistance is prohibitive for many applicants, particularly independent inventors and small business concerns. The new Virtual Assistance Pilot Program will provide greater availability to those needing assistance with the patent process.

Pro Se inventors (thosewho file patent applications without the assistance of a registered patent attorney or agent) will be able to come to the PTRC to meet with a USPTO patent examiner via a WebEx connection. PTRCs are a nationwide network of public, state and academic libraries that are authorized by the USPTO to disseminate patent and trademark information and support diverse intellectual property needs of the public.

This new service is free and open to all Pro Se inventors willing to travel to the UMass Amherst PTRC. Inventors must make an advance appointment by emailing Paulina Borrego at Appointments can be scheduled from 10am-12pm and 1-3pm every Tuesday through Thursday. The examiner, who will be specifically matched to each inventor’s needs, will provide assistance with the patent application process but cannot dispense legal advice or make patentability determinations prior to an application being filed.

For more information, contact Program facilitator Paulina Borrego, UMass Amherst PTRC Librarian, at, or 413-545-7891.

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Search Better. Discover More.

Discovery Search

Search better. Discover more.

Welcome to Discovery Search! This powerful tool searches EBSCO databases as well as all of the databases and library holdings available at the UMass Libraries.

Discovery Search lets you tailor your search to perfectly fit your research needs, allowing you to cast a wide net, or refine with a narrower scope. Discovery Search offers a range of tools with which to customize your searches, such as: Advanced SearchFull Text Finder, and Scholarly Peer Reviewed,  just to name a few.

There are two tutorial videos available on the Libraries' YouTube Channel: Discovery Search Part 1 and Discovery Search Part 2.

Please feel free to contact Kathleen Berry at if you have any questions about Discovery Search.

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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 settling 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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