News & Announcements
May 8, 9, and 10
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.Read more »
The Falcon Cam is Live
Welcome to the 2017 Falcon Season!
Thank you for joining the Du Bois Falcons for another educational and enjoyable season. Watch live at: http://www.library.umass.edu/falcons/
There are four eggs in the nest box this season. We are trying to ascertain if this is the same pair from 2016 or some other combination of adults. April 2016 marked the second nesting season for the mated pair of Peregrine falcons that successfully raised two chicks, a male and a female, in 2015.
Of the four eggs that were laid in 2016, two were not viable. The first chick hatched on May 18 and perished a day later, having accidentally choked on a piece of food. The second chick, a male, hatched on May 21, thrived, and was banded by Tom French of MassWildlife, on June 13. His band number is 90 Black over BS Green. He fledged on the morning of June 30, 2016.
Peregrine falcons have successfully nested on the roof of the Du Bois Library at UMass Amherst since 2003. The previous pair, which nested on the Library roof from 2003-2014, hatched a total of 37 chicks. The live webcam was installed in 2012 thanks to the UMass Amherst Facilities Planning Division, UMass Amherst Information Technology, the Libraries' Systems and Web Management Department, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife), and the Friends of the Libraries.
We hope you enjoy the Falcon Cam. It is intended to intervene with nature as little as possible; intervention with wildlife is never taken lightly. For chicks to fledge successfully under observation, we let nature take its course as much as possible. If the need to intervene should arise, the Library works with university, state, and federal agencies to determine when and if this will occur. The birds are wild and have chosen to nest in the box; there has been a pair of Peregrine Falcons at this same site for many years. We hope you understand that we care deeply for the falcons and do whatever we can to help them thrive while respecting the natural balance.
Questions about the Falcon Cam? Contact Alison Király at email@example.com or 413-545-6156.Read more »
Setting Free the Textbooks: UMass Amherst Libraries are on a mission to save students money by helping professors reimagine traditional course materials
By Katherine Davis-Young
“They kind of kill you with textbook costs especially in Engineering,” Turner said. “Textbooks can cost up to $400 each and you only use them for a semester…it’s a waste of money.”
Turner’s parents are helping him pay for his college expenses, but he still felt the cost of books was too high. He couldn’t avoid taking his required engineering courses, but in some cases he simply gave up buying the textbooks.
In the fall of 2016, Turner was pleasantly surprised. He enrolled in ECE 314: Introduction to Probability and Random Processes, to find there was no textbook at all, instead there was a free online guide written by his professor.
It’s a concept known as an “open textbook,” and thanks in large part to the efforts of the Libraries it’s the kind of low-cost digital resource that is showing up in more and more UMass Amherst classrooms. By encouraging professors to swap costly traditional textbooks for freely available online resources, the Libraries have helped students save an estimated $1.6 million in textbook costs since 2011.
That’s welcome news for students. It’s no secret that a college education comes with a bigger price tag every year. Student loan debt in the United States now tops $1.3 trillion. And, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the cost of textbooks is rising even faster than big college expenses like tuition or housing. Textbook prices have skyrocketed, increasing more than 945 percent since 1980. The College Board estimates students at four-year colleges now need to budget more than $1,200 per year just for textbooks.
According to a 2014 report from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund, a number of factors push textbook prices higher each year. First, textbook manufacturers don’t have to answer directly to the consumers of their products since professors assign the book, and the book’s cost is passed onto the student. The report also points out that just five companies control more than 80 percent of textbook publishing, allowing for a monopoly-like effect on the market. Finally, books are updated frequently; ensuring cheaper, used editions quickly become obsolete.
"The cost of textbooks is an issue that’s important to both students and the library,” said Jeremy Smith, the Libraries Digital Projects Manager. Smith, along with Scholarly Communication and Special Initiatives Librarian Marilyn Billings, is behind the Libraries’ open education resources initiative.
The idea of making things “open,” or free to share, with limited copyright or licensing restrictions, goes back about as far as the history of the internet. Load any web browser and it won’t take long to find a website built from a design shared freely among coders, or a royalty-free image in a Wikipedia article. Increasingly, that free, shareable concept is making its way into textbook production.
Billings learned about the concept in 2009, but said at first, it wasn’t obvious to her how the Libraries could help; it is professors, not librarians, who choose course materials, after all. But it wasn’t long before Billings, Smith, and their team arrived at an idea.
“One of the stumbling blocks is that faculty say theoretically they’re into open education resources—they like the idea—but they don’t have the time or the resources to do this,” Smith said. “So we thought, the Libraries could buy them time, essentially.”
The Libraries designed small grants of $1,000 or $2,500, depending on the size of the course the professor teaches. Professors would still be the ones designing their courses, but the Libraries could pay them for the extra hours it would take to rework their syllabi and adapt lesson plans to use alternatives to the expensive textbooks they had required before.
Billings approached the UMass Amherst Provost Office with the idea in the fall of 2010 and the program was approved and launched by February 2011.
“I couldn’t believe it. It was just so fast. It clearly hit a nerve that mattered to the administration here at the university,” Billings said.
Library donors have funded the grants so the amount of grant money available has varied yearly. Since 2011, the Libraries have given more than $100,000 to faculty. And the grants won’t stop there. Smith’s job description changed in June 2015 so he could focus on the issue full-time.
The grants give faculty several options for bringing open educational resources into their classrooms. They can adopt an existing open textbook in place of a commercial book. They can also adapt a variety of materials from databases and academic journals that the Libraries subscribe to and pay for, which students can access. Professors also have the option to create something entirely new with the assistance of research librarians.
That’s what Professor Hossein Pishro-Nik did. Pishro-Nik teaches the engineering course that Turner enrolled in in fall 2016.
Pishro-Nik joined UMass Amherst’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department in 2005. In the years following, he said he noticed a troubling pattern among students.
“When I started teaching, the price of the textbook was around $80, then around 2011 I noticed the price was around $140 or $150. A lot of students stopped buying the book, which hurt them in the classroom,” Pishro-Nik said.
He had grown so concerned by the trend that he started thinking he should just write a textbook himself that he could distribute to his students.
“Then at the same time, I heard about the Libraries’ grants and I thought ‘wow that’s a great opportunity!’” he said.
With the Libraries’ help he created a website, ProbabilityCourse.com. On it, he features all of the text you might find in a traditional textbook under a Creative Commons license, in addition to video lectures, sample problems, and a calculator tool.
“I’ve never had a complaint from students,” Pishro-Nik said, of his site.
Turner, along with other students from Pishro-Nik’s class said they liked that they could access the site from anywhere, and that it didn’t cost them a dime.
The surprising thing, Pishro-Nik said, is how popular his site has become outside of UMass Amherst. He allows other teachers to register on the site to use it in their classrooms. Since launching the site in fall of 2014, he said more than 100 professors around the world have created accounts.
That’s one of the appeals of open educational resources, Smith said, “If you make this freely available, it’s going to impact way more people than a traditional textbook would.”
Not every professor wants or needs to create something from scratch, though.
“There is so much material available on the web, I thought, ‘why should I add to material that’s already there?’” said Shubha Tewari, a lecturer in the Physics Department.
Tewari teaches from an open textbook created by a nonprofit organization at Rice University called OpenStax. Students can access the book for free online, or order a hardbound copy for about $50–cheap, compared to traditional textbooks. Tewari also used the Libraries grant money to record some of her lectures that students can watch for free on YouTube.
Tewari said the important thing is to get students to do their readings and homework–something that wouldn’t happen if they weren’t buying the books.
“I can give them context and deeper insights; that happens in the classroom. But that cannot proceed unless they have some grounding outside the classroom,” she said.
Tewari said the OpenStax textbook she uses isn’t perfect. She would like to be able to tailor the material a little more, for example, and she wishes the online homework system that accompanies the text was more user-friendly. Like any technology, she hopes free online textbooks will change and improve over time.
Billings agrees that keeping up the momentum and interest in developing open education resources will be important if the concept is to be sustainable long-term.
“As we hear comments from faculty, we take them to heart really quickly and start working on things they see as barriers to what they want to be able to accomplish,” Billings said.
Quality of the materials is also a priority moving forward, Smith said.
“Professors think, ‘Are they any good? If they’re free they must be crappy,’” Smith said, “But there’s a lot of effort that’s been made in the open community to replicate the traditional publishing models of peer review and rigorous scholarship.”
The biggest challenge, Billings and Smith said, is simply making faculty aware of the wealth of free resources that are now available to students and professors. The Libraries have hosted several outreach events to spread the word. The UMass Student Government Association and MassPIRG, the UMass branch of a national student-run public interest group, have also joined the Libraries in promoting the concept across campus.
“It’s a social justice issue. The price to attend college is on the rise. But textbooks, that’s an area where students have some input. Students can make some changes,” said Lucas Patenaude, ’18, Secretary of University Policy with the UMass Student Government Association (SGA).
SGA has sent emails about open education resources to deans and reached out to professors individually, MassPIRG has placed editorials in the Daily Collegian. Both organizations have helped with Library outreach events.
The Libraries, SGA, and MassPIRG don’t expect every course to switch over to open textbooks. A literature course, for example, might require copyrighted novels, or an upper-level course might focus on a topic too specific for a basic textbook. So for now, the goal is to promote open education resources among the university’s large introductory courses.
“Those courses have 200 or 300 students in them and they’re classes everyone has to take.
It would be great if we could take the textbook cost out of those classes,” Patenaude said.
To date, more than 60 UMass faculty have received grants from the Libraries. All told, that accounts for about 100 courses that have traded traditional textbooks for open textbooks, or other money-saving alternatives.
Billings said one of the most exciting parts of the project these five years has been seeing other universities reach out to find out how they might replicate UMass Amherst’s program. Billings said she’s spoken to librarians and administrators around the country and sees the trend spreading.
“You start to do something to try to engage and when you’re starting to do it you don’t realize how important it is or how impactful it can be,” Billings said.
“It’s really nice actually. I think more classes should use them,” said Turner, of his first experience with an open textbook. For students like him, the impact of the program is already appreciated.
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[This article originally appeared in Issue 1, 2017 of Bookmark; The magazine of the UMass Amherst Libraries. Illustration by Chloe Deely '17.]
The UMass Amherst Libraries are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Undergraduate Sustainability Research Award. Projects created from Spring 2016 through Fall 2016 were eligible and the competition was open to all currently enrolled undergraduate UMass Amherst students.
The first place recipients, who will share a $1,000 scholarship, are Cameron Lane ’18, Pepperell, Mass.; Matthew “Donnie” Rollings ’18, Lincoln University, Pa.; Cameron Smith-Freedman ’18, Natick, Mass.; and Luke Fateiger ’18, Stow, Mass. for “What is it Going to Take to Make Solar Panels Cool?” The winning paper proposes a system of collecting rainwater so that it can be reused to cool and clean the panels, thereby improving their power output by at least 15%.
Two second place awards of a $500 scholarship each go to the team of Kyle Grasso ’17, Charlton, Mass.; Taryn Ramey ’18, Danbury, Conn.; Randa Kallin ’17, Hudson, Mass.; and Patricia Murphy ’17, Sunderland, Mass. for “Proposal for Implementation of an E-receipt System and Non-toxic, Compostable Receipt Paper at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Dining Facilities” and to Sam Kefferstan ’18, Andover, Mass. for “The Perfect Storm: Lasting Impacts of Structural Adjustment Programs and Pressures of Climate Change in Latin America and Ghana, Africa.”
Honorable mention of a $250 scholarship goes to the undergraduate team members of Louis Correra ’19, Andover, Mass.; Jose LaSalle ’16, G’20, Amherst, Mass.; Ezra Marcus ’18, Great Barrington, Mass.; Michelle Nikfarjam ’16, Upton, Mass.; Josh Nolan ’19, Hanover, N.H.; Yamaan Ziade ’18, Shrewsbury, Mass.; and Brandon Curtin ’18, Otis, Mass., for "BioSTEAD Initiative: a Transdisciplinary Initiative to Construct Safe-to-Fail Green Buildings as Sustainable Development Research Sites on University Campuses."
The Undergraduate Sustainability Research Award is made possible through the Library’s Sustainability Fund. The award promotes the learning of sustainability, research strategies, and the use of library resources, including consultations with subject librarians. The winning submissions demonstrate students’ sustainability-related research, critical thinking skills, and leadership potential which they will carry into their future academic, vocational and community-based endeavors.
"The winning projects for the 2017 Undergraduate Sustainability Research Awards reflect how important a priority sustainability is to our students on this campus,” says Dean of Libraries Simon Neame, “the Libraries, with the support of our generous donors, are proud to support these awards and recognize the outstanding work of UMass Amherst students."
The winning projects will become a part of the Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives as well as made openly accessible in the Sustainable UMass Student Showcase on ScholarWorks, the university’s digital repository at www.bit.ly/sustaward2017. Matthew “Donnie” Rollings will accept the award on behalf of the winning team at the Libraries’ A Climate for Change event on Saturday, April 1, 2017.
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Volunteers needed for survey that begins in early April.
Coffee for your thoughts?
Free library coffee mug and beverage for less than an hour of your time to tell us:
- Do you use online research tools at the library?
- Do you think they could be improved?
If yes, please volunteer for the Libraries’ Usability Study by signing up to be part of a focus group or hands-on testing of our new library search platform. The study begins in early April and will take no more than one hour of your time.
Volunteers receive a coupon for a free beverage at the Procrastination Station Café as well as a UMass Libraries mug.
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Promotes libraries and librarians as part of College Matters for U
The UMass Amherst Libraries announce undergraduate outreach librarian Annette M. Vadnais’ participation in the University of Massachusetts’ College Matters for U program. In October 2014, the UMass Center at Springfield launched College Matters for U as part of Springfield Public Schools’ College and Career Awareness Month.
The College Matters for U program allows students from area schools to visit the UMass Center in Springfield to participate in a day of engaging activities. The goal of the program is to educate students in grades K-12 about S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) career options and expose them to opportunities available after high school graduation, including applying to and attending college.
Vadnais reached out to Leykia Nulan, assistant provost for diversity at UMass Amherst, who spearheads the university’s ongoing efforts to increase diversity in the undergraduate student body and to foster an inclusive, supportive campus community, and offered to help these efforts in any way she could. Nulan then connected Vadnais with Jamina Scippio-McFadden, Director of Marketing and Community Relations at the UMass Center.
“College Matters for U is a program that really speaks to me. Being able to help kids realize that college is an option for them is really wonderful,” says Vadnais.
Annette M. Vadnais graduated from UMass Amherst in 1999 with a B.A. in theater, and received her masters of library and information science from Simmons in 2013. Vadnais is a first generation college graduate from a low income background. “My parents never spoke about going to college, my father had only finished the seventh grade.” says Vadnais, “Even though my parents wanted me to do well in school, there was no pressure to perform academically. After taking time off after high school and working at a grocery store, I realized that I wanted more. A friend was applying to Mt. Holyoke and she strongly encouraged me to apply to UMass.”
In her sessions, Vadnais works with students of three age groups; elementary, middle, and high school. She tailors her time with each group in an age-specific manner, always concluding by telling the students the ways in which librarians are helpful, and encouraging them to make friends with librarians at their school or local public library.
For the elementary school students, she talks about various types of librarian jobs and the many different kinds of library spaces such as the Libraries’ Digital Media Lab which includes 3D printing. The students are then able to choose from several pre-made activity sheets featuring drawings of librarians that they finish themselves using what they learned from the presentation.
When working with middle school students, Vadnais shows them pictures of various people and asks which person they think is a librarian. She asks why they selected the picture they did, and then surprises them by revealing that all the images depict librarians. They then learn about the various types of librarians and library spaces, as did the elementary school kids, but since these students are older, they are asked to guess what the various types of librarians do, before they are told.
The high school students are more focused on what they want to do for a career, so for this group Vadnais discusses how libraries and librarians can help make their studies easier if they decide to go to college. She provides a list of resources they can use in high school and in college. She includes the UMass Amherst Libraries home page (pointing out that as residents of Mass. they can access the entire catalog, research guides, and much more) and information on the Libraries’ academic liaison program where each academic department is paired with a librarian. Vadnais says that the students get “super excited” to learn about the Occupational Outlook Handbook which shows salaries of various careers.
“I love working with students of all ages, teaching them not only about college but about how libraries and librarians can help them in their life.” says Vadnais.
For additional information about the College Matters for U program, please contact Jamina Scippio-McFadden, director of marketing & community relations, at 413-788-6277, or email@example.com.
Deadline is April 14, 2017
The UMass Amherst Libraries are accepting applications for the 2017 Five College Graduate Student Du Bois Fellowship. Through a generous grant awarded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the W. E. B. Du Bois Center at UMass Amherst Libraries, in collaboration with the Department of Special Collections & University Archives (SCUA), offer graduate fellowships to assist scholars in conducting research in its collections. All graduate students at UMass Amherst and the Five Colleges are eligible to apply. Fellows will receive a stipend of $3,000 for an eight-week library residency. The deadline for applications is April 14, 2017. For more information and to apply, visit http://bit.ly/dubois_fellowship.
Since the arrival of the W. E. B. Du Bois Papers at UMass Amherst in 1973, SCUA has become the steward for a number of collections in which Du Bois is a central figure, including those of his associates James Aronson (acquired 1990), Katherine Bell Banks (2004), Lillian Hyman Katzman (2010), and Catherine A. Latimer (2015), as well as the papers of scholars who studied Du Bois, including William Strickland (2014) and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner David Levering Lewis (2014). There are, as well, several collections in which Du Bois appears as a direct influence, including the papers of the educator Horace Mann Bond (1979) and the records of the Africa-America Institute, an organization that for more than 60 years has promoted educational and economic ties between African nations and the United States. Of these, Du Bois, Aronson, Banks, Katzman, and Bond are all fully digitized and available online free of charge. Among the approximately 15,000 linear feet of manuscripts held by SCUA are many valuable collections for the study of social change in the United States, including the papers of the most important exponent of the politics and culture of the twentieth century,
W. E. B. Du Bois.
Fellows may come from any field and any perspective, and they may work on any topic, but their research should explore the major themes that characterize Du Bois’ scholarship and activism. This includes the history and meaning of racial, social, and economic justice; the problems of democracy and political inclusion; the role of capitalism in world affairs; and the global influence of African cultures. Comprehensive, searchable guides and finding aids to SCUA’s collections are available online at http://www.library.umass.edu/spcoll/.
Fellows will be selected on a competitive basis from applicants interested in conducting original research using the Du Bois Papers and other SCUA collections. In addition to the two-month residency, Fellows will be invited to give a public talk to the Five College community, UMass faculty fellows, and community college faculty in the humanities and social sciences. The criteria for selection will include the potential of the proposal to contribute to scholarship; the need for the use of SCUA’s collections; and a letter of support. The application will consist of a brief (up to three pages) description of the research project, curriculum vitae, and the letter of support. To apply, visit http://bit.ly/dubois_fellowship.Read more »
An alternate way to explore and discover library materials in the Five College Library Catalog
ABOUT VISUAL BROWSE
What is Visual Browse?
Visual Browse offers an alternate way to explore and discover library materials in the Five College Library Catalog. It pulls in content from outside services including book previews and reviews, descriptions, author bios, movie trailers, and more. Like the traditional catalog, you can search across all five colleges or limit your search to one institution. For academic research, you are encouraged to use the Five College Library Catalog, Discover, UMA WorldCat and other library research tools.
Login with your institutional login for the following additional features
- Request an item from any of the Five College Libraries
- Tag items as “My Favorites.”
- Create a personal Collection that you can make public or keep private.
- Follow collections created by others.
What will I find in Visual Browse?
- Selections from the Five College Library Catalog
- Journal titles and articles are not included. See Discover or UMA WorldCat or other library databases and research guides for journal articles.
- Featured collections Including New Books, New Movies, Movies by Genre, Television, and more
- Popular Collections Collections curated by your librarians
- Shared Collections Collections created by you and other users
Looking for help?
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Deadline is Friday, March 24, 2017
The UMass Amherst Libraries invite submissions for the Friends of the Library Undergraduate Research Award. The deadline is March 24, 2017. Submission guidelines and evaluation criteria are available at: http://bit.ly/flura2017
The ninth annual Friends of the Library Undergraduate Research Award (FLURA) recognizes excellence in the use of historical primary sources in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Undergraduate students are invited to submit papers or projects that represent work completed for a class or independent study in any field within 18 months prior to the application deadline of March 24, 2017, and while enrolled as an undergraduate at UMass Amherst. The first place recipient receives a $1,000 scholarship and the honorable mention winner receives a $250 scholarship. The winning papers/projects will be posted online at http://bit.ly/flura2017 and added to the University Archives.
An historical primary source is a record of an event, occurrence, or time period produced at the time by a participant or observer. Appropriate sources may include the records of individuals (e.g. letters, diaries, essays, speeches) or the archives of organizations (e.g. correspondence, memoranda, minutes, annual reports), and they may include non-textual materials (e.g. artwork, artifacts, maps, music, film, audio recordings, videotape, computer files, photographs, scrapbooks), provided they date from the time period in question.
Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) at the UMass Amherst Libraries reserves the right to extend the deadline or cancel the contest if too few entries are received. The determination of number of entries required to award a winner is at the sole discretion of SCUA and the UMass Amherst Libraries.
The award is sponsored by the Friends of the UMass Amherst Libraries and Special Collections and University Archives. Prizes are made possible thanks to generous donations from the Friends of the Libraries. A panel of faculty and community experts will judge the anonymous entries.
Winners will be announced by the end of April, 2017. For more information, contact Special Collections at email@example.com.
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UMass Amherst Libraries Accepting Applications for the 2017 Du Bois Fellowships
The UMass Amherst Libraries are accepting applications for the 2017 Du Bois Fellowships. Through a generous grant awarded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the W.E.B. Du Bois Center at UMass Amherst Libraries in collaboration with the Department of Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA), offer post-doc fellowships to assist scholars in conducting research at SCUA in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library. Full-time faculty or independent scholars with a PhD are eligible to apply. Fellows will receive a stipend of $4,500 for an eight-week library residency with a housing allowance of $2,500 as well as a research allowance of $600. The deadline for applications is April 10, 2017. For more information and to apply, visit http://bit.ly/dubois_fellowship.
Since the arrival of the W.E.B. Du Bois Papers at UMass Amherst in 1973, SCUA has become the steward for a number of collections in which Du Bois is a central figure, including those of his associates James Aronson (acquired 1990), Katherine Bell Banks (2004), Lillian Hyman Katzman (2010), and Catherine A. Latimer (2015), as well as the papers of scholars who studied Du Bois, including William Strickland (2014) and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner David Levering Lewis (2014). There are, as well, several collections in which Du Bois appears as a direct influence, including the papers of the educator Horace Mann Bond (1979) and the records of the African America Institute, an organization that for over 60 years has promoted educational and economic ties between African nations and the United States. Of these, Du Bois, Aronson, Banks, Katzman, and Bond are all fully digitized and available online free of charge. Among the approximately 15,000 linear feet of manuscripts held by SCUA are many valuable collections for the study of social change in the United States, including the papers of the most important exponent of the politics and culture of the twentieth century, W.E.B. Du Bois.
Fellows may come from any field and any perspective, and they may work on any topic, but their research should explore the major themes that characterize Du Bois’s scholarship and activism. This includes the history and meaning of racial, social, and economic justice; the problems of democracy and political inclusion; the role of capitalism in world affairs; and the global influence of African cultures. Comprehensive, searchable guides and finding aids to SCUA’s collections are available online at http://www.library.umass.edu/spcoll/.
Fellows will be selected on a competitive basis from applicants interested in conducting original research using the Du Bois Papers and other SCUA collections. In addition to the two-month residency, Du Bois Fellows will be invited back to campus to give a public talk to the Five College community, comprised of UMass Amherst faculty, graduate student fellows, and community college faculty in the humanities and social sciences. The criteria for selection will include the potential of the proposal to contribute to scholarship; the need for the use of SCUA’s collections; and a letter of support. The application will consist of a brief (up to three pages) description of the research project, curriculum vitae, and the letter of support. To apply, visit http://bit.ly/dubois_fellowship.
For more information, contact Danielle Kovacs, Curator of Collections, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (413) 545-2784.Read more »