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Finals Fun! Fall 2018

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Take a study break at the UMass Amherst Libraries! Events happening in both the Du Bois Library and the Science and Engineering Library unless otherwise specified.

12/13-12/20: Coloring/LEGOs/Origami/Knitting

12/13, 14, & 17, 2 p.m.: FREE coffee and cookies

12/13 & 17, 4-6 p.m.: Button Making

12/14, 3-5 p.m. and 12/18, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Unwind with Knitting! Live Demos at the Du Bois Library.

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Fourth Annual Tower Run

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Thursday, November 29

7-10 p.m.

W. E. B. Du Bois Library

UMass Amherst students, faculty, and staff are invited to register for the fourth annual Tower Run on Thursday, November 29, 2018, from 7-10 p.m. at the W. E. B. Du Bois Library. Register here!

The event is sponsored by UMass Students of Recreation (USOR), UMass Campus Recreation, and the UMass Amherst Libraries. 

UMass Students of Recreation (USOR) is a registered student organization that is responsible for holding events on the UMass Amherst campus including a National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) Regional Basketball Tournament, Campus Recreation Olympic Games (CROG), and other athletic activities. The main goal of USOR is to advance the Campus Recreation program and offer fun experiences to people who want to get involved with different sorts of recreational activities.

UMass Campus Recreation, an integral part of the educational mission of UMass Amherst and the Division of Student Affairs and Campus Life, provides comprehensive recreational and student development opportunities, as well as exceptional programs, services and facilities. Through positively reflecting the interests and values of the UMass community, Campus Recreation actively promotes and encourages a lifelong commitment to health and wellness.

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World Usability Day Booth

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World Usability Day Booth

Wednesday, November 7, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Lobby, W. E. B. Du Bois Library

World Usability Day (November 8, 2018) is a day dedicated to ensuring "that the services and products important to life are easier to access and simpler to use."

Come learn more about it the day before, November 7, with the Assistive Technology Center (ATC) and Disability Services! They will be showcasing some of the tools and services they provide to students with and without disabilities.

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Open Access Week 2018


October 22-28, 2018

The UMass Amherst Libraries, the Office of Research and Engagement, and the Office of Professional Development in the UMass Graduate School will host a series of events for International Open Access Week.

Open Access Week provides “an opportunity to take action in making openness the default for research—to raise the visibility of scholarship, accelerate research, and turn breakthroughs into better lives.” It was established in 2008 by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) and its student community partners.

The theme this year is "Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge." For more information, please visit

Wednesday, October 24, 1:30-2:30 p.m.; Floor 19, Room 1920, W. E. B. Du Bois Library

Thinking about making your data openly available? Curious about what formats data should take to be available long-term? Wondering what licensing you can use to make sure your data is easily reused by the public? Librarian Thea Atwood discusses ways to manage data and make choices that support openness in scholarship. This workshop is open to all disciplines and at all stages in your data lifecycle.

Register here.

Coordinator: Thea Atwood, Data Services Librarian
Co-sponsored by the Office of Research and Engagement

Thursday, October 25, Noon-1:30 p.m.; Floor 19, Room 1920, W. E. B. Du Bois Library

What is the benefit for choosing open access for your dissertation or thesis? How can your copyright choices help or hurt your scholarship? In this workshop, librarian Erin Jerome will present an overview of open access, copyright, and fair use as it relates to your research, and librarian Thea Atwood will discuss choices in publishing and sharing data. There will be time to discuss thoughts and questions about these issues. Pizza lunch will be served. Pre-registration required.

Register here.

Coordinators: Erin Jerome, Open Access and Institutional Repository Librarian & Thea Atwood, Data Services Librarian
Co-sponsored by the UMass Amherst Graduate School’s Office of Professional Development

Friday, October 26, Noon-1:30 p.m.; Floor 26, Room 2601, W. E. B. Du Bois Library

A documentary focusing on the need for open access to research and science. The movie questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier, and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook, and Google.

Movie viewing (65 minutes) will be followed by time for discussion. This movie will also be showing throughout the week on the Du Bois Library Lobby screens.

Coordinator: Marilyn Billings, Head, Office of Scholarly Communication

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Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice around the Climate Crisis

Fall Semester 2018

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The UMass Amherst Libraries host the fall series of interactive climate change events which run from Thursday, September 20 to Thursday, November 15, 2018.

The multi-event series, now in its third year, is organized by Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice around the Climate Crisis, a collaborative community comprised of UMass Amherst students, faculty, and staff working together to integrate the intellectual, emotional and spiritual dimensions of climate change. All events are free and open to the public. Seating is limited; please arrive early.

Thursday, September 20, 4-5:30 p.m.; meet in the W. E. B. Du Bois Library Lobby

Get the inside stories of Crotty Hall, the new Design Building, renovated Old Chapel, South College addition, Integrative Learning Center, and others from Ludmilla Pavlova, Senior Campus Planner.

Video and Discussion: "EMERGENT STRATEGY"
Thursday, September 20, 7-9 p.m.; Floor 26, Room 2601, W. E. B. Du Bois Library

adrienne maree brown, author of Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds, shares keen insights into how the natural world teaches us about transformative justice, through ideas of adaptation, decentralization, resilience, iteration, fractal selves, and creating more possibilities.

Video followed by facilitated discussion.

Thursday, October 18, 7-9 p.m.; Floor 26, Room 2601, W. E. B. Du Bois Library

Engage your love for the Earth with a variety of practices. Work that Reconnects builds community and connectivity, reminding us of our core mission. Starting in the 1970s, these practices have spread around the world, shifting how people perceive and address climate change - helping us move from our intellect to our hearts. Facilitated by Bela Schultz '20, student of environmental psychology and trained facilitator.

WITH THANKS: Pre-Thanksgiving Connections in Food and Art
Thursday, November 15, 6-8 p.m. Goodell Lounge

Share a meal and facilitated conversations around harvest, gratitude, families, waste, fear, legacy, hope, and more. We will also be utilizing natural dyes and textiles to support this work. Bring some food or drink to share, if possible.

For more information, contact Madeleine Charney, 413-577-0784, or visit: and

Talking Truth is co-sponsored by the Department of Environmental Conservation, Office of Civic Engagement and Service Learning, Paperbark Literary Magazine, Psychology of Peace and Violence Program, and UMass Amherst Libraries.

Talking Truth is endorsed by the following UMass Amherst entities: Biostead Initiative, Center for Counseling and Psychological Health, Climateers, Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group, Eco-Rep Program, Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, and Spiritual Ecology and Regenerative Systems Initiative.

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20th Annual Fall Reception

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Friday, September 21, 2018
Old Chapel
Reception 5:00 p.m.
Program and Concert 6:00 p.m.

The event is sold out. We are live streaming the event on the east video wall in the W. E. B. Du Bois Library Lobby and online beginning at 6 p.m. at
Join us for a folk revival concert to celebrate the donation of the Folk New England Collection to Special Collections and University Archives. Over the Course of 60 years, Betsy Siggins Schmidt (founding member of the legendary Cambridge, Mass., folk music venue Club 47) and friends have saved letters, documents, recordings, posters, photographs, oral histories, and other memorabilia that are now part of a permanent and growing collection in the W. E. B. Du Bois Library. The Folk New England Collection documents the traditional music of our region and explores the rich connections between music and social change, making it one of the largest and most comprehensive archives of its type.
We invite you to learn about the Folk New England Collection through song and story, featuring a performance by Jim Rooney & Friends. Rooney (Amherst '60) is a music producer, author, and a pioneer of Americana music, whose early folk roots are in Western Massachusetts. His classmate, the late banjo innovator Bill Keith, joined forces with musicians Buffy Sainte-Marie (UMass '70) and Taj Mahal (UMass '63) to found the Pioneer Valley Folklore Society, which continues to hold monthly song & story swaps in Amherst today. Rooney went on to direct the Newport Folk Festival in its early days, and has produced albums for artists such as Nanci Griffith and John Prine; he received a lifetime achievement award from the Americana Music Association in 2009.

Parking is available in the Campus Center or in any non-24 hour lot. Free lots closest to the Old Chapel include lots 32, 34 and 71. Metered spots are also free on the weekend. There are 15 handicap parking spaces between South College and Goodell Building.   Campus Map


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Author Talks: Paul Chappell

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

5-7 p.m.

Lower Level between the Staircases

W. E. B. Du Bois Library

Paul K. Chappell is the Peace Literacy Director for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. He graduated from West Point in 2002, was deployed to Iraq in 2006, and left active duty in 2009 as a Captain. Chappell drew on his time in the military and his multiracial identity to introduce the concept of Peace Literacy (, which he offers as a new paradigm to better understand not just peace and war, but also the art of living and what it means to be human. Chappell develops these ideas further in his seven-book series The Road to Peace.

Co-sponsored by: Traprock Center for Peace and Justice; the UMass College of Education; and the UMass Psychology of Peace and Violence Program.

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Author Talks: Allen Young

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

4-6 p.m.

Floor 25, Special Collections Seminar Room

W. E. B. Du Bois Library

Journalist/activist Allen Young is the author of Left, Gay & Green: A Writer's Life (2018). In the book, he traces his political and emotional journey from his rural childhood to the anti-war and gay liberation movements of the 1960s and 1970s to life in a gay-centered commune in Massachusetts. In 2004, he received the Writing and Society Award from the UMass Amherst English Department.

The talk is part of the Social Change Colloquium.

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Author Talks: Sigrid Schmalzer

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

4-6 p.m.

Floor 26, Room 2601

W. E. B. Du Bois Library

"The Heart of the Matter: How (and Why) I Turned My Research on Socialist Chinese Farming into a Picture Book for Children"

Sigrid Schmalzer, professor of history at UMass Amherst, holds a doctorate in modern Chinese history and science studies, and is the author of the award-winning books Red Revolution, Green Revolution: Scientific Farming in Socialist China (2016) and The People's Peking Man: Popular Science and Human Identity in Twentieth-Century China (2008). Professor Schmalzer's research focuses on social, cultural, and political aspects of the history of science in modern China. Her latest book is Moth and Wasp, Soil and Ocean: Remembering Chinese Scientist Pu Zhelong's Work for Sustainable Farming (2018).

Co-sponsored by the UMass Amherst Libraries; UMass History Department; UMass Sustainable Food and Farming; the UMass Student Farm; and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

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Author Talks: Yvonne Daley

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

4-6 p.m.

Floor 25, Special Collections Seminar Room

W. E. B. Du Bois Library

Yvonne Daley, author of Going Up the Country: When the Hippies, Dreamers, Freaks and Radicals Moved to Vermont (2018), is the founder and director of the Green Mountain Writers Conference. She has been a resident of Vermont since 1967. Daley is the author of five previous books and worked for 18 years as a journalist for the Rutland Herald, Boston Globe, Time, Life, People, Washington Post, and many other publications, winning many of the profession's top prizes.

The talk is part of the Social Change Colloquium.

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