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Trivia Night!

Trivia Night 1

Friday, December 1, 6:30-8:30 P.M.

Learning Commons

W. E. B. Du Bois Library

How well do you know your favorite young adult book series?

Find out at Trivia Night at the Du Bois Library!

FREE drinks, popcorn, and candy!

WIN awesome Library swag!


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Finals Fun @UMass Libraries!

Finals Fun

December 13-21

W. E. B. Du Bois Library

Science and Engineering Library

Take a study break from finals with the UMass Amherst Libraries!


December 13-21

Free Coffee & Cookies

December 13-15, 2 p.m.

Button Making

December 13-14, 4-6 p.m., Science & Engineering Library

December 18-19, 4-6 p.m., W. E. B. Du Bois Library

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Author Talk: John Elder Robison

John Elder Robison

Thursday, November 30, 5-7 p.m.
W. E. B. Du Bois Library
Floor 26, Room 2601 

John Elder Robison’s works include his memoir Look Me In the Eye (2007); Be Different (2011), a how-to guide for grownups with autism; Raising Cubby (2013), the story of raising his autistic son; and Switched On (2016), about his participation as a research subject in brain studies. Robison is active in the autism civil rights movement and is a strong supporter of neurodiversity – the idea that autism and ADHD are a natural part of humanity, essential for our success, and should be honored and accepted even as we work to relieve any disability they may cause.   

Books will be available for sale at the talk.

The Author Talk Series is made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the Library, and co-sponsored by Autism Connections,  College of Education, Communication Disorders Department and Pathlight Group.

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T-Shirt Day in the Library!

T Shirt Day

Monday, November 6

Du Bois Library

Daylight Savings Time is this Sunday, November 5. Hold onto summer a bit longer: wear your COOLEST T-Shirt to the Du Bois Library Monday, November 6 for photo ops, your chance to be featured in the next issue of the Libraries Bookmark Magazine, and special buttons for those who participate!

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Third Annual Tower Run

Tower Run

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 7-10 p.m.

W. E. B. Du Bois Library

Check in on the Lower Level


UMass Amherst students, faculty, and staff are invited to register for the third annual Tower Run on Thursday, November 16, 2017, from 7-10 p.m. at the W. E. B. Du Bois Library. Registration is due by November 9; visit to register.

During the event, participants will be assigned time slots to run the 440 steps of the Du Bois Library from the Lower Level to Floor 26. Although it is officially untimed, participants are encouraged to bring their own timing devices. The entry fee is $10, which includes an event t-shirt, and registration is limited to the UMass Amherst community.

The event is sponsored by UMass Students of Recreation (USOR), UMass Campus Recreation, and the UMass Amherst Libraries. All proceeds from the Tower Run beyond cost will go towards the UMass Amherst Libraries’ Facilities Fund, enabling the Libraries to upgrade, improve, and re-imagine learning spaces.

“The Annual Tower Run is a great opportunity for students to help fund one of the most historically rich buildings on campus, while getting in a great quick workout,” says Dana Applegarth, the USOR student coordinator for this year’s event. “It’s an alternative to a typical 5K and other marathon-based events; this is a unique challenge!”


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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Open Access Week 2017


October 23-29, 2017

The UMass Amherst Libraries, the UMass History Department, the Public History Program, and the Office of Professional Development in the UMass Graduate School will host a series of events for the 10th International Open Access Week relevant to open access, copyright and fair use, data sharing, and theses and dissertations.

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, “Open in order to…,” looks at the impact open access can have across all research and disciplines. For more information about International Open Access Week, visit


Tuesday, October 24

Open Data 101

3-4 p.m., W. E. B. Du Bois Library Room 2601

In this introductory workshop, Data Services Librarian Thea Atwood will discuss open data, steps to make data open, and helpful resources available at the Libraries.


Wednesday, Oct. 25

Fostering Change: Evaluating Digital Scholarship for Professional Credit

Keynote speaker: Seth Denbo, Director of Scholarly Communication and Digital Initiatives at the American Historical Association

3:30-5:30 p.m., Herter Hall Room 601

As the field of digital humanities becomes an ever more important facet of both research and teaching, we need to find means for ensuring that the work is properly evaluated and that credit is given to the scholars who engage in it. The problems associated with developing this are complex, and new modes of research and publication have proven difficult to incorporate into disciplines that have traditionally put high value on print. Scholarly societies have an important role to play in encouraging creative thought and action about how best to accommodate these new modes within our disciplines. Co-sponsored by the History Department and the Public History Program.

Seth Denbo is the Director of Scholarly Communication and Digital Initiatives at the American Historical Association (AHA). Seth has a B.A. in history at Middlebury College and spent several years working in academic publishing at Routledge in New York and London. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Warwick, where he worked on the cultural history of eighteenth-century England. After teaching for several years, Seth moved into the digital humanities, as part of teams developing innovative digital projects in the Department of Digital Humanities at King's College London and at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities at the University of Maryland. At the AHA he oversees the publication department and attempts to keep up with the changing landscape of digital scholarship in history and the impact of the digital age on scholarly communication more broadly. 


Thursday, Oct. 26

Open Access & Copyright for Theses and Dissertations

Noon-1:30 p.m., W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Room 2601

Coordinated by Open Access and Institutional Repository Librarian Erin Jerome, this workshop provides an overview of open access, copyright, and fair use as it relates to theses and dissertations, followed by discussion and Q & A. Co-sponsored by the UMass Graduate School.


Friday, Oct. 27

Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon: Black and Militant Women Suffragists

10 a.m.-3 p.m., W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Room 1920

Inspired by the work of scholars Thomas Dublin and Rosalyn Terborg-Penn, as well as the online database Women and Social Movements in the United States 1600-2000, this year’s Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon will seek to create or improve Wikipedia entries on Black and militant women suffragists. This event is coordinated by Copyright and Information Policy Librarian Laura Quilter and Digital Project Manager Jeremy Smith, in collaboration with two history classes, and open to all who are interested. For more information on this local edit-a-thon, visit:

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Game Night and Costume Party!

CMS Photos

Friday, October 13

6:30-8:30 p.m.

W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Learning Commons, Lower Level


Join the UMass Amherst Libraries for a Game Night and Costume Party! FREE popcorn, candy, and beverages, plus a haunted campus tour led by the History Club!

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Author Talk: Carol Bailey

Author Talk 1

Thursday, October 19, 5-7 p.m.

W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Room 2601


Carol Bailey G’07 is an Associate Professor at Westfield State University. Her area of teaching and research is postcolonial literatures, with specialization in Caribbean literature. Bailey is the author of A Poetics of Performance: The Oral-Scribal Aesthetic in Anglophone Caribbean Fiction (2014), in which she explores Caribbean written literature alongside calypso, reggae, and different modes of Caribbean oral storytelling, emphasizing folk and urban working-class performance cultures and a woman-centered poetics.


Event co-sponsored by: Afro American Studies; Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies; English Department; Women of Color Leadership Network; Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Du Bois Day Lecture: Dr. Chris Tinson

"Between the World and Us: Du Bois, Critical Education, and Imagination in Fragile Times"

Du Bois Day

Friday, October 13, 2017

3:45-4:45 p.m.

Commonwealth Honors College Building

Events Hall


UMass Amherst is pleased to present keynote speaker Chris Tinson, associate professor of Africana Studies & History at Hampshire College, as part of Du Bois Day.

Dr. Tinson's lecture is titled "Between the World and Us: Du Bois, Critical Education, and Imagination in Fragile Times."


Collaborators: The W. E. B. Du Bois Center @ UMass; Special Collections and University Archives; Commonwealth Honors College

This program is a part of the Andrew W. Mellon Grant for the W. E. B. Du Bois Center @ UMass Amherst.

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Berthiaume Idea Jam: Super Jam in the Du Bois Library

Idea Jam

Thursday, September 14, 2017

7-9 p.m., Lower Level, TBLC Room 25, Du Bois Library

Have an idea but don't know where to turn? The Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship has you covered. Our Idea Jams offer students the opportunity to get good ideas out in the open and recruit the help they need to bring these ideas to life. Idea Jams are exciting and fun to attend. They are also an easy first step towards creating a profitable venture, and the Berthiaume Center is ready to help every step of the way.

Join us for the Super Jam in the Du Bois Library!

All majors welcome! Come to one or all three!

September 12th & 13th, Bartlett Hall, Room 301

September 14th, TBLC, Room 25, Du Bois Library

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