Research & Instruction
Contacting the librarian liaison responsible for your subject area is a sure way to get the best understanding of what is available to you. Your librarian liaison will work with you to make the most of all library services including providing library instruction sessions for specific courses, developing collections and resources appropriate for your teaching and research, helping to review or prepare new course and accreditation proposals and by guiding you through the many services the library provides, some of which are listed below.
Research and Resources
Online Resources and Services
The library’s online resources and services are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The library’s web pages serve as a gateway to numerous services and resources including access to databases, interlibrary loan request forms, and links to other online services. The library’s Primo search provides access for locating books and materials within the library. Use the Primo journal search to find journals by title in both paper and electronic formats. The library’s A-Z Databases page provides a list of subject and general databases. Multi-factor authentication may be required to access some resources.
Database searching (508-999-8678)
Librarian liaisons can assist you in locating material for research and teaching needs.
Faculty may borrow library books for 200 days. Loan periods for audiovisual materials vary. Faculty must have a UMass Pass for all transactions.
Interlibrary Loan Services (508-910-6951)
Faculty may request books, journal articles, and other materials from other libraries through interlibrary loan.
Streaming Films – See Films – Streaming Media for Fully-Online Classes
Boston Library Consortium (BLC) Membership (508-999-8750)
Faculty can use and borrow materials from any of the academic and research libraries which make-up the BLC. Cards are issued through the circulation desk on the first floor. A valid and activated UMass Pass is required.
Research/Reference Assistance (508-999-8678)
The librarians are trained to answer questions and guide library users to the most appropriate books, media, or databases. Subject librarians are also available to help faculty in locating information that supports the faculty’s teaching, research, and service activities.
Library Instruction & Course Support
Instructional Services (508-999-8678)
The library offers instruction and consulting services which are designed to help students, faculty and staff develop essential research skills, while creating an awareness of the full range of library resources and services. Instruction classes range from introductory sessions to more in-depth instruction on specific subject related reference works, databases, and internet resources. Subject librarians can work closely with faculty to develop course integrated assignments, instruction sessions, and customized web class or subject guides. Additionally, subject librarians are happy to offer consultations with individual faculty members or departments to introduce new library resources and refresh their awareness of subject area resources that the library provides.
Films – Streaming Media for Fully-Online Classes (508-999-8682)
Oniline & Continuing Eduction and the Claire T. Carney Library work together to acquire rights to films needed by faculty for fully-online classes. To request online access to a film, complete the online request form. Since negotiations with some movie houses can take a few weeks, please complete the attached form well before your class is scheduled to run.
Online Class Support (508-999-8682)
Librarians offer synchronous and asynchronous support for fully online classes. Using tools such as Blackboard Collaborate, Snagit, and LibGuides, your librarian liaison can impart the knowledge and skills your students need to use information resources. If you have questions about how librarians can support your online class, please contact your librarian liaison.
Laptops, calculators and more are available for loan from circulation.