Faculty, submit your reserves requests today!

The deadline for submitting library reserves requests for Winter and Spring 2018 is Friday, December 15, 2017!

Why the compressed deadline?  Because UMBrella is coming!  You may have heard that Healey Library is in the process of transitioning to a new library system—one that will culminate in the launch of UMBrella, our new library search and discovery tool, at the end of January 2018.

While we are executing this system migration, our ability to perform reserves processing will be frozen for a short period of time. In order to work around this freeze, please submit your reserves requests for Winter and Spring 2018 by Friday, December 15, 2017. We cannot guarantee that any requests submitted after this date will be available for the start of the Winter and Spring semesters.  This includes requests for the purchase of new materials, transfer requests, and the removal of materials you will no longer be using. Requests received after December 15 will be processed and added to the new system after February 1, 2018.

New purchase requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and as always, we strongly encourage faculty to utilize open educational resources (OERs), subscription resources available through the Library, and personal or review copies of textbooks to place on reserve.

Personal copies of books and DVDs can be dropped off at Healey Library’s circulation desk on the second floor by completing a short form anytime the library is open. You may also submit requests via our online Reserves Request Form. Email any questions to library.reserves@umb.edu. Find more details on the Reserves Policy Page.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we prepare to explore exciting new library frontiers together! The staff of Healey Library wish you all a smooth and productive close to the semester!

Open Educational Resources (OER) Information Sessions

Open UMB iconAs you know, one of the major expenses students incur in college is on textbooks and other materials for class. To help students cut down on schooling costs, universities and community colleges across the country have embarked on programs to replace textbooks with Open Educational Resources (OER). These are resources that are available at no or little cost to the student.

Studies show that the quality of OER materials is just as high as that of traditional textbooks. Using OER in class has shown to improve test scores, enhance completion rates, improve retention, and most important—make the courses affordable. [Hilton, J. (2016). Open educational resources and college textbook choices: a review of research on efficacy and perceptions. Educational Technology Research & Development]

In addition to adopting OER content, faculty members can build on existing OER content as well as create new content to meet their teaching and pedagogical needs and give back to the open education community.

Continue reading Open Educational Resources (OER) Information Sessions

Try Out a Government, Politics, and Law Database!

HeinOnline LogoHealey Library invites your feedback on a new trial database, billed as “the world’s largest image-based government document and legal research database,” HeinOnline’s Government, Politics and Law package. This resource is on trial through March 31, 2018.

This database provides extensive coverage of legal history and government documents, including U.S. statutes and case law available as PDF downloads, and more than 300 years of information covering political development. It might be of particular interest to users looking for a replacement for WestLaw.

Five Things You Can Do In Less Than 15 Seconds in HeinOnline

Five Things You Can Do in Less Than 15 Seconds in HeinOnline

This database’s more than 50 million pages of content cover subjects applicable to:

  • Political Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • World History
  • Civil & Human Rights
  • And more than 80 other subject areas

HeinOnline offers several training resources to help new users search and navigate within the interface, quickly retrieve documents, and use helpful tools and resources integrated throughout the database:

To learn more, watch this three minute video.

Login now at http://ezproxy.lib.umb.edu/login?url=http://heinonline.org/HOL/Welcome, or via the Healey Library Databases & Indexes page.

Let us know what you think of this resource with this feedback form!

Danitta Wong
Danitta Wong

Please direct any questions or comments to Danitta Wong, Head of Collection Development and Assessment:
Danitta.Wong@umb.edu or 617.287.5924



The academic new year is in gear!

Warm autumnal greetings from Healey Library! With the academic year in full swing, we wanted to provide some quick updates from the academic heart of our ever-changing campus and direct you to some resources in support of your research, teaching, and studying.

Former Dean Daniel Ortiz
Daniel Ortiz, former Dean of Univeristy Libraries

First of all,  as many of you know, Daniel Ortiz, former Dean of University Libraries, retired in July after nearly 25 years of visionary leadership and service to Healey Library and UMass Boston.  We miss him!  I have assumed the role of Interim Dean of University Libraries, and Andrew Elder is serving as the Interim University Archivist and Curator of Special Collections; both of us would love to hear from you about your goals for this academic year and ways that the Library and the Archives might help you achieve them.

One of the initiatives that Dean Ortiz spearheaded before his departure was the start of a project to transform the information-discovery  landscape for the campus.  To that end, Healey Library is partnering with IT Services on a massive system upgrade which will result in the arrival in January 2018 of a long-awaited single-search box for library resources, to be known as (drumroll, please):

the single search box covering all your research needs!

umbrellas in rainbow colorsThis delightful name and tagline were submitted by UMass Boston student Rachel Hoffman, hands-down winner of  the naming contest we held this summer.  Congratulations, and thank you, Rachel!  (Honorable mention is hereby awarded to every person who suggested Searchy McSearchface, a close runner-up.) Stay tuned for much more information to come about the efficient,  user-friendly and personalized discovery experience that UMBrella will offer you come spring semester.  (Photo credit: by Alejandro Garrido Navarro  on Unsplash

Throughout this academic year, I hope that you will take advantage of all that Healey Library offers the UMass Boston community.  Our handy  Library Services Brochure includes a plethora of  useful information about Interlibrary Loan, Ask-a-Librarian,  Course Reserves, Collections, Research Guides, and so much more.  For faculty, our Start-of-School Library Checklist runs through the essential steps for you to make good use of the Library and its offerings.  We also offer a Library Syllabus Attachment that can give students a jump-start on searching library resources.  Finally, the UMass Boston community is invited to review the University Libraries 2017 Annual Report, which includes Dean Daniel Ortiz’s final reflections on the Library’s many evolutions and his vision for its future.

As always, all of us at Healey Library look forward to partnering with you in your teaching, learning, scholarship, and service. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if there is anything you need as you leap into the academic year.

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Joanne Riley
Interim Dean of University Libraries

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month!

The Kanopy streaming film database has curated a series of films celebrating  culture and film, which includes 105 titles found in the Hispanic Heritage Month Collection.    Any of these films can be used in classrooms, viewed by enrolled students, or added to Blackboard courses.

The official Hispanic Heritage Month organization’s website is also a great resource for primary source content, storytelling, image and film collections, and exhibits that have been organized around the country.  Visit www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov to explore!

Updates from UMass Boston's Healey Library


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