All posts by Jenny Moyryla

Instructional Services Librarian

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.

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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!

Black History Month on Kanopy

To celebrate Black History month, we are highlighting a selection of Independent films, many exclusive to the Kanopy streaming video database, that tell the stories of extraordinary African American musicians whose talent has shaped today’s music industry.

Bayou Maharajah
This film explores the life, times and music of piano legend James Booker, who is described as, “the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.” This roller coaster portrait brings to life the unforgettable story of this amazing musician.

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NOTICE: Authentication Issues

The authentication application to e-books, e-journals, etc. is under blockade.   Slowdowns and momentary shutdowns are highly possible while IT addresses the problems.

If you receive a request for your BARCODE or Library SKU number, DO NOT reply and DO NOT send your personal information and barcode data to anyone.  Contact  library.support@umb.edu or call 617-287-5900 or 5940 to notify IT and Library of any suspicious activity with your campus library account.