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Open Access Week 2018 at Healey Library

October 22-28, 2018, is Open Access Week! To celebrate, come to a viewing of Paywall: The Business of Scholarship!

  • What: Group viewing and discussion of this investigation into the $25 billion for-profit scholarly publishing industry (that is, the big commercial publishers as opposed to non-profit, university presses) from the perspective of the open access movement
  • When: Tuesday, October 23, 1:30-3:00pm, and Friday, October 26, 1:00-2:30pm
  • Where: Center for Active Learning and Library Instruction (CALLI), H-04-015
  • Who: All faculty, staff, and students at UMass Boston are invited to join us

There are a lot of reasons to support  Open Access (OA) and Open Educational Resources (OERs). The Open Access movement is driven by the ideal that we all benefit when high-quality information is made freely available. It’s a strongly democratic idea, as it holds that our current publishing system privileges those who are able to pay for access (either individually or through association with a college or university). Many people have come to see these barriers to information as an issue of social inequality, and the move to democratize our publishing models has prompted global declarations and support, including UNESCO’s Paris OER Declaration and the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities.

Closer to home, both the United States and Europe have issued mandates stating that publicly funded research must be made available via open access within a limited time frame after publication. Individual institutions, including UMass Boston, are also adopting open access publishing policies for their own researchers. The Faculty Council at UMass Boston adopted a campus-wide open access policy in 2012. And when it comes to our students, researchers have found that students frequently choose not to purchase textbooks because of cost, knowing that this decision may negatively impact their grades. Further, they don’t register for classes, or register for fewer classes overall, due to textbook cost, impacting persistence and time to degree completion.

Healey Library provides access to ScholarWorks, UMass Boston’s own open access institutional repository. ScholarWorks is the digital collection of UMass Boston’s intellectual, research, and scholarly output that centralizes, makes accessible, and preserves knowledge produced by the institution. Visit the ScholarWorks homepage to watch as materials uploaded to ScholarWorks by the UMass Boston community are accessed by users around the world.

UMass Boston and Healey Library are deeply committed to these ideals. We hope you can join the staff of Healey Library for a viewing and discussion of Paywall: The Business of Scholarship. This one-hour, open access documentary takes a deep dive into the for-profit publishing industry, and we’d love to hear about your own experiences navigating this process as both a reviewer and an author.

Happy Open Access Week! Healey Library celebrates unfettered access to high-quality information at all times, but especially this week!

sponsored by Healey Library, IT and Student Government in collaboration with MassPIRG

Monday, October 22nd ScholarWorks – Live Updates 9:00am to 4:00pm Library Entrance – 2nd Floor
Tuesday, October 23rd ScholarWorks – Live Updates 9:00am to 4:00pm Library Entrance – 2nd Floor
A Faculty Presentation on using ‘Open’ content – Prof. Brian White 12:30pm to 1:00pm CALLI – 4th Floor Library
Screening of the documentary – PayWall – The Business of Scholarship 1:30 pm to 3 pm CALLI – 4th Floor Library
Wednesday, October 24th ScholarWorks – Live Updates 9:00am to 4:00pm Library Entrance – 2nd Floor
The cost of education – A Student Perspective 12:30pm to 1:30pm CALLI – 4th Floor Library
Thursday, October 25th Benefits of Open Access Publishing – A Presentation by Andrew Elder on ScholarWorks 12:30pm to 1:30pm CALLI – 4th Floor Library
Friday, October 25th Screening of the documentary – PayWall – The Business of Scholarship 1:00pm to 2:30pm CALLI – 4th Floor Library


Healey Library’s Fine Amnesty Program

*Please note: Fine amnesty for library items ended on January 31, 2019. Current Library fine and fee policies are now in effect.*

Healey Library is sponsoring a fine amnesty program until further notice. What does this mean for students?

  • All fines on regular items from Healey Library’s circulating collections (books and DVDs) will be forgiven upon the return of the item(s) to the library!
  • The removal of fines will also result in the removal of any holds from a student’s WISER account.
  • Please note the EXCEPTIONS to this amnesty:
    • Late fines on course reserve items, item recalls, or laptop fines
      The Library’s system of Course Reserves and recalls, as well as its circulating laptop collection, is set up to provide equitable access of Library materials and resources to all of our patrons. Late returns create difficulties for other students, faculty, or staff and so are not eligible for amnesty.  Fines and holds on accounts will continue to be applied to late course reserve items, recalls, or laptops.
    • Late fines and fees on Interlibrary loan (ILL) items
      These fines and fees cannot be waived.

For questions related to library fines and fees, please email

March 17: Downtime for Access to Library Resources

Please plan ahead for scheduled maintenance that will affect on-campus and off-campus access to Healey Library’s subscription resources on Saturday, March 17, 5pm-midnight Eastern time. During this period, users will be unable to access the Library’s subscription electronic resources, including e-books, journal articles, and streaming videos, from on- and off-campus. Users will also be unable to log into UMBrella to save searches, add items to their bookshelf, or review their accounts.

As this downtime may affect your students’ ability to review assigned course materials, particularly those linked in your Blackboard course pages, please remind your students to plan ahead for this system maintenance window.

Please send any questions, comments, or concerns to Thank you for your patience!

UMBrella Update: Changes to Your Library Login!

UMBrella Update

After the successful launch of UMBrella and the rollout of our updated and mobile-friendly Library homepage, the Library is thrilled to announce another improvement:

As of TODAY, Library users will be prompted to enter their UMass Boston email username and password instead of their barcode when accessing the Library’s electronic resources from off-campus!

Migrating the Library’s off-campus access to the University’s single sign-on (SSO) system streamlines patrons’ access to the Library’s resources whenever and wherever needed.

Library barcodes are not going away! Patrons will still need their barcode to check out items from the Library, and, for the short term, to submit interlibrary loan (ILL) requests. 

Please continue to put UMBrella through its paces and share with us any issues you encounter or improvements you’d like to suggest. The feedback form awaits your comments!

Thank you to UMass Boston’s Information Technology Services (ITS) and UMass’s University Information Technology Services (UITS) for their continued partnership in helping us enhance library services and resources for the campus community!