Category Archives: The Dean’s Desk

Notes from the Dean of University Libraries

Healey Library Gets 2 New Librarians!

Healey Library is thrilled to announce that 2 wonderful librarians will be joining our staff. 

J Troy is joining us on August 21st as our new Liaison Librarian, in our Reference, Outreach, & Instruction unit. J comes to us with over 10 years of experience as a Teacher/Librarian at Milton High School, where he taught information literacy classes to students, so that they learned to search, evaluate, synthesize, and share information effectively and appropriately. He collaborated with other teachers and staff to provide resources and create new curricula, and handled collection development for the library.  He also advised students in various clubs and activities, and hired, trained, and supervised the Student Technology Assistance Team. J holds a Certificate in Public Policy from U Mass Dartmouth (2020), an MS in Library & Information Science from Drexel University (2012), and a BA in Religious Studies from Stonehill College (2007). With J joining us, we are planning to revive our liaison librarian program and to include more librarians in collection development activities. 

Christine Moynihan is joining us on September 11th as our new Scholarly Communications, Data, & Affordable Learning Librarian.  She is currently the Open Educational Resources and Technology Librarian at Salem State University, and previously, she worked as a Project Coordinator in Instructional Design at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and at the University of Massachusetts T.H. Chan Medical School. She also has prior experience as a grant-funded OER Coordinator at Salem State University, and in administrative and technology roles at Boston University, Labouré College, and the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation. She has also undertaken private consulting roles in archival digitization and historical research. Christine holds a Master of Library & Information Science from the University of Alabama (2018) and 2 degrees from U Mass Boston (hooray!) – a MA in History & Archives (2013) and a BA in English (1999). Christine will be helping us to grow our work in Open Educational Resources, support for Open Access publishing, Research Data Management, ScholarWorks management, and more. 

We’re very excited, and hope you will join us in welcoming J and Christine to Healey Library! 

Healey Library Updates – Fall 2022

Please read on for updates on Library services for the Fall semester!

Permanent Dean of University Libraries

Dean Stephanie Walker headshotOn August 22, 2022, Dean Stephanie Walker joined the Healey Library and UMass Boston. Stephanie comes to us most recently from the University of North Dakota Libraries, where she led a multi-library system and also oversaw the University’s Art Collections. While at UND, she led the gut-renovation of the state’s largest research library (Chester Fritz Library), started and led an Open Educational Resources (OER) program that saved UND students $11 million over 6 years, led the creation of an Open Access publishing program, oversaw the creation of one of the largest and fastest-growing institutional repositories on the Digital Commons platform, and more. Prior to her time at UND, Stephanie was the Chief Librarian & Executive Director of Academic Information Technologies at the City University of New York’s Brooklyn College. She previously also served as the Manager of Collections, Technical Services, & Library IT at Harvard Medical School’s Countway Library, as Dean & University Librarian at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and as the head of two libraries at the University of Toronto. Stephanie is delighted to join UMass Boston, and looks forward to working with everyone here! Email her any time at – she’d love to hear from you! 

Open Educational Resources (OERs) and Open Access (OA)

Last year, a number of UMass Boston faculty applied for small grants related to Open Textbooks and other Open Educational Resources. As part of this program, they could a) adopt existing OERs, b) adapt one or more existing OERs for use in their courses, or c) create OERs themselves. This year, we have begun early discussions on expanding our programs by offering some of these options again. We also hope to expand our marketing and promotion of OERs, with upcoming speakers and events. We are still very early in this process, but wanted to let you know that there is much more to come! Dean Stephanie Walker had previously represented her former institution in the National Academy of Sciences’ HELIOS project (Higher Education Leadership In Open Source), which is a multi-institutional program to grow and enhance uptake and usage of OERs in Higher Education. With the support of Provost Joseph Berger, Dean Walker is now representing UMass Boston on this initiative – stay tuned!  

Curbside Pickup Available Monday – Saturday

Curbside pickup for physical Healey Library and interlibrary loan (ILL) materials is available BY APPOINTMENT, Monday – Saturday in the ISC turn-around. To request a book or DVD from Healey Library’s collection for curbside pickup, please sign into UMBrella directly, search for a title, open the item’s record, and click ‘REQUEST OPTIONS: Place Hold for Pickup’ link. When an item is ready for pickup, patrons will receive an email including the details for booking curbside appointments. 

This same request function can be used to pick up items directly from the 2nd floor Circulation Desk as well.

Library Requests Form – Including Reserves Requests!

Use the Healey Library Requests Form to request items for purchase, course reserves, or digitization. Using this form allows library staff to route requests to the appropriate departments and make sure nothing falls through the cracks! 

Library Website Update – Coming Soon!

In addition to the campus-wide website update, Healey Library is in the process of making significant updates to its website based on the user feedback and data we have collected from the community in the past fall and spring. Thank you to all of you who have participated in the library’s website assessment efforts, and stay tuned to see how your feedback will be incorporated into the new Healey Library website!

Mass. Memories Road Show and RoPA

The trailblazing Mass. Memories Road Show (MMRS) program that so many of us know and love has been on a path of growth and expansion over the last few years. Supported in part by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the University Archives and Special Collections at UMass Boston launched the Roadmap for Participatory Archiving (RoPA). This project makes the MMRS model accessible to libraries and cultural institutions across the globe who are interested in collecting, documenting, and preserving their communities’ history, traditions, and collective memories. Browse the more than 12,000 Massachusetts memories that have already been collected and preserved through MMRS events, and check out RoPA for guidance on initiating similar efforts within your own communities!

There is a great deal happening at Healey Library, and we are thrilled to be fully back on campus and open to all. We also expect to have more news in multiple areas shortly – stay tuned! And we would welcome any suggestions and feedback – like all campus units, Healey Library will be undergoing a strategic planning process over the next several months, and we will be seeking your input! Thank you all for your time and attention – and drop by and visit us anytime!

Healey Library Updates – Fall 2021

We are pleased to share with you the following exciting updates related to Healey Library’s staffing and services. Please let us know how we can support you as we wrap up this momentous semester.  

Staffing Changes

Please join us in welcoming the following new staff members to Healey Library as we move forward with the process of expanding our team both by filling vacancies and hiring several newly-approved positions.  

Acquisitions and Access Coordinator

In August 2021, Francis Alix, a proud UMass Boston alum, joined us as our new Acquisitions and Access Coordinator. Francis will be the primary contact for Library reserves, so send an email to and Francis will most likely be the person responding to you. Welcome, Francis!

Assistant Dean for Administration and Finance

In September 2021 we bid a reluctant farewell to Paula Ayers, who is enjoying a well-deserved retirement after many years of invaluable service to UMass Boston in both Healey Library and the Division of Athletics and Recreation. Our new Assistant Dean is Samantha Regan, who comes to Healey Library from the UMass Boston English Department. Welcome, Samantha! 

Library Desks Service Manager

In November 2021, Ann Marie Shafer joined the Library team to fill our long-vacant Library Desks Service Manager position. Do say hello as you pass the Circulation Desk!  Welcome, Ann Marie!

Additional Hires

While the campus was in remote operations, the following new staff began work from a distance and now have joined us on campus:

  • Christine Elliott, Reference and Instruction Librarian
  • Eunkyung “E.K.” Lee, Discovery and Systems Development Librarian
  • Heidi Moesinger, Assistant Business Manager
  • Lauren Movlai, Reference and Instruction Librarian
  • Steve Smith, Collection Analysis and Development Librarian

Curbside Pick-Up and Drop-Off

Image of Healey Library student worker standing next to the new outdoor book drop and the wind sign directing curbside patrons to text their last name to (857) 524-3953 when arriving to pick up itemsImage of Healey Library student worker placing curbside pickup items into the trunk of a patron's car

Fall 2021 Curbside Hours 

By popular demand, this semester we added evening hours into our curbside pickup offerings. Curbside pickup (in the ISC circle) is now available:

  • Thursdays 5:30-8:30pm
  • Fridays 10:00am-1:30pm
  • Saturdays 10:00am-1:30pm
  • (Please note that curbside pickup will not be available during any times that the campus is closed or operating remotely.) 

Look for the bright blue wind sign that will direct you to text your last name to (857) 524-3953 when you arrive, and a library staff member will bring your item(s) out to your car.

Outdoor Book Drop Available 24/7

Picture of Healey Library's outdoor bookdrop featuring two slots for returning books and mediaPicture of Healey Library's new outdoor book drop outside the ISC, located next to the bike rackAlso new this Fall: a new outdoor book drop available at our curbside location! Returns (of Healey Library/interlibrary loan materials only, please) may be dropped off at any time that’s convenient for you. Please note that these returns will be processed the next day that staff are working on campus, based on the campus schedule for holidays and remote operations. NOTE: Please do NOT return Chromebooks via the drop box; these should continue to be returned in person to the Circulation Desk in Healey Library.

NEW: Healey Library Self-Checkout Machine!

Image of the Healey Library self-checkout machine featuring a book being checked out and the confirmation screen Healey Library’s new, contactless self-checkout station in the 2nd floor lobby allows you to check out books, renew loaned items, or check your account summary! It’s quick, efficient, and sends receipts directly to your UMass Boston email address. The self-checkout station’s accessibility features include text-to-speech that may be paused, a choice of 60 world languages, and the option to enlarge text and customize button placement. Stop by Healey Library with your BeaconCard and give it a try!

Check out the coverage of our ribbon-cutting for the new self-checkout machine in the Mass Media: Healey Library Celebrates Grand Opening of Self-Checkout Station

Healey Library “Zoom Zone”

Image of the large sign featuring Bobby Beacon, welcoming students to the 6th floor "Zoom Zone" in Healey LibraryOverhead image of the study carrels available on the 6th floor of Healey Library for students to use as quiet spaces to attend classes via ZoomIf your students ask you about a place to attend a class via Zoom, you can direct them to the “quiet side” of the 6th floor. Follow the signs to the left as you exit the elevators; individual carrels are available for students, and headsets are required to keep the space as peaceful as possible.


Submit Your Course Reserves and ILL Requests

Help Healey Library staff plan ahead by submitting your Spring 2022 course reserve requests, and interlibrary loan requests for items you might need over the winter break, as early as possible! Planning ahead will help Healey Library staff work around both shipping delays and any possible periods of campus remote operations.

Lean Library Browser Extension

We’re getting a lot of great feedback from people using the Lean Library browser extension. This browser extension offers a seamless way to access articles that live behind a paywall through Healey Library’s subscriptions. Check out our recent blog post: Want to Make Finding Full Text Articles Easier? Download the Lean Library Browser Extension

Healey Library Requests Form

Thank you for your support and flexibility as we transitioned to a unified system for submitting library requests! Please continue to use this form for library purchase suggestions, course reserve requests, requests for digitization of library/archival materials, and other library-related requests that might pop up. Using this unified requests form allows Healey Library staff to keep track of all requests, route them to the correct departments, monitor their progress, and maintain business continuity in library operations.  

New Library Reserves Pilot for Spring 2022

For Spring 2022, Healey Library will be introducing a new Reserves lending program that serves students both on and off campus called Controlled Digital Lending (CDL). The goals are to better serve remote students who need access to course reserves material while also maintaining compliance with copyright law. 

Under this new program, at the request of faculty members, Healey Library may digitize a book that we physically own (and is not available as an e-book) and lend out a secured digital version to one user at a time. If you choose to use this pilot program, the physical copy of the Reserves item will be unavailable for checkout. These electronic check-outs cannot be downloaded or printed, and are available for up to 3 hours per lending period. 

You can preview pilot CDL texts here: 

If you are working with the Ross Center for Disability Services and need an accessible version of a secure electronic reserves item, please have the Ross Center contact us at 

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Ask Us for Help!

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with your needs. The fabulous Healey Library staff is always ready, willing, and able to help!

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