The Olive Tree
Our Spring semester has begun with the first major snow storm of the winter.
Those of us who welcome the Maine winter weather are happy to finally have snow
for skiing and other activities. I am also pleased that as we move into this new
semester that we have the services and resources our users need for their
classes and research.
The projects that we began a few months ago have been highly successful. The Information Commons has exceeded our expectations with a significant increase in the number of questions answered at that desk. The staff expertise brought together at one desk has resulted in much better service to our users. We will continue to develop the commons as we respond to the users’ needs. The exhibit from the William S. Cohen Papers titled “Cohen, Congress and Controversy: Rediscovering Civics in the Archives” is now at Bangor Public Library, the fourth stop on the tour across the State. The exhibit uses facsimiles of photographs, handwritten notes, speeches, and campaign memorabilia from the former congressman’s political papers to bring the legislative branch into focus. This display showcasing the wealth of information in the Cohen Papers archive has been very well received in the host communities and we expect it will continue to generate interest in that collection.
New projects include iPod tours and scanning. Library staff are working to create library tours, both audio and visual, that are downloadable to an iPod. To take advantage of this new technology staff are creating scripts and asking library departments to participate in the filming of the tours. The tours will be descriptions of the departments and the resources and services to be found there. The iPod tours will be available from the Fogler Library web page. The library is also using new equipment to scan collections and make them available through the online catalog. This is an exciting new venture for the library and will eventually make many of our unique collections available to users anywhere in the world.
We also have new resources available, two of these are email@example.com and Journal Citation Reports. News@nature.com is an online current-awareness resource from the Nature Publishing Group. It includes breaking news from Nature journals, as well as compilations of articles and news channels by topic. Journal Citation Reports allows the user to evaluate and compare the impact of journals. Journals can be displayed by subject area and organized by impact factor, total citations to the journal, immediacy index, total number of articles, and cited-half life. JCR indexes over 5,900 journals from the sciences and over 1,700 journals from the social sciences.
Also this semester we will be asking some of our users to answer a survey about the library. We will use the Association of Research Libraries LibQual survey. This survey will collect data to identify best practices, analyze deficits, and effectively allocate resources. We will use the results to help us identify and develop services that better meet our users' expectations.
As you can see the staff are busy ensuring that Fogler is the best library for our users and we will continue to expand our collections and services to meet their needs. Please call, write, or stop in to see what we have been doing and take a tour of the Library. I hope you are pleased with what we are doing and will continue to support us in the future.
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