The Olive Tree
Another exciting academic year has begun and I am very pleased to welcome
both our new and returning students to the University. The UMaine Hello and New
Student Orientation on Labor Day weekend will mark the beginning of another
fulfilling semester for both the library staff and the UMaine community. We are
looking forward to the upcoming academic year and remain committed to making the
library a great resource for all of our users.
As was noted in our previous newsletter, Fogler Library participated in the LibQUAL survey during the spring semester. We have now received all of the data from the Association of Research Libraries and are ready to begin a detailed investigation into how users evaluate our services and resources, and how they view the library building. Our findings will be reported to the University community through our web site, informational flyers, and an open summit. The summit will allow us to present the survey results in detail and to have a conversation with our users about their needs and how the library can best respond to those needs. The survey results will help us in our assessment of the library and will tell us where we need to focus our energy.
Library staff will also participate in the upcoming New England Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation. We will participate in the mock review as well as the visit from the Association in 2009. This will be an opportunity for the library to do a self- assessment and will also draw on the information from the LibQUAL survey.
Our scanning projects took off with the launch of our Yearbooks Online web page. Prism yearbooks from 1859 to 1997 were digitized and made available for all users via Foglerís Alumni Services webpage. The Yearbooks Online were very well received by alumni during the June Reunion Weekend. Our next project will focus on the collection of Maine town reports and is a collaboration with the Maine State Library. The Maine town reports from the early 1800ís will be scanned and will also be available for users via the web. As we were working on these two initial projects we were invited to participate in a venture to make scanned materials from our collection available for purchase from Amazon.com. As part of this new venture , we will digitize Maine histories from our Special Collections Department. These titles will then be available for print-on-demand purchase from Amazon. Fogler Library will still have these materials available through the web for our users at UMaine.
We are also very pleased to provide access to ScienceDirect beginning this fall. This database offers more than 1,800 full-text online journals covering scientific, medical and technical information. This resource will be invaluable to our students and faculty for their research and was made available thanks to annual funding from the University of Maine System, the University of Maine, and the University of Southern Maine.
We are once again offering a series of programs that are free and open to the public. We would love to see you here. If you are able to visit us I would be pleased to give you a tour of the library so you can meet the staff and hear more about the resources and services I have described. I hope you are pleased with what we are doing and you will continue to support us into the future. Thank you for your support.
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