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Publicizing events, collections, acquisitions and services at UMaine's library 
-- Wed., September 25, 2002 --

1. Services
A. Fall 2002 Fogler Library Workshop Series
B. Library Web page for UMaine Faculty
2. Development
A. Darling Center Library prepares for expansion

Faculty, staff and students are invited to register for workshops in the
Fogler Library Workshop Series. The schedule is now available at: .
The workshops cover web authoring, graphics editing, desktop publishing,
computer mapping, and genealogical research. The workshop series is
organized by Gretchen Gfeller, Web and Public Relations Specialist at Fogler
Library. For more information, call 581-1696 or email: All workshops are held in the Fogler
Library Computer Classroom, located on the first floor of the library.

Expressly for the faculty, the Library maintains a web page with links to
internal and external services and information that we hope will be useful
to you and save you time. Check out . You will find news
items, for example: new books on order; links to the current and archived
copies of Library’s online and print newsletters; and the status of the
Serials Cancel Project: Fiscal Year 2003.
There are interactive Library forms for campus delivery of journal
articles and books held here at Fogler Library, as well as for placing
materials on Reserve -- either as hard-copy or in electronic format -- for
your courses. Without leaving one’s office, a faculty member can also:
request interlibrary loan of a book or photocopies of journal articles that
are not held here at the University of Maine, and request reference
assistance via e-mail or the Web.
Supporting communication with the library staff are: a list of the
faculty liaison librarian for each department, information about requesting
a bibliographic instruction session for your class, and examples of course
guides created for these sessions.
Did you know that we have reciprocal faculty borrowing privileges at
nearly 200 other university libraries? Check out the link on the “For the
Faculty” page. Other items you might find there include: copyright and fair
use information; and scholarly book reviews from H-NET Reviews. Links are
provided for online directories to find faculty at other colleges and
universities and contact information for publishers and suppliers of books
(in-print and out-of-print), and periodicals.


Thanks to a $200,000 facility award from the National Science Foundation and
matching funds from The University of Maine, the DMC (Darling Marine Center)
library will undergo an expansion and renovation in 2002.
The Center's first "library" began modestly in 1966 as four shelves in
the canning cellar of the former residence of Mr. Ira C. Darling soon after
he donated the property and buildings to the University. In 1969, a
half-time Librarian was hired and the limited library holdings were
transferred to the top floor of a 3-story horse barn (now called Wentworth
Hall). In the early 1970's, the Department of Oceanography expanded its
teaching program and additional volumes and journals were purchased
resulting in a growth surge. In 1980, the Library was moved to its present
location on the main floor of Wentworth Hall and 5,500 books were in the
By 1990, the Library housed 10,000 bound volumes but, since then,
overcrowding has resulted in portions of the collection being moved to the
building's unheated attic (accessible only by pull-down ladder by the
Librarian) and across the street to the unheated attic of McGuire Hall
(formerly the Cow Barn).
In 1993, a small dining hall located on the same floor as the Library was
converted to a current journal reading room in an attempt to keep up with
rising demand for space. Today, the Library contains 13,000 bound
books/journals and subscribes to 135 journals. However, due to lack of space
for bound volumes, 30% of the Library's holdings are now stored elsewhere
and must be accessed by the Librarian on demand.
The 2002 expansion project will ultimately more than double the amount
of floor space available to the library. A 1,660 sq. ft. addition to the
main floor will allow for the consolidation of all journal/book holdings.
Existing space will be renovated to create a Student Computer Center and
ITV-equipped conference room, a Special Collections Room to house rare
holdings, and a large reprint collection covering ecology/taxonomy of
organisms from the Gulf of Maine.
Dr. Kevin Eckelbarger, Director, Darling Marine Center said, "The
Center's Library is arguably its most important asset and the planned
improvements will immediately benefit students, faculty, and visitors, by
providing more study space and access to modern technology to support their
research and course work."
(Information in the above article is reprinted by permission from Making
Waves, 10(2), December 2001, the Darling Marine Center's biannual
newsletter. Additional information has been provided by Dr. Kevin
Eckelbarger, Director, Darling Marine Center. Photographs in the original
article by Suzette Dininno.


Distributed by the Fogler Library, The University of Maine, Orono, Maine.
Please send comments or requests for more information on news items to
Gretchen Gfeller 207-581-1696 or Frank
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