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FOGLER LIBRARY NEWS SERVICE
Publicizing events, collections, acquisitions and services at UMaine's library 
-- Wednesday, November 10, 2010 --

SUMMARY
1. Announcements/Events
            A. Fogler Library Graduate Colloquium
B. Town Reports: Rich Texts, Vital Resources
            C. William S. Cohen Papers Forum 2010: The Promise and Problems of Transparency
           
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1. ANNOUNCEMENTS/EVENTS
            A. FOGLER LIBRARY GRADUATE COLLOQUIUM
Fogler Library’s Graduate Colloquium series continues on Thursday, November 11th with a presentation by Jennifer Plowden entitled, "The Relationship between Conservation Land and Development in Maine." This event begins at noon in the Library Computer Classroom. More information is available at: <http://www.library.umaine.edu/class/Fernandez/2010/colloquium.htm>.
 
            B. TOWN REPORTS: RICH TEXTS, VITAL RESOURCES
Is your family name in the town report? Did it appear there in 1898? What did this mean? Do you still think of the annual reports prepared by towns in Maine as dull bureaucratic documents detailing arcane activities of municipal governments, of little interest to anyone except local residents? This view will be challenged in a program sponsored by the Friends of Fogler Library entitled "Town Reports: Rich Texts, Vital Resources," held in the Special Collections Reading Room of Fogler Library on Monday, November 15, at 3:00 p.m. Librarians Mel Johnson and Richard Hollinger will demonstrate that town reports are unique and valuable resources for local history and genealogy, and are essential sources for research on regional and state history as well, containing information about social history often available nowhere else.
 
The program will also feature Maine Town Reports Online, where digitized historical reports from a number of Maine towns can be viewed. This site is a collaborative project between Fogler Library, the Maine State Library and several municipalities and historical societies. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information contact Gretchen Gfeller at <gretchen.gfeller@umit.maine.edu> or call 581-1696
 
            C. WILLIAM S. COHEN PAPERS FORUM 2010: THE PROMISE AND PROBLEMS OF TRANSPARENCY
Join us Friday, November 12, at UMaine’s Wells Conference Center for the 2010 Cohen Papers Forum. The free, day-long program will begin with a keynote presentation by Cary Coglianese, Deputy Dean and Political Science Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and former chair of the nonpartisan Task Force on Transparency and Public Participation for OMB Watch. From there, featured speakers include Amanda Wood, Director of Governmental Affairs in the Washington office of Senator Collins; Kelly Hokkanen, General Manager of InforME/Maine.gov; Tarren Bragdon, CEO of the Maine Heritage Policy Center; and several others. The full agenda and registration information can be found at <http://www.library.umaine.edu/cohen/transparency/event_info.htm> or by calling 581-2665.
Support for the event has been provided by The Bangor Daily News, the Max Kagan Family Foundation, the Maine Humanities Council, and the UMaine College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
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