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Publicizing events, collections, acquisitions and services at UMaine's library 
-- Wednesday, November 6, 2002 --



SUMMARY
1. News
A. Presentation and Discussion with Author Susan O'Neill
2. Services
A. New Wireless Access
3. Collections.
A. Patent and Trademark Depository Library Program
B. Iroquois Indians: A Documentary History of the Diplomacy of the Six
Nations and their League. Edited by Francis Jennings
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1. NEWS
A. PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION WITH AUTHOR SUSAN O'NEILL
The Special Collections Department, third floor, Fogler Library will host
Susan O'Neill, Tuesday, 19 November, 2002, 3.00 p.m. Refreshments will be
served. A University of Maine graduate, Susan O'Neill served as an Army
operating nurse in Vietnam from 1969-70. “Vietnam aged me,” O'Neill
confided in a 1987 interview. “It didn't mature me, it just made me old.”
Don't Mean Nothing is a collection of short stories about her experiences.
Sponsored by the Fogler Library Friends, the English Department, and the
School of Nursing, the event is free and open to the public.


2. SERVICES
A. NEW WIRELESS ACCESS
Fogler Library is now wireless. Students, faculty, and staff System-wide can
now use their laptop computers in the library with a wireless connection.
K-12 students with I-Books may connect, as well as Maine Maritime Academy
and Unity College students with UNET accounts. To connect, users will need
to purchase a wireless card for their their laptops. These are available at
the Computer Connection and other computer products retailers. The cost
ranges from $70-120. Users will also need an active UNET account. First time
users will be prompted to fill in a UNet registration page and re-boot their
computers. Once this process is complete, the internet connection is ready
to use. Additional information is available at the Library. Contact IT
(581-2506 and http://ithelpcenter.umaine.edu/) for more about
wireless cards and wireless card installation.


3. COLLECTIONS
A. PATENT AND TRADEMARK DEPOSITORY LIBRARY PROGRAM
Patents are often an overlooked source of scientific, engineering,
historical and genealogical information. Fogler Library has been designated
as the Patent and Trademark Depository Library for the State of Maine since
1993, with the responsibility of assisting Maine residents to research or
apply for U.S. patents and trademarks. We make available computer and print
resources to accomplish this mission.
The Science and Engineering Center has a computer workstation provided by
the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office with its Cassis software for searching
of the patent and trademark databases. This also provides efficient access
to view and to print the entire full-text full-text of the patent with one
print command. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has made similar search
capabilities available on the Internet at http://www.uspto.gov. The
disadvantage of this web resource is that viewing and printing of the
full-text patent must be done one page at a time with a TIFF viewer.
Online patent searching is available for 1976 to the present, searchable
by keywords, inventor, assignee, etc. For pre-1976 patents use the annual
printed indexes (the Library has an almost complete set), arranged by the
Patent Classification system. We also own current guidebooks on patent
laws, examination procedures, inventor guidelines, the application process
and marketing methods. These are located in the Science and Engineering
Center near the patent and trademark workstation.
Please contact Lois Nase (e-mail: lois.nase@umit.maine.edu) for
assistance with using the databases, devising a search strategy, and
obtaining patent and trademark information. Consult the Fogler Library web
site for additional information: http://www.library.umaine.edu/patents/

B. IROQUOIS INDIANS: A DOCUMENTARY HISTORY OF THE DIPLOMACY OF THE SIX
NATIONS AND THEIR LEAGUE. EDITED BY FRANCIS JENNINGS
Fogler Library recently acquired, through the Katharine O'Brien Gift Fund,
this large set (50 microfilm reels) of primary materials relating to the
Iroquois Confederacy. Compiled by the D'Arcy McNickle Center for the
History of the American Indian at the Newberry Library, the collection
contains records from the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries, including
minutes of treaty conferences, council meetings, agreements resulting from
formal meetings, and a broad range of background materials. It documents the
diplomatic history of the Iroquois Confederacy and provides information on
the role the Iroquois played in American political history. This collection
is accessed through a printed guide.

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