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FOGLER LIBRARY NEWS SERVICE
Publicizing events, collections, acquisitions and services at UMaine's library 
-- Wednesday, February 18, 2003--


SUMMARY
1. News
A. Writers Reading Their Works - New Series
2. Services
A. GeoScan Workstation Upgraded
3. Databases
A. Federated Searching and Citation Linking to be Implemented

1. NEWS
A. WRITERS READING THEIR WORKS -- NEW SERIES
"Works in Progress,"a new series featuring writers reading and discussing
their latest work, opens with "The News from Poems" on Tuesday, March 25 at
3 p.m. in the Special Collections Department. Featured readers include:
Kathleen Ellis, Jennifer Anna Gosetti, and Sandra Hutchison. For more
information contact Gretchen Gfeller. Voice: 581-1696 E-mail:
gretchen.gfeller@umit.maine.edu


2. SERVICES
A. GEOSCAN WORKSTATION UPGRADED
A versatile GIS and numeric data analysis work station is available in the
Library for your research. Recent hardware upgrades include: a Pentium
III(R) 1.2 GHz c.p.u.; quadrupling the RAM to 512 Mb; and installation of
two 37.2 Gb hard drives (a tenfold increase). Also a Zip drive that reads
both 100 Mb and 250 Mb formats has been put in place. The operating system
has been upgraded to Windows 2000.

The computer also features a new Ricoh DVD/CD-R/CD-RW drive, a six-drive
Toshiba CD-ROM tower and a SuperDisk floppy drive (.720, 1.44, 120 Mb).
There is now front-panel access to USB 1.1 ports for uploading data from
your GPS receiver (USB 2.0 accessible from the back panel).

Located on the first floor of the Fogler Library, it can be used to create
customized maps and perform advanced numeric data analysis. Contact Frank
Wihbey frankw@umit.maine.edu or Karen Stewart karen.stewart@umit.maine.edu
for further information.


3. DATABASES
A. FEDERATED SEARCHING AND CITATION LINKING SYSTEM TO BE IMPLEMENTED
Fogler Library and the UMS Libraries in partnership with the Maine State
Library has purchased a library resource management system that will unify
access to licensed resources such as databases, websites and library
catalogs. More commonly known as federated search software, the system
enables the libraries to integrate multi-protocol searches of commercially
licensed databases with public access catalogs, local databases, Internet
resources, and more. The system provides a single search of many resources
and delivers a single result set. It allows libraries greater flexibility in
organizing their collections in ways that make sense to their users, and to
integrate seamlessly with institutional portals, courseware, and other
enterprise-wide initiatives.

The system also includes software that enables the libraries to offer a
“LinkFinder” button which will be made available from a given citation or
abstract, and link directly to the full-text of an article without any
navigation, and from references at the end of an article, link directly to
the full text of the referenced article. The “LinkFinder” button also
automatically provides additional search choices through extended services
profiled by the library, such as table of contents, online bookstores,
Internet search engines.

Fogler Library staff will be the primary implementers of the new system. A
Project Team will begin working on configuring the system and designing the
interface in February and anticipates bringing the system online this
Spring. Contact Marilyn Lutz 581-1658 or marilyn.lutz@umit.maine.edu for
further information.

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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 gretchen.gfeller@umit.maine.edu or Frank
Wihbey, 207-581-1681 frankw@umit.maine.edu. Newsletters are also posted and
archived at www.library.umaine.edu/librarynews. If you would prefer not to
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to: library.news@library.umaine.edu.




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