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FOGLER LIBRARY NEWS SERVICE
Publicizing events, collections, acquisitions and services at UMaine's library 
-- Wednesday, October 1, 2003--



SUMMARY
1. Announcement 
    A. Invitation to "Tasting China"
2. Databases
    A. New Database: Facts.com
    B. ArcCanada Spatial and Numeric Data

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1. ANNOUNCEMENT 
A. INVITATION TO "TASTING CHINA"
Faculty and friends are invited to join us for "Tasting China: an evening of Chinese cuisine and culture" Wednesday, October 29, 2003, 5 - 7 p.m. in the The Thomas Lynch University Club, Fogler Library. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about Chinese cuisine and culture as they enjoy a special eight-course traditional Chinese dinner prepared by member's of UMaine's Chinese community. Cost is $20 per person. R.s.v.p. by October 10, 2003. For more information, contact Gretchen Gfeller. Voice: 581-1696, E-mail: gretchen.gfeller@umit.maine.edu

2. DATABASES
A. NEW DATABASE: FACTS.COM
Fogler Library now has access to FACTS.com via the the Indexes & Databases list (http://www.library.umaine.edu/indexesdb/indexes.asp). FACTS.com is a reference tool that has a searchable database of news briefs from 1940 to the present. It includes articles on people and events from world and U.S. politics, arts and sciences, labor, finance and economics, awards and prizes, and more. For assistance in searching FACTS.com, please contact Nancy Lewis (nancy.lewis@umit.maine.edu) or call Reference (581-1673).

B. ArcCANADA SPATIAL AND NUMERIC DATA 
Newly arrived at the Library is ArcCanada, a set of 4 CD-ROMs of Canadian spatial data in several cartographic and thematic layers, at continental (scale 1:3M), national (1:1.5M), provincial (1:1M) levels. The national level includes: the Land Potential Database (soil, climate, and agricultural productivity), ecological zones and regions, climate, vegetation, earthquakes and fault lines. The national and provincial files each include: water bodies, cities, roads, national parks, soils, land cover, political boundaries, utility lines, urban areas, Census Division and Subdivision boundaries, and Federal Electoral Districts. The set also includes socio-economic data, results from the 1997 federal election, and raster and vector digital elevation models.

A complete description is available at: http://k12.esricanada.com/metadata/arccanada.html and http://k12.esricanada.com/products/data/arccanada.html. For further information contact Frank Wihbey frankw@umit.maine.edu, 581-1681 or Karen Stewart karen.stewart@umit.maine.edu, 581-1680.





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