Fogler Library Faculty Newsletter 10-6-2020

Hot Topics: Elections, Maine Alumni Magazine now Online, Grants 101 Workshop, Formatting a Custom Zoom Background

  1. Hot Topics: Elections
  2. Maine Alumni Magazine now Online
  3. Grants 101: Seeking, Analyzing, and Writing Basics
  4. Formatting a Custom Zoom Background using Canva

Featured Resource: Fake News and Misinformation Guide
Fake News is a recent term for an old phenomenon: misinformation. Fake News has become much more prevalent due to the spread of social media and our reliance on internet sources. The Fake News and Misinformation guide will help users tell fact from fiction and build their skills in navigating the world of information including misinformation, disinformation, and disreputable information sources.

1. Hot Topics: Elections

Published by the Reference and Information Literacy Department at Fogler Library, the Hot Topics: Elections Guide provides useful information on voting in the United States. The guide includes background information on voting and voting trends as well as practical information about voting or registering to vote in the upcoming election.

The guide also features up-to-date information on the presidential, congressional, and local elections on November 3, 2020. Please share this guide with students or colleagues interested in learning more about the 2020 elections.

2. Maine Alumni Magazine now Online

The Maine Alumni Magazine (and its preceding titles Maine Alumnus and Maine) is now fully available online.  This digital collection, a collaborative effort of Fogler Library’s Circulation Department, Dean’s Office, and the Special Collections Department, provides access from 1919 to 2015. Combined with the most recent issues provided by the University of Maine Alumni Association, it’s now possible to browse and search all issues. University research, legislative efforts, and system organization are just some of the many topics documented over the 100-year history of the publication. For more information, contact Special Collections at or 581-1686.

3. Grants 101: Seeking, Analyzing, and Writing Basics
October 13, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Online via Zoom

Fogler Library and the Office of Research Development are sponsoring “Grants 101: Seeking, Analyzing, and Writing Basics.” This workshop will be held online via Zoom.

At the workshop, participants will:

  • search for grants in PIVOT
  • analyze an agency’s Request for Proposals
  • learn Grant Writing Basics

To attend the workshop, please RSVP online.

4. Formatting a Custom Zoom Background using Canva
October 14, 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Online via Zoom & In-Person

This quick and easy workshop will show you how to use Canva, an online graphic design website, to create interesting and engaging Zoom backgrounds for all of your online meeting needs. Please sign up for a free account on Canva prior to the workshop.

This workshop will be provided in person and via Zoom. In-person attendance is capped at 12. If you would like to participate in person, please register here. If you would like to participate via Zoom, please register here.

About the Presenter
Anne Marie Engelsen is a Science Reference Librarian at Fogler Library. She had many hours of experience using Canva for all of her graphic design needs, including giant posters, social media posts, and postcards she uses to send book recommendations to friends.