Fogler Library Faculty Newsletter 4-05-2022

New LGBTQ+ Learning & Affirming Challenge, Building and Reinforcing Student Information literacy Skills Post-COVID, Frederick Law Olmsted 200th Birthday

In this issue:

  • New LGBTQ+ Learning & Affirming Challenge
  • Building and Reinforcing Student Information literacy Skills Post-COVID
  • Frederick Law Olmsted 200th Birthday
  • Featured Resource: Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center

NEW LGBTQ+ Learning & Affirming Challenge 

The new LGBTQ+ Learning & Affirming Library Challenge will take place from April 4-8. Each day, for five days, participants in the Challenge will receive an email with brief tasks designed to learn, listen, share, and take action around topics related to sexual orientation, gender identity, intersectionality, and LGBTQ+ affirming class curricula. To join, sign up online.
We encourage everyone who’s interested in the materials to sign up — even if you won’t have time to complete the tasks during the Challenge week. To receive the Challenge emails, please complete the Challenge RSVP; please share this with colleagues and students as you see fit. All are welcome to participate, wherever they may live!

Have questions? Email Jen Bonnet,

This program was designed by Tausif Sanzum Karim, a master’s student in Communication & Journalism, Liliana Herakova, assistant professor in Communication & Journalism, Jen Bonnet, Social Sciences & Humanities Librarian, and Nancy Lewis, Head of Reference & Information Literacy, all at the University of Maine.

CITL and Fogler Library present: Building and Reinforcing Student Information Literacy Skills Post-COVID
Information literacy remains a critically important part of student learning, yet as a result of the unique educational experiences during COVID-19, students have varied exposure to and development of their information literacy skills. Fortunately, there are effective ways for faculty to remedy this disparity. This workshop will identify and share clear and simple strategies faculty can use to empower students to develop robust information literacy skills. Fogler staff will also outline opportunities to partner with librarians in this work.

Faculty teaching RLE courses next year may benefit from learning how to integrate these skills into your course design!

Thursday,  April 7th @ 12:00-1:00pm via Zoom

Find out more and register here (opens in a new window).

Frederick Law Olmsted’s 200th birthday 

April 26, 2022, marks the bicentennial of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted. His many notable achievements include producing the original design for the University of Maine campus, then known as the College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts of the State of Maine. In recognition of this milestone, University Archivist, Matthew Revitt, has created a Guide to Researching UMaine’s Campus and Buildings:

This new guide is part of a nationwide celebration coordinated by the National Association for Olmsted Parks with the theme of “Celebrating Parks for All People.”  For more information about Olmsted, his projects, and ways to join in the celebration, see the Olmsted 200 web page:

Featured Resource: Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center

Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center provides full-text content for many of the most popular hobbies, crafts and recreation activities today. Including full text for more than 960 magazines and books, as well as access to more than 720 videos and more than 140 hobby profiles, this database offers detailed how-to instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. Subject areas include arts & crafts; collecting; games & electronics; model building; home & leisure; needlework; outdoors & nature; and scrapbooking & papercraft.

Past issues of the Fogler Library Faculty Newsletter are archived online.