Fogler Plus Newsletter – March 12, 2024

What’s “Fogler Plus”? Raymond H. Fogler LibraryMerrill Library in Machias, Maine InfoNet, and the University of Maine Press provide library collections and related services under the direction of the University of Maine Dean of Libraries. We’ve renamed this newsletter to better reflect all Fogler Plus news and initiatives.

In This Issue:


  • Maine Couples World War II-era Love Letters Unsealed at Last
  • Literature Review Workshop Series
  • Women’s History Resources at Fogler Library
  • Salon: From Surviving to Thriving: Ensuring that We Support the Whole International Student
  • New Fogler Library Exhibits
  • Student Activism Records in JSTOR
  • Transitions at the UMaine Press
  • Featured Resource: New York Times Historical

Maine Couples World War II-era Love Letters Unsealed at Last

“Maine couples World War II-era love letters unsealed at last.” Another great interview on WABI5 with Head of Special Collections and Projects Gregory Curtis about why special collections are so relevant, nuanced, and important.

Maine couples World War II-era love letters unsealed at last

Literature Review Workshop Series

The Research & Instruction Department is offering several workshops pertaining to the literature review process, specifically designed for graduate students. The next two workshops are on Research Metrics on March 18th and on Citation Tracking on March 19th, both at 4pm in Library Classroom 1.  Click here for more information and to register.

Women’s History Resources at Fogler Library

As March is Women’s History Month, we are highlighting our Women’s History Resources guide.  This guide features a selection of resources available through Fogler Library.

From Surviving to Thriving: Ensuring that We Support the Whole International Student

The global events of recent years — an ongoing pandemic, ruptured education systems, growing nationalism worldwide, and a renewed social justice movement — have called for a sea-change and re-imagining of academia’s mission and work with international students, as well as the central role they play in building global bridges and fostering global engagement. Please join Director of the Office of International Programs Orlina Boteva and Dr. Karen Pelletreau, CITL Director of Faculty Educational Development, in a conversation with Dr. Rajika Bhandari, author of the award-winning memoir, America Calling: A Foreign Student in a Country of Possibility, a spring 2024 CITL book club title. Dr. Bhandari will share her extensive experience as an international higher education expert and her personal and professional insights on attracting international students; serving and aligning their needs with campus diversity and inclusion efforts; and positioning them for success. Join us on Tuesday, March 19, 2024 at 6pm in The Salon or via Zoom.

New Fogler Library Exhibits

Currently on display on the first floor of the Library are two exhibits on international students. The first exhibit by the North Entrance circulation desk highlights the history of UMaine’s International Programs on campus and features documents and artifacts from the University Archive. An additional case (in the first floor reading room) highlights several books and journal articles available through Fogler Library related to supporting international students. The display includes the book America Calling: A Foreign Student in a Country of Possibility by Rajika Bhandari, a work that will be featured in an event in the library’s Salon on March 19, 6:00-8:00 p.m, along with several additional resources for continued reading on the topic.

Student Activism Records in JSTOR

Digitized primary sources documenting student activism at the University of Maine are also available in the Reveal Digital’s Student Activism collection. The collection hosted by JSTOR aims to provide access to unique, yet essential, primary sources documenting the deep and broad history of student organizing in the United States. UMaine is among the first institutions in the country to have items added to this collection. Among the subjects covered are the Wilde Stein Conference held in 1974, anti-war protests during the Vietnam War era, student political activities, and programming on reproductive rights.

Transitions at the UMaine Press

After 30 years of dedicated leadership, UMaine Press Director Michael Alpert is retiring in May. I am delighted that Michael will continue in a temporary position to complete special projects. Director Alpert’s commitment to UMaine Press ushered it into an era of prestige, publishing important works such as A Passamaquoddy-Maliseet Dictionary: Peskotomuhkati Wolastoqewi Latuwewakon and the award-winning Historical Atlas of Maine. His insistence on quality will have an enduring legacy on the Press. As President of the Greater Bangor Area NAACP since 2015, Michael has led the organization of the cherished Annual MLK Breakfast, held in the Wells Conference Center at UMaine, which gives the entire community an opportunity to pay homage to the Civil Rights movement and inspire renewed reflection and action for contemporary racial justice efforts. A celebration of his many contributions to UMaine will follow at the Foundation in the coming months. Befitting his long standing support and devotion to UMaine Press, Mihcael has requested to combine his celebration with the launch party for Becoming Modern: The University of Maine, 1965-2015, published in February 2025.

During this transitional period, Provost Volin has appointed Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Faculty Development Gabriel Paquette as Acting Director of the UMaine Press until a new Director is hired. Gabe’s editorial background makes him an ideal interim. He has served as Editor of the Atlantic Crossings Series (University of Alabama Press); Associate Editor of the Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies; Editorial Board Member of Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought (Cambridge University Press); and Editorial Board Member of the Boletim do Arquivo da Universidade de Coimbra. Fogler Plus heartily welcomes Gabe, who, along with Michael, has supported a proposal for a strategic planning process that will get underway this spring 2024.

Featured Resource: New York Times Historical

New York Times Historical database offers full-page-images and article images from the New York times from its first issue in 1851 to three years before the current date. The collection includes digital reproductions of every page from every issue, cover to cover, in downloadable PDF files. The database is an ongoing project.

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