Fogler Plus Newsletter – March 19, 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:

  • Literature Review Workshop Series
  • Maine Science Festival: Do Chatbots Write About Electric Sheep?
  • Prison Newspapers in JSTOR
  • New Interlibrary Loan and Assistant Collection Services Librarian
  • Featured Resource: Special Collections Finding Aids

Literature Review Workshop Series

The Research & Instruction Department is continuing to offer workshops pertaining to the literature review process, specifically designed for graduate students.  The last two workshops are on Citation Tracking, March 25th and on Citation Management, March 26th, both at 4pm in Library Classroom 1.  Click here for more information, and to register.

Do Chatbots Write About Electric Sheep?

Research and Instruction librarians Christopher Clark and Heather Perrone will cover the basics of AI literacy: what to know about AI tools, how to use them meaningfully, and how to evaluate tools and AI-generated content in their Maine Science Festival session “Do Chatbots Write About Electric Sheep?” They’ll promote the useful aspects of AI while providing resources and skills for navigating it safely and effectively. The session will be held on Saturday, March 23rd at 12:30 in the Cross Center, Bangor.

Prison Newspapers in JSTOR

Digitized prison newspapers from Fogler Library’s print collection are now available in Reveal Digital’s collection, “American Prison Newspapers,1800s-present: Voices from the Inside.” Hosted by JSTOR, the collection brings together hundreds of prison periodicals from U.S. penal institutions of all kinds, with special attention paid to women-only institutions. Maine publications from Fogler Library’s collection include: Der Wächter, from the World War II POW camp in Houlton; Spotlight on Stevens (SOS), published by the students and staff of the Stevens Training Center in Hallowell; Phoenix, from the Maine State Prison L.T.G. (Long Timers Group) in Thomaston; and SCAR’d Times, published by the Statewide Correctional Alliance for Reform in Portland.

New Interlibrary Loan and Assistant Collection Services Librarian

Lindsay Decker has been appointed as Fogler Library’s new Interlibrary Loan and Assistant Collection Services Librarian. She’ll be managing both the borrowing and lending functions of Interlibrary Loan for the University of Maine, as well as requests from the Machias, Farmington, Augusta, and Presque Isle campuses. See more information about Interlibrary Loan including setting up and using an account to request books and journal articles not available locally.

Featured Resource: Special Collections Finding Aids

Special Collections Finding Aids Manuscript material held by Raymond H. Fogler Library’s Special Collections Department covers a wide range of subjects reflecting historical events, business, education, arts, and sciences. This gallery provides downloadable finding aids for the department’s largest collections, those where it seemed particularly valuable for researchers to be able to search and browse the titles of folders within larger collections.

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