Fogler Plus Newsletter – April 23, 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:

  • New Catalog Coming: Take Note of Action Items
  • UMaine Day of Giving: Give to Fogler Plus
  • Add Student Symposium Work to DigitalCommons@UMaine
  • Visit with Fogler’s Therapy Dogs!
  • Featured Resource: Roper iPoll

New Catalog Coming: Take Note of Action Items

We are excited to announce the first significant update to the University of Maine System Libraries (UMSL) catalog and search experience since 1988, set to debut in the summer of 2024. This will modernize how you interact with library resources, offering a more intuitive and efficient platform for discovering information.

The new system will introduce LibrarySearch, an enhanced interface that provides a seamless and streamlined experience, empowering patrons to navigate through the extensive collection of resources with ease.

Anticipated to launch in mid-June 2024, the transition to LibrarySearch marks a significant milestone for UMSL. The forthcoming changes are designed to enhance accessibility and efficiency, ultimately enriching the research process  for all library patrons. Throughout the implementation process, users are encouraged to exercise patience as adjustments are made to optimize the new system. Stay tuned for further updates as UMSL prepares to unveil LibrarySearch and usher in a new era of research and discovery.

Before June 7, 2024, all Library patrons should review these action items related to their library accounts’ saved searches and history. Faculty should also preview these action items to learn how this will impact their course reserves and persistent links on BrightSpace or other Course Management Systems.

For more information and updates, please visit the UMSL ILS Transition Guide.

Dean Singh with Fogler Plus team members Joey Collard,

Jeremy Loyd, and Greg Curtis at the mall entrance to the Library.

UMaine Day of Giving: Give to Fogler Plus

Did you know that when you support Fogler Library, you support the entire state? Fogler Plus includes Maine InfoNet, the UMaine Press, and Merrill Library in Machias. Together, we foster a strong library network throughout Maine; serve as a resource for entrepreneurship statewide through our Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC); and publish award-winning publications like the Historical Atlas of Maine. For a limited time, the Dean of Libraries is matching all donations at 50% to the Flourish Fund for Professional Development, until funds run out, which supports Fogler Plus staff development. If you’d like to hear more about what Fogler Plus offers before making a decision, please view our recordings of recent events, including our recent Tea with the Dean featuring a Fogler Plus Update, as well as Business & Economics Librarian John Hutchinson discussing the PTRC.

Add Student Symposium Work to DigitalCommons@UMaine

DigitalCommons@UMaine, UMaine’s institutional repository, showcases outstanding, non-thesis student work authorized for deposit by supervising academic faculty. Examples include capstone projects, published articles, videos, poster sessions, poetry, short stories, and artwork. Student Work Submission Instructions and the downloadable authorization form are available from the Fogler Library website. Students and faculty with questions may contact their Subject Specialists or Kimberly Sawtelle at for additional information.


Come unwind at Fogler Library by visiting with therapy dogs in the Reserve Reading Room on April 23 from 12-2pm, April 25 from 12-2pm, and April 29 from 2-4pm!

Featured Resource: Roper iPoll

The Roper iPoll archives can be useful in analyzing social trends based on opinion polling. Includes the iPoll Databank, Presidential Approval Ratings and U.S. Elections data, and 17,000 international and U.S. datasets. RoperExpress allows on-demand download of data and RoperExplorer can be used for cross-tabular analyses.