Fogler Plus Newsletter — June 6, 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.

  • In This Issue:
    • Temporary Requesting Down Time Due to Book Delivery Process
    • JSTOR Path to Open
    • Extra! Extra! Read all about it!
    • Exciting Changes Coming to Fogler Library’s Website!
    • New from Special Collections and Projects
    • Open to Collaborate
    • Featured Resource: HeinOnline Academic

New Catalog Update: Temporary Request Service Interruption

The University of Maine System Libraries (UMSL) will experience a temporary request service interruption from June to late September 2024 due to a long awaited library catalog system enhancement.

There will be a service interruption to UMS patrons’ ability to initiate a request online from Bangor Public Library, Maine State Library, Law & Legislative Reference Library, and from the statewide MaineCat system. In addition, public library patrons will be unable to initiate an online request from the UMS Libraries. However, during this period of service interruption, library patrons should contact their library for assistance in requesting materials through other means.

Requests from one UMS Library to another UMS Library will only be affected from June 7 through June 11, 2024.

JSTOR Path to Open

The University of Maine’s Fogler and Merrill libraries now participate in JSTOR’s Path to Open, a groundbreaking pilot collaboration between university presses, libraries, and JSTOR, to promote sustainable open access publishing of high-quality scholarly ebooks and increasing meaningful engagement with them.

Access to the first set of Path to Open books is available to UMaine students, staff, and faculty; it is fully integrated with other scholarly content on the JSTOR platform, including thousands of books, journals, and primary source collections. These books align with our efforts to increase cultural diversity and support important scholarship in focused fields in the humanities and social sciences, including those related to under-represented communities. New titles will be added each year across a range of topics, increasing the number of high-quality titles available for use in research and the classroom. All Path to Open books become open access three years after publication.

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

Did you know Fogler Library subscribes to several current and historic news sources? You can get recent news from popular Maine and national newspapers, such as the Bangor Daily News and the Washington Post in the Global Newsstream database, or via a personal account with the New York Times. We also have news archives dating from as early as the 1600s. Some of our subscriptions, such as the Global Newsstream database, are funded by the state of Maine through the Maine Digital Library.

For a more complete look at your access to news check out our News Research Guide which is maintained by Nancy Lewis (, Head of Research & Instruction and subject specialist librarian for Communication & Journalism.

Exciting Changes Coming to Fogler Library’s Website!

This summer, Fogler Library is embarking on a major redesign of our website to better serve you. Starting with the replacement of the OneSearch widget with the new LibrarySearch widget, we will follow up with a complete website makeover. Expect improved navigation, easier access to resources, and a modern look that reflects the vibrant spirit of our community. Stay tuned for updates, and thank you for your continued support as we make these exciting improvements!

New from Special Collections and Projects

Special Collections and Projects have worked with the Internet Archive on a project scanning items from the University Archive related to college radio for adding to the Digital Library of Amateur Radio and Communications (DLARC). To date, Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) Bulletins from the early 1950s and various histories of UMaine college radio written by students in the former Department of Speech have been added.

The Special Collections and Projects Department in Fogler Library has added a new collection to the online archival content management tool ArchivesSpace. Former Special Collections director Muriel Sanford (1923–2013) donated a handwritten narrative about a 2005 trip to Greenville, Maine and Moosehead Lake. It also includes material connected with Plum Creek Timber Company and its proposed development of the Lily Bay and First Roach Pond areas, primarily news clippings in opposition to the project.

Open to Collaborate Icon

Open to Collaborate

Fogler has added an Open to Collaborate icon on its homepage.  The icon also appears in several other locations throughout the Fogler website. Fogler is committed to the development of new modes of collaboration, engagement, and partnership with Indigenous peoples for the care and stewardship of past and future heritage collections. For more information about this notice, please read more at Local Contexts.

Featured Resource: HeinOnline Academic.HeinOnline Academic includes more than 292,000 titles of legal, historical, and government documents. In addition to more than 2,800 law-related periodicals, the database contains the entire U.S. Congressional Record, Federal Register, and Code of Federal Regulations, complete coverage of the U.S. Reports back to 1754, and sections dedicated to treaties, constitutions, case law, world trials, classic treatises, international trade, foreign trade, foreign relations, U.S. Presidents, and more.