Misinformation Challenge

By Jen Bonnet and Senta Sellers In the spring of 2020, the coronavirus pandemic ushered in an ever-evolving “new normal.” During this time, the world witnessed a prevalence of misinformation about COVID-19 on social media, in the news and in academic publishing. False and misleading claims ranged from suggestions for how to treat COVID-19 (for […]

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Evidence in Practice

The worldwide response to the COVID-19 pandemic brought questions about public health to the forefront. Conversations about healthcare, hospitals and healthcare workers proliferated news networks and social media. The early days of the COVID-19 pandemic also raised questions about information: where do we find it? How can we trust it? How do we get access […]

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How Quickly Things Moved

Story by Michael G. Dunn. Originally published in the 2020 issue of the Raymond H. Fogler Library Magazine. Think back to early March of 2020. Concepts like social distancing and masks were only beginning to enter the public consciousness. You wouldn’t have thought twice about going to a social gathering, a restaurant or a store. […]

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The Missing Volumes

When Dr. Mark Del Mastro was drafting a book on the 100-year history of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, one of his primary sources was the journal of the honor society, Entre Nosotros. During his research, Dr. Del Mastro, the Associate Provost for Curriculum and Academic Administration at the College of […]

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Keeping America Informed

When people think of library resources, they often imagine books, journals, media or databases. The immediate image of a “library book” is the hardcover bestselling novel or the latest memoir from a celebrity. When thinking of library materials, most people don’t think of one of the largest publishers in the world: the United States Government. […]

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Finding the Right Direction

When the University of Maine at Machias became a regional campus of the University of Maine, the partnership created opportunities for the small campus in Machias to benefit from some of the resources offered by UMaine. For staff at the Merrill Library, the University of Maine at Machias library, the idea of collaborating more with […]

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The View from the Sky

On the first floor of the James W. Sewall Company in Old Town, Maine, a green door made of heavy steel bares the sign “Film Library.” Through the door, a winding staircase leads to a basement where rows and rows of handmade shelving hold hundreds of film canisters, each with its own individual cubby. Those […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Marian Dressler

Retired UMaine employee Marian Dressler didn’t have much experience working with archives, but a chance encounter with Fogler Library staff three years ago led to Dressler taking on a volunteer role in the Special Collections department. Dressler, who serves on the President’s Council of Retired Employees at UMaine, had been working on an oral history […]

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A Recipe for Business

During his senior year at the University of Maine, Tyler Cote took the first steps to launch his business, Lorraine’s Cakes, a gluten-free, vegan, soy-free and all organic cake company. As a gluten-free vegan, Cote had a good idea of how his product could succeed in the marketplace, but he knew that targeted research and […]

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Partnering for Knowledge

By Jen Bonnet and Liliana Herakova At the University of Maine, the introductory Public Speaking course, CMJ 103, enrolls around 500 students every semester. Most of the students are in their first year of college, and for many, this is the only communication course they will take. For that reason, the course offers a critical […]

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