Genetic Discoveries

Story by Michael G. Dunn. Originally featured in the 2018 issue of the Raymond H. Fogler Library Magazine. Inside the American Kennel Club Library in Manhattan, Dr. Laurie Connell stumbled upon an uncataloged collection of books. “I was [at the AKC library] for a few days and just happened to find them on the shelves,” says Dr. Connell, […]

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Mystery in the Archives

By Matthew Revitt In June of this year, I received a call in Special Collections from Harold Borns, Professor Emeritus in the School of Earth and Climate Sciences and the Climate Change Institute. The mystery Professor Borns wanted to solve was whether Fogler Library’s University Archive records could prove that scientist Louis Agassiz came to […]

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News of the Day

By Pauline Bickford-Duane and Brad Beauregard In Massachusetts, a researcher at MIT hopes to verify that a well-known artist visited the University of Maine early in her career. In the Midwest, a UMaine alumnus searches for old photographs of his family members. Here in Maine, several former classmates reminisce on their early writing careers with […]

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The Spirit of the League

With the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920, the particularly civic-minded and altruistic women who had fought for universal suffrage were free to take up further initiatives with a renewed faith in democracy. Many of them spoke of their single-minded pursuit of the vote as a kind of temporary renunciation—as necessitating a neglect of […]

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The Labor of History

In a box of aged photographs and letters, Dr. Charles Scontras sees more than what’s readily apparent. An average viewer might take in people walking in parade-format or the way a few worn edges hint at a document’s age. Scontras sees people lobbying for safer working conditions, better hours. He sees a time, not long […]

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Industry Insight

Several years ago, George McBride, owner of Downeast Turbines in Whitneyville, Maine, had an idea for a new way to harness energy from tidal waters. At the time, he was teaching math to boat building students in Eastport. In 2009, he started his first prototype. From the beginning, McBride knew that he wanted his idea […]

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Boosting Maine’s Economy through Information

In 1999, the Maine State Legislature designated Fogler Library as the State Research Library for Business, Science and Technology. The designation ensured that Maine citizens would have access to reliable information to support the growth of Maine’s economy and workforce. Since then, librarians at Fogler Library have operated Maine’s Business, Science, and Technology Library (MBSTL) […]

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Preserving the Sounds of the Past

In the mid-1980s, Barry Darling delivered a collection of recordings and materials from WLBZ Radio to Special Collections at Raymond H. Fogler Library. He wasn’t sure what would become of the recordings, but he had a feeling he was bringing them to the right place. “I worried they would just get thrown out if I […]

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Bringing in the Dogs

Fogler Library has long been a popular location for students preparing for finals, but over the past several years, the UMaine community has flocked to the first floor of the library for an entirely different reason: to visit with therapy dogs. The dogs, which include a mix of breeds and sizes from Labradors to Pappillons, […]

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The Wild West of Open Access Publishing

Working with graduate students at UMaine provides a wonderful opportunity for collaboration between faculty and the librarians here at Fogler. This proved true in a seminar I held for graduate students enrolled in Dr. Laurie Connell’s course SMS 691: Professional Habits of Mind, a course focused on responsible conduct of research, ethical obligations and values […]

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