Fogler Library Faculty Newsletter 9-13-17

In this issue:

  1. New Finding Aids for UMaine RecordsCall for Presenters: Fogler Library Workshop Series
  2. Call for Presenters: Fogler Library Workshop SeriesOctober Grants 101 Workshop
  3. October Grants 101 Workshop1. New Finding Aids for UMaine Records

1. New Finding Aids for UMaine Records

More finding aids for University of Maine records held by Fogler Library have been added to the finding aid page on Digital Commons. The most recent finding aids are for the records of the Pulp & Paper Institute, Professional Employees Advisory Council, Student Religious Association, Zoology Department, General Student Senate, Women in the Curriculum, and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies. Matthew Revitt (matthew.revitt@maine.edu), Special Collections and Maine Shared Collection Librarian, is currently processing records from the Maine Folklife Center and Dean of Women.

2. Call for Presenters: Fogler Library Workshop Series

The Fogler Library Workshop Series draws on speakers from the UMaine community who can present on diverse topics and expose students to new ideas and ways of thinking about information.

We’re looking for graduate students who would like to develop and teach workshops on any of the following topics, or others that you feel would benefit the community:

  • Computer programming and coding
  • Digital art tools
  • GIS software and programming
  • Microsoft Office
  • Data visualization
  • Statistical analysis tools
  • Speaking to non-experts about your research
  • Writing a statement of your teaching philosophy
  • Graduate student success
  • Game design

This list was generated from the overwhelmingly positive assessments we received for our 2016-2017 workshops. Interested in sharing your skills that are not on this list? We’d love to hear about it.We encourage graduate students to see this as a professional development opportunity, and welcome graduate students from across campus to share their knowledge, skills, and technological expertise here at Fogler Library. We would be delighted for you to share your talents, even if they are not represented on the above list.

We encourage graduate students to see this as a professional development opportunity, and welcome graduate students from across campus to share their knowledge, skills, and technological expertise here at Fogler Library. We would be delighted for you to share your talents, even if they are not represented on the above list.

We are currently looking for 2 presenters for the Fall, and 3 for Spring. The dates are flexible. Please respond to both ncurtis@maine.edu and yan.liu1@maine.edu.

3. October Grants 101 Workshop

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Fogler Library are sponsoring “Grants 101: Seeking, Analyzing, and Writing Basics” on October 10, 2017, from 10am-12pm.

At the workshop, you will:

  • search for grants in PIVOT
  • analyze an agency’s Request for Proposals
  • learn Grant Writing Basics

To attend the October Grants 101 Workshop, please RSVP to Jen Bonnet using this form.

Call for Presenters: Fogler Library Workshop Series

The Fogler Library Workshop Series draws on speakers from the UMaine community who can present on diverse topics and expose students to new ideas and ways of thinking about information.

We’re looking for students who would like to develop and teach workshops on any of the following topics, or others that you feel would benefit the community:

  • Computer programming and coding
  • Digital art tools
  • GIS software and programming
  • Microsoft Office
  • Data visualization
  • Statistical analysis tools
  • Speaking to non-experts about your research
  • Writing a statement of your teaching philosophy
  • Graduate student success
  • Game design

This list was generated from the overwhelmingly positive assessments we received for our 2016-2017 workshops. Interested in sharing your skills that are not on this list? We’d love to hear about it.

We encourage students to see this as a professional development opportunity, and welcome students from across campus to share their knowledge, skills, and technological expertise here at Fogler Library. We would be delighted for you to share your talents, even if they are not represented on the above list.

We are currently looking for two presenters for the Fall, and three for Spring. The dates are flexible. Please respond to both ncurtis@maine.edu and yan.liu1@maine.edu.

Fogler Library Student Book Club Fall 2017

The Fogler Library Student Book Club is an informal gathering of readers where you can discuss your favorite books and share recommendations with fellow readers.Unlike many book clubs, you don’t need to have read any specific book to

Unlike many book clubs, you don’t need to have read any specific book to join the conversation. All you need is some reading experience (or interest) in the genre being discussed. Each discussion is free and open to all students, and you’re welcome to attend

Each discussion is free and open to all students, and you’re welcome to attend any and all sessions that interest you!

Fall 2017 Book Club Meetings

All meetings of the book club will take place in the Library Classroom from 7pm-8pm.

September 6 — Fantasy Fiction
September 27 — Biography
October 4 — Dystopian Literature
October 18 — Classic Literature
November 8 — Science Fiction

Fogler Library Faculty Newsletter 9-6-17

In this issue:

  1. Scheduling Library Instruction for Your Students
  2. Grants 101 Workshop

1. Scheduling Library Instruction for Your Students

As you prepare for this semester’s classes, remember that librarians in the Reference and Information Literacy Department at Fogler are available to provide instructional sessions and/or web guides for your students. These sessions can cover specific databases or a variety of research materials that will aid your students in their class work. Contact Nancy Lewis at lewis@maine.edu or at 207-581-3613 for more information.

2. Grants 101 Workshop

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Fogler Library are sponsoring “Grants 101: Seeking, Analyzing, and Writing Basics” throughout the academic year 2017-2018.

At the workshop, you will:

  • search for grants in PIVOT
  • analyze an agency’s Request for Proposals
  • learn Grant Writing Basics

To attend, please sign up for one of the following dates:

  • October 10, 2017, 10am-12pm Space is limited. Please RSVP to Jen Bonnet using this form.
  • November 21, 2017, 10am-12pm Space is limited. Please RSVP to Jen Bonnet using this form.
  • January 18, 2018, 10am-12pm Space is limited. Please RSVP to Jen Bonnet using this form.
  • March 13, 2018, 10am-12pm Space is limited. Please RSVP to Jen Bonnet using this form.

 

Become a Library Student Ambassador

The Fogler Library Student Ambassador program is now recruiting students who want to gain professional experience and help shape the future of Fogler Library.

Ambassadors volunteer approximately four hours a month as they work with staff advisors to help promote the library through events, social media, multimedia projects, and other outreach opportunities.

Learn more

Fogler Library Faculty Newsletter 8-30-17

In this issue:

  1. Scheduling Library Instruction for Your Students
  2. Arranging Library Reserves for Your Courses
  3. New Reference Titles for Fall 2017
  4. New Finding Aids for University of Maine Records

1. Scheduling Library Instruction for Your Students

As you prepare for this semester’s classes, remember that librarians in the Reference and Information Literacy Department at Fogler are available to provide instructional sessions and/or web guides for your students. These sessions can cover specific databases or a variety of research materials that will aid your students in their class work. Contact Nancy Lewis at lewis@maine.edu or at 207-581-3613 for more information.2. Arranging Library Reserves for Your Courses

2. Arranging Library Reserves for Your Courses

The Library offers hard copy and electronic reserves (e-reserves). E-reserves provide 24/7 access to course material and your home pages via our catalog (URSUS). For general queries, assistance with forms and requirements, or troubleshooting issues, contact our staff at um.library.circ@maine.edu or call 207-581-1641. Please visit our website for further information on Library course reserves. Please note that the library does not purchase course textbooks for reserves.

3. New Reference Titles for Fall 2017

A list of the new reference titles now available through Fogler Library has been published online. The list includes links to the library catalog where you can access the texts.4. New Finding Aids for University of Maine Records

4. New Finding Aids for University of Maine Records

More finding aids for University of Maine records held by Fogler Library have been added to the finding aid page on Digital Commons. The most recent finding aids are for the records of Committee On Appointments, Summer Institute, Student Mathematics Club, History Institute, Department of Communication and Journalism, Department of Foreign Languages, UMaine Syllabi, Conferences and Institutes Division, Office of Development, College of Agriculture, and the Women’s Resource Center. Matthew Revitt (matthew.revitt@maine.edu), Special Collections and Maine Shared Collection Librarian, is currently processing records from the Department of Anthropology.

Keep in Mind: Submitting Reserve Materials

Fogler Library offers both traditional and electronic reserves. To place course material on reserve, use the form on our reserve web page.

Please follow these guidelines:

  • Submit your request at least six weeks prior to the first class assignment
  • Provide first generation copies for scanning
  • Provide a copy of your syllabus

All reserve materials are available through URSUS. Electronic reserves provide 24/7 access and allow reserve list content to be accessed by password only. For more information, please see our reserves web page.

Boosting Maine’s Economy through Information

MBSTL’s website provides a range of free business, science and technology resources.

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) by curating relevant information resources and making them accessible to Maine residents at no cost.

The core feature of MBSTL is its website, which contains hundreds of handpicked resources that have been vetted by information experts at Fogler.

Maine’s economy relies on small businesses and self-employed residents. According to a 2016 profile, Maine small businesses employ 57% of the state’s private workforce, and 85% of the state’s exporters are classified as small businesses. A survey of self-employment in the United States showed that Maine has the most farms in New England and the 2nd highest self-employment rate in the country.

farming hay
Maine has the second highest self-employment rate in the U.S. and more farms than any other state in New England.

To respond to this growing need for vetted research and information, MBSTL revamped its website and resources last spring.

The redeveloped site features new topics and resources ranging from entrepreneurship, accounting, manufacturing, agriculture, construction, forestry and much more. As a portal for information resources across business, science and technology, MBSTL serves a critical role in supporting Maine entrepreneurs, small business owners, fishers, farmers, and city officials.

In addition to the online resources, Fogler Library has designated space to serve as a consultation area for MBSTL. This space allows patrons to meet one-on-one with a librarian who can provide expert advice on the information resources most relevant to their business or industry.

Patrons can access the Maine Business, Science and Technology Library through its website. For specific questions or to schedule a consultation, email fogler.mbstl@maine.edu.

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 didn’t take care of them,” says Barry, who was the general manager at WLBZ Radio from 1978-1983. “And I just a sense that they belonged at UMaine.”

At the time, he didn’t know that nearly thirty years later he would once again be the person giving new life to the collection. In 2012, he began volunteering his time in Special Collections, where he has helped convert a vast portion of the recordings to digital formats so they can be put online in the University of Maine Digital Commons.

barry darling reviewing WLBZ documents
Barry Darling reviews materials from the WLBZ Radio collection.

The WLBZ collection includes station records, audio recordings, photographs and technical manuals that reflect the growth of the radio station from the 1930s through the 1970s. The audio recordings provide a fascinating window into the history of Maine. The recorded broadcasts include local programming, local news, commercials, and event coverage, as well as detailed station logs that catalog day-to-day programming at WLBZ.

From the early 1940s through 1983, four separate general managers contributed materials to the collection. According to Barry, much of the credit for the collection goes to Edward Guernsey, who served as general manager from 1934-1974 and meticulously saved as many records and documents as possible from WLBZ.

In many ways, Barry is the ideal person to help preserve the materials. He began working at WLBZ in 1967 as a salesperson, but his connection to the station began long before. From the 1930s to 1970s, his father, Louis Darling, worked at WLBZ as an engineer.

His father gave him an appreciation for the technical side of radio broadcasting and also passed on the history of WLBZ from an engineering perspective, at a time when the industry was rapidly growing and evolving.

Barry’s combination of personal experience and technical knowledge add unique context to the collection. His knowledge of the materials and equipment has also been valuable. Many of the broadcasts, recorded on 16-inch records and reel-to-reel tape, require special equipment to play. In some cases, he has contributed his own equipment to play and digitize the recordings.

Barry also recognizes that his personal and family history with WLBZ makes the project especially gratifying for him.

reel-to-reel tape player“I’m the only person left with both direct and indirect knowledge, through my father, of the history of WLBZ,” he says. “This is a labor of love for me. I want to record, as accurately as I can, the engineering and technical history of WLBZ from its beginnings as an amateur radio station in 1921 on into the 60s and 70s.”

About the Collection: The WLBZ station records and audio recordings at the University of Maine’s Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department reflect rapid growth and evolution of the station from the 1930s to the 1970s. Materials include station logs, items related to licensing and operations, and many audio recordings of locally recorded programming. The digital collection makes several of these audio recordings available along with accompanying transcribed text.

New Finding Aids for University of Maine Records Available

More finding aids for University of Maine records held by Fogler Library have been added to the finding aid page on Digital Commons.

The most recent finding aids are for the records of Committee On Appointments, Summer Institute, Student Mathematics Club, History Institute, Department of Communication and Journalism, Department of Foreign Languages, UMaine Syllabi, Conferences and Institutes Division, Office of Development, College of Agriculture, and the Women’s Resource Center.

Matthew Revitt (matthew.revitt@maine.edu), Special Collections and Maine Shared Collection Librarian, is currently processing records from the Department of Anthropology.