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.

Saturn at Opposition Display and Online Guide

To highlight Saturn at opposition, a new display is available on the first floor of Fogler Library. The display is accompanied by an online guide, “Saturn at Opposition,” that highlights interesting resources related to Saturn and its largest moon, Titan.

The physical display will be available throughout June.

Fogler Library Faculty Newsletter #336

In this issue

  1. Altmetrics Workshop
  2. Maine Composts Week Guide and Display
  3. Access to Fogler When Traveling Abroad

 1. Altmetrics Workshop

Date & Time: Thursday, May 11th, 10am-11am
Location: Fogler Library Classroom

Join the UMaine library to find out more about how your work is perceived online. At the workshop, you will learn

  • Ways in which scholarly impact is evolving
  • How to use altmetrics to supplement your publication impact
  • Where to find altmetrics in UMaine resources
  • How deliverables can create a researcher identity online

Space is limited. Please RSVP for the Altmetrics Workshop using the online form.

2. Maine Composts Week Guide and Display

Maine Composts Week, which takes place May 7th-13th, is an effort to engage the state of Maine in the topics of composting, anaerobic digestion, food insecurity, and materials management. Fogler Library has created companion displays to highlight Maine Composts Week, located in the hallway between the front entrance and the Information Commons. These displays are accompanied by an online guide that features introductory resources to composting and resources related to organic gardening with compost

3. Access to Fogler When Traveling Abroad

If you are planning to travel out of the country and would like to ensure access to Fogler resources while you are away, please contact your Subject Librarian ahead of time.

Fogler Library Faculty Newsletter #335

In this issue:

  1. Open Access Publishing Workshop
  2. Grants 101 Workshop
  3. Altmetrics Workshop
  4. Maine Composts Week Guide and Display

1. Open Access Publishing Workshop

Date & Time: Tuesday, May 9th, 10am-11am
Location: Fogler Library Classroom

What is open access? How visible is your scholarship online? Did you know that making your work more accessible could lead to a citation advantage? Join UMaine librarians to learn about open access publishing models and options for making your work available online.

Space is limited. Please RSVP for the Open Access Publishing Workshop using the online form.

2. Grants 101 Workshop

Date & Time: Wednesday, May 10th, 10am-12pm
Location: Fogler Library Classroom

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Fogler Library are offering “Grants101: Seeking, Analyzing, and Writing Basics.” At the workshop, you will:

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

RSVP required. Space is limited. Please complete the online RSVP form to reserve your seat.

3. Altmetrics Workshop

Date & Time: Thursday, May 11th, 10am-11am
Location: Fogler Library Classroom

Join the UMaine library to find out more about how your work is perceived online. At the workshop, you will learn

  • Ways in which scholarly impact is evolving
  • How to use altmetrics to supplement your publication impact
  • Where to find altmetrics in UMaine resources
  • How deliverables can create a researcher identity online

Space is limited. Please RSVP for the Altmetrics Workshop using the online form.

4. Maine Composts Week Guide and Display

Maine Composts Week, which takes lace May 7th-13th, is an effort to engage the state of Maine in the topics of composting, anaerobic digestion, food insecurity, and materials management. Fogler Library has created companion displays to highlight Maine Composts Week, located in the hallway between the front entrance and the Information Commons. These displays are accompanied by an online guide that features introductory resources to composting and resources related to organic gardening with compost

Maine Composts Week Guide and Display

Maine Composts Week, which takes place May 7th-13th, is an effort to engage the state of Maine in the topics of composting, anaerobic digestion, food insecurity, and materials management. Fogler Library has created companion displays to highlight Maine Composts Week, located in the hallway between the front entrance and the Information Commons.

These displays are accompanied by an online guide that features introductory resources to composting and resources related to organic gardening with compost

Fogler Library Faculty Newsletter #334

In this issue:

  1. Scholarly Communications Workshop Series
  2. Access to Fogler When Traveling Abroad

1. Scholarly Communications Workshop Series

Fogler Library will host the following three workshops dedicated to different topics in scholarly communications.

Open Access Publishing
Tuesday, May 9, 10-11am, Fogler Library Classroom
RSVP for the Open Access Publishing Workshop

Grants 101
Wednesday, May 10, 10am-12pm, Fogler Library Classroom
RSVP for the Grants 101 Workshop

Altmetrics
Thursday, May 11, 10-11am, Fogler Library Classroom
RSVP for the Altmetrics Workshop

Each workshop is free, and attendees may register for any workshops of interest to them. Please RSVP for each workshop you wish to attend.

Please share this series with any students, faculty, or staff who may be interested.

2. Access to Fogler When Traveling Abroad

If you are planning to travel out of the country and would like to ensure access to Fogler resources while you are away, please contact your Subject Librarian ahead of time.

Fogler Library Faculty Newsletter #333

In this issue:

  1. Textbook Alternative Workshop
  2. Scholarly Communications Workshop Series

1. Textbook Alternative Workshop

Date: April 25, 2017
Sessions Available: 10-11am; 11am-12pm; 12pm-1pm
Location: Fogler Library Classroom

Join Fogler Library Reference Librarians and Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning Instructional Designers to learn about using free and licensed resources in lieu of textbooks.

In this workshop, reference librarians and instructional designers will work closely with faculty to discover resources that can replace expensive textbooks in your classes. To provide personalized feedback, individual or small group sessions will be organized based on discipline. Please RSVP online.

More information on textbook alternatives can be found here.

2. Scholarly Communications Workshop Series

Fogler Library will host the following three workshops dedicated to different topics in scholarly communications.

Open Access Publishing
Tuesday, May 9, 10-11am, Fogler Library Classroom
RSVP for the Open Access Publishing Workshop

Grants 101
Wednesday, May 10, 10am-12pm, Fogler Library Classroom
RSVP for the Grants 101 Workshop

Altmetrics
Thursday, May 11, 10-11am, Fogler Library Classroom
RSVP for the Altmetrics Workshop

Each workshop is free, and attendees may register for any workshops of interest to them. Please RSVP for each workshop you wish to attend.

Please share this series with any students, faculty, or staff who may be interested.

Scholarly Communications Workshop Series

Fogler Library will host the following three workshops dedicated to different topics in scholarly communications.

Open Access Publishing
Tuesday, May 9, 10-11am, Fogler Library Classroom
RSVP for the Open Access Publishing Workshop

Grants 101
Wednesday, May 10, 10am-12pm, Fogler Library Classroom
RSVP for the Grants 101 Workshop

Altmetrics
Thursday, May 11, 10-11am, Fogler Library Classroom
RSVP for the Altmetrics Workshop

Each workshop is free, and attendees may register for any workshops of interest to them. Please RSVP for each workshop you wish to attend.