The Olive Tree
I am very excited to write to you at the beginning of the academic year. The
campus is beautiful this time of year as the leaves change color and the cooler
temperatures remind us that winter is on the way. It is great to see the mall
once again busy with students and faculty on their way to classes and
activities. September will always mean a beginning to me and this year was
particularly special since it was highlighted by the installation of Robert A.
Kennedy as the 18th President of the University of Maine. This year the
University welcomed their largest incoming class since 1990. The Library staff
look forward to working with these new students, as well as the upper class and
graduate students, and hope to play a significant part in their success at the
University. As a time of new beginnings we are pleased to also welcome new
library staff and look forward to a productive and interesting year.
Within the pages of this newsletter you will read about many exciting resources and programs that are available from Fogler Library. There are also upcoming programs that will be both stimulating and informative. In October the Library is hosting the Cohen Papers Forum and the timely topic is energy independence. Later in the fall we will co-host a program with the Maine Medievalists and later help celebrate the town of Orono’s Bicentennial with a dinner prepared from the Bicentennial Cookbook. Other programs on journalism and literature round out a full fall semester.
Fogler Library continues to grow in depth and provide new collections and more services for the university community. We were fortunate to recently acquire new databases including the Web of Science and the New York Times Historical database. The New York Times resource provides access to the newspaper from 1851 and will be invaluable to historians. The library is also offering the Really Simple Syndication-RSS feed for users as a way to keep current with library news. The subject portals lead the users to the material they need to begin their research and the interlibrary loan Illiad system allows users to track their requests. In all of the work that the Library staff accomplishes - the instruction, the services, and the collections we purchase - we always keep in mind that our students are our priority and their needs are our chief concern.
I hope some of you will have the time to visit us and join us in some of the presentations we have planned this fall and in the coming spring. We welcome you at any time to meet the staff, view some of our services, and I would enjoy giving you a tour of the library. I hope you are pleased with what we are doing and that you will continue to support Fogler Library into the future.
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