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|VOLUME 19 NUMBER 2, FALL 2011|
Summer has ended and once again we welcome our new and returning students to the campus and wish them great success in this academic year. The semester began with library staff participating in the Maine Hello day activities across campus and making the building ready for all of our library patrons and visitors. We have had some exciting developments in the library. We are very pleased to have air conditioning installed in some of the areas of the library, which was much appreciated by our users this summer. We have also worked to create more comfortable spaces for our users in various areas around the library and we have added more computers to the Information Commons. We have received positive feedback on all of these changes.
We were able to acquire an institutional repository, the Digital Commons, for the University. This product is a database with a set of services that captures, stores, indexes, preserves, and redistributes a university’s scholarly research in digital formats. It also includes a commercial grade scholarly publishing system which enables the publishing of journals, conference proceedings, theses and dissertations, and other scholarly works. Since this was announced to the university community we have had many inquiries about the use of the repository and requests to participate. We will be working with the faculty to load their works into the database over the course of the coming year. Library staff have also partnered on a digitization project with the Bangor Public Library. The WWI and WWII posters that have been part of the Bangor Public Library collection are being scanned and digitized and will be made available to the public through an online database. We anticipate that this collection will be available for viewing in November.
We are also working on providing a larger ebook collection and have purchased scholarly titles from multiple publishers. We instituted a patron driven acquisitions plan and put into place a way for patrons to order low-cost print-on-demand print copies from one publisher. As we respond to user’s requests for more access to resources, we will be exploring other options for electronic resources. The reference staff just began a text service as an additional way to communicate with the students and we had a successful Public Access Assessment review by the Government Printing Office of our role as a regional depository.
I do expect a fulfilling and exciting semester for both the library staff and
the university community and although each year brings challenges, we hope to
take advantage of all opportunities that come our way to make the library a
center for the university community. If you are able to visit us I would be
pleased to give you a tour of the library so you can meet the staff and see the
resources and services I have described. I hope you are pleased with what we are
doing and you will continue to support us into the future. Thank you for your
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