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|VOLUME 18 NUMBER 2, FALL 2010|
New Head of Government Publications
Gregory Curtis has been appointed the new Head of Government Publications, Maps, GIS, and Microforms. He began August 16, 2010. His duties include management of the federal documents depository program, regional coordination of the other libraries in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont that participate in the depository program; oversight of the maps collection; and development of the expanding GIS program for Fogler Library. Greg’s background includes work as a librarian for the University of Maine System at the Presque Isle campus. He is an alumni of the University of Maine and has an M.L.I.S. from the University of Rhode Island.
He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 581-1681.
New Research Consultation Area
Fogler Library is pleased to introduce our new Research Consultation Area. This area, located on the 1st floor in the Information Commons, will be used by Fogler librarians, the Writing Center, and the Tutor Program for individual or small group assistance, generally on a by-appointment basis. Fogler librarians will use the facility during the day, and you can contact us a 581-1673 (humanities or social sciences) or 581-1691 (sciences) to set up an appointment with a subject librarian. Drop-in sessions with academic peer tutors are offered Sunday through Thursday evenings from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. on a first come first serve basis. Space is limited to eight students at a time. The following courses are available for drop-in tutoring: Sunday, AST109/PAA100, Monday/Tuesday, BIO100, Wednesday/Thursday, PSY100. For more information, contact the Tutor Program at 581-2351. The Writing Center will staff the Research Consultation Area Sunday through Thursday evenings from 6:00 - 7:30 pm; you may arrange an appointment by calling them at 581-3828, or you may drop in.
Town Reports Digitization Project Continues
Dozens of towns line the ragged coast of Maine, many with a shared tradition of agriculture and industry based on the land and the ocean. However, each town also has a unique history that can be quite complex. As part of our town reports digitization project, we recently highlighted the history of the town of Jonesport, in Washington County.
In 1779, ships from the United States Navy and the Massachusetts State Navy led an expedition against British army fortifications in Penobscot Bay. The Penobscot Expedition, as it came to be known, was a massive defeat for the Americans, resulting in hundreds of casualties and the loss of all ships.
One of the ships lost was a sloop owned by Massachusetts citizen John C. Jones. In repayment for his ship, the Massachusetts Commonwealth granted him nearly 50,000 acres of land in the District of Maine, in an area that would become southern Washington County. Jones never settled the land himself, but early residents who founded a town in the area decided to name it Jonesboro, in his honor.
Jonesboro was incorporated as a town in 1809. A couple of decades later, the population on the southern peninsula of the town had grown large enough for that area to be incorporated as a separate town. Jonesport was incorporated in 1832 and also included all of the islands that had formerly been part of Jonesboro. In 1925, Beals Island was set off from Jonesport as the town of Beals. Visit the Town Reports Online at: http://www.library.umaine.edu/townreport/
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