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FOGLER LIBRARY NEWS SERVICE
Publicizing events, collections, acquisitions and services at UMaine's library 
-- Wednesday, March 26, 2008 --

FOGLER LIBRARY NEWS SERVICE TO FACULTY
Publicizing events, collections, acquisitions and services at UMaine's library
        --   Wednesday, March 26, 2008   --

SUMMARY
1. Events
    A. Creator of LibraryThing.com Visits Fogler Library Next Wednesday
2. Databases
    A. CountryWatch Country Reviews Accessible Via Library Webpage Links
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1.  EVENTS
A.  CREATOR OF LIBRARYTHING.COM VISITS FOGLER LIBRARY NEXT WEDNESDAY
     What do you do in Maine with a graduate degree in Greek and Latin studies?  Well, in the case of Tim Spalding, who also honed skills as a web developer and publisher, you launch www.LibraryThing.com.  Based in Portland, Maine, LibraryThing is an online service that allows booklovers to create catalogs of their own libraries that can be accessed from any location with an internet connection. It was recently featured on National Public Radio (www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=88514715).
  Users can add books by entering titles, authors, or ISBN numbers.  LibraryThing then searches the Library of Congress, all five national Amazon sites, the British Library, and over 250 world libraries for cataloging information about the book.  The site can generate recommendations for future reading based on individual library selections.  There is also an option of joining a social space to connect to other people with similar libraries.  Some have called it the “MySpace” or “Facebook” for books.
   Spalding will be talking about LibraryThing in Fogler Library’s Special Collections department on April 1, 2008 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm.  This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of Fogler Library, the Department of English, and the New Media Program. It is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

2.  DATABASES
A. COUNTRYWATCH COUNTRY REVIEWS ACCESSIBLE VIA LIBRARY WEBPAGE LINKS
   The CountryWatch Country Reviews are accessible as a subset of a database to which the Library already subscribes -- Business Source Premier.   Click on the "Country Watch Country Reviews" listing on the Indexes and Databases page ( library.umaine.edu/indexesdb/Indexes.asp.)  Two pages of navigation links (A-Macedonia; Madagascar-Z) take you to tables of contents for all editions of Country Reviews of 191 countries from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.  These online publications in pdf format include demographic, political, economic, business, cultural and environmental information, updated annually within the Business Source Premier database.  For further information please contact Stephen Fadel email stephen.fadel@umit.maine.edu or call 207-581-3610.
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