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FOGLER LIBRARY WEEKLY NEWS SERVICE

Publicizing events, collections, acquisitions and services at UMaine's library
-- Wed., April 10, 2002 --


Distributed by the Fogler Library, University of Maine, Orono, Maine. Please send comments or requests for more information on news items to Gretchen Gfeller gretchen.gfeller@umit.maine.edu, phone 207-581-1696 or Frank Wihbey, frankw@umit.maine.edu, phone 207-581-1696. Newsletters are also posted at www.library.umaine.edu/librarynews. If you would prefer not to receive future issues of this news service by e-mail, send a message to: library.news@library.umaine.edu

SUMMARY
1. News
A. New Elevator in Fogler Center Stacks
B. Print Management Software
C. New self-checkout machine for library books
2. New collections
A. Historical City Directories of Maine

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1. NEWS

A. NEW ELEVATOR IN THE FOGLER CENTER STACKS
The elevator located in the center of Fogler Library will be replaced with an elevator that meets State of Maine regulations. The work will begin the week of April 8 and the plan is for completion by June 7. During this construction period we will not be able to use the elevator and will have no or very limited access for transporting materials. The bound journals can be accessed by the second stairwell on each level, on the east side of the center stacks. Circulation staff will assist with retrieving materials if there is any difficulty getting access to a floor. Also, new fire doors will be installed on the adjacent stairwell. This work may go beyond the June 7 date, but will not be as disruptive. 

B. PRINT MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE
Pharos Uniprint, a print management system has been installed on the public computers in Fogler Library, part of a campus wide installation that includes the IT clusters and other departments and addresses the concerns of escalating expenditures of student technology fee money on printing paper, toner, and printer maintenance. The selection of Pharos Uniprint was made by the Academic Computing Advisory Committee to help recover costs for paper and toner use on campus. The system requires the use of the MaineCard to print all documents. Each student will be allocated a cumulative number of free copies. The suggested figure is 300 per semester.) Beginning in Fall 2002, there will be a per page charge for copies above that amount which will be coordinated through the MaineCard system. For further information see Paper-Toner Cost Recovery Committee http://www.ume.maine.edu/acac/adhoc.htm 

C. LIBRARY TAKES TECHNOLOGY LEAP WITH NEW CHECKOUT MACHINE
Beginning this semester, library users have access to the latest in library technology. The 3M Self Check System, an automatic checkout machine, promises to make the book borrowing process both more personal and expedient. Its use involves a simple, three-step procedure guided by on-screen prompting: 1) place a library card under the scanner (which reads the barcode, accesses the Library's circulation database and confirms borrowing privileges); 2) position materials for processing (if the system approvesthe borrower, on-screen messages explain how); 3) the system charges them out, and prints out a receipt - all in a matter of seconds. Graduate student Rea Brennan is among the people who have discovered the Library's latest addition. "It's convenient," said Brennan, "[I can imagine] that it would be helpful when it's busy and people just need to get to class." The automatic checkout machine can be found at the East Charge-out (by the Memorial Union exit).

2. NEW COLLECTIONS

A. HISTORICAL CITY DIRECTORIES OF MAINE
Hundreds of historical city directories for Maine cities, towns, and counties have been added to Fogler Library. Dating from as early as 1864 and as late as 1960, the directories are on microfilm. To check the holdings, do a title search on URSUS (http://www.library.umaine.edu/) for "City directories of the United States" and browse the names of areas covered. City directories can be useful for social, historical, and genealogical research. Directories provide information associated with named individuals, such as: Addresses; City and county officers; Heads of families, firms and names of those doing business in the city; Lists of city residents; Occupations; Street Directories. Limited information on churches, public and private schools, benevolent, literary and other associations, and banks is also contained.



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