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United States Government Documents:
The UMPI library has been a depository library for federal government documents since 1979. Presently the library receives approximately 15% of all new government publications. Federal documents are generally kept for five years. All current federal documents holdings are listed in URSUS. Federal government publications are freely accessible for use and checkout to all library patrons.
United States government documents are shelved on the ground of the library. The federal government publishes some of its documents in microfiche. These items are stored along with other microforms in the cabinets located next to the Documents on the ground floor. A reader printer is available for reading and printing these items. CD’s can be used on any computer. For assistance in using these CD’s. Contact a staff member.
Aside from hardcopy and compact-disk formats, some federal agencies place their documents on the Web at usa.gov.
If additional help is needed, please contact our Government Documents Librarian at (207) 768-9602.
Maine State Government Documents:
UMPI library is a depository library for Maine State government publications. UMPI holdings of state documents are in the process of being added to the URSUS database. Indexes to some Maine State publications are located in the Maine documents area.
The reference librarians are trained in the use of all types and formats of government documents. When visiting the library, please ask them for assistance in the use of these vital, and often difficult to manage, publications. From off campus, please contact our Government Documents Librarian at (207) 768-9602.
Historical and topographical maps of Maine and of Aroostook County are stored in map cases. Most of the Library’s collection of USGS maps are listed on the Webpages for 7.5 Minute, USGS Maps and for 15 Minute, USGS Maps. Some maps associated with federal documents, and some atlases, are in the Reference and Documents’ collections.
Sheet maps include those associated with Environmental Inspection Surveys. Bound maps are represented by more copies of “The Maine Atlas,” and the Maine Department of Transportation maps.
More transportation maps are in map case #1, along with Maine town maps, and census maps. Case #2 has more Maine-related maps, such as: Coastal and river plains’ maps; geological, non-topographical maps; county maps; and maps associated with “Maine on the Northeastern Boundary Controversy.”
Work on developing a meaningful University Archives is underway. The Archives deal exclusively with the University of Maine at Presque Isle in its various incarnations from its founding as Aroostook State Normal School in 1903. The Archives include University catalogs, a few papers of past presidents, files of many University organizations, faculty committees, and student groups, scrapbooks of clippings, news releases, and thousands of photographs. For a history of the University with information on buildings, individuals, and sporting events done by Lynda C. Stawasz, an UMPI student, you can go to the University of Maine at Presque Isle: A Commitment to Education.
Some of this material is cataloged and in URSUS at present; some is not, but is fairly well organized, much of it is not organized in any way. All the material is available to those who wish to use it. Archival items must be used in the Special Collections Room and none of them circulates without permission of the Library Director. Ask for help in using the Archives. If you need special assistance in using any part of Special Collections, you might want to make an appointment to meet with one of the librarians to make sure your needs are met.
Aroostook County materials cover the County and the St. John River Valley, including New Brunswick, Canada. The Aroostook County materials support UMPI courses in history, social studies, and literature. Materials are also collected with the interests of the non-university public in mind, but there is a conscious effort to avoid duplication of local history collections made available by the public libraries of Aroostook County. Funding for purchase and maintenance of Aroostook County materials are made possible by the UMPI Foundation; the Friends of the Aroostook County Historical Center at the Library; the Farm Fund; and gifts from individuals and institutions. The Aroostook County materials are primary and secondary sources, and come in a variety of formats
Maine State materials provide support for UMPI courses in U.S. and Maine State history, social studies, and literature. Books by Maine authors are added to this collection on a selective basis, primarily for historical value and current interest. Purchase and maintenance of Maine materials are made possible through funds from the regular library budget; from the Farm Fund; and from the Friends of the Aroostook County Historical Center at the Library.
Some items in the Maine materials collection may be checked out of the Library. Items that may circulate can be identified by the standard library book pockets attached inside the items. Requests to check out non-circulating items must be made to the head of the Library Technical Services Department or to the Cataloging Librarians.
The Maine State materials are primary and secondary sources and come in a variety of formats.
Aroostook-Maine Information Vertical File
Abenaki, Maliseet, Mi'kmaq, Wabanaki Bibliography of Items at UMPI
Development of the collection
Central Role of the Faculty:
The faculty is an integral part of the library’s collection development effort. The faculty, in conjunction with the Librarians, is responsible for structuring the library
collection so that the collection properly supports the curriculum of the University. Faculty should submit requests for books, journals, and other materials for the library The library contains a number of sources to assist you in materials selection: Books in Print, Choice (a journal devoted exclusively to reviews of materials in all fields and formats), Books for College Libraries, Ulrich’s International Periodicals Directory, and Magazines for Libraries.
Faculty may order books and other non-journal materials in the following way:
- A book order form, available from the library Technical Services Department, call Gretchen Brissette at ext. 0593;
- Publisher’s brochures, catalogs, printed bibliographies, etc. Be sure to mark the item you want clearly.
- Prioritize your requests. That helps the librarians in properly expending the money allocated to your subject area. Write TOP, MEDIUM, or LOW priority on all items you submit.
- Provide a signature, if you wish to be notified when the material you have ordered arrives.