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EFFECTIVE March 19, 2020 the Reference & Information Literacy Department is open only by Chat, Email, or Zoom.  Phone calls to Fogler Library (581-1666) may be able to reach us, but many of our staff are working remotely.  Fogler Library is closed to all but library employees, but we are working to assist the University community with access to information.


The Reference & Information Literacy department is the primary information center for Fogler Library, and is located on the first floor.  We staff a physical Help Desk, and you can find the hours listed here.

We also provide assistance through chat, email and phone.

Librarians in the department have subject expertise in the humanities, the social sciences, engineering, and the natural, health, and physical sciences. The subject librarians work to develop our collections in their specialized areas, as well as provide individual and course-related instruction in identifying and using appropriate information resources. 

Meet Your Subject Librarian

Every department has a subject librarian, who is available for one-to-one, or small group, research assistance. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to make appointments with their subject librarians. We look forward to working with you!

Information Literacy and Instruction

Faculty can contact their subject librarian to provide instruction for the particular research needs of their classes.  This can be an in-person class or Zoom-based, and/or a Web-based course guide.  Below is a link to the Course Guides currently in use.  Please contact your Subject Librarian if you'd like to arrange for library instruction.  If you are teaching a general course, and would like an information literacy component, contact Nancy Lewis.

We have developed First Year Student Information Literacy Guidelines, and are eager to work with instructors to help achieve these goals. 

We also offer a series of courses on Information Literacy that students can sign up for:

LBR 101 - Introduction to Information Literacy for STEM majors, 1 credit, offered in the fall

LBR 102 - Introduction to Information Literacy (non-STEM), 1 credit, offered in the fall

LBR 200 - Information Literacy, 3 credit, meets Social Context and Institutions General Education requirement; offered online in the fall, in-person in the spring


Reference Services also coordinates a variety of events designed to engage the campus community with information resources.  

  • Book clubs - contact Amber Gray for more information or if you have topic ideas
  • Workshops on information tools -  contact Anne Marie Engelsen for more information or if you have topic ideas
  • Wikipedia editing workshops - contact Jen Bonnet to schedule a themed "edit-a-thon" for your campus club, or for a class.
  • On-line information related Challenges - contact the librarian listed for each challenge

Check our Calendar for the latest schedule.

Citation Management/ Plagiarism

If you are interested in Citation Management tools, we have a guide to assist.  You may also contact librarian Mel Johnson.

Also of interest, Amber Gray is the campus point person for the Turnitin function available to instructors through Brightspace.

Scholarly Communication

As academic librarians, we are particularly interested in trending topics in Scholarly Communication.  Jen Bonnet is charged with leading our efforts, and works to provide content for faculty, staff, and graduate students.  Most recently, she led the Research Impact Challenge.

Research Data Management

We also can provide advice and some assistance regarding Research Data Management.  Contact Nancy Curtis if you have questions, and check out our guide.

5729 Fogler Library · University of Maine · Orono, ME 04469-5729 ; (207) 581-1673

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