The 2013 alumni post

Graduates and trophy

Image from Sean MacEntee: Retrieved from, and used according to a Creative Commons Attribution License

For the past two years at this time I have devoted a post to alumni and to their information needs.  The tradition continues.

The alumni card allows in-house borrowing and URSUS catalog (or MaineCat) requests, as well as 50 ILLiad interlibrary loan requests annually.  If alums want to use our article databases, they can still use them on campus.

Obviously campus is not an option for everyone.  What else is available?  In 2011 I mentioned Marvel! (Maine’s statewide database collection) and the web version of ERIC In 2012 I mentioned the Directory of Open Access Journals.  This year I’ll add government information and human contacts to the list.

The U.S. Government is a prolific publisher on many topics.  The Catalog of U.S. Government Publications is a useful tool for navigating this realm of information.

Let’s not forget people as an information source.  The USM alumni are a valuable information network.

Please share the information with your students about to graduate.  Congratulations and best wishes to our soon-to-be alumni!