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Digital Commons and A New Map to an Old Atlas

posted: , by Abraham
tags: Library Collections | Online Services | Adults | Seniors | Government | Portland History

Portland Public Library’s new Digital Commons portal has begun to take shape, and you are now able to view a 131-year-old city street atlas online. Here in the Main Library’s Portland Room, the Library’s homebase for Special Collections and Archives, we have conserved an 1882 Goodwin Atlas, and now present a digitized access of this great work to you, via Digital Commons.

Click on the screen shot (below) for the Digital Commons home page:

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The link for the Goodwin Atlas is below, or use this URL: http://digitalcommons.portlandlibrary.com/goodwinatlas/

 

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Beginning with the conservation of the 18 x 24″ atlas, the original binding had broken (see photo below) after more than a century of use.  The Library’s copy of this atlas had been inked by hand, and the City Engineer, William Goodwin autographed each of the plates.

The maps are highly detailed, and show “footprints” of buildings, utility lines, and streets. The city-wide assessment that coincided with this unusual set of maps represents Portland shortly before the merging of the once separate municipality of Deering. The pre-1899 city boundaries are well-marked in Goodwin, and can be seen in maps that include Douglass Street, Brighton Avenue (then known as the County Road), Deering Avenue (then known as Grove Street), and Forest Avenue (then known as Green Street). When you search for Monument Square, you’ll find Market Square.

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Along with the atlas’s binding, many of the plates (pages) needed to be conserved. Fortunately, the plates were printed on a thick, vellum-style paper stock.

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The photo below, shows the completely repaired binding and textblock- entirely conserved in the Portland Room-

with archival material.

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The photo immediately below shows how we repair paper, from the verso (rear) of the maps themselves, to keep the information as readable as possible. We use handmade Japanese kozo tissue, and our own mixture of methylcellulose and PVA water-based adhesives. The repairs are lightly heat-dried and pressed.

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The New binding (above), with the preserved original label from the Portland City Clerk’s Office, plus a special archival box (below)  for the atlas.

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With the scanned Atlas plates, we’ve mounted downloadable jpeg files onto Digital Commons. In the photo below, subject analyses for each Portland neighborhood represented in the Atlas are being added as searchable metadata tags.

Enjoy this new resource of a gem from the 19th century!

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LegalForms for Libraries

posted: , by Sonya Durney
tags: Online Services | Adults | Business | Government
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Library patrons have access to (from home or in the Library) thousands of legal forms with more forms: Official, State Specific, Federal, Business, Personal, Real Estate and General forms covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues. Stop by the Library and ask a librarian to show you how or check out this 3 minute video tutorial.

Where do the forms come from?

Forms available on Gale LegalForms include forms drafted by attorneys for a particular legal matter, forms from public records and participating companies and attorneys. “Official” forms for many states are also included.

What Forms are available?

The legal forms available on Gale LegalForms include business, personal, litigation and federal forms.

General Business Forms are forms, which may be used in all 50 states with little modification.

General Litigation Forms are various litigation forms covering many diverse causes of action. These forms are easily modified by Attorneys to apply in their state.

Maine Specific Forms are forms provided by Participating Attorneys, form companies, or forms specifically adapted to a particular state.

Federal Forms are business and litigation forms used in the Federal system.

Users should consult an attorney for serious legal matters.


The New Business Gateway

posted: , by Sonya Durney
tags: Online Services | Adults | Business

PPL’s  Business and Government Team would like to introduce the new  Business Gateway  (also linked from PPL’s homepage).

New additions to this page include:

  • LegalForms (Thousands of legal forms;Official, State Specific, Federal, Business, Personal, Real Estate and General forms covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues)
  • DemographicsNow – Featuring  Demographics – Access a demographic report on any geography – or compare multiple geographies – for information including income, housing, race, age, education, retail spending, consumer expenditures, businesses and more.  Maps – Access the maps tab to view a simple map or use the advanced mapping tools for thematic coloring or additional customization of your maps. And 2010 Census Information – Access the 2010 census files as they are released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Look here to for easy access to other data files in the future.
  • Small Business Resource Center – small business management resources via a combination of periodicals and reference content. Includes business plan samples from the Business Plans Handbook
  • Business Insights Global (which all Marvel libraries will migrate to in late July from Business Company Resource Center).

All the familiar resources are still here, e.g. ReferenceUSA, ValueLine, Business Source Complete and Morningstar Investment Research Center.  Also, the “FURTHER RESOURCES’  links on the right hand side of the page will take users to the “old” business research page – should there be any links  you are accustomed to using.

Questions? Comments? Contact Sonya Durney at durney@portland.lib.me.us

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