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Videoport DVDs now available at PPL!

posted: , by Sarah Campbell
tags: Director's Updates | Library Collections | Adults | Art & Culture

When Portland fixture Videoport announced last month that they would be closing after 28 years, many saw a silver lining: the store planned to donate more than 18,000 DVD titles to Portland Public Library. (See their blog post.)

Videoport's Criterion titles are now available at PPL

Videoport’s Criterion titles are now available at PPL. Find them across from Lending at the Main Library.

We join the community both in lamenting the loss of Videoport and celebrating their generosity to PPL.

We are tremendously honored that owner Bill Duggan believed PPL was the perfect home for the collection, and this gift adds a tremendous depth to the Library’s film holdings. Bill described his customers to us as “folks who live and work on Portland’s peninsula, islands, and neighborhoods. They are active participants in the life of the city.” This is exactly who we serve here at PPL, as well. We are thrilled to report that the first portion of the Videoport collection is now available on the shelves at the Main Library.

We encourage you to browse the collection and enjoy the rich offerings, which will continue to grow as more and more titles are incorporated into our holdings.

We also encourage you to check out our other film-related resources:

-          Enjoy Hoopla digital streaming (available to all PPL cardholders)

-          Join us to watch one of the acclaimed POV documentary films

-         Ask us for our video picks (we also plan to create lists of suggestions based on the Videoport collection — underrated gems, foreign classics, or just-plain-strange films)

We look forward to enjoying this collection with you. It’s a wonderful gift to all of us!

New England Osteopathic Heritage Center

posted: , by Brandie Burrows
tags: About the Library | Adults | Health

For the month of August, New England Osteopathic Heritage Center at University of New England will have an informational kiosk on display at the main library. The exhibit was designed to educate the public with panels focused on the history of Osteopathic medicine, women in the profession, and Osteopathic medicine today. The kiosk includes images of records and artifacts held by the New England Osteopathic Heritage Center (NEOHC) as well as original images. This exhibit explores the wide variety of artifacts, including medical equipment, yearbooks and drug kits held by the NEOHC.

Osteopathic medicine is a distinct form of medical practice in the United States. According to the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, osteopathic medicine provides all of the benefits of modern medicine including prescription drugs, surgery, and the use of technology to diagnose disease and evaluate injury. It also offers the added benefit of hands-on diagnosis and treatment through a system of therapy known as osteopathic manipulative medicine. Osteopathic medicine emphasizes helping each person achieve a high level of wellness by focusing on health promotion and disease prevention.

Other interesting osteopathic links around the web:

The Evolution of Osteopathic Medical Education

Discover Osteopathic resources at the library.

Explore the nature, history, and future of Osteopathic Medicine in the online interactive video Hand Over Hand” 



Remembering Historian Bill Jordan

posted: , by Abraham
tags: Adults | Art & Culture | Portland History
Bill Jordan 1994 PH 10_21 4

On July 11th, we lost a dear friend and contributor to the Portland Public Library, William Barnes Jordan Jr., who passed away at the age of 88. Bill was passionately curious about the history of Maine and Portland, and taught courses on that topic at two separate colleges for almost two decades.

Researchers in the Portland Room- among numerous other Maine history resource libraries, make regular use of Bill’s historic writing, including his History of Cape Elizabeth (seen below)

Bill Jordan 1

Bill also created an index of articles from several Portland newspaper runs, spanning the years of 1785 to 1835, known in the library by its nickname, the “Jordan Index”. A published copy of the index can also be found in the Portland Room, along with the handwritten reference cards he made and used during the creation of the Index. This is a tremendous source, resulting from his assiduous labors.

Bill Jordan 2 Bill Jordan 4 Bill Jordan 3 Bill Jordan 1994 PH 10_21 13

Below you’ll find a link to the Portland Press Herald article about William’s life and many good works. http://www.pressherald.com/2015/07/12/historian-jordan-remembered-for-research-teaching.

(Contributed by Marc LeBourdais, PPL Technical Services, and Abraham A. Schechter, PPL Archivist.)

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