ATG News & Announcements 9/9/15

start-the-week*Rapid Fabrication/Makerspace Services, SPEC Kit 348;  Carnegie-Whitney Grant awards up to $5,000;  *ALA 2016 Scholarship application now available;  *New Data From NSF: “U.S. R&D Increased in 2013, Well Ahead of the Pace of Gross Domestic Product”  Vanderbilt University: “Future of the Libraries Focus of New Report”;  *Elsevier’s enhanced Reviewer Page now provides overview of all reviewers’ contributions;  *New Paywall for Time Magazine Online  *Plans for all-Wales library card to improve access and save money; plus more corporate and publishing news from a variety of sources.

ARL has released Rapid Fabrication/Makerspace Services, SPEC Kit 348, an exploration of current ARL member library engagement with 3-D printing, rapid fabrication and digitization technologies, and makerspaces. This study covers the types of services libraries offer, the location of these services, the hardware and software that is available for users, service hours and staffing, user outreach and training, budget and funding, and evaluation of the services…”

According to ALAnews “the American Library Association Publishing Committee provides a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library.

Funded projects have ranged from popular, general-reader proposals such as “ReadMOre,” a reading list for Missouri’s state-wide reading program, to more specialized, scholarly proposals such as “Librarianship and Information Science in the Islamic World, 1966-1999: An Annotated Bibliography.”

Applications must be received by Nov. 6, 2015. Recipients will be notified by the end of February 2016.

ALAnews also notes that “if you need a bit of financial help to get through your graduate program, scholarship funds are now available. The American Library Association (ALA) has more than $300,000 available to students who are studying in library science or school library media programs at the master’s degree level. Get your application in early. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2016…”

According to InfoDOCKET  “research and development performed in the United States totaled $456.1 billion in 2013, according to new data from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, National Science Foundation (NSF) (table 1). This is compared to $435.3 billion in 2012 (revised downward from an earlier estimate) and $427.8 billion in 2011. In 2008—just before the onset of the main economic effects of the national and international financial crisis and the Great Recession—U.S. R&D totaled $407.0 billion…”

InfoDOCKET also notes a “report recently released [April 2015] by the Future of the Libraries Committee (at Vanderbilt University). The committee was charged by Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan Wente and convened by Vice Provost Cynthia Cyrus in October 2014 to develop a vision for the future direction of the Vanderbilt University library system…

KnowledgeSpeak reports that  “Elsevier has announced that its Reviewer Recognition platform has launched a new functionality which enables reviewers to list their entire review history, including their reviews for non-Elsevier journals, in one place online. It also allows them to share their Reviewer Page publically – increasing visibility and recognition of their work…”

According to ResourceShelf  Time Magazine is “changing how our site works starting on September 9.

Beginning that day, you will continue to have access to ten free articles each month. After that, we will ask you to subscribe for as little as $2.99 per month…”

According to Library Technology Guides “a single library card across Wales would mean users could borrow and return books in any library across the country. It would also open up access for people to take advantage of free computer use in libraries no matter where in the country they are and create a national e-books and e-zines service with free seamless downloads. The plan is a step closer today as the Welsh Government awarded a single-supplier framework contract to SirsiDynix, one of the largest library management system vendors in the world, with customers in 70 countries…”


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