Center for the Future of Libraries offers new fellowship opportunity; *Florence’s National Central Library to Receive 15 Million Euro Investment from Italian Government; *Unreleased H.G. Wells Story Discovered at University of Illinois Library; *Digitized Editions of Historical Congressional Record for the 1980s on GPO’s GovInfo; *Spotlighting the value of libraries in Washington, DC; *Give Feedback on Draft ACRL Action-Oriented Research Agenda by Dec 16; plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.
ALA News reports that “the American Library Association’s Center for the Future of Libraries invites applications for its Future of Libraries Fellowship program.The Future of Libraries Fellowship will provide an individual or group with a stipend of $10,000 to advance new ideas and perspectives for the future of libraries through the creation of a public product – report, white paper, video, resource, tool – that will help library professionals envision the future of library collections, partnerships, services, spaces, or technologies…”
Following approval by the recent State-Regions Conference and the Upper Council of Cultural Heritage, culture minister Dario Franceschini announced that the state funding would be put towards restoring and restructuring the National Libraries in Florence and Rome, as well as developing the Library of Archaeology and Art History in Rome…”
Also according to infoDOCKET a “new” (read: previously unreleased) H.G. Wells story was discovered in the depths of the University of Illinois Library’s shelves.
The new story, called “The Haunted Ceiling,” goes into print in next month’s edition of The Strand Magazine, and was discovered by the magazine’s Managing Editor Andrew Gulli, and is perhaps one of the most surprising discoveries surrounding H.G. Wells
In addition infoDOCKET reports that “the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) has partnered with the Library of Congress (LC) to release the digital version of the bound Congressional Record from 1981-1990 on GPO’s govinfo. This release covers debates and proceedings of the 98th thru the 101st Congresses.
District Dispatch reports that “on November 17, the American Library Association (ALA) partnered with the Internet Association to hold a public session on advancing economic opportunity, targeted to the policy community in Washington, D.C. The session, chaired by ALA President Julie Todaro, was held at the Google DC office. The panel discussion was moderated by a reporter from The Hill and included representatives from Yelp and the Internet Association. The audience included a broad cross-section of Washington policy folks.
A team from OCLC Research, which ACRL selected last summer, has been hard at work since August to design, develop, and deliver a new action-oriented agenda on library contributions to student learning and success. Team members have released an initial draft of the agenda (PDF), and they seek your input and reactions. Submit your thoughts via the feedback form by December 16, 2016.