ARL News reports that “Susan Gibbons, the Stephen F. Gates ’68 University Librarian and deputy provost for collections and scholarly communication at Yale University, began a one-year term as president of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) on Wednesday, September 26, during the Association’s Fall 2018 Meeting in Washington, DC. Gibbons succeeds Mary Ann Mavrinac, vice provost and the Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Dean of the University of Rochester Libraries, as ARL president. Mavrinac continues to serve as a member of both the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee as past president…”
The deadline to apply for ACRL 2019 scholarships is just one week away! ACRL is offering approximately 150 scholarships worth more than $100,000 for the conference to be held April 10-13, 2019, in Cleveland. Scholarship applications are due on Friday, October 5, so don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity. To apply, visit the scholarships section of the ACRL 2019 website.
infoDOCKET reports “following more than a year of exploration, research and input from staff and experts, the Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced a new strategic plan, “Enriching the Library Experience.” In executing this strategic plan over the next five years, the agency will make a decisive shift to be more user-centered, digitally-enabled and data-driven.
Also according to infoDOCKET “the European Union has joined WIPO’s Marrakesh Treaty in a big expansion in membership for the accord, which eases the creation and transfer across national boundaries of texts specially adapted for use by visually impaired people…”
KnowledgeSpeak reports that “the U.S. Congress recently reaffirmed the national role of -open’ in the path to college affordability by renewing the $5 million federal Open Textbook Pilot for another year. Contained in the broader Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act of 2019, the program answers a call from students across the country to tackle textbook costs as a barrier to higher education…”
In addition, infoDOCKET notes that “over the years, the Billings Library, the University of Vermont’s most architecturally important building, has been home to a variety of university functions, some more suited to the cathedral-like grandeur of its interior than others…”
Thanks to a recently completed $11.4 million renovation, Billings will again house university departments whose academic import match its majestic design. UVM Libraries’ Special Collections department took up residence in August, returning the building to its roots as a library. In September the Miller Center for Holocaust Studies, the UVM Humanities Center and the Center for Research on Vermont moved into their new offices on the fourth floor of the building.
Also according to infoDOCKET “the University Library has announced plans to re-design the Main Library. The proposal involves the re-envisioning of Library spaces, including the creation of a new research hub focused on a substantial library collection with lecture rooms, collaboration space, and services to enrich the learning experience of students, along with a dedicated home for the Library’s special collections…”