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Applications for 2017 EBSCO Charleston Scholarship now open
- 16 Aug 2017

Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 EBSCO Charleston Conference scholarship. Sponsored by EBSCO Information Services, the scholarship grants up to $1,000 for the winner to register for the Charleston Conference, as well as other expenses related to attending the conference.

The Charleston Conference is an informal annual gathering of librarians, publishers, electronic resource managers, consultants, and vendors of library materials in Charleston, South Carolina, from November 6-10. Since it began in 1980, the Charleston Conference has grown from 20 participants in 1980 to almost 2,000 in 2016.

Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada, and currently be employed as a librarian or para-professional. The application consists of providing one professional recommendation, a curriculum vitae and a short essay that describes the top three challenges that librarians need to address to position libraries to succeed and to expand their position within their institutions. Applications must be submitted electronically by September 8, 2017.

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RCUK confirms its Open Access block grant funding levels until 2020
- 19 Jul 2017

Research Councils UK (RCUK) has announced that the Open Access block grants will be continued at current levels for a further 2 years. The grants fund costs relating to articles published in peer reviewed journals that have resulted from RCUK funded research and which acknowledge Research Council Funding. Since 2013, when the RCUK Open Access policy came into force, RCUK have provided 108 Research organisations with over £73m to pay for Article Processing Charges (APCs) and other linked costs.

Grants will continue to be awarded twice a year. The value of the award is based on the staff effort on active grants and the current Article Processing Charge (APCs) rates, with an adjustment to reflect the amount of unspent RCUK open access block grant funds carried forward from previous financial years.

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EBSCO Information Services announces 2017 EBSCO Solar grant winners
- 26 Jun 2017

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is awarding its 2017 EBSCO Solar grant to the Athens-Clarke County Library in Athens, Georgia and The Indian Trails Public Library in Wheeling, Illinois. The grants will provide each library with $100,000 to pay for the installation of a solar array. The grant offsets the cost of installing solar panels and allows libraries to reduce their electricity expenditures.

The Athens-Clarke County Library is the headquarters of the 5-county Athens Regional Library System. The library plans to install a 'Sunshine Garden' solar garden, a ground-installed array, on its campus. The library has hosted a variety of sustainability-related events in the past, such as the annual 'Green Life Expo,' which seeks to educate local businesses and families about how to reduce their carbon footprint. As part of the grant, the library plans to partner with local schools to create a STEM solar lab to demonstrate solar energy to children, as well as host a seminar for adults on retrofitting homes with solar panels in conjunction with the library's 'Reflecting, Sharing, Learning' programming.

The Indian Trails Public Library, located in Wheeling, Illinois, serves many communities in the northern Chicago suburbs. Since moving into a new building earlier this year, the library has created plans to start a Giving Garden for children to learn about sustainable farming practices. Along with the solar array, the library is planning programming that will include lectures and an exhibit from the Illinois Solar Energy Association, children's workshops such as UV Energy with UV Beads; Solar Oven Building, a community-wide sustainability fair focused on educating families on how to reduce their carbon footprint; and a career fair in sustainable technologies.

EBSCO received 90 submissions from 15 countries for the 2017 grant. Austin Community College (ACC) District's Highland Campus was the 2016 EBSCO Solar Grant winner which was a single award for $150,000.

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ProQuest and InfoReady simplify grant workflow
- 05 May 2017

ProQuest and technology company InfoReady Corporation are enabling research administrators to save time and improve the accuracy of grant application management by integrating the functionality of the ProQuest Pivot® solution and InfoReady's InfoReady Review platform. The combination creates one seamless workflow from funding opportunity discovery to candidate selection.

Research administrators use Pivot to easily find grant opportunities and resources. Now, data from Pivot will automatically populate in InfoReady Review, which will post the opportunities, route applications for review, and ultimately enable users to select their most eligible grant candidates.

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UH Press wins $90K grant for open-access publishing
- 13 Apr 2017

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the University of Hawai'i a $90,000 grant to digitise 100 out-of-print University of Hawai'i Press books for open access. The project is part of the Humanities Open Book Program, a joint initiative between the Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

UH Press selected the 100 titles-representing fields such as Asian studies, Pacific studies, linguistics, anthropology, and history-based on their contemporary scholarly relevance, historical significance, and practical value for teaching and research purposes.

Beginning in 2018, the digitized titles will be hosted on a custom open-access portal where readers will be able to download them in EPUB and PDF formats. A print-on-demand option will also be offered for select titles.

UH Press currently offers more than 800 titles online through library e-book vendors, and more than 350 scholarly monographs through Hawai'i Scholarship Online, a partnership with Oxford University Press and University Press Scholarship Online.

UH Press, which is celebrating 70 years of publishing, is a member of the Association of American University Presses and the Hawai'i Book Publishers Association.

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