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Northwestern University Press joins initiative to diversify academic publishing
- 01 Mar 2019

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded a four-year, $1,205,000 grant to the University of Washington Press to support the continued development and expansion of the pipeline program designed to diversify academic publishing by offering apprenticeships in acquisitions departments.

This new grant will provide for three annual cycles of editorial fellows at six university presses: Northwestern University Press, the University of Washington Press, the MIT Press, Cornell University Press, the Ohio State University Press and the University of Chicago Press.

The new grant builds on the success of the initial 2016 grant from the Mellon Foundation, which funded the first cross-press initiative of its kind in the US to address the marked lack of diversity in the academic publishing industry. Graduates of the first fellowship program hold professional positions at university presses across the country, including Columbia University Press, the MIT Press, University of Virginia Press, the Ohio State University Press and the University of Washington Press. In addition, for the four participating presses, the initial grant expanded applicant pools, improved outreach to underrepresented communities, created more equitable preliminary screening practices in hiring and enabled dedicated attention to diversity, equity and inclusion overall.

The 2016 grant also served as a catalyst for broader changes at the partner presses and within the Association of University Presses (AUPresses) as a larger organisation.

The new grant offers opportunities for more sustained engagement with issues of diversity, equity and inclusion among the new partner presses and the university press community more broadly.

The first and second grants combined provide for a total of 30 fellows in six years, which will generate marked shifts in acquisitions staff across university presses not possible without this kind of dedicated funding.

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EBSCO Information Services seeks applications for 2019 Solar grant program
- 29 Jan 2019

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has announced the 2019 EBSCO Solar grant program to help libraries in their sustainability efforts. As part of the EBSCO Solar initiative, EBSCO is soliciting grant applications to give libraries the opportunity to 'go green' by funding solar installations. EBSCO will be accepting submissions from both domestic and international libraries.

The grants will allow winning libraries to reduce their utilities expenses and install a solar array at their institution. After seeing the benefits of 'going green' on its own campus, EBSCO introduced the EBSCO Solar grant program so libraries interested in adding their own solar arrays can do so. Since 2016, EBSCO has given libraries more than $650,000 in grant money.

Red Feather Lakes Library in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado, Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, and The University of West Indies, Mona in Kingston, Jamaica, received grants last year and are planning to install their arrays in 2019.

Interested libraries may submit questions until February 28. Submissions are due by April 30, and the winner will be announced on June 21, 2019, both online and at ALA-Annual.

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US federal government shutdown disappoints American Chemical Society
- 27 Dec 2018

The American Chemical Society (ACS) is disappointed that the administration and Congress were unable to come to a bipartisan agreement on a funding bill for 2019, forcing a partial shutdown of government operations. ACS has called on both parties to set aside partisan differences and work together to finalise a spending agreement.

The shutdown threatens funding at critical science agencies, including the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency Office of Research and Development, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Chemical Safety Board.

Moving forward, the Society continues to advocate for sustained funding for science within the US as outlined in its public policy statement Science and Technology in the Budget.

ACS will be closely monitoring this situation and providing updates to its members via Twitter.

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Wolters Kluwer, Health and ACHNE partner to advance community and public health research by nurse educators
- 14 Dec 2018

Wolters Kluwer, Health will be awarding a grant together with the Association of Community Health Nursing Educators (ACHNE) to support community and public health educational research. The grant, to be awarded to a nurse educator, comes at a time when healthcare is increasingly taking place outside the acute care setting, requiring educators to strengthen their instruction in population-level healthcare and develop their nursing students' ability to manage complex chronic conditions.

The call for grant proposals opened December 12 and will officially be awarded in June 2019 at ACHNE's 41st Annual Institute. The $3,000 grant will be facilitated by ACHNE's Research Committee Chair, Dr. Ann Stalter, through the organisation's annual Small Grant Award process.

As nurses take on more roles in response to today's increasing complex healthcare environment, it is expected that this grant will support a more concerted effort in public health education.

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American Institute of Physics receives $650,000 grant from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to digitise rare books
- 03 Dec 2018

The American Institute of Physics (AIP) has received a three-year, $646,697 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to make a unique collection of rare books in the physical sciences universally accessible.

The grant will enable AIP's Niels Bohr Library&Archives to provide global, digital access to the Wenner Collection, a repository that features 3,800 volumes, dating back nearly five centuries. The grant will make the Wenner Collection accessible to the public for the first time, allowing for new use and engagement with these rare books.

By conducting comprehensive bibliographic description, according to national library standards, these rare books and publications will be discoverable to the world, not only through the Library's online public access catalogue, but also through WorldCat, an international library discovery tool. Included in the catalogue will be provenance information related to past ownership or creation, including binding, printing, and publishing history.

Beyond making the collection freely accessible, this project also will provide scholars with an enhanced opportunity to use AIP's collections in future research projects. AIP plans for this collection to be a magnet for scholars, authors and broad audiences. The collection and its treasures will enrich scholarly research and inspire these audiences with the history and stories of science in its contemporaneous forms.

Work on the project supported by the Sloan Foundation will begin January 2019, with the expectation that the Wenner Collection will be digitised and freely accessible to the public by December 2021.

The funding is provided through the Sloan Foundation's Universal Access to Knowledge program, which seeks to harness advances in digital information technology to facilitate the openness and accessibility of all knowledge in the digital age for the widest public benefit under fair and secure conditions.

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