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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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OCLC awarded IMLS funds to expand its National Leadership Grant project
- 29 Nov 2018

Non-profit global library cooperative OCLC has received a $249,710 award from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to expand its National Leadership Grant project, Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces, to more small and rural public libraries across the US.

In the first two years of the project, OCLC partnered with the Association for Rural&Small Libraries (ARSL) to guide and support 15 small public libraries in 12 states as they applied principles of design thinking to create space for social, active learning at the library. Participating libraries completed an online training program led by WebJunction, OCLC's free online learning community for library staff; and received a $5,000 sub-grant for materials, equipment and furnishings for their reimagined space. One of the libraries, Madison County Public Library, has been recognised as Best Small Library in America 2018 by Library Journal; renovations to the library were supported by the Smart Spaces program.

A self-paced course, Making Space for Active Learning, and the libraries' transformation stories are now available on WebJunction.

The application period will open in January for small US public libraries interested in becoming a Smart Spaces library.

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OCLC awarded IMLS grant to help public libraries, partners respond to opioid epidemic
- 03 Oct 2018

Non-profit global library cooperative OCLC has been awarded a $249,714 National Leadership Grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to collect and share knowledge and resources to support public libraries and their community partners address the opioid crisis.

In partnership with the Public Library Association (PLA), OCLC Research will produce eight case studies of varied communities in which the public library is already playing a role in responding to the opioid crisis. The project team will glean additional perspectives and insights from government agencies, public health and human services organisations, community organisations, library leaders, and people directly affected by the epidemic. A steering committee of library leaders, partner organisations and researchers will guide the work. The project will run through December 2019.

In addition to the case studies, the project team will create a call-to-action white paper, host a WebJunction webinar series, continue to moderate a Facebook group, and curate content and resources for library staff across the country. This new effort builds on past work, including the Opioid Crisis Townhall and related conference library programming and published articles.

According to the National Institutes of Health, more than 115 people die every day after an opioid overdose, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated that misuse of prescription opioids costs $78.5 billion a year. More than 20 percent of patients who have been prescribed opioids misuse them, and the Midwest saw a 70 percent increase in opioid overdoses from July 2016 through September 2017.

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