Grants and Acquisitions

Ann-Christe Galloway

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The Mortenson Center for International Library Programs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been awarded a $521,014 three-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which will help make leadership training accessible to librarians around the world. With the funding, the center will work toward strengthening library training providers’ ability to deliver high-quality leadership training to public librarians in order to help them position their libraries to meet critical community needs and to offer access to information and knowledge. During the development of the training materials, the center will pilot-test them with three different library training providers in three distinct geographical locations: Myanmar, Namibia, and Armenia. The library training providers in these countries will then train 100 public and community librarians in their respective countries.

Acquisitions

The papers of Ingo Swann (1933–2013), have been acquired by the University of West Georgia. Swann a writer, artist, and psychic who notably was involved in the Star Gate Project, a U.S. program that investigated whether psychic phenomenon had domestic and military applications during the Cold War. Beginning in 1972, Swann worked with H. E. Puthoff and Russell Targ at the Stanford Research Institute in experiments began with magnometer psychokinesis. Swann was later involved in experiments, using a term he coined remote viewing, in which the subject visualizes locations based on geographical coordinates. It was during this type of experiment in 1973 that Swann stated that the planet Jupiter had rings, which was prior to the Voyager probe’s visit there in 1979. The 63 linear feet of Swann’s papers will be placed in the Irvine Sullivan Ingram Library’s Special Collections.

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