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Construction begins on new Cornell Fine Arts Library

Rand Hall, located on the Ithaca campus of Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, is being transformed over the next 18 months to house the Mui Ho Fine Arts Library (FAL). The FAL will be a state-of-the-art facility with massed stacks of books as its centerpiece, digital resources, and voluminous reading and study space. The library will accommodate 125,000 volumes, in a configuration forming an inverted ziggurat of books two stories high with stacks accessible by stairs and walkways. Features will include reading carrels with built-in monitors and lockable book storage, public computing stations and a seminar room, and, in the future, a large touchscreen so users can call up digital materials.

Rendering of the design for the interior of the Cornell Fine Arts Library.

Rendering of the design for the interior of the Cornell Fine Arts Library.

Mui Ho , an architect and educator retired from the University of California-Berkeley, committed $6 million to the library in 2013. The $21.6 million project received its final approval from the Cornell University Board of Trustees on December 7, 2017, and contractors from Welliver began interior demolition work in Rand Hall on December 19, 2017. Wolfgang Tschapeller is the design architect, and New York City-based STV is the architectural firm of record, with a team led by Harris Feinn. Construction is expected to be completed in June 2019, and the library will open for the subsequent fall semester.

Immersion ‘18 registration now open

The ACRL Immersion Program is all new for 2018. Immersion ‘18 will take place July 29-August 3, 2018, at the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, Minnesota. Immersion ‘18 is an intensive, five-day program designed for those who contribute to the educational role of libraries in higher education. The curriculum is built upon four cornerstones: critical reflective practice, design thinking, leadership, and information literacy. The curriculum will include a range of activities, from keynotes that lay a foundation to group work with opportunities for discussion, hands-on activities, peer-to-peer feedback, and a capstone experience. Registration is now open, and May 4, 2018, is the deadline to register. A limited number of scholarships are available for the program. Full details are on the ACRL website at www.ala.org/acrl/conferences/immersion.

CLIR invites applications for 2018 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections Awards

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is now accepting applications for 2018 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives awards. The national competition, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, supports digitizing collections of rare and unique content in collecting institutions. Grants of between $50,000 and $250,000 for a single-institution project, or between $50,000 and $500,000 for a collaborative project, may be sought for projects beginning between January 1 and June 1, 2019. The initial proposal round is open, and proposals are due by April 3, 2018. The final proposal round is by invitation. Only those applicants whose initial proposals have been approved by the program’s review panel will be able to submit a final proposal. Information for applicants, including a link to the online application form, is available at www.clir.org/hiddencollections/applicant-resources/.

Wayne State University Library System joins Greater Western Library Alliance

The Wayne State University Library System (WSULS) has been granted admission to the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA). The GWLA membership approved this action through a ballot proposal conducted in December 2017. WSULS consists of the university’s five libraries: the David Adamany Undergraduate Library, the Arthur Neef Law Library, the Purdy/Kresge Library, the Vera P. Shiffman Medical Library, and the Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs, as well as the School of Information Sciences. WSULS also hosts operations for the Detroit Area Library Network, a consortium of 19 academic, public, school, and special libraries.

GWLA is a consortium of research libraries headquartered in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. Its member institutions are predominantly in the central and western United States. With the addition of WSULS, GWLA comprises 38 member institutions.

2018 Legislative Day Travel Scholarship recipients announced

ACRL’s Government Relations Committee is pleased to announce that five ACRL members have been selected to receive travel scholarships to attend National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) in Washington, D.C., May 7-8, 2018, for the first time. The recipients are Mohamed Berray (Florida State University), Sonya M. Durney (University of New England), Annah Hackett (Grand View University), Virginia Moran (Macalester College), and Cara B. Stone (Iowa State University). During NLLD, librarians, library staff, and library supporters from around the country converge on Capitol Hill to meet with their federal representatives to advocate for the support of libraries and library-friendly legislation. More information on NLDD is available at www.ala.org/advocacy/advleg/nlld.

Five librarians selected as 2018 IFLA/OCLC Fellows

OCLC, along with the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), has named five librarians selected to participate in the Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program for 2018. The program supports library and information science professionals from countries with developing economies, focusing on a broad range of issues in information technologies, library operations, and global cooperative librarianship. With the selection of the five fellows for the class of 2018, the program will have welcomed 90 librarians and information science professionals from 40 different countries.

The 2018 IFLA/OCLC Fellows are Alehegn Adane Kinde (University of Gondar, Ethiopia), Arnold Mwanzu (International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, Kenya), Irina Livia Niţu (National Library of Romania), Chantelle Richardson (National Library of Jamaica), and Chandra Pratama Setiawan (Petra Christian University, Indonesia). Read more about the IFLA/OCLC Fellowship Program on the OCLC Next blog at www.oclc.org/blog/main/inspiring-breakthroughs-in-librarianship-worldwide.

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