Association of College & Research Libraries


Hugh Thompson

The American Library Association,in cooperation with the Newberry Library in Chicago and the New York Public Library, has received a $435,000 grant from the National Endow- ment for the Humanities for a project entitled “The Many Realms of King Arthur.” The project will include an exhi- bition in two formats—a traveling freestanding panel and a tabletop version—for display in libraries; a reading and discussion program theme package; an exhibition catalog; and educational materi- als that will accompany the exhibition. “The Many Realms of King Arthur” will explore how the legend has been depicted through the cen- turies in literature, history, art, and music.

Cleveland State University Library hasbeen awarded a grant of $45,000 from the John P. Murphy Foundation of Cleveland, Ohio. The grant will allow archival and preservation work to begin on the Cleveland Union Terminal Papers, a donation from Gerald Adams in 1982 that includes correspondence, construction reports, financial records, railroad operation records, and other records dealing with construction and operation of the Terminal Tower. The materials are part of a special collection being created covering the social, political, and economic history of the greater Cleveland area.

Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio, has received two grants totaling $1 million for construction of a new library and the development of its humanities collection. The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded $400,000 as its part of a challenge grant in which $1.2 million had already been committed. A $600,000 completion grant was awarded by the Kresge Foundation of Troy, Michigan. The funds are part of a $7.1 million goal for the library construction and its overall capital campaign.

Holston Academic Libraries, Inc., a consortium of academic libraries in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, has been

OTif‹ir/–iûn C/i^O 009 oc tno cor-nn/l incMllmtint /"\r a five-year Title III grant from the U.S. Department of Edu- cation. The consortium is in the process of implementing a shared, integrated system with this grant. Funding will cover retrospective conver- sion, software, hardware, high-speed telecommunica- tions links, and personnel re- quired to integrate biblio- graphic records of the member libraries and to implement database en- hancements. The integrated system will contain over 550,000 volumes and 2,0 current serial titles.

The Tri-State College library Cooperative,serving 32 academic and special libraries in the Philadelphia area, has received a Title III LSCA grant from the State Library of Pennsylvania. Grant funds will be used to plan and present a series of three workshops focusing on collaborative collection development; describing existing models and projects both within and outside of Pennsylvania; and fostering the development of collaborative collection development and resource sharing projects.

The University of Hartford Libraries hasreceived a $24,980 grant from the William & Alice Mortensen Foundation to expand CD- ROM capacities within the university. The funding permitted purchase of two Virtual-server/ Gateway-286 computers and peripherals. The most frequently used CD-ROM databases in the University Libraries are now connected through a network computer system allowing multiuser and multisite applications.

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)Libraries has received a second $10,000 gift from John A. Mapp, an honorary member of the VCU Friends of the Library Board and former dean of the VCU Evening College and Summer Sessions. An earlier gift of $10,000 was made possible by Mapp’s great-great grandfather’s purchase of one $10 share in the Maryland National Bank in 1806. The share was passed from generation to generation until 1988, when it was worth $10,000 and the Mapps donated it to the VCU Libraries. The latest gift will be used to provide students and faculty with services that will complement honors courses.

Willamette University in Salem, Oregon,has received a grant of $326,000 from the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust of Portland, Oregon. The funds will be used for the automation of the College of Law Library and the incorporation of its bibliographic records into the Mark O. Hatfield Library’s existing Innovative Interfaces system. Grant money will also be used to add serials and acquisitions modules to the existing library system and for a variety of other systems and database enhancements.

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