New Endowment at Arizona State, OA Monographs from MIT Press, Grants for Maine Libraries, and More News Briefs

Arizona State University gets $1M from former Head of Special Collections, MIT Press Direct publishes first grant-funded open access monographs, the Rose and Samuel Rudman Library Trust awards grants totaling $23,895 to 32 libraries, and more News Briefs.

open book with floral illustrationMarilyn Wurzburger, former Head of Special Collections at the Arizona State University (ASU) Library, is providing a $1 million endowment gift to the library, which will bolster the university’s access to rare archival materials. Her gift will be made visible to all who visit the newly named Wurzburger Reading Room located on the ground floor.

Four of the 3-D printers at Hartford Public Library (HPL), CT, were taken from the Downtown Library on April 9 and placed in the homes of staff members who are making mask adaptors for UConn Health. The other two printers will be retrieved from HPL’s neighborhood libraries and pressed into service as well. The library is working through its stock of filament—the tough fiber used in 3-D printing—and will make as many masks as possible.

The Little Free Library nonprofit organization has received the 2020 World Literacy Award for its significant contribution to global literacy. The award was presented by the World Literacy Foundation at their online World Literacy Summit.

The MIT Press has published its first open access monographs on the MIT Press Direct platform at Supported by a three-year, $850,000 grant from the Arcadia Fund, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, the project is part of a larger initiative to explore alternatives to the traditional market-based business model for professional and scholarly works on specialized subjects.

The Rose and Samuel Rudman Library Trust of the Maine Community Foundation has awarded grants totaling $23,895 to 32 libraries in Aroostook, Hancock, Knox, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo, and Washington counties. The grants, which range from $300 to $1,000, support programs and activities. A full list of grant recipients is available at

Sisters in Crime is accepting applications for its seventh annual Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award, a $2,000 grant awarded to an emerging writer of color. The award honors the late African-American crime fiction author Eleanor Taylor Bland. Candidates must apply by June 8, and the winner will be announced by July 15.

two story study space in Yale University Libraries with desk, computers, chairsA four-generation Yale family has created a permanent endowment for Yale University Library’s Center for Science and Social Science Information—a gift that will support key university initiatives in the sciences and social sciences. The center, which will continue to be located in Kline Tower, will be renamed Marx Science and Social Science Library in honor of the Marx family’s support of Yale libraries.

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