Partnering means more at the library

first_img New leader for Harvard Library Over five years, Sarah Thomas worked to transform the system into a 21st-century research destination So, what do Ivy Plus and ReCAP mean for University library users right now? The beauty of it is, most won’t even notice the change. And that’s the point.They’ll order a book online and pick it up in a day or two; maybe they’ll see a stamp that reads Columbia or Harvard or even Stanford. For them, the easy part is over; the book has found its way into their hands. Then the challenge of scholarship begins. For the first time, the combined knowledge of these universities is waiting for curious minds to use.“Libraries are dedicated to free and democratic access to information,” Thomas said. “It’s a renewable resource: One person can come in and read a book, and it’s still there for another person to read and bring their own knowledge and ideas to it.” Martha Whitehead, now at Queen’s University, will assume Cambridge post in June When Sarah Thomas started as head of Harvard Library in 2013, she was handed a chart showing how the number of books the library held would grow exponentially.Thomas, who stepped down earlier this year as vice president of the Harvard Library and University Librarian and Roy E. Larsen Librarian for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, knew that wasn’t an option — even with the projected growth, the Library would continue to amass an ever-smaller percentage of the explosively growing array of global information sources. Plus, there’s a limit to how many books can fit on a shelf, to how many shelves can fit in a building, and how many buildings can fit on a campus. With space and funds at an ever-growing premium, something had to change.Other libraries were finding themselves in similar circumstances. The shared problem of library collections called for a shared solution.So now, for the first time, Harvard Library is joining forces with other institutions to build one collection — and share it. By teaming up with the Research Collections and Preservation Consortium (ReCAP), a consortium made up of Columbia, Princeton, and the New York Public Library, and with the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation — a consortium among 13 leading academic libraries that grew out of the BorrowDirect resource-sharing service started in 1999 — Harvard is making 90 million books available to its users — almost three times the holdings of the Library of Congress, the world’s largest library.Not just shared books — shared strategyLocated on Princeton’s Forrestal Campus, ReCAP was originally a place for Columbia, Princeton, and the New York Public Library to store the books that couldn’t fit inside their buildings.As Harvard joins the partnership, the vision for ReCAP is shifting from storage building to shared collection. At the same time, the Ivy Plus libraries are moving beyond BorrowDirect to collective collection-building. That means not just sharing books, but collaborating on strategy. The libraries will need to think several steps ahead for the best way to assess, maintain, and build collections for the future.“We’re doing something radical that will change the way in which libraries operate,” Thomas said. “And we expect that it means service will improve radically.”Taking cues from the sharing economy, joining ReCAP and Ivy Plus allows Harvard Library to connect users with the materials they need without having to own them all itself.At the same time, the partnership allows the library to free up physical space on campus and room in the budget to collect one-of-a-kind materials.“Each of the libraries can lean on the others for their specific strengths,” said Elizabeth Kirk, associate University librarian for scholarly resources at Harvard. “It’s an intentional way to have separate collections talk to one another, and it frees Harvard to acquire those primary-source gems that would be financially unattainable otherwise. Those are the kinds of materials that have always set Harvard apart.”As the partnership grows, the partners will be able to access items in the shared collection as if they were their very own, making more materials available with the least amount of effort on the part of library users. “Libraries work hard to make things easy for the people that use them,” Kirk said. “If it’s hard, people won’t use it.”The success of BorrowDirect was a proof of concept that collaboration could work. The service allows users to request a book from any partner library’s collection, choosing from around 90 million items. More than 270,000 items are shared each year across 13 institutions including Harvard, Columbia, and the University of Pennsylvania, with an average wait time of about a day and a half from when users make the online request to delivery at their library. Related Vice president of Harvard Library to retirelast_img read more

U.S. LNG export projects facing uncertain future

first_imgU.S. LNG export projects facing uncertain future FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):After a year of federal approvals for U.S. LNG export projects, the beginning of 2020 holds serious hurdles for the remaining proposals, such as environmental opposition, global LNG oversupply and weak gas prices.Three LNG export projects proposed for the area around Brownsville, Texas, face challenges to their federal authorizations from a coalition of environmental groups, fishermen and other community interests. The Brownsville Ship Channel projects are part of a wave of U.S. Gulf Coast LNG proposals that cleared the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission review process in 2019 and that now vie for the off-take contracts that help finance construction. On Nov. 21, 2019, FERC approved the Exelon Corp.-backed, 6-million-tonne-per-annum (mtpa) Annova LNG Brownsville project; Texas LNG Brownsville LLC’s project, authorized for 4 mtpa and expected to include 2 mtpa in the first phase; and NextDecade Corp.’s Rio Grande LNG project, a terminal with a total design capacity of 27 mtpa.Compared with other large LNG projects, the Brownsville projects have encountered more robust and organized opposition over environmental and economic issues in the commission’s review. Meanwhile, market observers agreed that the window for independent projects to advance to construction is rapidly closing, which could make 2020 a possible shakeout year for the dozen or so projects around the country.“It’s getting late. It’s getting dark. It’s much tougher,” said Michael Webber, an independent LNG analyst and managing partner at Webber Research & Advisory.The picture is especially dark for projects that have not yet announced any firm long-term supply contracts. These proposed facilities include the Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Energy Transfer LP-backed Lake Charles LNG project in Louisiana, LNG Ltd.’s Magnolia LNG project in Louisiana, Pembina Pipeline Corp.’s Jordan Cove LNG project in Oregon, Kinder Morgan Inc.’s Gulf LNG project in Mississippi, and the Texas LNG LLC project in Brownsville.[Dyna Mariel Bade]More ($): U.S. LNG projects face significant challenges as they enter 2020last_img read more

Italian GP live stream, schedule, date and time, and where to watch

first_imgAnyone else getting Deja vu? 🤔#ItalianGP 🇮🇹 #F1— Formula 1 (@F1) September 4, 2020 SUBSCRIBE TO US Azhar Mohamed WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV F1 news: Hamilton tipped to exercise dominanceFormula 1’s teams will abide by new rules governing the use of engine power modes for the first time from today’s qualifying session at the Italian GP. Cars will have to use the same single-engine mode from the start of qualifying to the end of the race. Earlier rules permitted drivers to switch between higher and lower settings. Speaking about the developments that are being enforced from the Italian GP, Sky F1’s Jenson Button said in an interview: “It’s a good thing – and it’s going to bring everyone closer together. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen took a different stand altogether. Verstappen said that the rule change is a bad thing for him since his Mercedes will suddenly be a bit slower. “We won’t lose so much, they probably lose a little bit more, but they have still have such an advantage in qualifying that it will be enough for them anyway to stay ahead.”Also Read | Alain Prost Tells Ferrari To Keep Vettel And Leclerc In LineAlso Read | Hard Work For F1 To Figure Out Rest Of 2020 CalendarImage credits: 2 months ago Hard work for F1 to figure out rest of 2020 calendar 10 months ago Alain Prost tells Ferrari to keep Vettel and Leclerc in line COMMENT Last year’s qualifying…😮🤔😵#ItalianGP 🇮🇹 #F1— Formula 1 (@F1) September 4, 2020 FOLLOW US WE RECOMMEND First Published: 5th September, 2020 16:24 IST Saturday, September 5, 2020Third Practice Session – Italian (3.30 PM IST) Qualifying Race – Italian (6.30 PM IST)Sunday, September 6, 2020Main Race – Italian  (6.40 PM IST) Following the three practice sessions, the Italian GP qualifying race will take place on September 5 with the Italian GP main race scheduled for September 6.Also Read | Michael Schumacher: Latest Health Update Gives Hope To F1 Icon’s FansItalian GP live stream details: How to watch Italian GP live in India and elsewhereItalian GP qualifying and the main race will be telecast live on Star Sports Select in India. the official broadcast partners for F1 in the subcontinent. Italian GP live stream will be available on Disney+Hotstar. For fans in the United States, the telecast will be on ESPN while those in Australia can watch the Italian GP live on Fox Sports.  Written By Last Updated: 5th September, 2020 16:24 IST Italian GP Live Stream, Schedule, Date And Time, And Where To Watch Here’s a look at the Italian GP schedule, rule changes, time and live stream details ahead of the eighth race of the Formula 1 season in 2020. The F1 Italian Grand Prix will take place on Sunday, September 6 over 53 laps. Champion Lewis Hamilton grabbed pole position in the Belgian Grand Prix that took place over 44 laps at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps and dedicated the victory in the memory of late Hollywood star Chadwick Boseman, who lost his battle against cancer. This week’s Italian Grand Prix gives Hamilton another in the host of chances to exercise his dominance in the sport. Italian GP live stream, schedule, date and timeDefending champion Lewis Hamilton will once again look to grasp the top spot after he set a new track record. Meanwhile,  Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen will also be looking to compete. Also Read | Michael Schumacher Regains Consciousness After Stem Cell Therapy? 11 months ago Michael Schumacher: Latest health update gives hope to F1 icon’s fans 11 months ago Michael Schumacher regains consciousness after stem cell therapy?last_img read more