By Donna DiMichele | June 29, 2016
“Colonial Justice” Digital Archive of 1729-1812 R.I. Court Records
The Rhode Island Historical Society (RIHS) has launched the digital archive “Colonial Justice: Preserving and Digitizing Early Rhode Island Court Records.” These specific collections were selected by RIHS curators for digitization based on their rarity, as well as their unique documentation of the colonial justice system in Rhode Island. Rhode Island has a rich judicial history, which is now visually – and immediately – accessible to students, researchers, and scholars anywhere in the world.
From a single online location, users can now access selected 1729-1812 records from the courts of Providence County, Kent County, and what was known as Kings County (now Washington County). The online archive is free and open to the public.
The earliest documents are those from 1729-1741 for the Providence County Justice Court at Warwick and those from 1730-1739 for the Kings County Court Records. The latest documents are the Providence County Justice Court Dockets from 1809 to 1812.
The digital archive is located at: http://www.rihs.org/connect/online-exhibits/colonial-justice-gallery/.
All images are also linked to digital catalog records for easy navigation in the RIHS’s online catalog, NETOP.The project was made possible through a grant from the Rhode Island Supreme Court Historical Society Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation.
About the Rhode Island Historical Society
Founded in 1822, the RIHS is the fourth-oldest historical society in the United States and is Rhode Island’s largest and oldest historical organization, as well as its only Smithsonian Affiliate. In Providence, the RIHS owns and operates the John Brown House Museum, a designated National Historic Landmark, built in 1788; the Aldrich House, built in 1822 and used for administration and public programs; and the Mary Elizabeth Robinson Research Center, where archival, book and image collections are housed. In Woonsocket, the RIHS manages the Museum of Work and Culture, a community museum examining the industrial history of northern Rhode Island and of the workers and settlers, especially French-Canadians, who made it one of the state’s most distinctive areas.
By Donna DiMichele | June 28, 2016
The New England Library Association (NELA) is sponsoring an Advocacy Summit on Tuesday, July 19th at Tower Hill Botanical Gardens in Boylston, MA. This is the first time NELA has embarked on this type of event and it encourages participation from all six New England states.
Opening Keynote: Jeremy Johannesen, Executive Director, New York Library Association. Jeremy spoke to the Chapter Leaders at ALA Midwinter in Boston this year on the topic of advocacy.
Closing Keynote: Marci Merola, Director, Office for Library Advocacy at ALA. This year, ALA President, Sari Feldman launched a campaign, Libraries Transform along with adopting a resolution to support the 2015 Advocacy Implementation Plan. Marci will share more about these two initiatives.
Throughout the day there will be opportunities for attendees, whether new to the advocacy world, or an experienced library advocate, to learn, share and network.
Registration is required. Fee: $40.00
NELA’s mission is to initiate, plan and support regional activities and to encourage the exchange of ideas. NELA wants participants to leave inspired and motivated to take action whether on the local, state or national level!
By Donna DiMichele | June 28, 2016
Call for Nominations
With the generous support of David Rubenstein, the Library of Congress has asked Rhode Island Center for the Book at Rhode Island Council for the Humanities to administer a state literacy awards program.
Our awards program will recognize literacy projects that deliver impact through partnership with the Rhode Island library community.
Libraries in Rhode Island are invited to make nominations for this award. The Advisory Board of Rhode Island Center for the Book will read the nominations and name an award winner. The award will be presented at the Rhode Island Center for the Book Advisory Board meeting in October. The award will be accompanied by a check for $500.00 to support the work of the literacy project.
Nominating a Rhode Island Literacy Program
- The nominations will open June 27, 2016 and close on August 31, 2016.
- Only ONE nomination from a library will be accepted; only RI libraries may nominate.
- The nominated literacy program may be a component of library service, a community organization housed in a library or a project that operates in close cooperation with the nominating library.
- Nominations must include: (1) a cover letter from the nominator with complete contact information for the nominator and for the nominated literacy program, (2) a statement of impact which explains (in 750 words or less) the value of the program being nominated, how the grant money will be used and (3) up to two pieces of supporting material (program materials or an additional letter of support).
- Questions? Please contact Kate Lentz, Director, Rhode Island Center for the Book at Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (firstname.lastname@example.org) or via phone (401.273.2250)
- Nominations should be sent to the following address:
Rhode Island Center for the Book
131 Washington St.
Providence, RI 02903
For more information about the partners:
RI Center for the Book at the RI Council for the Humanities
The Office of Library and Information services is proud to be a partner and sponsor
of the RI Center for the Book at RICH.
By Donna DiMichele | June 20, 2016
Latinos in Rhode Island Bilingual Rhode Tour
Read, see and hear about storied places, economic tales, and religious communities that have helped Latinos make Providence and Rhode Island their home using the new Latinos in Rhode Island Bilingual Rhode Tour. The project was funded as a product of the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant from the American Library Association and National Endowment for the Humanities.
Rhode Tour is an app and website that puts Rhode Island stories on the map. Linked to particular locations, Rhode Tour uses stories, oral histories, images, and movies to reveal history behind the place. Rhode Tour is a joint initiative of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, Brown University’s John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, and the Rhode Island Historical Society. This tour was made in partnership with Rhode Island Latino Arts.
Download the FREE Rhode Tour app from the App Store or Google Play or visit RhodeTour.org and click on the Latinos in Rhode Island tour.
By Donna DiMichele | June 7, 2016
Libraries in historic buildings may be eligible for a State Preservation Grant from the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission. The Commission is accepting applications for the 2016 round of grants. A Letter of Intent (strongly encouraged) is due on July 1, 2016, and Applications are due on Friday, August 19, 2016. You can download copies of the application (multiple documents) from the Commission’s website.
Approximately $1.5 million in matching grants is available for capital preservation projects at libraries, museums, cultural art centers, and public historic sites located in historic buildings. A Letter of Intent (strongly encouraged) is due on July 1, 2016, and applications are due on Friday, August 19, 2016.
RIHPHC will hold three grant workshops:
1. Wednesday, June 29 at 2pm at the Old State House, 150 Benefit St. Providence
2. Thursday, June 30 at 10am at the offices of The Preservation Society of Newport County, 424 Bellevue Ave., Newport
3. Friday, July 1 at 10am at Harris Mill, 618 Main St, Coventry
For more information, please contact Sarah Zurier at (401)222-4142.
By Donna DiMichele | June 7, 2016
Phyllis Humphrey, Library Media Specialist at Cole Middle School in East Greenwich, was presented with the Golden Apple award by NBC10, the RI Department of Education and Hasbro. Phyllis was appointed by the Governor to the Library Board of Rhode Island (LBRI) in 2008 to represent school libraries. She is also a member of the School Librarians of Rhode Island.
The award is given to outstanding educators who are nominated by their peers, students or others. Commissioner of Education Ken Wagner presented the award on June 2 in the library with an audience of students and teachers. A video of the presentation and and a short interview with Phyllis is online.
By Donna DiMichele | May 19, 2016
The current issue of Library of Congress Magazine looks at the evolving role of public libraries in America. You can download a PFD of the magazine from the Library of Congress website.
By Donna DiMichele | May 16, 2016
The Federal Emergency Management agency (FEMA) and the RI Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) have both declared that it’s hurricane season and are promoting hurricane preparedness. May 15 – 21 is Hurricane Preparedness Week.
Now it the right time to update your disaster plan and make sure its current to meet present circumstances. (Really check it . . . you may not realize there are updates needed.)
If you don’t have a disaster plan, create one using the Disaster Planning Tools on the OLIS Disaster and Preservation Planning web page.
RIEMA is posting hurricane preparedness tips on Twitter all week @RhodeIslandEMA #HurricanPrep
The two announcements below are copied from a FEMA online newsletter.
Hurricane Preparedness Week
|Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 15-21. If you live, work, or visit an area that’s prone to hurricanes, take this time to prepare for the storm.
To help you with your preparations, view the new America’s PrepareAthon! animation on hurricane preparedness entitled, “When the Waves Swell.”
The video includes a few hurricane preparedness actions to take such as:
· Board windows to protect your home;
· Secure loose objects outside so they don’t blow away; and
· Download the FEMA mobile application which provides weather alerts for up to five locations.
You can also read the America’s PrepareAthon! How to Prepare for a Hurricane guide to get more information on what to do before, during, and after a hurricane.
Webinar: Protect Your Business This Hurricane Season (note: Most of the recommendations apply to libraries which operate in ways similar to small businesses.)
Title: Protect Your Business This Hurricane Season
Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Time: 2:00 – 2:30 p.m. EDT
Join the Small Business Administration and PrepareMyBusiness co-sponsor Agility Recovery, as they share lessons learned and the best methods to prepare your organization for the upcoming Hurricane season.
The start of the 2016 season is only days away so the time for preparation is now. Your organization is more than just a place of business to your customers, employees and stakeholders. Your organization is a key aspect of their lives, and one that must be protected. If your organization is affected by a storm, how well will you be prepared to serve those who depend on you in their time of need? Topics covered will include: Preparing Employees; Practical Steps to Organize and Prepare Your Business; and Simple Tools and Takeaways Any Organization Can Use Today.
The SBA partners with Agility to offer business continuity strategies through its “PrepareMyBusiness” website. Visit www.preparemybusiness.org to access previous webinars and for additional preparedness tips.
The FEMA Private Sector Division partners with SBA and Agility Recovery to make the monthly “Prepare My Business” webinars available to our e-bulletin subscribers. This information does not represent an endorsement by FEMA of any commercial or private sector issues, products, or services.
To contact the FEMA Private Sector Division, email FEMA-Private-Sector@FEMA.dhs.gov.
By Donna DiMichele | May 9, 2016
Providence Public Library has received a three-year $530,000 federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant to create a high impact workforce development program model to serve 600+ local teens.
Planning is started through the Library’s Education Department with teen programs slated to begin in the fall of 2016. The Learning in Libraries project will support teens with free, accessible, high-quality competency-based learning opportunities, leading to digital credentials, academic credit, exposure to the world of work, and entry into education and career pathways. The four goals of the project are to:
- Establish the Library as the backbone organization in the collective impact for education and workforce development for teens in Rhode Island;
- Develop youth-driven and-centered competency-based programming responsive to the school and community context that will create, expand and connect teens to workforce development opportunities;
- Create a shared, scalable and replicable framework that harnesses library collections and resources, community partners, and mentoring that is driven by student interest and aligned to education and workforce development standards with measurable outcomes; and
- Build a data-driven case of the Library’s critical role in education and workforce development for teens.
Karisa Tashjian, Director of Education and Shannon Lake, Teen Educator/Librarian, will be leading the project.
By Donna DiMichele | April 29, 2016
Seven federal agencies have announced the second round of Performance Partnership Pilots for Disconnected Youth (P3). The funding will support efforts to help young people between the ages of 14 and 24 who are low-income, homeless, in foster care, in the juvenile justice system, unemployed, not enrolled in school or at risk of dropping out. P3 will test innovative, outcome-focused strategies to achieve significant improvements for disconnected youth in educational, employment, and other key outcomes. The estimated range of awards is $250,000 to $350,000, and the agencies will name up to 10 pilots.
Application deadline: June 27, 2016.
Optional Notice of Intent to Apply deadline: May 26, 2016.
P3 applicants must already receive federal funds for projects of similar scope from one or more of the participating agencies: IMLS; the Departments of Education; Labor; Health and Human Services; Justice; and Housing and Urban Development; and the Corporation for National and Community Service. State, local or tribal governments can apply as lead applicants for P3, and local libraries and non-profits may also be well-suited as P3 partners; in the first round of the competition, for example, an LSTA-funded public library was named as a partner in the Broward County (FL) pilot.
P3 allows flexibility under federal statutes, regulations, and other requirements to overcome barriers and align program and reporting requirements, enabling applicants to propose the most effective ways to use these dollars.
As with the first round of P3, there are separate categories of consideration (absolute priorities) for rural and tribal applicants. There is also a new absolute priority for communities that have experienced recent civil unrest. There are a variety of other competitive priorities detailed in the notice.
A P3 webinar (“bidders conference”) scheduled for Monday, May 9, at 1:00pm Eastern Time, will cover details from the notice including program requirements and selection criteria. You can register in advance at youth.gov, which serves as the clearinghouse for P3 information. The recording will also be available later.
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