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Rural & Small Libraries Conference

By admin | July 12, 2017

From the Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL)*:

Have you registered to attend the Association for Rural and Small Libraries 2017 Conference in beautiful St. George, UT, Sept. 7-9? If not, you didn’t miss out!  You cannot beat these prices even though the early bird rate is past. Full conference rates begin at only $325 for members. Not only is breakfast and lunch included on Thursday and Friday, but you get a meal on Saturday too – all for that low price!

Pre-registering for the conference entitles attendees to all general session/speaker events.

To top it all off, you get to meet top caliber librarians with many networking and learning opportunities.  See you in St. George. #ARSL2017

Register online for the ARSL conference.

*The Association for Rural & Small Libraries, Inc. is a network of persons throughout the country dedicated to the positive growth and development of libraries.  ARSL believes in the value of rural and small libraries and strives to create resources and services that address national, state, and local priorities for libraries situated in rural communities.

Learn more about ARSL!

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Public Libraries : Apply for a Programming Kit for “The Vietnam War”

By Donna DiMichele | June 21, 2017

Public libraries are invited to a 10-part documentary film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that will air on PBS stations beginning Sept. 17. The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.  Apply by August 1 to bring a programming kit for “The Vietnam War” to your public library.

In an immersive narrative, Burns and Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film. “The Vietnam War” features testimony from nearly 80 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides. Learn more about the film at http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/the-vietnam-war/home/.

Fifty public libraries will be selected, through a competitive application process, to receive the kit, which will include a programming guide and a copy of the full 18-hour documentary series on DVD, with public performance rights. The kit will help libraries participate in a national conversation about one of the most consequential, divisive and controversial events in American history.

Recipients will also receive promotional materials, online resources developed to support local programs, opportunities for partnership with local PBS station(s), and more.

Participating libraries will be required to host at least one program related to the film before Jan. 1, 2018, along with other promotional and reporting requirements.

View the full project guidelines: https://apply.ala.org/thevietnamwar/guidelines

Or begin your online application: https://apply.ala.org/TheVietnamWar

Applications must be received by August 1, 2017.

The project is offered by the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office in partnership with WETA Productions in Washington, D.C.

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State Preservation Grants Available

By Donna DiMichele | June 6, 2017

The Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission has announced that the 2017 State Preservation Grant program is accepting applications. The purpose of the program is to support capital preservation projects at public historic sites, museums, and cultural art centers located in historic structures in the State of Rhode Island.

The following groups are eligible to apply for grants through this program:

Full details and application are available online.

Join RIHPHC staff at an upcoming SPG workshop:

 

RSVP for a workshop by contacting Sarah Zurier at (401) 222-4142.

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National Library Legislative Day – participate virtually!

By admin | April 24, 2017

National Library Legislative Day is May 1-2 in Washington DC.  Rhode Island has a delegation of 8 attending, including members of the Library Board of Rhode Island, the Coalition of Library Advocates, the RI Library Association, and School Librarians of Rhode Island; the delegation is supported by the Office of Library and Information Services.

The delegation will be visiting with members of the RI congressional delegation to bring their attention to the importance of libraries, the importance of federal funding (especially LSTA) in supporting library services in Rhode Island, and other legislation that impacts libraries.  If you can’t make it to DC next week, you can still attend the American Library Association’s Briefing Day that is a critical part of National Library Legislative Day.

Learn more about how you can virtually participate in National Library Legislative Day and review the schedule and Issue Briefs.

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Opportunities to Publish

By Donna DiMichele | April 11, 2017

Librarianship and Genealogy: Trends, Issues, Case Studies

Book Publisher: McFarland

Co-Editors:
Carol Smallwood, co-editor. Library’s Role in Supporting Financial Literacy for Patrons (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016); public library administrator, special, school librarian.
Vera Gubnitskaia, co-editor. Reference Librarian, Valencia College, Winter Park, Florida; co-editor, Library Outreach to Writers and Poets (forthcoming, McFarland).

One or two chapters sought from U.S. practicing academic, public, school, special librarians, LIS faculty, sharing practical know-how about what works for patrons with genealogy: proven, creative, case studies, how-to chapters based on experience to help colleagues with acquisitions, storage, digitization, innovative workshops, community outreach, grants, user instruction, latest resources.

One, two, or three authors per chapter; each chapter by the same author(s).

Compensation: one complimentary copy per 3,000-4,000 word chapter accepted no matter how many co-authors or if one or two chapters: author discount on more.

E-mail titles of proposed chapters each described in a few sentences by May 30, 2017, brief bio on each author; place GENEALOGY, YOUR LAST NAME on subject line: smallwood.carol@gmail.com

Tolerance: Social Justice and Activism in Libraries, Moving Beyond Diversity to Action

Book Publisher: McFarland

Co-Editors:
Su Epstein, Ph.D., co-editor. Director, Saxton B. Little Free Library, Columbia, Connecticut;
Carol Smallwood, co-editor. Public Library Systems, Special, School Librarian, Michigan;
Vera Gubnitskaia, co-editor. Reference Librarian, Valencia College, Winter Park, Florida.

One or two chapters sought from U.S. practicing academic, public, school, special librarians, LIS faculty, sharing how to take the concept of diversity to the next level. The role librarians can play in social justice and social change, activities supporting tolerance in libraries. Topics could be inclusivity, tolerance, civic engagement, civic education, human rights, social responsibility; in the areas of collection development, programming, professional development, partnerships and outreach—just to name a few.

One author or two or three authors per chapter. Compensation: one complimentary copy per 3,000-4,000 word chapter accepted no matter how many co-authors or if one or two chapters: author discount on more copies.

Contributors are expected to sign a release form in order to be published.

E-mail titles of proposed chapters each described in a few sentences by May 30, 2017, brief bio on each author; place TOL, YOUR LAST NAME on subject line to: epsteinsc@gmail.com

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Celebrate 15 Years of Reading Across Rhode Island

By Donna DiMichele | April 11, 2017

The RI Center for the Book is celebrating the 15th year of the signature program Reading Across Rhode Island!

Event includes brunch with RI author Ann Hood, the famous Penny Social, a performance by Living Literature, trivia and more! Come celebrate 15 years of promoting literacy and community connections across our state!

When: Sunday, May 21, 2017, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Where:  The Squantum Association, 947 Veterans Memorial, Parkway, East Providence, RI

Cost: $25.00 Payable in Advance
Pay online or Call 401-273-2250

The Office of Library and Information Services
is a proud sponsor of Reading Across RI!

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RI Governor Proclaims April “School Library Month”

By Donna DiMichele | March 31, 2017

Celebrate School Library Month

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Governor Gina Raimondo has proclaimed April as School Library Month in Rhode Island, recognizing the contributions that school librarians make to their school communities.

School Librarians of RI

Follow School Librarians of RI on Twitter @SchLibRI
Tweet about RI school libraries hashtag #schoollibrariesRI

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No longer the “shushing librarians”

By Donna DiMichele | March 23, 2017

Kickstarter Campaign for RI School Library Advocacy Video

The School Librarians of RI (SLRI) professional association wants to tell the world “we are no longer the “shushing librarians” of the past. We are doing amazing things in our school libraries!”

SLRI is creating a video to tell people what school librarians do in today’s libraries. “It’s on us: The Stories of Public School Librarians” will be funded through a Kickstarter campaign.

You can take action by making a pledge to the SLRI Kickstarter campaign. The project will fund the production of a film that can be used as an effective tool to spread the word about how librarians are impacting students and communities to support 21st century learning.

Help SLRI spread the word. Post on FB, tweet and tell your colleagues and friends.

#libitsonus          #SchoolLibrarian               #SchoolLibraries               #LibrariesMatter

The campaign ends on April 24th.

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Digital Commonwealth 2017 Conference

By Donna DiMichele | March 20, 2017

“Charting the Digital Future” – 2017 Digital Commonwealth Annual Conference DC

When: April 4, 2017, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Location: The College of the Holy Cross, Hogan Center, Worcester, Massachusetts

Keynote: Mary Minow will address fake news literacy and the role of libraries and other cultural heritage institutions in the dissemination, collection and preservation of it.

Full program and registration

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Using ALA’s Libraries Transform Campaign

By Donna DiMichele | February 24, 2017

Using ALA’s Libraries Transform Campaign for Your Library

Register for a free webinar to provide libraries with information and training about ways to incorporate Libraries Transform messaging into regular communication channels and leverage the campaign in advocacy activities, such as legislative day. Other topics will include:

Presenter: Jeff Julian, Director, Public Awareness Office, American Library Association.

Date and time: March 14, 2017, 2:00PM – 3:00PM ET

More information and registration are online.

The program is offered by National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

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