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Preservation Society of Newport County Receives Grant

By Donna DiMichele | September 16, 2016

Through the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Museums for America program, the Preservation Society of Newport County received grant award in the amount of  $99,422.00 to digitize and create encoded archival description finding aids for 20 of its highest priority collections. These collections document the role Newport, Rhode Island, has played in shaping national cultural and social movements and include 2,000 individual manuscripts, photographs, and scrapbooks from approximately 1770 to the 1980s. Resulting digital images and corresponding information will be uploaded to a shared website for history related to Newport. The project will make the collection accessible to scholars and the public; enhance the intellectual control of the collections for internal management and use in public programming; and preserve the collection by reducing physical handing of the objects.

Have an idea about a project for your museum?

IMLS will be accepting applications for the FY 2017 Museums for America program through December 1, 2016. For more information see the Museums for America webpage and the blog post highlighting changes in the FY 2017 museum grant programs.


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Funds to Prepare Library Guides

By Donna DiMichele | September 9, 2016

Carnegie-Whitney Grants

The American Library Association Publishing Committee provides a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library.

Funded projects have ranged from popular, general-reader proposals such as “ReadMOre” a reading list for Missouri’s state-wide reading program, to more specialized, scholarly proposals such as “Librarianship and Information Science in the Islamic World, 1966-1999: An Annotated Bibliography.”

Applications must be received by November 6, 2016. Recipients will be notified by the end of February 2017.

More information and guidelines are available on the ALA website or by contacting Mary Jo Bolduc, Grant Administrator, American Library Association, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611; Fax (312) 280-5275

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Grants to Support Humanities Programs

By Donna DiMichele | September 7, 2016

The RI Council for the Humanities (RICH) is offering grant information workshops. If you have ideas for a new public humanities project, then attend one of the free workshops to learn about upcoming major and mini grant opportunities for nonprofit organizations and individual researchers planning public programs in the humanities.

RICH’ funding areas include public projects, documentary film, K-12 civic education, and individual research. RICH supports the work of schools, historical societies, libraries, universities & colleges, museums, cultural organizations, preservation societies, independent humanities scholars, documentary filmmakers, and more!

Four workshops are scheduled:

For more information, please contact Logan Hinderliter at the RI Council for the Humanities (401-273-2250).

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Library funding to commemorate U.S. entry into World War I

By Donna DiMichele | August 18, 2016

Library of America has been awarded a $550,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in partial support of World War I and America, a major initiative involving public programs in all fifty states, a traveling exhibition, a multimedia website, and the publication of an unprecedented anthology of writings by Americans who experienced World War I.

Beginning Fall 2016, stipends of $1200–$1800 are available to all public, academic, and community college libraries, museums and historical societies, and nonprofit community organizations for public programming exploring the First World War and its resonances today. Presented by Library of America with support from the NEH, World War I and America is a two-year initiative that aims to bring veterans and their families together with the general public to explore the continuing relevance of the war by reading, discussing, and sharing insights into the writings of Americans who experienced it firsthand.

Stipends can be used for program and educational materials related directly to this project. This can include honoraria, refreshment fees, publicity costs, and other related expenses. The programming stipend may be used to provide honoraria to scholars working on your program.

Application deadline: January 13, 2017   Notification: February 13, 2017

Complete information about the program and how to apply for funding is online.

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NN/LM New England Region Funding Opportunities

By Donna DiMichele | August 9, 2016

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region (NN/LM NER) announced the annual Request for Proposals (RFP). There are a lot of changes in the process to request funding and these are reflected in the new RFP’s. You can find the full announcement online.

Additional RFPs are forthcoming, check the site. If you are thinking of a project or have an idea and want to discuss it, contact:

Mary Piorun, Ph.D.
Associate Director
University of Massachusetts Medical School
P) 508/856-2206
E) piorun@umassmed.edu

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2014 Public Libraries Survey Data Released

By Donna DiMichele | August 9, 2016

Data from the Public Libraries Survey for FY 2014 was released by Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) on August 9, 2016. New online visualizations and tools make the data easier to explore and use. Press release

The data are collected from approximately 9,000 public library systems comprised of over 17,000 individual main libraries, library branches, and bookmobiles in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and outlying territories.

Rhode Island’s data for 2014 is online Comparable Statistics 2014  Selected data from 2015, not yet published by IMLS, is also on the OLIS website

The Public Libraries Survey added a new data element in FY 2014: the number of Wi-Fi sessions provided by libraries annually. As more states report on this element in coming years, a more accurate picture of annual Wi-Fi use in libraries will emerge. Other data collected by the survey include information about library visits; circulation; size of collections; staff; operating revenues and expenditures; and number of service outlets.

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IMLS Announces Grant Programs

By Donna DiMichele | August 1, 2016

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has announced the guidelines for its two largest discretionary library programs: National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG) and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (LB21).

There are some new changes for the FY 2017 discretionary grants:

Please consider applying, attending the informational webinars, getting in touch with IMLS discretionary program officers (contacts listed at the above links), and sharing this information with your organization’s partners.

Follow the IMLS blog, UpNext, for more information about the new FY 2017 funding categories. IMLS has series of four blog posts detailing the new project categories, as well as further information to help you determine the most appropriate funding category for any idea you may have.

Read the July 28 IMLS News Release for more information.

New Project Categories

As outlined in the 2017 IMLS Congressional Justification, IMLS is especially interested in projects that address the following priorities:

  1. Community Anchors: NLG projects that advance the role of libraries as community anchors that provide civic and cultural engagement, facilitate lifelong learning, promote digital inclusion, and support economic vitality through programming and services. LB21 projects that investigate and build the skills and knowledge of library professionals to support the role of libraries as community anchors that facilitate lifelong learning; enhance civic and cultural engagement; and support economic vitality, through programming and services.
  2. National Digital Platform: NLG projects that create, develop, and expand the social and technical infrastructure and the open source software applications used by libraries and archives to provide digital content and services to all users in the United States. LB21 projects that increase library professionals’ capacity to create, develop, and use the social and technical infrastructure and the open source software applications used by libraries and archives to provide digital content and services to all users in the United States. NDP projects bridge gaps between disparate pieces of the existing digital infrastructure for increased efficiencies, cost savings, access, and services.
  3. Curating Collections: NLG projects that can have a significant national impact on shared services for the preservation and management of digital library collections and content across the country. LB21 projects that increase librarians’ and library professionals’ capacity to create, preserve, manage, and provide access to digital library collections across the country.

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Online (free!) conference for YA/Teen Librarians

By Donna DiMichele | July 29, 2016

School Library Journal is offering SLJteenLIVE! on August 10. This virtual conference is an online conference highlighting the upcoming YA books and important issues impacting YA/teen materials and programming. Presenters include authors and innovative librarians in an engaging conversational format, including live Q&A with the audience.

Learn more about the conference schedule, speakers and the virtual exhibit hall through the conference web page.

Registration includes access to the conference archive.

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New Digital Archive “Colonial Justice”

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.

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NELA Advocacy Summit, July 19

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!

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