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Law Librarians of New England (LLNE) Scholarship

By alicia | February 12, 2016

The Law Librarians of New England (LLNE) are offering a professional development scholarship opportunity for those who work in public libraries and might be interested in learning more about basic legal research resources.

The annual Introduction to Legal Research Program is LLNE’s 5-week overview of the basic skills and materials used in legal research. To help give public librarians the tools necessary to approach their patrons’ research questions with confidence, the LLNE Service Committee is offering two scholarships for free program registration. You can find the 2016 scholarship application here. The application deadline is Monday, February 29, 2016. Please send completed applications to Nicole Dyszlewski at ndyszlewski@rwu.edu.edu.

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“School Libraries Work!” – new edition

By Donna DiMichele | January 29, 2016

Scholastic Library Publishing released the 2016 edition of School Libraries Work! “The 2016 compendium updates and builds upon the 2008 edition, reinforcing the most relevant themes from that report while highlighting recent research at both the national and state levels.” (Scholastic)

Complete an online form to obtain a link for the full report. The form is available on the Scholastic website.

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URI Spring Library Professional Development Lectures

By alicia | January 22, 2016

The URI University Libraries’ Faculty Development Committee is proud to announce two programs for Spring 2016:

Design for LibGuides that Work
Kris Markman of Harvard University
Friday 19 February 2016 1-2:30pm
Galanti Lounge, 3rd Floor, Carothers Library, Kingston

Dr. Kris Markman is the Online Learning Librarian and leads the Digital Learning & User Experience (DLUX) department at the Harvard Library. She will bring her extensive professional experience and the results of a year of user testing to URI to suggest how to make the most out of the popular library content management system LibGuides. She will discuss what works and what doesn’t, best practices, and whether/how students read the guides.

The Digital Divide
Jessamyn West of Open Library/Internet Archive
Monday 18 April 2016 1-2:30pm
Galanti Lounge, 3rd Floor, Carothers Library, Kingston

Jessamyn West is a librarian and technologist working in the intersections of libraries, technology, and politics. She will discuss the digital divide
— the gap between the digital haves and have nots — and how that divide is shaping domestic and international information access, politics, and economies.

These programs are free and open to the public.
For more information contact Professor Peter Larsen, plarsen@uri.edu

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A Library Card for Every Student

By Donna DiMichele | January 19, 2016

The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced “Communities across the U.S. Answer Call for a Library Card for Every Student” on January 19.

White House event advances collaborative initiatives
of library, school and elected leaders

Washington, DC–Mayors, county executives, school superintendents, and library leaders from approximately 50 cities and counties are meeting in Washington, DC, today as part of a national initiative to connect students to public library system resources. These communities are among the 60 communities that have answered the call of President Obama’s ConnectED Library Challenge to put a library card in every student’s hand through partnership initiatives.

The “ConnectED Library Challenge: Answering the Call” convening is hosted by the White House with the support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. It is both a strategy session and a celebration of the community leaders who accepted the President’s challenge last April. Both the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) and American Library Association (ALA) are contributing to this important initiative.

“By providing equal access to books, computers, and electronic resources, libraries play an essential role in addressing academic achievement gaps for children living in poverty. But there is more to be done. We know that first grade students who have library cards are more than twice as likely to visit libraries as other first graders,” said IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew. “The leaders who have responded to the ConnectED Library Challenge are making great strides to serve these children, and we are extremely grateful for their extraordinary efforts.”

“There can be no more important partnership than local elected officials joining with public school and public library leaders to ensure our nation’s children have access to the universe of resources-books, technology and smart people-for a 21st century education,” said ULC President and CEO Susan Benton. “The White House ConnectED Library Challenge showcases how kids benefit when leaders work together at the local level.”

“I know from my experience that when you link the school library, the school and the public library, that collaboration gives every student access to a rich collection of resources that improves their education,” said ALA President Sari Feldman, executive director of the Cuyahoga County Public Library.

Many jurisdictions that have taken the challenge have adopted creative and unique ways to break down barriers and provide library access. Some local governments have introduced cards that provide free or discounted access to multiple municipal services for young people — the public library, recreation facilities, public transportation, and cultural facilities. Other partnerships are using student ID numbers to provide easy access to library resources.


The information from the summit and information gathered as part of this first stage of the ConnectED Library Challenge will be used in the development of a national report which will be widely distributed.

Note: Contact IMLS Communications and Government Affairs Office at 202-653-4757 for event photos. Follow the event on Twitter with #librariesforall

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RI Teen Book Award

By Donna DiMichele | January 19, 2016

Voting is open for the Rhode Island Teen Book Award
Voting period: January 11-February 22

It’s that time of year again! Along with the change in calendars comes the time when the teens of Rhode Island get a chance to pick the book they think is best they have read, from a list selected by teachers, public librarians, and school library media specialists. That’s right! It is election time for the 2016 Rhode Island Teen Book Award!

Where can teens in grades 7-12 vote? Well, they can do it in their schools and local public libraries. Interested schools and libraries can find a basic sample ballot that can be adapted for use on the Rhode Island Teen Book Award website.

Participating schools and libraries may accept teens’ ballots. Remember, teens are only eligible to if they have read at least three titles from the nominee list. Voting results should be emailed to teenlibrarianbrandi@gmail.com.


Results due by Monday, February 22nd.

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Apply for National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards

By Donna DiMichele | January 12, 2016

The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award is the Nation’s highest honor for out-of-school arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of America’s young people, particularly those from underserved communities. This award recognizes and supports excellence in programs that open new pathways to learning, self-discovery, and achievement. Each year, the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards recognize 12 outstanding programs in the United States, from a wide range of urban and rural settings.

Recipients receive a $10,000 grant and the opportunity to visit the White House and accept the award from First Lady Michelle Obama. Awardees also receive a full year of capacity-building and communications support, designed to make their organizations stronger. In addition, 38 exceptional youth-focused arts and humanities programs across the United States receive a Finalist Certificate of Excellence. One country each year also receives the International Spotlight Award for a remarkable youth-oriented cultural program.

The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards initiative is a signature program of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities™—in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services—to showcase cultural excellence and enhance the availability of out-of-school arts and humanities programs to children and young people.

Visit the IMLS website for more information about how to apply.

If you think your program is a match, you can participate in a webinar on Wednesday, January 13 at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and learn more about how to apply.

Register for Application Orientation webinar

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EdCampRI Unconference – Janaury 16

By alicia | January 11, 2016

If anyone is interested, there is an EdCampRI unconference on Saturday, January 16th from 8 am – 2 pm at Rhode Island College. This may be of particular interest to people in the school library media track or those who want to work with children and teens.

EdCampRI is a FREE professional development unconference for educators by educators. This is a true unconference where people choose topics on the spot, you can go where you want, and anyone can share.

Register at edcampri.org

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RI Library Report Jan. 2016

By Donna DiMichele | January 7, 2016

The Library Report is an online public journalism project that explores the essential role played by libraries as they face an uncharted future. Stories feature Rhode Island libraries and their projects as well as Presidential Libraries and other national topics. Read the January 2016 issue online http://www.rhodeislandlibraryreport.org/

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Grant Opportunity from RI Foundation

By Donna DiMichele | December 28, 2015

In 2016, the Rhode Island Foundation will commemorate 100 years since its founding and plans to celebrate each of Rhode Island’s unique thirty-nine cities and towns by funding community-making projects throughout the state. We seek a diverse range of projects that may include improvements to parks, streetscapes, and other public spaces; creative use of art in public spaces; and engaging programming that invites people to experience community in public spaces. The program is called Centennial Community Grants.

The RI Foundation is reaching out to community partners, including libraries, who can participate in the Foundation’s Centennial Community Grants program.

Read more about the grant program and look at the application online

You may also contact the RI Foundation Program Office.

Toby Shepherd / Grant Programs Officer
Rhode Island Foundation / www.rifoundation.org

Ph: 401.427.4008 / @tobyshepherd

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IMLS Funding Opportunities

By Donna DiMichele | December 22, 2015

FY 2016 National Leadership Grants for Libraries and Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program
(Second Cycle of Funding)

Preliminary two-page proposals addressing IMLS priorities will be accepted until: February 2, 2016.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced the Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs) for the second cycle of FY 2016 National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG) and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (LB21). The NLG program will invest in projects that address challenges faced by the library and archive fields and generate results such as new tools, research findings, or models that can be widely used. The LB21 program will support human capital capacity projects for libraries and archives.

IMLS is offering two opportunities to apply for the FY 2016 NLG and LB21 programs. The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) announces the February 2, 2016 deadline for two-page preliminary proposals. From the preliminary proposals, IMLS will select applicants and invite them to submit full proposals in June. Applicants who were not invited to continue from the first cycle of funding are welcome to submit new preliminary proposals.

The 2016 NLG and LB21 programs respond to priorities of the National Digital Platform and Learning in Libraries, topics of two 2015 IMLS Focus convenings. Information from the nationally webcasted meetings is available to help inform project development at the following links:

Each program’s NOFO provides additional information about the types of activities that can be funded under these project categories.

Getting Your Questions Answered
IMLS staff members listed on the NLG and LB21 program pages are available by phone and email to discuss general issues relating to the programs. Informational webinars will be held on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 3:00 PM EST and on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 2:00 PM EST.

For more information about the webinars, please visit the IMLS Webinar webpage.

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