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“America’s Public Libraries: Evolving and Thriving”

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.

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Hurricane Preparedness Week May 15-21

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
Registration: http://tinyurl.com/zlycf2u

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.

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Providence Public Library Receives Grant from IMLS

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:

Karisa Tashjian, Director of Education and Shannon Lake, Teen Educator/Librarian, will be leading the project.

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Performance Partnership Pilots for Disconnected Youth

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.

Direct any questions to disconnectedyouth@ed.gov

Related IMLS blog post.

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RI Foundation Centennial Community Grants Awarded

By Donna DiMichele | April 29, 2016

Community-building activities in each of Rhode Island’s 39 cities and towns were awarded Centennial Grants totaling $500,000 from the RI Foundation. The projects include public fountains, recreational trails, Little Free Libraries, a community orchard, and much more. Public libraries are partners in grants awarded to East Greenwich and Cranston.

The East Greenwich Housing Authority and its affiliated nonprofit Cove Homes Inc. received $1,500 to construct, manage and maintain three Little Free Libraries at the three affordable housing developments for families in town. “This will help us bring donated children’s books into the hands of more than 100 children living in our housing developments,” said Marcia Sullivan, CEO of Cove Homes. “By partnering with the East Greenwich Free Library, we look forward to engaging our young people and their families in important early literacy programs.”

The City of Cranston received $15,000 for the Cranston Discovery Network, a municipally led effort to document and celebrate significant events, places and people in Cranston’s history. Working with the Cranston Herald, the Cranston Public Library, the Cranston School Department, the Senior Center and the Cranston Historical Society, the Cranston Discovery Network will design, fabricate and install a series of historic markers throughout the city of Cranston.

Full story and other awards.

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RILA Information Literacy Action Round Table (ILART)

By alicia | April 21, 2016

RILA Information Literacy Action Round Table (ILART) invites you to attend:

Teaching for Non-Teachers: Harnessing Cognitive Science to Improve Teaching

Presented by Eric Kaldor, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, Faculty Development, Office for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, University of Rhode Island

Wednesday, May 11, 3pm – 5pm
University of Rhode Island, Carothers Library

In this workshop, participants will learn four strategies for designing effective workshops and lessons in libraries and schools. Participants will learn more about how the brain works to better understand how people learn. This session converts this rich knowledge base into four practical strategies to use when developing a workshop or session in any library setting.

To register, please visit:
http://goo.gl/forms/ony5wMU5dH

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Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions

By Donna DiMichele | April 14, 2016

Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-sized institutions—such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities—improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections. These may include special collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, architectural and cartographic records, decorative and fine art objects, textiles, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, furniture, historical objects, and digital materials. Full program description

DEADLINE MAY 3, 2016 for projects beginning January 2017.

Register on Grants.gov before you begin the application.

Contact the staff of NEH’s Division of Preservation and Access at preservation@neh.gov and 202-606-8570. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing can contact NEH via TDD at 1-866-372-2930.

NEH website

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2016 GSLIS Annual Gathering

By admin | April 6, 2016

Join alumni, students, friends, and faculty at the 2016 University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Library and Information Studies Annual Gathering  on Friday, April 15, 2016.  The featured speaker is Dr. Micah Altman, Director of Research and Head/Scientist, Program on Information Science for the MIT Libraries.

This year’s honorees include:

Alumni of the Year:

Library of the Year: Cranston High School East

Tickets for the GSLIS Annual Gathering are available online.

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Cranston Public Library Receives LibraryAware Award

By Donna DiMichele | March 31, 2016

Cranston Public Library announced that it has been named the third place recipient of the 2016 LibraryAware Community Award. This national award, given by Library Journal and underwritten by LibraryAware™ (a product of the NoveList division of EBSCO Information Services), recognizes model communities that engage with their libraries to improve the lives of their citizens and create life-long learners and library users.

The award comes with a $5,000 prize, which the library has dedicated to future outreach, marketing, and public relations projects. Other winners include the Louisville Free Public Library in Kentucky, who received first place; and the Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library and the Queens Public Library, who entered jointly and took second place.

EBSCO Press Release

“Firing On All Cylinders, 2016 LibraryAware Community Award”

 

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RIFLI Administrator Named as Outstanding Administrator

By karen | March 29, 2016

Karisa Tashjian, director of the Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative and Education Director at Providence Public Library, was named a runner up for the Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) Outstanding Administrator of the Year award.  COABE is a 13,000 member national organization that provides leadership, professional development and advocacy for adult education and literacy practitioners.

Karisa’s dedication to adult education and her strong advocacy of the library’s role in adult education has earned her state and national attention. In Rhode Island, Karisa has brought libraries together with partners in the areas of workforce development and education to develop a coordinated effort to address both traditional and digital literacy, English language learning and workforce skills.  She is the project director for ALL (Adult Lifelong Learning) Access in the Libraries, an Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership Grant award.

OLIS congratulates Karisa and is proud to be a partner in ALL Access and other adult education initiatives as a direct result of Karisa’s tireless work.

Read about Karisa’s award and accomplishments on the COABE website.

 

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