By admin | December 9, 2013
Discover Hidden Gems of World Book Online for your public library. Learn ways to increase usage of World Book databases, including unique features of Online for Kids, Info Finder, and Online Reference Center that you and your patrons from pre-school to adults can use.
Title: Discover Hidden Gems of World Book Online for Your Public Library!
Date: Thursday, December 19, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM CDT
By lauren | December 2, 2013
AskRI was featured in the Warwick Beacon on Thanksgiving. Check it out and be sure to share with your patrons, too.
By ann | November 25, 2013
Kathleen Cahill, Assistive Technology Specialist for the MIT Assistive Technology Information Center (ATIC) wrote a touching letter to colleagues about Joe Lazzaro. Joe ran the Adaptive Technology Program at the Mass. Commission for the Blind. Joe recently died. Kathy said, “Joe believed in the power of technology to transform people’s lives and helped to provide those technologies so that blind clients could get what they needed to study or work at a job. Joe was blind from early childhood. Joe majored in Physics and refused to take his Vocational Rehab Counselor’s advice to run state subsidized snack stand at an office building.”
By karen | November 25, 2013
The Utah State Library is offering 5 sessions on Building a Digital Media Lab and has invited librarians from across the country to attend. This is a great opportunity to hear speakers from all over the nation discuss what they’ve done at their libraries. The sessions are online and free. Note that all times are Mountain Time, 2 hours behind us:
Tuesday, January 14 1:30 pm MT Build-A-Lab: Techspiration in Brownsburg, IN
Tuesday, January 28 1:30 pm MT Build-A-Lab: Digital Projects in Darien, CT
Tuesday, February 11 1:30 pm MT Build-A-Lab: Digital Media Lab in Highland Park, IL
Tuesday, February 25 1:30 pm MT Build-A-Lab: Makerspaces in Lomira QuadGraphics, WI
Tuesday, March 4 1:30 pm MT Build-A-Lab: Media Labs in Ela Area, IL
By Donna DiMichele | November 8, 2013
Health Happens in Libraries: Supporting Patron Information Needs FREE
Date: Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Time: 11 AM PT/2 PM ET (1 hour)
The Health Insurance Marketplace associated with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) opened on October 1. Many libraries are implementing community-based strategies to address this new information need, while continuing to grow their own knowledge about the requirements of the law. Join this free WebJunction webinar to hear from library representatives about the types of information requests they have received in the first several weeks of open enrollment, and what they have learned in responding. ACA experts will also be on hand to share key policy updates and answer questions during the live Q&A portion of the webinar.
Susan Hildreth, Institute of Museum and Library Services
Susie Butler, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Debbie Rzepczynski, Lake County Public Library
Jennifer Keohane, Connecticut Library Consortium
Registration is available at: http://bit.ly/1aJB1bG
If you cannot attend this live session, a recorded archive will be available to view at your convenience at the Health Happens in Libraries project site, and shared through this distribution list.
By ann | November 7, 2013
Fresh off the press is the new electronic version of IRS publication for people living and working with a disability, showing tax credits and benefits people with a disability may qualify for.
- EITC, Earned Income Tax Credit, is a benefit for working people who have low to moderate income. It reduces the amount of tax and may also give them a refund. Some families could receive up to $6,044 in EITC.
- VITA/TCE is a free tax assistance program where certified volunteers prepare and file both Federal and State Income Tax Returns completely free of charge, saving low-moderate income people tax prep and rapid refund fees-more money in their pocket!
Individuals who qualify for EITC may dial “211″ and ask for the nearest VITA site. For more information visit www.irs.gov search word “VITA”.
Have you considered starting a site to help the people you assist? United Way RI and IRS both offer grant opportunities for agencies that run IRS VITA/TCE Sites or who want to help people learn how to file their own tax returns(FAST). IRS provides free training, software, and tax law/software assistance. Feel free to contact Holly Longley for more information
This message was forwarded from Holly Longley, Sr. Stakeholder Relationship Tax Consultant, IRS:CARE:SPEC, 380 Westminster Street, Providence, RI, 02903.
By Donna DiMichele | October 23, 2013
Resources produced as part of WebJunction’s work to support libraries in their efforts to provide eHealth services to their communities
- Resources produced as part of WebJunction’s work to support libraries in their efforts to provide eHealth services to their communities
- Official Affordable Care Act (ACA) resources for all states
- Examples of resources created by libraries to respond to patron ACA and eHealth inquiries
Health information support happens in libraries every day and WebJunction wants to hear about your library’s work. If you have a story to tell or perspective to share about your library’s role in supporting community health and wellness, please email WebJunction at email@example.com Here are a few questions that WebJunction is interested in:
- What programs or resources does your library provide to support health and wellness in your community?
- How do patrons and/or community partners benefit from these services?
- In what ways has your library been involved in supporting patrons with ACA application and enrollment activities?
- What are you learning from responding to this new information need?
Don’t forget to share your health information stories with your RI colleagues too at ACAfirstname.lastname@example.org
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By Donna DiMichele | October 22, 2013
In the state of Rhode Island there are four accredited agencies approved by the Department of Justice (DOJ): Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, Diocese of Providence’s Office of Immigrants & Refugees, Progreso Latino and Sojourner House.
The leaflet linked below (PDF), created by Dorcas International Institute can be used to assist library patrons seeking information about accredited agencies in the state and the services they offer.
By Donna DiMichele | October 22, 2013
Emergency Preparedness Summit
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region will be hosting a half-day Emergency Preparedness Summit at University of Massachusetts Medical School on Friday November 22, 2013 from 8:30am-4:30pm.
The theme is Extreme Weather. With a large percentage of New England being located along the northeastern seaboard the potential for floods, hurricanes, blizzards and other weather related events that occur in our communities. This event is for librarians, public health workers and emergency management personnel or anyone else who is interested in attending and participating.
The current speaker line up is:
- David Clemons: Director, Worcester Emergency Management
- Liz Foley, Medical Reserve Corps
- Cindy Hahn, American Red Cross
This event is free. A light breakfast and validated parking will be available. Lunch is on your own (two onsite cafeterias to choose from).
You will also have a choice of two different CE courses to register for:
- Going to Extremes: Health Information Resources for Severe Weather Conditions
- Improving Library Disaster Readiness workshop
Registration for the Summit and CE classes Registration deadline is Monday November, 18, 2013.
Contact: Meredith Solomon 508-856-5964
Meredith Solomon, MLS
Education & Outreach Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine/New England Region
University of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester, MA 01655
p. 508.856.5964|f. 508-856.5977
By karen | October 9, 2013
Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee has proclaimed October as Information Literacy Month. Help celebrate at the Information Literacy Social co-sponsored by the RI Library Association (RILA) and School Librarians of RI (SLRI) on October 15 at the University of Rhode Island. This event is an informal information sharing opportunity focusing on teaching information literacy skills at all levels, across all library environments.
The event is free, but please register in advance on the RILA website.
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