By alicia | January 23, 2015
Tuesday, February 10th, 5 – 7 pm in the Governor’s Room at the RI Statehouse
Light refreshments will be served.
Free and Open to the Public.
Guest Speaker: Brian C. Jones of The Library Report
The COLA Sweetheart of the Year Awards recipient this year is Bob Aspri
The Coalition of Library Advocates (COLA) is a grass-roots library support group that seeks to improve the quality of life for Rhode Islanders by supporting libraries of all kinds. Through advocacy, education, and public awareness activities, COLA works to help improve library services throughout the state.
By Donna DiMichele | January 22, 2015
National Library of Medicine (NLM) History of Medicine Traveling Exhibits
Did you know that your library can host a National Library of Medicine History of Medicine Traveling Exhibit?
Available NLM exhibits include:
- Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons (2015, 2016)
- A Voyage to Health (2015, 2016)
- Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine (2016)
- Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War (2017)
- Every Necessary Care and Attention: George Washington and Medicine (2017)
- Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine (2018 and beyond)
Learn more about the Exhibition Program
Want to learn more about how the program works? Review Frequently Asked Questions about the NLM Traveling Exhibition Services.
If you don’t see your question here, send an email to NLM an e-mail at
By Donna DiMichele | January 16, 2015
Library Financial Education Webinar Series: Learn how to more effectively discuss financial education topics with library patrons
Tune in to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) monthly webinar series intended to instruct library staff on how to discuss financial education topics with their patrons. From time to time, the CFPB will also invite experts from other government agencies and nonprofit organizations to speak on other key topics of interest, too, so watch for updates.
Understanding credit reports and scores
January 29, from 2:30 pm – 3:30 EDT
(Please note date change. It changed from January 20 to January 29)
What’s the difference between your credit report and your credit score? How are scores used, and what makes them go up or down? Find out as we explain how past credit habits can affect your ability to get loans and lower interest rates in the future.
To join the webinar
Click on the following link at the time of the webinar: https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join.php?i=PW1172198&p=LIBRARY&t=c
If that link does not work, you can also access the webinar by clicking https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join and enter the following information:
- Conference number: PW1172198
- Audience passcode: LIBRARY
- Then, dial 888-947-8930 and enter participant passcode, LIBRARY.
All webinars will be recorded and archived for later viewing.
If you would like to be notified of future webinars, or ask about in-person trainings for large groups of librarians, email email@example.com; in the subject line: Library financial education training.
For more information, contact:
Visit http://promotions.usa.gov/cfpbpubs.html to get free copies of CFPB consumer brochures
By Donna DiMichele | January 15, 2015
ALA Task Force Seeks Input on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
The ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion was created in the spring of 2014 by then ALA President, Barbara Stripling. The Task Force is currently in the information-gathering phase. To aid with information gathering, it has launched a series of short surveys to be conducted at times to coincide with the ALA Midwinter Meetings and Annual Conferences through 2016. These surveys are designed to help understand the culture of the association, the profession, and our communities with respect to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
“Embracing and celebrating diversity, and creating a more inclusive profession have been long-standing goals of the American Library Association. With your help, we hope to ensure these values are upheld,” said Task Force co-chairs Trevor A. Dawes and Martin L. Garnar.
The survey can be accessed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/tfedi1web and responses will be collected through February 16, 2015. ALA members and nonmembers are encouraged to participate.
The first survey presents the Task Force created definitions of equity, diversity, and inclusion and asks individuals to consider ALA’s current alignment to those definitions. The final, analyzed results of the survey will be reported on by April 2015 via the Task Force’s ALA Connect community and distributed through various ALA channels.
Please take a few minutes to answer the survey which should take no more than 7 minutes to complete.
The ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion’s charge is to develop a plan and strategic actions to build more equity, diversity, and inclusion among our members, the field of librarianship, and our communities. The most important Task Force outcome is the public and honest conversation generated by its plan and recommended actions. The final Task Force report will include recommendations for ensuring that a continuing focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion is embedded throughout the ALA organization.
Questions about the survey can be sent to the Task Force at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Should technical issues with the survey arise, please contact the ALA Office for Diversity at email@example.com or 800-545-2433 ext. 5048.
By karen | January 10, 2015
OLIS is saddened to hear of the untimely passing of Joe McGovern, OLIS’ long time Supervisor of Media Services. Joe worked for the Department of State Library Services and OLIS for over 30 years, retiring in 2008, and was well-known throughout the library community for his easy going style and wealth of knowledge, along with his photographic talents. He was also the long-time producer of Library TV (L-TV), a joint venture of OLIS and the RI Library Association. Outside of OLIS, Joe was a well known surfer and surf photographer for a number of magazines.
OLIS extends its deepest sympathy to the McGovern family.
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By Donna DiMichele | January 9, 2015
Project Management 101: Planning Your Project
A FREE, two-part webinar
February 5 and 19, 2015 (1 hour each afternoon)
11 am PST / 2 pm EST
Produced by the Coalition to Advance Learning in Archives, Libraries, and Museums
Join your colleagues from archives, libraries and museums for a two-part, interactive learning webinar that will introduce the fundamentals of project management: planning a project.
All of our fields struggle with unstable budgets and dynamic technology, so learning to think and act in terms of projects is critical – it can be the difference between turning an idea into a successful, resourced initiative or not. Led by representatives from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the webinars will focus on the key elements of a project plan: the idea, the audiences, funding options, a work plan, an evaluation, and more. They will also discuss how to critically examine your project ideas, asking: Is it fundable? Valuable? Sustainable? And if not, what could you do differently?
While learning these fundamentals, you will also benefit from the insights and experiences shared by your fellow participants from across archives, library, and museum institutions.
February 5 Key Elements of a Project Plan (1 hour)
This session will describe how careful planning leads to more successful projects.. We will cover how to develop an idea, define your audience, look at funding options, do an environmental scan, assess your resource capacity and needs, and develop a project scope and schedule for implementation. Attendees will be invited to use the two weeks between webinars to outline a project idea based on these key principles. Submitted project plans will be reviewed by webinar moderators with individual feedback provided for each submission.
February 19 Evaluating Your Project Plan (1 hour)
In this highly interactive second session, we will use sample project ideas and case studies to look at how we can assess the strength of a project plan before it is implemented. We will also discuss other project management resources and where to learn more about the topic.
How Will I Benefit?
After participating in this two-part webinar, attendees will be better able to:
- Why project management is a critical skill
- What it takes to turn an idea into a fundable project
- Where to learn more about project management
- How to evaluate staff and institutional capacities to manage a project
Who Should Attend
This topic is relevant to all organizational roles: you may be currently managing or soon will be managing a project, or you may be a contributor to a current or future project.
Presenters and Moderators
- Robert Horton, Associate Deputy Director, Institute of Museum and Library Services
- Sarah Fuller, Program Specialist, Institute of Museum and Library Services
Register Now Registration Info
About the Coalition to Advance Learning in Archives, Libraries and Museums
This is the inaugural project from the Coalition to Advance Learning in Archives, Libraries and Museums, which is supported by grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The purpose of the Coalition is to work in deliberate coordination across organizational boundaries to devise and strengthen sustainable continuing education and professional development (CE/PD) programs that will transform the library, archives, and museum workforce in ways that lead to measurable impact on our nation’s communities. Look online for a complete list of Coalition members
By Donna DiMichele | December 19, 2014
Care and Identification of Photographs (from daguerreotypes to digital)
February 16-19, 2015: Amherst, MA
Location: This workshop is hosted by the Amherst College Library (Amherst, MA)
For further details and online registration: http://gawainweaver.com/workshops/
What are the defining characteristics of individual photographic processes? How does environment affect the lives of photographic objects? In this 4-day intensive workshop, you will develop identification skills and knowledge about fine art and historic photographic processes, from the daguerreotype to digital prints. This workshop is intended for curators, collectors, archivists, collection managers, and anyone who studies or appreciates photographic prints.
Using handheld 60x microscopes and a large set of photographic and photomechanical samples, you will learn how a variety of processes were created, why they look the way they do, and how they deteriorate. Group ID sessions, using a digital microscope and screen projection, will allow participants to practice their identification skills in a guided setting. Preservation topics include enclosures, handling guidelines, environmental monitoring, the effects of temperature and relative humidity on collections, and the importance of cold storage for certain photographic materials.
Over 30 different processes are studied in great detail, from how daguerreotypes are made and how they are best preserved, to how long-lasting inkjet prints are created, and how to preserve and store color photographic materials and cellulose nitrate and cellulose acetate-based photographic film.
• 4-day workshop
• 240-page color notebook
• 60x LED handheld microscope
• OPTIONAL: Basic Photographic Sample Set
The registration fee for this 4-day workshop is $795 (STUDENT PRICE $645) and includes a handheld microscope and a workshop notebook with lecture handouts, Quick ID Sheets for each process, and a selection of readings on photograph preservation. The Basic Photographic Sample Set, consisting of 18 identified photographic and photomechanical processes, is available with registration for $75. Due to the hands-on nature of this workshop, the number of participants will be limited to 14.
The Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA), a certifying organization of professional archivists, will award 15 Archival Recertification Credits (ARCs) to eligible Certified Archivists (CAs) attending this workshop.
The American Society of Appraisers and the International Society of Appraisers will award 24 reaccreditation hours/professional development credits for qualified appraisers attending this workshop. For more information, please contact the instructor.
By ann | December 16, 2014
From the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities -
Are you a seasoned employment specialist or vocational program leader for individuals with developmental disabilities? If so, then this refresher session is for you!
Participants will get up to speed on the relevance of Employment First, current regulation and policy, and it’s influence upon implementation of employment services.
Additionally, through a series of case studies, participants will apply best practices in career development planning to:
- individualized job development,
- job matching,
- job analysis,
- job creation, and
- retention (accommodation, natural supports and career advancement) including a personal action plan.
Many tools and resources will be shared. Come join with other seasoned professionals to skill-up to support individuals in meaningful employment.
The refresher is a full day of training from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM offered on the dates listed below. Lunch is on your own.
January 16, 2015 (Registration deadline is January 9th)
March 16, 2015 (Registration deadline is March 2nd)
These sessions are offered free of charge as part of the SME Training Series. Registration is available online using the link at the top of this announcement or from the Sherlock Center website at www.sherlockcenter.org
The SME Series is sponsored in part by funding from DHS/Office of Rehabilitation Services. Space is limited. Priority will be given to ORS DDSE vendors, BHDDH DD provider organizations, and Self-Directed Support staff/representatives.
Click here for Registration information.
By admin | December 9, 2014
State Librarian Tom Evans and the State Library were featured in the Providence Journal on December 8, State Librarian Speaks Volumes of RI History. Hats off to Tom for his work with the state legislature and tracking all the happenings at the State House!
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By Donna DiMichele | December 5, 2014
The Rhode Island Statewide Planning Program, part of the Department of Administration, publishes an online newsletter. The newsletter includes information about available grants, educational seminars, and community development. You can subscribe to the newsletter by contacting Kim Gelfuso at the Statewide Planning Program.
Some topics in the December 2014 newsletter include an Introduction to GIS, How to Engage the Public and Build Support for Community Planning Projects, a series on Landscape Architecture offered by URI and grants to local governments with municipal historic preservation programs.
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