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Assisting Library Patrons with the Health Insurance Marketplace

By Donna DiMichele | September 3, 2015

Open Enrollment for 2015 coverage starts November 15, 2014.

When library patrons seek assistance with enrolling in the Healthcare Marketplace, be prepared with resources from CMS.gov. Managed by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, CMS.gov provides Health Insurance Marketplace information including:

Start here to find the information you need to answer library patron questions.
 

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Health Reference: It’s More Than Medline

By Donna DiMichele | September 2, 2015

OLIS Continuing Education presents:

NLM Specialized Health Information Resources

and NN/LM Funding Opportunities

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
East Providence Public Library

Joining the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region (NN/LM NER) is FREE. As a member your library can benefit from funding opportunities as well as professional development, resource updates, educational materials, and health information outreach project consultation. At this session you’ll learn about Network Membership, the types of funding awards available from NN/LM NER, how to apply for funding, and examples of successful projects.

There are more reference resources than you think in the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) vast collection of biomedical and health resources. These resources are authoritative, promote effective use of information and decision making which can encourage healthy behaviors and improve public health. Come learn about NLM’s free specialized resources for drug information, environmental health and toxicology, emergency preparedness, genetics, K-12 education, minority health, and senior health.

Registration required.

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Get Published, Advance Your Career

By Donna DiMichele | August 18, 2015

Two opportunities to submit for publication in anthologies.

Women’s Studies in the Library: Case Studies of Innovative Programs and Resources

Book Publisher: McFarland

Editors:

One or two chapters sought from U.S. practicing academic, public, school, special librarians, LIS faculty, sharing practical know-how about what works for women’s studies programs and resources. Chapters are encouraged that could apply to more than one type of library: useful to public, school, special, LIS faculty. Proven, creative, case studies encouraged. How-to chapters based on experience to help colleagues; innovative workshops, outreach, grant resources highly valued.

No previously published, simultaneously submitted material. One, two, or three authors per chapter; each chapter by the same author(s). Compensation: one complimentary copy per 3,000-4,000 word chapter accepted no matter how many co-authors, or if one or two chapters: author discount on more copies.

Please e-mail titles of 4 proposed chapters, each described in a few sentences by October 28, 2015, brief bio on each author; place WOM, Last Name on subject line: smallwood@tm.net

Technology Instruction in Libraries for Staff, Patrons, and Students

Book Publisher: McFarland

Editors:

One or two chapters sought from U.S. practicing academic, public, school, special librarians about technology instruction for staff, patrons, and students. Chapters are encouraged that could apply to more than one type of library: public, school, special, academic, LIS faculty. Creative case studies especially encouraged. How-to chapters based on experience to help colleagues; innovation highly valued.

No previously published, simultaneously submitted material. One, two, or three authors per chapter; each chapter by the same author(s). Compensation: one complimentary copy per 3,000-4,000 word chapter accepted no matter how many co-authors or one/two chapters: author discount on more copies.

Please e-mail titles of 4 proposed chapters each described in a few sentences by October 28, 2015, brief bio on each author; place TECH, Last Name on subject line: smallwood@tm.net

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Present at NAHSL Conference in Providence

By Donna DiMichele | August 11, 2015

The Program Planning Committee for North Atlantic Health Sciences Libraries (NAHSL) 2015 in Providence, RI is now accepting proposals for contributed papers, posters, and lightning round presentations to be given during the afternoon and evening of Monday, October 18.

You don’t need to be a NAHSL member to participate! And public and academic librarians are encouraged to attend and share. This is a great opportunity to get out of the box and see what is happening in different types of libraries.

NAHSL members and conference attendees often express that one of the greatest benefits to attending an Annual Meeting is the chance to hear about and share with colleagues the interesting projects, ideas, successes, failures they’ve experienced over the past year in their respective work places. While the plenary speakers usually provide inspiring, “big picture” views, it’s more often than not the content shared by the attendees during these sessions that prove invaluable.

Please consider sharing your time, talent, experience, and expertise with your colleagues at this year’s conference. Your contributions make the meeting!

More about the NAHSL Conference

More information and a link to the submission form is available on the NAHSL 2015 Conference website http://nahsl.libguides.com/proposals

Questions? Contact:

Sally Gore, MS, MS LIS
NAHSL 2015 Program Planning Committee
Research Evaluation Analyst
UMass Center for Clinical & Translational Science
UMass Medical School
362 Plantation Street
Ambulatory Care Center – 7th Floor
Worcester, MA 01605-0002
(508) 856-1966

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ADA 25th Testimonial Event

By ann | August 4, 2015

In a panel event full of great testimonials, it was said that the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) role is to lead in the achievement of “connectedness” and “employment” for people with disabilities. Employment should be achieved through diverse and open networks and opportunities.  The agency wants to “export those ideas,” to make them a priority and do whatever they need to do to make communication accessible for people with disabilities such as blindness and deafness.

FCC hosted this event to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 23, 2015 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The event, presented by the agency’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, also recognized the 5th anniversary of the Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA), which will be occurring in October of this year.

The free webcast of the event, with open captioning over the Internet, is available from FCC.gov/live.

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National Network of Libraries of Medicine

By alicia | July 29, 2015

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region (NN/LM NER) invites your library to join their network. The NN/LM NER serves a network of health sciences, hospital, academic, public and special libraries. They offer professional development, funding, and collaborative opportunities. Membership in NNLM is free. To find more information about their funding and award opportunities, go to http://nnlm.gov/ner/funding.

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Call for Nominations: 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

By Donna DiMichele | July 28, 2015

Each year, the Institute of Museum and Library Services presents select museums and libraries with the nation’s highest honor, the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. IMLS is now accepting nominations for the 2016 award which recognizes libraries and museums that make significant and exceptional contributions in service to their communities. Nomination forms are due October 1, 2015.

All types of nonprofit libraries and library organizations, including academic, school, and special libraries, archives, library associations, and library consortia, are eligible to receive this honor. Public or private nonprofit museums of any discipline (including general, art, history, science and technology, children’s, and natural history and anthropology), as well as historic houses and sites, arboretums, nature centers, aquariums, zoos, botanical gardens, and planetariums are eligible.

Winners are honored at a ceremony in Washington, DC, host a two-day visit from StoryCorps to record community member stories, and receive positive media attention. Approximately thirty finalists are selected as part of the process and are featured by IMLS during a six-week social media and press campaign.

Winning the medal elevates an institution’s profile and can positively impact fundraising, programming, and outreach activities.

Anyone may nominate a museum or library for this honor, and institutions may self-nominate. For more information, reach out to one of the following contacts.

Program Contact for Museums:
Mark Feitl, Museum Program Specialist
202-653-4635, mfeitl@imls.gov

Program Contact for Libraries:
Katie Murray, Staff Assistant
202-653-4644, kmurray@imls.gov

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Adult Immigrant Learners in Libraries and Classrooms

By Donna DiMichele | July 27, 2015

USCIS and IMLS Host Webinar for Public Libraries:

Bridges to Citizenship: Connecting Classrooms and Libraries to Expand and Enhance Services for Adult Immigrant Learners

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) present the next webinar in their series for public librarians, discussing immigration and U.S. citizenship topics. The webinar, “Bridges to Citizenship: Connecting Classrooms and Libraries to Expand and Enhance Services for Adult Immigrant Learners”, will focus on resources available to immigrant-serving organizations and adult education programs. Representatives from the USCIS Office of Citizenship will provide an overview of how libraries can expand and enhance adult citizenship education services and obtain free materials to display.

Date and Time: Tuesday, August 11, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT

To register:

Once your registration is processed, you will receive a confirmation email with additional details. If you do not receive a confirmation email within two business days, please email USCIS at public.Engagement@uscis.dhs.gov

This series was developed as part of a partnership between IMLS and USCIS to ensure that librarians have the necessary tools and knowledge to refer their patrons to accurate and reliable sources of information on immigration-related topics. To find out more about this partnership and the webinar series, visit the Serving New Americans page of the IMLS website.

For more information about USCIS and their programs, visit uscis.gov or follow them on Twitter (@uscis), YouTube (/uscis), Facebook (/uscis), and the USCIS blog The Beacon.

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North Atlantic Health Sciences Libraries Conference in Providence

By Donna DiMichele | July 10, 2015

North Atlantic Health Sciences Libraries (NAHSL) 2015 annual conference will be in Providence from Sunday, October 18 through Tuesday, October 20. NAHSL is a regional chapter of the Medical Library Association.

Keynote speakers include:

The conference offers a variety of continuing education opportunities including:

Full conference information and registration is  online. http://nahsl.libguides.com/content.php?pid=659945&sid=5465871

 

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Scholarship Opportunity If You Work in a MA Public Library!

By alicia | July 7, 2015

Massachusetts Library Aid Association Fall Scholarship 2015

Attention all Public Library Directors and staff working in Massachusetts Libraries. Please read the following announcement about an excellent opportunity available for selected staff who may qualify for either an individual scholarship towards their MLS degree or a continuing education grant. Please review program requirements at the link provided below and see attached forms for details about each program.

Scholarship information

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