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Autism in the Library

By Donna DiMichele | November 6, 2015

Assisting Persons with Autism

Librarians can learn best practices and thoughtful ways to assist individuals with autism who are using the library. Project PALS was developed by Florida State University’s College of Communications and Information.  The online course, designed by experts in both the library and autism fields, is a series of four independent, self-paced instructional modules that are intended for librarians and library staff to learn how to better serve their users on the autism spectrum.

You can find information about the course and other resources at https://pals.cci.fsu.edu/

PALS is funded by a Laura Bush Professional Development grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Reach Tweens and Teens: Thinking Money

By Donna DiMichele | November 2, 2015

Thinking Money


“strives to teach tweens, teens and their parents, caregivers and educators about financial literacy topics”
The ALA Public Programs Office, in partnership with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation, is accepting applications for Thinking Money, a traveling exhibition to U.S. public libraries.

Money affects all Americans, but many of us lack the knowledge we need to make smart financial choices that will prepare us for whatever the future brings. Thinking Money strives to teach tweens, teens and their parents, caregivers and educators about financial literacy topics — like saving, spending and avoiding fraud — in a way that is not only understandable, but fun.

Thinking Money is a museum-quality exhibition that will travel to 50 U.S. public libraries between 2016 and 2018. Through an adventure-themed storyline, interactive iPad content and other fun, hands-on activities, the exhibition explores themes like wants vs. needs, preparing for a rainy/sunny day, and imagining your future self.

Each selected site will receive:

$ the 1,000-square-foot traveling exhibition — including two iPads preloaded with fun educational content and four low-tech activity stations — for a six-week loan;
$ travel and accommodations to attend an orientation workshop at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando;
$ online training modules for library staff;
$ tips and tools for related programs; and
$ a $1,000 programming allowance.

For guidelines and to apply online, visit www.ala.org/thinkingmoney . Applications are due Jan. 29, 2016.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to attend one of two informational conference calls about the exhibition on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 12 p.m. CST or Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. CST. To register for a conference call, please email Brian Russell with your preferred date.

ALA and the FINRA Foundation have partnered since 2007 on Smart investing @ your library, a program that funds library efforts to provide patrons with effective, unbiased educational resources about personal finance and investing. Now in its eighth year, the program has awarded over $10 million to public libraries, community college libraries and library networks nationwide. ALA and the FINRA Foundation are also working together on a research study of financial literacy resources and services available in U.S. public libraries.

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School Librarians Recognized as Teachers of the Year

By Donna DiMichele | October 28, 2015

The Office of Library and Information Services is pleased to share this announcement from the School Librarians of Rhode Island, the state professional association for librarians in pK-12 schools.

Two more school librarians were named 2015 Teacher of the Year in their districts: Suzanne Lynch of Stony Lane and Forest Park Elementary Schools in North Kingstown and Beth Gorter of Hanaford Elementary in East Greenwich join Joan Mouradjian of Narragansett Middle School in Narragansett and Jennifer Robinson of Thompson Middle School in Newport as honorees this year.

In 2014, three other school librarians received the honor.

“The fact that 7 out of 36 districts have recognized the work done by school librarians as educators shows that fellow teachers appreciate the value the position – and the highly trained professionals who fill it – brings to both their students and their colleagues,” says Sarah Hunicke of Portsmouth High School, president of School Librarians of Rhode Island.

Learn more about the School Librarians of Rhode Island

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American Archive of Public Broadcasting Online Reading Room

By Donna DiMichele | October 27, 2015

In conjunction with UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, WGBH and the Library of Congress are pleased to announce the launch of the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) Online Reading Room. With contributions from more than 100 public media organizations across the country, programs that for decades have gathered dust on shelves are now available to stream on the AAPB website. This rich collection of programs dating from the 1940s to the 2010s will help tell the stories of local communities throughout the nation in the last half of the 20th century and first decade of the 21st.

Initially launched in April 2015 with 2.5 million inventory records, the AAPB website has added nearly 7,000 audiovisual streaming files of historical content from public media stations across the country. The Library of Congress, WGBH Boston and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting have embarked on an unprecedented initiative to preserve historical public television and radio programs of the past 70 years. This extraordinary material includes national and local news and public affairs programs, local history productions that document the heritage of our varied regions and communities, and programs dealing with education, environmental issues, music, art, literature, dance, poetry, religion and even filmmaking on a local level. The project ensures that this valuable source of American social, cultural and political history and creativity will be saved and made accessible for current and future generations.

The collection includes interviews and performances by local and national luminaries from a broad variety of professions and cultural genres. Just a few examples of the items in the collection include: Pacifica Radio Archives’ 1956 interview with Rosa Parks during the Montgomery Bus Boycott; KCTS 9’s 1999 live broadcast from the opening reception of the World Trade Organization’s Seattle Summit; and New England Public Radio’s 1974 debate between Representative Martha Griffiths, sponsor of the Equal Rights Amendment, and Phyllis Schlafly, the main opponent of the ERA.

In addition to the inauguration of the Online Reading Room, the AAPB also has launched three curated exhibits featuring items of topical and historical significance:

• Documenting and Celebrating Public Broadcasting Station Histories
• Voices from the Southern Civil Rights Movement, and
• Climate Change Conversations: Causes, Impacts, Solutions

More information is available on the American Archive website at http://www.americanarchive.org

The World Day for Audiovisual Heritage is a commemoration of the adoption, in 1980 by the 21st General Conference, of the Recommendation for the Safeguarding and Preservation of Moving Images. The World Day provides an occasion to raise general awareness of the need to take urgent measures and to acknowledge the importance of audiovisual documents. “Archives at risk: protecting the world’s identities” is the slogan of the 2015 celebration of the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage (27 October).

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New England Media & Memory Coalition

By Donna DiMichele | October 21, 2015

The New England Media & Memory Coalition (NEMMC) was unveiled by WGBH/FRONTLINE Records Manager John Campopiano. Geared towards anyone interested in archives, community media, or media in general, NEMMC is a regional organization for the discussion and promotion of how media and digital and analog technologies intersect with and relate to memory, identity, nostalgia, and senses of place. It supports and is represented by myriad professions including but not limited to archives, A/V and moving-image conservation, cultural informatics, art, and information science.

Find out more by reading NEMMC’s inaugural quarterly newsletter which offers insight into some of the content (interviews, longer form articles, videos, and more) featured on the website. The newsletter will also add interesting information related both to NEMMC activities and the themes and ideas it explores. If you are interested in receiving future newsletters, contact John Campopiano.

Rhodarian thanks the New England Archivists Communications Committee for making OLIS aware of the NEMMC and for the content of this post.

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National Friends of the Library Week

By Donna DiMichele | October 19, 2015

Support your library’s Friends groups with resources from United for Libraries as it coordinates the 10th annual National Friends of Libraries Week Oct. 18-24, 2015. OLIS knows how much your library’s Friends groups support the programs and services of your community’s library.

United for Libraries, a division of the American Library Association says this about National Friends of Libraries Week:

Use the time to creatively promote your group in the community, to raise awareness, and to promote membership. This is also an excellent opportunity for your library and Board of Trustees to recognize the Friends for their help and support of the library.

For ideas and resources, such as PR and Marketing Materials including PSAs, visit the United for Libraries webpage.

Two free webcasts are also available: “Anatomy of a Successful Library Campaign: Real World Tips for Getting the Funding You Need” and, if you don’t have a group yet, “How to Start a Friends Group.”  Information about webcasts.

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National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards

By Donna DiMichele | October 16, 2015

An initiative of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, administered in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards honor exemplary creative youth development programs in the arts and humanities.

Learn how your library or museum can apply for an award and offer your own exemplary program for youth. Participate in a webinar to learn how to apply and hear from past winners.

Webinar Date and Time:   Oct 22, 2015, at 3:00 PM EDT

Register for the webinar

About the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards

IMLS UpNext blog report on the Awards

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White House Task Force on New Americans

By Donna DiMichele | October 14, 2015

October 27 Webinar Will Address Interagency Initiative to Better Integrate Immigrants into Communities

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) present another webinar in their series for public librarians on immigration and U.S. citizenship topics. The webinar will provide an overview about the White House Task Force on New Americans, an interagency effort to develop a federal strategy to better integrate immigrants into communities. During the presentation, representatives from the USCIS Office of Citizenship will cover the Task Force’s recent initiatives, with specific focus on the Building Welcoming Communities Campaign and the Citizenship Public Education and Awareness Campaign, and highlight ways that libraries can get involved.

Webinar: White House Task Force on New Americans
Date and Time: Tuesday, October 27, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT

To register for this free session, please follow the steps below:
• Go to the USCIS registration page

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.


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October is National Medical Librarians Month

By Donna DiMichele | October 9, 2015

October is National Medical Librarians Month

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), NER is celebrating National Medical Librarians Month by highlighting the work of its members with profiles featuring information about professionals in the New England Region. They will begin in October 2015 and continue throughout the year. Their goal is to learn more about New England’s awesome health sciences librarians and provide an opportunity to share ideas and knowledge with the New England Region. Contact NN/LM NER if you would like to be featured! No special accomplishments are required, they just want you to share what you do!

Contact Meredith Solomon, meredith.solomon@umassmed.edu or 508-856-5964

Promoting Your Library During National Medical Librarians Month

The GMR staff and the Advocacy Working Group of the Regional Advisory Council have partnered to assist you in celebrating your library. They have gathered and maintained a set of free online tools as well as designed an advocacy campaign that you can put to use in your library this October to celebrate National Medical Librarians month. http://www.mlanet.org/p/cm/ld/fid=320

medical librarians


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Route 1 Reads Project

By Donna DiMichele | September 29, 2015

The Rhode Island Center for the Book is participating in the Route 1 Reads project sponsored by the East Coast Centers for the Book. Centers for the Book in every state from Maine to Florida chose a book to represent their state.

For 2015, The Rhode Island Center for the Book’s Route 1 Reads selection is The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri; a story about the different paths of two brothers in post-independence India, one follows the revolutionary Naxalite movement in Calcutta and the other leaves India to pursue graduate studies at URI.

Read more about Route 1 Reads and The Lowland.

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