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Grant Opportunities from RICH

By Donna DiMichele | September 15, 2017

Each fall the Rhode Island Humanities Council (RICH) offers free information workshops about its major and mini grant opportunities. Logan Hinderliter, Program Officer, Grants and Partnerships is going to four RI public libraries in the next few weeks to present detailed information and be available for questions. More details available on the Council’s calendar.

More about RICH grants is available online

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Safety and Violence Prevention Resources from ALA

By Donna DiMichele | September 7, 2017

The American Library Association (ALA) offers resources and best practices regarding violence prevention, emergency preparedness, and other valuable resources:

ALA’s Libraries Respond website also offers additional resources.

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Libraries Transform: Health Literacy Toolkit

By Donna DiMichele | August 29, 2017

The American Library Association (ALA) and National Network of Libraries of Medicine Middle Atlantic Region have created a Health Literacy Month toolkit for the Libraries Transform campaign. Join this discussion about using the toolkit to support health literacy efforts in your library.
Online – September 14th: 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

Registration is required.

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Opioid Crisis Town Hall: Library Needs and Responses

By Donna DiMichele | August 22, 2017

WebJunction and the Public Library Association invite libraries and their community partners to join this virtual town hall discussion about current library needs and possible responses to the nation’s opioid crisis.

Over two million people in the US are estimated to be dependent on prescription opioids or heroin. A sharp rise in drug overdoses has made it the leading cause of death among Americans under 50. This epidemic is happening in all regions of the country, in communities of all sizes, without discrimination for age, ethnicity, or income. As library staff see this crisis impacting their own communities, their urgent question arises: How do we respond?

Join us for a virtual town hall, where representatives from libraries and other community organizations will describe their local efforts and who they’re collaborating with. We also want to hear from you: We’ll ask audience participants to describe the informational, structural, financial and emotional support that library staff and community members need to withstand and address this alarming epidemic. The insights gleaned from this town hall will be shared to inform plans for future efforts.

Opioid Crisis Town Hall: Library Needs and Responses

This event is jointly organized by WebJunction and Public Library Association.

Registration is free but you must preregister to participate.

More information and links to registration

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RI Foundation Offers Board Training

By Donna DiMichele | August 21, 2017

Boards, staff: Learn new skills at RI Foundation’s fall workshops

Members of nonprofit boards and staff are invited to attend free workshops being offered this fall by the RI Foundation Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence. A series of networking breakfasts for board chairs, as well as programs on succession planning, fundamentals of board service, and taking a board from good to great highlight the fall schedule.

More information is on the RIF website.

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APPLY NOW: Media Literacy @ Your Library

By Nicolette Baffoni | August 2, 2017

ALA, in collaboration with the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University, invites public libraries to apply for Media Literacy @ Your Library, a pilot program that will train library workers to help their adult patrons become better news consumers.

In this six-month learning and prototyping project, ALA and the Center for News Literacy will work with teams from five public libraries to adapt existing media literacy training materials to serve the needs of public librarians and the communities they serve.

The cohort teams will attend an in-person training and use their skills to conduct related adult public programs in their communities.  Team members will also provide feedback on the training and serve as advisers to, and beta testers for, the development of a corresponding web-based curriculum for the library field.

Read the guidelines for Media Literacy @ Your Library or apply online to be part of the cohort.  Applications must be received by Sept. 11, 2017.

Selected libraries will receive:

Media Literacy @ Your Library is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Democracy Fund and the Rita Allen Foundation.  The project is administered by ALA’s Public Program’s Office.

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National Leadership & Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Grants

By Donna DiMichele | July 25, 2017

IMLS announced a single September 1 deadline for IMLS’ two largest discretionary library programs: National Leadership Grants and (NLG) and Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Grants (LB21).

Two page preliminary proposals are due on September 1.

Please consider applying, listening to the recordings of the informational webinars, and getting in touch with IMLS discretionary program officers.

Press Release

The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced the guidelines for the first round of FY 2018 National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG) and Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (LB21). The NLG program invests in projects that address challenges faced by the library and archive fields and generate results such as new tools, research findings, or models that can be widely used. The LB21 program supports human capital capacity projects for libraries and archives. This call for preliminary proposals has a deadline of September 1, 2017, for both programs. A separate funding opportunity for both programs will be announced in December with a deadline in February 2018.

From the preliminary proposals received in September, IMLS will select applicants and invite them to submit full proposals in January of 2018. Applicants who are not invited to continue from the first round of funding may submit new preliminary proposals in February.

Both funding opportunities support projects in three areas:

1. Community Anchors: NLG projects that advance the role of libraries as community anchors that provide civic and cultural engagement, facilitate lifelong learning, promote digital inclusion, and support economic vitality through programming and services. LB21 projects that improve the ability of library professionals to create meaningful community partnerships and provide programs and services that encourage civic and cultural engagement; foster community dialog; facilitate lifelong learning; promote digital inclusion; and/or support economic vitality.

2. National Digital Platform: NLG projects that create, develop, and expand the social and technical infrastructure and the open source software applications used by libraries and archives to provide digital content and services to all users in the United States. LB21 projects that increase library professionals’ capacity to create, develop, and use the social and technical infrastructure and the open source software applications used by libraries and archives to provide digital content and services to all users in the United States. NDP projects bridge gaps between disparate pieces of the existing digital infrastructure for increased efficiencies, cost savings, access, and services.

3. Curating Collections: NLG projects that can have a significant national impact on shared services for the preservation and management of digital library collections and content across the country. LB21 projects that increase librarians’ and library professionals’ capacity to create, preserve, manage, and provide access to digital library collections across the country.

Applicants to the LB21 program are required to align their projects with a project category, i.e., National Digital Platform, Community Anchors, or Curating Collections. Projects must also align with a project type, i.e., Pre-Professional; Masters-level and Doctoral-level Programs; Early Career Development; or Continuing Education.

See the grant program guidelines for more information about LB21 or NLG programs.

Webinars and Getting Your Questions Answered
For more information about the webinars, see the IMLS Webinar webpage .

IMLS staff members listed on the NLG and LB21 program pages are available by phone and email to answer general questions related to the programs.

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IMLS Accepting Nominations for the 2018 National Medal

By Donna DiMichele | July 25, 2017

Each year, the Institute of Museum and Library Services recognizes outstanding libraries and museums that have made significant contributions to improve the well being of their communities. The winning museums and libraries are presented with the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for community service.

IMLS is now accepting nominations for the 2018 awards. Anyone–an employee, a board member, a member of the public, or an elected official–can nominate an institution. To be considered, the institution must complete and return a nomination form by October 2, 2017.

This year, IMLS is particularly interested in museums and libraries with programs that build community cohesion and serve as catalysts for positive community change, including programs that provide services for veterans and military families, at-risk children and families, the un- and under-employed, and youth confronting barriers to STEM-related employment.

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

The ten winning institutions are honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., are spotlighted in the news media and on social media, and are invited to host a two-day visit from StoryCorps to record community member stories. As part of the selection process, approximately thirty finalists are chosen 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 partnership and outreach activities.

Institutions interested in being considered should read the nomination form carefully and contact the designated program contacts with questions.

Program Contacts

You may also submit your question by e-mail: nationalmedals@imls.gov

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Apply now for the Libraries Ready to Code grant!

By Nicolette Baffoni | July 24, 2017

The application for Phase III of the Libraries Ready to Code Grant is open now through August 31.

The grant program, sponsored generously by Google, will fund a cohort of school and public libraries to design computational thinking and computer science programs for and with youth, including underrepresented youth.  A total of 25 – 50 grants up to $25,000 each are available.

Eligibility Requirements

Please note, you must meet all of the above eligibility requirements in order to apply for the grant.  If you do not, your application will be disqualified.

A virtual information session about the grant program and application process will be held Aug. 1 at 2:30pm EST. Register to attend here.  The recording of the session will be made available to those you can’t attend it live.

Additionally, before submitting an application, we encourage you to read the Request for Proposal (a guide to filling out the application), eligibility details, and this list of CS/CT resources.

Questions?  Contact Libraries Ready to code.

Learn more and apply now through August 31.

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Rural & Small Libraries Conference

By admin | July 12, 2017

From the Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL)*:

Have you registered to attend the Association for Rural and Small Libraries 2017 Conference in beautiful St. George, UT, Sept. 7-9? If not, you didn’t miss out!  You cannot beat these prices even though the early bird rate is past. Full conference rates begin at only $325 for members. Not only is breakfast and lunch included on Thursday and Friday, but you get a meal on Saturday too – all for that low price!

Pre-registering for the conference entitles attendees to all general session/speaker events.

To top it all off, you get to meet top caliber librarians with many networking and learning opportunities.  See you in St. George. #ARSL2017

Register online for the ARSL conference.

*The Association for Rural & Small Libraries, Inc. is a network of persons throughout the country dedicated to the positive growth and development of libraries.  ARSL believes in the value of rural and small libraries and strives to create resources and services that address national, state, and local priorities for libraries situated in rural communities.

Learn more about ARSL!

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