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Public libraries: apply for Revisiting the Founding Era funding

By Donna DiMichele | December 15, 2017

Public libraries are invited to apply for Revisiting the Founding Era, a nationwide project that will use historical documents to spark public conversations about the Founding Era’s enduring ideas and themes and how they continue to influence our lives today.

Revisiting the Founding Era is a project of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in collaboration with the American Library Association (ALA) and the National Constitution Center. The project is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Up to 100 U.S. public libraries will be selected to host programs related to the American Revolution and the early years of the nation.
Participating libraries will receive:

Libraries, working in collaboration with scholars, local experts and others, will be asked to implement at least three public programs for adult and teen audiences. Topics may include the rights of citizens versus the rights of government; who is “we the people?”; and decision-making and taking action.

Read the full project guidelines and apply online by January 31, 2018. Public libraries serving rural or underserved communities are especially encouraged to apply.

Revisiting the Founding Era will be administered by ALA’s Public Programs Office.

About the American Library Association

About the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

About the National Constitution Center

About the National Endowment for the Humanities

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Call for Applications for IMLS Grants

By Donna DiMichele | December 14, 2017

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications for the second cycle of the FY 2018 National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG-L) and Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (LB21). This is the final opportunity to apply for the FY 2018 NLG-L and LB21 grant programs.

The NLG-L 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 professional development and training projects for libraries and archives.

Applicants have through February 1, 2018, to submit their two-page preliminary proposals.

From the preliminary proposals received by the February 1 deadline, IMLS will select applicants and invite them to submit full proposals by June 8, 2018.

See the grant program pages for more information about the types of activities that can be funded through NLG-L or LB21.


Informational webinar recordings will be made available on the IMLS website. For information about how to access the webinar recordings, see the IMLS webinar webpage, which includes information about system compatibility.

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

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WWI Centennial: Doughboy Roadshow

By Donna DiMichele | December 13, 2017

As part of Rhode Island’s efforts to mark the centennial of America’s participation in World War I (1917 – 1919), the Rhode Island World War One (RIWW1CC) will be hosting “Doughboy Roadshow,” an event similar to a combined “Antiques Roadshow” and “Genealogy Roadshow.”

The intent of the “Antiques Roadshow” element of the event is to introduce members of the public to experienced appraisers and subject matter experts who can help them correctly identify and appraise their World War I related militaria (excluding firearms), artifacts, documents, etc. The public will be asked to bring their World War I related items (excluding firearms) for identification and a free informal (non-binding) appraisal.

The intent of the “Genealogy Roadshow” element of the event is to introduce members of the public to experienced genealogists and archivists who can help them with their research into the World War I veterans in their family tree.

Personnel from the Connecticut State Library will be supporting the photographing and scanning of historically relevant items. The Aldrich House is a property of the RI Historical Society. Directions

Contact Matthew McCoy at  for further details.

Matthew Baldwin McCoy
Commissioner & State Coordinator
Rhode Island World War One Centennial Commission
C: (401) 447-0984

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Post Graduate Certificate in Youth Experience

By admin | December 6, 2017

The following opportunity from the University of Maryland may be of interest to school or youth services librarians:

Graduate Certificate of Professional Studies in Youth Experience: Application Window Open and Information Sessions

Applications for the second cohort of students in the Graduate Certificate of Professional Studies in Youth Experience (YX) offered by the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland is now open. This innovative, online post-masters certificate gives youth service librarians and school librarians the skills they need to integrate the latest research on learning, technology, community partnerships, and design thinking into their practice with youth ages 0-18. Limited scholarships, generously supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, are available on a competitive basis. To learn more about the certificate program, watch this short video available at youTube or visit the University of Maryland College of Information Studies Youth Experience website.

Additionally, the YX faculty will host online information sessions on December 11th, 2017 at 8 pm EST and January 16th, 2018 at 7pm EST. The information sessions will describe the courses in this certificate and how they will enhance librarians’ skills to incorporate design thinking, participatory design, and connected learning into their programs and services. We will also be providing details on the application process at this time. The sessions will be recorded and the link made available after. If you are interested, please complete the following form to either attend the session or to receive the recording: https://go.umd.edu/YXinterest.

Questions? E-mail the UMD College of Information Studies.

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Rhode Island Tax Amnesty Program

By Nicolette Baffoni | November 29, 2017

From the RI Division of Taxation:

“The Rhode Island Division of Taxation is offering a Tax Amnesty program which will allow certain taxpayers to pay the full amount of overdue taxes plus seventy-five percent of any interest due, without having to pay the remaining interest and any penalty amounts due and without being subject to any other civil or criminal penalties.

The Division of Taxation will begin accepting amnesty applications on December 1, 2017. The program will continue through February 16, 2018 and applies to taxes due for taxable periods ending on or before December 31, 2016.”

OLIS will be distributing posters for the Rhode Island Tax Amnesty program to your library. Each library will receive two 11 x 17 posters – one English language and one Spanish language.  Please display these prominently in your library. You may print additional posters using the provided PDFs. Learn more about the program at the Rhode Island Division of Taxation Amnesty Program website.

Poster PDFs:

Tax Amnesty Posters_11x17_English

Amnesty poster in Spanish – 8.5×11

Amnesty poster 8.5×11


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Campaign for Third Grade Reading

By admin | November 22, 2017

OkidsCount-2017novn Thursday, November 2, 2017, United Way of Rhode Island and Rhode Island KIDS COUNT welcomed state leaders and community partners to the Rhode Island College to discuss strategies to improve 3rd grade reading success. The Office of Library and Information Services Youth Services Coordinator was represented by Youth Services Coordinator Danielle Margarida at the convening.  Check out the data presentation and event pictures.

Since 2015 when the Rhode Island Reads campaign was launched, 3rd grade reading proficiency has increased from 37% to 40% of students. More needs to be done to accelerate progress. Students who do not read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade are four times more likely to leave high school without a diploma. The goal of the campaign is to double the number of the state’s 3rd graders who are reading at grade level by 2025.

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2018 Loleta D. Fyan Grant for Public Libraries

By Donna DiMichele | November 22, 2017

The American Library Association’s Office for Research and Statistics is now accepting applications for the Loleta D. Fyan Grant, a grant for up to $5,000 for the improvement of public libraries and the services they provide. Loleta D. Fyan, ALA President 1951-1952, believed that every individual, regardless of residence, is equally entitled to high quality library service and that librarians must be adept in using the political process to acquire this “right of citizenship.”

The grant, up to $5,000, is to be used for the development and improvement of public libraries and the services they provide. The project should:

Applicants can include but are not limited to: local, regional or state libraries, associations or organizations, including units of the ALA; library schools; or individuals. Deadline for submissions, sent via email, is January 12, 2018.

More information


Kelsey Henke

Program Officer

Office of Research & Evaluation

mailto: khenke@ala.org

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American Dream Literacy Initiative

By Donna DiMichele | November 20, 2017

With a grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the American Library Association (ALA) is launching the sixth round of American Dream grants to public libraries to expand services to adult English language learners and/or adults in need of basic education and workforce development. Applicants in this round are eligible for one-time $10,000 grants.

To be eligible for funding, the applicant institution must be a public library within 20 miles of a Dollar General Store, distribution center or corporate office: Dollar General Store Locator

The application deadline is January 2, 2018. The program year will begin in February 2018.

Full details are available online.

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Building Bridges in a Divisive Climate

By Donna DiMichele | November 15, 2017

The University of Rhode Island Libraries is offering a program to explore current issues and challenges in diversity, equity, and inclusion in libraries, archives, and museums. In a panel discussion format, the program seeks to further advance civic values in our society and profession.

Diversity comes in many dimensions such as age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, and socio-economic status. The panel will explore current issues and challenges in diversity, equity, and inclusion in libraries, archives, and museums.

Date and Time: Thursday, November 30, 2017 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

Location: University of Rhode Island Libraries, Robert L. Carothers Library, Galanti Lounge – 3rd floor, 15 Lippitt Road – Kingston, RI 02881

Registration is required but the program is free of charge.

Opening Remarks:



Registration requested.

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Use Data to Increase Community Impact

By Donna DiMichele | November 7, 2017

Are your library’s programs and services maximized to address the needs of the community you serve? The Public Library Association (PLA) is partnering with the Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) to present a webinar on using data to understand the needs of the community and measure the impact of library programs in addressing these needs.

When: 1-2 p.m. Central Time, Thursday, November 30

Format: Webinar

In this interactive webinar, participants will use a hypothetical case study to analyze data, identify community needs, prioritize outcomes, and measure impact. After this webinar, participants will:

Participation is free, but registration is required and space is limited. Click here to register, or for more information on this webinar.

About PLA

The Public Library Association (PLA) is the largest association dedicated to supporting the unique and evolving needs of public library professionals. Founded in 1944, PLA serves nearly 9,000 members in public libraries large and small in communities across the United States and Canada, with a growing presence around the world. PLA strives to help its members shape the essential institution of public libraries by serving as an indispensable ally for public library leaders.

About Research Institute for Public Libraries

Launched in 2015 by the Colorado State Library (CSL) and the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC), the Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) is a singular event for public library leaders and others interested in public library data and evaluation. In this immersive, bootcamp-style event, participants learn practical, strategic methods of gathering, analyzing, and using data for planning, management, and communicating impact.

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