By Donna DiMichele | August 18, 2016
Library of America has been awarded a $550,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in partial support of World War I and America, a major initiative involving public programs in all ﬁfty states, a traveling exhibition, a multimedia website, and the publication of an unprecedented anthology of writings by Americans who experienced World War I.
Beginning Fall 2016, stipends of $1200–$1800 are available to all public, academic, and community college libraries, museums and historical societies, and nonproﬁt community organizations for public programming exploring the First World War and its resonances today. Presented by Library of America with support from the NEH, World War I and America is a two-year initiative that aims to bring veterans and their families together with the general public to explore the continuing relevance of the war by reading, discussing, and sharing insights into the writings of Americans who experienced it ﬁrsthand.
Stipends can be used for program and educational materials related directly to this project. This can include honoraria, refreshment fees, publicity costs, and other related expenses. The programming stipend may be used to provide honoraria to scholars working on your program.
Application deadline: January 13, 2017 Notification: February 13, 2017
Complete information about the program and how to apply for funding is online.
By Donna DiMichele | August 9, 2016
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region (NN/LM NER) announced the annual Request for Proposals (RFP). There are a lot of changes in the process to request funding and these are reflected in the new RFP’s. You can find the full announcement online.
Additional RFPs are forthcoming, check the site. If you are thinking of a project or have an idea and want to discuss it, contact:
Mary Piorun, Ph.D.
University of Massachusetts Medical School
By Donna DiMichele | August 9, 2016
Data from the Public Libraries Survey for FY 2014 was released by Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) on August 9, 2016. New online visualizations and tools make the data easier to explore and use. Press release
The data are collected from approximately 9,000 public library systems comprised of over 17,000 individual main libraries, library branches, and bookmobiles in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and outlying territories.
The Public Libraries Survey added a new data element in FY 2014: the number of Wi-Fi sessions provided by libraries annually. As more states report on this element in coming years, a more accurate picture of annual Wi-Fi use in libraries will emerge. Other data collected by the survey include information about library visits; circulation; size of collections; staff; operating revenues and expenditures; and number of service outlets.
By Donna DiMichele | August 1, 2016
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has announced the guidelines for its two largest discretionary library programs: National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG) and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (LB21).
There are some new changes for the FY 2017 discretionary grants:
- Both the National Leadership Grants and Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program have new project categories this year which are: Community Anchors, National Digital Platform and Curating Collections. For more detailed information, please see the Notice of Funding Opportunity about areas of interest in each of the funding categories.
- Sparks! Grants, part of the National Leadership Grants program, have been rolled back in with all the other National Leadership grants. This means there will be two deadlines for Sparks! Grants in FY 2017. September 1, 2016 is the first deadline with two page preliminary proposals due at that time. For more detailed information, see the National Leadership Grants Notice of Funding Opportunity on how to apply for all types of NLG funding categories.
Please consider applying, attending the informational webinars, getting in touch with IMLS discretionary program officers (contacts listed at the above links), and sharing this information with your organization’s partners.
Follow the IMLS blog, UpNext, for more information about the new FY 2017 funding categories. IMLS has series of four blog posts detailing the new project categories, as well as further information to help you determine the most appropriate funding category for any idea you may have.
Read the July 28 IMLS News Release for more information.
New Project Categories
As outlined in the 2017 IMLS Congressional Justification, IMLS is especially interested in projects that address the following priorities:
- 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 investigate and build the skills and knowledge of library professionals to support the role of libraries as community anchors that facilitate lifelong learning; enhance civic and cultural engagement; and support economic vitality, through programming and services.
- 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.
- 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.
By Donna DiMichele | July 29, 2016
School Library Journal is offering SLJteenLIVE! on August 10. This virtual conference is an online conference highlighting the upcoming YA books and important issues impacting YA/teen materials and programming. Presenters include authors and innovative librarians in an engaging conversational format, including live Q&A with the audience.
- Author panels will focus on important teen issues and trends including, mental health in YA literature, genre-bending SFF, compelling nonfiction, and horrors & thrillers.
- Teen service panels will focus on servicing the underserved, college and career readiness, working with Instagram and Snapchat, designing on the cheap and more!
- Explore the virtual exhibit hall, download materials, enter contests, hear directly from publishers about their newest books as well as live chat with staff, authors and peers!
Learn more about the conference schedule, speakers and the virtual exhibit hall through the conference web page.
Registration includes access to the conference archive.
By Donna DiMichele | June 29, 2016
“Colonial Justice” Digital Archive of 1729-1812 R.I. Court Records
The Rhode Island Historical Society (RIHS) has launched the digital archive “Colonial Justice: Preserving and Digitizing Early Rhode Island Court Records.” These specific collections were selected by RIHS curators for digitization based on their rarity, as well as their unique documentation of the colonial justice system in Rhode Island. Rhode Island has a rich judicial history, which is now visually – and immediately – accessible to students, researchers, and scholars anywhere in the world.
From a single online location, users can now access selected 1729-1812 records from the courts of Providence County, Kent County, and what was known as Kings County (now Washington County). The online archive is free and open to the public.
The earliest documents are those from 1729-1741 for the Providence County Justice Court at Warwick and those from 1730-1739 for the Kings County Court Records. The latest documents are the Providence County Justice Court Dockets from 1809 to 1812.
The digital archive is located at: http://www.rihs.org/connect/online-exhibits/colonial-justice-gallery/.
All images are also linked to digital catalog records for easy navigation in the RIHS’s online catalog, NETOP.The project was made possible through a grant from the Rhode Island Supreme Court Historical Society Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation.
About the Rhode Island Historical Society
Founded in 1822, the RIHS is the fourth-oldest historical society in the United States and is Rhode Island’s largest and oldest historical organization, as well as its only Smithsonian Affiliate. In Providence, the RIHS owns and operates the John Brown House Museum, a designated National Historic Landmark, built in 1788; the Aldrich House, built in 1822 and used for administration and public programs; and the Mary Elizabeth Robinson Research Center, where archival, book and image collections are housed. In Woonsocket, the RIHS manages the Museum of Work and Culture, a community museum examining the industrial history of northern Rhode Island and of the workers and settlers, especially French-Canadians, who made it one of the state’s most distinctive areas.
By Donna DiMichele | June 28, 2016
The New England Library Association (NELA) is sponsoring an Advocacy Summit on Tuesday, July 19th at Tower Hill Botanical Gardens in Boylston, MA. This is the first time NELA has embarked on this type of event and it encourages participation from all six New England states.
Opening Keynote: Jeremy Johannesen, Executive Director, New York Library Association. Jeremy spoke to the Chapter Leaders at ALA Midwinter in Boston this year on the topic of advocacy.
Closing Keynote: Marci Merola, Director, Office for Library Advocacy at ALA. This year, ALA President, Sari Feldman launched a campaign, Libraries Transform along with adopting a resolution to support the 2015 Advocacy Implementation Plan. Marci will share more about these two initiatives.
Throughout the day there will be opportunities for attendees, whether new to the advocacy world, or an experienced library advocate, to learn, share and network.
Registration is required. Fee: $40.00
NELA’s mission is to initiate, plan and support regional activities and to encourage the exchange of ideas. NELA wants participants to leave inspired and motivated to take action whether on the local, state or national level!
By Donna DiMichele | June 28, 2016
Call for Nominations
With the generous support of David Rubenstein, the Library of Congress has asked Rhode Island Center for the Book at Rhode Island Council for the Humanities to administer a state literacy awards program.
Our awards program will recognize literacy projects that deliver impact through partnership with the Rhode Island library community.
Libraries in Rhode Island are invited to make nominations for this award. The Advisory Board of Rhode Island Center for the Book will read the nominations and name an award winner. The award will be presented at the Rhode Island Center for the Book Advisory Board meeting in October. The award will be accompanied by a check for $500.00 to support the work of the literacy project.
Nominating a Rhode Island Literacy Program
- The nominations will open June 27, 2016 and close on August 31, 2016.
- Only ONE nomination from a library will be accepted; only RI libraries may nominate.
- The nominated literacy program may be a component of library service, a community organization housed in a library or a project that operates in close cooperation with the nominating library.
- Nominations must include: (1) a cover letter from the nominator with complete contact information for the nominator and for the nominated literacy program, (2) a statement of impact which explains (in 750 words or less) the value of the program being nominated, how the grant money will be used and (3) up to two pieces of supporting material (program materials or an additional letter of support).
- Questions? Please contact Kate Lentz, Director, Rhode Island Center for the Book at Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (firstname.lastname@example.org) or via phone (401.273.2250)
- Nominations should be sent to the following address:
Rhode Island Center for the Book
131 Washington St.
Providence, RI 02903
For more information about the partners:
RI Center for the Book at the RI Council for the Humanities
The Office of Library and Information services is proud to be a partner and sponsor
of the RI Center for the Book at RICH.
By Donna DiMichele | June 20, 2016
Latinos in Rhode Island Bilingual Rhode Tour
Read, see and hear about storied places, economic tales, and religious communities that have helped Latinos make Providence and Rhode Island their home using the new Latinos in Rhode Island Bilingual Rhode Tour. The project was funded as a product of the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant from the American Library Association and National Endowment for the Humanities.
Rhode Tour is an app and website that puts Rhode Island stories on the map. Linked to particular locations, Rhode Tour uses stories, oral histories, images, and movies to reveal history behind the place. Rhode Tour is a joint initiative of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, Brown University’s John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, and the Rhode Island Historical Society. This tour was made in partnership with Rhode Island Latino Arts.
Download the FREE Rhode Tour app from the App Store or Google Play or visit RhodeTour.org and click on the Latinos in Rhode Island tour.
By Donna DiMichele | June 7, 2016
Libraries in historic buildings may be eligible for a State Preservation Grant from the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission. The Commission is accepting applications for the 2016 round of grants. A Letter of Intent (strongly encouraged) is due on July 1, 2016, and Applications are due on Friday, August 19, 2016. You can download copies of the application (multiple documents) from the Commission’s website.
Approximately $1.5 million in matching grants is available for capital preservation projects at libraries, museums, cultural art centers, and public historic sites located in historic buildings. A Letter of Intent (strongly encouraged) is due on July 1, 2016, and applications are due on Friday, August 19, 2016.
RIHPHC will hold three grant workshops:
1. Wednesday, June 29 at 2pm at the Old State House, 150 Benefit St. Providence
2. Thursday, June 30 at 10am at the offices of The Preservation Society of Newport County, 424 Bellevue Ave., Newport
3. Friday, July 1 at 10am at Harris Mill, 618 Main St, Coventry
For more information, please contact Sarah Zurier at (401)222-4142.
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