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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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Measuring Digital Literacy

By Donna DiMichele | June 23, 2015

The Northstar Digital Literacy Project created an assessment that defines the basic skills needed to perform tasks on computers and online. The ability of adults to perform these tasks can be assessed through online, self-guided modules. Included are basic computer digital literacy standards and modules in eight main areas: Basic Computer Use, Internet, Windows Operating System, Mac OS, Email, Word Processing (Word), Social Media, and Excel.

When individuals pass the assessments at approved sites, they can obtain the Northstar Digital Literacy Certificate. This provides a credential for employment. There is no cost to complete the online assessments.

On Tuesday, June 30 Rhode Island public library directors can learn how to get a site license for the NorthStar Digital Assessment and how to use it in their library. Get more information and sign up on the OLIS website.

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Preservation Metrics Today

By Donna DiMichele | June 2, 2015

Preservation Metrics Today: Heritage Health Information and Preservation Statistics

A free Connecting to Collections Care webinar

Date: June 11, 2015

Time: 2-3:30 EDT

Now more than ever, data drives decisions: Which projects should be funded? Where is staff needed? What activities should take priority over others? How can you find the data to help when you are looking for funding or trying to persuade your community or legislators to provide funds for collections care in you museum, historical society or library? Collections care is an ongoing process and the need for caring for collections doesn’t go away when times are lean. Having your specific needs spelled out can help you make a persuasive argument for future funding.

The Heritage Health Information and the Preservation Statistics programs are both dedicated to collecting and analyzing the information on care for our collections in the broadest sense and they are the go-to programs for the data you need.

This webinar will give you the chance to learn more about these programs and to learn about how you might use the information they provide for your own situations. It will also help you to address StEPs MVG Standards 3 and 4.

Visit the Connecting to Collections Care page for more information, registration, and other learning opportunities.

Featured Speakers:



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Making Ebooks work in Libraries

By Donna DiMichele | June 2, 2015

NISO will offer a virtual conference about ebooks and libraries on June 17, 2015.

The Eternal To-Do List: Making Ebooks work in Libraries

From scholarly monographs to textbooks, the range of e-book formats and use cases is rapidly expanding. Libraries are on the front lines of this issue, actively evolving their approach to offering e-books to meet patron needs and expectations. This virtual conference, The Eternal To-Do List: Making E-books Work in Libraries, will probe the key issues surrounding e-books from a variety of library, technology, and end-user viewpoints and share experiences of how some libraries have met these challenges.

Date: June 17, 2015

Time: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Eastern

Virtual conferences are 5-6 hour conferences held online in webinar-like formats, with occasional breaks in the schedule for participants. The longer length allows the depth of coverage of a conference coupled with the convenience of a webinar.

Visit the NISO page for complete information about the conference and registration:

NISO Virtual Conference: The Eternal To-Do List: Making E-books Work in Libraries

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Library Convening will Focus on Engaging Communities

By Donna DiMichele | June 1, 2015

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) will hold its third stakeholder convening with library and archives professionals on  Tuesday, June 2, from 9:00 a.m.- 4:45 p.m. PDT at the Los Angeles Public Library in Los Angeles, CA. The meeting will focus on community engagement and spotlight a range of IMLS-funded programs. Online participants may join at any time. Press release

IMLS invites broad participation via a live webcast as well as through social media using the Twitter hashtag #IMLSfocus and through the dedicated e-mail address, focus@imls.gov.

The Los Angeles meeting will showcase libraries’ work to engage with their communities, through the lens of partnerships and serving diverse needs. Attendees will examine successful program characteristics, including assessment, capacity-building, partnerships, communications, evaluation, and sustainability. Agenda

Speakers will include:

The Engaging Communities convening is part of a series of meetings hosted by IMLS in 2015. The first, held in Washington, DC, in late April, examined the National Digital Platform. The second, held in Kansas City, MO, in mid-May, focused on learning in libraries. Through these meetings, IMLS will capture input to move the field forward and further develop its strategic priorities. White papers from all three IMLS Focus convenings will be made available on the website this summer.

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Reading Aloud Library Service

By ann | May 22, 2015

Why read aloud to older kids and teen?

Read the following excerpted from the American Libraries magazine May 2015 issue, pg 23. It’s an interview with Newsmaker: Kody Keplinger, author of The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend and other young adult titles. Kody answers the question,-What kind of service would you like to see libraries offer to people with visual impairment?
When I was a kid, there was this strange, negative bias toward nonvisual reading. I think it still exists today. For some reason, people don’t consider having something read aloud to you as “real reading.” I’ve even been told that listening to an audiobook isn’t “real reading.” This is obviously problematic as it excludes those with visual and reading disabilities, and it also shames those who may be auditory learners over visual learners. I was lucky that my mother never had this attitude and read to me well into my teen years; even still, when I visit her, we’ll read together. It was her reading to me that led me to audiobook, which is how I do most of my reading today. If teachers and librarians did this regularly, for teens as well as kids, I think we’d begin to see that attitude about real reading change, and we might even see an increased interest in reading overall. I’d love to see libraries implement reading programs for older kids and teens, maybe doing weekly read-aloud sessions, inviting not just those with disabilities, but anyone who wants to listen. I think everyone enjoys being read to, and if we normalize that, then we can foster more readers, both with and without disability.

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