By karen | November 19, 2014
Congratulations to the Providence Community Library and its Minecraft program, which provided the winning team in the International Games Day Minecraft Hunger Games. Just last week PCL’s Ed Graves, manager of the Rochambeau Library, was talking about the value of gaming in libraries at OLIS’ Continuing Education program, Exploring the New Normal: Trends in Library Services. Ed co-presented with Emily Brown from Cranston Public Library, which also has a popular Minecraft program. Minecraft is the one of the most popular video games of all time, with millions of users worldwide.
The PCL team was the only RI team to enter the event. Read about their success in today’s Providence Journal.
By Donna DiMichele | November 12, 2014
Rhode Island students in grades 4 through 12 are invited to enter the Letters About Literature (LAL) National Contest sponsored by the Library of Congress and the Rhode Island center for the Book. State winners receive a cash prize of $100 and advance to the national level judging. National Winners (one national winner at each level) receive $1,000 cash award and one National Honor winner per level wins a $200 cash award.
The deadlines are:
· December 15, 2014 for Level 3 (Grades 9 – 12);
· January 15, 2015 for Levels 2 (grades 7 & 8) and Level 1 (Grades 4 -6)
To enter Letters About Literature, young readers write a personal letter to a favorite author, describing the impact of the author’s book on his or her life or explaining how that book helped them see an aspect of the world—large or small—through new eyes. Encouraging reader response and reflective writing, LAL builds two key aspects of literacy, reading and writing, on a personal and very meaningful level.
The Guidelines and Entry Form for teachers and librarians can downloaded from the Rhode Island Center for the Book web site.
Letters About Literature supports national standards for teaching language arts & reading as recommended by the National Council of Teachers of English and the International Reading Association. A Teachers’ Guide with lesson plans, sample letters and links to the Common Core State Standards is also posted on the RI Center for the Book’s website http://ribook.org/. You may also access the information at the Library of Congress web site http://www.read.gov/letters/.
For more information about the contest and RI’s involvement, please call or email Louise Moulton (401-455-8134; firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kate Lentz at the RI Center for the Book (401-273-2250; email@example.com ).
By Donna DiMichele | November 10, 2014
There is still time to register for Heritage Preservation’s webinar series! Be sure not to miss out on these free presentations, covering important emergency management programs offered at the state and federal level. Ample time is built into each 90-minute webinar for Q&A.
Mitigation and Mitigation Planning
Thursday, November 13, 2014
3:00 – 4:30 pm Eastern
Presenter: Scott Baldwin, Mitigation Specialist, Colorado Office of Emergency Management
Topics to be covered include:
- What organizations can do to mitigate damage and loss to the collections and holdings, beginning with hazard identification and risk assessment
- State and local hazard mitigation plans and how to include cultural resources in these plans
- Funding available to private nonprofits (PNPs) through FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grants Program
- Communication strategies to engage with emergency managers and related professionals
Disaster and Continuity Planning and Preparedness
Thursday, November 20, 2014
3:00 – 4:30 pm Eastern
Presenter: Kiran Dhanji, Section Administrator, Preparedness, Texas Division of Emergency Management
Topics to be covered include:
- The link between disaster response and continuity of operations plans
- How to identify and plan to recover your essential functions, supported by the four core pillars of continuity planning: leadership, staff, communications, and facilities
- The planning process, including who to involve, when to bring stakeholder groups together, and how to develop useful and used plans
Federal Disaster Recovery Assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for Private, Nonprofit Organizations
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
3:00 – 4:30 pm Eastern
Presenter: Mark Randle, SBA Public Information Officer
Topics to be covered include:
- The SBA federal declaration process: How, When, Where
- Loans to help repair/replace property damage
- Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster
- Eligibility, terms, and conditions
- The application process and the processing of applications
- Disbursement of funds and the use of loan proceeds
Can’t attend? The webinar will be recorded and you will be notified when it’s been posted to the State Heritage Emergency Partnership. You can then notify your colleagues of its availability as well.
Registration Fee : NONE! Thanks to funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the State Heritage Emergency Partnership Webinar Series is free. However, registration for each webinar is required for attendance.
Questions? Contact Katelin Lee, Emergency Programs Assistant, 202-233-0835 firstname.lastname@example.org
By Donna DiMichele | November 6, 2014
National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region, Funding Opportunities
A Request for Proposals for funds covering the period of May 1, 2015-April 30, 2016 is posted at: http://nnlm.gov/ner/funding/. The number of awarded projects and amount of funding available is contingent upon NLM funding for NER’s FY2015/16 budget year. Please look over the information carefully and if you are thinking of a project or have an idea and want to discuss, contact Mary Piorun, PhD, Associate Director, NN/LM NER
There are three categories of funding:
Express Outreach Awards
Express Outreach is the broad category of awards for projects involving community outreach, professional development, and instructional design.
- Library Services to Health Agencies Awards supports outreach to health related organizations based on the unit cost of services (document delivery, reference consultations, and training sessions) to be provided.
- Member Program Awards is for development of a training program directed at health information professionals or healthcare providers in areas related to health information access.
- Community Preparedness is for collaborative planning or promotion of community resources for emergency preparedness.
- Community Engagement Awards support short-term outreach projects that involve advancing health information resources in collaboration with local community groups. These projects are smaller than extensive outreach subcontracts.
- Exhibits Awards are for members’ participation at venues that promote health information resources. Funds support registration and fees, travel, and related expenses. Members can promote their local library resources while promoting the National Library of Medicine.
- Health Information Research Awards supports the development and implementation of a project investigating outcomes related to health information interventions.
- Library Digitization Awards enable libraries to increase accessibility within and without the institution of local collections that are not currently available for use.
- Technology Improvement Awards is for supporting equipment purchases to broaden electronic access to health information.
Knowledge Management Projects
The primary purpose of the Knowledge Management Project funding is to stimulate innovations in biomedical knowledge management and information services at the health care institution or health system level. The intent of funding is to assist network members in the establishment of Healthcare Knowledge Service Centers within their healthcare institutions
Health Information Outreach Subcontract
The primary purpose of the Health Information Outreach Subcontract is to assist Network members and other health-related agencies in their efforts to provide information services and training to audiences not normally reached. Targeted health care workers and consumers should be engaged in one or more of the following:
- Working with members of special populations who seek health information;
- Practicing in medically underserved urban or rural areas; and/or
- Serving in state, county or local public health offices or settings.
In addition, Health Information Outreach Subcontracts are offered to:
- Identify areas or populations that are in need of better health information services.
- Provide access to health information resources to health workers and consumers lacking convenient access to quality information resources.
- Increase the awareness and use of National Library of Medicine health information resources.
- Expand the Network’s health information delivery to include the public health work force.
- Strengthen the Network by developing the role of librarians as health information mediators.
Contact Mary Piorun if you have any questions.
Mary Piorun, PhD, Associate Director,
University of Massachusetts Medical School
By Donna DiMichele | November 6, 2014
Blackstone Heritage Corridor Grant Program
A new funding source is available for municipalities, nonprofit organizations and state agencies who work in the 24 cities and towns of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor.
Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc. announced a grant program to help others support its work in the region to: tell the story of American industrialization, preserve and enhance Valley communities, balance conservation and growth, and promote river recovery.
Municipal boards, commissions, or committees, schools, nonprofit organizations and state agencies are eligible to apply for the 2014 Partnership Grant Program.
Projects include but are not limited to preservation and restoration of historic structures and landscapes, trail and park development, education programs, exhibits, sustainable tourism projects, and projects that engage youth and minorities in awareness and stewardship of the National Heritage Corridor.
The grants will range from $5,000 to $30,000 per project and must be matched at least 1:1 by non-federal sources which may be cash or in-kind contributions.
The deadline is noon, November 17, 2014.
For details & application materials, visit www.blackstoneheritagecorridor.org
Applicants must complete a cover sheet and a one-page letter of intent and send it by email or regular mail to:
Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc.
One Depot Square
Woonsocket, RI 02895
By karen | October 30, 2014
The Aspen Institute has just released Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries, the culmination of the year-long Dialogue on Public Libraries. Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Dialogue brought together librarians, policymakers, technology experts and others to explore the evolving role of libraries in the 21st century.
The report identifies three key assets that libraries are built on: people, place and platform. In addition, it identifies four strategies for success:
- Aligning library services in support of community goals
- Providing access to content in all formats
- Ensuring the long-term sustainability of public libraries
- Cultivating leadership
The report is presented to engage both the library community and those outside the library community in meaningful dialogue to “help advance the work that libraries are doing to address community challenges and to support the transformation of communities and their public libraries in the digital age.” It includes case studies and action steps for various stakeholder groups.
The report is available online at the Aspen Institute’s Dialogue on Public Libraries website. You can download the entire 80 page report at the bottom of the page, or read it section by section online. If you only have time to read a small part, check out the brief Executive Summary.
By Donna DiMichele | October 21, 2014
Special Issue call for papers: Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities and the Inclusive Future of Libraries
Advances in Librarianship announces a call for papers for a special issue devoted to examining how libraries can be made more accessible for people with disabilities.
Academic, public, school, and special libraries all have patrons and staff members with disabilities, making equitable service a priority for these organizations designed to serve their entire communities.
Submission deadline: March 31, 2015.
This book, edited by Brian Wentz, Paul Jaeger, and John Bertot, will include essays devoted to the following themes:
- Current state of laws, policies, and professional standards related to accessibility in libraries
- Research about levels of library accessibility
- Case studies and best practices from libraries providing inclusive services to patrons with disabilities
- Case studies and best practices in accessibility outside of the library domain that can inform library practice
- Emerging and future technology trends that provide challenges and opportunities relating to accessibility in libraries
- Ways in which libraries can conduct and promote research to improve accessibility.
Advances in Librarianship is a key resource for practitioners, researchers, students and faculty members seeking in-depth literature and solutions to current and emerging issues in the fields of library and information science and related fields.
The notice was submitted by:
Editorial Assistant | Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Tel: 01274 785217 Ext: #2217 Fax: +44 (0)1274 785244
www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com | www.emeraldinsight.com
By Donna DiMichele | October 10, 2014
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) have online resources to help you answer questions about Ebola, the outbreak, and related issues such as transportation-related concerns.
Follow the links below to access the resources.
OLIS has a librarians’ list for health information, consumer health and Affordable Care Act resources, and NN/LM Updates. If you would like to subscribe to ACA-rilibs googlegroups.com, contact Donna DiMichele directly. Open to RI library staff only.
By Donna DiMichele | October 6, 2014
National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region and Medical Library Association 2014 Update
NN/LM NER offers many services to libraries in New England, including grants and training. Log onto this webinar if you want to learn more and the latest.
Webinar: Thursday, October 9, 2014 10 AM – 11:15 AM ET
The webinar includes updates from the National Library of Medicine and the Medical Library Association.
- Mary Piorun, Associate Director, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region
- Martha Fishel, Head, Public Services Division, National Library of Medicine
- Linda Walton, Medical Library Association President
Please register online.
For more information, contact
Michelle Eberle, MSLIS, AHIP
Health Literacy and Community Engagement Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region
(508) 856-2435 | (800) 338-7657
By admin | September 29, 2014
The 6th annual Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire is happening on Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 11am to 6pm at multiple locations in downtown Providence. Sponsored by AS220 and Revolution x Design, the Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire is a celebration of New Englanders’ do-it-yourself ingenuity and innovation.
Maker Faire is billed as the “Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth” — a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. At the Faire, people show what they are making, and share what they are learning. It features hands-on making, building and hacking, crafting, garage technology, arts and creativity for sale, and robots. AS220 is creating a community of builders, inventors, and designers in Rhode Island, so let’s add libraries to the mix!
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