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Tiverton Public Library Wins Architecture Award

By Lauren Plews | October 14, 2016

The American Institute of Architects’ New England Chapter awarded Union Studio Architecture & Community Design with a 2016 Merit Award for their architectural design of the new Tiverton Public Library.

The 24,000 square foot building opened in June 2015. The project was funded in part by the State of Rhode Island via the Office of Library & Information Services (OLIS) through Public Library Construction Grant-In-Aid. OLIS provides grant-in-aid for the construction and capital improvement of any free public library in the state to provide better free library services to the public.

The new library includes numerous meeting, gathering and reading spaces, a cafe, business center and dedicated children’s, teen and local history spaces.  The Tiverton project was chosen for the award because the American Institute of Architects’ New England Chapter felt the library was one of the best examples of institutional architecture completed by New England design firms.

For photos and further facts and figures about the project visit OLIS’s Tiverton Public Library Project webpage. Be sure to plan your visit to the Tiverton Public Library to see this award winning design in person.

For more information on the award see the article from the Providence Journal.

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Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries

By Donna DiMichele | October 7, 2016

The American Library Association (ALA) and the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation are now accepting applications for the 2017 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries, which recognize libraries for their role in the growth of graphic literature.

Each winning library will receive a grant award of $4,000 to support initiatives that align with the objective of the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries.  The grant award will consist of the following:

In addition, from the book publishers and the Eisner Foundation, the winning libraries will also receive the following graphic novels, valued at approximately $3,000:


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Information Literacy Month

By admin | October 5, 2016

October is Information Literacy Month! Recognizing the importance of information literacy as a key component in effective decision making and enhancing one’s ability to compete in the workforce and global economy, Governor Gina Raimondo has proclaimed October as Information Literacy Month.  This is the fourth year that the Governor’s Office has recognized and supported the importance of information literacy.

The Information Literacy Action Round Table (ILART) of the Rhode Island Library Association (RILA) will celebrate information literacy month with an information literacy showcase, “Putting Information Literacy to Work!” at the Cranston Public Library on Thursday, October 13 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.  Public, school, and academic librarians will share programming successes that support Workforce Development.  Featured services include job search resources, career education, support for small businesses, and employment programs.  There will be simultaneous tabletop poster and multimedia presentations and the opportunity to network with presenters and other librarians.

Come join OLIS as we celebrate Information Literacy Month with RILA!

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Preservation Society of Newport County Receives Grant

By Donna DiMichele | September 16, 2016

Through the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Museums for America program, the Preservation Society of Newport County received grant award in the amount of  $99,422.00 to digitize and create encoded archival description finding aids for 20 of its highest priority collections. These collections document the role Newport, Rhode Island, has played in shaping national cultural and social movements and include 2,000 individual manuscripts, photographs, and scrapbooks from approximately 1770 to the 1980s. Resulting digital images and corresponding information will be uploaded to a shared website for history related to Newport. The project will make the collection accessible to scholars and the public; enhance the intellectual control of the collections for internal management and use in public programming; and preserve the collection by reducing physical handing of the objects.

Have an idea about a project for your museum?

IMLS will be accepting applications for the FY 2017 Museums for America program through December 1, 2016. For more information see the Museums for America webpage and the blog post highlighting changes in the FY 2017 museum grant programs.


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Funds to Prepare Library Guides

By Donna DiMichele | September 9, 2016

Carnegie-Whitney Grants

The American Library Association Publishing Committee provides a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library.

Funded projects have ranged from popular, general-reader proposals such as “ReadMOre” a reading list for Missouri’s state-wide reading program, to more specialized, scholarly proposals such as “Librarianship and Information Science in the Islamic World, 1966-1999: An Annotated Bibliography.”

Applications must be received by November 6, 2016. Recipients will be notified by the end of February 2017.

More information and guidelines are available on the ALA website or by contacting Mary Jo Bolduc, Grant Administrator, American Library Association, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611; Fax (312) 280-5275

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Grants to Support Humanities Programs

By Donna DiMichele | September 7, 2016

The RI Council for the Humanities (RICH) is offering grant information workshops. If you have ideas for a new public humanities project, then attend one of the free workshops to learn about upcoming major and mini grant opportunities for nonprofit organizations and individual researchers planning public programs in the humanities.

RICH’ funding areas include public projects, documentary film, K-12 civic education, and individual research. RICH supports the work of schools, historical societies, libraries, universities & colleges, museums, cultural organizations, preservation societies, independent humanities scholars, documentary filmmakers, and more!

Four workshops are scheduled:

For more information, please contact Logan Hinderliter at the RI Council for the Humanities (401-273-2250).

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Library funding to commemorate U.S. entry into World War I

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.

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NN/LM New England Region Funding Opportunities

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.
Associate Director
University of Massachusetts Medical School
P) 508/856-2206
E) piorun@umassmed.edu

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2014 Public Libraries Survey Data Released

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.

Rhode Island’s data for 2014 is online Comparable Statistics 2014  Selected data from 2015, not yet published by IMLS, is also on the OLIS website

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.

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IMLS Announces Grant Programs

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:

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:

  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 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.
  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.

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