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National Library Legislative Day – participate virtually!

By admin | April 24, 2017

National Library Legislative Day is May 1-2 in Washington DC.  Rhode Island has a delegation of 8 attending, including members of the Library Board of Rhode Island, the Coalition of Library Advocates, the RI Library Association, and School Librarians of Rhode Island; the delegation is supported by the Office of Library and Information Services.

The delegation will be visiting with members of the RI congressional delegation to bring their attention to the importance of libraries, the importance of federal funding (especially LSTA) in supporting library services in Rhode Island, and other legislation that impacts libraries.  If you can’t make it to DC next week, you can still attend the American Library Association’s Briefing Day that is a critical part of National Library Legislative Day.

Learn more about how you can virtually participate in National Library Legislative Day and review the schedule and Issue Briefs.

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Opportunities to Publish

By Donna DiMichele | April 11, 2017

Librarianship and Genealogy: Trends, Issues, Case Studies

Book Publisher: McFarland

Co-Editors:
Carol Smallwood, co-editor. Library’s Role in Supporting Financial Literacy for Patrons (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016); public library administrator, special, school librarian.
Vera Gubnitskaia, co-editor. Reference Librarian, Valencia College, Winter Park, Florida; co-editor, Library Outreach to Writers and Poets (forthcoming, McFarland).

One or two chapters sought from U.S. practicing academic, public, school, special librarians, LIS faculty, sharing practical know-how about what works for patrons with genealogy: proven, creative, case studies, how-to chapters based on experience to help colleagues with acquisitions, storage, digitization, innovative workshops, community outreach, grants, user instruction, latest resources.

One, two, or three authors per chapter; each chapter by the same author(s).

Compensation: one complimentary copy per 3,000-4,000 word chapter accepted no matter how many co-authors or if one or two chapters: author discount on more.

E-mail titles of proposed chapters each described in a few sentences by May 30, 2017, brief bio on each author; place GENEALOGY, YOUR LAST NAME on subject line: smallwood.carol@gmail.com

Tolerance: Social Justice and Activism in Libraries, Moving Beyond Diversity to Action

Book Publisher: McFarland

Co-Editors:
Su Epstein, Ph.D., co-editor. Director, Saxton B. Little Free Library, Columbia, Connecticut;
Carol Smallwood, co-editor. Public Library Systems, Special, School Librarian, Michigan;
Vera Gubnitskaia, co-editor. Reference Librarian, Valencia College, Winter Park, Florida.

One or two chapters sought from U.S. practicing academic, public, school, special librarians, LIS faculty, sharing how to take the concept of diversity to the next level. The role librarians can play in social justice and social change, activities supporting tolerance in libraries. Topics could be inclusivity, tolerance, civic engagement, civic education, human rights, social responsibility; in the areas of collection development, programming, professional development, partnerships and outreach—just to name a few.

One author or two or three authors per chapter. Compensation: one complimentary copy per 3,000-4,000 word chapter accepted no matter how many co-authors or if one or two chapters: author discount on more copies.

Contributors are expected to sign a release form in order to be published.

E-mail titles of proposed chapters each described in a few sentences by May 30, 2017, brief bio on each author; place TOL, YOUR LAST NAME on subject line to: epsteinsc@gmail.com

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Celebrate 15 Years of Reading Across Rhode Island

By Donna DiMichele | April 11, 2017

The RI Center for the Book is celebrating the 15th year of the signature program Reading Across Rhode Island!

Event includes brunch with RI author Ann Hood, the famous Penny Social, a performance by Living Literature, trivia and more! Come celebrate 15 years of promoting literacy and community connections across our state!

When: Sunday, May 21, 2017, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Where:  The Squantum Association, 947 Veterans Memorial, Parkway, East Providence, RI

Cost: $25.00 Payable in Advance
Pay online or Call 401-273-2250

The Office of Library and Information Services
is a proud sponsor of Reading Across RI!

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RI Governor Proclaims April “School Library Month”

By Donna DiMichele | March 31, 2017

Celebrate School Library Month

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Governor Gina Raimondo has proclaimed April as School Library Month in Rhode Island, recognizing the contributions that school librarians make to their school communities.

School Librarians of RI

Follow School Librarians of RI on Twitter @SchLibRI
Tweet about RI school libraries hashtag #schoollibrariesRI

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No longer the “shushing librarians”

By Donna DiMichele | March 23, 2017

Kickstarter Campaign for RI School Library Advocacy Video

The School Librarians of RI (SLRI) professional association wants to tell the world “we are no longer the “shushing librarians” of the past. We are doing amazing things in our school libraries!”

SLRI is creating a video to tell people what school librarians do in today’s libraries. “It’s on us: The Stories of Public School Librarians” will be funded through a Kickstarter campaign.

You can take action by making a pledge to the SLRI Kickstarter campaign. The project will fund the production of a film that can be used as an effective tool to spread the word about how librarians are impacting students and communities to support 21st century learning.

Help SLRI spread the word. Post on FB, tweet and tell your colleagues and friends.

#libitsonus          #SchoolLibrarian               #SchoolLibraries               #LibrariesMatter

The campaign ends on April 24th.

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Digital Commonwealth 2017 Conference

By Donna DiMichele | March 20, 2017

“Charting the Digital Future” – 2017 Digital Commonwealth Annual Conference DC

When: April 4, 2017, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Location: The College of the Holy Cross, Hogan Center, Worcester, Massachusetts

Keynote: Mary Minow will address fake news literacy and the role of libraries and other cultural heritage institutions in the dissemination, collection and preservation of it.

Full program and registration

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Using ALA’s Libraries Transform Campaign

By Donna DiMichele | February 24, 2017

Using ALA’s Libraries Transform Campaign for Your Library

Register for a free webinar to provide libraries with information and training about ways to incorporate Libraries Transform messaging into regular communication channels and leverage the campaign in advocacy activities, such as legislative day. Other topics will include:

Presenter: Jeff Julian, Director, Public Awareness Office, American Library Association.

Date and time: March 14, 2017, 2:00PM – 3:00PM ET

More information and registration are online.

The program is offered by National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

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Law Librarians of New England (LLNE) Scholarship

By alicia | February 23, 2017

The Law Librarians of New England (LLNE) are sponsoring a scholarship for public librarians to attend the Legal Research Instruction Program (LRIP), a legal research class for librarians in Boston.

All public librarians in New England are encouraged to apply!

The Legal Research Instruction Program (LRIP) is a six week seminar geared towards librarians interested in learning more about legal research.

Each week, a different aspect of legal research is covered, everything from an overview of the U.S. legal system to finding transactional law documents. The class will run on Tuesday evenings from March 14th – April 25th (with no class on April 18th). This year, one week will be online and the remaining classes will be held from 5:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Suffolk Law in Boston. For more information about the LRIP course, go to http://llne.org/legalresearchinstruction/intro_course/ or contact Brian Flaherty at bflaherty@nesl.edu.

The LLNE Service Committee is providing two scholarships to cover the cost of registration. Applicants must be public librarians from the New England area. For more information and to apply, go to http://llne.org/committees/service/.

Please send applications to Nicole Dyszlewski at ndyszlewski@rwu.edu by Thursday, March 2, 2017.

If you have questions, please contact the co-chairs of the Service Committee, Joshua LaPorte (joshua.laporte@uconn.edu) and Jessica Jones (jjones@sociallaw.com).

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Grants for Preservation of Historical Documents and Records

By Donna DiMichele | February 13, 2017

The Rhode Island Foundation is now accepting applications for the Joseph O’Neill Ott Fund and the RI Supreme Court Historical Society Fund.

The Joseph O’Neill Ott Fund supports the preservation of historical manuscripts, documents and municipal records dating from the 19th century and earlier from the smaller cities and towns in Rhode Island. Grants generally range from $250-$600 and support direct conservation efforts for paper-based documents, photographs, and other two-dimensional historical evidence (excluding artwork). This can include restoration, preservation, or to defray the costs associated with the acquisition of documents. Proposals that demonstrate concern about long-term storage issues or have planned document storage will be looked upon most favorably. All historical and preservation societies and libraries from the smaller cities and towns of Rhode Island are eligible to apply.

The Rhode Island Supreme Court Historical Society Fund supports nonprofit organizations that wish to provide programs that preserve the history of the Rhode Island Supreme Court and the Rhode Island judicial system, preserve artifacts and records of the court system, publish works of history about Rhode Island legal history, and offer public forums about Rhode Island legal and constitutional history. Organizations should provide matching resources in funds or through in-kind services. Funds may not be used for the purchase of equipment.

The deadline to apply is March 10, 2017. Please click here to apply for the Joseph O’Neill Ott Fund and here for the Rhode Island Supreme Court Historical Society Fund. If applicable, you may apply for funding from both funds.

Questions? Contact Kelly Riley, Donor Services Administrator, at 401-427-4028 or kriley@rifoundation.org.

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School libraries invited to apply for Sara Jaffarian Award

By Donna DiMichele | February 7, 2017

The American Library Association Public Programs Office announced that school libraries are invited to apply for a $5,000 award recognizing outstanding humanities programming. Libraries serving grades kindergarten through eighth grade are eligible. ALA press release

Nominations for the 2017 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming will be accepted until May 5, 2017. Applications, award guidelines and a list of previous winners are available on the ALA website.

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