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Libraries Can Help Feed Children This Summer

By Donna DiMichele | April 16, 2014

The following article was originally posted by the IMLS on its UpNext blog.

Libraries and Museums Can Help Feed Children This Summer

By Kristin Caulley, Food and Nutrition Service Program Analyst, USDA

Every summer when school ends, millions of kids and teens are at risk of going hungry because they no longer have access to the free or reduced-price meals they received when they were in school. The USDA has created the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) to cover this summer meal gap. However, SFSP is one of the most underutilized government programs, with only about 16 percent of eligible kids participating. This is why the USDA is reaching out to libraries and museums.

You, as a museum or library, can get involved in so many ways. USDA Food and Nutrition Service is hosting two webinars for the Institute of Museum and Library Services to talk about ways that you can get involved in the Summer Food Service Program.

Join the webinars to learn all about the program and how fun it is to get involved.

How Libraries Can Get Involved in Summer Meals – April 25 at 2:00PM-3:00PM EST

Ways That Museums Can Help Feed Children This Summer – April 30 at 2:00PM-3:00PM EST

Register for webinars: www.surveymonkey.com/s/IMLSSummerMeals

For more information about SFSP please visit: www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp

If you have any questions please contact:
Kristin Caulley
FNS Program Analyst

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Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact

By Donna DiMichele | April 7, 2014

“Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact” – a public hearing that you can join in person, on YouTube or through Google+ (live stream)

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The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), has issued an invitation to a public hearing, “Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact.” Federal Communications Commission Chairman Thomas Wheeler will make opening remarks, and expert panelists from across the library, technology, and public policy spectrum will explore the issue of high-speed broadband in America’s libraries.
The hearing will take place on:
Thursday, April 17, 2014
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Martin Luther King Memorial Library,
901 G St. NW
Washington, DC 20001.

The hearing will be live streamed on YouTube and Google+.

IMLS is charged with advising the President and Congress about the library, museum, and information service needs of the American public. As the FCC embarks on efforts to modernize the e-rate program, IMLS is conducting this hearing to establish a public record on the need for and impact of high-speed broadband connectivity in America’s libraries and to document forward-looking strategies to improve broadband connectivity.

You can also provide comments for the public record. Comments received by Monday, April 24, will be published on the agency’s website. Send comments to comments@imls.gov.

IMLS Director Susan H. Hildreth will chair the hearing along with members of the National Museum and Library Services Board, including Christie Pearson Brandau, Iowa; Charles Benton, Illinois; Winston Tabb, Maryland; and Carla Hayden, Maryland, who will lead three panels during the hearing:

The Vision: What happens when we get it right? This panel will explore innovative practices and partnerships and new strategies that have the potential to serve individuals and communities well.
The Data: Panelists will explore what we know about broadband connections and services in America’s libraries.
Moving Forward: During this section, we will explore solutions for connectivity in libraries.
In addition to Thomas Wheeler, speakers and panelists will include Reed Hundt, former Chairman of the FCC; Clarence Anthony, Executive Director of the National League of Cities; Chris Jowaisas, Senior Program Officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and many others. Click here for a complete agenda.

If interested in attending the event, please RSVP to events@imls.gov by April 10th.

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Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities workshops

By ann | March 26, 2014

The Department of Health is inviting you to one of the six FREE workshops on Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities. Please note on May 6th the workshop will be offered in Spanish. Due to limited space, a pre-registration is required. Please share with your library users and other agencies you partner with. For additional information, questions or concerns, please contact Carmen Boucher at 401.222.5926.

Requests for special accommodations, please contact Linda McMullen directly at RIPIN 401.270.0101 Ext 104 or email at mcmullen@ripin.org . Without 48 hour notice, request for accommodations cannot be guaranteed.

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Storytime welcomes kids with special needs

By ann | March 19, 2014

The Skokie Public Library in Illinois is doing some spectacular programming with kids who have different abilities.

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Who loves libraries?

By karen | March 17, 2014

The Pew Research Internet Project has just released a new study that looks at the typology of public library engagement in America: From Distant Admirers to Library Lovers–and beyond.  The study breaks library users and non-users into various groups, finding that those who use libraries most tend to be younger, better educated, more technically savvy, and more engaged in their communities.  Equally striking are the groups who don’t use libraries as much – or at all.

Pew Research is accessible and interesting reading and tells us a lot about who uses libraries, and who doesn’t.  Check it out.

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FCC E-rate Public Notice

By chaichin | March 14, 2014

The Federal Communications Commission has issued its Public Notice asking for public comment on 4 E-rate issues:

  1. Internal Connections and service outside the school/library
  2. One-time capital investment approach
  3. Transition away from voice
  4. Demonstration projects

Comments are due April 7th and reply comments April 21st.


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Virtual Road Trip to RI Libraries

By Donna DiMichele | February 27, 2014

Rhode Island libraries were featured on the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) blog Virtual Road Trip! Jennifer Cournoyer, Cumberland Public Library, and Shannon Bloom, Pawtucket Public Library, shared simple and effective techniques for welcoming teens and discovering what they want from their libraries.

YALSA is a division of the American Library Association.



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Second in Series: Webinar on Citizenship and Immigration for Public Librarians

By Donna DiMichele | February 26, 2014

Webinar: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Citizenship Education and Initiatives

Date and Time: Thursday, March 6, from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EST.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services representatives to discuss education resources, citizenship activities for libraries, and more.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and USCIS continue their series of free webinars for public libraries about immigration and U.S. citizenship topics with a second webinar on March 6.

The USCIS Citizenship Education and Initiatives presentation will build on many of the topics discussed in the first USCIS-IMLS webinar held on February 4, 2014. Specifically, this webinar will highlight USCIS educational resources related to citizenship and the naturalization process, as well as information on how libraries can actively engage in citizenship-related activities and events.

The webinar will also review USCIS resources designed to protect individuals from immigration services scams and discuss the types of assistance librarians can provide to immigrant patrons. It is not necessary to have participated in the first USCIS-IMLS webinar to participate in this session.

Registration: Register by March 4th. To register, follow this link for the USCIS Public Engagement Division email alert service, and enter your email address. Once you have entered your email, click on the “Subscriber Preferences” tab and then select “Event Registration.” Please provide the additional requested information to complete your registration. You will receive the URL for the webinar and the conference phone line information from USCIS shortly after you register.

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 the partnership, the webinar series, and archived webinar recordings and transcripts, visit the Serving New Americans page of the IMLS website.

Institute of Museum and Library Services

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States.

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Inclusive Outreach to Patrons of all Abilities

By Donna DiMichele | February 13, 2014

Creating and Presenting Inclusive Outreach to Patrons of all Abilities,
an online course presented by ALA’s Reference and User Services Association

March 3 – 28, 2014

Programming for patrons with special needs got you stumped? This online course will discuss methods for reaching patrons with special needs in your community and how to help staff and your community create an inclusive environment.

The course will also provide tools for defining your success when doing outreach to patrons of all abilities. Students will leave this course with a set of tools that can be used to establish outreach in their communities, create their own unique outreach programs and assist staff in working with patrons with special needs.

About the Instructor: Jordan Boaz is the Children’s Librarian for the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library, a branch of New York Public Library. She regularly plans innovative, inclusive programming and outreach for youth with a wide variety of disabilities. She is an active member of the ALSC Committee For Library Service to Special Population Children and Their Caregivers as well as the NYPL Programming for Children with Special Needs Committee.

Learn more and register








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Creative Health Literacy Projects Webinar

By Donna DiMichele | February 7, 2014

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region presents:

“Creative Health Literacy Projects” webinar.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
10:30 – 11:30 AM ET

In this webinar you will hear about three creative health literacy projects:


This program is sponsored by the NN/LM NER Health Literacy Community of Interest.

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