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ALA Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

By admin | November 18, 2016

In response to the divisive nature of this election season, American Library Association President Julie Todaro issued the following statement highlighting the important role that libraries and librarians play as we all seek common ground following the election:

After a contentious campaign season filled with divisive rhetoric, we are now hearing from our members and in the news media about incidents of bigotry and harassment within our communities.  From children acting out in schools to adults participating in violent acts, it is clear that our nation is struggling in the wake of this election.

During times like these, our nation’s 120,000 public, academic, school and special libraries are invaluable allies inspiring understanding and community healing. Libraries provide a safe place for individuals of all ages and backgrounds and for difficult discussions on social issues.  Our nation’s libraries serve all community members, including people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, and the most vulnerable in our communities, offering services and educational resources that transform communities, open minds and promote inclusion and diversity.

As an association representing these libraries, librarians and library workers, ALA believes that the struggle against racism, prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination is central to our mission. We will continue to support efforts to abolish intolerance and cultural invisibility, stand up for all the members of the communities we serve, and promote understanding and inclusion through our work.

Hear, hear.

(Press release issued by the American Library Association, November 15, 2016)

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PLA says: Nominate yourself, a colleague, or your library today!

By Donna DiMichele | November 17, 2016

The Public Library Association (PLA) service awards and grants highlight the best in public library service and honor those bringing innovation, creativity, and dedication to public libraries.

Nominate yourself, a colleague, or your library today!

The deadline to apply for PLA 2017 Service Awards and Grants is December 5, 2016 at 11:59 PM Central.

For more information, or to submit an application or nomination, please visit http://www.ala.org/pla/awards


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Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grant Program

By Donna DiMichele | November 3, 2016

29th Annual Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grant Program Call for Proposals

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, which fosters children’s love of reading and creative expression in amidst diverse cultures, celebrates the 29th year of its Mini-Grant program with a call for proposals. Press Release

Approximately 60 grants of up to $500 each will be awarded to qualifying teachers and librarians at public schools and libraries across the country. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2017, and decisions will be emailed to all applicants in early May, allowing educators to plan for the next academic year.

Since 1987, the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation has provided nearly $880,000 in support of Mini-Grant programs spanning the 50 states and the U.S. Commonwealth. To learn more about Mini-Grants, including this year’s criteria and applications, visit Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grants.

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Call for Authors: Expanding Library Relevancy

By Donna DiMichele | November 3, 2016

Expanding Library Relevancy: Innovation to Meet Changing Needs

Publisher: McFarland

Vera Gubnitskaia, co-editor. Contributor, Bringing the Arts into the Library (ALA, 2014); co-editor, Continuing Education for Librarians (McFarland, 2013); academic librarian, indexer.

Carol Smallwood, co-editor, Library’s Role in Supporting Financial Literacy for Patrons (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016); public library administrator, special, school librarian.

One or two chapters sought from U.S. practicing academic, public, school, special librarians, LIS faculty, on creative, practical how-to chapters, case studies, about libraries as learning centers, career and technology helpers, after-school programs, branding, and new ways to use libraries. It will fill a gap in the literature, share successes in broadening library service to fit changing patron needs.

No previously published, simultaneously submitted material. 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.

E-mail titles of proposed chapter(s) described in a few sentences by December 10, 2016, with brief bio on each author; place REL, Your Name on subject line: gubnitv11@gmail.com

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Apply for National Friends of Libraries Awards

By Donna DiMichele | October 27, 2016


United for Libraries is sponsoring the 11th annual National Friends of Libraries Week Oct. 16-22, 2016.

Friends of the library groups across the country are celebrating by holding membership drives, book sales and special events, and officials are issuing proclamations to mark Friends of Libraries Week in their town or state. Libraries are also honoring their friends’ groups and saying “thank you” for all they do for their libraries. Friends groups are being highlighted in local media to demonstrate their importance in the library and community.

United for Libraries encourages friends’ groups who are celebrating to apply for the National Friends of Libraries Week awards. Two awards of $250 will be given to friends of the library groups for activities held during the celebration. Application materials are online and applications are due by Dec. 2, 2016.

If you want to have a friends group highlighted in an upcoming newsletter, United for Libraries will also be highlighting National Friends of Libraries Week activities in a newsletter. To submit your activities and photos, email them to united@ala.org.

Friends groups, library trustees and library staff can access a variety of online resources to help them celebrate National Friends of Libraries Week. Materials available  include promotional ideas, editable publicity materials, camera-ready bookmarks, ideas from past celebrations and much more.

United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, is a division of the American Library Association that supports those who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries. United for Libraries brings together library Trustees, advocates, Friends, and Foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. For more information or to join United for Libraries, visit the United for Libraries website or contact Jillian Wentworth (312) 280-2161.

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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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