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Campaign for Third Grade Reading

By admin | November 22, 2017

OkidsCount-2017novn Thursday, November 2, 2017, United Way of Rhode Island and Rhode Island KIDS COUNT welcomed state leaders and community partners to the Rhode Island College to discuss strategies to improve 3rd grade reading success. The Office of Library and Information Services Youth Services Coordinator was represented by Youth Srvices Coordinator Danielle Margarida at the convening.  Check out the data presentation and event pictures.

Since 2015 when the Rhode Island Reads campaign was launched, 3rd grade reading proficiency has increased from 37% to 40% of students. More needs to be done to accelerate progress. Students who do not read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade are four times more likely to leave high school without a diploma. The goal of the campaign is to double the number of the state’s 3rd graders who are reading at grade level by 2025.

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2018 Loleta D. Fyan Grant for Public Libraries

By Donna DiMichele | November 22, 2017

The American Library Association’s Office for Research and Statistics is now accepting applications for the Loleta D. Fyan Grant, a grant for up to $5,000 for the improvement of public libraries and the services they provide. Loleta D. Fyan, ALA President 1951-1952, believed that every individual, regardless of residence, is equally entitled to high quality library service and that librarians must be adept in using the political process to acquire this “right of citizenship.”

The grant, up to $5,000, is to be used for the development and improvement of public libraries and the services they provide. The project should:

Applicants can include but are not limited to: local, regional or state libraries, associations or organizations, including units of the ALA; library schools; or individuals. Deadline for submissions, sent via email, is January 12, 2018.

More information

Contact:

Kelsey Henke

Program Officer

Office of Research & Evaluation

mailto: khenke@ala.org

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American Dream Literacy Initiative

By Donna DiMichele | November 20, 2017

With a grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the American Library Association (ALA) is launching the sixth round of American Dream grants to public libraries to expand services to adult English language learners and/or adults in need of basic education and workforce development. Applicants in this round are eligible for one-time $10,000 grants.

To be eligible for funding, the applicant institution must be a public library within 20 miles of a Dollar General Store, distribution center or corporate office: Dollar General Store Locator

The application deadline is January 2, 2018. The program year will begin in February 2018.

Full details are available online.

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Building Bridges in a Divisive Climate

By Donna DiMichele | November 15, 2017

The University of Rhode Island Libraries is offering a program to explore current issues and challenges in diversity, equity, and inclusion in libraries, archives, and museums. In a panel discussion format, the program seeks to further advance civic values in our society and profession.

Diversity comes in many dimensions such as age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, and socio-economic status. The panel will explore current issues and challenges in diversity, equity, and inclusion in libraries, archives, and museums.

Date and Time: Thursday, November 30, 2017 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

Location: University of Rhode Island Libraries, Robert L. Carothers Library, Galanti Lounge – 3rd floor, 15 Lippitt Road – Kingston, RI 02881

Registration is required but the program is free of charge.

Opening Remarks:

Moderator:

Panelists:

Registration requested.

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Use Data to Increase Community Impact

By Donna DiMichele | November 7, 2017

Are your library’s programs and services maximized to address the needs of the community you serve? The Public Library Association (PLA) is partnering with the Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) to present a webinar on using data to understand the needs of the community and measure the impact of library programs in addressing these needs.

When: 1-2 p.m. Central Time, Thursday, November 30

Format: Webinar

In this interactive webinar, participants will use a hypothetical case study to analyze data, identify community needs, prioritize outcomes, and measure impact. After this webinar, participants will:

Participation is free, but registration is required and space is limited. Click here to register, or for more information on this webinar.

About PLA

The Public Library Association (PLA) is the largest association dedicated to supporting the unique and evolving needs of public library professionals. Founded in 1944, PLA serves nearly 9,000 members in public libraries large and small in communities across the United States and Canada, with a growing presence around the world. PLA strives to help its members shape the essential institution of public libraries by serving as an indispensable ally for public library leaders.

About Research Institute for Public Libraries

Launched in 2015 by the Colorado State Library (CSL) and the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC), the Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) is a singular event for public library leaders and others interested in public library data and evaluation. In this immersive, bootcamp-style event, participants learn practical, strategic methods of gathering, analyzing, and using data for planning, management, and communicating impact.

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IMLS Explores Changing Needs of Library Graduate Programs

By Donna DiMichele | October 31, 2017

IMLS Explores Changing Needs of Library Graduate Programs

October 31, 2017

Washington, D.C.– IMLS launched the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (LB21) in 2003. Nearly fifteen years later, the agency continues to concentrate on developing a diverse workforce of librarians to better meet the changing learning and information needs of the American public through LB21. On November 7, IMLS will convene library and information science leaders to examine how to continue progress on meeting these goals.

Meeting to Focus on Recruitment, Training, Developing a Diverse Workforce

IMLS Focus: Positioning Library and Information Science Graduate Programs for 21st Century Practice will be held November 7 from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. ET in Columbia, S.C., hosted by the School of Library and Information Science – University of South Carolina. Members of the public are invited to watch the event via livestream and to join the conversation on Twitter with #LB21focus.

The meeting will bring together representatives from ALA-accredited library graduate school programs, library association leadership, and a diverse range of library stakeholders and thought leaders. Panels will focus on topics including:

More information is available on the IMLS website.

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AskRI Scavenger Hunt

By Donna DiMichele | October 26, 2017

AskRI is running a scavenger hunt for grade and middle schoolers involving some of the AskRI resources. And there are cool prizes!  Students can sign up as teams and give the team an awesome name! Learn the details at http://askri.org/scavenger-hunt/   Contact John Bent with questions about the contest. Deadline: Teams have until October 31 to sign up!

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Share Your Expertise in Librarianship and Creativity or Social Justice

By Donna DiMichele | October 20, 2017

McFarland Press has issued calls for two anthologies.

Creativity for Success and Personal Growth for Librarians; Book Publisher: McFarland

Vera Gubnitskaia, co-editor, Library Partnerships with Writers and Poets (McFarland, 2017); public, academic librarian, indexer.

Carol Smallwood, co-editor, Gender Studies in the Library (McFarland, 2017); public library administrator, special, school librarian.

One or two chapters sought from U.S. practicing academic, public, school, special librarians, LIS faculty, library administrators, and board members.

Successful proposals will address creative, practical, how-to chapters and case studies depicting a variety of aspects and angles of the library profession as a creative endeavor, within the library walls and beyond. We are looking for ideas that can serve as a foundation, to incorporate into an MLIS course; a Human Resources’ or an organizational plan, as well as a kick-start to personal career goals planning. The focus is on library staff professional and personal growth and development, NOT creative programming and services for patrons.

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

Please e-mail titles of proposed chapter(s) with a concise clear summary by November 30, 2017, with brief bio on each author; place CRE, Your Name, on subject line to gubnitv11@gmail.com

Social Justice and Activism in Libraries, Moving Beyond Diversity to Action; Book Publisher: McFarland

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

Carol Smallwood, co-editor. Public Library Systems, Special, School Librarian, MichiganVera Gubnitskaia, co-editor. Reference Librarian, Valencia College, Winter Park, Florida

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.

Public, school and special librarians, LIS instructors are especially encouraged to submit.

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

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Stipends for public library health workshop

By Donna DiMichele | October 16, 2017

Public library workers are invited to apply for a $500 stipend to attend “Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community,” a preconference workshop held at the Public Library Association (PLA) 2018 Conference at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

The one-day preconference (Tuesday, March 20) will review core competencies of providing health and wellness services; coach participants through understanding their communities’ needs; and explore how to create fun and informative health-related programming for different age groups and special populations. Participants will learn about core reference and other materials, tips for helping library users evaluate health materials, and an action plan to put your new expertise to work.

The preconference workshop  is part of Promoting Healthy Communities, a new nationwide initiative from PLA and National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) that will increase public library workers’ knowledge and skills related to consumer health services.

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RI Governor Proclaims Information Literacy Month

By Donna DiMichele | October 3, 2017

October is Information Literacy Month!

The Rhode Island Library Association’s Information Literacy Action Round Table (ILART) is celebrating the signing of Information Literacy Proclamation by Governor Gina M. Raimondo and Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea.  Information_Literacy_Month017 Proclamation

Increase and share your information literacy skills and programming at the ILART event!

Information Literacy is a critical skill which needs to be taught from an early age in schools, libraries, and our communities.  Through public awareness, the State of Rhode Island seeks to remind citizens of the importance information literacy plays in our everyday lives.  For ideas on how to teach and promote information literacy in your schools and libraries, please contact the ILART Committee ilart@rilbraries.org

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