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.
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.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States.
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.
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:
- Margo Coletti (Director of Knowledge Services at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center), Consenting Adults Project
- Nancy Goodwin (Tremaine Library, Middlesex Hospital), Rewriting the Hospital’s Admission Booklet
- Paula Raimondo (Head of Research, Education and Outreach Services for the University of Maryland Health Sciences and Human Services Library), Communicating with Patients Workshop
This program is sponsored by the NN/LM NER Health Literacy Community of Interest.
By alicia | February 7, 2014
Article from the New York Times Feb. 1, 2014
President Obama’s promise to provide broadband service to 15,000 schools and an estimated 20 million American students will soon be a reality. Over the next 2 years, the Federal Communications Commission will double the amount of funding available for high speed internet service by restructuring the E-Rate program.
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By karen | February 4, 2014
Check out this week’s (Feb 3-9) issue of the Providence Business News and see articles about not one, but two library initiatives. Page two features Libraries of Foster Director Kristen Chin and the project to build a new library in Foster. Page four features Karisa Tashjian, Director of the statewide RI Family Literacy Initiative, headquartered at the Providence Public Library; in an interview, Karisa talks about her latest project for supporting adult literacy efforts for those with low educational attainment, low digital literacy skills, low English language literacy, or those with physical disabilities. The project, called ALLAccess, is funded through a $498,000 IMLS grant.
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By Donna DiMichele | January 31, 2014
8th Annual Digital Commonwealth Conference
- April 8, 2014
- Hogan Center at Holy Cross in Worcester
This one-day conference features keynote addresses from two nationally known speakers: Melissa Levine and Liz Bishoff.
Melissa Levine is the Lead Copyright Officer from the University of Michigan Library. She will speak about current copyright issues.
Liz Bishoff, of the Bishoff Group, was previously the Executive Director of the Colorado Digitization Project. She will discuss statewide and regional digital collaborations and the need for sustainability planning.
Planned breakout session topics include audience engagement and crowdsourcing, conservation and digitization, online exhibits and lightning round presentations from Digital Commonwealth members. More details regarding sessions and pricing will be available in early February.
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By Donna DiMichele | January 30, 2014
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will present the first in a series of free webinars for public libraries about immigration and U.S. citizenship topics. The 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.
The USCIS Customer Service Tools and Resources: An Overview for Libraries webinar will highlight the agency’s work with libraries, ways in which libraries can find immigration and citizenship information online, and practical activities libraries can implement to engage the immigrant community.
Date: February 4, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m.- 2:30 p.m. EST.
No pre-registration is required. To participate, click here at the time of the webinar.
By Donna DiMichele | January 28, 2014
The Rhode Island Citizenship Consortium, a group of five Rhode Island non-profit agencies that provides immigration and citizenship services, is proud to announce a new free workshop, “The US Citizenship Process.” This one and a half hour presentation by an experienced Citizenship educator consists of a PowerPoint presentation that gives details on the process and tips to successfully prepare for the citizenship interview. The program is designed for library patrons/the public. In the past three years, the Rhode Island Citizenship Consortium has helped over 510 adults become US citizens.
If you are interested in hosting this presentation at your library, please contact Karisa Tashjian, Director of RIFLI and Adult Literacy Services at the Providence Public Library, 401-455-8185, firstname.lastname@example.org.
By admin | January 10, 2014
According to a recent Pew Study, How Americans Value Public Libraries in Their Communities, Americans value public libraries for many reasons, but are often unfamiliar with all the services they offer. While most Americans (91%) said they know where their local public library is and a similar percentage of those over 16 said that the closing of their local public library would have an impact on their community, a majority (47%) said they felt informed only about “some of what the library offers,” and 20% felt they did not know much about what it offers. This lack of awareness of services is a challenge for libraries: conceptually, the public feels libraries are good, but many may be hard pressed to say specifically what the value of the library is to the community.
The study also found that in the past year public library website use has increased, while in-person visits have decreased. In 2013, 48% of Americans said they visited a public library in the past year, a 5% decrease from 2012 when 53% said they had visited the library. On the other hand, 30% of Americans said they visited a public library website in the past year, a 5% increase from 2012 when 25% of Americans said they had visited a public library website. (In Rhode Island, library visits have actually increased this year by a half percent, see the RI Annual Report Survey Data.)
Check out the full report for more statistics on how Americans use and value public libraries.
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