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Care and Identification of Photographs Seminar

By Donna DiMichele | December 19, 2014

Care and Identification of Photographs (from daguerreotypes to digital)

February 16-19, 2015: Amherst, MA

Location: This workshop is hosted by the Amherst College Library (Amherst, MA)

For further details and online registration: http://gawainweaver.com/workshops/

What are the defining characteristics of individual photographic processes? How does environment affect the lives of photographic objects? In this 4-day intensive workshop, you will develop identification skills and knowledge about fine art and historic photographic processes, from the daguerreotype to digital prints. This workshop is intended for curators, collectors, archivists, collection managers, and anyone who studies or appreciates photographic prints.

Using handheld 60x microscopes and a large set of photographic and photomechanical samples, you will learn how a variety of processes were created, why they look the way they do, and how they deteriorate. Group ID sessions, using a digital microscope and screen projection, will allow participants to practice their identification skills in a guided setting. Preservation topics include enclosures, handling guidelines, environmental monitoring, the effects of temperature and relative humidity on collections, and the importance of cold storage for certain photographic materials.

Over 30 different processes are studied in great detail, from how daguerreotypes are made and how they are best preserved, to how long-lasting inkjet prints are created, and how to preserve and store color photographic materials and cellulose nitrate and cellulose acetate-based photographic film.

Registration Includes:

• 4-day workshop

• 240-page color notebook

• 60x LED handheld microscope

• OPTIONAL: Basic Photographic Sample Set

The registration fee for this 4-day workshop is $795 (STUDENT PRICE $645) and includes a handheld microscope and a workshop notebook with lecture handouts, Quick ID Sheets for each process, and a selection of readings on photograph preservation. The Basic Photographic Sample Set, consisting of 18 identified photographic and photomechanical processes, is available with registration for $75. Due to the hands-on nature of this workshop, the number of participants will be limited to 14.

The Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA), a certifying organization of professional archivists, will award 15 Archival Recertification Credits (ARCs) to eligible Certified Archivists (CAs) attending this workshop.

The American Society of Appraisers and the International Society of Appraisers will award 24 reaccreditation hours/professional development credits for qualified appraisers attending this workshop. For more information, please contact the instructor.

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Best Practices in Employment Services

By ann | December 16, 2014

From the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities -

Are you a seasoned employment specialist or vocational program leader for individuals with developmental disabilitiesIf so, then this refresher session is for you! 

Participants will get up to speed on the relevance of Employment First, current regulation and policy, and it’s influence upon implementation of employment services.

Additionally, through a series of case studies, participants will apply  best practices in  career development planning to:

Many tools and resources will be shared. Come join with other seasoned professionals to skill-up to support individuals in meaningful employment.

Session Dates:

The refresher is a full day of training from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM offered on the dates listed below. Lunch is on your own.

January 16, 2015 (Registration deadline is January 9th)

 March 16, 2015  (Registration deadline is March 2nd)

These sessions are offered free of charge as part of the SME Training Series.   Registration is available online using the link at the top of this announcement or from the Sherlock Center website at www.sherlockcenter.org

The SME Series is sponsored in part by funding from DHS/Office of Rehabilitation Services. Space is limited. Priority will be given to ORS DDSE vendors, BHDDH DD provider organizations, and Self-Directed Support staff/representatives.

Click here for Registration information.

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State librarian keeps track of RI history

By admin | December 9, 2014

State Librarian Tom Evans and the State Library were featured in the Providence Journal on December 8, State Librarian Speaks Volumes of RI History.  Hats off to Tom for his work with the state legislature and tracking all the happenings at the State House!

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Planning e-News Offers Timely Info for RI Communities

By Donna DiMichele | December 5, 2014

The Rhode Island Statewide Planning Program, part of the Department of Administration, publishes an online newsletter. The newsletter includes information about available grants, educational seminars, and community development. You can subscribe to the newsletter by contacting Kim Gelfuso at the Statewide Planning Program.

Some topics in the December 2014 newsletter include an Introduction to GIS, How to Engage the Public and Build Support for Community Planning Projects, a series on Landscape Architecture offered by URI and  grants to local governments with municipal historic preservation programs.

Read the December issue of the Statewide Planning e-News

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IMLS Grant Opportunities

By Donna DiMichele | December 5, 2014

On December 2, The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced two funding opportunities. Brief summaries about Sparks! Ignition Grants and National Leadership Grants follow. The IMLS is offering webinars to assist applicants with both programs.  More information about each program can be found by clicking on the links in the summaries.

Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications for Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries. The application deadline is February 2, 2015. Press Release

Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries are small grants that encourage libraries and archives to prototype and evaluate innovations that result in new tools, products, services, or organizational practices. They enable grantees to undertake activities that involve risk and require them to share project results–whether they succeed or fail–to provide valuable information to the library field and help improve the ways libraries serve their communities.

The funding range is from $10,000 to $25,000, and there are no matching requirements. Projects must begin on October 1, November 1, or December 1, 2015.

Program guidelines and more information about the funding opportunity.

Participate in a webinar to learn more about the program, ask questions, and listen to the questions and comments of other participants. The webinars are scheduled for Thursday, December 11, 2014, and Tuesday, January 6, 2015, both at 4 p.m. ET. Learn more

National Leadership Grants for Libraries: Second Round of Funding for FY 2015

Preliminary Proposals Will Be Accepted until the February 2, 2015 Deadline

IMLS announced the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the second round of FY 2015 National Leadership Grants for Libraries. The IMLS National Leadership Grants for Libraries program invests $12 million annually in projects that improve professional library and archive practice, drive innovation, and have a national impact. Press Release

This year, IMLS offered two opportunities to apply for FY 2015 National Leadership Grants for Libraries. This NOFO announces the February 2, 2015 deadline and is a call for two-page preliminary proposals. From the proposals, we will select applicants and invite them to submit full proposals in June. Applicants who were not invited to continue from the first round of funding are welcome to submit new preliminary proposals during this round.

Applications that address two project categories are encourages. They were identified in a series of IMLS Focus meetings held earlier this year:

IMLS staff members are available by phone and email to discuss general issues relating to the National Leadership Grants for Libraries program. We also invite you to participate in a webinar to learn more about the program, ask questions, and listen to the questions and comments of other participants.

The webinars for prospective applicants are scheduled for Thursday, December 11, 2014 and Tuesday, January 6, 2015, both at 3 p.m. Eastern. Learn more

See grant program guidelines for additional webinar details.


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Immigrant Outreach from Your Library

By Donna DiMichele | December 5, 2014

In the past year, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have collaborated to support library services to immigrants.

In an upcoming webinar, representatives from the USCIS Public Engagement Division and the Office of Citizenship will review the achievements of the USCIS and IMLS partnership in the past fiscal year. They will explore common inquiries immigrant library patrons may present, identify useful USCIS resources, and discuss ways in which libraries can engage with USCIS to become more active in immigrant outreach initiatives. Press release

Date and Time of webinar: Wednesday, December 17 at 2 p.m. ET.

REGISTER by December 16

For more information about the IMLS/USCIS collaborations and other IMLS initiatives to support service to immigrants, visit the IMLS website




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Local library gamers win worldwide title

By karen | November 19, 2014

Congratulations to the Providence Community Library and its Minecraft program, which provided the winning team in the International Games Day Minecraft Hunger Games.  Just last week PCL’s Ed Graves, manager of the Rochambeau Library, was talking about the value of gaming in libraries at OLIS’ Continuing Education program, Exploring the New Normal: Trends in Library Services.  Ed co-presented with Emily Brown from Cranston Public Library, which also has a popular Minecraft program.  Minecraft is the one of the most popular video games of all time, with millions of users worldwide.

The PCL team was the only RI team to enter the event.  Read about their success in today’s Providence Journal.

Update 12/5: Also read a more in-depth article about International Games Day and the Providence winners in School Library Journal.

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Letters About Literature 2015

By Donna DiMichele | November 12, 2014

Rhode Island students in grades 4 through 12 are invited to enter the Letters About Literature (LAL) National Contest sponsored by the Library of Congress and the Rhode Island center for the Book.  State winners receive a cash prize of $100 and advance to the national level judging.  National Winners (one national winner at each level) receive $1,000 cash award and one National Honor winner per level wins a $200 cash award.

The deadlines are:

·         December 15, 2014 for Level 3 (Grades 9 – 12);

·         January 15, 2015 for Levels 2 (grades 7 & 8) and Level 1 (Grades 4 -6)

To enter Letters About Literature, young readers write a personal letter to a favorite author, describing the impact of the author’s book on his or her life or explaining how that book helped them see an aspect of the world—large or small—through new eyes. Encouraging reader response and reflective writing, LAL builds two key aspects of literacy, reading and writing, on a personal and very meaningful level.

The Guidelines and Entry Form for teachers and librarians can downloaded from the Rhode Island Center for the Book web site.

Letters About Literature supports national standards for teaching language arts & reading as recommended by the National Council of Teachers of English and the International Reading Association. A Teachers’ Guide with lesson plans, sample letters and links to the Common Core State Standards  is also posted on the RI Center for the Book’s website http://ribook.org/. You may also access the information at the Library of Congress web site http://www.read.gov/letters/.

For more information about the contest and RI’s involvement, please call or email Louise Moulton (401-455-8134; lmoulton@provlib.org)  or Kate Lentz  at the RI Center for the Book (401-273-2250; kate@ribook.org ).

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Cultural Heritage Disaster Webinars

By Donna DiMichele | November 10, 2014

There is still time to register for Heritage Preservation’s webinar series! Be sure not to miss out on these free presentations, covering important emergency management programs offered at the state and federal level. Ample time is built into each 90-minute webinar for Q&A.

Mitigation and Mitigation Planning

Thursday, November 13, 2014
3:00 – 4:30 pm Eastern
Presenter: Scott Baldwin, Mitigation Specialist, Colorado Office of Emergency Management

Topics to be covered include:

Register for Mitigation and Mitigation PlanningMore information.

Disaster and Continuity Planning and Preparedness

Thursday, November 20, 2014
3:00 – 4:30 pm Eastern
Presenter: Kiran Dhanji, Section Administrator, Preparedness, Texas Division of Emergency Management

Topics to be covered include:

Register for Disaster and Continuity Planning and Preparedness. More information.

Federal Disaster Recovery Assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for Private, Nonprofit Organizations

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
3:00 – 4:30 pm Eastern
Presenter: Mark Randle, SBA Public Information Officer

Topics to be covered include:


Register for Federal Disaster Recovery Assistance from the U.S. SBA. More information.

Can’t attend?  The webinar will be recorded and you will be notified when it’s been posted to the State Heritage Emergency Partnership. You can then notify your colleagues of its availability as well.
Registration Fee : NONE! Thanks to funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the State Heritage Emergency Partnership Webinar Series is free. However, registration for each webinar is required for attendance.

Questions? Contact Katelin Lee, Emergency Programs Assistant, 202-233-0835 klee@heritagepreservation.org

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NN/LM, NER Funding Opportunities

By Donna DiMichele | November 6, 2014

National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region, Funding Opportunities

A Request for Proposals for funds covering the period of May 1, 2015-April 30, 2016 is posted at: http://nnlm.gov/ner/funding/. The number of awarded projects and amount of funding available is contingent upon NLM funding for NER’s FY2015/16 budget year. Please look over the information carefully and if you are thinking of a project or have an idea and want to discuss, contact Mary Piorun, PhD, Associate Director, NN/LM NER

IMPORTANT: Contact Mary Piorun by November 7, 2014 if you will be applying. Proposals are due November 21, 2014. piorun@umassmed.edu

There are three categories of funding:

Express Outreach Awards

Express Outreach is the broad category of awards for projects involving community outreach, professional development, and instructional design.

 Knowledge Management Projects

The primary purpose of the Knowledge Management Project funding is to stimulate innovations in biomedical knowledge management and information services at the health care institution or health system level. The intent of funding is to assist network members in the establishment of Healthcare Knowledge Service Centers within their healthcare institutions

Health Information Outreach Subcontract

The primary purpose of the Health Information Outreach Subcontract is to assist Network members and other health-related agencies in their efforts to provide information services and training to audiences not normally reached. Targeted health care workers and consumers should be engaged in one or more of the following:

In addition, Health Information Outreach Subcontracts are offered to:

Contact Mary Piorun if you have any questions.

Mary Piorun, PhD, Associate Director,
University of Massachusetts Medical School
P) 508/856-2223

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