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Building Bridges in a Divisive Climate

Wednesday, November 15th, 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 […]

IMLS Explores Changing Needs of Library Graduate Programs

Tuesday, October 31st, 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 […]

Libraries as Community Catalysts: A New IMLS Report

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

A recently issued report from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Reinvestment Fund provides frameworks for libraries and museums to connect with their communities. Produced as part of the Community Catalyst Initiative, the report is a handbook for libraries and museums to position themselves as critical sites within broader social and institutional networks […]

NELA Advocacy Summit, July 19

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

The New England Library Association (NELA) is sponsoring an Advocacy Summit on Tuesday, July 19th at Tower Hill Botanical Gardens in Boylston, MA.  This is the first time NELA has embarked on this type of event and it encourages participation from all six New England states. Opening Keynote: Jeremy Johannesen, Executive Director, New York Library […]

“America’s Public Libraries: Evolving and Thriving”

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

The current issue of Library of Congress Magazine looks at the evolving role of public libraries in America. You can download a PFD of the magazine from the Library of Congress website.

Equal Access on Websites

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

Being the 25th anniversary celebration of ADA (American Disabilities Act), every public library will want to consider the following. True equal access to web content is shrouded by the following sobering statistics. Only 5% of the population with visual disabilities own or operate accessibility tools (screen magnifiers and screen readers) for full access to the web. According to Forrester as cited by Ai Squared, […]

Library Convening will Focus on Engaging Communities

Monday, June 1st, 2015

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) will hold its third stakeholder convening with library and archives professionals on  Tuesday, June 2, from 9:00 a.m.- 4:45 p.m. PDT at the Los Angeles Public Library in Los Angeles, CA. The meeting will focus on community engagement and spotlight a range of IMLS-funded programs. Online participants […]

Reading Aloud Library Service

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Why read aloud to older kids and teen? Read the following excerpted from the American Libraries magazine May 2015 issue, pg 23. It’s an interview with Newsmaker: Kody Keplinger, author of The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend and other young adult titles. Kody answers the question,-What kind of service would you like to see libraries offer to people with visual […]

Re-Envisioning Public Libraries

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

The Aspen Institute has just released Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries, the culmination of the year-long Dialogue on Public Libraries.  Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Dialogue brought together librarians, policymakers, technology experts and others to explore the evolving role of libraries in the 21st century. The report identifies three […]

Integrating Early Learning Activities with State Systems

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

BUILDing Partnerships for Supportive Communities: Expanding the Reach of Early Learning and Development Systems through Libraries and Museums Join the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the BUILD Initiative for an informative webinar about the ways that libraries and museums can integrate early learning activities with ongoing state systems on August 4, 2:00 […]

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