By ann | December 15, 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, 11 million people have low vision, 30 million have dyslexia and other learning disabilities, 40 million have low literacy in the U.S., 47 million have language challenges, and 110 million are baby boomers in the senior demographics where vision, dexterity, cognitive and hearing degenerates. It is predicted that the number of people with low vision will double by 2020.
For more information about the barriers to content accessibility for people with disabilities and why traditional accessibility is not true equal accessibility, watch this video.
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By Donna DiMichele | December 3, 2015
IMLS and USCIS Webinar on Employee Rights and myE-Verify
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) present the next webinar in a series for public librarians on immigration and U.S. citizenship topics on Wednesday, December 9. This webinar will help librarians assist employees in understanding their rights and roles regarding Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, and E-Verify. Participants will also learn about free tools available within myE-Verify such as self-check and self-lock. Representatives from USCIS and the Department of Justice will provide an overview of how librarians can direct their customers to resources on Employee Rights and myE-Verify.
Webinar: Overview of Employee Rights and myE-Verify Updates
Date and Time: Wednesday, December 9, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern
Once your registration is processed, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with additional details. If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail within two business days, please e-mail USCIS at email@example.com.
By Donna DiMichele | November 6, 2015
Assisting Persons with Autism
Librarians can learn best practices and thoughtful ways to assist individuals with autism who are using the library. Project PALS was developed by Florida State University’s College of Communications and Information. The online course, designed by experts in both the library and autism fields, is a series of four independent, self-paced instructional modules that are intended for librarians and library staff to learn how to better serve their users on the autism spectrum.
You can find information about the course and other resources at https://pals.cci.fsu.edu/
PALS is funded by a Laura Bush Professional Development grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
By Donna DiMichele | November 2, 2015
“strives to teach tweens, teens and their parents, caregivers and educators about financial literacy topics”
The ALA Public Programs Office, in partnership with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation, is accepting applications for Thinking Money, a traveling exhibition to U.S. public libraries.
Money affects all Americans, but many of us lack the knowledge we need to make smart financial choices that will prepare us for whatever the future brings. Thinking Money strives to teach tweens, teens and their parents, caregivers and educators about financial literacy topics — like saving, spending and avoiding fraud — in a way that is not only understandable, but fun.
Thinking Money is a museum-quality exhibition that will travel to 50 U.S. public libraries between 2016 and 2018. Through an adventure-themed storyline, interactive iPad content and other fun, hands-on activities, the exhibition explores themes like wants vs. needs, preparing for a rainy/sunny day, and imagining your future self.
Each selected site will receive:
$ the 1,000-square-foot traveling exhibition — including two iPads preloaded with fun educational content and four low-tech activity stations — for a six-week loan;
$ travel and accommodations to attend an orientation workshop at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando;
$ online training modules for library staff;
$ tips and tools for related programs; and
$ a $1,000 programming allowance.
For guidelines and to apply online, visit www.ala.org/thinkingmoney . Applications are due Jan. 29, 2016.
Prospective applicants are encouraged to attend one of two informational conference calls about the exhibition on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 12 p.m. CST or Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. CST. To register for a conference call, please email Brian Russell with your preferred date.
ALA and the FINRA Foundation have partnered since 2007 on Smart investing @ your library, a program that funds library efforts to provide patrons with effective, unbiased educational resources about personal finance and investing. Now in its eighth year, the program has awarded over $10 million to public libraries, community college libraries and library networks nationwide. ALA and the FINRA Foundation are also working together on a research study of financial literacy resources and services available in U.S. public libraries.
By Donna DiMichele | October 28, 2015
The Office of Library and Information Services is pleased to share this announcement from the School Librarians of Rhode Island, the state professional association for librarians in pK-12 schools.
Two more school librarians were named 2015 Teacher of the Year in their districts: Suzanne Lynch of Stony Lane and Forest Park Elementary Schools in North Kingstown and Beth Gorter of Hanaford Elementary in East Greenwich join Joan Mouradjian of Narragansett Middle School in Narragansett and Jennifer Robinson of Thompson Middle School in Newport as honorees this year.
In 2014, three other school librarians received the honor.
“The fact that 7 out of 36 districts have recognized the work done by school librarians as educators shows that fellow teachers appreciate the value the position – and the highly trained professionals who fill it – brings to both their students and their colleagues,” says Sarah Hunicke of Portsmouth High School, president of School Librarians of Rhode Island.
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By Donna DiMichele | October 27, 2015
In conjunction with UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, WGBH and the Library of Congress are pleased to announce the launch of the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) Online Reading Room. With contributions from more than 100 public media organizations across the country, programs that for decades have gathered dust on shelves are now available to stream on the AAPB website. This rich collection of programs dating from the 1940s to the 2010s will help tell the stories of local communities throughout the nation in the last half of the 20th century and first decade of the 21st.
Initially launched in April 2015 with 2.5 million inventory records, the AAPB website has added nearly 7,000 audiovisual streaming files of historical content from public media stations across the country. The Library of Congress, WGBH Boston and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting have embarked on an unprecedented initiative to preserve historical public television and radio programs of the past 70 years. This extraordinary material includes national and local news and public affairs programs, local history productions that document the heritage of our varied regions and communities, and programs dealing with education, environmental issues, music, art, literature, dance, poetry, religion and even filmmaking on a local level. The project ensures that this valuable source of American social, cultural and political history and creativity will be saved and made accessible for current and future generations.
The collection includes interviews and performances by local and national luminaries from a broad variety of professions and cultural genres. Just a few examples of the items in the collection include: Pacifica Radio Archives’ 1956 interview with Rosa Parks during the Montgomery Bus Boycott; KCTS 9’s 1999 live broadcast from the opening reception of the World Trade Organization’s Seattle Summit; and New England Public Radio’s 1974 debate between Representative Martha Griffiths, sponsor of the Equal Rights Amendment, and Phyllis Schlafly, the main opponent of the ERA.
In addition to the inauguration of the Online Reading Room, the AAPB also has launched three curated exhibits featuring items of topical and historical significance:
• Documenting and Celebrating Public Broadcasting Station Histories
• Voices from the Southern Civil Rights Movement, and
• Climate Change Conversations: Causes, Impacts, Solutions
More information is available on the American Archive website at http://www.americanarchive.org
The World Day for Audiovisual Heritage is a commemoration of the adoption, in 1980 by the 21st General Conference, of the Recommendation for the Safeguarding and Preservation of Moving Images. The World Day provides an occasion to raise general awareness of the need to take urgent measures and to acknowledge the importance of audiovisual documents. “Archives at risk: protecting the world’s identities” is the slogan of the 2015 celebration of the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage (27 October).
By Donna DiMichele | October 21, 2015
The New England Media & Memory Coalition (NEMMC) was unveiled by WGBH/FRONTLINE Records Manager John Campopiano. Geared towards anyone interested in archives, community media, or media in general, NEMMC is a regional organization for the discussion and promotion of how media and digital and analog technologies intersect with and relate to memory, identity, nostalgia, and senses of place. It supports and is represented by myriad professions including but not limited to archives, A/V and moving-image conservation, cultural informatics, art, and information science.
Find out more by reading NEMMC’s inaugural quarterly newsletter which offers insight into some of the content (interviews, longer form articles, videos, and more) featured on the website. The newsletter will also add interesting information related both to NEMMC activities and the themes and ideas it explores. If you are interested in receiving future newsletters, contact John Campopiano.
Rhodarian thanks the New England Archivists Communications Committee for making OLIS aware of the NEMMC and for the content of this post.
By Donna DiMichele | October 19, 2015
Support your library’s Friends groups with resources from United for Libraries as it coordinates the 10th annual National Friends of Libraries Week Oct. 18-24, 2015. OLIS knows how much your library’s Friends groups support the programs and services of your community’s library.
United for Libraries, a division of the American Library Association says this about National Friends of Libraries Week:
Use the time to creatively promote your group in the community, to raise awareness, and to promote membership. This is also an excellent opportunity for your library and Board of Trustees to recognize the Friends for their help and support of the library.
For ideas and resources, such as PR and Marketing Materials including PSAs, visit the United for Libraries webpage.
Two free webcasts are also available: “Anatomy of a Successful Library Campaign: Real World Tips for Getting the Funding You Need” and, if you don’t have a group yet, “How to Start a Friends Group.” Information about webcasts.
By Donna DiMichele | October 16, 2015
An initiative of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, administered in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards honor exemplary creative youth development programs in the arts and humanities.
Learn how your library or museum can apply for an award and offer your own exemplary program for youth. Participate in a webinar to learn how to apply and hear from past winners.
Webinar Date and Time: Oct 22, 2015, at 3:00 PM EDT
By Donna DiMichele | October 14, 2015
October 27 Webinar Will Address Interagency Initiative to Better Integrate Immigrants into Communities
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) present another webinar in their series for public librarians on immigration and U.S. citizenship topics. The webinar will provide an overview about the White House Task Force on New Americans, an interagency effort to develop a federal strategy to better integrate immigrants into communities. During the presentation, representatives from the USCIS Office of Citizenship will cover the Task Force’s recent initiatives, with specific focus on the Building Welcoming Communities Campaign and the Citizenship Public Education and Awareness Campaign, and highlight ways that libraries can get involved.
Webinar: White House Task Force on New Americans
Date and Time: Tuesday, October 27, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT
To register for this free session, please follow the steps below:
• Go to the USCIS registration page
Once your registration is processed, you will receive a confirmation email with additional details. If you do not receive a confirmation email within two business days, please email USCIS at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 this partnership and the webinar series, visit the Serving New Americans page of the IMLS website.
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