By Donna DiMichele | October 7, 2016
The American Library Association (ALA) and the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation are now accepting applications for the 2017 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries, which recognize libraries for their role in the growth of graphic literature.
Each winning library will receive a grant award of $4,000 to support initiatives that align with the objective of the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries. The grant award will consist of the following:
- $2,000 grant to purchase graphic novels from the distributor-partner (current partner is Diamond Comics Distributors),
- $1,000 grant to host a graphic novel-themed event at a library or another community location, and
- $1,000 grant to attend the ALA Annual Conference to receive their grant money. This grant can be used towards any of the following: conference registration, transportation, lodging and food.
In addition, from the book publishers and the Eisner Foundation, the winning libraries will also receive the following graphic novels, valued at approximately $3,000:
- The Will Eisner Library: A graphic novel collection of Will Eisner’s work and biographies about Will Eisner comprising approximately 75 books and;
- Graphic novels nominated for the current year’s Will Eisner Awards at Comic-Con International comprising approximately 100 books.
By admin | October 5, 2016
October is Information Literacy Month! Recognizing the importance of information literacy as a key component in effective decision making and enhancing one’s ability to compete in the workforce and global economy, Governor Gina Raimondo has proclaimed October as Information Literacy Month. This is the fourth year that the Governor’s Office has recognized and supported the importance of information literacy.
The Information Literacy Action Round Table (ILART) of the Rhode Island Library Association (RILA) will celebrate information literacy month with an information literacy showcase, “Putting Information Literacy to Work!” at the Cranston Public Library on Thursday, October 13 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Public, school, and academic librarians will share programming successes that support Workforce Development. Featured services include job search resources, career education, support for small businesses, and employment programs. There will be simultaneous tabletop poster and multimedia presentations and the opportunity to network with presenters and other librarians.
Come join OLIS as we celebrate Information Literacy Month with RILA!
By Donna DiMichele | September 16, 2016
Through the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Museums for America program, the Preservation Society of Newport County received grant award in the amount of $99,422.00 to digitize and create encoded archival description finding aids for 20 of its highest priority collections. These collections document the role Newport, Rhode Island, has played in shaping national cultural and social movements and include 2,000 individual manuscripts, photographs, and scrapbooks from approximately 1770 to the 1980s. Resulting digital images and corresponding information will be uploaded to a shared website for history related to Newport. The project will make the collection accessible to scholars and the public; enhance the intellectual control of the collections for internal management and use in public programming; and preserve the collection by reducing physical handing of the objects.
Have an idea about a project for your museum?
IMLS will be accepting applications for the FY 2017 Museums for America program through December 1, 2016. For more information see the Museums for America webpage and the blog post highlighting changes in the FY 2017 museum grant programs.
By Donna DiMichele | September 9, 2016
The American Library Association Publishing Committee provides a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library.
Funded projects have ranged from popular, general-reader proposals such as “ReadMOre” a reading list for Missouri’s state-wide reading program, to more specialized, scholarly proposals such as “Librarianship and Information Science in the Islamic World, 1966-1999: An Annotated Bibliography.”
Applications must be received by November 6, 2016. Recipients will be notified by the end of February 2017.
More information and guidelines are available on the ALA website or by contacting Mary Jo Bolduc, Grant Administrator, American Library Association, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611; Fax (312) 280-5275
By Donna DiMichele | September 7, 2016
The RI Council for the Humanities (RICH) is offering grant information workshops. If you have ideas for a new public humanities project, then attend one of the free workshops to learn about upcoming major and mini grant opportunities for nonprofit organizations and individual researchers planning public programs in the humanities.
RICH’ funding areas include public projects, documentary film, K-12 civic education, and individual research. RICH supports the work of schools, historical societies, libraries, universities & colleges, museums, cultural organizations, preservation societies, independent humanities scholars, documentary filmmakers, and more!
Four workshops are scheduled:
- Tuesday, September 20, 3:00pm – 4:30pm, at the Preservation Society of Newport County
- Thursday, September 22, 1:00pm – 2:30pm, at the Providence Public Library
- Monday, September 26, 4:00pm – 5:30pm, at Rogers Free Library, Bristol
- Friday, September 30, 2:00pm – 3:30pm, at South County Museum, Narragansett
For more information, please contact Logan Hinderliter at the RI Council for the Humanities (401-273-2250).
By Donna DiMichele | August 18, 2016
Library of America has been awarded a $550,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in partial support of World War I and America, a major initiative involving public programs in all ﬁfty states, a traveling exhibition, a multimedia website, and the publication of an unprecedented anthology of writings by Americans who experienced World War I.
Beginning Fall 2016, stipends of $1200–$1800 are available to all public, academic, and community college libraries, museums and historical societies, and nonproﬁt community organizations for public programming exploring the First World War and its resonances today. Presented by Library of America with support from the NEH, World War I and America is a two-year initiative that aims to bring veterans and their families together with the general public to explore the continuing relevance of the war by reading, discussing, and sharing insights into the writings of Americans who experienced it ﬁrsthand.
Stipends can be used for program and educational materials related directly to this project. This can include honoraria, refreshment fees, publicity costs, and other related expenses. The programming stipend may be used to provide honoraria to scholars working on your program.
Application deadline: January 13, 2017 Notification: February 13, 2017
Complete information about the program and how to apply for funding is online.
By Donna DiMichele | August 9, 2016
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region (NN/LM NER) announced the annual Request for Proposals (RFP). There are a lot of changes in the process to request funding and these are reflected in the new RFP’s. You can find the full announcement online.
Additional RFPs are forthcoming, check the site. If you are thinking of a project or have an idea and want to discuss it, contact:
Mary Piorun, Ph.D.
University of Massachusetts Medical School
By Donna DiMichele | August 9, 2016
Data from the Public Libraries Survey for FY 2014 was released by Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) on August 9, 2016. New online visualizations and tools make the data easier to explore and use. Press release
The data are collected from approximately 9,000 public library systems comprised of over 17,000 individual main libraries, library branches, and bookmobiles in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and outlying territories.
The Public Libraries Survey added a new data element in FY 2014: the number of Wi-Fi sessions provided by libraries annually. As more states report on this element in coming years, a more accurate picture of annual Wi-Fi use in libraries will emerge. Other data collected by the survey include information about library visits; circulation; size of collections; staff; operating revenues and expenditures; and number of service outlets.
By Donna DiMichele | August 1, 2016
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has announced the guidelines for its two largest discretionary library programs: National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG) and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (LB21).
There are some new changes for the FY 2017 discretionary grants:
- Both the National Leadership Grants and Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program have new project categories this year which are: Community Anchors, National Digital Platform and Curating Collections. For more detailed information, please see the Notice of Funding Opportunity about areas of interest in each of the funding categories.
- Sparks! Grants, part of the National Leadership Grants program, have been rolled back in with all the other National Leadership grants. This means there will be two deadlines for Sparks! Grants in FY 2017. September 1, 2016 is the first deadline with two page preliminary proposals due at that time. For more detailed information, see the National Leadership Grants Notice of Funding Opportunity on how to apply for all types of NLG funding categories.
Please consider applying, attending the informational webinars, getting in touch with IMLS discretionary program officers (contacts listed at the above links), and sharing this information with your organization’s partners.
Follow the IMLS blog, UpNext, for more information about the new FY 2017 funding categories. IMLS has series of four blog posts detailing the new project categories, as well as further information to help you determine the most appropriate funding category for any idea you may have.
Read the July 28 IMLS News Release for more information.
New Project Categories
As outlined in the 2017 IMLS Congressional Justification, IMLS is especially interested in projects that address the following priorities:
- Community Anchors: NLG projects that advance the role of libraries as community anchors that provide civic and cultural engagement, facilitate lifelong learning, promote digital inclusion, and support economic vitality through programming and services. LB21 projects that investigate and build the skills and knowledge of library professionals to support the role of libraries as community anchors that facilitate lifelong learning; enhance civic and cultural engagement; and support economic vitality, through programming and services.
- National Digital Platform: NLG projects that create, develop, and expand the social and technical infrastructure and the open source software applications used by libraries and archives to provide digital content and services to all users in the United States. LB21 projects that increase library professionals’ capacity to create, develop, and use the social and technical infrastructure and the open source software applications used by libraries and archives to provide digital content and services to all users in the United States. NDP projects bridge gaps between disparate pieces of the existing digital infrastructure for increased efficiencies, cost savings, access, and services.
- Curating Collections: NLG projects that can have a significant national impact on shared services for the preservation and management of digital library collections and content across the country. LB21 projects that increase librarians’ and library professionals’ capacity to create, preserve, manage, and provide access to digital library collections across the country.
By Donna DiMichele | July 29, 2016
School Library Journal is offering SLJteenLIVE! on August 10. This virtual conference is an online conference highlighting the upcoming YA books and important issues impacting YA/teen materials and programming. Presenters include authors and innovative librarians in an engaging conversational format, including live Q&A with the audience.
- Author panels will focus on important teen issues and trends including, mental health in YA literature, genre-bending SFF, compelling nonfiction, and horrors & thrillers.
- Teen service panels will focus on servicing the underserved, college and career readiness, working with Instagram and Snapchat, designing on the cheap and more!
- Explore the virtual exhibit hall, download materials, enter contests, hear directly from publishers about their newest books as well as live chat with staff, authors and peers!
Learn more about the conference schedule, speakers and the virtual exhibit hall through the conference web page.
Registration includes access to the conference archive.
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