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IMLS Explores Changing Needs of Library Graduate Programs

By Donna DiMichele | October 31, 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 LB21. On November 7, IMLS will convene library and information science leaders to examine how to continue progress on meeting these goals.

Meeting to Focus on Recruitment, Training, Developing a Diverse Workforce

IMLS Focus: Positioning Library and Information Science Graduate Programs for 21st Century Practice will be held November 7 from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. ET in Columbia, S.C., hosted by the School of Library and Information Science – University of South Carolina. Members of the public are invited to watch the event via livestream and to join the conversation on Twitter with #LB21focus.

The meeting will bring together representatives from ALA-accredited library graduate school programs, library association leadership, and a diverse range of library stakeholders and thought leaders. Panels will focus on topics including:

More information is available on the IMLS website.

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AskRI Scavenger Hunt

By Donna DiMichele | October 26, 2017

AskRI is running a scavenger hunt for grade and middle schoolers involving some of the AskRI resources. And there are cool prizes!  Students can sign up as teams and give the team an awesome name! Learn the details at http://askri.org/scavenger-hunt/   Contact John Bent with questions about the contest. Deadline: Teams have until October 31 to sign up!

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Share Your Expertise in Librarianship and Creativity or Social Justice

By Donna DiMichele | October 20, 2017

McFarland Press has issued calls for two anthologies.

Creativity for Success and Personal Growth for Librarians; Book Publisher: McFarland

Vera Gubnitskaia, co-editor, Library Partnerships with Writers and Poets (McFarland, 2017); public, academic librarian, indexer.

Carol Smallwood, co-editor, Gender Studies in the Library (McFarland, 2017); public library administrator, special, school librarian.

One or two chapters sought from U.S. practicing academic, public, school, special librarians, LIS faculty, library administrators, and board members.

Successful proposals will address creative, practical, how-to chapters and case studies depicting a variety of aspects and angles of the library profession as a creative endeavor, within the library walls and beyond. We are looking for ideas that can serve as a foundation, to incorporate into an MLIS course; a Human Resources’ or an organizational plan, as well as a kick-start to personal career goals planning. The focus is on library staff professional and personal growth and development, NOT creative programming and services for patrons.

No previously published, simultaneously submitted material. One, two, or three authors per chapter; each chapter by the same author(s). Compensation: one complimentary copy per 3,000-4,000 word chapter accepted no matter how many co-authors or if one or two chapters; author discount. Contributors are expected to sign a release form in order to be published.

Please e-mail titles of proposed chapter(s) with a concise clear summary by November 30, 2017, with brief bio on each author; place CRE, Your Name, on subject line to gubnitv11@gmail.com

Social Justice and Activism in Libraries, Moving Beyond Diversity to Action; Book Publisher: McFarland

Su Epstein, Ph.D., co-editor. Director, Saxton B. Little Free Library, Columbia, Connecticut Carol Smallwood, co-editor. Public Library Systems, Special, School Librarian, Michigan Vera Gubnitskaia, co-editor. Reference Librarian, Valencia College, Winter Park, Florida

Carol Smallwood, co-editor. Public Library Systems, Special, School Librarian, MichiganVera Gubnitskaia, co-editor. Reference Librarian, Valencia College, Winter Park, Florida

Vera Gubnitskaia, co-editor. Reference Librarian, Valencia College, Winter Park, Florida

One or two chapters sought from U.S. practicing academic, public, school, special librarians, LIS faculty, sharing how to take the concept of diversity to the next level. The role librarians can play in social justice and social change, activities supporting tolerance in libraries. Topics could be inclusivity, tolerance, civic engagement, civic education, human rights, social responsibility; in the areas of collection development, programming, professional development, partnerships and outreach—just to name a few.

One author or two or three authors per chapter. Compensation: one complimentary copy per 3,000-4,000 word chapter accepted no matter how many co-authors or if one or two chapters: author discount on more copies.

Contributors are expected to sign a release form in order to be published.

Public, school and special librarians, LIS instructors are especially encouraged to submit.

Please e-mail titles of proposed chapters each described in a few sentences by November 30, 2017, brief bio on each author; place TOL, LAST NAME on subject line to: epsteinsc@gmail.com

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Stipends for public library health workshop

By Donna DiMichele | October 16, 2017

Public library workers are invited to apply for a $500 stipend to attend “Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community,” a preconference workshop held at the Public Library Association (PLA) 2018 Conference at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

The one-day preconference (Tuesday, March 20) will review core competencies of providing health and wellness services; coach participants through understanding their communities’ needs; and explore how to create fun and informative health-related programming for different age groups and special populations. Participants will learn about core reference and other materials, tips for helping library users evaluate health materials, and an action plan to put your new expertise to work.

The preconference workshop  is part of Promoting Healthy Communities, a new nationwide initiative from PLA and National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) that will increase public library workers’ knowledge and skills related to consumer health services.

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RI Governor Proclaims Information Literacy Month

By Donna DiMichele | October 3, 2017

October is Information Literacy Month!

The Rhode Island Library Association’s Information Literacy Action Round Table (ILART) is celebrating the signing of Information Literacy Proclamation by Governor Gina M. Raimondo and Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea.  Information_Literacy_Month017 Proclamation

Increase and share your information literacy skills and programming at the ILART event!

Information Literacy is a critical skill which needs to be taught from an early age in schools, libraries, and our communities.  Through public awareness, the State of Rhode Island seeks to remind citizens of the importance information literacy plays in our everyday lives.  For ideas on how to teach and promote information literacy in your schools and libraries, please contact the ILART Committee ilart@rilbraries.org

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Cornucopia of RI presents: A Source of Peace: Libraries & Immigration

By Donna DiMichele | October 3, 2017

Cornucopia of RI presents: A Source of Peace: Libraries & Immigration – The Real News!CORI2

 

Free and open to the public.  Light Refreshments, free parking* Register

Join Cornucopia of Rhode Island: A Library Community of Color at its annual fall mini conference for an engaging presentation of informative initiatives and best practices of how area libraries are working with immigrants in their local communities.    Examples of current workshops, programs and services will be highlighted.

Keynote Speaker: Christopher Bourret, Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative

Featuring: Dean Watts, Rising Sun Jiu-Jitsu

Demonstration by students from Rising Sun Jiu Jitsu

PLEASE REGISTER to assist CORI with planning

This event is co-sponsored by the Rhode Island Coalition of Library Advocates.

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*When the General Assembly is not in session, parking is available in the lower legislative lot (enter from Smith Street) on a first-come-first-served basis. Parking is also available in the State employee lots across from the State House.

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Grant Opportunities from RICH

By Donna DiMichele | September 15, 2017

Each fall the Rhode Island Humanities Council (RICH) offers free information workshops about its major and mini grant opportunities. Logan Hinderliter, Program Officer, Grants and Partnerships is going to four RI public libraries in the next few weeks to present detailed information and be available for questions. More details available on the Council’s calendar.

More about RICH grants is available online

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Safety and Violence Prevention Resources from ALA

By Donna DiMichele | September 7, 2017

The American Library Association (ALA) offers resources and best practices regarding violence prevention, emergency preparedness, and other valuable resources:

ALA’s Libraries Respond website also offers additional resources.

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Libraries Transform: Health Literacy Toolkit

By Donna DiMichele | August 29, 2017

The American Library Association (ALA) and National Network of Libraries of Medicine Middle Atlantic Region have created a Health Literacy Month toolkit for the Libraries Transform campaign. Join this discussion about using the toolkit to support health literacy efforts in your library.
Online – September 14th: 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

Registration is required.

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Opioid Crisis Town Hall: Library Needs and Responses

By Donna DiMichele | August 22, 2017

WebJunction and the Public Library Association invite libraries and their community partners to join this virtual town hall discussion about current library needs and possible responses to the nation’s opioid crisis.

Over two million people in the US are estimated to be dependent on prescription opioids or heroin. A sharp rise in drug overdoses has made it the leading cause of death among Americans under 50. This epidemic is happening in all regions of the country, in communities of all sizes, without discrimination for age, ethnicity, or income. As library staff see this crisis impacting their own communities, their urgent question arises: How do we respond?

Join us for a virtual town hall, where representatives from libraries and other community organizations will describe their local efforts and who they’re collaborating with. We also want to hear from you: We’ll ask audience participants to describe the informational, structural, financial and emotional support that library staff and community members need to withstand and address this alarming epidemic. The insights gleaned from this town hall will be shared to inform plans for future efforts.

Opioid Crisis Town Hall: Library Needs and Responses

This event is jointly organized by WebJunction and Public Library Association.

Registration is free but you must preregister to participate.

More information and links to registration

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