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By Donna DiMichele | March 4, 2016

Reading Across Rhode Island 2016

You undoubtedly know that the Reading Across Rhode Island (RARI) 2016 book is The Wright Brothers by David McCullough. You are thinking about incorporating the book into your reading group schedules and perhaps you have considered some programming but really aren’t sure where to go with it. The RI Center for the Book has assembled a complete package of resources and programming that you can use to get your library’s program off the ground! 


Resource Guide and Speakers

An extensive resource guide  was created by the RARI Committee and speaker Steve Lubar’s slides from the Kick-Off event are available online.

You can engage a speaker for your Wright Brothers program through the RI Council for the Humanities’ EnRICHment programs. Speakers include military and commercial pilots! Living Literature has a new Wright Brothers program too.


Events and Programs

A schedule of events is planned around The Wright Brothers and its themes, including a museum trip and An Afternoon with David McCullough on May 21st.

Promotional materials

Publicity materials including book marks and posters (contact Kate Lentz at Center for the Book) and videos featuring author David McCullough.

The Office of Library and Information Services is a proud sponsor of Reading Across Rhode Island.

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Intellectual Freedom & Thomas Paine @yourlibrary

By Donna DiMichele | March 1, 2016

The American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom (OIF) and Ian Ruskin offer libraries an opportunity to provide advance screenings of  To Begin the World Over Again: the Life of Thomas Paine as a program for their communities before it’s aired on public television. In addition to the film license, libraries are supplied with the DVD format to circulate in their collection and resources to promote and structure the library program.

For $50, libraries get the license to show the film as an event, DVDs to circulate in their collection, talking points, an action plan, recipes, and a publicity kit with posters, social media banners, and press releases. 10% of these proceeds will go to the American Library Association/the Office for Intellectual Freedom! When people order, they can request that the Freedom to Read Foundation send brochures free of charge for their patrons.

More information

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Fueling Community Revitalization

By Donna DiMichele | February 29, 2016

The Institute of Museum and Library Services collaborated with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation to produce the report Museums, Libraries and Comprehensive Initiatives: A First Look at Emerging Experience.

The publication describes the ways that museums and libraries are helping fuel successful comprehensive community revitalization efforts and offers best practices for other institutions to follow.

The report examines:

Get the full report.

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Law Librarians of New England (LLNE) Scholarship

By alicia | February 12, 2016

The Law Librarians of New England (LLNE) are offering a professional development scholarship opportunity for those who work in public libraries and might be interested in learning more about basic legal research resources.

The annual Introduction to Legal Research Program is LLNE’s 5-week overview of the basic skills and materials used in legal research. To help give public librarians the tools necessary to approach their patrons’ research questions with confidence, the LLNE Service Committee is offering two scholarships for free program registration. You can find the 2016 scholarship application here. The application deadline is Monday, February 29, 2016. Please send completed applications to Nicole Dyszlewski at ndyszlewski@rwu.edu.edu.

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“School Libraries Work!” – new edition

By Donna DiMichele | January 29, 2016

Scholastic Library Publishing released the 2016 edition of School Libraries Work! “The 2016 compendium updates and builds upon the 2008 edition, reinforcing the most relevant themes from that report while highlighting recent research at both the national and state levels.” (Scholastic)

Complete an online form to obtain a link for the full report. The form is available on the Scholastic website.

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URI Spring Library Professional Development Lectures

By alicia | January 22, 2016

The URI University Libraries’ Faculty Development Committee is proud to announce two programs for Spring 2016:

Design for LibGuides that Work
Kris Markman of Harvard University
Friday 19 February 2016 1-2:30pm
Galanti Lounge, 3rd Floor, Carothers Library, Kingston

Dr. Kris Markman is the Online Learning Librarian and leads the Digital Learning & User Experience (DLUX) department at the Harvard Library. She will bring her extensive professional experience and the results of a year of user testing to URI to suggest how to make the most out of the popular library content management system LibGuides. She will discuss what works and what doesn’t, best practices, and whether/how students read the guides.

The Digital Divide
Jessamyn West of Open Library/Internet Archive
Monday 18 April 2016 1-2:30pm
Galanti Lounge, 3rd Floor, Carothers Library, Kingston

Jessamyn West is a librarian and technologist working in the intersections of libraries, technology, and politics. She will discuss the digital divide
— the gap between the digital haves and have nots — and how that divide is shaping domestic and international information access, politics, and economies.

These programs are free and open to the public.
For more information contact Professor Peter Larsen, plarsen@uri.edu

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A Library Card for Every Student

By Donna DiMichele | January 19, 2016

The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced “Communities across the U.S. Answer Call for a Library Card for Every Student” on January 19.

White House event advances collaborative initiatives
of library, school and elected leaders

Washington, DC–Mayors, county executives, school superintendents, and library leaders from approximately 50 cities and counties are meeting in Washington, DC, today as part of a national initiative to connect students to public library system resources. These communities are among the 60 communities that have answered the call of President Obama’s ConnectED Library Challenge to put a library card in every student’s hand through partnership initiatives.

The “ConnectED Library Challenge: Answering the Call” convening is hosted by the White House with the support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. It is both a strategy session and a celebration of the community leaders who accepted the President’s challenge last April. Both the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) and American Library Association (ALA) are contributing to this important initiative.

“By providing equal access to books, computers, and electronic resources, libraries play an essential role in addressing academic achievement gaps for children living in poverty. But there is more to be done. We know that first grade students who have library cards are more than twice as likely to visit libraries as other first graders,” said IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew. “The leaders who have responded to the ConnectED Library Challenge are making great strides to serve these children, and we are extremely grateful for their extraordinary efforts.”

“There can be no more important partnership than local elected officials joining with public school and public library leaders to ensure our nation’s children have access to the universe of resources-books, technology and smart people-for a 21st century education,” said ULC President and CEO Susan Benton. “The White House ConnectED Library Challenge showcases how kids benefit when leaders work together at the local level.”

“I know from my experience that when you link the school library, the school and the public library, that collaboration gives every student access to a rich collection of resources that improves their education,” said ALA President Sari Feldman, executive director of the Cuyahoga County Public Library.

Many jurisdictions that have taken the challenge have adopted creative and unique ways to break down barriers and provide library access. Some local governments have introduced cards that provide free or discounted access to multiple municipal services for young people — the public library, recreation facilities, public transportation, and cultural facilities. Other partnerships are using student ID numbers to provide easy access to library resources.


The information from the summit and information gathered as part of this first stage of the ConnectED Library Challenge will be used in the development of a national report which will be widely distributed.

Note: Contact IMLS Communications and Government Affairs Office at 202-653-4757 for event photos. Follow the event on Twitter with #librariesforall

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RI Teen Book Award

By Donna DiMichele | January 19, 2016

Voting is open for the Rhode Island Teen Book Award
Voting period: January 11-February 22

It’s that time of year again! Along with the change in calendars comes the time when the teens of Rhode Island get a chance to pick the book they think is best they have read, from a list selected by teachers, public librarians, and school library media specialists. That’s right! It is election time for the 2016 Rhode Island Teen Book Award!

Where can teens in grades 7-12 vote? Well, they can do it in their schools and local public libraries. Interested schools and libraries can find a basic sample ballot that can be adapted for use on the Rhode Island Teen Book Award website.

Participating schools and libraries may accept teens’ ballots. Remember, teens are only eligible to if they have read at least three titles from the nominee list. Voting results should be emailed to teenlibrarianbrandi@gmail.com.


Results due by Monday, February 22nd.

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Apply for National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards

By Donna DiMichele | January 12, 2016

The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award is the Nation’s highest honor for out-of-school arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of America’s young people, particularly those from underserved communities. This award recognizes and supports excellence in programs that open new pathways to learning, self-discovery, and achievement. Each year, the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards recognize 12 outstanding programs in the United States, from a wide range of urban and rural settings.

Recipients receive a $10,000 grant and the opportunity to visit the White House and accept the award from First Lady Michelle Obama. Awardees also receive a full year of capacity-building and communications support, designed to make their organizations stronger. In addition, 38 exceptional youth-focused arts and humanities programs across the United States receive a Finalist Certificate of Excellence. One country each year also receives the International Spotlight Award for a remarkable youth-oriented cultural program.

The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards initiative is a signature program of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities™—in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services—to showcase cultural excellence and enhance the availability of out-of-school arts and humanities programs to children and young people.

Visit the IMLS website for more information about how to apply.

If you think your program is a match, you can participate in a webinar on Wednesday, January 13 at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and learn more about how to apply.

Register for Application Orientation webinar

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EdCampRI Unconference – Janaury 16

By alicia | January 11, 2016

If anyone is interested, there is an EdCampRI unconference on Saturday, January 16th from 8 am – 2 pm at Rhode Island College. This may be of particular interest to people in the school library media track or those who want to work with children and teens.

EdCampRI is a FREE professional development unconference for educators by educators. This is a true unconference where people choose topics on the spot, you can go where you want, and anyone can share.

Register at edcampri.org

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