By Donna DiMichele | August 21, 2014
The Rhode Island Foundation is accepting applications for grants from the Rhode Island Supreme Court Historical Society Fund.
Grants from this fund may support nonprofit organizations that wish to provide programs that preserve the history of the Rhode Island Supreme Court and the Rhode Island judicial system, preserve artifacts and records of the courts system, publish works of history about Rhode Island legal history, and offer public forums about Rhode Island legal and constitutional history.
Organizations should provide matching resources in funds or through in-kind services. Funds may not be used for the purchase of equipment.
Applications are due September 5, 2014. Learn how to apply.
You can also log onto the Foundation’s website at www.rifoundation.org and follow links to Working Together / For Nonprofits / Grant Opportunities/ Grants for Specific Topics / Rhode Island Supreme Court Historical Society Fund.
Questions? Email or call Ricky Bogert (401) 427-4011. Feel free to forward this notice to other organizations that may benefit from the grant opportunity presented.
By Donna DiMichele | August 14, 2014
FY2015 National Leadership Grants for Libraries
IMLS seeks proposals that address new strategic priorities identified in nationally-webcast IMLS Focus meetings
This year, IMLS is adding an additional opportunity to apply for FY 2015 National Leadership Grants for Libraries: IMLS will be accepting applications in October and again in February.
Washington, DC—The Institute of Museum and Library Services announces the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the first round of FY 2015 National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG). The IMLS National Leadership Grants for Libraries program invests $12 million annually in projects that improve professional library and archive practice with implications far beyond the grantee institutions. The grants help drive innovation and support projects with national impact.
For the October deadline IMLS is implementing some changes that will allow the agency to address strategic issues identified in a series of IMLS Focus meetings that were held earlier this year. To make it possible for IMLS to provide feedback to potential applicants before they prepare full proposals, we will be accepting brief preliminary proposals on October 13, 2014 and inviting selected applicants to submit full proposals. Invited full proposals will be due on January 15, 2015.
Applicants interested in learning more may participate in our webinars on August 20, at 3:00 PM ET, and (repeated) on September 16, at 3:00 PM ET. For more information about the webinars, see the IMLS Webinar webpage.
Last spring, agency leadership traveled to New York, San Francisco and Chicago to convene IMLS Focus, a series of nationally webcasted meetings to explore library trends and opportunities. These interactive events spotlighted the importance of strong libraries to benefit all Americans by providing opportunities for lifelong learning, anchors for community engagement, and access to content. Hundreds of library professionals and representatives of library organizations participated in these meetings nationwide, online and in person, for a rich discussion that captured input to help IMLS focus its approach to supporting innovation in the nation’s libraries.
The October 13, 2014, deadline for NLG libraries will focus on the three strategic priorities that were explored in these meetings.
- National digital platform, which focuses on key needs, gaps, opportunities, and goals to consider in furthering national digital initiatives
- Learning spaces in libraries, which focuses on emerging learning models that can deepen community engagement in libraries, particularly through learning labs, makerspaces, and digital commons
- STEM learning in libraries, which focuses on learning for all types of users, with an emphasis on models or practices that serve at-risk youth
By karen | August 12, 2014
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is offering a series of free webinars to inform librarians on financial education topics. From time to time, they also invite experts from other government agencies and nonprofit organizations to speak on other key topics of interest, too. OLIS and the RI Library Association are partnering with the CFPB on a statewide financial literacy campaign.
Up Next: Starting the conversation
August 20, 2 p.m.-3 p.m. EST
Some librarians may not feel comfortable talking about money. This webinar is intended to help make those conversations easier and provide some tips you can use when approached by patrons.
- To join the webinar, please click on the following link at the time of the webinar:
- If that link does not work, you can also access the webinar by clicking https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join and enter the following information:
- Conference number: PW8360954
- Audience passcode: LIBRARY
- Then, dial 888-947-8930 and enter participant passcode, LIBRARY.
All webinars will be recorded and archived for later viewing.
Coming up – Tentative List
September – Setting money goals
October – Dealing with debt
November – Ways to save during tax time; EITC
If you would like to be notified of future webinars, email firstname.lastname@example.org; subject: Library financial education training
By Donna DiMichele | August 5, 2014
The ALA Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies seeks proposals for online course and webinars
The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) seeks proposals for webinars through September 1, 2015. ASCLA encourages subject matter experts and experienced librarians to submit proposals for webinars to be presented October 2014 through August 2015.
Deadlines: Proposals must be submitted by September 1, 2014 for presentation October 2014 through August 2015. Online courses and webinars submitted during this open call period will be reviewed and approved by September 15, 2015.
ASCLA welcomes proposals on topics that will assist its diverse membership in improved service delivery and job performance. ASCLA’s members represent libraries serving special populations, including library users with disabilities, and adults and youth who are incarcerated or detained; independent librarians and consultants; state library agencies and their employees, public libraries serving or working with the previously cited populations and institutions; and library networks and cooperatives. Staff of these libraries and agencies include librarians, library paraprofessionals, and library support staff.
The online learning proposal form can be accessed here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/asclaonlinecourse2015
Attendees are charged a fee to participate in the course and receive a certificate upon completion. The fee includes ongoing access to an archived version of the course. Instructors will be paid a one-time course/curriculum development fee of $1,000 to set up the course initially, and $40 per participant thereafter.
The webinar proposal form can be accessed here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/asclawebinar2015 .
Webinar presenters will be paid $150 for each webinar presented and will receive training and support for Adobe Connect, the webinar technology platform used by the division. Webinars are generally 1-1 ½ hours long.
Proposal topics for online learning and webinars may include, but are not limited to the following: ADA updates for libraries
- ADA updates for libraries
- Adult programming in a correctional library
- Basics of a good prison/jail library
- Best practices in correctional librarianship and providing services to the incarcerated
- Consulting: marketing your services
- Demonstration and review of current accessibility products
- Emerging technologies in accessibility products and services, including screen readers, mobile devices, IPADS, etc.
- Evaluating and improving cooperative services;
- Future trends in library service;
- Grants: best practices for finding funding and writing proposals
- Group purchasing best practices
- Hiring library consultants: best practices
- How to be a futurist
- Marketing library services to people with disabilities
- Marketing on a shoestring budget
- New apps that assist library users with special needs
- Providing library services to people with cognitive or mental impairments
- Review of best practices, standards and guidelines to improve library services
- Technology trends for people with disabilities
Questions about submissions or about ASCLA’s online learning and webinar programs may be sent to Andrea Hill, ASCLA web manager and online learning liaison at email@example.com.
More information about ASCLA http://www.ala.org/ascla/
By ann | August 4, 2014
Blind persons were invited to touch tactile models in a Lithuania library exhibit. The library didn’t have a 3D scanner so volunteers used their own DSLR cameras to take pictures of celebrities in the library. The library then displayed 3D scan and 3D print faces of these famous celebrities and political leaders and 3D print models of historical landmarks and local buildings. Read more about this at the 3D Printing Industry website.
By Donna DiMichele | August 4, 2014
- Carol Smallwood, co-editor; Bringing the Arts Into the Library (American Library Association, 2014); public library administrator, special, school librarian.
- Lura Sanborn, co-editor; contributor, Women, Work, and the Web (Scarecrow Press, forthcoming); public, academic, school librarian.
McFarland Books is offering a publishing opportunities for librarians in the forthcoming anthology.
1. Attracting, Retaining, and Maximizing Library Volunteers
Chapters sought from U.S. and Canadian practicing academic, public, school, special librarians sharing practical know-how how to make the most effective help from volunteers in tight economic times with staff cuts. Chapters are encouraged that could apply to more than one type of library-that is, be useful to public, school, special, LIS faculty, especially award winning volunteer efforts, case studies.
Possible topics: programming for different age groups; special events; training and continuing education; recognition reinforcement; policies and manuals; literacy outreach; recruitment and interviewing; scheduling; technology, and legal concerns.
Concise, how-to chapters using bullets, headings, based on experience to help colleagues; creativity and innovation are highly valued. No previously published, simultaneously submitted material; One, two, or three authors per chapter; if two chapters they are to be by the same author(s). Compensation: one complimentary copy per 3,000-4,000 word accepted submission no matter how many co-authors, discount on more copies.
Please e-mail 2-3 topics each described in 2-3 sentences by September 30, 2014 with brief biography sketch(s).
Please place VOLUNTEERS/your name, on the subject line: firstname.lastname@example.org
The editors are exploring for interest in a possible anthology by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers about librarians working to help patrons with financial literacy.
2. Possible title: The Library’s Role in Supporting Financial Literacy for Patrons
Possible topics include:
- What is financial literacy and why should we care?
- Financial literacy: do libraries have a role?
- Collection development to support patron financial literacy Seeking and using collaborators in the financial industry such as job hunting help, tax preparation programs or any specific topic that touches on financial literacy. Recognizing fraud:
- Case studies, what works and what doesn’t
- Case studies for supporting financial literacy in libraries.
If you can contribute a 3,000-4,000 word chapter, (with 1 or 2 co-authors or solo) please send 1-3 topics/short paragraph(s)/bio for each author of what you could contribute to: email@example.com by September 30, 2014 with FIN as Subject.
Complimentary copy per accepted chapter.
The editors are exploring for interest in a possible anthology by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers about librarians working with local historical and genealogical societies.
3. Possible title: A Librarian’s Genealogical Guide to Outreach for Ethnic Populations
Possible topics include:
- Local genealogical societies: who are they, where are they, what do they do?
- Multicultural issues in genealogy and how to deal with them
- Primary sources for finding ancestors or the genealogy of ethnic groups:
- American Indian, African American, Jewish or others
- Partnering with local societies
- Preservation problems in ethnic genealogy and local history
- How to initiate cooperative projects diplomatically
- Case studies, what works and what doesn’t:
- Case studies for library and historical society collaboration
- Case studies for library and genealogical society collaboration
If you can contribute a 3,000-4,000 word chapter, (with 1 or 2 co-authors or solo) please send 1-3 topics/short paragraph(s)/bio for each author of what you could contribute to: firstname.lastname@example.org by September 30, 2014 with GEN as subject.
Complimentary copy per accepted chapter.
By Donna DiMichele | July 29, 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 P.M. Eastern.
The early learning and development systems of many states are making exciting progress to meet the needs of young children and their families. Many of these efforts have not included museums and libraries within the core of early childhood systems work.
Date: Mon, Aug 4, 2014
Time: 2:00-3:30 p.m. EDT
For more information and to register
BUILD and IMLS will collaborate over the coming year to create deliberate connections between the efforts of museums and libraries and those of early childhood systems builders to support the growth and development of children from birth to age eight with an emphasis on children from birth to age five. The August 4 webinar is the third in a series of webinars to share information about the potential benefits of partnerships between early childhood leaders and museums and libraries.
Sherri Killins, BUILD’s Director of State System Alignment and Integration, will moderate and lead a conversation about the scope, roles, and functions of state early learning and development systems. She will be joined by Char Goodreau, QRIS Administrator for the Washington State Department of Early Learning, to discuss how state early childhood leaders can strengthen the work of museums and libraries in intentionally supporting the growth and development of young children with high needs and their families and caregivers.
By ann | July 23, 2014
For a library service project, Nancy Bolt presented a paper on dyslexia as a hidden disability. Examples are given of public libraries who “intentionally” serve people with dyslexia. Also, in the paper Nancy talks about the issues in serving people with dyslexia and the national programs that focus on serving people with dyslexia. One of the national programs is the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS). Talking Books Plus library (TBP) at OLIS is the Rhode Island cooperating library of NLS.
By ann | July 23, 2014
Be on the Library Edge. If your library offers book discussion programs and you want your programs to be accessible to individuals in your community who are blind, visually limited and or cannot read regular print due to physcial conditions, then call Talking Books Plus (TBP) at 574-9310 or email email@example.com for helpful tips and information. Someone at TBP will get back to you. TBP is open Mon-Fri 8:30 am to 4 pm. TBP offers solutions and support to public libraries and TBP Institutional members. Join TBP today to become an Institutional member.
Library Edge, offered by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, tool number 11 addresses issues related to accessibility by people who deal with viusal and physical challenges.
By Donna DiMichele | July 23, 2014
Does your library have a commitment to excellence and serve its community new and innovative ways? Libraries of all types can apply for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Self-nominations are gladly accepted.
All types of nonprofit libraries and library organizations, including academic, research, archives, school, special, library associations, and library consortia, are eligible to receive this honor.
Nominations are due by October 15. More information
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