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2016 GSLIS Annual Gathering

By admin | April 6, 2016

Join alumni, students, friends, and faculty at the 2016 University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Library and Information Studies Annual Gathering  on Friday, April 15, 2016.  The featured speaker is Dr. Micah Altman, Director of Research and Head/Scientist, Program on Information Science for the MIT Libraries.

This year’s honorees include:

Alumni of the Year:

Library of the Year: Cranston High School East

Tickets for the GSLIS Annual Gathering are available online.

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Cranston Public Library Receives LibraryAware Award

By Donna DiMichele | March 31, 2016

Cranston Public Library announced that it has been named the third place recipient of the 2016 LibraryAware Community Award. This national award, given by Library Journal and underwritten by LibraryAware™ (a product of the NoveList division of EBSCO Information Services), recognizes model communities that engage with their libraries to improve the lives of their citizens and create life-long learners and library users.

The award comes with a $5,000 prize, which the library has dedicated to future outreach, marketing, and public relations projects. Other winners include the Louisville Free Public Library in Kentucky, who received first place; and the Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library and the Queens Public Library, who entered jointly and took second place.

EBSCO Press Release

“Firing On All Cylinders, 2016 LibraryAware Community Award”


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RIFLI Administrator Named as Outstanding Administrator

By karen | March 29, 2016

Karisa Tashjian, director of the Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative and Education Director at Providence Public Library, was named a runner up for the Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) Outstanding Administrator of the Year award.  COABE is a 13,000 member national organization that provides leadership, professional development and advocacy for adult education and literacy practitioners.

Karisa’s dedication to adult education and her strong advocacy of the library’s role in adult education has earned her state and national attention. In Rhode Island, Karisa has brought libraries together with partners in the areas of workforce development and education to develop a coordinated effort to address both traditional and digital literacy, English language learning and workforce skills.  She is the project director for ALL (Adult Lifelong Learning) Access in the Libraries, an Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership Grant award.

OLIS congratulates Karisa and is proud to be a partner in ALL Access and other adult education initiatives as a direct result of Karisa’s tireless work.

Read about Karisa’s award and accomplishments on the COABE website.


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Rhode Island Library Day – April 16

By karen | March 29, 2016

Thanks to the RI Library Association for coordinating this event, which was a great success last year.  We hope all libraries participate again this year.  RILA has graphics and sample letters to invite local officials to your library available on its Library Day webpage.  Help raise awareness of all the wonderful things that happen in RI libraries everyday by participating in this National Library Week event!

From RILA:

The Rhode Island Library Association (RILA) invites you to participate in the 2nd Annual Rhode Island Library Day on Saturday, April 16, 2016, a date which caps off National Library Week (April 10-16th, 2016).  The purpose of this day is to host events and plan activities that will raise awareness about the wonderful things Rhode Island libraries are doing and how Rhode Islanders benefit from their libraries. We hope that you will choose to join this celebration of Rhode Island libraries and begin working within your organization to plan events to mark the occasion.

As part of the celebration, we are encouraging Rhode Island’s public libraries to participate in an Amnesty Day for those returning overdue materials on April 16th.  There are numerous ways that libraries can participate, both big and small.  Some ideas for activities and events from public and academic libraries celebrating last year’s Rhode Island Library Day include:

If you and your organization are planning to celebrate Rhode Island Library Day, then we would love to hear from you and hear about the events and activities you have in the works, so that we can help disseminate and share these with our library colleagues in RI.  Please contact Andrew Creamer andrew_creamer@brown.edu or Beth Ullucci bullucci@burrillville.org with your planned events and activities or questions by March 18, 2016.

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Smart Money Week – Promote it!

By Donna DiMichele | March 16, 2016

5th Annual Financial Literacy Awareness Series, Money Smart Week®, launches across Rhode Island from April 23 – 30, 2016


The Rhode Island Library Association (RILA) will launch the 5th annual financial literacy awareness series, Money Smart Week®, across Rhode Island from April 23 – 30, 2016 with events scheduled in libraries and community spaces throughout the state. Money Smart Week (MSW) is a national initiative from the Chicago Federal Reserve and the American Library Association that promotes financial literacy awareness. Money Smart Week events are free and open to the public at businesses, financial institutions, schools, libraries, nonprofits and government agencies throughout the country on topics including kids and money, unemployment, managing student debt and retirement. To learn more about Money Smart Week® visit www.moneysmartweek.org

RILA is asking RI libraries and community partners to support MSW and spread the word to the public about events happening during Money Smart Week across RI. RILA’s Financial Literacy Roundtable hopes to see an increase in attendance this year (623 people attended 48 MSW events in 2015) and cannot achieve this goal without your continued support.

You can promote Money Smart Week by posting the official Money Smart Week logo and a link to the Money Smart Week events calendar on your home page and on social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.). The Chicago Federal Reserve has created state specific logos for use in promoting Money Smart Week and maintains the events calendar on their website.

Sample press releases from the MSW Media Kit include:

For your convenience, the links embedded in the above press release are listed here:

On Twitter #MoneySmartWeek

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact FLRT@rilibraries.org
Lori DeCesare & Chris Wallace Goldstein
Co chairs of RILA’s Financial Literacy Roundtable and Money Smart Week RI

Money Smart Week is an registered service mark of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

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Digital Commonwealth Conference

By Donna DiMichele | March 7, 2016

Digital Commonwealth Conference

Enhance your knowledge of the development and preservation of digital collections at the 10th annual Digital Commonwealth Conference.

April 5, 2015
College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts

Keynotes by Society of American Archivists fellows Paul Conway and Richard Pearce-Moses.

Additional sessions include:

Full conference information and registration online

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Resources for Reading Across RI 2016

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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