By karen | October 8, 2013
This campaign provides members of school, academic, public, and special library communities with the opportunity to stand up and publicly affirm their right and their will to have strong libraries. At the same time, the Declaration presents a valuable opportunity for librarians to leverage conversations with community members about the value that our libraries contribute to individuals, families, communities, and our nation.
By Donna DiMichele | October 1, 2013
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced National Leadership Grant awards to the University of Rhode Island, Providence Public Library, and Providence Community Library. The projects were selected from more than 285 applications. National Leadership Grants for Libraries support projects that improve professional practice beyond the grantee institution.
“Libraries of all types are anchors for their communities. Whether an academic library serving a university, a Native American library serving a reservation, or a local library serving residents, communities rely on these trusted institutions for information they want and need,” said IMLS Director Susan Hildreth. “With these federal investments, libraries will be able to address challenges that face the library field, boost their professional workforce with training and education, and better meet the needs of their communities with improved programs and services.”
IMLS provided the following information about the RI projects.
University of Rhode Island – Kingston, RI
Award Amount: $50,000
Contact: Renee Hobbs
The University of Rhode Island will use its grant to create a plan for a national conference and a yearlong community outreach program that will highlight the best strategies for using children’s film and digital media to increase literacy. The program will bring together the Providence Children’s Film Festival, the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services, the American Center for Children and Media, and the Children’s Media Association. This diverse audience will address current needs such as filling in the knowledge gaps of children’s librarians and fostering collaboration between librarians and media professionals and between schools and libraries. The program will also be an experiential learning opportunity for those library and information sciences graduate students that will help their professional development of leadership and communication skills.
Providence Public Library – Providence, RI
Award Amount: $498,172
Contact: Karisa Tashjian
To address the needs of the underserved population of Providence, Providence Public Library will use its grant to create “Adult Lifelong Learning Access (ALLACCESS),” which will spur stakeholders across the state of Rhode Island to implement models for increasing access to digital literacy, adult education, and workforce services at two of the state’s leading public libraries. The two libraries and their statewide partners will demonstrate methods for integrating library, adult education, and workforce services to support adults with low education attainment; low English literacy, disabilities, or low digital literacy. This will clearly establish the important role of community libraries in serving these four key populations whose needs cannot be met by the current workforce. The grant project will be accomplished through a partnership that includes Cranston Public Library, the Office of Library and Information Services, TechAccess of RI, institutions participating in the RI Family Literacy Initiative, as well as the Providence Public Library.
Providence Community Library – Providence, RI
Award Amount: $250,000
Contact: Amy Greer
Providence Community Library will partner with Ready to Learn Providence on “Ready for K!,” a school readiness program designed to reduce the achievement gap for children who are entering kindergarten and have not participated in formal early learning programs. Major project components include professional development for children’s librarians and family literacy programming, including the creation of literacy kits with books and activities. The project will help ensure that students enter kindergarten ready to learn and will demonstrate the library’s important role as a partner in meeting this essential community need.
A complete list of the library recipients nationwide is available on the IMLS website.
By chaichin | September 25, 2013
From the ACRL New England Chapter Leadership Development Committee:
The ACRL/NEC Leadership Development will treat you to one of best and most useful workshops you will ever attend. Join us at The College of the Holy Cross on Thursday October 31, 2013. Morning coffee and lunch will be provided.
Higher Ed. Finance 101 – Spooked by spreadsheets? Lost in a corn maze of numbers? Librarians new to the budgeting process at any level will have the opportunity to hear librarians from two institutions speak about the budgeting basics that everyone should know in order to help them directly in their own career path and to understand their organizations more fully. This one-day workshop will cover understanding budgeting vocabulary, how to get started, how to develop budgets for personal or professional use, real case studies, how to use budgets to set priorities, and how to effectively use different types of communication tools to “make the case” when the need arises to “manage up.” Participants will come away with tips and specific types of activities that they can take back to their own institutions and put into practice immediately.
Tracey Leger-Hornby, PhD. – Dean of Library Services, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Diane Klare, MBA, MLS, CAS – Head of Reference Services, Wesleyan University
8:30 – 9:00 Coffee & registration
9:00 – 10:15 Budget basics
10:15 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 12:00 Operational examples
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 Setting priorities
2:00 – 2:15 Break
2:15 – 3:30 Making the case
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By lauren | September 24, 2013
It’s Banned Books Week! This annual event works to combat censorship and celebrate the freedom to read.
If your library is participating and on Twitter, the Banned Books site is using the hashtag #BannedBooksWeek and has a live feed on their site.
By ann | September 17, 2013
That All May Read in a Digital World is a session in the MOOCs, Mobile Technolgoies – Their Impact on Reference Service program being offered by Amigos Library Services on November 7th 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 am CST. The speaker of this session, Dr. Richard Smith is the Director of the Wolfner Talking Book and Braille Library in Missouri. This program will be of value to public libraries who may not be aware of Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped services. This online webinar is not limited to AMIGOS members. Seating is limited. Early bird registration ends October 24, 2013. Recordings will be available to all registrants.
By Donna DiMichele | September 16, 2013
Nominate Your Library For the National Medal for Museum and Library Service!
All types of libraries, including public, school, academic, research, and archival, are eligible!
Nomination Deadline: October 15, 2013
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is seeking nominations for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for exemplary museum and library community service The medal winners will be the institutions that make the most extraordinary civic, educational, economic, environmental, and social contributions.
Any individual may nominate a library in the United States and its territories for the National Medal and all types of libraries, including public, school, academic, research, and archival, are eligible.
What do you win?
- Recipient institutions receive the National Medal at a ceremony held in Washington, D.C., and a $5,000 award.
- After the ceremony, StoryCorps—a national nonprofit organization dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of Americans—visits each institution to provide an opportunity for community members to share the stories of their lives. These stories are preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
For more information and to access the nomination form, please go to: www.imls.gov/medals or contact Michele Farrell, Senior Library Program Officer, 202-653-4656,
By lauren | September 13, 2013
September is National Library Card Sign-up Month and there is still time to promote. ALA has put together a page of resources to help libraries reach the community, including PDFs of posters, audio and digital PSAs, and sample press releases.
Find out more and download the tools from the ALA website.
By Donna DiMichele | September 6, 2013
The Pettaquamscutt Historical Society in Kingston and the Newport Art Museum and Art Association have been awarded Museums for American and National Leadership Grants for Museums from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.
IMLS Announces Grants of $25 Million for U.S. Museums
Washington, DC—The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced grants for 186 museum projects totaling $25,173,005. The museums were selected from 707 applications requesting a total of $97,777,608 and were awarded through the highly competitive Museums for America and National Leadership Grants for Museums programs. Institutions receiving the awards are matching them with $35,243,683 in non-federal funds.
Read the full press release
Details on the RI projects:
Pettaquamscutt Historical Society – Kingston, RI
Award Amount: $8,825; Matching Amount: $9,320
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences
Contact: Ms. Lori Urso
The Pettaquamscutt Historical Society will use its grant to improve and enhance the visitor experience and increase opportunities for learning at its two historic sites—the Old Washington County Jail and Hale House—through the installation of interpretive wayside signage. Typically used at historic sites and national parks to mark the presence of a significant feature and to encourage a pause, waysides combine text with graphics to interpret landscape and historic events while encouraging visitors to observe and experience the site more fully. With wayside signage, the historical society will provide information and interpretation at times when its sites are not staffed or closed.
Newport Art Museum and Art Association – Newport, RI
Award Amount: $24,028; Matching Amount: $24,028
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences
Contact: Mrs. Maggie Anderson
Director of Education
The Newport Art Museum will use its grant to support the expansion of MUSE, a school-to-career initiative that orients high school students to the management and administration of museums and cultural institutions through hands-on and classroom learning, multiple site visits, and mentoring. Developed in partnership with community leaders, MUSE is designed to strengthen museum-community connections, inspire and educate youth about careers in arts administration and museum management, and cultivate a professional workforce. The Museum will expand the program by providing additional sections and offerings of the coursework within schools and establishing paid internships for students.
By Donna DiMichele | September 5, 2013
IMLS Announces Second Heritage Health Index
Heritage Preservation, working in cooperation with IMLS, will conduct a second Heritage Health Index. The original survey, conducted nearly 10 years ago, was the first comprehensive study to assess the condition of U.S. collections. It examined the state of preservation across the entire spectrum of collecting institutions, large and small, from internationally renowned art museums and research libraries to local historical societies and specialized archives. The results were published in the groundbreaking A Public Trust at Risk: The Heritage Health Index Report on the State of America’s Collections and reported that 4.8 billion artifacts held in public trust were at risk and that 190 million were in need of immediate care.
Heritage Preservation and IMLS have entered into a $338,554 cooperative agreement to complete the study in 2015. The project will receive an additional $100,000 of support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
By Donna DiMichele | August 30, 2013
Surf the waves, plan your future!
The North Atlantic Health Sciences Libraries (NAHSL) 2013 Annual Meeting will be held in the beautiful seaside town of Falmouth, Massachusetts at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel
Sunday, October 27-Tuesday, October 29
- Ann J. Wolpert, Director of MIT Libraries and MIT Press
- Joanne Gard Marshall, Professor U. North Carolina – GSLIS
- Julia Sollenberger, Assoc. VP and Library Director, U. Rochester
- Katherine E. Gregory, Nurse Scientist, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
- Clark Merrill, Master Trainer, Dale Carnegie & Associates
Falmouth is well-known for scenic beaches, a quaint town center, delicious seafood, and much more.
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