By Donna DiMichele | January 10, 2014
The following announcement is from the RI Historical Society. All inquiries should be directed to the Historical Society.
On December 17, 2013, the Rhode Island Historical Society’s Research Library Reading Room sustained water damage from a mechanical failure. The Library will be closed until further notice.
During the pending Reading Room reconstruction, reference staff will not have access to Rhode Island Vital Records, the newspaper microfilm collection, or the genealogical reference resources that are housed in the Reading Room. These collections are undamaged, but inaccessible. Unfortunately, without these collections, we are temporarily unable to answer reference questions about genealogy, family history, or newspaper articles.
We will continue to provide copy and ILL copy requests from accessible collections for researchers, but please note that response time may be slower than usual.
We have added a webpage (http://www.rihs.org/library/library_closure_online_resources) of resources that you and your patrons may find helpful in your research endeavors during the time when we are closed.
Please check our website (www.rihs.org) or Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/RIHistoricalSociety for updates.
You can read more about the situation here:http://www.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/content/20131220-water-damages-ri-historical-society-library-in-providence.ece.
We appreciate your patience while we work through this process.
Special Collections Curator
Rhode Island Historical Society Library
121 Hope Street
Providence, RI 02906
Phone: 401-273-8107, ext. 420
For all reference questions please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
For Rights and Reproductions questions, please contact: email@example.com
If you are interested in donating material to the RIHS, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Search our on-line catalog, NETOP here: http://rihs.minisisinc.com/
Check out our blogs:
Collections: http://rihs.wordpress.com/Graphics Inventory Project: http://rihsgraphics.wordpress.com/
By Donna DiMichele | January 9, 2014
Free Webinar on Health Information Resources for Library Staff
Public libraries provide a variety of health reference services and public programs to support community health literacy. Join this WebJunction webinar to learn more about the health information resources available through the National Library of Medicine and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) to help strengthen your own library’s health information services and improve the health literacy of your community.
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By Donna DiMichele | December 23, 2013
In a bequest to The Rhode Island Foundation in 1994, Joseph O’Neill Ott, a leader in the preservation and antiquities community in the state, established a permanent endowment dedicated to document preservation. He requested that the income generated be used to preserve historical manuscripts, documents, and municipal records dating from the 19th century and earlier for the smaller cities and towns in Rhode Island.
Grants generally range from $250 to $600 and support direct conservation efforts for paper-based documents, photographs, and other two-dimensional historical evidence (excluding artwork). This can include restoration, preservation (including the purchase of containers or housing for documents), or to defray the costs associated with the acquisition of documents. Proposals that demonstrate concern about long-term storage issues or have planned document storage will be looked upon most favorably. All historical and preservation societies from the smaller cities and towns of Rhode Island are eligible to apply for an Ott grant.
An advisory committee of preservation specialists will recommend projects suitable for consideration. Only documents created before 1900 will be considered. Awards will be announced in spring 2014.
Application Deadline: Applications must be submitted by midnight (EST) on March 13, 2014.
A complete application includes:
For more information, visit the Rhode Island Foundation website.
By Donna DiMichele | December 23, 2013
WebJunction announces a webinar, Health Happens in Libraries: Health Information Resources for Library Staff
Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Time: 2 pm Eastern / 11 am Pacific ♦ 60 min
Public libraries provide a variety of health reference services and public programs to support community health literacy. Health literacy has been described by the Institute of Medicine as “the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.”
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) provides comprehensive health information resources and services to libraries across eight regions nationwide. Join this WebJunction webinar to learn more about the health information resources available through the National Library of Medicine and the NN/LM. Representatives of the NN/LM Pacific Southwest Regional Medical Library will discuss their collaborative efforts with public libraries regarding the Affordable Care Act and other popular health information topics, and share strategies for strengthening your own library’s health information services, to improve the health literacy of your community.
- Alan Carr, Acting Associate Director, NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region, UCLA Louise Darling Biomedical Library
- Kelli Ham, Consumer Health and Technology Coordinator, NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region, UCLA Louise Darling Biomedical Library
- Moderated by: WebJunction
If you cannot attend this live session, a recorded archive will be available to view at your convenience. Please sign up here if you’d like to receive notifications about this project, including when the archive is available.
By admin | December 20, 2013
The new year will bring two new directors to Rhode Island libraries:
Brigitte Hopkins, currently director at West Warwick Public Library, has been appointed as the new Executive Director of the Memorial and Library Association of Westerly. Brigitte will start at Westerly on January 20.
Jack Martin, previously the Assistant Director for Public Programs and Lifelong Learning at the New York Public Library, is the new Executive Director of the Providence Public Library. Jack will start work in Providence on January 13.
OLIS congratulates the newly appointed directors!
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By admin | December 9, 2013
Discover Hidden Gems of World Book Online for your public library. Learn ways to increase usage of World Book databases, including unique features of Online for Kids, Info Finder, and Online Reference Center that you and your patrons from pre-school to adults can use.
Title: Discover Hidden Gems of World Book Online for Your Public Library!
Date: Thursday, December 19, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM CDT
By lauren | December 2, 2013
AskRI was featured in the Warwick Beacon on Thanksgiving. Check it out and be sure to share with your patrons, too.
By ann | November 25, 2013
Kathleen Cahill, Assistive Technology Specialist for the MIT Assistive Technology Information Center (ATIC) wrote a touching letter to colleagues about Joe Lazzaro. Joe ran the Adaptive Technology Program at the Mass. Commission for the Blind. Joe recently died. Kathy said, “Joe believed in the power of technology to transform people’s lives and helped to provide those technologies so that blind clients could get what they needed to study or work at a job. Joe was blind from early childhood. Joe majored in Physics and refused to take his Vocational Rehab Counselor’s advice to run state subsidized snack stand at an office building.”
By karen | November 25, 2013
The Utah State Library is offering 5 sessions on Building a Digital Media Lab and has invited librarians from across the country to attend. This is a great opportunity to hear speakers from all over the nation discuss what they’ve done at their libraries. The sessions are online and free. Note that all times are Mountain Time, 2 hours behind us:
Tuesday, January 14 1:30 pm MT Build-A-Lab: Techspiration in Brownsburg, IN
Tuesday, January 28 1:30 pm MT Build-A-Lab: Digital Projects in Darien, CT
Tuesday, February 11 1:30 pm MT Build-A-Lab: Digital Media Lab in Highland Park, IL
Tuesday, February 25 1:30 pm MT Build-A-Lab: Makerspaces in Lomira QuadGraphics, WI
Tuesday, March 4 1:30 pm MT Build-A-Lab: Media Labs in Ela Area, IL
By Donna DiMichele | November 8, 2013
Health Happens in Libraries: Supporting Patron Information Needs FREE
Date: Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Time: 11 AM PT/2 PM ET (1 hour)
The Health Insurance Marketplace associated with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) opened on October 1. Many libraries are implementing community-based strategies to address this new information need, while continuing to grow their own knowledge about the requirements of the law. Join this free WebJunction webinar to hear from library representatives about the types of information requests they have received in the first several weeks of open enrollment, and what they have learned in responding. ACA experts will also be on hand to share key policy updates and answer questions during the live Q&A portion of the webinar.
Susan Hildreth, Institute of Museum and Library Services
Susie Butler, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Debbie Rzepczynski, Lake County Public Library
Jennifer Keohane, Connecticut Library Consortium
Registration is available at: http://bit.ly/1aJB1bG
If you cannot attend this live session, a recorded archive will be available to view at your convenience at the Health Happens in Libraries project site, and shared through this distribution list.
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