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Broadband Service for Schools and Libraries

By alicia | February 7, 2014

Article from the New York Times Feb. 1, 2014

F.C.C. Says It Will Double Spending on High-Speed Internet in Schools and Libraries

President Obama’s promise to provide broadband service to 15,000 schools and an estimated 20 million American students will soon be a reality. Over the next 2 years, the Federal Communications Commission will double the amount of funding available for high speed internet service by restructuring the E-Rate program.

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Libraries in the News

By karen | February 4, 2014

Check out this week’s (Feb 3-9) issue of the Providence Business News and see articles about not one, but two library initiatives.  Page two features Libraries of Foster Director Kristen Chin and the project to build a new library in Foster.  Page four features  Karisa Tashjian, Director of the statewide RI Family Literacy Initiative, headquartered at the Providence Public Library; in an interview, Karisa talks about her latest project for supporting adult literacy efforts for those with low educational attainment, low digital literacy skills, low English language literacy, or those with physical disabilities.  The project, called ALLAccess, is funded through a $498,000 IMLS grant.

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8th Annual Digital Commonwealth Conference

By Donna DiMichele | January 31, 2014

8th Annual Digital Commonwealth Conference

This one-day conference features keynote addresses from two nationally known speakers: Melissa Levine and Liz Bishoff.

Melissa Levine is the Lead Copyright Officer from the University of Michigan Library. She will speak about current copyright issues.

Liz Bishoff, of the Bishoff Group, was previously the Executive Director of the Colorado Digitization Project. She will discuss statewide and regional digital collaborations and the need for sustainability planning.

Planned breakout session topics include audience engagement and crowdsourcing, conservation and digitization, online exhibits and lightning round presentations from Digital Commonwealth members. More details regarding sessions and pricing will be available in early February.

Contact the Digital Commonwealth

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IMLS Webinar on Immigration for Public Librarians

By Donna DiMichele | January 30, 2014

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will present the first in a series of free webinars for public libraries about immigration and U.S. citizenship topics. The series was developed as part of a partnership between IMLS and USCIS to ensure that librarians have the necessary tools and knowledge to refer their patrons to accurate and reliable sources of information on immigration-related topics.

The USCIS Customer Service Tools and Resources: An Overview for Libraries webinar will highlight the agency’s work with libraries, ways in which libraries can find immigration and citizenship information online, and practical activities libraries can implement to engage the immigrant community.

Date: February 4, 2014

Time: 1:00 p.m.- 2:30 p.m. EST.

No pre-registration is required. To participate, click here at the time of the webinar.

IMLS Press Release

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Citizenship Program Available for Libraries

By Donna DiMichele | January 28, 2014

The Rhode Island Citizenship Consortium, a group of five Rhode Island non-profit agencies that provides immigration and citizenship services, is proud to announce a new free workshop, “The US Citizenship Process.”  This one and a half hour presentation by an experienced Citizenship educator consists of a PowerPoint presentation that gives details on the process and tips to successfully prepare for the citizenship interview.  The program is designed for library patrons/the public. In the past three years, the Rhode Island Citizenship Consortium has helped over 510 adults become US citizens.

If you are interested in hosting this presentation at your library, please contact Karisa Tashjian, Director of RIFLI and Adult Literacy Services at the Providence Public Library, 401-455-8185, ktashjian@provlib.org.

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The Value of Libraries in Communities

By admin | January 10, 2014

According to a recent Pew Study, How Americans Value Public Libraries in Their Communities, Americans value public libraries for many reasons, but are often unfamiliar with all the services they offer.  While most Americans (91%) said they know where their local public library is and a similar percentage of those over 16 said that the closing of their local public library would have an impact on their community, a majority (47%) said they felt informed only about “some of what the library offers,” and 20% felt they did not know much about what it offers.  This lack of awareness of services is a challenge for libraries: conceptually, the public feels libraries are good, but many may be hard pressed to say specifically what the value of the library is to the community.

The study also found that in the past year public library website use has increased, while in-person visits have decreased.  In 2013, 48% of Americans said they visited a public library in the past year, a 5% decrease from 2012 when 53% said they had visited the library.  On the other hand, 30% of Americans said they visited a public library website in the past year, a 5% increase from 2012 when 25% of Americans said they had visited a public library website.  (In Rhode Island, library visits have actually increased this year by a half percent, see the RI Annual Report Survey Data.)

Check out the full report for more statistics on how Americans use and value public libraries.

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Rhode Island Historical Society’s Research Library Reading Room Closure

By Donna DiMichele | January 10, 2014

The following announcement is from the RI Historical Society. All inquiries should be directed to the Historical Society.

Dear Colleagues,

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.

James DaMico

Special Collections Curator

Rhode Island Historical Society Library

121 Hope Street

Providence, RI 02906

Phone: 401-273-8107, ext. 420

Fax: 401-751-7930

Email: jdamico@rihs.org

Website: www.rihs.org

For all reference questions please contact: reference@rihs.org

For Rights and Reproductions questions, please contact: reproductions@rihs.org

If you are interested in donating material to the RIHS, please email: collections@rihs.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/

 

 

 

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Free Webinar on Health Information Resources for Library Staff

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.

More information

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Document Preservation Grants Available

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.

To Apply
A complete application includes:

Completed online application form
Budget form
Narrative

For more information, visit the Rhode Island Foundation website.

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Health Happens in Libraries: Health Information Resources for Library Staff

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

Registration: http://bit.ly/1fUHn87

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.

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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.

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