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United Way 2-1-1 Helps Everyone

By admin | February 9, 2015

Wednesday, February 11 is 2-1-1 Day, and United Way 2-1-1 will be celebrated at the State House.  Check out the article in the February 8 Providence Journal spotlighting the great work United Way 2-1-1 does to help Rhode Islanders get the information they need, when they need it, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  2-1-1 is a great resource to help people deal with a problem or crisis, or explore options.  If you need information to promote 2-1-1 in your library, check out the 2-1-1 Toolkit.

The Office of Library and Information Services is a proud supporter of United Way 2-1-1 and has served on the Advisory Committee since 2-1-1 launched in Rhode Island. United Way 2-1-1 Program Director Cristina Amedeo is a member of the Library Board of Rhode Island.

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2 Grant Opportunities

By Donna DiMichele | February 9, 2015

[Feb. 6] The Rhode Island Foundation announced that applications are now being accepted for the Joseph O’Neill Ott Fund and the Rhode Island Supreme Court Historical Society Fund. If applicable, you may apply for funding from both funds.

The Joseph O’Neill Ott Fund supports the preservation of historical manuscripts, documents and municipal records dating from the 19th century and earlier form the smaller cities and towns in Rhode Island. Grants generally range from $250-$600 and support direct conservation efforts for paper-based documents, photographs, and other two-dimensional historical evidence (excluding artwork). This can include restoration, preservation, 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.

The Rhode Island Supreme Court Historical Society Fund supports 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 court 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.

The deadline to apply is March 13, 2015.

Please click here to apply for the Joseph O’Neill Ott Fund and here for the Rhode Island Supreme Court Historical Society Fund. If applicable, you may apply for funding from both funds.

Apply for the Joseph O’Neill Ott Fund

Apply for the Rhode Island Supreme Court Historical Society Fund

Questions? Contact Ricky Bogert, RI Foundation Donor Services Administrator, at 401-427-4011 or rbogert@rifoundation.org

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Webinar for Public Librarians on Human Trafficking Prevention

By Donna DiMichele | February 9, 2015

Webinar Title: Human Trafficking Prevention 101: An Overview for Public Libraries

Date and Time: Monday, February 23, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EDT

As part of their partnership to provide resources for public librarians, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will present a webinar on Human Trafficking Prevention and the Blue Campaign on February 23. Representatives from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Blue Campaign and USCIS will discuss the resources and tools available to help combat human trafficking that librarians can help distribute in their communities.

Press Release/Complete Announcement

Register for Webinar (by 2/20/15)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Institute of Museum and Library Services

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Health Literacy Toolkit

By Donna DiMichele | February 5, 2015

Toolkit: Health Literacy and Health Insurance Literacy

A new Alliance for Health Reform Toolkit, “Health Literacy and Health Insurance Literacy: Do Consumers Know What they are Buying?” addresses the extent and significance of both health literacy and health insurance literacy for Americans buying and using health insurance.

The Toolkit includes:

Alliance for Health Reform
For information on how to get and use a toolkit, see the announcement on National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region Website http://1.usa.gov/16ltQWy

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Celebrate the Americans with Disabilities Act Anniversary

By Donna DiMichele | February 3, 2015

Throughout the 2015 and on the ADA Anniversary – July 26, celebrate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in your libraries and communities. “While much progress has been made, much remains to be done.”

Need some ideas about how you can celebrate? Check out the “Explore the ADA Anniversary Tool Kit” which has videos, resources, training, news, publications and a list of events. You can add your events to the calendar.

Access to all these resources and more is on http://www.adaanniversary.org/

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President Obama’s Budget Increases Library Funding

By alicia | February 3, 2015

February 2, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C.—President Barack Obama today transmitted to Congress the Obama Administration’s nearly $4 trillion budget request to fund the federal government for fiscal year 2016, which starts October 1, 2015. The President’s budget reflected many of the ideas and proposals outlined in his January 20th State of the Union speech.

Highlights for the library community include $186.5 million in assistance to libraries through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). This important program provides funding to states through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

In response, American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young issued the following statement:

“We applaud the President for recognizing the tremendous contributions libraries make to our communities. The American Library Association appreciates the importance of federal support for library services around the country, and we look forward to working with the Congress as they draft a budget for the nation.

“The biggest news for the library community is the announcement of $8.8 million funding for a national digital platform for library and museum services, which will give more Americans free and electronic access to the resources of libraries, archives, and museums by promoting the use of technology to expand access to the holdings of museums, libraries, and archives. Funding for this new program will be funded through the IMLS National Leadership Grant programs for Libraries ($5.3 million) and Museums ($3.5 million).

“With the appropriations process beginning, we look forward to working for continued support of key programs, including early childhood learning, digital literacy, and the Library Services and Technology Act.”

About the American Library Association

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 55,000 members in academic, public, school, government, and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

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Join Us for the COLA Annual Meeting

By alicia | January 23, 2015

Tuesday, February 10th, 5 – 7 pm in the Governor’s Room at the RI Statehouse

Light refreshments will be served.
Free and Open to the Public.

Guest Speaker: Brian C. Jones of The Library Report

The COLA Sweetheart of the Year Awards recipient this year is Bob Aspri

Read more…

The Coalition of Library Advocates (COLA) is a grass-roots library support group that seeks to improve the quality of life for Rhode Islanders by supporting libraries of all kinds. Through advocacy, education, and public awareness activities, COLA works to help improve library services throughout the state.

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Host an NLM exhibit @ Your Library

By Donna DiMichele | January 22, 2015

National Library of Medicine (NLM) History of Medicine Traveling Exhibits

Did you know that your library can host a National Library of Medicine History of Medicine Traveling Exhibit?

Available NLM exhibits include:

Learn more about the Exhibition Program

Want to learn more about how the program works? Review Frequently Asked Questions about the NLM Traveling Exhibition Services.

If you don’t see your question here, send an email to NLM an e-mail at

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Library Financial Education Webinar Series

By Donna DiMichele | January 16, 2015

Library Financial Education Webinar Series: Learn how to more effectively discuss financial education topics with library patrons

Tune in to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) monthly webinar series intended to instruct library staff on how to discuss financial education topics with their patrons. From time to time, the CFPB will also invite experts from other government agencies and nonprofit organizations to speak on other key topics of interest, too, so watch for updates.

Understanding credit reports and scores

January 29, from 2:30 pm – 3:30 EDT
(Please note date change. It changed from January 20 to January 29)

What’s the difference between your credit report and your credit score? How are scores used, and what makes them go up or down? Find out as we explain how past credit habits can affect your ability to get loans and lower interest rates in the future.

To join the webinar

Click on the following link at the time of the webinar: https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join.php?i=PW1172198&p=LIBRARY&t=c

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:

All webinars will be recorded and archived for later viewing.

If you would like to be notified of future webinars, or ask about in-person trainings for large groups of librarians, email financialeducation@cfpb.gov; in the subject line: Library financial education training.

For more information, contact:

Dubis Correal
Office of Financial Education
Division of Consumer Education and Engagement
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Tel:  202 435 7937


Visit http://promotions.usa.gov/cfpbpubs.html to get free copies of CFPB consumer brochures


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ALA Task Force Seeks Input (non-members included)

By Donna DiMichele | January 15, 2015

ALA Task Force Seeks Input on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion was created in the spring of 2014 by then ALA President, Barbara Stripling.  The Task Force is currently in the information-gathering phase.  To aid with information gathering, it has launched a series of short surveys to be conducted at times to coincide with the ALA Midwinter Meetings and Annual Conferences through 2016.  These surveys are designed to help understand the culture of the association, the profession, and our communities with respect to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

“Embracing and celebrating diversity, and creating a more inclusive profession have been long-standing goals of the American Library Association.  With your help, we hope to ensure these values are upheld,” said Task Force co-chairs Trevor A. Dawes and Martin L. Garnar.

The survey can be accessed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/tfedi1web and responses will be collected through February 16, 2015. ALA members and nonmembers are encouraged to participate.

The first survey presents the Task Force created definitions of equity, diversity, and inclusion and asks individuals to consider ALA’s current alignment to those definitions.   The final, analyzed results of the survey will be reported on by April 2015 via the Task Force’s ALA Connect community and distributed through various ALA channels.

Please take a few minutes to answer the survey which should take no more than 7 minutes to complete.

The ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion’s charge is to develop a plan and strategic actions to build more equity, diversity, and inclusion among our members, the field of librarianship, and our communities.  The most important Task Force outcome is the public and honest conversation generated by its plan and recommended actions.  The final Task Force report will include recommendations for ensuring that a continuing focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion is embedded throughout the ALA organization.

Questions about the survey can be sent to the Task Force at diversity@ala.org.

Should technical issues with the survey arise, please contact the ALA Office for Diversity at diversity@ala.org or 800-545-2433 ext. 5048.

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