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iBill Currency Reader Requests

By ann | September 29, 2014

The iBill Currency Reader is a federal program. If a public librarian gets an inquiry about the iBill Currency Reader, here is some information about who is eligible and what to do.

Current National Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) patrons in Rhode Island requesting a currency reader may sign up through Talking Books Plus (TBP) by calling (401) 574-9310. TBP members are NLS patrons residing in Rhode Island.

If a person residing in Rhode Island is not a TBP member and is eligible for the service, he/she should complete an application for TBP membership. After validation of the application, the new member may request to be put on the waiting list for the iBill currency reader. If an individual is not eligible for TBP/NLS service, he /she should call the BEP (Bureau of Engraving and Printing) US Currency Reader Program Customer Support Center at (844) 815-9388 or the Library of Congress iBill Project Coordinator, Charles Rogan at (202) 707-9297.

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Sen. Reed Visits Providence Public Library

By admin | September 19, 2014

Senator Jack Reed visited the Providence Public Library on Sept. 19 to learn more about several IMLS funded grants at PPL.  In April, OLIS awarded a LORI grant to the RI Family Literacy Initiative for Computer Literacy for Non-Native English Speaking Adults.  PPL is also in the midst of its ALLACCESS project, funded by an IMLS grant.  ALLACCESS (Adult Lifelong Learning Access), a partnership with Cranston Public Library and TechACCESS of RI, seeks to improve the literacy and workforce skills of adult library patrons.

Read about the visit on the Senator’s website.

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URI GSLIS Receives Grant for Media Smart Libraries

By admin | September 19, 2014

Senator Jack Reed announced the award of a $475,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Library and Information Studies.  The award, a National Leadership Grant, will support the Media Smart Libraries project lead by Professor Renee Hobbs, director of the Media Education Lab at URI’s Harrington School of Communication and Media.  The Office of Library and Information Services and the Providence Children’s Film Festival will partner with URI GSLIS on the project.

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Webinar on financial literacy, Sept. 23

By admin | September 11, 2014

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is offering the following webinar as part of their ongoing series to assist librarians in meeting the financial needs of patrons.  To receive notifications of upcoming webinars, email the CFPB.

Setting Money Goals

Sometimes, if you’re offering programs on money topics, patrons may come to you with questions about setting money goals. In this webinar, we will start to dig in to the basics of money management. The goal of this webinar will be to introduce you to financial goals and how you can show patrons to create effective money goals.

Goals are the first step in reaching important money milestones. Fuzzy goals could lead to procrastination or feeling overwhelmed. But sharp, well-defined goals could help people clearly see how much they need to save every week or month to hit their target.

Join us on September 23 from 2:30 pm – 3:30 EDT.

1) To join the webinar, please click on the following link at the time of the webinar:


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:

Conference number: PW8729932

Audience passcode: LIBRARY

2) Phone: 888-947-8930

Participant passcode: LIBRARY

Visit the CFPB website to get free copies of CFPB consumer brochures.

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Call for Papers on Resource Sharing

By Donna DiMichele | September 4, 2014

Call for Papers: Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve

The peer-reviewed Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve provides a forum for the presentation of pure and applied research results, discussion of best practices and review of literature regarding all aspects of library resource sharing, document delivery and reserves services.

The journal is currently seeking submissions of scholarly papers regarding:

• New models and emerging technologies for resource sharing
• Cooperative training ventures
• Shared storage facilities
• Cooperative collection development
• Document delivery
• Shared virtual library services and digitization projects
• Networks and cooperatives
• Copyright and permissions issues in Interlibrary loan and electronic reserves
• ILL of specialized library materials such as music and media
• Consortial training and continuing education
• Other multi-library collaborative efforts

The journal is also seeking papers for a new column of articles written by Library & Information Science students on their experiences and knowledge of library services.

For more information, including manuscript specifications, see the Routledge announcement.

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Mobile Apps News

By ann | September 4, 2014

Mobile Apps News written by Nichole Hennig is a twice monthly free newsletter on mobile apps, tips for using them in creative ways, and discounts on courses and ebooks. Read about “surprising ways that mobile apps are making information accessible to all.” And if you haven’t heard about it already, here’s a place to learn more about Apps for Librarians.

Talking Books Plus of OLIS is the Rhode Island network library for the National Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) which offers the BARD app for its members. For more information about the BARD app, call 574-9310.

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The Digital Shift: Libraries @ the Center

By Donna DiMichele | August 25, 2014

The Digital Shift: Libraries @ the Center, the 5th annual online conference on this issue, will provide answers to some of the challenges that libraries face in the transformation of our culture from analog experiences to digital experiences.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EST)

This free, daylong professional development conference can be viewed in groups or privately. There are no travel or registration fees, and attendees will connect with each other as well as hear exciting keynotes from award-winning scientist and author Daniel J. Levitin, PhD, and Anil Dash, co-founder and CEO of ThinkUp, that will examine our shared digital future.

The lineup of expert speakers and panelists will present innovative tools and ideas for and from libraries of all types. The day features different tracks dedicated to K-12, academic and public libraries, allowing for the day to be completely customizable. The conference will focus on three key areas:

Content, Containers and Beyond

Collaboration and Innovation

Leading the Learning Revolution

Libraries @ the Center also includes sessions on:

More information about Digital Shift: Libraries @ the Center is available online .


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Library and Museum Preservation: Stressed About Pests?

By Donna DiMichele | August 22, 2014

Free webinar and Chat
Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern)

Insect and rodent pests inflict irreparable damage to museum objects every single day. This webinar will cover the history and concepts of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and how one can incorporate IPM within museum environments to prevent pest damage. A few of the many topics that will be covered are monitoring, exclusion of pests, and pest identification.

As always, you do not need to be a registered member of the Online Community to participate in this webinar. Simply click on the green “Access Meeting Room” button on the right-hand side of the home page. Once there, enter your name and location, and then click enter. You will be redirected to the webinar. If you’re having difficulty, please take a look at our technical check page. An archive of the event will be posted to the Online Community following the live event.

Here are the details:

What:  Part 1 – Prevention, Monitoring & Identification
(A webinar and live chat event.)

When: Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern)

Where: The C2C Meeting Room

Featured Speaker: Patrick Kelley, Vice President, Insects Limited, Inc. & Identification Group Sub-Chair, IPM Working Group

Featured Resources:
Check out all the presentations from the 2014 Museum Pests Conference at Colonial Williamsburg.

Part 2 of Stressed About Pests: Treating Infestations
September 3, 2014
1:00 p.m. (Eastern)

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RICH Grants Information Workshops

By Donna DiMichele | August 21, 2014

The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RICH) will present two free workshops in September to share information about upcoming major and mini grant opportunities for non-profit organizations and individual researchers planning public programs in the humanities.

Choose to attend one workshop on September 9 at the University of Rhode Island’s University Club in Kingston or on September 16 at the Rhode Island Historical Society’s Aldrich House in Providence to learn about the Council’s grant opportunities, funding priorities, tips, and deadlines!

Learn more and register for the September 9 workshop

Learn more and register for the September 16 workshop

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Grants Available from the RI Supreme Court Historical Society Fund

By Donna DiMichele | August 21, 2014

The Rhode Island Foundation is accepting applications for grants from the Rhode Island Supreme Court Historical Society Fund.

Grants from this fund may support 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 courts 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.

Applications are due September 5, 2014.  Learn how to apply.

You can also log onto the Foundation’s website at www.rifoundation.org  and follow links to Working Together / For Nonprofits / Grant Opportunities/ Grants for Specific Topics / Rhode Island Supreme Court Historical Society Fund.

Questions? Email or call Ricky Bogert  (401) 427-4011.  Feel free to forward this notice to other organizations that may benefit from the grant opportunity presented.

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