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IMLS Grant Opportunities

By Donna DiMichele | December 5, 2014

On December 2, The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced two funding opportunities. Brief summaries about Sparks! Ignition Grants and National Leadership Grants follow. The IMLS is offering webinars to assist applicants with both programs.  More information about each program can be found by clicking on the links in the summaries.

Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications for Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries. The application deadline is February 2, 2015. Press Release

Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries are small grants that encourage libraries and archives to prototype and evaluate innovations that result in new tools, products, services, or organizational practices. They enable grantees to undertake activities that involve risk and require them to share project results–whether they succeed or fail–to provide valuable information to the library field and help improve the ways libraries serve their communities.

The funding range is from $10,000 to $25,000, and there are no matching requirements. Projects must begin on October 1, November 1, or December 1, 2015.

Program guidelines and more information about the funding opportunity.

Participate in a webinar to learn more about the program, ask questions, and listen to the questions and comments of other participants. The webinars are scheduled for Thursday, December 11, 2014, and Tuesday, January 6, 2015, both at 4 p.m. ET. Learn more

National Leadership Grants for Libraries: Second Round of Funding for FY 2015

Preliminary Proposals Will Be Accepted until the February 2, 2015 Deadline

IMLS announced the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the second round of FY 2015 National Leadership Grants for Libraries. The IMLS National Leadership Grants for Libraries program invests $12 million annually in projects that improve professional library and archive practice, drive innovation, and have a national impact. Press Release

This year, IMLS offered two opportunities to apply for FY 2015 National Leadership Grants for Libraries. This NOFO announces the February 2, 2015 deadline and is a call for two-page preliminary proposals. From the proposals, we will select applicants and invite them to submit full proposals in June. Applicants who were not invited to continue from the first round of funding are welcome to submit new preliminary proposals during this round.

Applications that address two project categories are encourages. They were identified in a series of IMLS Focus meetings held earlier this year:

IMLS staff members are available by phone and email to discuss general issues relating to the National Leadership Grants for Libraries program. We also invite you to participate in a webinar to learn more about the program, ask questions, and listen to the questions and comments of other participants.

The webinars for prospective applicants are scheduled for Thursday, December 11, 2014 and Tuesday, January 6, 2015, both at 3 p.m. Eastern. Learn more

See grant program guidelines for additional webinar details.


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Immigrant Outreach from Your Library

By Donna DiMichele | December 5, 2014

In the past year, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have collaborated to support library services to immigrants.

In an upcoming webinar, representatives from the USCIS Public Engagement Division and the Office of Citizenship will review the achievements of the USCIS and IMLS partnership in the past fiscal year. They will explore common inquiries immigrant library patrons may present, identify useful USCIS resources, and discuss ways in which libraries can engage with USCIS to become more active in immigrant outreach initiatives. Press release

Date and Time of webinar: Wednesday, December 17 at 2 p.m. ET.

REGISTER by December 16

For more information about the IMLS/USCIS collaborations and other IMLS initiatives to support service to immigrants, visit the IMLS website




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Local library gamers win worldwide title

By karen | November 19, 2014

Congratulations to the Providence Community Library and its Minecraft program, which provided the winning team in the International Games Day Minecraft Hunger Games.  Just last week PCL’s Ed Graves, manager of the Rochambeau Library, was talking about the value of gaming in libraries at OLIS’ Continuing Education program, Exploring the New Normal: Trends in Library Services.  Ed co-presented with Emily Brown from Cranston Public Library, which also has a popular Minecraft program.  Minecraft is the one of the most popular video games of all time, with millions of users worldwide.

The PCL team was the only RI team to enter the event.  Read about their success in today’s Providence Journal.

Update 12/5: Also read a more in-depth article about International Games Day and the Providence winners in School Library Journal.

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Letters About Literature 2015

By Donna DiMichele | November 12, 2014

Rhode Island students in grades 4 through 12 are invited to enter the Letters About Literature (LAL) National Contest sponsored by the Library of Congress and the Rhode Island center for the Book.  State winners receive a cash prize of $100 and advance to the national level judging.  National Winners (one national winner at each level) receive $1,000 cash award and one National Honor winner per level wins a $200 cash award.

The deadlines are:

·         December 15, 2014 for Level 3 (Grades 9 – 12);

·         January 15, 2015 for Levels 2 (grades 7 & 8) and Level 1 (Grades 4 -6)

To enter Letters About Literature, young readers write a personal letter to a favorite author, describing the impact of the author’s book on his or her life or explaining how that book helped them see an aspect of the world—large or small—through new eyes. Encouraging reader response and reflective writing, LAL builds two key aspects of literacy, reading and writing, on a personal and very meaningful level.

The Guidelines and Entry Form for teachers and librarians can downloaded from the Rhode Island Center for the Book web site.

Letters About Literature supports national standards for teaching language arts & reading as recommended by the National Council of Teachers of English and the International Reading Association. A Teachers’ Guide with lesson plans, sample letters and links to the Common Core State Standards  is also posted on the RI Center for the Book’s website http://ribook.org/. You may also access the information at the Library of Congress web site http://www.read.gov/letters/.

For more information about the contest and RI’s involvement, please call or email Louise Moulton (401-455-8134; lmoulton@provlib.org)  or Kate Lentz  at the RI Center for the Book (401-273-2250; kate@ribook.org ).

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Cultural Heritage Disaster Webinars

By Donna DiMichele | November 10, 2014

There is still time to register for Heritage Preservation’s webinar series! Be sure not to miss out on these free presentations, covering important emergency management programs offered at the state and federal level. Ample time is built into each 90-minute webinar for Q&A.

Mitigation and Mitigation Planning

Thursday, November 13, 2014
3:00 – 4:30 pm Eastern
Presenter: Scott Baldwin, Mitigation Specialist, Colorado Office of Emergency Management

Topics to be covered include:

Register for Mitigation and Mitigation PlanningMore information.

Disaster and Continuity Planning and Preparedness

Thursday, November 20, 2014
3:00 – 4:30 pm Eastern
Presenter: Kiran Dhanji, Section Administrator, Preparedness, Texas Division of Emergency Management

Topics to be covered include:

Register for Disaster and Continuity Planning and Preparedness. More information.

Federal Disaster Recovery Assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for Private, Nonprofit Organizations

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
3:00 – 4:30 pm Eastern
Presenter: Mark Randle, SBA Public Information Officer

Topics to be covered include:


Register for Federal Disaster Recovery Assistance from the U.S. SBA. More information.

Can’t attend?  The webinar will be recorded and you will be notified when it’s been posted to the State Heritage Emergency Partnership. You can then notify your colleagues of its availability as well.
Registration Fee : NONE! Thanks to funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the State Heritage Emergency Partnership Webinar Series is free. However, registration for each webinar is required for attendance.

Questions? Contact Katelin Lee, Emergency Programs Assistant, 202-233-0835 klee@heritagepreservation.org

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NN/LM, NER Funding Opportunities

By Donna DiMichele | November 6, 2014

National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region, Funding Opportunities

A Request for Proposals for funds covering the period of May 1, 2015-April 30, 2016 is posted at: http://nnlm.gov/ner/funding/. The number of awarded projects and amount of funding available is contingent upon NLM funding for NER’s FY2015/16 budget year. Please look over the information carefully and if you are thinking of a project or have an idea and want to discuss, contact Mary Piorun, PhD, Associate Director, NN/LM NER

IMPORTANT: Contact Mary Piorun by November 7, 2014 if you will be applying. Proposals are due November 21, 2014. piorun@umassmed.edu

There are three categories of funding:

Express Outreach Awards

Express Outreach is the broad category of awards for projects involving community outreach, professional development, and instructional design.

 Knowledge Management Projects

The primary purpose of the Knowledge Management Project funding is to stimulate innovations in biomedical knowledge management and information services at the health care institution or health system level. The intent of funding is to assist network members in the establishment of Healthcare Knowledge Service Centers within their healthcare institutions

Health Information Outreach Subcontract

The primary purpose of the Health Information Outreach Subcontract is to assist Network members and other health-related agencies in their efforts to provide information services and training to audiences not normally reached. Targeted health care workers and consumers should be engaged in one or more of the following:

In addition, Health Information Outreach Subcontracts are offered to:

Contact Mary Piorun if you have any questions.

Mary Piorun, PhD, Associate Director,
University of Massachusetts Medical School
P) 508/856-2223

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Blackstone Heritage Corridor Grant Program

By Donna DiMichele | November 6, 2014

Blackstone Heritage Corridor Grant Program

A new funding source is available for municipalities, nonprofit organizations and state agencies who work in the 24 cities and towns of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor.

Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc. announced a grant program to help others support its work in the region to: tell the story of American industrialization, preserve and enhance Valley communities, balance conservation and growth, and promote river recovery.

Municipal boards, commissions, or committees, schools, nonprofit organizations and state agencies are eligible to apply for the 2014 Partnership Grant Program.
Projects include but are not limited to preservation and restoration of historic structures and landscapes, trail and park development, education programs, exhibits, sustainable tourism projects, and projects that engage youth and minorities in awareness and stewardship of the National Heritage Corridor.

The grants will range from $5,000 to $30,000 per project and must be matched at least 1:1 by non-federal sources which may be cash or in-kind contributions.

The deadline is noon, November 17, 2014.

For details & application materials, visit www.blackstoneheritagecorridor.org

Applicants must complete a cover sheet and a one-page letter of intent and send it by email or regular mail to:

Charlene Cutler
Executive Director
Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc.
One Depot Square
Woonsocket, RI 02895
Email: c_cutler@blackstoneheritagecorridor.org


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Re-Envisioning Public Libraries

By karen | October 30, 2014

The Aspen Institute has just released Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries, the culmination of the year-long Dialogue on Public Libraries.  Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Dialogue brought together librarians, policymakers, technology experts and others to explore the evolving role of libraries in the 21st century.

The report identifies three key assets that libraries are built on: people, place and platform.  In addition, it identifies four strategies for success:

  1. Aligning library services in support of community goals
  2. Providing access to content in all formats
  3. Ensuring the long-term sustainability of public libraries
  4. Cultivating leadership

The report is presented to engage both the library community and those outside the library community in meaningful dialogue to “help advance the work that libraries are doing to address community challenges and to support the transformation of communities and their public libraries in the digital age.”  It includes case studies and action steps for various stakeholder groups.

The report is available online at the Aspen Institute’s Dialogue on Public Libraries website.  You can download the entire 80 page report at the bottom of the page, or read it section by section online.  If you only have time to read a small part, check out the brief Executive Summary.

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Call for papers: Accessibility and Libraries

By Donna DiMichele | October 21, 2014

Special Issue call for papers: Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities and the Inclusive Future of Libraries

Advances in Librarianship announces a call for papers for a special issue devoted to examining how libraries can be made more accessible for people with disabilities.

Academic, public, school, and special libraries all have patrons and staff members with disabilities, making equitable service a priority for these organizations designed to serve their entire communities.

Submission deadline: March 31, 2015.

This book, edited by Brian Wentz, Paul Jaeger, and John Bertot, will include essays devoted to the following themes:

Advances in Librarianship is a key resource for practitioners, researchers, students and faculty members seeking in-depth literature and solutions to current and emerging issues in the fields of library and information science and related fields.

Please direct inquiries and chapter ideas to Paul Jaeger. Read more about this special issue.

The notice was submitted by:
Sallie Gregson
Editorial Assistant | Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Tel: 01274 785217 Ext: #2217 Fax: +44 (0)1274 785244
E-mail: sgregson@emeraldinsight.com
www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com | www.emeraldinsight.com

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Ebola Resources for Libraries

By Donna DiMichele | October 10, 2014

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) have online resources to help you answer questions about Ebola, the outbreak, and related issues such as transportation-related concerns.

Follow the links below to access the resources.

NLM Information Resources for the 2014 Ebola Outbreak

NN/LM,New England Region Resources for the Ebola Outbreak

OLIS has a librarians’ list for health information, consumer health and Affordable Care Act resources, and NN/LM Updates. If you would like to subscribe to ACA-rilibs googlegroups.com, contact Donna DiMichele directly. Open to RI library staff only.

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