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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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IMLS Introduces Changes in National Leadership Grant Program

By Donna DiMichele | August 14, 2014

FY2015 National Leadership Grants for Libraries

IMLS seeks proposals that address new strategic priorities identified in nationally-webcast IMLS Focus meetings

This year, IMLS is adding an additional opportunity to apply for FY 2015 National Leadership Grants for Libraries: IMLS will be accepting applications in October and again in February.

Washington, DC—The Institute of Museum and Library Services announces the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the first round of FY 2015 National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG). The IMLS National Leadership Grants for Libraries program invests $12 million annually in projects that improve professional library and archive practice with implications far beyond the grantee institutions. The grants help drive innovation and support projects with national impact.

For the October deadline IMLS is implementing some changes that will allow the agency to address strategic issues identified in a series of IMLS Focus meetings that were held earlier this year. To make it possible for IMLS to provide feedback to potential applicants before they prepare full proposals, we will be accepting brief preliminary proposals on October 13, 2014 and inviting selected applicants to submit full proposals. Invited full proposals will be due on January 15, 2015.

Applicants interested in learning more may participate in our webinars on August 20, at 3:00 PM ET, and (repeated) on September 16, at 3:00 PM ET. For more information about the webinars, see the IMLS Webinar webpage.

Last spring, agency leadership traveled to New York, San Francisco and Chicago to convene IMLS Focus, a series of nationally webcasted meetings to explore library trends and opportunities. These interactive events spotlighted the importance of strong libraries to benefit all Americans by providing opportunities for lifelong learning, anchors for community engagement, and access to content. Hundreds of library professionals and representatives of library organizations participated in these meetings nationwide, online and in person, for a rich discussion that captured input to help IMLS focus its approach to supporting innovation in the nation’s libraries.

The October 13, 2014, deadline for NLG libraries will focus on the three strategic priorities that were explored in these meetings.

Press Release with timeline

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Library Financial Education Webinar

By karen | August 12, 2014

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is offering a series of free webinars to inform librarians on financial education topics. From time to time, they also invite experts from other government agencies and nonprofit organizations to speak on other key topics of interest, too.  OLIS and the RI Library Association are partnering with the CFPB on a statewide financial literacy campaign.

Up Next: Starting the conversation
August 20, 2 p.m.-3 p.m. EST
Some librarians may not feel comfortable talking about money. This webinar is intended to help make those conversations easier and provide some tips you can use when approached by patrons.

All webinars will be recorded and archived for later viewing.

Coming up – Tentative List


September – Setting money goals

October – Dealing with debt

November – Ways to save during tax time; EITC



July – Community Education Library Campaign Overview

If you would like to be notified of future webinars, email financialeducation@cfpb.gov; subject: Library financial education training


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ASCLA seeks online course and webinar proposals

By Donna DiMichele | August 5, 2014

The ALA Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies seeks proposals for online course and webinars

The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) seeks proposals for webinars through September 1, 2015.  ASCLA encourages subject matter experts and experienced librarians to submit proposals for webinars to be presented October 2014 through August 2015.

Deadlines: Proposals must be submitted by September 1, 2014 for presentation October 2014 through August 2015. Online courses and webinars submitted during this open call period will be reviewed and approved by September 15, 2015.

ASCLA welcomes proposals on topics that will assist its diverse membership in improved service delivery and job performance. ASCLA’s members represent libraries serving special populations, including library users with disabilities, and adults and youth who are incarcerated or detained; independent librarians and consultants; state library agencies and their employees, public libraries serving or working with the previously cited populations and institutions; and library networks and cooperatives. Staff of these libraries and agencies include librarians, library paraprofessionals, and library support staff.

The online learning proposal form can be accessed here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/asclaonlinecourse2015

Attendees are charged a fee to participate in the course and receive a certificate upon completion. The fee includes ongoing access to an archived version of the course. Instructors will be paid a one-time course/curriculum development fee of $1,000 to set up the course initially, and $40 per participant thereafter.

The webinar proposal form can be accessed here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/asclawebinar2015 .
Webinar presenters will be paid $150 for each webinar presented and will receive training and support for Adobe Connect, the webinar technology platform used by the division. Webinars are generally 1-1 ½ hours long.

Proposal topics for online learning and webinars may include, but are not limited to the following: ADA updates for libraries

Questions about submissions or about ASCLA’s online learning and webinar programs may be sent to Andrea Hill, ASCLA web manager and online learning liaison at ahill@ala.org.

More information about ASCLA http://www.ala.org/ascla/


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Tactile Models Exhibit in the Library

By ann | August 4, 2014

Blind persons were invited to touch tactile models in a Lithuania library exhibit. The library didn’t have a 3D scanner so volunteers used their own DSLR cameras to take pictures of celebrities in the library. The library then displayed 3D scan and 3D print faces of these famous celebrities and political leaders and 3D print models of historical landmarks and local buildings.  Read more about this at the 3D Printing Industry website.

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Publishing Opportunities for Librarians

By Donna DiMichele | August 4, 2014


McFarland Books is offering a publishing opportunities for librarians in the forthcoming anthology.

1.  Attracting, Retaining, and Maximizing Library Volunteers

Chapters sought from U.S. and Canadian practicing academic, public, school, special librarians sharing practical know-how how to make the most effective help from volunteers in tight economic times with staff cuts. Chapters are encouraged that could apply to more than one type of library-that is, be useful to public, school, special, LIS faculty, especially award winning volunteer efforts, case studies.

Possible topics: programming for different age groups; special events; training and continuing education; recognition reinforcement; policies and manuals; literacy outreach; recruitment and interviewing; scheduling; technology, and legal concerns.

Concise, how-to chapters using bullets, headings, based on experience to help colleagues; creativity and innovation are highly valued. No previously published, simultaneously submitted material; One, two, or three authors per chapter; if two chapters they are to be by the same author(s). Compensation: one complimentary copy per 3,000-4,000 word accepted submission no matter how many co-authors, discount on more copies.

Please e-mail 2-3 topics each described in 2-3 sentences by September 30, 2014 with brief biography sketch(s).

Please place VOLUNTEERS/your name, on the subject line: smallwood@tm.net

The editors are exploring for interest in a possible anthology by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers about librarians working to help patrons with financial literacy.

2. Possible title:  The Library’s Role in Supporting Financial Literacy for Patrons

Possible topics include:

If you can contribute a 3,000-4,000 word chapter, (with 1 or 2 co-authors or solo) please send 1-3 topics/short paragraph(s)/bio for each author of what you could contribute to: smallwood@tm.net by September 30, 2014 with FIN as Subject.

Complimentary copy per accepted chapter.

The editors are exploring for interest in a possible anthology by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers about librarians working with local historical and genealogical societies.

3. Possible title:  A Librarian’s Genealogical Guide to Outreach for Ethnic Populations

Possible topics include:

If you can contribute a 3,000-4,000 word chapter, (with 1 or 2 co-authors or solo) please send 1-3 topics/short paragraph(s)/bio for each author of what you could contribute to: smallwood@tm.net by September 30, 2014 with GEN as subject.

Complimentary copy per accepted chapter.

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Integrating Early Learning Activities with State Systems

By Donna DiMichele | July 29, 2014

BUILDing Partnerships for Supportive Communities: Expanding the Reach of Early Learning and Development Systems through Libraries and Museums

Join the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the BUILD Initiative for an informative webinar about the ways that libraries and museums can integrate early learning activities with ongoing state systems on August 4, 2:00 P.M. Eastern.

The early learning and development systems of many states are making exciting progress to meet the needs of young children and their families. Many of these efforts have not included museums and libraries within the core of early childhood systems work.

Date: Mon, Aug 4, 2014

Time: 2:00-3:30 p.m. EDT

For more information and to register
BUILD and IMLS will collaborate over the coming year to create deliberate connections between the efforts of museums and libraries and those of early childhood systems builders to support the growth and development of children from birth to age eight with an emphasis on children from birth to age five. The August 4 webinar is the third in a series of webinars to share information about the potential benefits of partnerships between early childhood leaders and museums and libraries.

Sherri Killins, BUILD’s Director of State System Alignment and Integration, will moderate and lead a conversation about the scope, roles, and functions of state early learning and development systems. She will be joined by Char Goodreau, QRIS Administrator for the Washington State Department of Early Learning, to discuss how state early childhood leaders can strengthen the work of museums and libraries in intentionally supporting the growth and development of young children with high needs and their families and caregivers.

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