By Donna DiMichele | June 24, 2014
[June 2014] The Institute of Museum and Library Services released its Public Libraries in the United States Survey report, an in-depth examination of Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 survey data with important findings about the state of public library service in the U.S.
By Donna DiMichele | June 24, 2014
To celebrate America’s students and entrepreneurs who are inventing the future with these new technologies and techniques, the President hosted the first-ever White House Maker Faire on June 18, 2014. The event featured Makers, innovators, and entrepreneurs of all ages who are using cutting-edge tools to bring their ideas to life. Read more and watch videos of participants. You can also visit a map with briefs about all the participants andthose who did not participate but were noted for their innovative projects.
By Donna DiMichele | June 19, 2014
Happy 75th anniversary of the Library Bill of Rights!
Today we are pleased to commemorate the 75th anniversary of ALA’s adoption of the Library Bill of Rights on June 19, 1939 at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. The document – which is the basis for the work of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom – was created in the wake of several incidents of banning The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck in the late 1930s. It also was inspired by the rising tide of totalitarianism around the world.
The first iteration of the Library Bill of Rights was a statement by the head of the Des Moines, Iowa, Public Library, Forrest Spaulding. It was adopted as policy by that library on November 21, 1938. Much of the wording remained the same for ALA’s version, although it was more universal.
Since its initial adoption, the Library Bill of Rights has been amended four times. There are also over 20 official interpretations on issues ranging from Meeting Rooms to Labeling and Ratings Systems. Many of these interpretations have Q&As associated with them to assist library boards and administrators adapt the policies to their specific circumstances.
To honor the Library Bill of Rights, take some time to read it and consider its meaning and relevance lo these many decades later. And if you’re on social media, share this post!
By Donna DiMichele | June 16, 2014
Webinar: Communicating the Library’s Value to Enrich and Engage
Wednesday July 2, 2014
1pm – 2pm (EST)
Register at http://tinyurl.com/p3nxmq9
Communicating the value provided by a library’s staff, services and resources is key not only to ensuring understanding of what the library has to offer, but also to identifying and cultivating champions. Members of the Eccles Health Sciences Library at the University of Utah will discuss steps they are taking to identify the value provided by the organization, build programming and resources to support this value, and communicate it to users. Proposed strategies are scalable to a variety of needs and situations. Participants will have the opportunity to make additional suggestions, and identify practical ways to adapt proposed strategies to their institutions.
- Erin Wimmer, Teaching & Learning Librarian
- Jeanne Le Ber, Associate Director for Education & Research
- Tallie Casucci, Innovation and Research Associate
By alicia | June 11, 2014
PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence Community Library (PCL) will host a “Meet the Candidates” forum at Wanskuck Library on Thursday, June 12. Candidates for Mayor of Providence will respond to questions about neighborhood issues and the audience will have an opportunity to tell candidates what they think about schools, libraries, safety, jobs and many other issues of concern to their communities.
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By ann | May 14, 2014
There’s a book that was posted on the LBPH listserv. The Librarian posting says the kids in this story have differing vision issues. This book is called, All Children Have Different Eyes: Learn to Play and Make Friends by Edie A. Glaster and Maria Burgio. . It is a book for parents, teachers, children with visual impairment and their classmates. Amazon gives it a 5 star review.
By ann | May 8, 2014
From the MUSEUM of the AMERICAN PRINTING HOUSE for the BLIND is a list of Books About Blindnes for Children and Young People. Also, The Pirate of Kindergarten by George Ella Lyon is another book that speaks to understanding differences among people with vision issues.
These books come as suggestions from Librarians who subscribe to LBPH, the Libraries for the Blind and Physically Handicapped listserv.
By Donna DiMichele | May 7, 2014
E-Verify: Employment Eligibility Verification Webinar for Public Librarians (3rd in series)
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will offer the third in a series of free webinars for public librarians about immigration and U.S. citizenship topics.
The USCIS-IMLS webinar, “E-Verify: Employment Eligibility Verification Resources for Employers, Workers and Job Seekers,” will explore E-Verify, the federal government’s no-cost web-based service that enables employers to verify new hires’ employment eligibility. The presentation will also include an overview of Form I-9, the Employee Rights Toolkit, Self Check, and other USCIS resources. Familiarity with these resources can be vital for public librarians to assist library customers with employment eligibility verification information.
It is not necessary to have participated in previous USCIS-IMLS webinars to participate in this session.
Date: Monday, June 2, 2014
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST.
Register by May 26. Follow this link USCIS Public Engagement Division email alert service and enter your email address. Once you have entered your email, click on the “Subscriber Preferences” tab and then select “Event Registration.” Please provide the additional requested information to complete your registration. You will receive the URL for the webinar and the conference phone line information from USCIS a few days after you register.
This 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. To find out more about the partnership and the webinar series, visit the Serving New Americans page of the IMLS website.
About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums.
About U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States.
By Donna DiMichele | May 7, 2014
Health Happens in Libraries: Technology Planning for eHealth
WebJunction is offering a new webinar for public librarians who assist patrons with health information. In this “Health Happens in Libraries” webinar, learn how public libraries can leverage their technology infrastructure to better serve the health information needs of patrons.
As the intersection of digital technology and individual health management grows, patrons will turn to libraries to access digital resources and learn how to put technology to work for their health. A recent IMLS study showed that an estimated 37 percent of library computer users (28 million people) explore health and wellness issues, including learning about medical conditions, finding health care providers, and assessing health insurance options. Join the Health Happens in Libraries team to learn how public libraries can leverage their technology infrastructure to better serve the health information needs of patrons. Participants will learn best practices and resources for eHealth technology planning for libraries of all sizes. Participants will also be introduced to strategies for communicating with community partners about their technology resources, and identifying ways to build eHealth services through collaboration.
Date: May 28, 2014
Start time: 2:00 Eastern / 11:00 Pacific
By Donna DiMichele | May 1, 2014
Today is MayDay. For some that means a traditional New England May Breakfast and for others it’s International Workers Day. For librarians, archivists and other cultural heritage stewards it’s also the day they pledge “do just one thing” for preservation in their library or archive.
Protecting the Past – RI promoted MayDay by creating and distributing bookmarks with suggestions for MayDay actions. But those suggestions are useful year round.
Heritage Preservation, a national leader in cultural heritage preservation, encourages libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, and preservation organizations to set aside May 1 to participate in MayDay. From April 1 through May 31, Heritage Preservation will offer its award-winning Field Guide to Emergency Response and Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel at special MayDay prices. The ERS: Emergency Response and Salvage app remains free of charge for Apple, Android, and BlackBerry devices.
What’s your “one thing” for preservation?
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