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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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Serving People with Dyslexia

By ann | July 23, 2014

For a library service project, Nancy Bolt  presented a paper on dyslexia as a hidden disability. Examples are given of public libraries who “intentionally” serve people with dyslexia. Also, in the paper Nancy talks about the issues in serving people with dyslexia and the national programs that focus on serving people with dyslexia. One of the national programs is the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS). Talking Books Plus library (TBP) at OLIS is the Rhode Island cooperating library of  NLS.

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Library Edge and book programs

By ann | July 23, 2014

Be on the Library Edge. If your library offers book discussion programs and you want your programs to be accessible to individuals in your community who are blind, visually limited and or cannot read regular print due to physcial conditions, then call Talking Books Plus (TBP) at 574-9310 or email tbplus.olis@olis.ri.gov for helpful tips and information. Someone at TBP will get back to you. TBP is open Mon-Fri 8:30 am to 4 pm. TBP offers solutions and support to public libraries and TBP Institutional members. Join TBP today to become an Institutional member.

Library Edge, offered by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, tool number 11 addresses issues related to accessibility by people who deal with viusal and physical challenges.

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Call for Nominations: 2015 National Medal for Library Service

By Donna DiMichele | July 23, 2014

Does your library have a commitment to excellence and serve its community new and innovative ways? Libraries of all types can apply for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Self-nominations are gladly accepted.

All types of nonprofit libraries and library organizations, including academic, research, archives, school, special, library associations, and library consortia, are eligible to receive this honor.

Nominations are due by October 15. More information

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Digital Preservation Education

By Donna DiMichele | July 18, 2014

Digital Preservation Education

How prepared is your library or archives to provide long-term, durable access to its mission-critical digital content? What skills and experience do staff need to address the digital preservation needs of their organization?

The Library of Congress Digital Preservation Outreach and Education (DPOE) Program is conducting a survey designed to capture the digital preservation continuing education, professional development, and training needs of your organization. The Library will in turn use this information to assist with the further development and/or refinement of its digital preservation educational programs and initiatives.  Any organization in the United States and territories engaged in the preservation of digital content is invited to complete the survey through close of business on Friday, August 15, 2014. Take the survey

The survey addresses basic questions about your organization, staff size and responsibilities, collection items, preferred training content and delivery options, and professional development planning. The results will remain confidential. To read more about the survey and the DPOE Program, read the following blog post from The Signal.

Contact information:
Barrie Howard
IT Project Manager
Library of Congress (LM 630)
101 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20540-1300

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Learning Never Takes a Break with OLIS’ Summer Reading Program

By admin | July 16, 2014

RI Education Commissioner Deborah Gist recently posted about the value of OLIS’ Summer Reading Program in the “Commissioner’s Corner” on the RI Department of Education website.  As librarians across the state know:

School might be on break until September, but learning never takes a vacation.  Your local library might just be the most exciting part of yours!

Check out the Commissioner’s Twitter feed, where she frequently promotes books and reading.  Also, during the summer she will will highlight one book from the summer reading list each week on her Facebook page.  The first mini-review is Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and it’s generating a number of comments

Thanks to the Commissioner for the shout-out!

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