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New England Genealogical Conference, Providence

By Donna DiMichele | March 4, 2015

Navigating the Past: Sailing into the Future

15-18 April 2015

The Rhode Island Convention Center

Download the Program Brochure

NERGC’s fifth Librarians’ and Teachers’ Day will be held on Wednesday, 15 April 2015 at the Providence Biltmore. See the schedule for more information.

Register online here for the conference, Librarians and Teachers Day, Technology Day and associated luncheons and banquets and an Explore Providence tour.

“Full Conference” Registration (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) is now $150.

Single day registration (Thursday or Friday or Saturday is now $100.

Tech Day (Wednesday) is now $60.

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Ethics and Privacy in Health Information

By Donna DiMichele | February 26, 2015

[February 25] WebJunction announced New Pathway for Understanding Ethics and Privacy in Health Information and Services http://bit.ly/1EuVA9e

Libraries connect people to the information they need to enrich and improve their lives. When it comes to helping patrons with their health information needs, library staff often have questions about how to maintain ethical standards and patron privacy. These issues are the subject of the second of three pathways, developed by the Health Happens in Libraries team to help library staff engage as key contributors to patron health goals and healthy communities. Access and share the Understanding Ethics and Privacy in Health Information and Services (PDF) pathway today, and learn about the following:

Two additional resources can also be helpful as you look to strengthen health information services:

 

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Simplifying Preservation Planning

By Donna DiMichele | February 26, 2015

Simplifying Preservation Planning Using Worksheets

Free Webinar: Learn how a small organization with limited funds and two staff members developed a successful strategy to meet its preservation and access needs!

Date/Time: March 5, 2015, 2-3:30 EST

This webinar will show you, in the context of a case study, how to make a long-range preservation plan using worksheets. See the steps the Hawaiian Historical Society took to identify and articulate their preservation and access needs, how they set priorities, and how they developed a long-range action plan for successfully addressing those needs. Finally, we will look at how the staff of two implemented their plan and what they have accomplished. There will be lots of handouts and practical suggestions to get you started using the worksheet method for better preservation planning in your own institutions.

Sign up (it’s free): http://www.connectingtocollections.org/simplifying-preservation-planning-using-worksheets/

Featured Speaker: Sherelyn Ogden is the book and paper conservator at the Minnesota Historical Society. In addition, she has a private consultation and treatment practice for the preservation of library and archival materials. Previously she held the positions of Director of Field Services at the Midwest Art Conservation Center and Director of Book Conservation at the Northeast Document Conservation Center. She has more than thirty-five years of experience in the field as a practicing conservator, consultant and teacher and has written and edited dozens of professional publications. She is the author of Preservation Planning: Guidelines for Writing a Long-Range Plan. Sherelyn holds a BA from Bucknell University and an MA from the Graduate Library School of the University of Chicago. She is a Fellow of both the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works and the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.

About the Hawaiian Historical Society: a small, non-profit membership organization founded in 1892 during the time of the Hawaiian Kingdom for the purpose of providing a library on the history of Hawai’i and Polynesia. Their primary goals are the preservation, care and access of their collections.

For more information contact:
Connecting to Collections Care
Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
1156 15th Street NW, Suite 320
Washington, DC  20005
C2CC@conservation-us.org

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Tobacco-Free Youth Mini-Grant

By Donna DiMichele | February 12, 2015

Tobacco-Free Youth Mini-Grant Opportunity

The United Way in partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Health’s Tobacco Control Program (RITCP) invites applications from not for profit youth based organizations/schools to participate in two coordinated statewide events that will boost awareness about tobacco use and tobacco free living among youth in RI.

Deadline: Monday February 23, 2015, 4PM

Submit to: Benvinda Santos, Benvinda.Santos@health.ri.gov

Awardees may be funded up to $1500 each.

RI organizations/schools with existing youth groups (ages 13-17) may apply for grants to assist in the planning and implementation of the 2nd Annual Kick Butts Day event – Zombie Walk scheduled March 18th and World No Tobacco Day (late May). Technical assistance, event coordination and messaging will be provided by the RITCP and Tobacco Free Rhode Island (TFRI) throughout the award period beginning approximately March 1st – June 30, 2015.

Organizations with an existing youth infrastructure are strongly encouraged to collaborate and apply.

More Information and Application

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Librarians’ and Teachers’ Day @ NERGC

By Donna DiMichele | February 10, 2015

2015 New England Regional Genealogical Consortium (NERGC) 13th Conference

“Navigating the Past: Sailing into the Future”

15-18 April 2015

Librarians’ and Teachers’ Day

NERGC’s fifth Librarians’ and Teachers’ Day will be held on Wednesday, 15 April 2015 at the Providence Biltmore. The day will be devoted to showing attendees how genealogy can enhance curricula, attract new patrons, and highlight collections. Librarians’ and Teachers’ Day provides the opportunity for professionals to learn how genealogy can serve them in their dual roles as curators of their unique collections and as ambassadors of genealogy resources for their schools and libraries. All librarians and teachers who work with family history patrons or genealogy-related research materials will benefit from this special event. The cost is $40.00 per person and includes lunch

For more information: http://nergc.org/Librarians-and-Teachers-Day.html

Note: the Conference HQ is at the Rhode Island Convention Center but Librarians’ and Teachers’ Day will be held at the Providence Biltmore.

 

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United Way 2-1-1 Helps Everyone

By admin | February 9, 2015

Wednesday, February 11 is 2-1-1 Day, and United Way 2-1-1 will be celebrated at the State House.  Check out the article in the February 8 Providence Journal spotlighting the great work United Way 2-1-1 does to help Rhode Islanders get the information they need, when they need it, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  2-1-1 is a great resource to help people deal with a problem or crisis, or explore options.  If you need information to promote 2-1-1 in your library, check out the 2-1-1 Toolkit.

The Office of Library and Information Services is a proud supporter of United Way 2-1-1 and has served on the Advisory Committee since 2-1-1 launched in Rhode Island. United Way 2-1-1 Program Director Cristina Amedeo is a member of the Library Board of Rhode Island.

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2 Grant Opportunities

By Donna DiMichele | February 9, 2015

[Feb. 6] The Rhode Island Foundation announced that applications are now being accepted for the Joseph O’Neill Ott Fund and the Rhode Island Supreme Court Historical Society Fund. If applicable, you may apply for funding from both funds.

The Joseph O’Neill Ott Fund supports the preservation of historical manuscripts, documents and municipal records dating from the 19th century and earlier form the smaller cities and towns in Rhode Island. Grants generally range from $250-$600 and support direct conservation efforts for paper-based documents, photographs, and other two-dimensional historical evidence (excluding artwork). This can include restoration, preservation, or to defray the costs associated with the acquisition of documents. Proposals that demonstrate concern about long-term storage issues or have planned document storage will be looked upon most favorably. All historical and preservation societies from the smaller cities and towns of Rhode Island are eligible to apply.

The Rhode Island Supreme Court Historical Society Fund supports 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 court 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.

The deadline to apply is March 13, 2015.

Please click here to apply for the Joseph O’Neill Ott Fund and here for the Rhode Island Supreme Court Historical Society Fund. If applicable, you may apply for funding from both funds.

Apply for the Joseph O’Neill Ott Fund

Apply for the Rhode Island Supreme Court Historical Society Fund

Questions? Contact Ricky Bogert, RI Foundation Donor Services Administrator, at 401-427-4011 or rbogert@rifoundation.org

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Webinar for Public Librarians on Human Trafficking Prevention

By Donna DiMichele | February 9, 2015

Webinar Title: Human Trafficking Prevention 101: An Overview for Public Libraries

Date and Time: Monday, February 23, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EDT

As part of their partnership to provide resources for public librarians, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will present a webinar on Human Trafficking Prevention and the Blue Campaign on February 23. Representatives from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Blue Campaign and USCIS will discuss the resources and tools available to help combat human trafficking that librarians can help distribute in their communities.

Press Release/Complete Announcement

Register for Webinar (by 2/20/15)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Institute of Museum and Library Services

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Health Literacy Toolkit

By Donna DiMichele | February 5, 2015

Toolkit: Health Literacy and Health Insurance Literacy

A new Alliance for Health Reform Toolkit, “Health Literacy and Health Insurance Literacy: Do Consumers Know What they are Buying?” addresses the extent and significance of both health literacy and health insurance literacy for Americans buying and using health insurance.

The Toolkit includes:

Alliance for Health Reform
For information on how to get and use a toolkit, see the announcement on National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region Website http://1.usa.gov/16ltQWy

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Celebrate the Americans with Disabilities Act Anniversary

By Donna DiMichele | February 3, 2015

Throughout the 2015 and on the ADA Anniversary – July 26, celebrate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in your libraries and communities. “While much progress has been made, much remains to be done.”

Need some ideas about how you can celebrate? Check out the “Explore the ADA Anniversary Tool Kit” which has videos, resources, training, news, publications and a list of events. You can add your events to the calendar.

Access to all these resources and more is on http://www.adaanniversary.org/

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