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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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Updates from NM/LN – NER and MLA

By Donna DiMichele | October 6, 2014

National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region and Medical Library Association 2014 Update

NN/LM NER  offers many services to libraries in New England, including grants and training. Log onto this webinar if you want to learn more and the latest.

Webinar: Thursday, October 9, 2014  10 AM – 11:15 AM ET

The webinar includes updates from the National Library of Medicine and the Medical Library Association.


Please register online.

For more information, contact
Michelle Eberle, MSLIS, AHIP
Health Literacy and Community Engagement Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region
(508) 856-2435 | (800) 338-7657

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AS220 Hosts Mini Maker Faire

By admin | September 29, 2014

The 6th annual Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire is happening on Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 11am to 6pm at multiple locations in downtown Providence. Sponsored by AS220 and Revolution x Design, the Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire is a celebration of New Englanders’ do-it-yourself ingenuity and innovation.

Maker Faire is billed as the “Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth” — a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.  At the Faire, people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.  It features hands-on making, building and hacking, crafting, garage technology, arts and creativity for sale, and robots. AS220 is creating a community of builders, inventors, and designers in Rhode Island, so let’s add libraries to the mix!

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iBill Currency Reader Requests

By ann | September 29, 2014

The iBill Currency Reader is a federal program. If a public librarian gets an inquiry about the iBill Currency Reader, here is some information about who is eligible and what to do.

Current National Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) patrons in Rhode Island requesting a currency reader may sign up through Talking Books Plus (TBP) by calling (401) 574-9310. TBP members are NLS patrons residing in Rhode Island.

If a person residing in Rhode Island is not a TBP member and is eligible for the service, he/she should complete an application for TBP membership. After validation of the application, the new member may request to be put on the waiting list for the iBill currency reader. If an individual is not eligible for TBP/NLS service, he /she should call the BEP (Bureau of Engraving and Printing) US Currency Reader Program Customer Support Center at (844) 815-9388 or the Library of Congress iBill Project Coordinator, Charles Rogan at (202) 707-9297.

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Sen. Reed Visits Providence Public Library

By admin | September 19, 2014

Senator Jack Reed visited the Providence Public Library on Sept. 19 to learn more about several IMLS funded grants at PPL.  In April, OLIS awarded a LORI grant to the RI Family Literacy Initiative for Computer Literacy for Non-Native English Speaking Adults.  PPL is also in the midst of its ALLACCESS project, funded by an IMLS grant.  ALLACCESS (Adult Lifelong Learning Access), a partnership with Cranston Public Library and TechACCESS of RI, seeks to improve the literacy and workforce skills of adult library patrons.

Read about the visit on the Senator’s website.

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URI GSLIS Receives Grant for Media Smart Libraries

By admin | September 19, 2014

Senator Jack Reed announced the award of a $475,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Library and Information Studies.  The award, a National Leadership Grant, will support the Media Smart Libraries project lead by Professor Renee Hobbs, director of the Media Education Lab at URI’s Harrington School of Communication and Media.  The Office of Library and Information Services and the Providence Children’s Film Festival will partner with URI GSLIS on the project.

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Webinar on financial literacy, Sept. 23

By admin | September 11, 2014

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is offering the following webinar as part of their ongoing series to assist librarians in meeting the financial needs of patrons.  To receive notifications of upcoming webinars, email the CFPB.

Setting Money Goals

Sometimes, if you’re offering programs on money topics, patrons may come to you with questions about setting money goals. In this webinar, we will start to dig in to the basics of money management. The goal of this webinar will be to introduce you to financial goals and how you can show patrons to create effective money goals.

Goals are the first step in reaching important money milestones. Fuzzy goals could lead to procrastination or feeling overwhelmed. But sharp, well-defined goals could help people clearly see how much they need to save every week or month to hit their target.

Join us on September 23 from 2:30 pm – 3:30 EDT.

1) To join the webinar, please click on the following link at the time of the webinar:


If that link does not work, you can also access the webinar by clicking https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join/ and enter the following information:

Conference number: PW8729932

Audience passcode: LIBRARY

2) Phone: 888-947-8930

Participant passcode: LIBRARY

Visit the CFPB website to get free copies of CFPB consumer brochures.

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