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Online (free!) conference for YA/Teen Librarians

By Donna DiMichele | July 29, 2016

School Library Journal is offering SLJteenLIVE! on August 10. This virtual conference is an online conference highlighting the upcoming YA books and important issues impacting YA/teen materials and programming. Presenters include authors and innovative librarians in an engaging conversational format, including live Q&A with the audience.

Learn more about the conference schedule, speakers and the virtual exhibit hall through the conference web page.

Registration includes access to the conference archive.

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New Digital Archive “Colonial Justice”

By Donna DiMichele | June 29, 2016

“Colonial Justice” Digital Archive of 1729-1812 R.I. Court Records

The Rhode Island Historical Society (RIHS) has launched the digital archive “Colonial Justice: Preserving and Digitizing Early Rhode Island Court Records.” These specific collections were selected by RIHS curators for digitization based on their rarity, as well as their unique documentation of the colonial justice system in Rhode Island. Rhode Island has a rich judicial history, which is now visually – and immediately – accessible to students, researchers, and scholars anywhere in the world.

From a single online location, users can now access selected 1729-1812 records from the courts of Providence County, Kent County, and what was known as Kings County (now Washington County). The online archive is free and open to the public.

The earliest documents are those from 1729-1741 for the Providence County Justice Court at Warwick and those from 1730-1739 for the Kings County Court Records. The latest documents are the Providence County Justice Court Dockets from 1809 to 1812.

 The digital archive is located at: http://www.rihs.org/connect/online-exhibits/colonial-justice-gallery/.

All images are also linked to digital catalog records for easy navigation in the RIHS’s online catalog, NETOP.The project was made possible through a grant from the Rhode Island Supreme Court Historical Society Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation.

About the Rhode Island Historical Society
Founded in 1822, the RIHS is the fourth-oldest historical society in the United States and is Rhode Island’s largest and oldest historical organization, as well as its only Smithsonian Affiliate. In Providence, the RIHS owns and operates the John Brown House Museum, a designated National Historic Landmark, built in 1788; the Aldrich House, built in 1822 and used for administration and public programs; and the Mary Elizabeth Robinson Research Center, where archival, book and image collections are housed. In Woonsocket, the RIHS manages the Museum of Work and Culture, a community museum examining the industrial history of northern Rhode Island and of the workers and settlers, especially French-Canadians, who made it one of the state’s most distinctive areas.

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NELA Advocacy Summit, July 19

By Donna DiMichele | June 28, 2016

The New England Library Association (NELA) is sponsoring an Advocacy Summit on Tuesday, July 19th at Tower Hill Botanical Gardens in Boylston, MA.  This is the first time NELA has embarked on this type of event and it encourages participation from all six New England states.

Opening Keynote: Jeremy Johannesen, Executive Director, New York Library Association.  Jeremy spoke to the Chapter Leaders at ALA Midwinter in Boston this year on the topic of advocacy.

Closing Keynote: Marci Merola, Director, Office for Library Advocacy at ALA.  This year, ALA President, Sari Feldman launched a campaign, Libraries Transform along with adopting a resolution to support the 2015 Advocacy Implementation Plan.  Marci will share more about these two initiatives.

Throughout the day there will be opportunities for attendees, whether new to the advocacy world, or an experienced library advocate, to learn, share and network.

Registration is required.  Fee: $40.00

NELA’s mission is to initiate, plan and support regional activities and to encourage the exchange of ideas.  NELA wants participants to leave inspired and motivated to take action whether on the local, state or national level!

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Library of Congress Literacy Awards – RI

By Donna DiMichele | June 28, 2016

Call for Nominations

With the generous support of David Rubenstein, the Library of Congress has asked Rhode Island Center for the Book at Rhode Island Council for the Humanities to administer a state literacy awards program.

Our awards program will recognize literacy projects that deliver impact through partnership with the Rhode Island library community.

Libraries in Rhode Island are invited to make nominations for this award. The Advisory Board of Rhode Island Center for the Book will read the nominations and name an award winner. The award will be presented at the Rhode Island Center for the Book Advisory Board meeting in October. The award will be accompanied by a check for $500.00 to support the work of the literacy project.

Nominating a Rhode Island Literacy Program

For more information about the partners:
RI Center for the Book at the RI Council for the Humanities

The Office of Library and Information services is proud to be a partner and sponsor

of the RI Center for the Book at RICH.

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Rhode Tour App in Spanish

By Donna DiMichele | June 20, 2016

Latinos in Rhode Island Bilingual Rhode Tour

Read, see and hear about storied places, economic tales, and religious communities that have helped Latinos make Providence and Rhode Island their home using the new Latinos in Rhode Island Bilingual Rhode Tour. The project was funded as a product of the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant from the American Library Association and National Endowment for the Humanities.

Rhode Tour is an app and website that puts Rhode Island stories on the map. Linked to particular locations, Rhode Tour uses stories, oral histories, images, and movies to reveal history behind the place. Rhode Tour is a joint initiative of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, Brown University’s John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, and the Rhode Island Historical Society. This tour was made in partnership with Rhode Island Latino Arts.

Download the FREE Rhode Tour app from the App Store or Google Play or visit RhodeTour.org and click on the Latinos in Rhode Island tour.

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Grants for RI Libraries in Historic Buildings

By Donna DiMichele | June 7, 2016

Libraries in historic buildings may be eligible for a State Preservation Grant from the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission. The Commission is accepting applications for the 2016 round of grants. A Letter of Intent (strongly encouraged) is due on July 1, 2016, and Applications are due on Friday, August 19, 2016. You can download copies of the application (multiple documents) from the Commission’s website.

Approximately $1.5 million in matching grants is available for capital preservation projects at libraries, museums, cultural art centers, and public historic sites located in historic buildings. A Letter of Intent (strongly encouraged) is due on July 1, 2016, and applications are due on Friday, August 19, 2016.

RIHPHC will hold three grant workshops:
1. Wednesday, June 29 at 2pm at the Old State House, 150 Benefit St. Providence
2. Thursday, June 30 at 10am at the offices of The Preservation Society of Newport County, 424 Bellevue Ave., Newport
3. Friday, July 1 at 10am at Harris Mill, 618 Main St, Coventry

For more information, please contact Sarah Zurier at (401)222-4142.

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LBRI Member Awarded Golden Apple

By Donna DiMichele | June 7, 2016

Phyllis Humphrey, Library Media Specialist at Cole Middle School in East Greenwich, was presented with the Golden Apple award by NBC10, the RI Department of Education and Hasbro. Phyllis was appointed by the Governor to the Library Board of Rhode Island (LBRI) in 2008 to represent school libraries. She is also a member of the School Librarians of Rhode Island.

The award is given to outstanding educators who are nominated by their peers, students or others. Commissioner of Education Ken Wagner presented the award on June 2 in the library with an audience of students and teachers. A video of the presentation and and a short interview with  Phyllis is online.

Congratulations Phyllis!

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“America’s Public Libraries: Evolving and Thriving”

By Donna DiMichele | May 19, 2016

The current issue of Library of Congress Magazine looks at the evolving role of public libraries in America. You can download a PFD of the magazine from the Library of Congress website.

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Hurricane Preparedness Week May 15-21

By Donna DiMichele | May 16, 2016

The Federal Emergency Management agency (FEMA) and the RI Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) have both declared that it’s hurricane season and are promoting hurricane preparedness. May 15 – 21 is Hurricane Preparedness Week.

Now it the right time to update your disaster plan and make sure its current to meet present circumstances. (Really check it . . . you may not realize there are updates needed.)

If you don’t have a disaster plan, create one using the Disaster Planning Tools on the OLIS Disaster and Preservation Planning web page.

RIEMA is posting hurricane preparedness tips on Twitter all week @RhodeIslandEMA #HurricanPrep

The two announcements below are copied from a FEMA online newsletter.

Hurricane Preparedness Week

Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 15-21. If you live, work, or visit an area that’s prone to hurricanes, take this time to prepare for the storm.

To help you with your preparations, view the new America’s PrepareAthon! animation on hurricane preparedness entitled, “When the Waves Swell.”

The video includes a few hurricane preparedness actions to take such as:

·         Board windows to protect your home;

·         Secure loose objects outside so they don’t blow away; and

·         Download the FEMA mobile application which provides weather alerts for up to five locations.

You can also read the America’s PrepareAthon! How to Prepare for a Hurricane guide to get more information on what to do before, during, and after a hurricane.

Webinar: Protect Your Business This Hurricane Season (note: Most of the recommendations apply to libraries which operate in ways similar to small businesses.)

Title: Protect Your Business This Hurricane Season
Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Time: 2:00 – 2:30 p.m. EDT
Registration: http://tinyurl.com/zlycf2u

Join the Small Business Administration and PrepareMyBusiness co-sponsor Agility Recovery, as they share lessons learned and the best methods to prepare your organization for the upcoming Hurricane season.

The start of the 2016 season is only days away so the time for preparation is now. Your organization is more than just a place of business to your customers, employees and stakeholders. Your organization is a key aspect of their lives, and one that must be protected. If your organization is affected by a storm, how well will you be prepared to serve those who depend on you in their time of need?  Topics covered will include: Preparing Employees; Practical Steps to Organize and Prepare Your Business; and Simple Tools and Takeaways Any Organization Can Use Today.

The SBA partners with Agility to offer business continuity strategies through its “PrepareMyBusiness” website. Visit www.preparemybusiness.org to access previous webinars and for additional preparedness tips.

The FEMA Private Sector Division partners with SBA and Agility Recovery to make the monthly “Prepare My Business” webinars available to our e-bulletin subscribers. This information does not represent an endorsement by FEMA of any commercial or private sector issues, products, or services.

To contact the FEMA Private Sector Division, email FEMA-Private-Sector@FEMA.dhs.gov.

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Providence Public Library Receives Grant from IMLS

By Donna DiMichele | May 9, 2016

Providence Public Library has received a three-year $530,000 federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant to create a high impact workforce development program model to serve 600+ local teens.

Planning is started through the Library’s Education Department with teen programs slated to begin in the fall of 2016.  The Learning in Libraries project will support teens with free, accessible, high-quality competency-based learning opportunities, leading to digital credentials, academic credit, exposure to the world of work, and entry into education and career pathways.  The four goals of the project are to:

Karisa Tashjian, Director of Education and Shannon Lake, Teen Educator/Librarian, will be leading the project.

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