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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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President Obama’s Budget Increases Library Funding

By alicia | February 3, 2015

February 2, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C.—President Barack Obama today transmitted to Congress the Obama Administration’s nearly $4 trillion budget request to fund the federal government for fiscal year 2016, which starts October 1, 2015. The President’s budget reflected many of the ideas and proposals outlined in his January 20th State of the Union speech.

Highlights for the library community include $186.5 million in assistance to libraries through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). This important program provides funding to states through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

In response, American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young issued the following statement:

“We applaud the President for recognizing the tremendous contributions libraries make to our communities. The American Library Association appreciates the importance of federal support for library services around the country, and we look forward to working with the Congress as they draft a budget for the nation.

“The biggest news for the library community is the announcement of $8.8 million funding for a national digital platform for library and museum services, which will give more Americans free and electronic access to the resources of libraries, archives, and museums by promoting the use of technology to expand access to the holdings of museums, libraries, and archives. Funding for this new program will be funded through the IMLS National Leadership Grant programs for Libraries ($5.3 million) and Museums ($3.5 million).

“With the appropriations process beginning, we look forward to working for continued support of key programs, including early childhood learning, digital literacy, and the Library Services and Technology Act.”

About the American Library Association

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 55,000 members in academic, public, school, government, and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

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Join Us for the COLA Annual Meeting

By alicia | January 23, 2015

Tuesday, February 10th, 5 – 7 pm in the Governor’s Room at the RI Statehouse

Light refreshments will be served.
Free and Open to the Public.

Guest Speaker: Brian C. Jones of The Library Report

The COLA Sweetheart of the Year Awards recipient this year is Bob Aspri

Read more…

The Coalition of Library Advocates (COLA) is a grass-roots library support group that seeks to improve the quality of life for Rhode Islanders by supporting libraries of all kinds. Through advocacy, education, and public awareness activities, COLA works to help improve library services throughout the state.

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Host an NLM exhibit @ Your Library

By Donna DiMichele | January 22, 2015

National Library of Medicine (NLM) History of Medicine Traveling Exhibits

Did you know that your library can host a National Library of Medicine History of Medicine Traveling Exhibit?

Available NLM exhibits include:

Learn more about the Exhibition Program

Want to learn more about how the program works? Review Frequently Asked Questions about the NLM Traveling Exhibition Services.

If you don’t see your question here, send an email to NLM an e-mail at

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Library Financial Education Webinar Series

By Donna DiMichele | January 16, 2015

Library Financial Education Webinar Series: Learn how to more effectively discuss financial education topics with library patrons

Tune in to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) monthly webinar series intended to instruct library staff on how to discuss financial education topics with their patrons. From time to time, the CFPB will also invite experts from other government agencies and nonprofit organizations to speak on other key topics of interest, too, so watch for updates.

Understanding credit reports and scores

January 29, from 2:30 pm – 3:30 EDT
(Please note date change. It changed from January 20 to January 29)

What’s the difference between your credit report and your credit score? How are scores used, and what makes them go up or down? Find out as we explain how past credit habits can affect your ability to get loans and lower interest rates in the future.

To join the webinar

Click on the following link at the time of the webinar: https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join.php?i=PW1172198&p=LIBRARY&t=c

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:

All webinars will be recorded and archived for later viewing.

If you would like to be notified of future webinars, or ask about in-person trainings for large groups of librarians, email financialeducation@cfpb.gov; in the subject line: Library financial education training.

For more information, contact:

Dubis Correal
Office of Financial Education
Division of Consumer Education and Engagement
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Tel:  202 435 7937


Visit http://promotions.usa.gov/cfpbpubs.html to get free copies of CFPB consumer brochures


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ALA Task Force Seeks Input (non-members included)

By Donna DiMichele | January 15, 2015

ALA Task Force Seeks Input on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion was created in the spring of 2014 by then ALA President, Barbara Stripling.  The Task Force is currently in the information-gathering phase.  To aid with information gathering, it has launched a series of short surveys to be conducted at times to coincide with the ALA Midwinter Meetings and Annual Conferences through 2016.  These surveys are designed to help understand the culture of the association, the profession, and our communities with respect to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

“Embracing and celebrating diversity, and creating a more inclusive profession have been long-standing goals of the American Library Association.  With your help, we hope to ensure these values are upheld,” said Task Force co-chairs Trevor A. Dawes and Martin L. Garnar.

The survey can be accessed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/tfedi1web and responses will be collected through February 16, 2015. ALA members and nonmembers are encouraged to participate.

The first survey presents the Task Force created definitions of equity, diversity, and inclusion and asks individuals to consider ALA’s current alignment to those definitions.   The final, analyzed results of the survey will be reported on by April 2015 via the Task Force’s ALA Connect community and distributed through various ALA channels.

Please take a few minutes to answer the survey which should take no more than 7 minutes to complete.

The ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion’s charge is to develop a plan and strategic actions to build more equity, diversity, and inclusion among our members, the field of librarianship, and our communities.  The most important Task Force outcome is the public and honest conversation generated by its plan and recommended actions.  The final Task Force report will include recommendations for ensuring that a continuing focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion is embedded throughout the ALA organization.

Questions about the survey can be sent to the Task Force at diversity@ala.org.

Should technical issues with the survey arise, please contact the ALA Office for Diversity at diversity@ala.org or 800-545-2433 ext. 5048.

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OLIS Mourns Loss of Joe McGovern

By karen | January 10, 2015

OLIS is saddened to hear of the untimely passing of Joe McGovern, OLIS’ long time Supervisor of Media Services.  Joe worked for the Department of State Library Services and OLIS for over 30 years, retiring in 2008, and was well-known throughout the library community for his easy going style and wealth of knowledge, along with his photographic talents.  He was also the long-time producer of Library TV (L-TV), a joint venture of OLIS and the RI Library Association.  Outside of OLIS, Joe was a well known surfer and surf photographer for a number of magazines.

Read more about Joe in the Providence Journal and see a gallery of his outstanding surf photography on Eastern Surf.

OLIS extends its deepest sympathy to the McGovern family.

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Project Management 101: Planning Your Project

By Donna DiMichele | January 9, 2015

Project Management 101: Planning Your Project

A FREE, two-part webinar

February 5 and 19, 2015 (1 hour each afternoon)

11 am PST / 2 pm EST

Produced by the Coalition to Advance Learning in Archives, Libraries, and Museums

Join your colleagues from archives, libraries and museums for a two-part, interactive learning webinar that will introduce the fundamentals of project management: planning a project.

All of our fields struggle with unstable budgets and dynamic technology, so learning to think and act in terms of projects is critical – it can be the difference between turning an idea into a successful, resourced initiative or not. Led by representatives from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the webinars will focus on the key elements of a project plan: the idea, the audiences, funding options, a work plan, an evaluation, and more. They will also discuss how to critically examine your project ideas, asking: Is it fundable? Valuable? Sustainable? And if not, what could you do differently?

While learning these fundamentals, you will also benefit from the insights and experiences shared by your fellow participants from across archives, library, and museum institutions.

February 5 Key Elements of a Project Plan (1 hour)

This session will describe how careful planning leads to more successful projects.. We will cover how to develop an idea, define your audience, look at funding options, do an environmental scan, assess your resource capacity and needs, and develop a project scope and schedule for implementation. Attendees will be invited to use the two weeks between webinars to outline a project idea based on these key principles. Submitted project plans will be reviewed by webinar moderators with individual feedback provided for each submission.

February 19 Evaluating Your Project Plan (1 hour)

In this highly interactive second session, we will use sample project ideas and case studies to look at how we can assess the strength of a project plan before it is implemented. We will also discuss other project management resources and where to learn more about the topic.

How Will I Benefit?

After participating in this two-part webinar, attendees will be better able to:

Who Should Attend

This topic is relevant to all organizational roles: you may be currently managing or soon will be managing a project, or you may be a contributor to a current or future project.

Presenters and Moderators

Register Now Registration Info

About the Coalition to Advance Learning in Archives, Libraries and Museums

This is the inaugural project from the Coalition to Advance Learning in Archives, Libraries and Museums, which is supported by grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The purpose of the Coalition is to work in deliberate coordination across organizational boundaries to devise and strengthen sustainable continuing education and professional development (CE/PD) programs that will transform the library, archives, and museum workforce in ways that lead to measurable impact on our nation’s communities. Look online for a complete list of Coalition members

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Care and Identification of Photographs Seminar

By Donna DiMichele | December 19, 2014

Care and Identification of Photographs (from daguerreotypes to digital)

February 16-19, 2015: Amherst, MA

Location: This workshop is hosted by the Amherst College Library (Amherst, MA)

For further details and online registration: http://gawainweaver.com/workshops/

What are the defining characteristics of individual photographic processes? How does environment affect the lives of photographic objects? In this 4-day intensive workshop, you will develop identification skills and knowledge about fine art and historic photographic processes, from the daguerreotype to digital prints. This workshop is intended for curators, collectors, archivists, collection managers, and anyone who studies or appreciates photographic prints.

Using handheld 60x microscopes and a large set of photographic and photomechanical samples, you will learn how a variety of processes were created, why they look the way they do, and how they deteriorate. Group ID sessions, using a digital microscope and screen projection, will allow participants to practice their identification skills in a guided setting. Preservation topics include enclosures, handling guidelines, environmental monitoring, the effects of temperature and relative humidity on collections, and the importance of cold storage for certain photographic materials.

Over 30 different processes are studied in great detail, from how daguerreotypes are made and how they are best preserved, to how long-lasting inkjet prints are created, and how to preserve and store color photographic materials and cellulose nitrate and cellulose acetate-based photographic film.

Registration Includes:

• 4-day workshop

• 240-page color notebook

• 60x LED handheld microscope

• OPTIONAL: Basic Photographic Sample Set

The registration fee for this 4-day workshop is $795 (STUDENT PRICE $645) and includes a handheld microscope and a workshop notebook with lecture handouts, Quick ID Sheets for each process, and a selection of readings on photograph preservation. The Basic Photographic Sample Set, consisting of 18 identified photographic and photomechanical processes, is available with registration for $75. Due to the hands-on nature of this workshop, the number of participants will be limited to 14.

The Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA), a certifying organization of professional archivists, will award 15 Archival Recertification Credits (ARCs) to eligible Certified Archivists (CAs) attending this workshop.

The American Society of Appraisers and the International Society of Appraisers will award 24 reaccreditation hours/professional development credits for qualified appraisers attending this workshop. For more information, please contact the instructor.

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Best Practices in Employment Services

By ann | December 16, 2014

From the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities -

Are you a seasoned employment specialist or vocational program leader for individuals with developmental disabilitiesIf so, then this refresher session is for you! 

Participants will get up to speed on the relevance of Employment First, current regulation and policy, and it’s influence upon implementation of employment services.

Additionally, through a series of case studies, participants will apply  best practices in  career development planning to:

Many tools and resources will be shared. Come join with other seasoned professionals to skill-up to support individuals in meaningful employment.

Session Dates:

The refresher is a full day of training from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM offered on the dates listed below. Lunch is on your own.

January 16, 2015 (Registration deadline is January 9th)

 March 16, 2015  (Registration deadline is March 2nd)

These sessions are offered free of charge as part of the SME Training Series.   Registration is available online using the link at the top of this announcement or from the Sherlock Center website at www.sherlockcenter.org

The SME Series is sponsored in part by funding from DHS/Office of Rehabilitation Services. Space is limited. Priority will be given to ORS DDSE vendors, BHDDH DD provider organizations, and Self-Directed Support staff/representatives.

Click here for Registration information.

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