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It’s School Library Month – Celebrate Together

By Donna DiMichele | April 6, 2015

School Library Month (SLM) is the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) sponsored celebration of school librarians and their programs. School librarians are encouraged to create activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in transforming learning. Learn more about AASL’s celebration.

How can public librarians celebrate School Library Month? The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has some great ideas on the subject. Check them out at YALSAblog

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REFORMA’s New Spanish Website

By alicia | March 30, 2015

In an effort to improve our service to our International members and to further support our mission, REFORMA has translated into Spanish several important sections of our National website, which is now available on the organization’s Spanish webpage, www.reforma.org/espanol Translated sections currently available include a welcoming page, as well as the following:• About REFORMA• Executive Team• Membership information (translated membership form)• Events and Conferences• Social Media• News, Resource and Publications We hope to improve our Spanish website as time goes by. If you have ideas for improvement, please let us know by contacting Carlos Rodriguez, Beatriz Guevara or myself, Maria Cotto at shelyn5@HOTMAIL.COM. I ask that you help us promote our Spanish website to our International members, and perhaps encourage them during our conference to join REFORMA.

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Applications open for 2015 FTRF Conable Conference Scholarship

By alicia | March 30, 2015


CHICAGO—Applications are now open for the 2015 Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship, sponsored by the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF). The Conable Conference Scholarship provides funding for an LIS student or recent graduate to attend the American Library Association’s Annual Conference. The 2015 ALA Annual Conference will be held June 25-30 in San Francisco, California.

The goal of the Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship is to advance two principles that Conable held dear: intellectual freedom and mentorship.

The scholarship provides for conference registration, transportation, and housing for six nights, along with a $300 stipend for meals and other expenses. In return, the recipient will be expected to attend FTRF and other intellectual freedom meetings and events at the conference, consult with a mentor/board member, and provide a report about their experiences. The recipient also will receive a one-year FTRF membership and will be invited, although not required, to provide daily updates about his or her experience on the Freedom to Read Foundation blog.

The deadline for submitting an application for the 2015 Conable Conference Scholarship is Friday, April 3, 2015; the award will be announced by the first week in May.

Who is eligible: Students currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited LIS degree program or an AASL-recognized master’s program in school librarianship and new professionals (those who are three or fewer years removed from receiving a library school degree) are eligible to receive the Conable Conference Scholarship. Those interested must submit an application that includes two references and an essay detailing their interest in intellectual freedom issues. Applicants also are required to attach a résumé. If the recipient has already registered for ALA’s Annual Conference, he or she will have the conference fee refunded.

To apply for the Conable Conference Scholarship, visit www.ftrf.org/?Conable_Scholarship. For more information, please contact Jonathan Kelley at (800) 545-2433, ext. 4226 or jokelley@ala.org.

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Preservation Assistance Grants

By Donna DiMichele | March 17, 2015


The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Preservation Assistance Grants program is tailored to small and midsize institutions, and is often the first step toward securing funding for future preservation activities.

Grants are available in amounts up to $6,000

Deadline: May 5, 2015

Eligible Grant Activities Include:

Complete grant information Visit this NEH page for specific details on applying.

Northeast Document Conservation Center offers a free webinar on Writing Your Preservation Assistance Grant https://vimeo.com/120836685

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Digital Preservation Management

By Donna DiMichele | March 11, 2015

Digital Preservation Management

Are you responsible for digital preservation at your organization?  Are you interested in learning the standards, resources, policies, and work flows integral to a successful program?  Do you want to join a cohort of similar professionals as you develop your skills and organizational readiness?  Come learn how to implement short-term strategies for long-term problems.

The Digital Preservation Management Workshop, directed by Nancy Y. McGovern, is taking place June 14 – 19, 2015 at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts.  Tuition fee for the week is $1,200.00 and includes four lunches and a group dinner. Information Website

The application system will open on March 16 at 9:00 ET.  No fees are due at time of application.

Workshop Audience

The workshop series is intended for managers who are or will be responsible for digital preservation programs in libraries, archives, and other cultural institutions.

Workshop Goals

Promote Practical and Responsible Stewardship of Digital Assets.  The goals of the workshop are to foster critical thinking in a technological realm and provide the means for exercising practical and responsible stewardship of digital assets in an age of technological uncertainty. The workshop sessions are geared towards making a digital preservation program doable for any organization and all of the sessions include as many relevant examples as we can fit.  The workshop focuses on the decision points involved in responding to ongoing technological changes while managing digital content across the life cycle.

Faculty for June 2015

The faculty for the workshop includes Dr. Nancy Y. McGovern, Kari R. Smith, Courtney Mumma, and Brad Westbrook. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Katherine Skinner, Executive Director of the Educopia Institute. Faculty bios

Workshop Content

The workshop includes interactive presentations, group discussions, exercises, individual assignments, and a keynote presentation by an international expert in digital preservation. Workshop attendees explore the range of components needed to develop an effective digital preservation program. Workshop materials include action plans for organizations to complete when participants return to their institutions. Action plans result in organization-specific plans that incorporate technical, financial, organizational, and policy aspects encompassing the full life cycle of digital objects. The workshop focuses on strategies for organizations to implement now, while research and development goes forward in creating longer-term solutions that can be incorporated into the program framework.


As a prerequisite for the workshop, we ask participants to work through the Digital Preservation Management Tutorial – a free resource for anyone interested in learning the foundations for digital preservation and as a starting point for advanced discussions.  The tutorial is online at:  http://www.dpworkshop.org/

If you have questions about the workshop, send an email to Dpmw-management@mit.edu

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Grant Opportunity: Latino Americans: 500 Years of History

By Donna DiMichele | March 5, 2015

Grant Opportunity: Latino Americans: 500 Years of History

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History is a joint project of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA). www.ala.org/latinoamericans Grants of $3,000 to $10,000 are available for libraries, humanities councils and other nonprofit organizations to hold public film screenings, discussion groups, oral history initiatives, local history exhibitions, multimedia projects, performances and other programs about Latino history and culture.

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History will use the recent, six-part documentary film series Latino Americans as a foundation for the public programs.  This NEH-supported documentary film explores the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape the United States over the last five centuries and who have become, with more than 50 million people, the country’s largest minority group.

An overarching goal of Latino Americans: 500 Years of History is to engage all Americans Latinos and non-Latinos alike to become proactive in lifelong learning in partnership with community groups. Receiving a grant and using the film’s historical content can help advance your community education and engagement goals.

Deadlines: Requests for funding will be accepted from February 16 – May 1, 2015, at www.ala.org/latinoamericans .

The website also includes a additional information and resources about Latino Americans: 500 Years of History.  Proposals will be peer-reviewed, and it is expected that up to 200 organizations will receive awards. The grant will be administered by ALA’s Public Programs Office.

Project Consultant, Neyda Martinez, is available to answer questions about the funding opportunity and speak with you about developing partnerships prior to submitting your application for funding. If you have questions or wish to schedule a phone consultation, Neyda Martinez can be reached at 917-656-7486 or neyda.martinez@gmail.com

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, created by NEH and ALA, is part of an NEH initiative, The Common Good: Humanities in the Public Square.

Latino Americans, a six-part film series, is a production of WETA Washington, DC; Bosch and Co., Inc.; and Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB); in association with Independent Television Service (ITVS).

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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

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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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