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OLIS Continuing Education Programs: 2013 - 2014

September 2013

Disaster Response Planning and Preparation

Wednesday, September 11 , 2013
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Rochambeau Library, 708 Hope St., Providence
Topic: Protecting the Past - RI
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Alexandra Allardt, ArtCare Resources

Specifically designed to train those responsible for cultural heritage materials, this workshop defines key elements in preparing for a disaster. Learn what the threats are to your collection and how you can mitigate them. See the situation through the eyes of a nationally certified conservator. Exercises and a case study help students pull together the plan.

After the workshop you will know:

  • How to cooperate with first responders
  • How to assess the incident and plan reentry to your site
  • How to organize your team and communication plan

To get hands-on training in disaster recovery, register for Part II “Response and Triage of Wet Materials” scheduled for September 30.

If you have a disaster plan, review it before the program.

Coffee and refreshments are provided for the morning. Lunch is on your own; bring a bag lunch or buy lunch at a nearby eatery.

This program is offered by OLIS as part of Protecting the Past - RI, an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant funded project. Questions? Contact: Theresa Woodmansee, Project Manager (401) 253-1691.

Registration required. Limited to 21 participants.
Intended Audience: Staff and volunteers from cultural heritage organizations of all sizes such as museums, historical and preservation societies, libraries, archives, municipal records offices, armories, and other institutions that are part of RI’s cultural heritage community.

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YART

Monday, September 16 , 2013
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
North Scituate Public Library
Topic: YA Programming Showcase
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): All Attendees

It's the start of a new school year and time to start planning all of your new programs. Looking for some fresh ideas that really work? Come to this YART meeting to learn from your colleagues from around the state. Bring one of your most successful programs to share with the group and leave with many new ideas.

Please write up your idea, including any online resources or books you consulted, to pass out at the meeting. Each person should plan on a 5-10 minute presentation.

Registration required.
Intended Audience: YA Librarians

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Adult Services Round Table

Tuesday, September 17 , 2013
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Rogers Free Library
Topic: Summer Reading Sharing Session
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Lauren Miklovic, Library Program Specialist, OLIS.

A review of successes and lessons learned from the Summer '13 Adult Summer Reading Program.

Registration required.
Intended Audience: Adult Services Librarians and Programming professionals.

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AskRI for Librarians

Thursday, September 19 , 2013
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Cumberland Public Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Shane Sher, AskRI Project Coordinator

AskRI.org provides invaluable tools and databases to Rhode Island residents. But how can libraries across the state make use of this resource, and bring its services to their patrons? Learn about the different databases supported by AskRI, from tutoring services to finding published articles and books digitally to learning another language and more. This class will cover the eight databases hosted through AskRI so that you can be prepared to access these services for both yourself and the public.

Registration required.
Intended Audience: Open to all Librarians

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Consumer Health Information

Tuesday, September 24 , 2013
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
East Povidence Public Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Michelle Eberle, Consumer Health Information Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region

The National Library of Medicine is the world's largest biomedical library. Come learn about the latest updates to MedlinePlus, NIHSeniorHealth.gov, Genetics Home Reference, the Dietary Supplements Database, the Drug Information Portal, ToxMap, and more. Michelle Eberle, the NN/LM NER's Consumer Health Information Coordinator, will take you on a guided tour of NLM consumer health resources and highlight the latest trends in consumer health and health information literacy.

Registration required.
Intended Audience: Library Staff

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Mock Newbery Book Discussion #1

Wednesday, September 25 , 2013
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
St. Andrew's School, 63 Federal Road, Barrington, RI 02806
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Cheryl Space, Youth Services Coordinator, OLIS

Each January, Rhode Island librarians, teachers and book lovers gather to select a mock Newbery Medal winner. The Newbery Medal is awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children published in the United States during the preceding year. Join us for the first of four book discussion meetings to be held this Fall and Winter. We will be discussing new books at each meeting, so new participants are welcome at any point in the series.

The book list for this program will be posted on the OLIS Mock Newbery web page.

Registration required.
Intended Audience: children's librarians, YA librarians, elementary and middle school library media specialists, elementary and middle school classroom teachers

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Disaster Response and Triage of Wet Materials: Hands-on Practice

Monday, September 30 , 2013
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Newport Public Library
Topic: Protecting the Past - RI
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Alexandra Allardt, ArtCare Resources, AIC and Donia Conn, AIC

Spending time learning about disaster response in a classroom setting is one thing, but now you are ready for practical experience. This class is an opportunity to work with certified conservators to see what happens to books, documents, photographs, textiles, furniture, porcelain, digital media, and other non-paper collection items when they are exposed to water and other hazardous materials. Most importantly, you will then know what to do if it happens to your collections! The workshop combines lecture on response techniques with an interactive team assessment activity and familiarizes participants with the various strategies employed for different media.

Wear comfortable clothes and shoes that can get splashed or wet. You will spend part of the time outdoors so please come with appropriate clothing. We recommend hats and sunscreen. We provide waterproof gloves.

Coffee and refreshments are provided for the morning. Lunch is on your own; bring a bag lunch or buy lunch at a nearby eatery.

Consider also registering for Disaster Response Planning and Preparation on September 11 which will give you solid class room experience before you need to tackle a real disaster situation.

This program is offered by OLIS as part of the Protecting the Past - RI, an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant funded project. Questions? Contact: Theresa Woodmansee, Project Manager (401) 253-1691

Registration required. Limited to 21 participants.
Intended Audience: Staff and volunteers from cultural heritage organizations of all sizes such as museums, historical and preservation societies, libraries, archives, municipal records offices, armories, and other institutions that are part of RI’s cultural heritage community.

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October 2013

Networking for Children's Librarians

Monday, October 07 , 2013
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Cranston Public Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): All attendees

After the Brown Bag discussion, stay and meet with your colleagues for an informal session of sharing, talking, and collaborating.

Registration required.
Intended Audience: children's librarians

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Children's Services Fall Meeting

Monday, October 07 , 2013
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Cranston Public Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Cheryl Space, Youth Services Coordinator, OLIS

Please join your colleagues from around Rhode Island for the annual Fall children's services statewide meeting. On the agenda:

  • The 2013 summer reading program & statistics
  • Presentation from Joseph Morra, the RI After School Plus Alliance
  • Outcomes Based Summer Reading Programs
  • Advocating for Your Library!
  • Programming Ideas (speaker t.b.d.)

Registration required.
Intended Audience: children's librarians and staff

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Brown Bag Discussion Program

Monday, October 07 , 2013
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Cranston Public Library
Topic: "Why Should I Go to the BookExpo America?"
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Vicki Antonitis, North Providence Union Free Library & Meagan Lenihan, Lincoln School

Learn about all the unique programs that are offered at the BookExpo America, including School Library Journal's Day of Dialog--Book Buzz, networking, authors, and free stuff (advanced reader copies, galleys, and pre-publication books! Meet with publishers and find out what's new in the publishing world. Attend the children's librarian's dinner sponsored by SLJ, author breakfasts, and teas. BEA is a chance to talk with librarians from around the world.

There will be a show & tell of all the free stuff from this year's show (books, posters, etc.) Librarians can collect lots of summer reading book giveaways at the BEA--signed by the author--great motivation for the kids!

Registration required.
Intended Audience: Children's Librarians

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Online Privacy: Decrease the Worry Factor

Tuesday, October 08 , 2013
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Rogers Free Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Shane Sher, AskRI Project Coordinator

Learn the best ways to protect what happens to you and your information online. Whether you're worried about identity thieves, the websites themselves, or something larger and more sinister, there are ways to better control what you present and what is seen. Which information is routinely gathered? Where does it go and how is it collected? This class will cover these questions and more, and will teach you what to do with this knowledge. Learn how to best use privacy settings, how to stay aware of issues of privacy and security, and where to find a balance between privacy and convenience.

Registration required.
Intended Audience: All library staff

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Insurance Primer for Libraries and Cultural Institutions

Thursday, October 10 , 2013
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Independent Insurance Agents of Rhode Island, 2400 Post Rd Warwick, RI 02879
Topic: Protecting the Past - RI
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Kevin Carvalho, Risk Manager, State of Rhode Island

When it comes to insurance there is so much to consider and it can be quite daunting. Protecting the Past – RI is offering a workshop to help you work through the process. Experts in the insurance field will provide an overview of exposures faced by libraries and cultural institutions with a general explanation of insurance products that may address losses once they occur. Collection materials that will be discussed include fine arts, books including rare books, manuscripts, and valuable records. Topics will include insurance on building and contents, replacement cost versus actual cash value, flood insurance, as well as liability and coverage for volunteers, employees, directors and officers. We encourage the dedicated volunteers and organizations with limited staff that manage cultural heritage institutions to take part in this workshop.

Free off-street parking is available in the Independent Insurance Agents of RI lot.

Registration required.
Intended Audience: Directors, facilities managers, preservation specialists, collection managers, registrars, and other staff from libraries, museums, archives, and historical and preservation societies, as well as other institutions that are part of RI's cultural heritage community. Individuals from volunteer run organizations are welcome to register.

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YART

Thursday, October 17 , 2013
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Worcester/Union Train Station, 2 Washington Sq. Worcester, MA 01608
Topic: Teen Summit: "Full STEAM Ahead!"
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Keynote Speaker: Marissa Meyer, author of The Lunar Chronicles series (Cinder, Scarlet)

The Fifth Annual Teen Summit convenes in Union Station, Worcester, "Full STEAM Ahead!"

Keynote Speaker: Marissa Meyer, author of The Lunar Chronicles series (Cinder, Scarlet)

Breakout sessions in the morning and afternoon - topics to be announced.

Massachusetts Library System and OLIS are co-sponsoring the Teen Summit.

Registration is open. There will be a small fee to send in with a registration form. After October 1, there will be no refunds.


Intended Audience: YA Librarians, Middle and High School Library Media Specialists

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AskRI for Librarians

Monday, October 28 , 2013
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Warwick Public Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Shane Sher, AskRI Project Coordinator

AskRI.org provides invaluable tools and databases to Rhode Island residents. But how can libraries across the state make use of this resource, and bring its services to their patrons? Learn about the different databases supported by AskRI, from tutoring services to finding published articles and books digitally to learning another language and more. This class will cover the eight databases hosted through AskRI so that you can be prepared to access these services for both yourself and the public.

Registration required.
Intended Audience: Open to all librarians

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Mock Newbery Book Discussion #2

Wednesday, October 30 , 2013
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Archie R. Cole Middle School: 100 Cedar Avenue, East Greenwich, RI 02818
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Cheryl Space, Youth Services Coordinator, OLIS

Each January, Rhode Island librarians, teachers and book lovers gather to select a mock Newbery Medal winner. The Newbery Medal is awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children published in the United States during the preceding year. Join us for the second of four book discussion meetings to be held this Fall and Winter. We will be discussing new books at each meeting, so new participants are welcome at any point in the series.

The book list for this program will be posted on the OLIS Mock Newbery web page.

Registration required.
Intended Audience: children's librarians, YA librarians, elementary and middle school library media specialists, elementary and middle school classroom teachers

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November 2013

Talking Books Plus - Digital Downloading with BARD

Tuesday, November 05 , 2013
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Cross Mills Public Library, Charlestown
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Andrew Egan, RI Regional Librarian

Expand your outreach to low vision or physically challenged residents by providing access to the TBP BARD download database of 40,000 plus digital titles. Learn about the new Apple App for BARD downloading to an iPhone, iPad, or other device.

Registration required. Limited to 25 participants.
Intended Audience: All library staff

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EBSCO Database Training: Biography Collection Complete, Literary Reference, and Point of View

Thursday, November 14 , 2013
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Barrington High School Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Joe Ceterski- Training Specialist, EBSCO Publishing

Explore some of EBSCOHost's specialty databases more closely with training specialist Joe Ceterski. School librarians especially will gain insights on the Points of View, Biography Collection Complete, and Literary Reference databases. All cater to a wide range of ages; make sure that these valuable resources are not being neglected by your students and patrons.

Registration required.
Intended Audience: All interested library staff

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The Essential Library: Community Leadership Strategies

Monday, November 18 , 2013
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Barrington Public Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): John Chrastka, EveryLibrary

The Coalition of Library Advocates (COLA), the Rhode Island Library Association (RILA), and the RI Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS) are teaming up to present an afternoon focused on community asset building. John Chrastka, founder of EveryLibrary and a long time library trustee, will talk about his experiences and share advice and techniques on how to identify, communicate and build relationships with the leaders and organizations in your community and how to strengthen partnerships between librarians, trustees and other stakeholders. In addition, a panel will share lessons learned from this fall’s Geek the Library campaign sponsored by RILA. Bring your own questions and insights to the short breakout session, and expect a wealth of ideas and information you can use.

John Chrastka is a long time library trustee, supporter, and advocate. He has worked as Director for Membership Development at the American Library Association (ALA), the world’s oldest and largest organization for librarians, library workers, supporters, and advocates, and is a former president of the Reaching Across Illinois Libraries System (RAILS) multi-type library system. Mr. Chrastka is the founder of EveryLibrary, a non-partisan, pro-library organization that works toward sustaining libraries as they evolve and grow in the 21st century. He is currently a partner in AssociaDirect, a Chicago-based consultancy focused on supporting associations in membership recruitment, conference, and governance activities. He is also president of the Board of Trustees for the Berwyn (IL) Public Library (2006 – present) and a member of both ALA and the Illinois Library Association (ILA).

Registration required. Limited to 75 participants.
Intended Audience: Library directors and staff, trustees, friends, and other library supporters

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Adult Services Round Table

Tuesday, November 19 , 2013
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
East Providence Weaver Library
Topic: Image and Melody: Film and Music Programming in the Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): John Bucci, Branch Librarian, William Hall Library; Doug Swiszcz, Head of Cataloging, Barrington Public Library.

Find out how successful music and film series programming is created and maintained. Come to hear: personal contacts from different music genres and about the differences and crowd appeal; the decision process of the film series identification and the programs offered; the outlets used for publicity; and about the compensation for performers. Sample bookmarks, posters and calendars will be on display, so is the list of contacts.

Registration required.
Intended Audience: Adult Services Librarians and Programming professionals.

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December 2013

Children's Summer Reading Program Showcase

Monday, December 02 , 2013
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Henry Barnard School, 600 Mt Pleasant Ave, Providence, RI 02908
Snow Date: Monday, December 9, 2013
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Summer Reading Program Presenters

The Performer's Showcase is your chance to be introduced to educators/performers in Rhode Island who want to be a part of the annual statewide Children's Summer Reading Program. In addition to observing 12 presentations, visit with multiple other program providers setting up table top displays. This is your opportunity to provide feedback and offer your recommendations for the 2014 slate of programs offered statewide.

Directions:

On the campus of Rhode Island College
Directions to Rhode Island College
Rhode Island College Map
Parking Map (please note: Visitors may ONLY park in lots A, E1 and K)

Registration required.
Intended Audience: children's librarians

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Mock Newbery Book Discussion #3

Wednesday, December 04 , 2013
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Hampden Meadows School, 297 New Meadow Road, Barrington, RI 02806
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Cheryl Space, Youth Services Coordinator, OLIS

Each January, Rhode Island librarians, teachers and book lovers gather to select a mock Newbery Medal winner. The Newbery Medal is awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children published in the United States during the preceding year. Join us for the third of four book discussion meetings to be held this Fall and Winter. We will be discussing new books at each meeting, so new participants are welcome at any point in the series.

The book list for this program will be posted on the OLIS Mock Newbery web page.

Registration required.
Intended Audience: children's librarians, YA librarians, elementary and middle school library media specialists, elementary and middle school classroom teachers

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A Disaster Plan Tabletop Exercise

Monday, December 09 , 2013
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
RI Economic Development Corporation, 315 Iron Horse Way, Providence
Topic: Protecting the Past - RI
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Alexandra Allardt, ArtCare Resources

Do you ever wish you could practice with a coach before a big event, so you would feel sure that you know what to do at the time of the real event? This workshop from Protecting the Past–RI will give you an opportunity to test your organization's disaster plan before an disaster happens to your building and collection. This workshop will teach you how review your particular disaster plan to ensure that it provides proper guidance in responding to a disaster in your organization and does not have gaps.

In a tabletop exercise simulated emergency situations are presented in a low-stress and informal environment in which participants use their disaster plans to resolve problems and issues. The tabletop is designed to engage administration and staff in the preparedness process; to develop a cohesive response team; and build confidence in being able to respond appropriately. We encourage you to register for the program with a partner from your institution, but single trainees are accepted.

Registration required.
Intended Audience: Preservation and facilities personnel, directors, collection managers, and staff/volunteers from museums, libraries, archives, historical and preservation societies, archives, municipal records offices, armories, and other institutions that are part of RI's cultural heritage community.

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YART

Tuesday, December 10 , 2013
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Cranston Public Library
Snow Date: Monday, December 16, 2013
Topic: Teen Summer Reading Program Showcase

The Performer's Showcase is your chance to be introduced to educators/performers in Rhode Island who want to be a part of the annual statewide Teen Summer Reading Program. In addition to observing 12 "flash" presentations, visit with multiple other program providers setting up table top displays. This is your opportunity to provide feedback and offer your recommendations for the 2014 slate of programs offered statewide.

Registration required.
Intended Audience: YA Librarians

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Tools to Organize Your Digital Self

Tuesday, December 17 , 2013
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Maury Loontjens Memorial Library- Narragansett
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Shane Sher, AskRI Project Coordinator

Reduce the clutter of your desk and mind by moving your post-it notes and important scraps of paper online. This class focuses on programs that can help keep you and your information organized, be it important news articles, to-do lists, notes from meetings, or your budget. Apps such as Evernote provide new ways to take and store notes, as well as always make them available to you, Make the most of the capabilities of Cloud storage, stay on top of your emails, and keep better track of the small (or big) things in your life.

Registration required.
Intended Audience: All interested library staff

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Lunchtime Book Talk for Children's Librarians

Wednesday, December 18 , 2013
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
North Scituate Public Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Group Discussion

Come and discuss Rhode Island's Mock Newbery contenders with other children's librarians (the ones with the most BUZZ). This is the first in a series of lunchtime book talk programs happening this year.

Please bring along your lunch and we'll eat and chat in the North Scituate Public Library's lovely meeting room. Brenda D'Aguanno, our host, will provide coffee. If you'd like, bring along a sweet to share (it's the holiday season after all).

If you plan to attend, please read at least one or two of the books on the list so you can participate in the discussion.

Here are the books we'll be discussing:

  1. Appelt, Kathi. The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp. (Atheneum, 2013)
  2. Black, Holly. Doll Bones. (Simon & Schuster, 2013)
  3. DiCamillo, Kate. Flora & Ulysses. (Candlewick, 2013)
  4. Federle, Tim. Better Nate Than Ever. (Simon & Schuster, 2013)
  5. Gewirtz, Adina Rishe. Zebra Forest. (Candlewick, 2013)
  6. Henkes, Kevin. Penny and Her Marble. (Greenwillow, 2013)
  7. Lafleur, Suzanne. Listening for Lucca. (Random House, 2013)
  8. McNeal, Tom. Far Far Away. (Alfred A. Knopf, 2013)
  9. Sloan, Holly Goldberg. Counting by 7s. (Dial, 2013)
  10. Timberlake, Amy. One Came Home. (Alfred A. Knopf, 2013)
  11. Vanderpool, Clare. Navigating Early. (Delacorte Press, 2013)
  12. Vawter, Vince. Paperboy. (Delacorte Press, 2013)
  13. Williams-Garcia, Rita. P.S. Be Eleven. (Amistad, 2013)

Registration required.
Intended Audience: Children's Librarians

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January 2014

Mock Caldecott

Monday, January 06 , 2014
9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
William Hall Library
Snow Date: Thursday, January 9, 2014
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Cheryl Space, Youth Services Coordinator, OLIS

Each January Rhode Island librarians gather to select the most distinguished American picture book in a mock version of the Caldecott award. This annual tradition helps librarians sharpen their selection skills and learn about the award process for the Caldecott Medal, which is awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association. The balloting system follows that of the real Caldecott Committee.

Registration required.
Intended Audience: children's librarians, elementary school library media specialists, library school students, or any library staff with a love of children's book illustration!

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YART

Monday, January 13 , 2014
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Cumberland Public Library
Topic: Current Fiction
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Cheryl Space, Youth Services Coordinator, OLIS

Start out the new year by discussing new YA fiction, one of two discussions YART will have on current fiction in 2014.

Please submit titles you'd like to discuss to Cheryl Space so they can be included on the reading list, which will be posted this Fall on the YA Services page (OLIS website). Read as many of the books as you like and come prepared to booktalk and share your own personal critique.

Registration required.
Intended Audience: YA Librarians, Middle and High School Library Media Specialists

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Adult Services Round Table

Tuesday, January 21 , 2014
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Rogers Free Library
Topic: Putting Together a Press Kit
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Janet Kovach- Fuentes, communications consultant.

Janet Kovach- Fuentes is a freelance communications consultant with a background in public relations, events management, marketing, and small business administration. She is currently providing PR assistance to Providence Community Library.

Registration required.
Intended Audience: Adult Services Librarians and Programming professionals.

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Mock Newbery Book Discussion #4: Voting!

Wednesday, January 22 , 2014
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Oak Lawn Branch, 230 Wilbur Avenue, Cranston, RI 02921
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Cheryl Space, Youth Services Coordinator, OLIS

Each January, Rhode Island librarians, teachers and book lovers gather to select a mock Newbery Medal winner. The Newbery Medal is awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children published in the United States during the preceding year. Join us for the final mock Newbery book discussion and cast your vote for RI's winner and honor books! New participants are welcome at any point in the series, including the voting meeting.

The book list for this program will be posted on the OLIS Mock Newbery web page.

Registration required.
Intended Audience: children's librarians, YA librarians, elementary and middle school library media specialists, elementary and middle school classroom teachers

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February 2014

YART

Monday, February 03 , 2014
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Barrington Public Library
Snow Date: Monday, February 10, 2014
Topic: Summer Reading Program Booking Meeting (YA)
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Cheryl Space, Youth Services Coordinator, OLIS

Bring your library calendar, your presenter wish-list, and your sense of humor for our annual summer reading program block-booking event. The official presenter list will be available mid-January, complete with program descriptions. Each library will also receive booking numbers in advance of the meeting; one for the Teen SRP and one for the Children's SRP.

Booking Times:
Teen Summer Reading Program: 9:30 - 10:30 AM
Children's Summer Reading Program: 10:30 AM- 12:00 PM

Important Notes: If no one from your library can attend the booking meeting, please find another librarian to act as your representative.

Registration required.
Intended Audience: YA Librarians.

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Children's Summer Reading Program Booking Meeting

Monday, February 03 , 2014
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Barrington Public Library
Snow Date: Monday, February 10, 2014
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Cheryl Space, Youth Services Coordinator, OLIS

Bring your library calendar, your presenter wish-list, and your sense of humor for our annual summer reading program block-booking event. Each library will receive booking numbers in advance of the meeting; one for the Teen SRP and one for the Children's SRP.

Booking Times:
Teen Summer Reading Program: 9:30 - 10:30 AM
Children's Summer Reading Program: 10:30 AM- 12:00 PM

Important Notes: If no one from your library can attend the booking meeting, please find another librarian to act as your representative.

Registration required.
Intended Audience: Children's Librarians

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Brown Bag CE: Fizz, Boom, READ! Inspiration

Monday, February 03 , 2014
12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Barrington Public Library
Snow Date: Monday, February 10, 2014
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Cathy Saunders, Education Director, Providence Children's Museum and Cheryl Space, Youth Services Coordinator, OLIS

Summer 2014 is the summer of science! Come learn techniques for making your library a lab of discovery, inspired by Cathy Saunders of the Providence Children's Museum. We'll learn techniques for introducing hands-on explorations, discuss how to talk about observations with parents and children, and get inspired with science ideas galore at hands-on stations. The science workshop will take place from 12:30 - 2:00.

From 2:00 - 3:00 learn about Money Smart Week and Kids Reading Across Rhode Island 2014. Discuss and share other aspects of the summer reading program with your colleagues from around the state. Walk away refreshed and full of ideas!

Registration required.
Intended Audience: Children'Librarians

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Predicting the Next Big Thing in Online Tools

Tuesday, February 04 , 2014
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
East Providence Weaver Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Shane Sher, AskRI Project Coordinator

Are you always the last of your friends to get a new piece of technology, join a new site, or use a new program? Will Bitcoins ever really take off? Have they already? There's a never-ending trail of so-called "Next Big Things" to stay on top of - we'll help you to decide which are flashes in the pan, and which are actually revolutionary. Find out what's trendy now, what's about to break (in a good way), and how to make these predictions yourself, so you can finally say, "I liked it before it was cool."

Registration required.
Intended Audience: Library staff.

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Adult Services Round Table

Wednesday, February 12 , 2014
2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Providence Public Library
Topic: Creating Successful Adult Programs
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Brett W. Lear, Director of the Martin County Library System, FL

Come join us for a 90-minute ALA Editions webinar followed by a discussion among the adult programming professionals on how to build successful programs. Brett W. Lear, author of Adult Programs in the Library and national authority on services to adults, will demonstrate how to assess your community's needs so your programs respond to what's unique about your community and in demand among your library patrons.

This program is sponsored by the Providence Public Library.

Registration required.
Intended Audience: Adult Services librarians and programming professionals.

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March 2014

YART

Monday, March 03 , 2014
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Rogers Free Library
Topic: Summer Reading Program Sharing Session
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Cheryl Space, OLIS; Brandi Kenyon, South Kingstown Public Library; and, Charlotte Burnham, Rogers Free Library

Come and discuss the 2014 Teen Summer Reading Program, "Spark a Reaction," with your colleagues from around the state. Topics of discussion will include programming ideas, fundraising, incentives, teen volunteers, program requirements/record-keeping, and other topics (bring your thoughts and ideas, please). A book list of recommended YA fiction and non-fiction will be shared.

Registration required.
Intended Audience: YA Librarians.

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Online Privacy- Decrease the Worry Factor

Tuesday, March 11 , 2014
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Roger Free Library, Bristol
Topic: Protecting Your Digital Self
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Shane Sher, AskRI Project Coordinator

Learn the best ways to protect what happens to you and your information online. Whether you're worried about identity thieves, the websites themselves, or something larger and more sinister, there are ways to better control what you present and what is seen. Which information is routinely gathered? Where does it go and how is it collected? This class will cover these questions and more, and will teach you what to do with this knowledge. Learn how to best use privacy settings, how to stay aware of issues of privacy and security, and where to find a balance between privacy and convenience.


Intended Audience: Library staff.

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Adult Services Round Table

Tuesday, March 18 , 2014
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
South Providence Library
Topic: Grant Writing and Sponsorship for the Average Librarian
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Amy Greer, Young Adult Librarian, Providence Community Library.

Whether you are looking outward for funding to support a new program idea or to expand your existing ones, this is the program for you. Amy Greer, the Youth Services Coordinator in the Providence Community Library will present the critical components of grant writing. The talk will focus on how to generate an idea, how to develop a program fully enough to sell in a grant, how to answer the "so what" question to make funders care, and how to build relationships with the funders.

Registration required.
Intended Audience: Adult/Young Adult Services librarians and programming professionals.

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AtoZ Databases Training Session

Friday, March 28 , 2014
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Warwick Public Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Christine Smailys

AtoZ Databases is used by patrons to find information about businesses - including healthcare professionals - and people in order to create mailing lists and sales leads or to research job opportunities. This program, led by AtoZ manager Christine Smailys, will help library staff use the features of this resource of AskRI.org - performing effective searches for businesses and people, and learning how businesses can use the product to increase their reach and visibility.

Registration required.
Intended Audience: All interested library staff.

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April 2014

Introduction to AskRI

Wednesday, April 02 , 2014
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Narragansett Maury Loontjens Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Shane Sher, AskRI Program Coordinator

AskRI provides invaluable tools and databases to Rhode Island residents. But how can libraries across the state make use of this resource, and bring its services to their patrons? Learn about the different databases supported by AskRI, from tutoring services to finding published articles and books digitally to learning another language and more. This class will cover the eight databases hosted through AskRI so that you can be prepared to access these services for both yourself and the public.

Registration required.
Intended Audience: All interested library staff

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EmployRI - Train the Trainer Session

Tuesday, April 08 , 2014
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Woonsocket Harris Public Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Jean Luisi, Acting Senior Employment & Training Manager, NetworkRI

Hands-on training session on EmployRI, a free online job service database which contains links to thousands of job opportunities and enables users to post resumes and apply to jobs as well as research careers and find training.

Registration required.
Intended Audience: Library staff.

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Edge Initiative and Impact Study

Friday, April 11 , 2014
9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Cranston Public Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Samantha Becker, Impact Project Manager, University of Washington; Dawn La Valle, Director of Library Development, Connecticut State Library

Join us to learn how the Edge Initiative provides powerful new strategies and tools to empower library leaders to elevate their strategic planning around technology, shape the future of the library, and communicate its value in supporting community goals and initiatives around education, health, economic development and much more. You will also learn about another tool for public libraries - the Impact Survey. Impact Survey is designed to help public libraries survey their patrons about the use of public access technology. It is based on the 2009 Opportunity for All research initiative which examined the users and use of the public access computers to better understand the impact of free access to computers and the Internet on the individuals, families and communities served by libraries.

Samantha Becker, Research Manager at the University of Washington information School, will be joined by Dawn La Valle, Director of Library Development and the Edge Initiative Coordinator at the Connecticut State Library, to share ideas about how the Edge Initiative and the Impact Survey can work together in the public libraries.

Registration required.
Intended Audience: Library Directors, policy makers, and public access computing managers.

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Adult Services Round Table

Tuesday, April 15 , 2014
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Newport Public Library
Topic: Companion Reads/Man Reads
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Luke Owens, Reference Librarian, Newport Public Library; Jessica Wilson, Reference Librarian, South Kingstown Public Library.

Companion Reads, or How to Get Your Book Club to Read Proust and Not Try to Strangle You Afterward.

Perhaps books are like the flavors and textures of wine and food: get the right combination and you're in for soul-soaring intellectual delights, while too much of the same thing just leaves you feeling hungry. In our Companion Reads discussion, we'll go beyond the usual "if you liked this, try that" method of reader's advisory to look at books that are truly kindred spirits. Mr. Owens will draw on his experience running a (sometimes bitterly divisive) book discussion group that only read companion books for four years. He will talk about the many modern novels that are based on or inspired by classic works from Beowulf to Virginia Woolf, and to look at ways to pair nonfiction books with novels to enhance the reading experience and turn your patrons into literary omnivores.

Man Read

With so many books marketed to women, and book groups often perceived as a women's activity, library book group leaders face a monthly challenge of choosing titles that appeal to both men and women. This presentation will offer suggestions for evaluating what audience a book is aimed at, attracting a mixed attendance, and retaining new members. Jessica Wilson has led book discussions for mixed groups at South Kingstown Public Library/Peace Dale since 2002.

Registration required.
Intended Audience: Adult Services librarians and programming professionals.

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HeritageQuest and African American Heritage Databases Training

Thursday, April 17 , 2014
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Cumberland Public Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Deborah Bergeron, ProQuest Education and Training Partner

At this session, library staff will learn to use AskRI's genealogical resources from ProQuest - HeritageQuest and the African American Heritage Database. Each with unique ways of conducting research, these databases are invaluable for historical research, with primary sources such as census data and draft records. Whether for their own use or to help patrons, staff will get an in-depth look at these tools.

Registration required.
Intended Audience: All interested library staff

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YART

Tuesday, April 29 , 2014
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
North Kingstown Free Library
Topic: Fiction & Non-Fiction Pairs
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Group Discussion

Explore the same era, person, or event through two different lenses: fiction and non-fiction. Each attendee will present a pair of books, one fiction and one non-fiction, set in the same time period, about the same person, or about the same event. With the emphasis on non-fiction in the Common Core State Standards, this is your opportunity to learn about some recommended books from your colleagues around the state. All books should be appropriate for middle and/or high school age students.

In order to prevent duplication, please post the pair of books you will present to the YART listserve by Tuesday, April 15th. Brandi Kenyon will create the bibliography for the meeting.

Registration required.
Intended Audience: YA Librarians, Middle and High School Library Media Specialists.

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The Changing Face/Space of the Library: eBooks, Makerspaces and More

Tuesday, April 29 , 2014
10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Bryant University, Fisher Center - Pappito Room
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Deb Hoadley, Team Leader for the MA eBook Project at Massachusetts Library System and President of the New England Library Association

Transformations are happening in all of our libraries, rapidly creating changes in physical and online spaces. In the first part of this program, learn about the MA eBook Project's pilot phase, its accomplishments, and its challenges from the eBook Project's Team Leader, Deb Hoadley. In the second half of the program, join us to hear from other RI librarians about the innovations and evolutions at their libraries - and share your stories.

Pick 4 to attend

  • Table 1: Marketing to patrons and patron expectations - Facilitated by Melissa Chiavaroli, Reference Services Coordinator, Cumberland Public Library.. Bring your ideas and questions about topics from marketing technology and services to helping patrons understand what the library can do for them.
  • Table 2: Staff Training / Staff Buy-In - Facilitated by Brian Gallagher, Head Access Services, University of Rhode Island. How can you help support the staff who help your patrons? Discuss ideas for time shifting staff training, getting staff buy-in, and more.
  • Table 3: Open Access, Open Source - Facilitated by Andree Rathemacher, Professor, University of Rhode Island Library. What's the difference between open access and open source, and what do they mean for your patrons? Discuss and share options for getting materials when paywalls become obstacles.
  • Table 4: Makerspaces - Facilitated by Evan Barta, Technology Coordinator, Warwick Public Library. Makerspaces have come or are coming to a library near you! Discuss current initiatives and learn about those in the works in RI.
  • Table 5: eBook Hands On - Facilitated by Zach Berger, Dorothy Frechette and Sharon Webster of RILINK, Jessica D'Avanza, Barrington Public Library and Julie Kleiver, Providence College Library. Are you in the dark about eBooks at other types of libraries? Stop by and check out what school, academic, and public libraries have to offer.

Bring your own beverage for the morning session; lunch on your own; options in the Fisher Student Center.

Registration required.
Intended Audience: Library staff.

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Tools to Organize Your Digital Self

Wednesday, April 30 , 2014
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Warwick Public Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Shane Sher, AskRI Project Coordinator

Reduce the clutter of your desk and mind by moving your post-it notes and important scraps of paper online. This class focuses on programs that can help keep you and your information organized, be it important news articles, to-do lists, notes from meetings, or your budget. Apps such as Evernote provide new ways to take and store notes, as well as always make them available to you. Make the most of the capabilities of Cloud storage, stay on top of your emails, and keep better track of the small (or big) things in your life.


Intended Audience: Library staff.

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May 2014

Spring Children's Librarian Meeting

Monday, May 05 , 2014
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Providence Public Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Janice O'Donnell, Executive Director, Providence Children's Museum and other PCM staff; Bonnie Lilienthal and Anne Kilkenny, Providence Public Library; and Cheryl Space, OLIS

Join your colleagues from around the state for a day of sharing and professional development. Our theme for the day is Designing Library Spaces & Programs for Children and Families: The New Basics.

Schedule of the Day:

9:30 - 10:00
Tour of the Young Children's Discovery Library at Providence Public Library; Bonnie, Anne, and Janice will introduce the activities and answer questions

10:00 - 11:00

  1. PLAY! with Janice O'Donnell, Providence Children's Museum
  2. What does it mean to play?
  3. Why does play matter for children?
  4. How does play support literacy development?
  5. How do we create space for play in children's rooms/libraries?
  6. Generating ideas & materials for free exploration.
  7. The role of parents and other caring adults, i.e., librarians, in play

11:15 - 11:30
Short break

11:30 - 12:30

PANEL: Children's Museum Staff (Janice, Robin, Chris, Val) and Providence Public Library staff (Bonnie & Anne)

  1. Designing projects as a team (seed/bud/blossom/preserve)
  2. Cultivating buy-in
  3. Recruiting your planning team
  4. Reflections: How are families using the space? Is it what was imagined?

Questions

  • 12:30 - 1:30 Lunch on your own (bring a brown bag or plan to go out at a nearby restaurant)
  • 1:30 - 2:30 How do you organize your children's books? Group discussion & sharing.
  • 2:30 - 3:30 Technology in Children's Rooms: fears, realities, how we can prepare to help parents navigate the world of screens, apps, and other media. Group discussion & planning.

Registration required.
Intended Audience: children's librarians & children's services staff

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EmployRI - Train the Trainer Session

Tuesday, May 06 , 2014
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
North Kingstown Public Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Jean Luisi, Acting Senior Employment & Training Manager, NetworkRI

This is a repeat of the April EmployRI program.

Hands-on training session on EmployRI, a free online job service database which contains links to thousands of job opportunities and enables users to post resumes and apply to jobs as well as research careers and find training.

Registration required.
Intended Audience: Library staff.

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EBSCO Database Training- Academic Seach, Master File, and Consumer Health Complete

Monday, May 12 , 2014
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Ocean State Libraries (OSL) offices
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Joe Ceterski, EBSCO trainer

This session, led by EBSCOHost's training specialist Joe Ceterski, covers the most popular databases offered by EBSCO and AskRI.org - Academic Search, Master File and Consumer Health Complete. Learn how to best use these powerful resources both for yourself and with patrons.

Registration required.
Intended Audience: All interested library staff

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Accessible Technology in the Library

Wednesday, May 14 , 2014
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Warwick Public library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Staff from RI Governor's Commission on Disabilities and New England ADA Center

The presenters will examine the American Disabilities Act - Section 508 with a focus on accessible technology for libraries and access for their patrons who need accessible technology to use the resources of the library.

Registration required. Limited to 50 participants.
Intended Audience: Library staff.

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Adult Services Round Table

Tuesday, May 20 , 2014
1:30-4
Greenville Public Library
Topic: General Planning Meeting
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Lauren Miklovic, OLIS

Gather with your adult services librarian colleagues from around the state to plan the Adult Services Round Table meetings for 2014-2015. We'll determine meeting topics, dates, presenters, discussion leaders, and host libraries. The Round Table program welcomes all Adult Services librarians to consider leading a meeting. Think about a topic you've researched, your favorite genre, or a successful program you've developed and share what you know with others on a statewide platform.

Registration required.
Intended Audience: Adult Services librarians and programming professionals.

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YART

Tuesday, May 27 , 2014
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
West Warwick Public Library
Topic: Public Libraries and The Common Core
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Gina Picard (Supervisor of K-12 Literacy and Social Studies, Providence Public Schools) and Julie Motta (Assistant Superintendent, East Providence School Department)

What are the Common Core State Standards? How can public librarians support both teachers and families by providing appropriate resources as well as guidance on homework and projects? Two of the Rhode Island Department of Education's Common Core Ambassadors will provide an overview of the Common Core State Standards, including how classroom instruction and homework have shifted and changed. Bring your questions!

Ready, Set, Go! Common Core: Common Core Ambassadors Project

The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) received a grant from the GE Foundation to help parents and the community to understand what the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) mean for our students and our classrooms and how the CCSS prepares our students for college and for challenging careers. As part of this grant, throughout the 2013-2014 school year, RIDE will be conducting outreach to help promote increased understanding of the CCSS throughout the state.

Registration required.
Intended Audience: YA Librarians, Children's Librarians, Library Directors, School Library Media Specialists

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June 2014

YART

Thursday, June 12 , 2014
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Jamestown Philomenian Library
Topic: Organizational Meeting & Annual Highlights
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Cheryl Space, Youth Services Coordinator, OLIS

Gather with your young adult librarian colleagues from around the state to plan the YART meetings for 2014-2015. We'll determine meeting topics, dates, presenters, host libraries, and book list coordinators. YART welcomes all teen librarians to consider leading a meeting. Think about a topic you've researched, your favorite genre of YA literature, a successful program you've developed, relevant experiences from another job you've had (pre-librarian), or another hot topic and share what you know with others on a statewide platform. We'll recognize those who have lead meetings this past year .... and there will be a book giveaway.

Registration required.
Intended Audience: YA librarians, Middle and High School Library Media Specialists.

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Edge Initiative and Impact Survey Review

Thursday, June 12 , 2014
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
East Greenwich Free Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Chaichin Chen and Lauren Miklovic, OLIS

Whether you have implemented the Impact survey in your library, are working on your library’s Edge assessment, or wish to learn about these two initiative, this program is for you. Come join your fellow public librarians to learn about the process and how to use of the data for planning and for advocacy within the community. All existing participants as well as anyone interested in participating in the future are welcome to attend .

Impact Survey is designed to help public libraries survey their patrons about the use of public access technology. It is based on the 2009 Opportunity for All research initiative which examined the users and use of the public access computers to better understand the impact of free access to computers and the Internet on the individuals, families and communities served by libraries.

Edge Initiative provides powerful new strategies and tools to empower library leaders to elevate their strategic planning around technology, shape the future of the library, and communicate its value in supporting community goals and initiatives around education, health, economic development and much more.

Registration required.
Intended Audience: Public Library Directors and Staff.

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July 2014

Annual Report Training Session

Wednesday, July 09 , 2014
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Exeter Public Library
Topic: Me
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Lauren Miklovic, State Data Coordinator

OLIS is using a new vendor, Counting Opinions, to collect our Annual Reports. Discussion will include how to navigate the survey tool itself, any deletion or inclusion of data elements, and a review of submission procedures. Please come with questions or concerns about using the Report.

Registration required. Limited to 25 participants.
Intended Audience: Public library directors and all other staff who fill out the Annual Report.

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Annual Report Training Session

Friday, July 11 , 2014
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Cranston Public Library
Topic: Getting Familiar with the New Annual Report
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Lauren Miklovic, State Data Coordinator

OLIS is using a new vendor, Counting Opinions, to collect our Annual Reports. Discussion will include how to navigate the survey tool itself, any deletion or inclusion of data elements, and a review of submission procedures. Please come with questions or concerns about using the Report.

Registration required. Limited to 25 participants.
Intended Audience: Public library directors and all other staff who fill out the Annual Report.

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