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OLIS Continuing Education Programs: 2014-2015

September 2014

Trends in Young Adult Services

Monday, September 08
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Providence Public Library
Series: YART
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Jack Martin, Executive Director, Providence Public Library

Come and hear from Jack Martin, one of the national leaders in Young Adult library services, now the Executive Director of the Providence Public Library. Join in the conversation about 21st century YA programming, services, spaces, partnerships, connected learning, and more. The discussion promises to be lively and informative.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Young Adult Librarians

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Children's Services Fall Meeting

Monday, September 29
9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
William Hall Library, Cranston
Series: Youth Services
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): OLIS Staff; Anisa Raoof, Executive Director, and Eric Bilodeau, Director of Programming, Providence Children's Film Festival

Join your colleagues from around Rhode Island for the annual Fall Children's Services statewide meeting. On the agenda:

The 2014 summer reading program & statistics – highlights from selected libraries

Morning presentation from the Providence Children’s Film Festival staff:

Rhode Island is a small state with a big annual Children's Film Festival held in Providence. Find out about what goes into putting the Festival together including the selection process for choosing the best international, animated, documentary and short films for children. Learn how to develop your library's film collection as speakers Anisa Raoof and Eric Bilodeau share their expertise and show some previews and selections from films. The Providence Children's Film Festival develops extensive programming to complement its movie line-up, including talk-backs with filmmakers and actors, hands-on film-making programs, and youth juries. Film Festival staff also created a family movie watching guide to encourage parents and children to watch films together and to talk about them. Eric will describe his “Cinema Detectives” program in which elementary school aged students (and older) learn to watch, analyze and deconstruct the parts of a film and identify audio and visual symbols used in it. Through “Cinema Detectives” kids learn to engage with movies and to sharpen their analytical skills – all while having fun. Learn about all of these programs and then talk-back with Anisa and Eric about how the RI library community can further engage with the festival, bring new programs to their patrons, and showcase these fabulous, previously unknown, film gems.

Afternoon Brown Bag with presentations from the Providence Public Library and Central Falls Public Library about their film-based LORI Grant projects and from the Newport Public Library about its maker space LORI Grant project.

About the Providence Children's Film Festival presenters - Anisa Raoof, Executive Director, Providence Children's Film Festival, has a passion for film, design, community, and education. She received her B.A. in Psychology, with a minor in Painting, from the University of Rochester. After spending a few years researching what makes children stress resilient, she decided to explore her creative side by designing jewelry and home accessories and co-founding the Providence Craft Show. Blending her experience in design, an interest in working with others, a fascination with new technology and as a new mom wanting to find interesting things to do with her kids, she created the online parenting resource KiDOinfo. She also writes a seasonal column for Edible Rhody Kids, inspiring children to learn about their local food sources. She has partnered with numerous local organizations such as AS220, Greater Kennedy Plaza, the Partnership for Providence Parks, and the Providence Children’s Museum to create and support local family programming and activities. Anisa brings her entrepreneurial experience, collaborative way of thinking, social media savvy, and love for storytelling and moving images to her new job as Executive Director of the Providence Children's Film Festival.

Eric Bilodeau, Director of Programming, Providence Children's Film Festival was raised in the family movie business in Rhode Island (The Bristol Cinema, The Castle Cinema, The Meadowbrook Cinema and the Cable Car Cinema & Cafe). He developed a strong sense of in film programming both commercial and art house. Running the Cable Car Cinema for 18 years gave him the experience to sharpen his skills in a multitude of film genres. After selling the Cable Car Cinema in 2007, Eric was hired as the Director of Programming for the Newport International Film Festival until he switched to programming the last six years with the Providence Children's Film Festival.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: children's librarians and interested library staff.

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Meeting the New Requirement to Receive Unemployment Benefits

Tuesday, September 30
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
East Providence Public Library
Series: Reference
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Jean Luisi, Senior Employment and Training Manager, NetworkRI

Lecture-style presentation

Beginning Sept. 1, the RI Dept. of Labor and Training will require all unemployment benefit recipients to have an online resume in the EmployRI database. Unemployment recipients will have 6 weeks to post a resume; failure to do so may result in a delay or loss of benefits. Libraries across the state may experience an influx of patrons looking for help on meeting this requirement. Come to this session to find out how to easily and quickly assist your patrons with this requirement and get information on where to direct them for further assistance. This session will also provide an overview of the EmployRI job search database. OLIS will also offer this training on October 21 and November 6. Please check the continuing education schedule.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: All library staff

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October 2014

Mock Newbery Discussion #1

Wednesday, October 01
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Hampden Meadows School
Series: Youth Services
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Cheryl Space, Providence Community Library, and Bonnie Lilienthal, Providence Public Library

It's time to start taking a close look at the children's novels published in 2014. Please read one or (better yet) more books for the first meeting. Participating in the Mock Newbery is an opportunity to read the newest children's books and to discuss them with other passionate readers.

We will be reading and discussing new books at each meeting, so feel free to join in as many discussions as you can. The book lists is posted on the OLIS website, including those books going on the final voting list, and will be updated after each meeting. Please visit the Mock Newbery website to see the current list.

If you have a book you'd like us to consider, please email your suggestion to Cheryl Space or Bonnie Lilienthal.

Join us for a lively conversation!

Registration required.

Intended Audience: children's librarians, YA librarians, elementary and middle school librarians, and other children's literature enthusiasts

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Broadband RI Basic Digital Literacy Instruction Workshop

Tuesday, October 07
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Ocean State Libraries
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Don Gregory - Broadband RI, Betsy Dalton - RI Adult Education Professional Development Center

Adult Education teachers will be introduced to the BBRI Internet Basics Curriculum and work in pairs to practice delivering and integrating these tech skills into the AE classroom. The curriculum and workshop are based on a framework of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Simulations and group sharing and reflection are a major part of this workshop. Lunch will be provided.

Limited to 10 participants.

Intended Audience:

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Google: More than Just a Search Tool

Wednesday, October 08 CLASS IS FULL
9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Rochambeau Branch Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Amanda Izenstark, Associate Professor, Reference and Instructional Design Librarian, University of Rhode Island, University Library

Google Drive can help you, your colleagues, and your patrons be more productive, efficient, and organized. This session will cover using Google Docs, Presentations, Spreadsheets, and Forms, and discuss ways these tools can be used for word processing, collaboration, assessment, internal and external communication - and even a little fun!

This will be a hands-on, interactive session.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: All library staff

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Financial Literacy @ Your Library

Thursday, October 09
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Cumberland Public Library

Want to learn more about financial literacy programming and resources that are available in your community? The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the RI Library Association, and the Office of Library and Information Services are joining forces to assist librarians in developing and promoting financial education programs at libraries across the state. Learn about the CFPB's new partnership with libraries and the resources to support libraries from staff of the CFPB's Office of Financial Education. Meet representatives from community organizations and state agencies who have partnered with libraries during RILA's Money Smart Week and can offer resources and programming. Hear from libraries that have hosted financial education programs during Money Smart Week, which takes place every year in April.

In June, Senator Jack Reed and Director Richard Cordray of the CFPB announced that Rhode Island would be the first state to participate in the CFPB's financial education campaign. Through this session, you can learn about the wealth of programs and services that can help your patrons become more financially savvy, as well as getting practical advice on how to increase financial literacy offerings at your library that are adapted to the unique needs of your community.

This session takes place in the main meeting room at the Cumberland Public Library; enter through the library.

Whether or not you attend, RILA would like to know more about your library's programming and initiatives around financial literacy, for example, taxes, student loans, saving and preparing for college, mortgage and housing assistance, etc. Please fill out this brief survey on financial literacy @ your library.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: All library staff

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What's Cooking in the Library? Cookbook Collections and Summer Reading Review

Tuesday, October 14
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Barrington Public Library
Series: ART
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Jessica D'Avanza

641.5 a.k. a. the "cookbook section" is easily one of the most popular non-fiction areas in the public library. From classics like Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" and Alice Water's "Chez Panisse" to modern Food Network chefs, it's also chock-full of books that cover dietary concerns like gluten-free, low-carb, dairy-free, vegan and Paleo along with the recent DIY cheesemaking, homebrewing, canning and preserving movements.

How do you recommended the best cookbooks, particularly if you don't like to cook yourself? Join Jessica D'Avanza for a food-filled discussion about classic cookbooks and chefs to include in your collection, some of the best cookbooks to recommend to patrons, including foodie memoirs (memoirs by the chef's themselves!). She will also discuss programming for adults around the theme of food.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: All library staff

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Accessible Rhode Island Libraries

Wednesday, October 15 CLASS IS CANCELED
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Warwick Public Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Ellen Kreutler and Dr. Elizabeth Dalton

Accessible Rhode Island, which operates under the umbrella of the MS Dream Center, has recently launched its new website, www.access-ri.org. The resource takes the guess work out of accessibility for over 900 venues throughout the state of Rhode Island including libraries. Library staff will benefit from review of the site, and become part of the voice on mobility accessible options for their community.

In addition, Dr. Elizabeth Dalton will discuss accessibility and outreach efforts by public libraries participating in the ALL ACCESS grant program.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: All library staff

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6th Annual Teen Summit: The NEW Basics

Thursday, October 16
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Beechwood Hotel
Series: YART
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Keynote Speaker: Maureen Hartman, Youth Services Coordinator at the Hennepin County (MN) Library System

Co-Sponsored by the Massachusetts Library System and the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services.

Much has changed since the first Teen Summit back in 2009; the iPad was a rumor, Minecraft was just breaking ground and were we still holding onto our game controllers while dancing-XBOX’s Kinnect was still a year away. According to the Young Adult Library Services Association’s "Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action" 2014 report, there is a paradigm shift in services for teens. As one report participant said, “Libraries used to be grocery stores. Now we need to be kitchens.” Instead of just consuming what the library has to offer users are looking to create and innovate. For teens, libraries are a place for engagement and directed learning and our librarians need to be ready to answer the call to action. Join the Massachusetts Library System and the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services as we take a look at thenew basics for teens. The daylong event will start with a keynote from Maureen Hartman, Youth Services Coordinator at the Hennepin County Library System (MN) and an author of the YALSA 2014 report. We’ll have breakout sessions led by peer leaders in the field and a closing panel discussion of the whole library approach to teen services. There will also be plenty of networking opportunities and as always, a lot of fun! You are encouraged to invite a colleague or other stakeholder from your community to attend with you. Please see Agenda.

Register for this program through the Massachusetts Library System following the link below. There is a minimal fee due when you register; after October 1, the fee is non-refundable.

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

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How to Build and Post a Resume in the EmployRI Database

Tuesday, October 21 CLASS IS FULL
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Cranston Public Library
Series: Reference
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Jean Luisi, Senior Employment and Training Manager, NetworkRI

Hands-on workshop

Beginning Sept. 1, the RI Dept. of Labor and Training has made an online resume in the EmployRI database a requirement for collecting unemployment benefits. Libraries across the state may see an influx of patrons looking for help in meeting this requirement. Come to this session to find out how to easily and quickly assist your patrons with this requirement and get information on where to direct them for further assistance. This session will also provide an overview of the EmployRI job search database.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: All library staff

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Participating in Collaborative Digital Projects: What You Need to Know

Wednesday, October 29
9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
William Hall Library, Cranston
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): David Joyall, Senior Photographer and Frances Harrell, Preservation Specialist, Northeast Document Conservation Center; and Robert Aspri, Executive Director, HELIN

The Rhode Island Statewide Digital Repository project, led by the HELIN consortium and funded by a LORI Grant on behalf of all RI libraries and cultural heritage institutions, is gaining an unmistakable momentum toward the goal of an educational resource for teaching, learning and research for libraries, educators, and the entire Rhode Island population! Attend this day long workshop to get a handle on the basics of digitization and how to participate in a collaborative digital project.

Robert Aspri, HELIN's Executive Director, will give a brief overview of the statewide initiative and presenters from the Northeast Document Conservation Center will guide us through the components needed to contribute to the repository.

The program includes an introduction to collaborative digital projects, with a focus on high quality metadata and the responsibilities of contributing institutions. You will learn:

  • What being part of a larger digital repository means for your library,
  • How your library’s digital objects can be part of a larger digital repository and still represent the resources of your library,
  • How to create digital objects, including best practices and standards,
  • About the differences between creating digital objects in-house and working with vendors to create them,
  • Metadata concepts, including standards and application profiles, and
  • What you need to do to preserve digital objects and keep them free of corruption using preservation strategies and resources.

David Joyall joined NEDCC in 1986 when traditional darkroom methods for duplicating historic film and glass plate negative collections were the standard. He now specializes in the digitization of oversize materials, and has extensive experience in the handling of rare and fragile collections materials. David has also been involved with NEDCC's School for Scanning, Persistence of Memory, and Digital Directions conferences, has presented at the Smithsonian Museum of American History and the National Archives, and teaches workshops on digitization of photographic collections. David has a degree in Photography from the New England School of Photography.

Frances Harrell conducts general preservation needs assessments and represents NEDCC on the COSTEP MA (Coordinated Statewide Emergency Preparedness in Massachusetts) Executive Committee. She has a strong interest in disaster planning and emergency response and recovery, as well as the preservation planning challenges facing smaller collecting institutions. She received an MLIS from Simmons College GSLIS and a BA in English Literature from the University of Florida.

There will be a lunch break. Bring a bagged lunch or purchase lunch at a near-by eatery.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Designed for library staff that have little to no industry standard experience with digitization or digital preservation and work with historically significant and other unique cultural heritage materials. The session is tailored to the digitization of unique materials. Library directors and other staff interested in learning more about how contributions to a digital repository collection need to be developed are encouraged to attend.

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November 2014

Mock Newbery Discussion #2

Wednesday, November 05
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
St. Andrew's School
Series: Youth Services
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Cheryl Space, Providence Community Library, and Bonnie Lilienthal, Providence Public Library

It's time to start taking a close look at the children's novels published in 2014. Please read one or (better yet) more books for the second (of four) meetings. Participating in the Mock Newbery is an opportunity to read the newest children's books and to discuss them with other passionate readers.

We will be reading and discussing new books at each meeting, so feel free to join in as many discussions as you can. The book lists will be posted on the OLIS website, including those books going on the final voting list, and will be updated after each meeting. Please visit the Mock Newbery website to see the current list.

If you have a book you'd like us to consider, please email your suggestion to Cheryl Space or Bonnie Lilienthal.

Join us for a lively conversation!

Registration required.

Intended Audience: children's librarians, YA librarians, elementary and middle school librarians, and children's book enthusiasts

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How to Build and Post a Resume in the EmployRI Database

Thursday, November 06
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Pawtucket Public Library
Series: Reference
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Jean Luisi, Senior Employment and Training Manager, NetworkRI

Hands-on workshop

Beginning Sept. 1, the RI Dept. of Labor and Training has made an online resume in the EmployRI database a requirement for collecting unemployment benefits. Libraries across the state may see an influx of patrons looking for help in meeting this requirement. Come to this session to find out how to easily and quickly assist your patrons with this requirement and get information on where to direct them for further assistance. This session will also provide an overview of the EmployRI job search database.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: All library staff

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Exploring the New Normal: Trends in Library Services

Thursday, November 13
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Cranston Public Library

The Coalition of Library Advocates, the RI Library Association and the Office of Library and Information Services are joining forces to present a forum designed to shine a spotlight on emerging library trends by showcasing innovative projects and initiatives at libraries across the state. Designed to expand awareness of what's happening in libraries today with an eye to the future, this event will be of special interest to trustees, friends groups, and library stakeholders, as well as librarians. A dynamic collection of short presentations by speakers from a variety of libraries and demonstrations of projects at libraries will inspire you to think differently about library services in your community:

  • How do you create learning spaces in your library? Jack Martin discusses how Providence Public Library created a Learning Lounge in unused space to create an innovate learner-centered environment that encourages peer-to-peer learning along with hands-on tech experiences for teens through adults. Traditional classes cover the gamut from literacy to workforce assistance to digital exploration.
  • What are the challenges of developing a maker space in your library, and why should you try? Luke Owens shares how Newport Public Library created a maker space without a space, and ran a camp for children last summer in partnership with FabNewport and Middletown and Portsmouth Public Libraries. Steve Heath of FabNewport will discuss the importance of skills developed through maker technology.
  • How do you take your library from an errand to a destination? Melissa Chiavaroli and Jenn Cournoyer went undercover and visited multiple libraries to observe how atmosphere, displays and programming impact the user experience. Their discoveries helped them create an innovative action plan at Cumberland Public Library. Learn how minor changes can transform your library, no matter how small your budget or big your dreams.
  • How do today's libraries support the Information Literacy continuum (K-college & lifelong learning) and why is this important? Mary Moen of Chariho High School and URI GSLIS, and Mary MacDonald of URI University Libraries share how librarians work together to provide ample opportunity for skill building as students transition from elementary and secondary education to higher education and beyond. Learn about the role that schools and libraries play to ensure we are an informed citizenry equipped with skills to compete in the global economy.
  • What is the value of gaming in libraries? Emily Brown of Cranston Public Library and Ed Graves of Providence Community Library talk about why Minecraft programs are the new storytime and what libraries can do to serve gamers, who now make up a majority of most libraries' service populations. Whatever your resources and technical expertise, this will inspire you to welcome gamers into your library.
  • How do you rise to the challenge of re-envisioning your library? Today's libraries can take advantage of their unique assets of people, place and platform and become catalysts for change. Karen Mellor shares how library leaders, policy makers and the community can work together to support and strengthen libraries in their communities and throughout the state.

In addition to short presentations, attendees will have the opportunity to see a 3D printer in action, use an Overdrive Media Station to order digital media, and view local history projects developed with digital tools. In addition, there will be plenty of time to network with library advocates from across the state.

Bring your trustees, your friends, your local officials, and anyone else who is interested in learning more about what the new normal is for libraries!

Sponsored by the Coalition of Library Advocates (COLA) and the Rhode Island Library Association (RILA) in partnership with the Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS). Refreshments will be provided.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Librarians, library staff, library trustees, and library supporters

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To RAP or not to RAP, Getting in the Groove of the OLIS LORI Delivery

Tuesday, November 18
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Jamestown Philomenian Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): LORI Resource Sharing Working Group, presented by Lori Brostuen, Director of Library Systems, Redwood Library and Athenaeum

Do you know that if the outgoing items are not completely picked up by the delivery driver, it is considered a missed stop? What do you do with the water damaged items? Where do you go to find a valid 3-letter code and why does it matter?

Join your colleagues from around the state and the LORI Resource Sharing Working Group for this informational session about OLIS LORI delivery. We will provide an overview of the service and to address some of the most frequently encountered issues.

Time permitted, we may also explore these topics:

  • Barcode on cover of book
  • Best practices
  • Delivery on demand
  • Delivery items count
  • Items that do not belong to your library
  • Handling of the non-print materials

Registration required.

Intended Audience: LORI library Access Librarians, Heads of Circulation and library staff who process incoming and outgoing OLIS LORI Delivery items.

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Identifying and Managing Behavior Issues in the Library

Tuesday, November 18
9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Cranston Public Library
Series: Adults and Young Adults Services
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Holly Fitting, Director of Residential and Intermediate Services, The Providence Center

Library personnel are often in contact with patrons who present with symptoms related to mental illness, addiction, trauma, or a combination of all three. Sometimes, efforts to communicate with these patrons during highly symptomatic times do not work effectively. This workshop will teach the basics about mental illness, addiction and trauma, highlighting the signs and symptoms that might create challenges for library personnel. Several communication skills will be taught, including verbal deescalation skills. Role-plays and demonstrations will be used to provide feedback and to discuss alternative interventions when attempts to deescalate do not work. This session is part of both the Adult Services Roundtable and the Young Adult Services Roundtable series.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: All interested library staff

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December 2014

Children's Summer Reading Performer's Showcase

Monday, December 01
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Henry Barnard School
Snow Date: Monday, December 8
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 2015 slate of programs offered statewide.

Note: Everyone who enters the Henry Barnard School building must have completed a Criminal Background Check (BCI) from the State of RI. An individual may apply directly to the Department of Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Identification. This may be done by mail or in person. The address is 150 South Main Street, Providence, RI 02903. Individuals should call in advance (401-274-4400) to determine the hours when the Bureau is open to receive applications. Full directions and information are available online http://www.riag.ri.gov/bci/records.php.

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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Broadband RI Basic Digital Literacy Instructor Workshop

Tuesday, December 02
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 a.m.
Cumberland Public Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Don Gregory - Broadband RI, Betsy Dalton - RI Adult Education Professional Development Center

Public, academic, and school library staff/teachers will be introduced to the BBRI Internet Basics Curriculum and work in pairs to practice delivering and integrating these basic tech skills into their daily work at the library, whether in a one-on-one, ad-hoc lesson or in a more formal classroom setting. The curriculum and workshop are based on a framework of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), with a significant portion of the workshop focusing on Assistive Technology tools and resources. Simulations and group sharing and reflection are a major part of this workshop. A free lunch will be provided to all participants.

Limited to 10 participants.

Intended Audience:

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Mock Newbery Discussion #3

Wednesday, December 03
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Archie R. Cole Middle School
Series: Youth Services
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Cheryl Space, Providence Community Library, and Bonnie Lilienthal, Providence Public Library

The Mock Newbery club will be taking a close look at a final set of children's books published in 2014 in preparation for voting on our state winner in January. Please read one or (better yet) more books for the third (of four) meetings. Participating in the Mock Newbery is an opportunity to read the newest children's books and to discuss them with other passionate readers.

We will be reading and discussing new books at each meeting, so feel free to join in as many discussions as you can. The book lists will be posted on the OLIS website, including those books going on the final voting list, and will be updated after each meeting. Please visit the Mock Newbery website to see the current list.

Join us for a lively conversation!

Registration required.

Intended Audience: children's librarians, YA librarians, elementary and middle school librarians, and other children's book enthusiasts

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Teen Performer's Showcase

Wednesday, December 03
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Warwick Public Library
Snow Date: Wednesday, December 10th
Series: YART

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 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 2015 slate of programs offered statewide.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: YA librarians

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Binders Full of Handy Websites

Thursday, December 04
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cranston Public Library
Series: Reference
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Lisa Zawadzki, Reference Librarian, Cranston Public Library

If you missed Lisa’s session at the 2012 RILA Conference, you can take advantage of this program which will feature new websites and information that will be useful to all library staff.

“Discover handy online tools for all your library projects. Learn about great image sources and editors, web page creators, file converters, and so much more! All the sites are free, simple to use, and amazing! Lisa’s collection of “wicked good web tools” is librarian tested, librarian approved!”

Registration required.

Intended Audience: All library staff

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Accessibility Options with Windows 7, MS Word, and IE

Friday, December 12
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Warwick Public Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Gloria Stuart, AT Consultant at TechACCESS of RI

Rhode Island libraries serve many populations, including individuals with disabilities. Come and explore beneficial computer accessibility options for your diverse patrons. The Windows 7 operating system includes accessibility options and programs that make it easier to see, hear, and use library computers. You can utilize these accessibility tools to personalize the computer experience for your patrons and increase their efficiency. Come and join us to learn more about accessibility support with Windows 7 and other Microsoft products!

TechACCESS has been a Microsoft Resource Center for over 8 years and has experience providing Windows accessibility training to populations requiring alternative ways of accessing computers.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: All library staff

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January 2015

Mock Caldecott

Monday, January 05
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
William Hall Library
Snow Date: Thursday, January 8
Series: Youth Services
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Mary Jane Begin, author & illustrator

At the Mock Caldecott, participants will take a close look at some of the most acclaimed picture books of 2014, discuss them, and then vote to select Rhode Island's mock Caldecott medal winner (and honor books, too).

To start the day, Mary Jane Begin will provide an hour-long workshop on assessing the visual narrative in picture books. Mary Jane is an award-winning illustrator and author of children’s picture books, a Rhode Island School of Design graduate, and professor in the Illustration Department at RISD. Her artwork has been exhibited throughout the country with one-woman shows at Books of Wonder Gallery in New York and Beverly Hills, at the National Museum of American Illustration in Newport, the RISD Museum, Society of Illustrators (NY), The DeCordova Museum, and Storyopolis in LA. To find out more about Mary Jane, and to see her artwork. Please visit Mary Jane Begin website.

After the workshop, participants will each present one or more picture books from the reading and viewing list, focusing on the Caldecott Medal criteria. The book list will be posted on the Mock Caldecott website.

Please feel free to bring a brown bag lunch to eat while we talk!

Schedule of the day:

9:00 - 9:30 Arrival, time to review books
9:30 - 10:30 Workshop with Mary Jane Begin
10:30 - 10:45 Break
10:45 - 1:30 Book presentations and discussion
1:30 - 2:00 voting/wrap up

Registration required.

Intended Audience: children's librarians, elementary school librarians, MLIS students

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Diversity in Young Adult Literature

Wednesday, January 07
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Portsmouth Free Public Library
Series: YART
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Group Discussion

"We Need Diverse Books" is a national campaign to raise awareness of the lack of diversity in publishing for children and teens. Some statistics from the campaign's website,:

  • "In June of 2013, multicultural publisher Lee and Low Books put together a graphic illustrating that although 37% of the population of the United States are people of color, only 10% of children’s books published contained multicultural content. This gap has remained steady from 1994-2013—18 years!"
  • The Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) further examined the issue with their study, Children’s Books by and about People of Color Published in the United States." They answered an often asked question: What about the use of animals as stand-ins for human characters in children’s books? How does that affect the statistics? The CCBC discovered that out of 1509 books published in 2013, 78.3% depicted human characters. When we subtract the 326 books with non-human characters, that leaves 1183 books with human characters. Only 124 of those books were of people of color, about 10.57% of the total. Even though the statistics only reflected the first six months of 2013, we see the same trend of underrepresentation."

At this YART meeting, we will discuss new YA books representing a diversity of characters, settings, and authors. Come and see what's out there to diversify your library's shelves!

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Young Adult Librarians

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Mock Newbery Voting Meeting

Wednesday, January 21
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Oak Lawn Branch
Snow Date: Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Series: Youth Services
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Cheryl Space, Providence Community Library, and Bonnie Lilienthal, Providence Public Library

The mock Newbery book discussion group has read and reviewed over 30 books this Fall and carefully selected the most outstanding ones to be included on the final voting list. It's time to choose the book(s) that Rhode Island teachers and librarians consider to be the "best of the best" and award our mock Newbery and honor book prizes!

In preparation for the voting meeting, please try to read all (or most) of the nominated books. Please join us even if you haven't been able to attend any of the preliminary book discussions ... all are welcome! Please visit the Mock Newbery website to see the voting list.

Join us for a lively conversation!

Registration required.

Intended Audience: children's librarians, YA librarians, elementary and middle school librarians, children's literature enthusiasts

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February 2015

Children's Summer Reading Program Booking Meeting

Monday, February 02
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Barrington Public Library
Snow Date: Wednesday, February 25
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Alicia Waters, Office of Library and Information Services

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. List of SRP presenters

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

Important Note: 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: SRP Inspiration for “Every Hero Has a Story”

Monday, February 02
12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Barrington Public Library
Snow Date: Wednesday, February 25
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Anne McLaughlin, Head of Youth Services, West Warwick Public Library and Brenda D’Aguanno, Youth Services Librarian, North Scituate Public Library

Throughout the summer of 2015, libraries everywhere will advocate that “Every Hero Has a Story.” Anne McLaughlin and Brenda D’Aguanno will share some of their ideas for the upcoming Summer Reading Program (SRP) and ask about your ideas! You’ll discuss some new, creative ways to get families excited about the SRP. Come prepared to learn and to share ideas for programs, crafts, and other activities. 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's librarians and others hosting library summer reading programs.

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YA Summer Reading Program Booking Meeting

Monday, February 02
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Barrington Public Library
Snow Date: Wednesday, February 25
Series: YART
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Alicia Waters, Office of Library and Information Services

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. List of SRP presenters

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

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

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Young Adult Librarians

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Finding the Right Grant for Your Library

Tuesday, February 10
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
North Kingstown Free Library
Series: Adults and Young Adults Services
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Amy Greer, PhD candidate, Simmons College

Have a great idea for a project, but not sure how to fund it? This workshop will provide you with the tools you need to decide if a grant is the right form of funding for you, and if so, what kind of grant will work best for your library. You will learn about different types of grants and how to determine which type works for which projects, as well as how to build relationships with funders before the grant is due. Come with a project idea, even if it's pie in the sky, and do some workshopping together on grantwriting and grant getting.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: All interested library staff

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Helping Your Patrons with Interviewing Skills

Wednesday, February 11 CLASS IS CANCELED
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Middletown Public Library
Series: Reference
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Jean Luisi, Dept. of Labor & Training, Sr. Employment Training Manager

A resume got them the interview; a great interview will help them land the job! Help your patrons improve their skills and gain self-confidence prior to that important interview. Participants will learn how to field difficult questions and will be provided tips on what questions to ask during an interview.

Registration required. Limited to 25 participants.

Intended Audience: LORI Library Staff

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Exploring the Rhode Island Library Technology Landscape

Thursday, February 12
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Cumberland Public Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Chaichin Chen, Resource Sharing Coordinator, OLIS

Get a bird's-eye view of the Rhode Island library technology landscape through data gathered from the 2014 LORI membership certification. We will look at tools and services that have been widely adopted by libraries and learn about the new possibilities from the trailblazers among us.

The presentation will highlight the following areas and answer questions about the LORI Certification.

  1. Hardware and Applications – including legacy equipment, mobile devices, peripherals offerings, and tools for creative space and digitization projects
  2. Electronic Resources and Subscriptions - e-content acquisition models, streaming media, e-journals and database subscriptions
  3. Services - virtual meeting/instruction, in-person training, digitization, and wireless access

Participants will be encouraged to share their proven concepts and to make contacts for future collaborations.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: LORI library directors and staff.

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Records Management for Libraries and Municipal Agencies

Wednesday, February 25
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
East Providence Public Library (Weaver)
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Brien Brothman, Electronic Records Specialist and Tracey Croce, Local Government Records Analyst, Rhode Island State Archives

State and local government agencies create and receive records within the course of their business. Retention of records created by public libraries is governed by a retention schedule: LG13 Public Library Records.

Come to this session to find out how to identify public records, use the approved retention schedules and protect records until final disposition (keep or destroy). Learn about records management issues that affect paper and electronic records. Approved records schedules will be referenced from Municipal Departments Records Retention Schedules and General Records Schedules.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Public Library directors, administrative personnel, managers and records custodians.

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Exploring the Rhode Island Library Technology Landscape

Thursday, February 26
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Alan S. Feinstein Middle School Library, Coventry
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Chaichin Chen, Resource Sharing Coordinator, OLIS

** This is a repeat of the February 12 program. **

Get a bird's-eye view of the Rhode Island library technology landscape through data gathered from the 2014 LORI membership certification. We will look at tools and services that have been widely adopted by libraries and learn about the new possibilities from the trailblazers among us.

The presentation will highlight the following areas and answer questions about the LORI Certification.

  1. Hardware and Applications – including legacy equipment, mobile devices, peripherals offerings, and tools for creative space and digitization projects
  2. Electronic Resources and Subscriptions - e-content acquisition models, streaming media, e-journals and database subscriptions
  3. Services - virtual meeting/instruction, in-person training, digitization, and wireless access

Participants will be encouraged to share their proven concepts and to make contacts for future collaborations.
About the Alan S. Feinstein Middle School Library

Registration required.

Intended Audience: LORI library directors and staff.

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March 2015

Strengthening Community Partnerships, an Edge Initiative Workshop

Tuesday, March 03
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
East Providence Public Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Amy Greer, Edge Initiative; Tansy Matthews, Edge Initiative

Join your public library colleagues for a training and sharing session on Edge Initiative. We will start with a training by Edge certified trainer Amy Greer on “Strengthening Your Library Partnerships.” The training will guide us in developing strategies to:

  • Effectively advocate for technology resources
  • Identify and grow partnerships
  • Create an advocacy plan
  • Craft and deliver compelling messages

The presentation will be followed by a sharing session open to all participants to discuss their progress and challenges with edge.

This program is open to public libraries that have completed the Edge assessment. If you have registered and are working on the assessment, make sure you complete it before March 3, 2015. If you have not registered, go to www.libraryedge.org, click the “Sign Up” button located at the top right corner of the Edge home page. When you sign up, you will receive additional information and resources from the Edge team, including the Edge Assessment Workbook to help you prepare for participation and get started. All participants should complete their library Edge assessment prior to the program date.

About Edge Initiative: Edge is a groundbreaking management and leadership tool, helping libraries create a path for the continuous growth and development of their public technology services. Through an easy to use suite of tools, Edge supports libraries in making strategic decisions and identifying areas for improvement. The Edge Toolkit gives libraries a look into their local data, from operations to partnerships and programming, to assess how their community is using the technology and how best practices can be put into place to align future growth and services with community priorities.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Public library directors and staff.

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Using LinkedIn for Job Searching

Wednesday, March 04
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
West Wawick Public Library
Series: Reference
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Jack Andrade, Dept. of Labor and Training, Principle Employment & Training Interviewer

"LinkedIn is the world's largest professional networking tool." Show your patrons how to create and manage a LinkedIn profile and build and engage with their professional network. Access knowledge, insights and opportunities. This hands-on workshop will focus on giving your patrons an overview of LinkedIn, creating a profile, how to request and give endorsements and job searching methods.

Registration required. Limited to 12 participants.

Intended Audience: LORI Library Staff

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Summer Reading Program Registration and Tracking Tool

Wednesday, March 04
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Cumberland Public Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Lindsay Thompson, Counting Opinions (SQUIRE) Ltd.

OLIS is offering an online tool that enables libraries to register summer reading participants and allows them to track their progress. The tool will be available to all public libraries participating in the children's, teen and adult summer reading program. Come learn about how to set up this tool for use at your library in time for the 2015 Summer Reading Program (SRP). The app, developed by Counting Opinions, allows libraries and SRP participants to set goals, track progress, manage awards and more.

This session is an online webinar facilitated by OLIS staff. For those who cannot attend the in-person session, please contact OLIS for log-in information or about accessing the instruction archive after March 4, 2015.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Public library youth and adult services librarians.

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Teen Summer Reading Program Sharing Session

Monday, March 09
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
North Scituate Public Library
Series: YART
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Group Discussion

Come and discuss the 2015 Teen Summer Reading Program, "Unmask," 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: Young Adult Librarians

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Reading and Discussing Mysteries/Summer Reading 2015

Friday, March 13
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Rogers Free Library
Series: ART
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Group discussion

Discussing some of the most popular book in the library- mysteries. Share how you use them in book groups. Afterwards, share ideas about programming for the upcoming summer reading program at your library.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Adult programming librarians

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Rhode Island Library Trustees Institute

Saturday, March 21
9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Cranston Public Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Rick Blain, Richard R. Blain & Associates

The Coalition of Library Advocates, the RI Library Association and the Office of Library and Information Services are joining forces again to present a forum for public and special library trustees and directors. We will start the program with a presentation from the Richard R. Blain & Associates on fundraising followed by discussions on topics most pressing to library trustees. The presentation of fundraising will focus on:

  • National giving trends
  • Understanding why people give and solicitation methods
  • Preparing for the donor visit
  • Developing donor relations
  • The ‘art of the ask’

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Library trustees and directors.

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April 2015

Security in the Library

Wednesday, April 01
10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
CCRI - Warwick Campus, Board Room, #4090??
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Mark M. Gadbois, Lincoln Public Schools; Thomas Anter, Johnson & Wales University

One of the integral resources a library provides to its patrons and staff is a sense of security and safety.  However, to what lengths does a library need to go to provide it for its patrons and staff?  What is too little security, or too much?  What is an infringement on rights?

Please join the LORI Resource Sharing Working Group and your colleagues from around the state for a day-long program where we will seek the answer to these and many other questions regarding security in all types of libraries - academic, public, school, and special.

The morning portion of the program will feature two presentations, one focusing on cyber-security and the other focusing on physical security.

The afternoon portion will feature a panel discussion.  The panel will feature our keynote speakers from the morning and other professionals with experience in security and legal matters.

To assist with timing of this portion of the program, participants will be asked to submit their questions or scenarios about security via an online survey before the program.  Those questions and scenarios will be discussed and examined by both your colleagues and the panel.

Lunch is not provided but is available in the dining hall at CCRI.

Speakers:
Mark M. Gadbois, IT Specialist for Lincoln Public Schools
Mark brings with him 21 years of service in the U.S. Army, including expertise in CyberSecurity, specializing in user OPSEC (Operation Security) training and supporting the CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team) program. In Mark's current role for Lincoln Public Schools (serving 3,100 students), he has overseen the implementation of the Wireless Classroom Initiative, and is embarking on a BYOD solution at the High School and Middle School.

Thomas Anter, Private Investigator at Big Brother Investigations and Library Night Attendant at Johnson & Wales University
Tom serves the legal and public sectors with information and location services. He provides many security-related services and has adapted his business practices to a rapidly changing environment.

Panelists, facilitated by Brian Gallagher, University of Rhode Island
Director Baker, University of Rhode Island
Chief Wetherell, Community College of Rhode Island
Thomas Anter, Night Attendant, Johnson & Wales
Mark Gadbois, IT Specialist, Lincoln Public Schools

Registration required.

Intended Audience: LORI library staff.

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Create Reports with Public Library Annual Report Data

Wednesday, April 08
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
North Kingstown Public Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Lindsay Thompson, Counting Opinions

In 2014, OLIS moved to LibPAS, a tool provided by Counting Opinions to collect annual report data from public libraries. One of the great features LibPAS offers is a portal that facilitates the creation of reports from data entered by libraries. Examples of various reports generated for comparable statistics are available on the OLIS website. At the session, you will learn how to create various reports for operational, reporting and advocacy purposes.

This session is an online webinar facilitated by OLIS staff. For those who cannot attend the in-person session, please register then contact OLIS for log-in information. The session will be archived and posted following the session.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Public library Directors and staff.

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4-H Science, Engineering and Technology Programs

Wednesday, April 08
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Newport Public Library
Series: YART
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Heidi Wright, URI 4-H Program Coordinator and Science Liaison

Featuring the 4-H Junk Drawer Robotics Curricula and National Youth Science Day Experiments.

Heidi Wright, URI 4-H Program Coordinator and Science Liaison will lead participants through several hands-on activities featured in 4-H SET curricula to help build confidence in facilitating science, engineering and technology programs for youth aged 10 years and up. Each participating library will receive a resource list and project samples to take back to their programs. Each participating library will get one kit to take back to run their own programs and to exchange with other participating libraries.

The 4-H “Junk Drawer Robotics” (JDR) program engages youth in learning scientific concepts and processes, the engineering design process cycle, and technology creation and building. In addition, the JDR program helps to build important life skills such as; problem solving, teamwork, communication and critical thinking. JDR provides youth with these experiences by working with household items to complete simple design challenges like building a marshmallow catapult, a clipmobile, a robotic arm and even a simple drawing robot.

4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD) is an exciting, interactive learning experience that engages thousands of youth across the country each year in conducting the National Science Experiment. Since 2008, more than 5 million youth have completed 4-H NYSD experiments in robotics, agricultural science, rocketry, wind power, environmental science and alternative energy. The annual 4-H NYSD event takes place each year during National 4-H Week in October, however, the experiments can be done at anytime that is convenient for your organization. Learn more about 4-H NYSD.

4-H is the youth outreach program of the Cooperative Extension Service and the University of Rhode Island. Learn more about 4-H programs.

This program is funded by Rhode Island 4-H Club Foundation.

Registration required. Limited to 15 participants.

Intended Audience: Young Adult Librarians

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Financial Literacy & Library Professionals Networking Event

Saturday, April 18
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
William Hall Library, Cranston

Money Smart Week - RI, the RI Library Association and the Office of Library and Information Services invite financial literacy and library professionals from across the state for a networking event that launches Money Smart Week 2015. The event will be a chance for librarians, representatives from community organizations, and state agencies to meet and learn how we can all work together to offer programming and services for our patrons, as well as learning about financial literacy resources.

Speakers at the event include General Treasurer Seth Magaziner, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, and individuals from the RI Library and Financial Literacy community. Money Smart Week - RI 2015 takes place April 18-25 and currently has over 40 events scheduled in libraries and community spaces throughout the state. Money Smart Week is a national initiative from the Chicago Federal Reserve to raise financial literacy awareness.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Librarians and library staff, financial literacy community

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Patrons and Their Preferences: Enhancing the User Experience

Monday, April 27
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Cumberland Public Library
Series: Reference

Join OLIS' Multi-type Reference Group for an interactive session about improving the user experience for your diverse patron groups. Speakers will discuss patrons' research habits in the age of Google, working with patrons with varying abilities, and displaying your collection so that it is eye pleasing, browsable, and manageable. Keynote speakers will also facilitate breakout sessions so that you can take this information and make an impact in your library today.

3:30 - 3:35 Welcome - Amanda Izenstark
3:35 - 4:20 Overviews - Aaron Coutu, Mackenzie Dunn, Ralph Apici, and Melissa Chiavaroli

Breakout Sessions (pick two to attend)

  • Room [1]: Research Habits in the Age of Google - Facilitated by Aaron Coutu and Mackenzie Dunn
  • Room [2]: Patrons with Varying Needs - Facilitated by Ralph Apici and Holly Fitting
  • Room [3]: Facilitating Browsing - Facilitated by Melissa Chiavaroli

4:25 - 4:45 Breakout Session 1
4:50 - 5:10 Breakout Session 2

5:15 - 5:30 Session Summaries & Closing - Mary Zammarelli

Speakers & Facilitators

-- Aaron Coutu is Assistant Director and Tech Coordinator at Cumberland Public Library.
-- Mackenzie Dunn is Research and Instruction Librarian at Bryant University.
-- Holly Fitting is Director of Residential & Intermediate Services at the Providence Center.
-- Ralph Apici is Associate Director, Acute Care Services at the Providence Center.
-- Melissa Chiavaroli is Head of Reference at the Cumberland Public Library.

Coordinated by the OLIS Multi-Type Reference Group: Alicia Waters, Heidi Blais, Tish Brennan, Melissa Chiavaroli, Jane Granatino, Andrea Hajian, Amanda Izenstark, Maura Keating, Mary Zammarelli, and Lisa Zawadski

Registration required.

Intended Audience: LORI Library Staff

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Genealogy Databases: HeritageQuest, Ancestry & American Ancestors

Thursday, April 30
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Providence Public Library, Barnard Room (3rd Floor)
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Kate Wells, RI Collection Librarian

Learn about the various genealogy databases available, including Ancestry, American Ancestors and AskRI's HeritageQuest and African American Heritage. The workshop will guide you through how to search the databases and how to use the records you find there. The session will also include a discussion of what kinds of records are available online (and which aren’t), how to effectively search for them, and how to use them to document family history. A review of the strengths of each database will be included as well as searching tips and tricks. Attendees are welcome but not required to bring their own device to follow along with the searches.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Librarians and library staff.

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May 2015

Current Realistic Fiction for Young Adults

Tuesday, May 05
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
West Warwick Public Library
Series: YART
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Group Discussion

New YA fiction, with a special focus on realistic fiction, is the focus of this YART session.

Please submit titles you'd like to discuss to Danielle Margarida (use subject line Realistic Fiction) so they can be included on the reading list, which will be posted on the OLIS YA Services page. Read as many of the books as you like and come prepared to booktalk and share your own personal critique.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Young Adult Librarians

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Aligning with and Sharing Resources to Support Young Children's Learning and Development

Tuesday, May 12
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Rochambeau Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Allison Comport, RI Department of Education RTTT-ELC Education Specialist, Early Learning

This two hour session will share resources developed by the RI Department of Education as well as ideas for how these can be used by children’s librarians to support young children’s learning and development within their libraries. Information will be shared on the Rhode Island Early Learning and Development Standards and Fun Family Activity Card resources and how these can be used to align and enhance storytime and library services. Additionally, information will be shared on RI's developmental screening campaign, related materials, and how the materials can be used with families.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Children's Librarians

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AskRI and Jobs, Training, and Skills Development for Adults

Thursday, May 14 CLASS IS CANCELED
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Providence Public Library, Barnard Room (3rd Floor)
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Karisa Tashjian, Director of RIFLI, Sherry Lehane, RIFLI ESOL Teacher and AskRI Staff

Learn about the various job, training and skills development tools and resources available for adults through the Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI), ALL ACCESS and AskRI, Rhode Island’s Statewide Reference Resource Center. The workshop will include an introduction to resources and services that provide resume feedback, career coaching, test prep and skills development, as well as academic help for adult learners. Attendees are welcome, but not required to bring their own devices.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Librarians and library staff.

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General Planning Meeting

Monday, May 18
1:30 p.m. - 4:00 pm
Cranston Public Library
Series: ART
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Chaichin Chen, Resource Sharing Coordinator, OLIS

Plan the upcoming year of Adult Round Table continuing education sessions. Bring program ideas and timely topics.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Adult Services Librarians.

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Counting Opinions Workshop

Monday, May 18
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Cranston Public Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Danielle Margarida

Interested in using Counting Opinions for your summer reading program? Join us for a hands on training as we walk through the configuration process together. Please bring a laptop and accessories, as computers are limited.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Public library staff responsible for organizing a summer reading program.

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EmployRI: Searching Job Postings and Current Labor Market Information

Thursday, May 21 CLASS IS CANCELED
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Cumberland Public Library
Series: Reference
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Jean Luisi, Dept. of Labor and Training, Sr. Employment & Training Manager

This hands-on workshop will show you how this powerful website can match skills to job openings, create and save up to 10 resumes, access hundreds of job postings, provide current Labor Market Information and serve as a personal career counselor.

Registration required. Limited to 15 participants.

Intended Audience: LORI Library Staff

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June 2015

YART Organizational Meeting & Annual Highlights

Thursday, June 04
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Jamestown Philomenian Library
Series: YART
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Group Discussion

Gather with your young adult librarian colleagues from around the state to plan the YART meetings for 2015-2016. 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. There will be a book giveaway, just in time for summer reading.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Young Adult Librarians

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NorthStar Digital Literacy Assessment

Tuesday, June 30
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Cranston Public Library C-Lab
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): RI Family Literacy Initiative Staff

The Northstar Digital Literacy Project defines basic skills needed to perform tasks on computers and online. The ability of adults to perform these tasks can be assessed through online, self-guided modules. Included are basic computer digital literacy standards and modules in eight main areas: Basic Computer Use, Internet, Windows Operating System, Mac OS, Email, Word Processing (Word), Social Media, and Excel.

When individuals pass the assessments at approved sites, they can obtain the Northstar Digital Literacy Certificate. This provides a credential for employment. There is no cost to complete the online assessments.

The Office of Library and Information Services, in partnership with the RI Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI), Broadband RI, and the Adult Education Professional Development Center, is pleased to be able to offer site licenses to enable libraries to become approved sites for the NorthStar Digital Literacy Certificate. This enables your library to award the Northstar Digital Literacy Certificates to individuals who have satisfactorily completed the online assessments. It will also allow you to access detailed data about testing results at your site(s).

The NorthStar Digital Assessment has been successfully deployed at Providence Public Library and Cranston Public Library through the Adult Lifelong Learning (ALL Access) program and already helped dozens of Rhode Islanders earn digital literacy certificates that have helped them with employment.

Learn more about the resources available to support digital learning and digital literacy assessment at your library at this special introductory session. OLIS has 24 NorthStar Digital Assessment licenses available, which will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. Libraries who attend this session will be given first priority.

Registration required. Limited to 18 participants.

Intended Audience: Public Library Directors

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July 2015

Public Library Annual Report Workshop

Wednesday, July 29
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
East Providence Public Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Karen Mellor, Office of Library and Information Services

Overview of the Annual Report process, including review of the survey tool, Counting Opinion's LibPAS, and discussion of specific areas of the report and state grant-in-aid process that are sometimes problematic.Please bring any questions you may have on the Annual Report.

Attendance is not mandatory, but encouraged, especially for new directors.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Public Library Directors and designated staff responsible for the annual report

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Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment Proctor Training

Thursday, July 30
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Cranston Public Library C-Lab
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Larry Britt, RI Family Literacy Initiative

The Northstar Digital Literacy Project defines basic skills needed to perform tasks on computers and online. The ability of adults to perform these tasks can be assessed through online, self-guided modules. When individuals pass the assessments at approved sponsoring sites, they can obtain the Northstar Digital Literacy Certificate. This provides a credential for employment. There is no cost to complete the online assessments.

In order to become a sponsoring site for the Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment, libraries must complete Proctor Training. Participants will have the opportunity to use a Demo agency website that is identical to the site used by sponsoring sites. After a review of the Proctor/Learner Codes of Conduct and the four different URLs, attendees will review the Assessment Results report and then take a detailed look at each function on what is called the "Digital Literacy Assessment Admin" page. Through the Demo agency web site, participants will have the opportunity to perform all of the Northstar administrative functions that will be required as a Northstar Sponsoring Site. This is a hands-on workshop; computers will be provided.

Prior to attending the workshop, participants will need to watch a twenty minute proctor training video and take and pass one assessment, bringing the results report to the training. Libraries should also sign up to become a sponsoring agency prior to the session. Upon signing up for this workshop, attendees will be emailed information on how to become a sponsoring site and given detailed instructions for the pre-workshop assignment.

The Office of Library and Information Services, in partnership with the RI Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI), Broadband RI (BBRI), and the Adult Education Professional Development Center (PDC), has 24 site licenses available to libraries to become approved sites for the Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment. Site licenses will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registration required. Limited to 15 participants.

Intended Audience: Staff of public libraries engaged in digital literacy training; attendees must work at a library that is a sponsoring site for the Northstar Digital Literacy Project

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Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment Proctor Training

Friday, July 31
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Cranston Public Library C-Lab
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Larry Britt, RI Family Literacy Initiative

The Northstar Digital Literacy Project defines basic skills needed to perform tasks on computers and online. The ability of adults to perform these tasks can be assessed through online, self-guided modules. When individuals pass the assessments at approved sponsoring sites, they can obtain the Northstar Digital Literacy Certificate. This provides a credential for employment. There is no cost to complete the online assessments.

In order to become a sponsoring site for the Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment, libraries must complete Proctor Training. Participants will have the opportunity to use a Demo agency website that is identical to the site used by sponsoring sites. After a review of the Proctor/Learner Codes of Conduct and the four different URLs, attendees will review the Assessment Results report and then take a detailed look at each function on what is called the "Digital Literacy Assessment Admin" page. Through the Demo agency web site, participants will have the opportunity to perform all of the Northstar administrative functions that will be required as a Northstar Sponsoring Site. This is a hands-on workshop; computers will be provided.

Prior to attending the workshop, participants will need to watch a twenty minute proctor training video and take and pass one assessment, bringing the results report to the training. Libraries should also sign up to become a sponsoring agency prior to the session. Upon signing up for this workshop, attendees will be emailed information on how to become a sponsoring site and given detailed instructions for the pre-workshop assignment.

The Office of Library and Information Services, in partnership with the RI Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI), Broadband RI (BBRI), and the Adult Education Professional Development Center (PDC), has 24 site licenses available to libraries to become approved sites for the Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment. Site licenses will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis.

This is a repeat of the session held on Thursday, July 30.

Registration required. Limited to 15 participants.

Intended Audience: Staff of public libraries engaged in digital literacy training; attendees must work at a library that is a sponsoring site for the Northstar Digital Literacy Project

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The Office of Library and Information Services will make a reasonable attempt to arrange appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities or special needs if at least 48 hours notice is given. Please call Maydi Calderon at 574-9313.