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OLIS Continuing Education Programs: 2015-2016

September 2015

NLM Specialized Health Information Resources and NN/LM Funding Opportunities

Tuesday, September 15
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
East Providence Public Library
Series: Reference
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Michelle Eberle, Health Literacy and Community Engagement Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region

The National Library of Medicine's (NLM) vast collection of biomedical and health resources serves as an authoritative source of information to promote effective use of information and decision making which can encourage healthy behaviors and improve public health. Come learn about NLM's free specialized resources for drug information, environmental health and toxicology, emergency preparedness, genetics, K-12 education, minority health, and senior health.

Did you know that you can join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region (NN/LM NER) to benefit from opportunities including professional development, resource updates, NLM educational materials, health information outreach project consultation, and funding opportunities? And, membership is free! Join us to learn about Network Membership, the types of awards available from NN/LM NER, how to apply for funding, and examples of successful projects.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: LORI Library Staff

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WorldCat Discovery: Searching Basics

Thursday, September 17
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Cumberland Public Library
Series: Reference
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): This will be a recorded OCLC webinar.

WorldCat Discovery Service will replace the OCLC FirstSearch service in December 2015. Both services will operate in parallel through December 2015.

This training session is to provide time for LORI library staffs to become familiar with the new service before access to FirstSearch ends December 31, 2015. The training will cover how to perform basic searching in WorldCat Discovery. OLIS subscribes to WorldCat Discovery in order to support Library of Rhode Island member libraries in their efforts to conduct research, cataloging and interlibrary loan activities. Current LORI library FirstSearch users are encouraged to attend this training.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: LORI Library Staff, especially those currently using FirstSearch.

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Promoting Library Programs through Media Outlets

Tuesday, September 22
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Cranston Public Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Ed Garcia, Director, Cranston Public Library; Jen McCaffery, Associate Editor, Rhode Island Monthly; Alan Rosenberg, Managing Editor, Providence Journal

How do you spread the word about the series of brilliant programs that your library has stacked up for the year? A mailing list and a mixture of social media are helpful, as are the staff's personal connections. But to reach out far and beyond your existing patron base, traditional media outlets can be a powerful tool.

Our guests will bring perspectives from the media and the library on how best to reach out to the media outlets to better promote the library programs.

* Ed Garcia is the Library Director at the Cranston Public Library. Before becoming a librarian, Ed was a marketing professional for 10 years at Sony Music and the Boston Phoenix. He was also Rhode Island Director of the American Diabetes Association and the Executive Director of the Diabetes Association of Greater Fall River.

* Jen McCaffery is the Associate Editor of the Rhode Island Monthly magazine and a freelance writer with the New York Times. The author of award-winning feature stories, Ms. McCaffery also organizes, budgets for and writes service packages including summer guides and best streets in the state.

* Alan Rosenberg is the Managing Editor of the Providence Journal. Mr. Rosenberg has been a reporter and editor since 1978, serving as founding editor of daily and Sunday arts, entertainment and calendar sections. He currently working online and in-print as manager of the 26-employee features department.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: LORI Library Staff involved in promoting library programs.

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Programming Showcase

Wednesday, September 23
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Rogers Free Library
Series: YART
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Group Discussion

Come prepared to share a favorite YA program that's been a hit or a new program you have in the works. We'll compile a list of supplies and "how-tos" to inspire your programs for the new school year.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Young Adult Librarians

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School Library Accessibility: Bringing Assistive Technology to Your School and Community

Thursday, September 24
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Cranston Public Library: Central Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Elizabeth Dalton Ph.D., Director of Research & Development, TechACCESS of RI; Stephanie Goetz MLIS, SLM: Digital Learning Team Leader, Cranston Public Library & ALL ACCESS in the Library

In collaboration with Cranston Public Library and TechACCESS of Rhode Island, ALL ACCESS in the Libraries, an IMLS-supported project, will be providing an informational seminar focusing on Accessibility Features available for students with disabilities. The seminar will teach school librarians how to be resources for students with disabilities, as well as position them to best prepare faculty and school communities in regard to resources available to students with disabilities in their schools.

The program will include an introduction to resources available at local Rhode Island libraries, as well as hands-on introductory training with Accessibility Features that are already available in common library technologies. This includes Mac (iOS), Windows 7 and future Windows 10 Accessibility Features that are/will be available to users.

The goal of this seminar is for school librarians to take the knowledge learned and utilize it to better serve students with disabilities. Being the resource hubs for their school communities, attendees will be more knowledgeable and capable in assisting and recommending further assistive technology-related resources to families of their disabled populations.

If you would like to participate in hands-on training, please bring laptops, iPads and your personal devices. Some Windows laptops will be available for use on a first-come, first-served basis.

***Due to limited space availability, please make every effort to attend the event once registered.

Arrival begins at 3:30pm for those who would like to view Central Library's new digital technologies C-Lab.

Refreshments will be offered.

Speakers:

* Elizabeth "Betsy" Dalton is the Director of Development and Research, and consultant to special projects for TechACCESS of Rhode Island. Prior to this, she was an Assistant Professor of Special Education at Rhode Island College and Coordinator of Assistive Technology for the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities where she wrote, managed, and worked in a number of grant projects on assistive technology, education, and diversity issues. In 2010, Betsy completed a Post-doctoral fellowship in Universal Design for Learning (UDL) & Leadership at Boston College and CAST, Inc. Her dissertation for a PhD in Education was recognized for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in Education Award, 2009, Kappa Delta Pi (RI), for "The Relationship Between Assistive Technology State Standards for Teachers, Assistive Technology Implementation, and Student Performance in the Context of Evidence-based Practice." From 1981-1993, she was a counselor and advisor to non-traditional students, including students with disabilities, at the Community College of RI. She also taught special education in the RI school systems of Providence, Narragansett, and Westerly, as well as a private Montessori school. Her interests include effective strategies and competencies for teacher preparation, infusion of UDL into practice, and linking assistive technology and educational technologies together in a seamless support system. Dr. Dalton has presented at conferences locally, nationally, and internationally.

* Stephanie Goetz is the Digital Learning Team Leader at Cranston Public Library in collaboration with ALL ACCESS in the Libraries. For the past year, Stephanie has also been working as a School Library Media Specialist in the Cranston Public Schools district.

Registration required. Limited to 25 participants.

Intended Audience: School Library Media Specialists

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Children's Services Fall Meeting

Monday, September 28
9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Tiverton Public Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Group Discussion, Dr. Carolyn Obel-Omia, RI College

Come prepared to share your summer highlights; what worked, what didn't, and what you would do differently next year. Everyone will have two minutes to share and visuals are encouraged! We'll unveil the 2016 On Your Mark, Get Set, Read artwork and brainstorm thematic connections.

Dr. Carolyn Obel-Omia, Assistant Professor at Rhode Island College's Feinstein School of Education and Human Development, will discuss various reading strategies and ways to best support beginning readers.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Children's Librarians

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Mock Newbery Meeting #1

Wednesday, September 30
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
St. Andrew's School, Barrington
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Group Discussion

It's time to start taking a closer look at the children's novels of 2015. The first discussion list will be coming soon and be sure to join the RI Mock Newbery Award Goodreads group, where the discussion is 24/7. Contact Danielle Margarida to join the Goodreads group or for more information.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Children's Librarians, School Librarians, and Teachers.

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October 2015

Twitter 101 Media Smart Libraries Workshop

Tuesday, October 06
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
East Providence Public Library
Series: Media Smart Libraries
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Catherine Damiani, Digital Services Librarian, East Providence Public Library

Media Smart LibrariesLibraries of all kinds are already using Twitter to good effect. Whether it is to broadcast your library events, converse with other professionals, or follow experts and resources, Twitter should be one of your library's communication tools. In this session you will learn how to use Twitter and discuss ways that this micro-blogging tool can facilitate the exchange of information. We recommend that you create a Twitter account ahead of time and bring your own mobile device.

This workshop is part of the Media Smart Libraries program which was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Public Librarians, School Librarians, Academic Librarian

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Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment Proctor Training

Wednesday, October 07
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 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),still has some 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 from 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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Teen Summit 2015: Connect the Dots

Wednesday, October 07
9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Beechwood Hotel, Worcester MA
Series: YART
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Massachusetts Library System and the Rhode Island Office of Library & Information Services

The Massachusetts Library System and the Rhode Island Office of Library & Information Services presents the seventh annual Teen Summit: a day of "connections"-connecting with our teens, our communities and each other.

We are thrilled to welcome Crystle Martin as our keynote speaker, presenting "Connected Learning in Practice: Youth Supported Learning in Libraries". Ms. Martin is a postdoctoral research fellow for the Connected Learning Research Network at the Digital Media and Learning Hub at University of California.

We're also excited about our breakout sessions: "Teens & Tech: Connecting the Past to the Future" presented by Kate Wells and Shannon Lake of the Providence (RI) Public Library's Teen Tech Squad and Jessi Snow, Teen Services Team Leader, talking about the new Teen Central space at the Boston Public Library in "What Worked: Creating a Teen Space" at the Central Boston Public Library.

And we're also planning to hear from YOU during the Teen Summit's school/public library collaboration "Shout & Share" - step up to the mic and give us your best idea for working together!

More details coming soon!

Online registration is now available. If you prefer to pay by check please contact Amanda Fauver, Events Coordinator.

Price includes meals. Lunch includes salad & dessert.

Intended Audience: Young Adult Librarians

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After 25 Years with the Americans with Disabilities Act, How Does Your Library Measure Up?

Thursday, October 08
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Cumberland Public Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Alyssa Gleason, RI Governor's Commission on Disabilities and Ellen Kreutler, MS Dream Center - Accessible RI

Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) pertains to local government entities including public libraries, including access to programming, services, and facilities. Come to this program and learn if your library and its services measure up. Alyssa Gleason, the Public Education Coordinator for the RI Governor's Commission on Disabilities, will discuss public libraries' responsibilities concerning equal access to civic life, accessible communications, open meetings, and Title II documentation. You will have the opportunity to ask her questions about the ADA, including those particular to your library. In the second part of the program, Ellen Kreutler will discuss how the MS Dream Center staff and volunteers go to Rhode Island libraries, cultural sites, restaurants and recreational areas to survey them about how well they conform to the ADA. The results of their reviews become public information on the website Accessible RI: A guide to accessibility in the Ocean State. RI residents and visitors can use the site to research accessibility in the facilities listed on Accessible RI.

Registration required. Limited to 15 participants.

Intended Audience: RI Library Staff

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Comics and Graphic Novels in the Library: More than "POW!"

Wednesday, October 14
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Cumberland Public Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): William Doughty, Bryant University Library

The status of comics and graphic novels in libraries has changed greatly in the past decade. How does this genre fit into your library's collection? Comic Cons in public libraries are a huge success because patrons enjoy and relate to the genre. The ALA Conference features a Graphic Novel/Gaming Stage and ALA is presenting and exhibiting at New York Comic Con. Comics and graphic novels bring in the "new adults" into the library because they grew up with the stories and characters depicted. Academic libraries purchase comics and graphic novels not just because they are used in the curriculum but because students want to read them for leisure. Do you know about the Eisner Awards for the comics industry which are considered the Oscars of the comic industry? Or that there is a Comic Book Legal Defense Fund?

William Doughty, Borrower Services Librarian, Bryant University, will share his expertise in the world of comics and graphic novels. Some of the points he will address include: how times have changed for comics, collection development tools and how to catalog/classify the materials in the collection, shelving, handling book challenges, and the connections between graphic novels and gaming.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Any LORI Library Staff interested in the use of comics and graphic novels in public or academic libraries. Areas of expertise include adult reader services, collection management, gaming, and circulation.

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Enhancing Children's Literature

Monday, October 19
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cumberland Public Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Ryan Racette, Storyteller

An in-depth view of children's literature, its role in library programming, and what importance it plays in children's development will be taken at this program. You'll learn the tricks to tell fun, exciting, engrossing stories, learn new ways to expand the stories, and which stories tell those subtle lessons so important to growing children. After this workshop you will have a better understanding of which stories to tell with a book list specially made to help librarians.

Ryan Racette, also known as Big Ryan, has been telling his tall tales throughout New England for over a decade. His original stories, puppetry, and high energy have earned him a loyal following at public libraries, schools, and festivals. Visit him at bigryanstalltales.com.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Children's Librarians

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LORI Resource Sharing Procedures

Thursday, October 22
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Warwick Public Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Cynthia Reed, Providence Community Library; Melanie Soter, Reference Librarian, CCRI Library at Providence

From email, phone, fax, online forms, to InRhode discovery and delivery, we will present information about resource sharing process for all. Whether you are from an academic, public, school, or other type of library, this is the session for you. There will be handouts about the universal LORI ILL procedures and experienced colleagues from the LORI Resource Sharing Working Group, who organized the program, will be there to answer your questions.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Circulation and resource sharing staff and supervisors.

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A Privacy Workshop for Librarians, by The Library Freedom Project

Thursday, October 29
9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Barrington Public Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): The Library Freedom Project: Kade Crockford, Jessie Rossman, Alison Macrina

Privacy and intellectual freedom are fundamental in library service to the public. Come to this program and learn how to how to apply digital privacy principles and tools in your library to continue supporting privacy and intellectual freedom.

The Library Freedom Project, a partnership among librarians, technologists, attorneys and privacy advocates, aims to bring to life the promise of intellectual freedom in libraries. Through educating librarians about surveillance threats, privacy rights and responsibilities, and the digital tools to stop surveillance, the Project's goal is to "create a privacy-centric paradigm shift in libraries and the local communities they serve."

In the program you will learn about:

  • threats to privacy from government and corporate surveillance,
  • librarians' privacy rights and responsibilities, and
  • technology tools that can help thwart surveillance.

Speakers will also address protecting the rights of children and young adults to search for the information they need without being tracked or blocked, and will include information about student privacy and how to apply the Child Online Protection Act.

Three speakers will share their expertise in different aspects of privacy as they relate to libraries, librarians and library workers, and patrons.

* Kade Crockford is director of the Technology for Liberty Project at the ACLU of Massachusetts and runs the PrivacySOS website. She will review some of the major surveillance programs and authorizations, including the USA PATRIOT Act. Kade focuses particularly on the uses of surveillance against historically marginalized communities like Muslim Americans, people of color and political activists, and illustrates the effect of surveillance on speech and writing.

* Jessie Rossman, staff attorney for the ACLU of Massachusetts and surveillance law expert, offers a "Know Your Rights" training for librarians, detailing the contours of federal and local privacy law, as well as providing information on how to respond when served with an information request such as a National Security Letter, administrative subpoena, or warrant.

* Alison Macrina, MLIS, director of the Library Freedom Project and a 2015 Library Journal Mover & Shaker, closes the workshop by demonstrating technology tools that can help thwart surveillance from intelligence agencies' dragnets and data collection by corporate entities. Alison teaches about tools that can be installed on public computers or taught to patrons in computer classes. They provide practical ways for everyday people to prevent search tracking, to browse the web anonymously, and to encrypt some of their online communications.

More about the speakers.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Academic and public librarians, trustees, library legal counsel, and others interested in privacy, surveillance, and online tools related to these practices.

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November 2015

Start a Conversation on Digital Voice in Your Library

Tuesday, November 03
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Cumberland Public Library, Hayden Center
Series: Media Smart Libraries
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Michelle Ciulla Lipkin, Executive Director, National Association for Medial Literacy Education

Media Smart LibrariesMany young people have vibrant lives online that often feel disconnected in the real world. Using a series of short films, this workshop helps librarians and educators bridge that gap. Run by the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), this workshop builds on a collaboration between Henry Jenkins' Media, Activism, and Participatory Politics project, Pivot.tv, and HitRECord. The short films explore the topics of credibility, remix, agenda shifting, and public vs. private. Young people--indeed, all of us--need to take responsibility for the quality of information they circulate, to recognize the risks and opportunities of political engagement, to understand the copyright implications of their choices to remix and share media, and to respect the contributions of others within their community. These films help young people to better understand what is at stake in participatory politics and to ask core questions before they act online. After the workshop, librarians will be ready to use these short films and associated discussion guides to start conversations with their students about digital engagement. (Dinner will be provided.)

Please note that this workshop will take place in the Hayden Center, which is not accessible through the main library. When you drive in Cumberland Public Library property, follow the sign for the Hayden Center. It is located to the left of the main building. Parking is available at the Hayden Center entrance.

This workshop is part of the Media Smart Libraries program which was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Registration required. Limited to 27 participants.

Intended Audience: Public Youth Librarians, Middle and High School Librarians

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Mock Newbery Meeting #2

Wednesday, November 04
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Hampden Meadows School, Barrington
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Group Discussion

We continue our closer look at the children's novels of 2015. Stay tuned for the short list and be sure to join the RI Mock Newbery Award Goodreads group, where the discussion is 24/7. Contact Danielle Margarida to join the Goodreads group or for more information.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Children's Librarians, School Librarians, and Teachers.

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Low Tech, High Tech, and Everything in Between: PR Tools for Library Programs

Tuesday, November 10
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Maury Loontjens Library (Narragansett)
Series: Adult Services Round Table
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Melissa Chiavaroli, Head, Reference Services, Cumberland Public Library; Stacie Parillo, Digital Producer, Providence Public Library/AskRI; Marilyn Sherman, Assist. Director, Maury Loontjens Library

Come hear what your fellow programming librarians do to promote library programs. We will explore the innovative uses of free to low cost tools. The three presenters will talk about how social media and subscription tool such as Constant Contact are used to promote programs. Audience members will have a chance to share their experience as well.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Adult Services Librarians and library staff who create and/or promote programming.

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Cornerstones of Democracy: Libraries, Intellectual Freedom and Privacy

Thursday, November 12
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Cumberland Public Library, 1464 Diamond Hill Road
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Nancy C. Kranich, Ph.D.

The Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS), the Coalition of Library Advocates (COLA), and the RI Library Association (RILA) are joining forces again to present a stimulating program on the important role of library trustees in preserving and protecting patrons' intellectual freedom and privacy rights. Participants will engage in thought-provoking discussions and interactive exercises to facilitate better understanding of why privacy matters to everyone.

The speaker is Nancy Kranich, President of the American Library Association from 2000 to 2001. She currently teaches at the Rutgers University School of Communication and Information and conducts special projects for the Rutgers University Libraries. Previously, Nancy served as Associate Dean of Libraries at New York University.

Nancy will examine the differences between confidentiality and privacy, the need for libraries to adopt privacy policies, the importance of understanding the relationship between privacy and the First Amendment, and privacy rights of youth. She will also familiarize trustees with helpful resources such as the ALA Privacy Toolkit. Attendees will leave this session with an understanding of why the library must remain a bastion for both free expression and privacy.

A tireless advocate for free and open access to information, Nancy has spoken out against censorship, filtering, secrecy, privatization, and other attempts to limit the public's information rights. She also spearheaded ALA's right to know, information commons, and civic engagement initiatives, fostered the development of ALA's privacy and filtering toolkits, formed the Coalition on Government Information, and established the James Madison Awards honoring champions of public access to information. She has testified several times before Congress, attended annual legislative days at the state and national levels, and participated in several White House and Congressional briefings. More

A light supper will be provided.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: This session is recommended for library trustees, library directors, and others interested in policy, privacy and intellectual freedom.

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LGBTQ Books and Resources

Thursday, November 12
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Tiverton Public Library
Series: YART
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Group Discussion

We'll share and discuss LGBTQ books and resources for teens. Please send Danielle Margarida any titles or resources you would like to include for discussion.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Young Adult Librarians

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Children's Independent Films: PCFF Film Jury Night

Monday, November 16
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Cranston Public Library
Series: Media Smart Libraries
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Eric Bilodeau, Director of Programming, Providence Children's Film Festival

Media Smart LibrariesJoin the Providence Children's Film Festival for this year's third film jury roundup. In this unique real-world workshop experience, librarians will learn about children's independent films by participating as an actual juror for the 2016 PCFF. Librarians will hone their film discussion skills with members of the public by sharing critical comments after each short film (kids go first). You will be surprised to see what is "obviously good" to some reviewers is "downright disagreeable" to others BUT be ready to explain. Great opportunity to think about new ideas for programming events that increase access to thoughtful films and exercise critical thinking skills and in a fun way. Popcorn for all.

This workshop is part of the Media Smart Libraries program which was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Grant # LG-07-14-0045-14

Registration required. Limited to 25 participants.

Intended Audience: Children and Teen Librarians, School Librarians

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AskRI: What's New and Best Practices for Easy Access

Tuesday, November 17
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
William Hall Library, Cranston
Series: OLIS Multi-type Reference Group
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Beatrice Pulliam, Technology Director, AskRI Director, Providence Public Library

What is AskRI?

AskRI is a virtual library, which provides access to quality reference services and resources to all residents of Rhode Island. Our site, AskRI.org, provides links to free online resources, live help from librarians and up-to-date and comprehensive links and resources.

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What services does AskRI provide?

AskRI provides online reference help for librarians who respond to reference questions remotely by online chat, phone, or email. Anyone can ask questions, such as how small businesses can locate relevant forms and regulations, or how fishermen can get licensed for the season. AskRI.org also features links to reliable, up-to-date resources that provide a wide range of information, including: AtoZ Databases; EBSCO Host; HeritageQuest; LearningExpress; Mango Languages, Tutor.com's Homework Help and Career Center; and World Book Web.

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These links provide access to scholarly articles, encyclopedias, medical information, full text versions of books, language learning programs, genealogy research, practice tests, and more. We also feature a comprehensive Job Seeker Center, which links to job posting boards and career tools, and a Health and Nutrition Center, with links to healthcare resources and insurance, nutrition, medical encyclopedias, and more.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: LORI Library Staff

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Legal Reference: Information, Resources & Liability

Wednesday, November 18
9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
South Providence Branch Library, 441 Prairie Ave., Providence
Series: Reference
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Tom Evans, State Librarian, RI State Library; Colleen Hanna, Acting State Law Librarian, RI Law Library; Raquel Ortiz, Assist. Dean of Library and Information Services & Assoc. Prof. of Law, RWU

Legal research requires the use of resources different than those usually found in a public library collection. Come learn about the resources patrons use in a law library setting to conduct legal research. Discover the differences between cases, statutes, and rules and regulations. Learn about where and how all of these materials and documents are found. Uncover the depth and breadth of a great treatise collection, and the importance of secondary sources. Combine this knowledge with the significance and treasures found in the stacks of a legislative/reference library and a law school library. Welcome aboard the legal reference express!

There is on street parking at this location

Registration required.

Intended Audience: LORI Library Staff

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Starting and Growing a Film Program: Elementary Through High School

Thursday, November 19
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Newport Art Museum
Series: Media Smart Libraries
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Brien Jennings, Narragansett Elementary School; Nick Marcoux, Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts; Katie Reaves, Beacon School for the Arts; GiveMe5

Media Smart LibrariesThis two part workshop focuses on developing, implementing, and sustaining film programming for children. Part one is a panel discussion with three Rhode Island educators who will share their experiences with film and media education, including their challenges, successes, and curriculum development. Part two is a presentation from GiveMe5 on their new consulting service for educators and librarians, in which they provide guidance, support, and services for schools and organizations to grow their film and media programming.

This workshop is part of the Media Smart Libraries program which was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. GiveMe5 is sponsored by The Rhode Island Film and Television Office in conjunction with The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

Registration required. Limited to 25 participants.

Intended Audience: Public Youth Services Librarians, School Librarians (K-12)

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December 2015

LORI Resource Sharing Procedures

Tuesday, December 01
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Cranston High School West
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Melanie Soter, Reference Librarian, CCRI Library at Providence

From email, phone, fax, online forms, to InRhode discovery and delivery, we will present information about resource sharing process for all. Whether you are from an academic, public, school, or other type of library*, this is the session for you. There will be handouts about the universal LORI ILL procedures and experienced colleagues from the LORI Resource Sharing Working Group, who organized the program, will be there to answer your questions.

This is a repeat of the October 22, 2015 program.

Intended Audience: Circulation and resource sharing staff and supervisors at all LORI libraries.

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Teen SRP Performer Showcase

Tuesday, December 01
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
William Hall
Series: YART
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): SRP Performers

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Young Adult Librarians

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Mock Newbery Meeting #3

Wednesday, December 02
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Archie R. Cole Middle School, East Greenwich
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Group Discussion

We continue taking a closer look at the children's novels of 2015. This will be our last discussion before voting on January 6 at the East Greenwich Free Library. Stay tuned for the short list and be sure to join the RI Mock Newbery Award Goodreads group, where the discussion is 24/7. Contact Danielle Margarida to join the Goodreads group or for more information.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Children's Librarians, School Librarians, and Teachers.

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Super Googling: Deep Searching and Data Collecting with Google

Tuesday, December 08
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Rochambeau Branch Library
Series: Reference
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Amanda Izenstark, Assoc. Professor, Reference & Instructional Design Librarian, URI and Kerri Hicks, Brown U. Sciences Library, Library Web Manager, Digital Technologist

In the first hour, learn tips and tricks for finding hard-to-reach information stored deep within Google's indexes. In the second hour, find out how Google Analytics (and some other nifty tools) can help you to understand the basics of who's using your library's website, and how you can make your web content even more helpful.

Registration required. Limited to 12 participants.

Intended Audience: LORI Library Staff

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Programming Ideas

Tuesday, December 08
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Rochambeau Branch Library, Providence
Series: Reference (Repeat session has been added due to high demand)
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Amanda Izenstark, Assoc. Professor, Reference & Instructional Design Librarian, URI and Kerri Hicks, Brown U. Sciences Library, Library Web Manager, Digital Technologist

In the first hour, learn tips and tricks for finding hard-to-reach information stored deep within Google's indexes. In the second hour, find out how Google Analytics (and some other nifty tools) can help you to understand the basics of who's using your library's website, and how you can make your web content even more helpful.

Registration required. Limited to 12 participants.

Intended Audience: LORI Library Staff

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Mock Caldecott

Wednesday, December 09
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
West Warwick Public Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Dr. Susannah Richards, Associate Professor of Education at Eastern Connecticut University

Mock Caldecott discussion and voting, with a presentation from Susannah Richards.

Susannah Richards is an associate professor of education at Eastern Connecticut State University where she teaches courses in English Language Arts and Children's and Young Adult Literature. She was a member of the 2013 John Newbery Award Committee, and regularly reviews and presents on books and English Language Arts strategies for highly able readers and writers at international, national, state and local venues of teachers, librarians, parents, and students.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Children's Librarians

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Stop Motion Animation on a Budget

Wednesday, December 09
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Feinstein Middle School Library, Coventry, RI
Series: Media Smart Libraries
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Bonnie Epstein, Director, Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art

Media Smart LibrariesStop motion animation is a fun way to create films and has the potential to be an engaging library program for children and teens. Learn the history of stop motion animation, watch some examples of films, and then get your hands wet by creating your own stop motion film. Facilitator Bonnie Epstein will bring all the equipment and objects you need to produce a film. A list of sample equipment, budget amounts and tips to run your own program will be provided.

This workshop is part of the Media Smart Libraries program which was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Public Librarians, School Librarians

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Taming the Temperament: Understanding the "Why" and Learning Styles in Infants and Toddlers

Wednesday, December 16
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Jamestown Philomenian Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Cheryl Hovey, MS

This workshop will help librarians answer the questions "What is temperament?" and "Why is it important to understand?" Temperament is how a person usually acts and is neither good nor bad. This workshop is based on current research and how this information can be used to optimize a child's growth and development and provides unique insights about children's temperaments. Participants will be learn in a small group activity how to utilize this information in their everyday planning.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the series, participants will be able to:

    A. Identify the three basic categories of temperament and the nine indicators of temperament.
    B. Understand how to utilize temperament information while working with young children.
    C. Understand learning styles and experiences as it relates to temperaments.

Cheryl Hovey in an Early Childhood Consultant and President of Ez Ed 2 Go. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Child and Family services with a Master of Science in Birth to Three: Development and Intervention and Infants and Toddler Specialist. Cheryl is currently Adjunct Professor at Fisher College, as well as a Field Supervisor at Curry College. She was recently named the 2015 Exceptional Emerging Leader by Exchange Press Inc.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Children's Librarians

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January 2016

Financial Literacy @ Your Library

Tuesday, January 05
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Marian J. Mohr Memorial Library 1 Memorial Avenue, Johnston, RI 02919
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Karen Mellor, CIO, OLIS, Aaron Coutu, President RILA, Seth Magaziner, RI General Treasurer, Bill Bianchi, RI Student Loan Authority, Pauline Abetti, Senior Education Manager, Junior Achievement RI

Want to learn more about financial literacy programming and resources that are available in your community? The Office of Library and Information Services and the Rhode Island Library Association are joining forces to assist librarians in developing and promoting financial education programs at libraries across the state.

Meet representatives from financial organizations who have partnered with libraries during RILA's Money Smart Week and can offer resources and programming. This is a great opportunity to learn more about financial education programs your library may offer during Money Smart Week, which will take place April 23-30, 2016.

Learn about the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) partnership with libraries. Printed resources will be available to libraries. Don't miss this opportunity to learn about the resources and programs available so that your library can join financial literacy awareness.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: LORI library members

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Mock Newbery Voting Meeting #4

Wednesday, January 06
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
East Greenwich Free Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Group Discussion

Time to vote! Stay tuned for the short list and be sure to join the RI Mock Newbery Award Goodreads group, where the discussion is 24/7. Contact Danielle Margarida to join the Goodreads group or for more information.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Children's Librarians, School Librarians, and Teachers.

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Children's Summer Reading Performer's Showcase

Thursday, January 07
9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Warwick Public Library
Snow Date: Thursday, January 14, 2016
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Summer Reading Program Presenters

The Performer's Showcase is your chance to meet area educators/performers interested in being a part of the annual statewide children's Summer Reading Program. In addition to observing 12 presentations, visit with other program providers setting up table top displays. This is your opportunity to provide feedback and offer your recommendations for the 2016 slate of programs offered statewide.

The booking meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 9 (snow date: February 23) at the Warwick Public Library.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Children's Librarians

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Canceled - Grant Writing for Youth Services Librarians

Wednesday, January 13
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Warwick Public Library
Series: YART

Presentation has been canceled.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Young Adult Librarians, Children's Librarians are welcome as well.

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Computer Coding with Scratch

Wednesday, January 27
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Narragansett Pier Middle School
Series: Media Smart Libraries
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Janice Kowalczyk , FabNewport

Media Smart Libraries

Learn the fundamentals of computer coding using Scratch and Scratch Jr., free web-based software programs. FabNewport's team will have you coding in no time. They will also coach librarians on best practices to implement coding programs and serving patron needs. We recommend you bring your own laptop but Chromebooks will be available.

This workshop is part of the Media Smart Libraries program which was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Attendance at this workshop could be applied to either the Access and Use or the Create and Collaborate digital badge. For any questions or concerns, please contact Mary Moen, Program Director.

Registration required. Limited to 27 participants.

Intended Audience: Public Librarians, School Librarians

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Northstar Proctor Training

Friday, January 29
12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Rhode Island College Outreach
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Larry Britt, Technology Specialist, RIFLI Providence

Participants will have the opportunity to use a Demo agency website that is identical to the site you'll use as a sponsoring site. After a review of the Proctor/Learner Codes of Conduct and the four different URLs you'll encounter, we 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. Since we'll have the Demo agency web site to work with, participants will have the opportunity to perform all of the Northstar administrative functions that will be required as a Northstar Sponsoring Site.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: LORI library Staff

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February 2016

Stop Motion Animation on a Budget

Wednesday, February 03
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Marian J. Mohr Memorial Library, Johnson, RI
Series: Media Smart Libraries
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Bonnie Epstein, Director, Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art

Media Smart LibrariesStop motion animation is a fun way to create films and has the potential to be an engaging library program for children and teens. Learn the history of stop motion animation, watch some examples of films, and then get your hands wet by creating your own stop motion film. Facilitator Bonnie Epstein will bring all the equipment and objects you need to produce a film. A list of sample equipment, budget amounts and tips to run your own program will be provided.

This workshop is part of the Media Smart Libraries program which was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Attendance at this workshop could be applied to either the Access and Use or the Create and Collaborate digital badge.

Registration required. Limited to 20 participants.

Intended Audience: Public Librarians, School Librarians

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Youth Services Urban Library Round Table

Friday, February 12
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
South Providence Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Group Discussion

Librarians and library staff working with children and teens in urban libraries face a variety of unique challenges. The Youth Services Urban Library Round Table will provide a forum to not only share obstacles, but also best practices. Have a killer story time that brought in an underserved population? Collaborated with a school that has lost their school librarian? Finally engaged those teens who've been hanging out at the library after school? We want to hear your success story, so please come prepared to share what is working for your community. We'll also brainstorm topics for future discussions.

Registration required. Limited to 25 participants.

Intended Audience: Public youth services librarians and staff

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Invitation to Providence Children’s Film Festival Presentation: Be a Cinema Detective! Discover, Explore and Inspire Through Film

Sunday, February 14
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 a.m.
RISD Museum (Metcalf Auditorium) - Chace Center, 20 North Main Street, Providence, RI
Series: Media Smart Libraries
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Eric Bilodeau and Sarah Yahm, Providence Children's Film Festival

Media Smart Libraries

The Providence Children's Film Festival invites all librarians to learn how you can use Children's Independent Film in your library programming. Participants will join the public in this free event to find out about this incredible organization and the high quality educational resources available.

Program Description:

What makes a film worth watching? Learn how to be a film sleuth and how to encourage kids to think more deeply about what they watch. Eric Bilodeau, Director of Programming, leads a PCFF Cinema Detective program teaching kids how to decode film. Afterward, educator Sarah Yahm introduces the new PCFF Film Hub, showing families, teachers, and librarians a new way to find quality films and resources that can inspire programming, spark conversation and make community connections.

BONUS: The Providence Children's Film Festival is a week long event that includes film viewings, film discussions, film-making workshops, and more. Any librarian* who registers/attends this event will receive 2 Courtesy Passes to attend an additional event during the festival. Each pass admits one person on a space available basis. Courtesy passes will be exchanged at the door for Admission Ticket. Courtesy Passes can be picked up at the Media Smart Library event. Media Smart Libraries Cohort members who attend will receive an ALL ACCESS FESTIVAL PASS that will admit one person to all events throughout the week on a space available basis. All Access Festival Passes can be picked up at the Media Smart Library event.

The Media Smart Libraries project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Grant # LG-07-14-0045-14. Attendance at this event can be applied to the Access & Use, Analyze & Evaluate, or Reflect badge.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: All librarians

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Children's Summer Reading Program Booking Meeting

Tuesday, February 23
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Warwick Public Library
Snow Date: February 23

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.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Children's Librarian's

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SRP Inspiration for "On Your Mark, Get Set...Read!"

Tuesday, February 23
12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Warwick Public Library
Snow Date: February 23
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): F.I.T. Club, Reach Out and Read

We'll be joined by representatives from F.I.T. Club and Reach Out and Read to learn more about their programs and how reading and wellness are related. We'll also discuss ideas for summer programming, so come prepared to share!

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Children's librarians and library staff planning a 2016 summer reading program.

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YA Summer Reading Program Booking Meeting

Tuesday, February 23
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Warwick Public Library
Snow Date: February 23
Series: YART

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

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Young Adult Librarians

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March 2016

Arms Open Wide: Library Outreach to Customers with Print Disabilities

Tuesday, March 08
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Warwick Public Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Mary Kearns-Kaplan and Tara Kehoe, New Jersey State Library and RI library staff serving homebound patrons

Get a head start in providing services to people in your library service area who have print disabilities and who may also benefit from other homebound services! Part one of this program is a webinar from the ALA Association of Specialized and Collaborative Library Agencies. It will be followed by a 30 minute panel discussion on ways to provide homebound services. Colleagues from other RI public libraries with homebound services will share how they started and maintain programs.

Promoting literacy and reading is at the heart of the public library mission. Often, this implies print-based collections, but what about those who have difficulty reading standard print because of a vision impairment or a reading disability or who struggle to hold a book because of a physical disability? These individuals may not be coming to libraries-- so we need to reach out. This webinar will address how to reach out in the community to find those with print disabilities and how to partner with other agencies to better serve them.

Takeaways

  • A toolkit on how to get started doing outreach and a toolbox of quality library services to offer
  • An understanding of the characteristics of a print-disabled population and their unique needs
  • How to make valuable community connections to reach a print-disabled population
  • Confidence in your ability to provide valuable outreach

Webinar presenters:

Mary Kearns-Kaplan has been the adult outreach coordinator at the New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center (TBBC) since 2009.

Tara Kehoe has been a readers' services librarian since January 2013 and provides outreach and Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) training to libraries and care facilities in New Jersey. Tara leads a book club for Talking Book and Braille Center (TBBC) members and coordinates a monthly "staff picks" of recommended books to be recorded and broadcast.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Public librarians and library staff providing outreach services or recently assigned outreach as a goal.

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Summer Reading Program Sharing - YART

Tuesday, March 15
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
West Warwick Public Library
Series: YART
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Group Discussion

It's hard to believe, but summer is just around the corner. Get a head start on your planning and join us for a 2016 Teen Summer Reading Program sharing session. Topics of discussion will include programming ideas, fundraising, incentives, teen volunteers, program requirements/record-keeping, and other topics (bring your thoughts and ideas, please).

Registration required.

Intended Audience: YA Librarians

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Exemplary Programs in Adult Services

Tuesday, March 22
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
North Scituate Public Library
Series: Adult Services Round Table
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Melissa Chiavaroli, Head of Reference Services, Cumberland Public Library; Rachael Juskuv, Reference Librarian, North Scituate Public Library.

Share your most gratifying past programs and tell your colleagues why you believe they went so well. The program will start with presentations from Melissa Chiavaroli and Rachael Juskuv followed by a general sharing session.

Participants are encouraged to bring information from past programs for the sharing session.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Adult Services Librarians and Programming Professionals.

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Starting a Video Program in Your Library

Tuesday, March 22
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Narragansett Pier Middle School
Series: Media Smart Libraries
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Joan Mouradjian, Library Media Specialist, Narragansett Pier Middle School

Media Smart Libraries

Film production is an engaging way to help increase children?s critical thinking, technology competencies, and literacy skills. Learn how you can start a news video production program in your library with no previous experience. Participants will get a first-hand look at equipment, programming ideas, and student work. The workshop will begin with a brief overview of starting a film program in your library, including tips and tricks for success, before moving on to a hands-on session. Librarians will be given the opportunity to become video creators, gain experience with film equipment, and brainstorm how video production can be used in the library. Collaborative opportunities between school and public libraries will also be discussed.

Series: Media Smart Libraries The Media Smart Libraries program was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Attendance at this workshop could be applied to either the Access & Use, Analyze & Evaluate, Create & Collaborate, Reflect or Take Action digital badge.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Public Librarians, School Librarians

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April 2016

Open House - LORI Library Delivery

Monday, April 04
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Optima Shipping Systems, 50 Houghton Street, Providence
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Optima Representatives

Do you ever wonder about the journey a book or DVD makes through OLIS Delivery? What really happens between the time it leaves one library and is delivered to another? How many people handle an item? Are those library materials safe and secure? Get answers to your questions by attending the Open House on April 4.

Join OLIS and Optima Shipping Systems representatives at the Providence sorting and distribution center for an Open House. The center is the base for LORI Library Delivery sorting and distribution. This event will allow all attendees the opportunity to view the sort facility and see the sort process in action.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: LORI Library Staff

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Open House - LORI Library Delivery [Session offered at two times]

Monday, April 04
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Optima Shipping Systems, 50 Houghton Street, Providence
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Optima Representatives

Do you ever wonder about the journey a book or DVD makes through OLIS Delivery? What really happens between the time it leaves one library and is delivered to another? How many people handle an item? Are those library materials safe and secure? Get answers to your questions by attending the Open House on April 4.

Join OLIS and Optima Shipping Systems representatives at the Providence sorting and distribution center for an Open House. The center is the base for LORI Library Delivery sorting and distribution. This event will allow all attendees the opportunity to view the sort facility and see the sort process in action. Choose this session or the one from 3:30 - 4:30.

The 3:30 - 4:30 session is still open for registrations.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: LORI Library Staff

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What is Your Library's Story: Using Infographics for Visual Communication

Tuesday, April 05
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Jamestown Philomenian Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Beatrice Pulliam, AskRI Director, Director of Technology & Information Services, Providence Public Library; Don Gregory, Technology Teacher, Providence Public Library

Tired of those old pie charts and graphs? Infographics can be useful communication tools to tell a story, compel stakeholders or share important information in a visual format. Libraries are veritable storehouses of library statistics. Learn how to use these creative tools to tell your library's story in an engaging fashion. This workshop will also give you a better understanding of when to use infographics and include a tour of a few data visualization tools and examples.

Registration required. Limited to 12 participants.

Intended Audience: LORI Library staff.

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Serving Nontraditional Families - YART

Thursday, April 07
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Cumberland Public Library
Series: YART
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Foster Forward

Learn more about serving teens living in foster or group homes. Foster Forward will share information about its programs as well as resources for supporting this underserved population.

About Foster Forward: Foster Forward is an organization of of highly trained professionals and recognized leaders in the field who provide services to children, teens, and foster parents.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: YA Librarians

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Serving Homeschooling Families

Monday, April 11
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
West Warwick Public Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Melissa Robb, ENRICHri

Learn more about homeschooling in Rhode Island and how to reach homeschooling families in your community. We'll discuss resources and services available to homeschooling families, as well as ways in which libraries can support homeschoolers.

ENRICHri is a secular home education community which provides support and guidance in a welcoming environment for homeschooling families in Southern New England.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Youth Service Librarians

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TWITTER Tips for Librarians

Tuesday, April 12
6:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
East Greenwich Free Library
Series: Media Smart Libraries
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Catherine Damiani, Digital Services Librarian, East Providence Public Library

Media Smart Libraries

Back by popular demand! Round two of Twitter for librarians is being offered to librarians new to Twitter and to those who want more practice.

At this workshop, find out how libraries of all kinds are already using Twitter to good effect. Whether it is to broadcast your library events, converse with other professionals, or follow experts and resources, Twitter should be one of your library's communication tools. In this session you will learn how to use Twitter and discuss ways that this micro-blogging tool can facilitate the exchange of information. We recommend that you create a Twitter account ahead of time and bring your own laptop or mobile device.

Bonus: It is National Library Week so participants will have the opportunity to practice by joining the Twitter conversation around this event.

This workshop is part of the Media Smart Libraries program which was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Grant # LG-07-14-0045-14. Attendance at this workshop can be applied to the Access & Use, Analyze & Evaluate, and Take Action Badges.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Public Librarians, School Librarians, Academic Librarians

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How to Be Dangerous with Minecraft

Wednesday, April 27
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Cranston Public Library
Series: Media Smart Libraries
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Emily Brown, Coordinator of Youth Services, Cranston Public Library

Media Smart Libraries

They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but with Minecraft, you only need a little bit of knowledge to run a successful program where the young people are the experts and you are the facilitator. This workshop will cover technology requirements, suggestions for organization, and important choices you should make before you invest. After a one-hour presentation, everyone will have the opportunity to play Minecraft on library laptops, xbox, or tablets using the Cranston Public Library accounts. If you want to bring your own device or sign into your own account, you are welcome to do that, too!

This workshop is part of the Media Smart Libraries program which was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Grant # LG-07-14-0045-14. Attendance at this workshop can be applied to the Access & Use, Analyze & Evaluate, Create & Collaborate, Reflect, and Take Action Badges.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Public Librarians, School Librarians

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Strategic Planning for Public Libraries

Wednesday, April 27
9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Barrington Public Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Pat Wagner, Pattern Research & Siera: Learn Teach Inspire

Creating a comprehensive strategic plan with community input can feel like a daunting task, with too many pieces and too many people involved. While it will take more than a day to develop a plan, consider spending a day so that you learn how to better approach and complete the process.

After participating in this workshop, you will leave knowing:

    ➢ How Public Libraries Benefit from Strategic Planning

    ➢ How to Engage Your Community in Your Library's Strategic Planning

    ➢ How to Use Project Management Principles to Write a Strategic Plan

    ➢ How to Evaluate the Strategic Planning Process - before, during and after

    ➢ How to Execute Your Library's Strategic Plan

Attend the workshop and discover strategies for recruiting and involving community members as well as strategies for keeping the planning process moving toward your goal - a completed plan. Learn how to identify the resources your board and staff will need to carry out the plan. You will also understand how often you need to check-in with stakeholders about how well the plan is working as well as and other tips for evaluating your plan.

Pat Wagner is a trainer and consultant who has worked for libraries and universities since 1978. She focuses on skills that support library success, such as personnel, management, leadership, marketing, and strategic planning. Pat is a frequent speaker at state and national library conferences and has conducted strategic planning and community engagement sessions for libraries and library organizations of all types, from rural storefronts to large urban libraries, and from technical consortia to the Association of State and Specialized Libraries division of ALA. Pat is known for her practical and good-humored programs.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Public library directors and other staff responsible for developing strategic plans, library board members

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May 2016

Summer Learning Programs: GSLIS Student IdeaFest

Monday, May 02
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Rochambeau Library
Series: Media Smart Libraries
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): URI Graduate School of Library and Information Studies Students and Mary Moen, GSLIS Instructor

Media Smart Libraries

Need some new ideas for your Summer Reading Program? Students in the URI Graduate School of Library and Information Studies are looking to share and test their ideas for a summer learning program based on the "On Your Mark, Get Set...Read!" 2016 SRP theme. This is a great opportunity to connect and make learning more relevant for both students and professionals. A book giveaway will also take place thanks to the RI Office of Library and Information Services. This workshop is part of the Media Smart Libraries grant project and fulfills the goal of creating more experiential learning opportunities within the GSLIS curriculum.

This workshop is part of the Media Smart Libraries program which was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Grant # LG-07-14-0045-14. Attendance at this workshop can be applied to the Access & Use, Analyze & Evaluate, Create & Collaborate, Reflect, and Take Action Badges.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Public Librarians, School Librarians, Library Students

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General Planning Meeting - Adult Services Roundtable

Monday, May 09
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
East Greenwich Free Library
Series: ART
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Chaichin Chen, OLIS

The Adult Roundtable relies on input from its members and other interested library staff to plan its future programs.Come plan next year's Adult Services programs with fellow programming librarians from throughout the state.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Adult Services Librarians

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Current Fiction - YART

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

We'll be discussing the newest in YA fiction. Please submit titles you'd like to discuss to Brandi Fong (use subject line Realistic Fiction) so they can be included on the reading list, which will be posted on the YART Reading and Resource 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: YA Librarians

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Making Presentations Pop with Tech

Tuesday, May 10
4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Tiverton Public Library
Series: Media Smart Libraries
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Jen Thomas, Paul Cuffee School

Media Smart Libraries

LOOKING TO SHAKE UP YOUR PRESENTATIONS? As librarians, we are advocates for our programs, spaces and jobs. Sometimes finding the right technology tool to help us communicate with stakeholders is very overwhelming. Some of the questions and thoughts we've had include:

"Where do I even begin?"

"I COULD just use PowerPoint . . . again."

"There are just too many choices!"

"Ok, I like this tech tool but how do I use it?"

This workshop will give librarians the opportunity to explore a few powerful presentation tools, empowering them to build upon their digital toolbox. Participants should bring their own device because there will be time to work individually and collaboratively to put the tools into action!

This workshop is part of the Media Smart Libraries program and is being offered in partnership with RILINK’s professional development series. The Media Smart Libraries program was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Attendance at this workshop could be applied to either the Access and Use, Create and Collaborate, or Take Action digital badge.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Public Librarians, School Librarians

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Your Community by the Numbers: Introduction to the American FactFinder

Thursday, May 12
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
East Greenwich Free Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Ana Maria Garcia, U.S. Census Bureau, Data Dissemination Specialist

Learn how to use American FactFinder to access the most current and relevant demographic, socioeconomic, and housing statistics about your community. During this training, you will learn about Census Bureau programs, geographies and datasets available; and how to use the search and navigation features of the AFF. You will also download tables and create thematic maps. The instructor is a member of the U.S. Census Bureau's Partnership and Data Services Team and is based in the New York Office.

Census data is a powerful tool for library directors and boards who are preparing new strategic plans. Reference staff will also benefit from learning how to explore the depths of data available in American FactFinder.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Public library directors and reference staff in any library-type

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Makerspaces in Libraries

Saturday, May 14
2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Memorial Union, University of Rhode Island
Series: Media Smart Libraries
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Phyllis Humphrey, LMS, Cole Middle School, East Greenwich; Michelle Steever, LMS, East Elementary School, Sharon, MA; Brian Jepson, Tinkerer and Editor, Makezine.com

Media Smart Libraries

Many libraries have found that maker culture and makerspaces fit naturally with their existing missions, and have begun to incorporate makerspaces into the services they offer their communities. In this session you will have the opportunity to visit different makerspace stations to find out more about the kind of supplies, skills, and ideas you would need to start your own program. This workshop will be held during the School Librarians of Rhode Island Annual Conference. You may join the conference starting at 2:00 pm for this workshop at no charge. Librarians who have registered for the entire conference are welcome to join this session.

Series: Media Smart Libraries The Media Smart Libraries program was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Attendance at this workshop could be applied to either the Access and Use, Analyze and Evaluate digital badge.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: School Librarians, Public Librarians

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June 2016

Organizational Meeting & Annual Highlights - YART

Thursday, June 09
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Jamestown Philomenian Library
Series: YART
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Group Discussion

Join your young adult librarian colleagues as we reflect on the past year and start thinking about the year to come. We'll determine meeting topics, dates, presenters, host libraries, and book list coordinators for the 2016-2017 YART meetings. 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: YA Librarians

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AskRI.org: Your Source for Job and Career Building Tools

Monday, June 13
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Warwick Public Library- Central Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Beatrice Pulliam, AskRI Director, Director of Technology & Information Services, Providence Public Library

AskRI.org is Rhode Island's website for finding out what you need. This includes job seekers! Did you know AskRI.org is a treasure trove of career and workforce development tools and resources? This workshop will give you an overview of the numerous career resources freely available to all residents of Rhode Island, such as one-on-one guidance for people looking to build their careers and find jobs. Reps from Tutor.com, AtoZ and Learning Express will take us on an in-depth tour of the workforce tools available through AskRI.org. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own devices. Some laptops will be available.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Librarians, staff at libraries and local professionals working adult learners and job seekers.

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July 2016

FY2016 Public Library Annual Survey Workshop, 7/13/2016

Wednesday, July 13 CLASS IS CANCELED
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
East Providence Public Library (Weaver Library)
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Lauren Plews

The Public Library Annual Survey gathers data about your library and the services it provides to library users. Data collected through the Annual Survey is compiled by the Office of Library and Information Services for use at the local, state and national level, including the national Public Library Survey. Completing the Annual Survey is also a requirement of the application for state Grant-in-Aid (GIA). The survey includes, in addition to the online data collection tool, forms to apply for GIA and to certify appropriation and expenditure of local and state funds.

This year there have been a number of changes in the Annual Survey. The workshop will provide an in-depth overview of the FY2016 survey. Attendees will walk through the data being collected, changes to the survey this year, and will have a demo on how to enter data using the LibPAS Survey Portal.

This workshop is essential in facilitating all Public Library Director's ability to complete the annual survey. Attending this workshop will give you the knowledge and tools to complete the survey much faster and easier. Library Directors, as well as any other library staff tasked with compiling annual survey data are strongly encouraged to attend.

Intended Audience: Public Library Directors and any other Public Library Staff who gather and report data for the annual survey.

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FY2016 Public Library Annual Survey Workshop, 7/19/2016

Tuesday, July 19
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Jamestown Philomenian Library
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Lauren Plews

The Public Library Annual Survey gathers data about your library and the services it provides to library users. Data collected through the Annual Survey is compiled by the Office of Library and Information Services for use at the local, state and national level, including the national Public Library Survey. Completing the Annual Survey is also a requirement of the application for state Grant-in-Aid (GIA). The survey includes, in addition to the online data collection tool, forms to apply for GIA and to certify appropriation and expenditure of local and state funds.

This year there have been a number of changes in the Annual Survey. The workshop will provide an in-depth overview of the FY2016 survey. Attendees will walk through the data being collected, changes to the survey this year, and will have a demo on how to enter data using the LibPAS Survey Portal.

This workshop is essential in facilitating all Public Library Director's ability to complete the annual survey. Attending this workshop will give you the knowledge and tools to complete the survey much faster and easier. Library Directors, as well as any other library staff tasked with compiling annual survey data are strongly encouraged to attend.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Public Library Directors and any other Public Library Staff who gather and report data for the annual survey.

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FY2016 Public Library Annual Survey Workshop, 7/27/2016

Wednesday, July 27
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
East Providence Public Library (Weaver Library)
Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Lauren Plews

The Public Library Annual Survey gathers data about your library and the services it provides to library users. Data collected through the Annual Survey is compiled by the Office of Library and Information Services for use at the local, state and national level, including the national Public Library Survey. Completing the Annual Survey is also a requirement of the application for state Grant-in-Aid (GIA). The survey includes, in addition to the online data collection tool, forms to apply for GIA and to certify appropriation and expenditure of local and state funds.

This year there have been a number of changes in the Annual Survey. The workshop will provide an in-depth overview of the FY2016 survey. Attendees will walk through the data being collected, changes to the survey this year, and will have a demo on how to enter data using the LibPAS Survey Portal.

This workshop is essential in facilitating all Public Library Director's ability to complete the annual survey. Attending this workshop will give you the knowledge and tools to complete the survey much faster and easier. Library Directors, as well as any other library staff tasked with compiling annual survey data are strongly encouraged to attend.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Public Library Directors and any other Public Library Staff who gather and report data for the annual survey.

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