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2014 LORI Grant Program Awards

Logo for Institute of Museum and Library ServicesOLIS awarded nine LORI grants for 2014. LORI Grants are supported through the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services and funded by the grants to states program under the Library Services and Technology Act. An ad hoc committee of Library Board of RI reviewed grant proposals and made funding recommendations to OLIS. The 2014 LSTA sub-grants are for the period of April 21, 2014 through September 30, 2014.

Rhode Island Library Information Network for Kids (RILINK)

RILINK is the statewide library consortium for school libraries

Project Title: Expanding Possibilities
Amount Awarded: $50,000
Contact: Dorothy Frechette, Executive Director

RILINK will replace its outdated and sub-capacity online school catalog and research network's computer hardware and database software to give RILINK the capability to add new school libraries to the consortium. The new hardware and software will also increase RILINK's ability to add functionality that conforms to 21st century learning processes.

HELIN Library Consortium

HELIN is the statewide library consortium for academic and health science libraries

Project Title: Rhode Island Statewide Digital Repository
Amount Awarded: $42,775
Contact: Robert H. Aspri, Executive Director

The grant will allow HELIN to lead an initiative for the creation of a statewide digitization and publication groundwork for information resources and cultural heritage artifacts that will become an educational resource for teaching, learning and research for libraries, educators, and the entire Rhode Island population. The project will be a collaborative effort of library and information management professionals, community and business leaders, government and education professionals, and researchers.

Central Falls Public Library

Located in: City of Central Falls

Project Title: CF Digital
Amount Awarded: $31,950
Contact: Joel Pettit, Director
Project Partners: Central Falls Schools, VSA Arts RI, Harrington School of Communications and Media - University of Rhode Island

In collaboration with its project partners, the Central Falls Public Library will design a media education lab and implement a summer camp for 8th grade students that will focus on digital literacy through video production. The program, taught by graduate students from the URI Harrington School of Communication and Media, is designed around a key question: “How do we communicate effectively in the 21st century?” Library staff will be trained to continue project work after the grant period ends.

Archie R. Cole Middle School

Located in: Town of East Greenwich

Project Title: Creating, Consuming, and Connecting Common Core to the Catalog
Amount Awarded: $9,300
Contact: Phyllis Humphrey, Librarian

The Archie Cole Middle School project blends skills for reading and analyzing fiction and non-fiction with 21st Century technology skills and goals identified in the Common Core Curriculum. Students will read non-fiction books that connect to fiction titles previously read and then create book trailers. A book trailer encourages reading using a video to report about a book and uses techniques like those of movie trailers to spark interest in the book. The project book trailers will be made available to anyone who has access to the internet.

Newport Public Library

Located in: City of Newport

Project Title: Imagine, Design, Create
Amount Awarded: $25,097
Contact: Regina Slezak, Director
Project Partners: Middletown Public Library, Portsmouth Free Public Library, FabNewport

The Newport, Middletown, Portsmouth Public Libraries, and FabNewport will collaborate to establish an Innovation Studio at each library.  The project will provide learning opportunities for children between the ages of 8-12 to begin to learn 21st century digital literacy and workforce skills in a summer camp planned for July 2014. Staff in the participating libraries will be trained to support the continued use of the Innovation Studios and future programs. FabNewport is a non-profit and operates a fab lab in Newport’s North End and serves Newport County. Its mission is to teach community members to use digital fabrication and technology to turn ideas into realities.

Redwood Library and Athenaeum

Located in: City of Newport

Project Title: Providing Access to Decorative Arts Resources
Amount Awarded: $17,701
Contact: Lori Brosteun, Technical Services Librarian

The Redwood Library and Athenaeum will improve access to its collections of printed materials on the decorative arts, including furniture, art, architecture, and interior decoration. By creating new online electronic descriptions of these materials, from a library catalog that currently exists only on paper, the printed materials about decorative arts will be accessible to researchers worldwide. As part of this process, the Library will improve its internal cataloging and collection management procedures. Visitors to the Library will be able to view an exhibition of specialized print resources about the decorative arts. The Redwood Library participates in the statewide LORI network of libraries.

Davisville Free Library

Located in: Town of North Kingstown

Project Title: Library Outreach to Crossroads Housing Facility
Amount Awarded: $5,250
Contact: Sarah Ornstein, Director
Project Partners: Kingstown Crossings - Crossroads RI

The Davisville Free Library will provide outreach services that will engender early literacy for pre-school children living at Kingstown Crossings, a Crossroads RI supportive family housing facility.  Through a weekly on-site story hour geared toward children aged from birth to five and their caregivers, the library will introduce parents and children to pre-literacy skills, foster positive associations with books and reading, and encourage reading within the home. Participants will also learn about more library services available in the Davisville Free Library.

Providence Public Library - Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI)

Located in: City of Providence

Project Title: Computer Literacy for Non-Native English Speaking Adults
Amount Awarded: $5,090
Contact: Karisa Tashjian, Director, Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI)
Project Partners: Broadband Rhode Island, Cranston Public Library, Northstar Digital Literacy Project

The disproportionate gap in digital literacy skills in the adult population with limited English proficiency will be addressed through a program of assessment and training for individuals already engaged in English as a second language (ESL) programs. The project will do this through the assessment and instruction of basic computer skills; by building a digital literacy curriculum; and by offering digital literacy classes for ESL adults at the Cranston and Providence Public Libraries. Current and former ESL students will be selected for an ESL Digital Literacy Corps to assist in the classes, gain work experience and provide future support. 

Providence Public Library

Located in: City of Providence

Project Title: PPL Teen Tech Squad
Amount Awarded: $14,755
Contact: Kate Wells, Rhode Island Collection Librarian, and Kay Bullard, Assistant Director
Project Partners: Brown University Center for Public Humanities, Providence Preservation Society, Providence Youth Center, Rhode Island Historical Society

Creation of a Teen Tech Squad will engage Providence youth aged 12-18 in the exploration and curation of their neighborhoods’ histories by creating an electronic exhibition of new historical resources. Youth will explore the digital humanities, Providence history and in a maker-space like learning environment, teens will learn multiple pathways of content creation.  The project will include digital photography, video production, audio recording, and scanning, all of which will culminate in the conceptualization and creation of a neighborhood profile as a digital exhibition.