RI.gov R.I. Government Agencies | Privacy Policy |

OLIS Continuing Education Programs: Spring 2017

February

Next Generation Library Workshop

Monday, February 06 CLASS IS FULL
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Warwick Public Library
Speaker(s): Office of Innovation, Office of Library & Information Services

The Office of Innovation and Office of Library and Information Services will host a Next Generation Library Workshop to help library teams reimagine how their library delivers services as part of the StudioRhode Challenge. While staff from any library are welcome to attend, those interested in attending the workshop are strongly encouraged to review and draft Stage One of the application prior to the workshop. For potential applicants, the workshop is an opportunity to gather feedback on early-stage ideas and proposals from leaders of the Office of Innovation and the Office of Library and Information Services. For others, the workshop will offer exposure to new tools, strategies, and materials to engage in rapid prototyping, collaborative design, crowdsourcing, ideation, user experience design, and community storytelling.

Learn more about StudioRhode and the application process.

The Next Generation Library Challenge is open to all public libraries in Rhode Island that are eligible for state aid to libraries.  The workshop is open to staff from all types of libraries, as all libraries may benefit from the content of the workshop; you do not have to apply for the Challenge in order to attend the workshop.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Library Staff.

Return to the List of Programs


Summer Reading Program Booking Meeting

Tuesday, February 07
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Warwick Public Library
Snow Date: Tuesday, February 14th

Book your library's Summer Reading performers at this meeting. YA performer booking will take place 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m and children's performer booking will take place 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Information, including your space in line, will be provided prior to this meeting. Please don't forget to bring your calendars.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Youth Services Staff

Return to the List of Programs


Summer Reading Program Planning: Sharing Session

Tuesday, February 07
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Warwick Public Library
Snow Date: February 14, 2017
Series: Children's Services Round Table
Speaker(s): Group Discussion

Get ready to Build a Better World! We’ll highlight our favorite ideas from the manual and share original ideas for SRP programming, decorating, promoting, and developing community partnerships.

Please come prepared to share at least one favorite aspect of your summer reading program and one new idea you’re excited to try this summer.

Feel free to bring your lunch to enjoy during our discussion!

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Children's Librarians

Return to the List of Programs


Financial Literacy @ Your Library Showcase

Wednesday, February 08
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
William Hall Library Auditorium, 1825 Broad Street, Cranston

The Rhode Island Library Association's Financial Literacy Round Table (FLRT) is kicking off the new year by hosting a financial literacy resource fair - "Financial Literacy @ Your Library Showcase." The goal of this event is to provide an opportunity for community financial partners (librarians, organizations, government agencies, etc.) to showcase financial literacy programs and/or information available to libraries across RI during Money Smart Week 2017 (April 22-29) and year-round.

The Financial Literacy @ Your Library Showcase will feature simultaneous tabletop presentations (poster or multimedia), allowing attendees to explore the showcase, ask questions of presenters and network with library colleagues and community partners at their own pace. (Think speed dating meets library programming).

Stop by any time between 10 a.m. and noon to network with financial professionals and library colleagues to plan your financial literacy programs.

Refreshments will be served.

For more information, please contact Lori DeCesare or Chris Wallace Goldstein at FLRT@rilibraries.org

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Library Staff

Return to the List of Programs


Oral Histories with Podcasting

Wednesday, February 08
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Rochambeau Library
Series: Media Smart Libraries
Speaker(s): Leah Lubman, Branch Manager, Washington Park Library; Maureen Nagle and Yulie Lee, Moses Brown School

Media Smart Libraries

Oral histories are a powerful means to help us learn about the past and preserve a portrait of who we are for future generations. In this workshop participants will learn about podcasting equipment, the process and general ethical practice of interviewing, editing and archiving considerations, and programming ideas in public and school libraries. An optional follow up virtual session will be scheduled to share our experiences of “making history” in our libraries.

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 and awarded to the URI Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. Attendance at this workshop could be applied to the Access & Use, Analyze & Evaluate, Create & Collaborate, Reflect, or Take Action digital badge.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Children and teen librarians, school librarians

Return to the List of Programs


Twitter for Librarians

Thursday, February 16
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Weaver Library
Series: Media Smart Libraries
Speaker(s): Catherine Damiani, Emerging Technologies Librarian, Weaver Library

Media Smart Libraries

Back by popular demand!

At this workshop, you will 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. If you don’t have a Twitter account yet, we recommend that you create a Twitter account ahead of time and bring your own laptop or mobile device. If you have a Twitter account, bring the password and a device and join us for more practice and deeper understanding.

An optional follow-up one one hour virtual session will be scheduled and the information will be distributed to participants.

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 and awarded to the URI Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. Attendance at this workshop could be applied to the Access & Use, Analyze & Evaluate, Create & Collaborate, Reflect, or Take Action digital badge.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Children and teen librarians, school librarians

Return to the List of Programs


Supporting Patrons in a "Fake News" World

Thursday, February 16 CLASS IS FULL
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Warwick Public Library, Idea Studio, 600 Sandy Lane, Warwick, RI
Series: Multi-type Reference Group
Speaker(s): Kendall Moore, Associate Professor, URI, and John Pantalone, Associate Professor, URI

How do we discern between what is factual and what is false? How can librarians help patrons assess news that isn't what it seems? Learn techniques and strategies that we can use ourselves and share with our patrons.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Library staff

Return to the List of Programs


LearningExpress Library: Train the Trainer Session

Monday, February 27
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Warwick Public Library
Speaker(s): Shana Ashwood, LearningExpress Representative

Need to take a deeper dive into the LearningExpress Library platform? Come to our "Train the Trainer" session at the Warwick Public Library! Shana Ashwood, our LearningExpress rep, will lead this session and help you get more out of LearningExpress when assisting your patrons and/or clients.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own devices. Some laptops will be available.

At LearningExpress, the mission is to help students and adult learners improve the skills required for academic and career success. The LearningExpress Library platform provides the most comprehensive selection of educational resources, including more than 1,000 tutorials, practice exams, and eBooks for basic skills mastery, academic success, job preparation, and career advancement.

AskRI.org is Rhode Island's Online Reference Center.

Registration required.

Intended Audience:

Return to the List of Programs


Social Media Literacy

Tuesday, February 28
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Cumberland Public Library, Hayden Center
Series: Media Smart Libraries
Speaker(s): Lynette Owens, Founder and Global Director of Internet Safety for Kids and Families

Media Smart LibrariesSocial media is here to stay and it is more important than ever to know why and how to use this powerful tool to minimize risks and maximize potential. In this train the trainer session, librarians will find out how to run programs for children and parents on how to be great online. Topics covered include online habits, understanding privacy settings in browsers and apps, what “free” means on the Internet, respect, and learning to be part of an online economy. Participants will leave with a host of resources, materials, and programming tips to engage communities in a conversation about social media literacy.

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 and awarded to the URI Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. Attendance at this workshop could be applied to the Access & Use, Analyze & Evaluate, Create & Collaborate, Reflect, or Take Action digital badge.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Public Librarians, School Librarians

Return to the List of Programs


March

LGBTQ Resources

Monday, March 06
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Newport Public Library
Series: YART
Speaker(s): Ethan Huckel, Board President of TGI Network of RI

Ethan Huckel, Board President of TGI Network of RI, will speak about issues facing LGBTQ youth and how to best serve this population.

Incorporated in 2011, the TGI Network of RI serves transgender, gender-variant, and intersex (TGI) communities in Rhode Island and surrounding areas through support, advocacy and education.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Youth Services Librarians

Return to the List of Programs


Seeing is Believing: Understanding Data Visualization

Tuesday, March 07
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
West Warwick Public Library
Series: Media Smart Libraries
Speaker(s): Lauren Plews, State Data Coordinator, OLIS

Media Smart Libraries

Virtual follow up session: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 5-6 pm

Many libraries capture data but find it difficult to report and share. In this workshop you will be introduced to best practices in effective graphical representation of quantitative information. Learn how to select graphical formats to display your own data story and discover how appealing visual narratives makes data more accessible.

Participants will be tasked to create a visual using their own data and then share the experience at a follow up virtual session. Participants will be able to use what they have learned in their own practice but could also implement data visualization programs/instruction for their patrons and students.

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 and awarded to the URI Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. Attendance at this workshop could be applied to the Access & Use, Analyze & Evaluate, Create & Collaborate, Reflect, or Take Action digital badge.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Children and teen librarians, school librarians

Return to the List of Programs


Library as Innovation Lab

Wednesday, March 08
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Greenville Public Library
Series: Adult Services Round Table
Speaker(s): Patrick Rashleigh, Data Visualization Coordinator, Brown U. Library; Beatrice Pulliam, Director of Technology & Information Services and Don Gregory, Technology Teacher, Providence Public Library

While involved in digital projects for many years, Brown University Library has only recently started to construct public spaces for the express purpose of supporting patrons' engagement with technology. The first such dedicated space was the Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab, completed in 2012, which feature a 16x7 foot collaborative display wall. In March 2016, the library opened its second, larger space, the Sidney E. Frank Digital Studio, which features an audio/visual recording studio and a "makerspace" with a large format 2D printer and full-color 3D printer. Rashleigh will cover some of the history and design decisions behind these spaces, an assessment of their performance so far, and some lessons and tips that the University has learned along the way.

Providence Public Library is undergoing a series of space renovations and the innovation lab will assume a significant position in the new library blueprint. Pulliam will share the library's vision of an innovation lab in the new space. She will present the efforts leading toward the final design and highlight some existing programs.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Library Staff

Return to the List of Programs


Makerspaces: Lesson Learned for Elementary School Libraries

Friday, March 10
1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Alger Hall, Rhode Island College
Series: Media Smart Libraries
Speaker(s): Lisa Casey, Jamestown Elementary School; Esther Wolk, Tiogue and Hopkins Hill Elementary; Jane Perry, Pell Elementary; and Alyssa Taft, GSLIS School Library Media student

Media Smart LibrariesFind out how Makerculture is being implemented from the perspectives of these trailblazing colleagues. Whether you are in the planning stages with no budget, have a full program with the latest maker gadgets, or anything in between; you will come away from this session with new ideas and understandings about how and why you can engage in this trending movement.

This session is part of the School Librarians of Rhode Island Annual Conference and is free to any librarian who registers on OLIS. Librarians interested in attending the entire conference must register on the SLRI conference site and pay registration fee. The session is also 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 and awarded to the URI Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. Attendance at this workshop could be applied to the Access & Use, Analyze & Evaluate, Create & Collaborate, Reflect, or Take Action digital badge.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Public Librarians, School Librarians

Return to the List of Programs


Makerspaces: Lessons Learned for Secondary School Libraries

Friday, March 10
2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Alger Hall, Rhode Island College
Series: Media Smart Libraries
Speaker(s): Marianne Mirando, Westerly High School; Susan Murphy, Feinstein Middle School; Bevin Winner, Exeter-West Greenwich Middle School

Media Smart LibrariesFind out how Makerculture is being implemented from the perspectives of these trailblazing colleagues. Whether you are in the planning stages with no budget, have a full program with the latest maker gadgets, or anything in between; you will come away from this session with new ideas and understandings about how and why you can engage in this trending movement.

This session is part of the School Librarians of Rhode Island Annual Conference and is free to any librarian who registers on OLIS. Librarians interested in attending the entire conference must register on the SLRI conference site and pay registration fee. The session is also 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 and awarded to the URI Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. Attendance at this workshop could be applied to the Access & Use, Analyze & Evaluate, Create & Collaborate, Reflect, or Take Action digital badge.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Public Librarians, School Librarians

Return to the List of Programs


Navigating the Access to Public Records and Open Meetings Acts

Wednesday, March 15
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
East Providence Public Library, Weaver Branch
Speaker(s): Lisa A. Pinsonneault, Special Assistant Attorney General, Office of Attorney General (RI)

Join your public library colleagues to learn, or review, the library’s and board’s legal responsibilities and correct procedures for adhering to the laws for public records and open meetings. After learning the guidelines, you can establish procedures for your library. Having procedures in place will make the process easier when you get requests or are challenged.

Our speaker will describe how to determine whether a document is a public record and how to respond to a citizen’s request. Important procedural provisions will be discussed, including the way to respond to public record requests and establishing guidelines for public access. Frequent trouble areas and significant legal cases will also be reviewed.

You will learn how to determine when the Open Meetings Act applies and when an executive session is appropriate. Other statutory requirements, such as posting notices, amending agendas, and maintaining minutes will be discussed. Frequent trouble areas and significant legal cases will also be reviewed.

Lisa A. Pinsonneault is a Special Assistant Attorney General who joined the Department of Attorney General, Civil Division, in January 2011. Since then, Lisa has been focused on general litigation and open government matters. She graduated from Roger Williams University School of Law in 1998.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Public Library Staff and Trustees

Return to the List of Programs


Be a Media Mentor

Monday, March 20
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Webinar
Series: Media Smart Libraries
Speaker(s): Claudia Haines, Coordinator of Youth Services, Homer Public Library, Alaska

Media Smart Libraries

Webinar Series

  • Session #1 Monday, March 20, 2017,. 4:30 - 6:00 pm
  • Session #2 Monday, April 24, 2017, 4:30 - 6:00 pm

In our media saturated world, the way families connect to the library is shifting. How librarians respond to this is the focus of this two part webinar series facilitated by expert Claudia Haines, co-author of Becoming a Media Mentor: A Guide to Working with Children and Families.

The first webinar will introduce participants to media mentorship and include an overview, research highlights, types of media mentorship, tips for evaluating new media, and new media review sources. Participants will be asked to design a media mentorship experience applicable to their library and community.

At the second webinar, participants will share and discuss their proposed media mentorship experiences including possible challenges and plans for implementation. Join this unique opportunity to learn more about media mentorship and how you can put your new understanding into practice.

Registrants will receive an invitation to the Webinar three days prior to dates.

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 and awarded to the URI Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. Attendance at this workshop could be applied to the Access & Use, Analyze & Evaluate, Create & Collaborate, Reflect, or Take Action digital badge.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Children and Teen Librarians, School Librarians with a focus on serving children ages 14 and under and their families.

Return to the List of Programs


Public Library Survey Data Usage Drop-In

Tuesday, March 21
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Cranston Public Library, Central Library, C-Lab
Speaker(s): Lauren Plews, Office of Library & Information Services

Did you attend last fall’s Tell Your Story workshop? Are you working with the public library data report templates but want to do more advanced data analysis? Maybe there is something you want to do with your library’s annual survey data but you just aren’t sure how to get started. Please come to this drop-in session with your data projects, questions and goals. OLIS’s State Data Coordinator, Lauren Plews, will show you how to use the annual survey data to answer your questions and help you take your data use to the next level. Some laptops are available at the C-Lab but participants are encouraged to bring their own.

Registration required. Limited to 18 participants.

Intended Audience: Public Library Staff

Return to the List of Programs


Digital Resources for Youth

Wednesday, March 29
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Cranston Public Library, Central Library, C-Lab
Series: Children's Services Round Table
Speaker(s): Beatrice Pulliam, Dir. of Technology and Information Services, Providence Public Library, John Edwards, Cataloging & Training Librarian, OSL, Lori DeCesare Cataloging & eZone Librarian, OSL

Learn more about digital resources available to kids. Find out which AskRI databases and eZone materials are best suited for young patrons, how to get the most from your searches, and how to promote and share these resources with families.

Registration required. Limited to 18 participants.

Intended Audience: Youth services librarians

Return to the List of Programs


Online Reading Comprehension: Challenges and Opportunities

Thursday, March 30
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
East Greenwich Free Library
Series: Media Smart Libraries
Speaker(s): Dr. Julie Coiro, University of Rhode Island

Media Smart LibrariesHave you ever considered that when a reader clicks on links while researching information on the Internet, that they are actually constructing their own “book”? Join this session with literacy expert, Dr. Julie Coiro, to learn about her research in online reading comprehension from a new literacies perspective. She will present her findings on how online reading comprehension is different from offline reading and share strategies for librarians to help children and teens develop new skills to be effective online readers. Participants will come away with a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities of online reading comprehension and insights to help patrons comprehend online information more deeply.

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 and awarded to the URI Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. Attendance at this workshop could be applied to the Access & Use, Analyze & Evaluate, Create & Collaborate, Reflect, or Take Action digital badge.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: School Librarians, Children’s Librarians, and Teen Librarians

Return to the List of Programs


April

Community Building & Engagement: Partnerships at Work

Tuesday, April 04
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
North Kingstown Public Library
Speaker(s): Deb Hoadley, Hoadley Consulting

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 an interactive program on the role of library trustees in building strategic partnerships and the importance of community engagement. Participants will be led through some exercises to identify their level of community engagement and will discuss their partnership experiences, both successful and unsuccessful. This workshop is recommended for library trustees, library directors, and others interested in community engagement, outreach and advocacy.

Our speaker, Deb Hoadley, is serving her second term as President of the New England Library Association. She is a consultant and trainer for her company, Hoadley Consulting. She specializes in strategic planning, leadership and management skills, board development, advocacy, building community partnerships, customer service and eBook management. Hoadley is currently a school reference librarian, and has held many roles in the library, including director, Trustee and Friends’ President.

Deb will define community engagement and strategic partnerships. She will look at what it means to have a “culture of collaboration” and how “turning outward” is essential to keeping the library relevant. There will be a discussion on how to determine and measure outcomes, best practices to building community engagement and what skills are needed to “turn outward.” She will also familiarize trustees with helpful resources such as the Aspen Public Dialogue for Libraries, Harwood Institute’s work, and ALA’s Libraries Transform advocacy campaign. Attendees will leave this workshop understanding the need for libraries to be a leader in their communities and the importance of building strong community relationships.

As a previous library director, Deb engaged in a strategic planning process, which involved various community constituents. This process resulted in many strategic partnerships with town departments, community organizations, and local businesses. These partnerships allowed the library to ask for increased town funding, apply for grants, and receive in-kind donations and expertise. Deb has presented with Maureen Sullivan, previous ALA President, on the importance of community engagement and is currently in the process of a pilot project with NELA on helping libraries build their capacity to go beyond library outreach and become integral parts of their communities.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Library Trustees, Library Directors

Return to the List of Programs


Storytimes for Children with Special Needs

Tuesday, April 04
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Grace School Library, Meeting Street campus, Providence
Series: Media Smart Libraries
Speaker(s): Wendy Kirchner, Librarian and Technology Education Coordinator, Meeting Street School

Media Smart LibrariesAll children deserve access to library programs and services that will help them reach their potential. In this workshop participants will learn from 30 year veteran Wendy Kirschner how to structure storytimes and other programs for children with special needs. Topics include technologies to assist children with physical disabilities, practical activities for students on the autism spectrum, and tips for librarians on collaborating with experts to better serve these patrons in our libraries.

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 and awarded to the URI Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. Attendance at this workshop could be applied to the Access & Use, Analyze & Evaluate, Create & Collaborate, Reflect, or Take Action digital badge.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Children's Librarians, School Librarians

Return to the List of Programs


General Planning Meeting - Adult Services Round Table

Wednesday, April 12
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Warwick Public Library
Series: Adult Services Round Table
Speaker(s): Group Discussion

The Adult Round Table 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. All adult services/programming library staff are welcome to join the Adult Services Round Table. for questions about the Adult Services Round Table, contact Chaichin Chen at OLIS.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Library Staff

Return to the List of Programs


The Accidental Manager: Or, How to Succeed in Management Even If You Do Not Think You Are Ready

Thursday, April 20
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
William Hall Library, Cranston
Series: Multi-type Reference Group
Speaker(s): Presenters: Julie Holden, Asst. Director, Cranston Public Library, Colleen Anderson & Mackenzie Dunn, Research & Instruction Services, Bryant University & Jenifer Bond, Head Librarian, Lincoln School

Quite often in our field it seems as though you are working a desk one minute and the next you are running it. While this is great for our personal development, professionally it can sometimes feel overwhelming. The Multi-type Reference Group will host a panel discussion of librarians who have made it past the terrifying part of management 101 and are now enjoying the benefits of being able to help guide their library's path to success!

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Library Staff

Return to the List of Programs


Library Programs for School Readiness

Monday, April 24
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
West Warwick Public Library
Series: Children's Services Round Table
Speaker(s): Group Discussion

Looking for fresh ideas for programming that helps bridge the gap between preschool and kindergarten? From Every Child Ready to Read and 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, to Providence Community Library's Ready for K!, we'll discuss programs and ideas for helping kids develop skills needed for success in school.

Please come prepared to share at least one idea and bring along any flyers or PR materials that helped make your program a success.

Feel free to bring your lunch to enjoy during our discussion!

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Children's Librarians

Return to the List of Programs


Behavioral Issues

Wednesday, April 26
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Rogers Free Library, Bristol
Series: YART
Speaker(s): Linda Tavares, Associate Director at the Providence Center

Do you have young adults who are constantly "problem patrons"? We will be hearing from an expert on how to best identify behavioral and mental health issues and ways to best deal with these teens who are disruptive but deserve to have a positive library experience.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Youth Service Librarians

Return to the List of Programs


May

Raspberry Pi Basics

Monday, May 01
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Deering Middle School Library, West Warwick
Series: Media Smart Libraries
Speaker(s): Facilitator: Rhode Island Computer Museum

Media Smart LibrariesThis workshop is for librarians who want to learn about the Raspberry Pi for possible new programming opportunities and makerspace activities for patrons. The Raspberry Pi® is a single-board computer developed in the UK by the Raspberry Pi Foundation with the intention of stimulating the teaching of basic computer science in schools. We will put together basic components; learn about input and output, basic python programming concepts and practices.

Come learn and play with our Raspberry Pi’s and help educate a new generation of programmers and electronics engineers! No experience necessary.

This workshop is being offered through a collaboration of Media Smart Libraries and the Digital Literacy Makerspace Working Group at Ocean State Libraries and is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Grant # LG-07-14-0045-14.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Children and Teen Librarians, School Librarians

Return to the List of Programs


AskRI: Explora Workshop

Wednesday, May 03
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Warwick Public Library, Idea Studio
Series: AskRI
Speaker(s): Joe Ceterski, EBSCO Representative

Are you using Explora? Want to learn more about EBSCO's latest go-to resource for student and patron research?

Joe Ceterski, our EBSCO training rep, will lead this session and show us how Explora supports both student research and classroom instruction with rich, reliable content and easy-to-use functionality. And if you are a library media specialist or work with students at the library after school, Explora is already integrated with Google Classroom! Explora is designed to meet the many unique needs of users!

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own devices. Some laptops will be available.

AskRI is Rhode Island’s Online Reference Center.

Registration required. Limited to 20 participants.

Intended Audience: LORI Library Staff

Return to the List of Programs


Programming for Elementary School-Age Kids

Thursday, May 04
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Newport Public Library
Series: Children's Services Round Table
Speaker(s): Group Discussion

You have toddler dance parties and pre-k storytimes. And maybe you have a tween afterschool group and a teen library lock-in. But what about the kids who have aged out of storytime but are a few years away from middle school? We’ll discuss fresh ideas for serving kids ages 6-10 and will share our favorite programs for this age group.

Please come prepared to share at least one idea and bring along any flyers or PR materials that helped make your program a success.

Feel free to bring your lunch to enjoy during our discussion!

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Children's Librarians

Return to the List of Programs


Library Advocacy

Tuesday, May 16
6:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
East Greenwich Free Library
Series: Media Smart Libraries in conjunction with ILART
Speaker(s): Group Discussion

Media Smart Libraries“We have Google, why do we need librarians?” We have all faced this question. At a time when our President has proposed eliminating funding, school districts are cutting school library media positions, and academic libraries are having difficulty keeping fully staffed libraries, how do we answer this question? During small group discussions, we will gather the information and research we each use into a collective that we will share whole group at the end of the evening. After the conclusion of the program, a slideshow/pamphlet will be emailed to all participants that can be used for advocacy.

Please come prepared with research, flyers, or other materials that you rely on when answering the question of why we need librarians in today’s world.

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 and awarded to the URI Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. Attendance at this workshop could be applied to the Access & Use, Analyze & Evaluate, Create & Collaborate, Reflect, or Take Action digital.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: All librarians

Return to the List of Programs


New YA Books

Thursday, May 18
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Greenville Public Library
Series: YART
Speaker(s): Group Discussion

We'll be discussing the newest in YA fiction. By May 11th, please submit titles you'd like to discuss to Brandi Fong (use subject line New 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 share your own personal critique.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Youth Service Librarians

Return to the List of Programs


Inclusion Strategies for a Diverse Community

Wednesday, May 24
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Warwick Public Library, Idea Studio

Speaker(s): Christopher LaRoux, Director of Warwick Public Library will discuss the grant he received from the RI Foundation for a homebound program to mail library books and other media at no cost to patrons of the Warwick Public Library through the US Postal Service. Karen McGrath, Auburn Branch Librarian, Cranston will share information about the successful homebound program she's developed over several years through the Cranston library system. Andrew Egan, Regional Librarian, OLIS Talking Books Program, will talk about the new BARD, Braille and Audio Reading Download database, and other digital resources available through TBP. Maria Cotto, Children's Librarian, Pawtucket Public Library will share her expertise in planning, preparing and promoting sensory story times and other similar programs for children with special needs.

Reach out to those in your community who may have physical challenges, low vision, blindness or other challenges.

Bring your questions and share your ideas from programs you have provided at your libraries to meet the needs of the underserved in your community.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Library staff

Return to the List of Programs


June

Digital Storytimes

Tuesday, June 06
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Davisville Free Library
Series: Children's Services Round Table
Speaker(s): Group Discussion

Join us as we share tips and resources for integrating tablets, apps, and ebooks with traditional storytime activities.

We'll also select topics and meeting locations for 2017/2018 Children's Services Round Table meetings. Please bring ideas for discussions or presentations, as well as possible meeting dates if you're interested in hosting.

Feel free to bring your lunch to enjoy during our discussion!

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Children's Librarians

Return to the List of Programs


Organizational Meeting & Annual Highlights - YART

Thursday, June 08
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Jamestown Philomenian Library
Series: YART
Speaker(s): Group Discussion

This group discussion focuses on what has gone well in the past year and what we would like to discuss in the coming year. Please come with ideas for the 2017/2018 year.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Youth Service Librarians

Return to the List of Programs


Computer Coding with Scratch

Tuesday, June 13
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
William Hall Library, Cranston
Series: Media Smart Libraries
Speaker(s): Janice Kowalczyk, FabNewport

Media Smart LibrariesLearn the fundamentals of computer coding using Scratch, a free web-based software program. Participants will come away with some background knowledge of coding, hands-on practice, and ideas to implement coding programs for youth in the library. Participants should bring their own laptop but a limited number of computers 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 any of the digital badges.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Public Librarians, School Librarians

Return to the List of Programs


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.