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OLIS Continuing Education Programs: Fall 2017

September

Smart Robots

Tuesday, September 05
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Cranston Public Library
Series: Media Smart Libraries
Speaker(s): Workshop: RI Computer Museum

Media Smart LibrariesThis workshop aims to explain basic concepts of robotics. Working in teams, participants will learn coding using a Raspberry Pi to instruct a simple robot to move objects in construction challenges. The Pi programming environment allows you to do many things with a tiny credit-card-sized computer! Participants will also learn about programmable electronics for making lights blink, motors run and a lot more. Learn how to easily duplicate this workshop in your own library as a STEM/Maker activity. The workshop promises to be easy for beginners, challenging for experienced programmers and fun for everyone!

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.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Public Librarians, School Librarians

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Take Apart Night - CANCELED

Wednesday, September 13 Registration Closed
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Archie Cole Middle School Library, East Greenwich
Series: Media Smart Libraries
Speaker(s): Workshop: RI Computer Museum

Media Smart LibrariesThis program has been canceled as of September 11. This workshop is for librarians who want to learn about hosting a Take Apart Night as a possible new programming opportunity or makerspace activity. Computer technology is everywhere and used by many professionals, including inventors, artists, teachers, engineers, musicians, scientists and computer programmers. In this workshop, students will learn how to see what is inside everyday items by taking them apart. If you've are a gadget geek, science nerd, budding engineer or other electronics-obsessed loved one, come take something apart with us. Bring your broken electronics and we’ll help you take them apart and learn about circuits. No experience is necessary!

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.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Public Librarians, School Librarians

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College and Career Readiness for Young Adults

Thursday, September 14
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Tiverton Public Library
Series: YART
Speaker(s): Mary MacDonald, URI Professor and Head of Instruction; Nicolette Baffoni, OLIS Adult Services Coordinator

What types of information literacy skills do teens need for college success, and how can public libraries strengthen these skills? Mary MacDonald, Professor and Head of Instruction at the University of Rhode Island Library, will join us to share the skills high school students need to become successful college researchers. We’ll also discuss career resources and workforce development initiatives for young adults with OLIS Adult Services Coordinator Nicolette Baffoni.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Young Adult Librarians and Library Staff, School Librarians, Teachers

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Digital Innovation Roundtable Planning Meeting

Friday, September 15
1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Warwick Public Library: Idea Studio
Series: Digital Innovation Roundtable
Speaker(s): Group Discussion

The Digital Innovation Roundtable will connect library staff from all types of RI libraries, who provide digital services and instruction to their communities, for purposes of discussion, resource sharing, peer education and collaboration. If you have an interest in emerging technology in libraries, digital literacy, technology instruction and other community-facing digital services, join us for the inaugural meeting to network and share with colleagues, identify topics of discussion for the coming year and plan future continuing education opportunities!

Registration required. Limited to 25 participants.

Intended Audience: Public Library Staff, Academic Librarians, School Library Media Specialists

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Children's Services Fall Meeting

Monday, September 18
9:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Barrington Public Library
Speaker(s): The Autism Project, Maria Cotto, Bilingual Children's Librarian, Pawtucket Public Library and Babs Wells, Children’s Librarian, Greenville Public Library

The Autism Project will present the training program Creating the Connections. This training will provide librarians and library staff with the tools to help families access screening, evaluation, and appropriate resources for children, youth, and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and related Developmental Disabilities (DD). After this training librarians and library staff will understand and recognize both typical and atypical developmental milestones, support concerns families may have, and know the resources available to empower families to make informed decisions and access care.

Following the Creating the Connections training program, Maria Cotto, Bilingual Children's Librarian, Pawtucket Public Library and Babs Wells, Children’s Librarian, Greenville Public Library will share their expertise in planning, implementing, and promoting sensory story times and services for children with special needs.

The Autism Project is a unique collaboration of parents, professionals and community members who provide quality support, training, and programming that is accessible to all for children and adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, their families and those who work with them.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Youth Services Librarians and Library Staff, School Librarians, Teachers

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Introduction to the Agency by Design Framework and Maker-Centered Learning - CANCELED

Thursday, September 21 Registration Closed
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Cranston Public Library
Series: Media Smart Libraries
Speaker(s): Jessica Ross, Project Manager for Agency by Design and Teaching Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education

Media Smart LibrariesThis program has been canceled as of September 11. Librarians are rapidly embracing the maker movement but it is more than just tools and materials. What does learning look like during maker-centered activities? What kinds of thinking can be encouraged? How can we design for making, thinking, and learning in a library setting? In this interactive workshop, research developed at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education will be shared through a series of hands-on activities aimed at exploring these questions and considering how pedagogical practice can support the core principles of maker-centered learning. This session is for participants at any stage in developing a maker program in their library or school. Participants are encouraged to bring a brown bag snack.

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.

Registration required. Limited to 30 participants.

Intended Audience: Public Librarians, School Librarians

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Working With Local Authors

Tuesday, September 26
9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Lincoln Public Library
Series: Adult Services Roundtable
Speaker(s): Robin Nyzio, moderator

Are you often approached by local writers who want you to host library event for their self-published book? Would you like to learn from other librarians how they handle these requests? If so, join us for this session focusing on Working with Local Authors. We will hear from librarians who have hosted writers in their libraries for individual events or as part of an author expo. Robin Nyzio, assistant director at Lincoln PL, will moderate the discussion.

Registration required. Limited to 25 participants.

Intended Audience: Adult Services Librarians

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Mock Newbery Meeting #1

Wednesday, September 27
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
St. Andrew's School
Speaker(s): Group Discussion

It's time to start taking a closer look at the children's books of 2017. Please read one or (better yet) more books on the discussion list for the first meeting. Participating in the Mock Newbery is an opportunity to read the newest children’s books and to discuss them with other passionate readers. Voting for a Rhode Island winner and honor books will take place on January 17, 2018 using the balloting procedures of the real committee. The first discussion list and information about future meetings and programs is available at the Mock Newbery web page.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Youth Services Librarians and Library Staff, School Librarians, and Teachers

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October

Computer Coding Demystified

Wednesday, October 11
1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cumberland Public Library
Speaker(s): Nicolette Baffoni, OLIS; Don Gregory, Technology Instructor, Providence Public Library

You can code, and so can your patrons! From ALA & Google's Libraries Ready to Code initiative to Governor Raimondo's CS4RI to current trends in workforce development, you have probably heard a lot about computer coding but might be hesitant about trying it at your library. Join us for an interactive workshop to demystify computer coding. Learn about coding for any age in libraries, connect with resources to build your coding skills, and get a chance to try out coding activities to see first hand what it is all about. No experience with coding is necessary, though experience with coding is welcome!

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Any library staff

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LORI Resource Sharing Procedure Review

Monday, October 16
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Warwick Public Library
Speaker(s): William J. Doughty, Bryant University Manager of Borrower Services; Katie Holcomb, CCRI Access Services Librarian ; Chaichin Chen, OLIS Resource Sharing Coordinator

This program will be repeated on October 27, 2017.

Come to meet your colleagues from around the state and to learn about the resource sharing procedures. We will review the procedures from start to finish. Whether you are from an academic, public, school, or other type of library, this is the session for you.

The session will cover:

  • tips on discovering RI academic library resources
  • available options to request items from RI public libraries
  • interstate delivery
  • the overall process and best practices of resource sharing among LORI and MA libraries through the interstate delivery system

Registration required.

Intended Audience: LORI Library Staff.

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Rhode Island Libraries Report Back from the Research Institute for Public Libraries-CANCELED

Wednesday, October 18 Registration Closed
1:00pm p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Barrington Public Library
Speaker(s): Ryan Brennan, Deputy Director, North Kingstown Library; Ann Grealish-Rust, Director, Tiverton Library; Amy E. Neilson, Director, Exeter Library; Karisa Tashjian, Director of Education, Providence Publ

August 2017, OLIS provided scholarships to four RI public library directors and staff members to attend the Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) held in Maine. At this event, 50 New England public library leaders learned about: designing outcome-based evaluation of programs and services; assessing community needs; techniques for tracking public library data and using data and stories to document the impact of libraries.

Come hear from the four RI attendees about what they learned at RIPL and how they have been applying that learning at their library. Discover practical tips and tools you can try out yourself and that fit into RI public libraries’ context. Have some assessment or planning questions? Come ask our panel, as they are certain to have learned about some techniques and resources they can pass along.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Staff from All Types of Libraries

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Multi-type Reference Roundtable

Thursday, October 19
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cranston Public Library, Central - Seminar Room
Series: MTRG
Speaker(s): Group Discussion / Roundtable

The Multi-type Reference Group is looking for new members from all types of libraries to share their ideas about the future of reference services and collaborate in planning professional development programs. This dynamic group hosts 3 programs per year and has covered topics such as fake news, growing as a manager, social media skills and policies, and much more. We want to know what topics interest you, how this group can best help you connect to other library staff and serve as a resource hub for your professional growth in reference services. Inquiries about the group and this meeting may be forwarded to Alicia Waters or Melissa Chiavaroli. We look forward to hearing your ideas!

Join the group for a lively conversation. Attendance at this meeting does not bind you or commit you to anything.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Reference staff from all types of libraries

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Seasonal Programming for Children's Services

Tuesday, October 24 Registration Closed
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Tomaquag Museum
Series: Children's Services Round Table
Speaker(s): Tomaquag Museum Staff, Group Discussion

How does seasonal programming fit in to your services for children and families? Do seasonal and holiday celebrations help guide your programming plan or do you prefer using non-seasonal themes? How do you decide which seasonal and holiday celebrations to incorporate in to your programming? We’ll discuss these questions and more at this month’s Children’s Service Round Table meeting. Please come prepared to share an example of a successful program and your preferred method for planning, implementing, and evaluating seasonal programming.

This very special meeting will take place at the Tomaquag Musuem in Exeter. We’ll be treated to an hour long tour of this award winning museum dedicated to Indigenous history, culture, and arts. Our discussion of seasonal programming will take place in the museum following the tour. Please note that food and drink is not allowed in the museum.

Registration for this meeting is limited to 20 participants. Registration is required and participants must register before September 14th. Registration after September 14th will not be accepted.

Registration required. Limited to 10 participants.

Intended Audience: Children's Librarians and Library Staff

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Back to the Futures Conference! Conference Recap with OLIS Scholarship Recipients

Wednesday, October 25
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Narraganset Public Library (Maury Loontjens Memorial)
Speaker(s): OLIS Conference Scholarship Recipients (see below)

If you didn't attend the Futures Conference in September, here is your chance to learn about the thought provoking conference sessions and the forward-thinking speakers who shared their perspectives on the future in general and of libraries in particular. OLIS awarded scholarships to seven library staff who are eager to share what they learned and experienced at the Futures Conference. Join the scholarship recipients and OLIS staff as they recount their conference experience and share their insights in a panel discussion.

Panelists include:

  • Lori Brostuen, Redwood Library and Athenaeum
  • Melissa Chiavaroli, Cumberland Public Library
  • Lee-Ann Galli, North Kingstown Public Library
  • Emily Goodman, Tiverton Public Library & URI-GSLIS student
  • Darshell Silva, Rocky Hill School
  • Donna Snead, Providence Public Library
  • Jana Stevenson, Warwick Public Library

Registration required.

Intended Audience: All library staff

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LORI Resource Sharing Procedure Review

Friday, October 27
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Warwick Public Library
Speaker(s): Katie Holcomb, CCRI Access Services Librarian; William J. Doughty, Bryant University Manager of Borrower Services; Chaichin Chen, OLIS Resource Sharing C

This program is a repeat from October 16, 2017.

Come to meet your colleagues from around the state and to learn about the resource sharing procedures. We will review the procedures from start to finish. Whether you are from an academic, public, school, or other type of library, this is the session for you.

The session will cover:

  • tips on discovering RI academic library resources
  • available options to request items from RI public libraries
  • interstate delivery
  • the overall process and best practices of resource sharing among LORI and MA libraries through the interstate delivery system

Registration required.

Intended Audience: LORI Library Staff.

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November

Digital Equity and Mobile Hotspot Lending Programs at Your Library

Wednesday, November 01
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Lincoln Public Library
Speaker(s): Nicolette Baffoni, OLIS; Lauren Yergeau, Mobile Beacon; Donna Monahan, T-Mobile

In increasingly digital world, many library resources are available 24/7- a great way to expand library services and promote online reading and learning; but did you know that 26% of households in RI do not have broadband internet in their homes? This workshop will explore ways in which libraries can help close the digital divide through mobile hotspot or device lending programs. Hear from representatives from Mobile Beacon and T-Mobile about their different offers and services; learn about successes and pratfalls from libraries who have run such programs; discuss the challenges of funding a program like this; and help us strategize other innovative,long-term solutions to help libraries promote digital equity for our patrons and communities.

Registration required. Limited to 25 participants.

Intended Audience: Any library staff

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Mock Newbery Meeting #2

Wednesday, November 01
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Hampden Meadows School
Speaker(s): Group Discussion

We’ll continue our discussion of the best children’s books of 2017. Please read one or (better yet) more books on the discussion list for the second meeting. Voting for a Rhode Island winner and honor books will take place on January 17, 2018 using the balloting procedures of the real Newbery committee. The second discussion list will be available on September 28 at the Mock Newbery web page.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Youth Services Librarians and Library Staff, School Librarians, and Teachers

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Adult Program Marketing Share and Swap

Wednesday, November 08
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Cumberland Public Library
Series: Adult Services Roundtable
Speaker(s): Group Discussion

Share and get ideas for promotion for your upcoming events! We will be sharing our best posters, promotion plans, social media campaigns, and promotional tools. Love Canva? Let us know how and why it works for you. Your recent series had people wait listed by the dozens? Show us how you did it. Find new ways to freshen up your look or just find ideas for new programs.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Adult Services Librarians

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Collection Development for Young Adults

Thursday, November 09
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
West Warwick Public Library
Series: YART
Speaker(s): Group Discussion

Join us for a discussion about young adult collections. We’ll talk about both print and digital collections, your collection’s physical space, and collection development issues related to serving a teen and tween audience.

Please bring a list of your favorite vendors, publishers, book reps, or other resources that help you keep your collection vibrant, timely, and accessible.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Youth Services Librarians and Library Staff, School Librarians

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Professional Growth for Youth Services Librarians

Tuesday, November 14
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
East Smithfield Public Library
Series: Children's Services Round Table
Speaker(s): Robin Nyzio, Assistant Director Lincoln Public Library; Danielle Margarida OLIS Youth Services Coordinator; Group Discussion

Demonstrating the professional skills and knowledge required to be a youth services librarian or youth services staff member can be difficult. Programming, outreach, and readers’ advisory for children, teens, and parents looks very different from the professional activities of other library departments and leave little time for grant writing, networking, or pursuing professional development. OLIS Youth Services Coordinator Danielle Margarida will share ways to grow your professional identity and demonstrate your value to colleagues, administrators, and patrons. We’ll also be joined by Lincoln Public Library Assistant Director Robin Nyzio, whose previous work as a children’s and teen librarian will offer a unique look at youth services through a management lens.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Youth Services Librarians and Library Staff

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Cyber Security and Online Privacy

Tuesday, November 14
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Webinar
Series: Digital Innovation Roundtable
Speaker(s): Rick Tavares, Reference Librarian, Jesse M. Smith Memorial Library

How can librarians help their patrons access the tools and resources necessary to protect themselves from cybercrime and surveillance in the 21st century? Join us to learn about how you can host a cybersecurity and online privacy workshop at your library, about what tools and resources will help you be successful, and about what challenges you and your patrons might face.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Anyone

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Supporting Children and Families Affected by Incarceration and the RI Prisoner Re-entry Initiative

Thursday, November 16
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Dorothy Dix Building, 1st floor Conference Room (address and directions below)
Speaker(s): Ken Findlay, Interdepartmental Project Manager, member of the Library Board of RI and Telisa Richardson, LCSW, Parenting Coordinator, RI Department of Corrections

Michelle Novello, Program Development and Community Relations Coordinator and Cheryl Space, Youth Services Coordinator, Providence Community Libraries

Ken and TeLisa will introduce you to Department of Corrections staff and provide an overview of RI's prison system population and services provided. They will also discuss the Books Beyond program for incarcerated parents and their children and RI’s Reentry Initiative activities. Michelle and Cheryl will share their experience with children and families involved in the program and how your library can become involved too!

Join us to discuss how libraries can contribute to this important initiative by supporting members of your community that have been impacted by incarceration.

Parenting Connection Newsletter, May/June 2017

RI Department of Corrections: Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Population Report

Address: 18 Wilma Schesler Lane, Cranston, RI - The Dix Building now houses offices only.

* On the Department of Corrections campus across from the Department of Labor & Training. There is free, ample parking on the side of the building.

From Route 95 South and Route 95 North Take Exit 14 to Route 37 West. Take Exit 3 off Route 37 to Pontiac Avenue. At the end of the exit, take a left.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: All Library staff. Children and YA Librarians encouraged to attend.

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AtoZ Databases from A to Z

Wednesday, November 29
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Greenville Public Library
Speaker(s): Christine Smailys, AtoZ Databases

Learn about how you can use AtoZ Databases to better support small business and workforce development, along with other community reference needs in your library. Familiarize yourself with the product and discover new features at a hands-on workshop with AtoZ rep Christine Smailys. A limited number of laptops will be provided for attendees; please bring your own if you can! Program also being offered November 30 and December 1.

Registration required. Limited to 25 participants.

Intended Audience: Adult Services Librarians

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AtoZ Databases from A to Z

Thursday, November 30
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
North Kingston Free Library
Speaker(s): Christine Smailys, AtoZ Databases

Learn about how you can use AtoZ Databases to better support small business and workforce development, along with other community reference needs in your library. Familiarize yourself with the product and discover new features at a hands-on workshop with AtoZ rep Christine Smailys. A limited number of laptops will be provided for attendees; please bring your own if you can! Program is also being offered November 29th and December 1.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Adult Services Librarians

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December

AtoZ Databases from A to Z

Friday, December 01
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Westerly Public Library
Speaker(s): Christine Smailys, A to Z Databases

Learn about how you can use AtoZ Databases to better support small business and workforce development, along with other community reference needs in your library. Familiarize yourself with the product and discover new features at a hands-on workshop with AtoZ rep Christine Smailys. A limited number of laptops will be provided for attendees; please bring your own if you can! This program is also being offered November 29 and 30.

Registration required. Limited to 25 participants.

Intended Audience: Adult services librarians

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Sharing Session: Tech Instruction Greatest Hits

Monday, December 04
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Fuller Creative Learning Center, East Providence
Series: Digital Innovation Roundtable

Share and learn about successful technology or digital literacy instruction programs, lessons or classes. Come prepared to share for about 10 minutes about your favorite or greatest success, borrow ideas from colleagues from libraries around the state, and get a brief tour of the Fuller Creative Learning Center, a former branch library converted to a dedicated learning space!

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Any librarian or library staff working with technology and instruction!

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Children's Summer Reading Program Performers' Showcase

Monday, December 04
9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Warwick Public Library
Snow Date: Monday, December 11
Speaker(s): Performers

The Performers’ 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 presentations, visit with other program providers setting up table top displays. This is your opportunity to provide feedback and offer your recommendations for the 2018 slate of programs offered statewide.

The booking meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 9 (snow date: January 16) at the Warwick Public Library.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Children's Librarians and Library Staff

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Mock Newbery Meeting #3

Wednesday, December 06
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Barrington Public Library
Speaker(s): Group Discussion

We’ll continue our discussion of the best children’s books of 2017. This will be the final discussion meeting before voting for the Rhode Island winner and honor books on January 17, 2018. The third discussion list will be available on November 3 at the Mock Newbery web page.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Youth Services Librarians and Library Staff, School Librarians, and Teachers

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“You are not alone” OLIS Special Collections Roundtable *NEW*

Wednesday, December 06
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Barrington Public Library, Gallery Room
Series: Special Collections Roundtable
Speaker(s): Donna Longo DiMichele

Rhode Island library staff who have responsibility for special collections don’t have many opportunities to connect with others who are working with these materials. It appears to be true for all such staff - whether it’s a full-time or part-time charge. OLIS wants to change that by convening a Special Collections Roundtable!

The purpose of the OLIS Special Collections Roundtable is to connect staff from all types of Rhode Island libraries who have responsibility for the care and access of unique or rare manuscripts, records, books, visual materials, local history and other collections, for purposes of discussion, peer education and collaboration. We want to create a community where the individuals who are responsible for the care and access of special collections can connect and discuss challenges, opportunities, best practices and current trends in the field – learning from one another or from other experts.

Optional Tour @ 11:45: The Barrington Preservation Society's Museum is located on the lower level of the same building that houses the library. Anyone who would like to visit the museum and learn about the collections held by the Preservation Society is welcome to reconvene at the Preservation Society at 11:45.

Join us at this inaugural meeting to connect with your colleagues and help to chart the course of this new OLIS Roundtable. You won’t be alone anymore!

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Rhode Island librarians and archivists who have responsibility for special collections.

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Teen Summer Reading Program Performers' Showcase

Thursday, December 07
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Warwick Public Library
Snow Date: Thursday, December 14, 2017
Speaker(s): Performers

The Performers’ 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 presentations, visit with other program providers setting up table top displays. This is your opportunity to provide feedback and offer your recommendations for the 2018 slate of programs offered statewide.

The booking meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 9 (snow date: January 16) at the Warwick Public Library.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: YA Librarians and Library Staff

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Hey, Have You Heard? Audiobooks is the Word! Braille Audio Reading Download

Tuesday, December 12
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Warwick Public Library, Idea Studio
Speaker(s): Alicia Waters, Library Program Specialist, OLIS and Benjamin Hanley, Digital Services/Reference Librarian, Barrington Public library

Your library can become an institutional member and a downloading station for the Talking Books Plus program, a program of the National Library Service through the Library of Congress which provides materials and equipment free for qualified individuals who cannot read standard print materials because of a visual impairment or physical disability.

Alicia will discuss the the benefits of having an institutional membership in TBP and how easy it is to establish an account and use BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download). Ben will talk about providing assistance with downloading digital books for patrons and how the Barrington Public Library collaborates with their Senior Center to provide these services.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: All library Staff

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January

Children's Summer Reading Program Booking Meeting

Tuesday, January 09
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Warwick Public Library
Snow Date: Tuesday, January 16, 2017

Bring your library calendar, and your presenter wish-list for our annual summer reading program block-booking event. Each library will receive booking number in advance of the meeting.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Children's Librarians and Library Staff

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Summer Reading Program Planning: Sharing Session

Tuesday, January 09
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Warwick Public Library
Snow Date: Tuesday, January 16, 2017
Series: Children's Services Round Table
Speaker(s): Group Discussion

Libraries are going to rock this summer! 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 and Library Staff

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Teen Summer Reading Program Booking Meeting

Tuesday, January 09
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Warwick Public Library
Snow Date: Tuesday, January 16, 2017

Bring your library calendar, and your presenter wish-list for our annual summer reading program block-booking event. Each library will receive booking number in advance of the meeting.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: YA Librarians and Library Staff

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Improve your Book Talks and Turn Your Program into a Bestseller

Wednesday, January 10
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
William Hall Library
Series: Adult Services Round Table
Speaker(s): Mary Anne Quinn, Warwick Public Library

Join Mary Anne Quinn, Head of Reference for the Warwick Public Library for an exciting talk about something we all do-book talks! Mary Anne's tremendously popular Breakfast with Books series highlights the new year reads and summer reads in a fast-paced thorough way that has her patrons filling their holds lists for months. Mary Anne will demonstrate the event using some of the best books of 2017 and discuss her tips and tricks for book talking any title on your shelf.

Registration required. Limited to 20 participants.

Intended Audience: Adult services librarians

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Mock Newbery Meeting #4

Wednesday, January 17
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Cranston Public Library
Speaker(s): Group Discussion

It’s time to vote for a Rhode Island Mock Newbery winner and honor books! Please read as many books as possible from the fourth reading list and come prepared to defend your top picks before we vote using the balloting procedures of the real Newbery committee. The fourth discussion list will be available on December 11 at the Mock Newbery web page.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Youth Services Librarians and Library Staff, School Librarians, and Teachers

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Mock Caldecott Discussion

Tuesday, January 23
4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Greenville Public Library
Speaker(s): Group Discussion

It’s time to discuss and vote for a Rhode Island Mock Caldecott winner and honor books! We’ll read and discuss a sampling of the best picture books of 2017 before voting using the balloting procedures of the real Caldecott committee. The reading/viewing list for this discussion will be available on November 3 at the Mock Caldecott web page.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Youth Services Librarians and Library Staff, School Librarians, and Teachers

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