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Report from the ALA

American Library Association’s (ALA) new report, Keeping Communities Connected: Library Broadband Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic, highlights “the impact of broadband access through the nation’s nearly 17,000 public libraries during the pandemic, as well as the need for continued long-term investments in broadband infrastructure and digital inclusion programming. … Libraries rose to the emergency to provide an internet connection and technology to those who otherwise would lack such access. The report documents both widespread practices and unique strategies employed by U.S. public libraries to keep Americans connected during this challenging time.

– From the ALA press release.

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Kingston Immigrant Oral History Project

Kingston Library and the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History recently launched a collaboration with the Kingston Immigrant Oral History Project to gather, document, preserve, and share the oral histories of the immigrant experience in their community. The project was motivated by a lack of materials in the library’s Local History collection on the immigrant experience of the latter twentieth and early twenty-first century. Recordings of interviews and transcripts can be accessed through the Kingston Library website. This project began in March 2022 and is ongoing.

The Kingston Immigrant Oral History Project is supported with federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds allocated to the New York State Library by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by Southeastern NY Library Resources Council.

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Digital Inclusion Innovation Grant Opportunity

Digital Inclusion Innovation Grant Opportunity. The Digital Inclusion Innovation Grants support dynamic partnerships to increase the number of people who are connected to broadband, equipped with devices, and receive community support for digital inclusion activities. Projects can be based on a variety of digital inclusion efforts, including promoting affordable high-speed internet, devices, digital navigators, and digital skills that support vulnerable communities throughout New York state.

The Fund is supported by Schmidt Futures, a philanthropic initiative founded by Eric and Wendy Schmidt, and managed by National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA). NDIA is proud to continue to partner with Schmidt Futures on the New York Digital Inclusion Fund and to support applicants and provide training and guidance to grantees as they carry out their digital inclusion work over the next few years.

NDIA is accepting proposals for Digital Inclusion Innovation grants through June 1st, 2022.

For more information on the funding opportunity, including registration and links to the online proposal, visit, digitalinclusion.org/nydifund, or contact NYDIFund@digitalinclusion.org.

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ALA Partners with U.S. Dept of Health & Human Services

The American Library Association (ALA) is partnering with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ We Can Do This campaign to share trusted information about COVID-19 vaccines with parents and families with children. The “We Can Do This” campaign provides a range of expert-verified outreach tools and sharable resources that libraries can use to inform their communities, including resources about COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 5 and older.

The partnership will focus on information for parents and guardians of children younger than 12 years old. COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5-11 were recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in November 2021. Currently, vaccination rates for ages 5-11 are significantly lower than older age groups: just 35 percent of people ages 5-11 have received at least one dose, compared to 87 percent of people ages 12 and older.

Access the Outreach Guide which includes customizable content and social media posts.

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2022 Velma K. Moore Award

The Library Trustees Association Section (LTAS) of NYLA is presenting the 2022 Velma K. Moore Award to any individual or group of individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the development of library services in New York State. This annual Award was originally established in 1962 with a gift from the Moore family. The $1,500 Award will be given to the recipient’s library or system of choice at the 2022 NYLA Conference in Saratoga Springs, NY. Nominees may include trustees, a community member, library boards, or any individual or group who supports libraries. Nominations can be made by anyone in the library community. The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, May 31st, 2022. Further criteria and submission information can be found here.

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Catalyst Grants

Catalyst Grants: A new fund to support your climate action. Beginning in June, Partners for Climate Action Hudson Valley (PCAHV) will invite proposals for bold actions. Grants will support communities to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of a changing climate and restore our ecosystems. Grants will range from $5,000 to $50,000.

Applicants must represent a municipality, school, library, nonprofit, or grassroots initiative working in partnership with one or all these groups. Residents from Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, and Putnam are welcome to apply. Underserved communities will receive special consideration.

Learn more and stay up to date at https://www.climateactionhv.org/initiatives/catalyst-grants.

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