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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October 1st, 2014 · Comments Off

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), a nationally recognized effort sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in cooperation with the National Cyber Security Alliance and Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center, to highlight the importance of cyber security.  Each week in October is dedicated to a specific cyber security theme to raise awareness across the country and to empower citizens, schools, businesses, and government to improve their cyber security preparedness.

  • Week 1 (October 1 – 3): Promoting Online Safety with the Stop.Think.Connect.™ Campaign (www.stopthinkconnect.org/)
  • Week 2 (October 6 – 10): Secure Development of IT Products
  • Week 3 (October 13 – 17): Critical Infrastructure and the Internet of Things
  • Week 4 (October 20 – 24): Cyber Security for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses and Entrepreneurs
  • Week 5 (October 27 – 31): Cyber Crime and Law Enforcement

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September is National Preparedness Month

September 8th, 2014 · Comments Off

The 2014 National Preparedness Month theme is: “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare.” NPM will culminate with National PrepareAthon! Day on September 30. Throughout the month of September, the NPM website will offer valuable preparedness information to raise awareness about disasters and encourage participation on the last day of the campaign on National PrepareAthon! Day. Here are some of the resources available on the NPM website to help you get started:

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Health Happens in Libraries – Looking Ahead to 2015 Open Enrollment Webinar

September 4th, 2014 · Comments Off

Public libraries played an active role in the initial enrollment in the federal health insurance marketplace that led to over eight million people receiving health care coverage. With the next open enrollment period coming up (November 15, 2014 – February 15, 2015), there are more opportunities for libraries to collaborate with local partners to provide health information outreach and education in their communities.

In this webinar, you’ll get an overview of objectives and resources for the 2015 open enrollment period from representatives from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). You’ll learn about the Coverage to Care initiative, which supports individuals in learning how to utilize health coverage, and review opportunities to connect community members to marketplace information through library service priorities and partnerships.

When: Wednesday, September 24, 2014: 2 – 3 PM Eastern

Register at: http://webjunction.org/events/webjunction/looking-ahead-2015-open-enrollment.html

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State Library Offers Webinar: Basics for New Public Library Directors

September 3rd, 2014 · Comments Off

On Friday, September 12, from 10 am to 11 am, the New York State Library will offer a webinar entitled, “Basics for New Public Library Directors.”  The presenter will be Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Coordinator for Library Sustainability for the Mid-Hudson Library System in Poughkeepsie, New York.

This is an introductory webinar on the basics of being a public library director in New York State. The webinar is intended as a jumping-off point, to aid a new public library director in New York State to get the “lay of the land” both in the library and within the New York library community, to understand the basics and to get down to the business of providing quality library service to the community. [Read more →]

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