A picture is worth a thousand words, so check out the full 2014 RILA Conference story in our image gallery! We hope a fun time was had by all. Thanks for attending!
Stay tuned for a RILA 2015 "Save the Date" announcement coming this fall.
Several awards were handed out at the 2014 RILA Conference & Annual Business meeting on June 2, 2014. Meet the honorees:
Librarian of the Year: Chris Wallace Goldstein, Chief of Children's & Young Adult Services, Woonsocket Harris Public Library
Outstanding Librarian: Regina Slezak, Newport Public Library
Citation of Merit: Donna Gilton, Ph.D. (pictured on right)
Meritorious Friends of the Library Award: Doug Victor and Karen Hlynsky, Knight Memorial Library (PCL)
Senator of the Year: Senator Hanna Gallo, Cranston
Congratualtions to this year's RILA award winners!
At the 2014 RILA Conference Annual Business Meeting, the membership voted to approve the slate of officers selected to fill 2 Board vacancies. We welcome two new voting members who represent the membership and are giving their time and energy to the RILA cause.
Emily Grace Le May, Secretary (through Conference 2015)
Jack Martin, ALA Councilor (through Conference 2016)
For a full list of RILA Board members and committee chairs, visit our ADMINISTRATION page.
RILA Secretary Position Changes
Amy Greer, RILA's Secretary, recently stepped down to pursue work outside of libraries. Amy was voted in as part of the slate of officers approved by the RILA membership at the 2013 Annual Business meeting. In keeping with our bylaws, we need to put forward a new candidate to fill the remaining 1 year of Amy's term through June 2015. We found an enthusiastic volunteer who is very eager to take on the Secretary role. This new RILA officer will need to be approved by the membership at the 2014 Annual Business Meeting.
Meet your candidate - Emily Grace LeMay!
For those who don’t already know me, my name is Emily Grace, and I’m the children’s librarian at Mount Pleasant Library, a weekend reference librarian at North Scituate Public Library, and on-call at Ashaway Free Library. This summer, I would like to add “RILA Secretary” to that list as well.
I joined RILA in Fall 2012 to help revive the Public Relations committee. My intention was to raise awareness of all the amazing events that our organization plans and supports for the state, as well as the many, many ways that libraries in general can help individuals and communities across the country and world. Together with my co-chairs and colleagues, I feel that we have all done a great job of bringing an abundance of positive attention to RILA and our initiatives.
While continuing to help steer the RILA PR ship, I would very much like to take over for Amy Greer as RILA’s Secretary. Thanks in large part to Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing, formative years spent working as a bookkeeper, and a long (now mostly regrettable) history of writing down all of my feelings back when LiveJournal was still “the” place to blog, I am a fast and accurate typist and excellent note-taker.
As Secretary, I will keep the minutes neat and tidy for the good of the organization, but I also promise to keep shaking things up publicity-wise as well. I believe that combining the two roles will be beneficial for everyone involved, as it will keep me even more up-to-date with all our goings-on. I look forward to serving and growing with you all in this new capacity.
It's Conference Time!
Join us for RILA's Annual Conference on June 2 & 3, 2014. We're excited to bring our program back to the beautiful historic campus at Salve Regina in Newport, RI, thanks to overwhelmingly postive feedback from last year's attendees. This year's schedule is once again chock full of presentations and after-hours activities that will appeal to people across library land. Check out the full conference program!
REGISTRATION IS OPEN! Early Bird rates expire on May 10. Choose from two convenient payment options. Complete a credit card transaction online via PayPal or print out the invoice at the end of the registration process and mail your payment to us.
Thanks for particpating in Snapshot Day 2014! Check out our photo album of awesome library happenings in Rhode Island on 4/14/14!
YOU KNOW THE OLD SAYING....
A picture is worth a thousand words! Help us tell the story of Rhode Island's libraries as community spaces, education centers, & social hubs through the magic of (digital) photography.
As part of National Library Week, we're asking libraries of all types in our state to participate in RI Library Snapshot Day on Monday, April 14. Grab a camera or other picture-taking device and capture all the fantastic activities in your library on that day, then share these images with RILA. Collectively, these snapshots will illustrate the wealth of library events, opportunities, and services available throughout the state on one single day. We'll use these images to build community awareness and demonstrate the benefits and impacts of libraries - of all types - in RI!
We're also playing the numbers game as part of RI Library Snapshot Day - we hope to collect statistics that enhance the story! Jot down some numbers on April 14th and send them along, too. How many visitors? How many check outs? How many programs & classes? How many questions asked & answered? If it's data, we can use it!
Participation is simple. Just take some snaps & gather some stats on Monday, April 14 and send them to us! We will use the gathered info and images for future advocacy and public relations initiatives.
For more information or to officially sign up as a participating RI Library Snapshot Day location, contact Emily Grace LeMay, RILA Public Relations Committee Co-Chair.
The Countdown to Money Smart Week RI is on!
Just 5 days to go until Money Smart Week RI gets underway. It all begins at Saturday's MSW Resource Fair at the William Hall Library.
Various programs are scheduled at libraries and community partner sites around the state between April 5-12. Stop by one of these fantastic FREE events to expand your financial know-how and get access to ideas and resources to become MONEY SMART!! Topics include salary negotiation, resume writing, homebuyer education, budgeting, couponing, and much more. See the full program list in the attached brochure and check the online MSW RI event calendar for updates and additions. Tell your friends and help us get the word out!
Money Smart Week is a collaboration of RILA and our partners: Capital Good Fund, Citizens Bank, Housing Network, Junior Achievement, LISC Rhode Island, Office of the General Treasurer, Pawtucket Red Sox, RI Dept. of Labor and Training, and United Way of Rhode Island.
We also thank CollegeBoundFund for their generous support of MSW RI!
SPREAD THE WORD!
Mark your calendars and tell your friends - Money Smart Week is coming soon!
RILA and our MSW partners have been working hard to coordinate lots of grest financial education programs around the state to celebrate MSW in RI, from April 5-12. See what's going on in your neck of the woods!
It all begins at our kick off event & financial fair. Be there!
- Date: Saturday, April 5
- Time: 10am-noon
- Library: William Hall Library
- Address: 1825 Broad St., Cranston, RI 02905
- Phone: 401-781-2450
What is Money Smart Week all about? Find out!