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New RILA Secretary Candidate

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 10:11am -- JBond

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.

RILA Annual Awards - Nominations Due May 9, 2014

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:15pm -- EDyer
The annual RILA awards process provides the opportunity for special recognition of the accomplishments, service, and commitment of trustees, librarians, and others.  The RILA Executive Board encourages you to nominate a deserving colleague or associate for this year’s awards.
This year’s nominations are due no later than May 9, 2014. Nomination letters should be emailed to RILA Awards Committee Chair and RILA Past President, Eileen Dyer, eadyer@gmail.com
Criteria for Trustee of the Year Award
Any trustee of any library who has served on his/her board for at least three years is eligible for this award.  These are suggested guidelines, but by no means the only ones, upon which a nomination may be made:
•    Nominee worked in a readily identifiable way to develop/improve library service to a community, or to a specific segment within the community.
•    Nominee successfully lobbied for increased funding and/or resources for his/her library.
•    Nominee fashioned a plan that successfully enhanced the library’s role in the community.
•    Nominee was instrumental in networking with trustees of other libraries to foster cooperative planning or activities.
Criteria for Outstanding Librarian Award
This award honors the career accomplishments of a librarian who has demonstrated an outstanding record of service to both his/her library and to the library profession.  The nominee must be a member of the Rhode Island Library Association.  Guidelines for nomination include:
•    Development of outstanding service in (a) field(s) of expertise, e.g. children’s, administrative, technical.
•    Involvement in statewide library activities.
•    Record of professional library leadership.
•    Encouragement of community/institutional support for library.
Criteria for Citation of Merit
This award is conferred upon citizens who are neither librarians nor library trustees who have made outstanding contributions to quality library service.  This award may be given to an individual or group.
The RILA Executive Board will determine award recipients based on the letters of recommendation.  The Board reserves the right not to present these awards in any given year.

Register for RILA's Annual Conference 2014

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 7:12pm -- JBond

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.

PO BOX 6765
Providence, RI 02940
Visit our Annual Conference page for more details, including a link to the online registration form, and information on various conference housing options.
See you in Newport!

RI Library Snapshot Day: Monday, April 14

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 6:31pm -- JBond

Thanks for particpating in Snapshot Day 2014!  Check out our photo album of awesome library happenings in Rhode Island on 4/14/14!



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.


Mon, 03/31/2014 - 10:05am -- JBond


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!   


Money Smart Week Kick-Off on 4/5

Sat, 03/22/2014 - 8:39am -- JBond


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!

Save the Date: Money Smart Week @ Your Library in April

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 5:27pm -- JBond


Join us to promote financial literacy during the 2014 Money Smart Week @ Your Library campaign in Rhode Island!   From April 5-12, libraries around the state will be hosting a variety of financial education programs aimed at all ages.  You are never too young or too old  to be money smart!  

Money Smart Week was developed by the Chicago Federal Reserve and the American Library Association as a way to connect the public with free, credible sources of financial information.  RILA is proud to bring this initiative to Rhode Island for the 3rd year in a row.  We are partnering with other organizations this year to bring the important lessons of Money Smart Week to a wider audience in our state.  


The Money Smart Week festivities kick off on Saturday, April 5th @ the William Hall Library in Cranston from 10am-noon.  The statewide kick-off event will feature speakers, family fun, and a financial fair that promises something for everyone.

Check out the full calendar of MSW events in RI.  


To find out more about Money Smart Week 2014, please contact Julie DeCesare or Chris Goldstein.

RILA Annual Conference 2014

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 2:49pm -- EDyer

Join colleagues from near and far at the beautiful Salve Regina University in sunny Newport on Monday, June 2 & Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at the Rhode Island Library Association's annual conference.

We are thrilled to bring you keynote speaker, Lee Rainie, the Director of the Pew Research Center's Internet Project, a non-profit, non-partisan "fact tank" that studies the social impact of the internet. The Project has issued more than 450 reports based on its surveys that examine people's online activities and the internet's role in their lives. Lee is a co-author of Networked: The New Social Operating System, a book about the social impact of technology.

We also welcome Nate Hill, Assistant Director of the Chattanooga Public Library in Tennessee, where he oversees Digital Services and the 4th Floor Innovation Team. Chattanooga's 4th Floor is a flexible library "beta" space that serves as maker space, event venue, and dynamic public meeting center. Mr. Hill will introduce the public services, tools, and instruction on offer on the 4th Floor and discuss how they enhance user experience, foster creativity, and meet community needs. This talk will inspire even the smallest library to dedicate a corner to these types of innovative operations.

We're developing a fun, informative, and dynamic program for this year's event. Whether you're interested in checking out maker spaces, utilizing super-short video, investigating libraries and the sustainability movement, reviewing best practices for library fundraising - or many other topics in the works - the RILA conference will have something for you! 

Senate Resolution Celebrating Library Legislative Awareness Day Read and Passed in RI Senate

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 4:21pm -- EDyer
This Senate Resolution was read aloud and passed at Library Legislative Awareness Day on February 11, 2014.
Thank you Senators Gallo, Bates, Ruggerio, Algiere, and Ottiano!
S E N A T E  R E S O L U T I O N 
Introduced By: Senators Gallo, Bates, Ruggerio, Algiere, and Ottiano 
Date Introduced: February 11, 2014 
Referred To: Recommended for Immediate Consideration 
WHEREAS, February 11th 1 marks the official celebration of "Library Legislative 
Awareness Day" in our state. This year's theme is "Libraries Change Lives"; and 
WHEREAS, Literacy skills are essential for effective participation in our democracy, in 
the workplace, in the community, and within family life. Evidence shows that low or minimal 
literacy skills can condemn entire families to isolation, poverty and dependence; and 
WHEREAS, Libraries are true beacons of democracy that strengthen our state and our 
nation by preserving our nation's cultural heritage. Lady Bird Johnson once said, "Perhaps no 
place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library. The only entrance 
requirement is interest"; and 
WHEREAS, Libraries empower individuals, strengthen families, and provide the 
cornerstone for a brighter future for all our citizens; now, therefore be it 
RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations 
hereby celebrates "Library Legislative Awareness Day." We furthermore express our sincere
gratitude to those dedicated individuals who work, volunteer, and advocate for libraries across 
our state; and be it further
RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to 
transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to The Rhode Island Library Association. 

Library Legislative Awareness Day: February 11, 2014

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 11:25am -- EDyer
Please join the Rhode Island Library Association for RI Library Legislative Awareness Day on Wednesday, February 11, 2014, from 2:30 - 4:30 pm in the RI State House Rotunda!
Our them this year is Libraries Change Lives.
Come shake hands with your legislators and let them know all the great things your library is doing in your community.
Please give your legislators a shout out to let them know you'll be looking for them that day!
If your organization would like to have a table in the rotunda, please contact eadyer@gmail.com.


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