full screen background image

Search form

  • Providence Public Library

  • Robert L. Carothers Library, URI

  • Fleet Library, RISD

  • Douglas and Judith Krupp Library, Bryant University

  • Jesse M. Smith Memorial Library, Burrillville

  • Greenville Public Library

  • Woonsocket Harris Public Library

  • Essex Public Library, Tiverton

  • Cumberland Public Library

  • Warwick Public Library

Plan Ahead for April Money Smart Week!

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 12:07pm -- JBond

Money Smart Week is coming back to the Ocean State this spring with more financial literacy education programs for all ages.  RILA invites all libraries to consider hosting Financial Literacy themed events in April between 4/18-4/25.  Contact RILA's Money Smart Week Co-Chairs to become a participating location or for more info about the 2015 MSW plan: Julie DeCesare or Chris Wallace Goldsten.  

What is Money Smart Week?  Find out more!

Call to Action! Participate in RI Library Legislative Day 2015

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 11:55am -- JBond

Join RILA on Tuesday, February 10 from 2:30-4:30pm for RI Library Legislative Awareness Day in the State House Rotunda.  There is strength in numbers and a strong presence from the library community will demonstrate how many important resources are available across the state.  Tell your story!  Be there to meet and greet your legislators and take the opportunity to extol the virtues of library services in RI and your neighborhood. Ask questions, address issues, and rally support with a captive audience of legislators and State House staffers.  RILA will be joined by other library organizations to showcase our ongoing work.  All library staff, trustees, and friends are welcome!

Metered parking is available on Smith Street and connecting streets, or park very cheaply at the Providence Place Mall. Library organization information tables will be located on the second floor of the RI State House Rotunda.

If your statewide RI Library organization would like a table in the rotunda for the event, or if you have any questions, please email RILA Legislative Action Co-chair, Eileen Dyer, at eadyer@gmail.com.

Legislative Day is followed by COLA's Annual Meeting & Sweetheart event at the State House - plan to stay for that happening, too!  


Save the Date for RILA 2015

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 11:08am -- JBond

Save these dates and join us in Newport!  

RILA Annual Conference 2015 will take place on Wednesday, May 27 and Thursday, May 28 at Salve Regina University.  

Planning is well underway and we've already lined up great keynote speakers!  Read all about the upcoming event here.

Be a Presenter!

Share your knowledge with us! There's still time to submit a RILA Conference presentation proposal - due by Jan 9.  New this year - lightning rounds!  


Exploring the New Normal: Trends in Library Services Event on 11/13

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:27pm -- JBond

What is the "new normal" at our libraries?  Join us on 11/13 at the Cranston Library to find out what's really happening in library land these days.  

Exploring the New Normal: Trends in Library Services
Cranston Public Library (Central)
140 Sockanosset Cross Road
Cranston, Rhode Island 02920
Thursday, November 13 @ 5:30pm-8:30pm

Register to attend this exciting program!


RILA, the Coalition of Library Advocates, and the Office of Library and Information Services are joining forces to present a forum designed to shine a spotlight on emerging library trends by showcasing innovative projects and initiatives at libraries across the state. Designed to expand awareness of what's happening in libraries today with an eye to the future, this event will be of special interest to trustees, friends groups, and library stakeholders, as well as librarians. A dynamic collection of short presentations by speakers from a variety of libraries and demonstrations of projects at libraries will inspire you to think differently about library services in your community:

How do you create learning spaces in your library? Jack Martin discusses how Providence Public Library created a Learning Lounge in unused space to create an innovate learner-centered environment that encourages peer-to-peer learning along with hands-on tech experiences for teens through adults. Traditional classes cover the gamut from literacy to workforce assistance to digital exploration.

What are the challenges of developing a maker space in your library, and why should you try? Luke Owens shares how Newport Public Library created a maker space without a space, and ran a camp for children last summer in partnership with FabNewport and Middletown and Portsmouth Public Libraries. Steve Heath of FabNewport will discuss the importance of skills developed through maker technology.

How do you take your library from an errand to a destination? Melissa Chiavaroli and Jenn Cournoyer went undercover and visited multiple libraries to observe how atmosphere, displays and programming impact the user experience. Their discoveries helped them create an innovative action plan at Cumberland Public Library. Learn how minor changes can transform your library, no matter how small your budget or big your dreams.

How do today’s libraries support the Information Literacy continuum (K-college & lifelong learning) and why is this important?  Mary Moen of Chariho High School and URI GSLIS, and Mary MacDonald of URI University Libraries share how librarians work together to provide ample opportunity for skill building as students transition from elementary and secondary education to higher education and beyond. Learn about the role that schools and libraries play to ensure we are an informed citizenry equipped with skills to compete in the global economy.

What is the value of gaming in libraries? Emily Brown of Cranston Public Library and Ed Graves of Providence Community Library talk about why Minecraft programs are the new storytime and what libraries can do to serve gamers, who now make up a majority of most libraries' service populations. Whatever your resources and technical expertise, this will inspire you to welcome gamers into your library.
How do you rise to the challenge of re-envisioning your library? Today's libraries can take advantage of their unique assets of people, place and platform and become catalysts for change. Karen Mellor shares how library leaders, policy makers and the community can work together to support and strengthen libraries in their communities and throughout the state.

In addition to short presentations, attendees will have the opportunity to see a 3D printer in action, use an Overdrive Media Station to order digital media, and view local history projects developed with digital tools. In addition, there will be plenty of time to network with library advocates from across the state.

Bring your trustees, your friends, your local officials, and anyone else who is interested in learning more about what the new normal is for libraries! 

Info Lit Month Event Recap: Library Desk to Classroom Talks

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 11:35am -- JBond

Fun times were had by all at last week's SLRI/RILA Information Literacy Month Event at William Hall Library. Lots of information was shared during the lightning rounds and our speakers had tons of great advice and examples to present to the group.  In case you missed it, we compiled all the presentations in one handy document (attached).  Click a speaker's name on the PDF to see the corresponding show and tell!  

RILA would like to thank SLRI for co-sponsoring the event, ILART for coordinating the program, and the William Hall Library staff for their support.  Thanks also to all of our speakers - the program was a big success thanks to your dynamic presentations!


Financial Literacy @ Your Library

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 5:43pm -- JBond

October is Information Literacy Month and RILA has a few programs in store to celebrate, including this one!

Event: Financial Literacy @ Your Library

Location: Cumberland Public Library

Date: Thursday, October 9

Time: 9:30am-12:30pm.  

Join RILA and the RI Office of Library and Information Services to learn about a new statewide consumer financial awareness initiative from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Hear how community partners and other libraries are already empowering the local community by offering services and programs that increase personal finance IQ!  Adapt and share these programs, tools, and resources in your local community.  

Refreshments will be served.  Register today!

Information Literacy Month Event & Call for Presenters

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 4:57pm -- JBond

RILA and SLRI invite you to an Information Literacy Month Celebration in October!

Library Desk to Classroom: Homegrown Recipes for Engaging Information Literacy Instruction

Join RILA & SLRI for an evening of socializing, networking, “lite bites” and lightning talks! 

This will be a fun, informal information-sharing opportunity that focuses on teaching information literacy skills at all levels, across all library environments.

Celebrate Information Literacy Month with RILA & SLRI – Join the conversation!


  • Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014
  • Time: 4:30-7pm
  • Location: William Hall Library, 1825 Broad St, Cranston, RI 02905 (Plenty of on-site parking available)

Event schedule:

4:30 – 5 pm:    Meet and Greet & Event Intro

5 – 5:30 pm:    Lightning Talks: Round I

5:30 – 6 pm:    Break & Socializing (with Refreshments)

6 – 6:30 pm:    Lightning Talks: Round 2

6:30 – 7 pm:    Q&A, Panel Discussion, Take aways

Register to attend: http://goo.gl/Ew0Lux


Lightning Talks – please present!

Have you developed a great Info Lit technique, tutorial, or LibGuide that you’d like to share with the group? Tell us your story!  Submit a proposal for a Lightning Talk!

Theme: Rhody Homegrown Information Literacy Techniques, Tools, Tutorials and LibGuides

What to expect:

A Lightning Talk is an informal, fast-paced presentation that gives you the opportunity to share your work, make connections, and build new skills and presentation techniques – all in five short minutes! We want to know about the success you've had developing or adapting a particular lesson, teaching technique, or instructional tool in a public, school, academic or special library setting. Show us your favorite RI Information Literacy tutorials or Libguides! Following both Lightning Talk rounds, presenters will be asked to join a brief Q & A panel.

Proposal Guidelines Format:

Lightning Talk presentations must be kept to a maximum of 5 minutes.  In 150 words or less, please provide a brief description of your proposed lightning talk, including a link to your tutorial, Libguide, or other online IL resource, and give a short explanation of how your presentation will relate to the event theme. You will be notified via e-mail if your proposal has been selected.

Proposal Submissions: http://goo.gl/njh2xA

Proposal Deadline: Sunday, Oct 5

Presenters will be notified of successful proposals by: Thursday, October 9, 2014

Questions?  Please contact: Mary MacDonald at marymac@uri.edu or Maura Keating at mkeating@bryant.edu


October is Information Literacy Awareness Month

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 5:17pm -- JBond

October is Information Literacy Awareness Month! For the the third year running, Governor Chafee has signed a proclamation declaring October as INFORMATION LITERACY MONTH in our state.  

Today's world is awash in information and operates on a 24 hour news cycle.  Our citizens need to be information literate in order to make sense of this 21st century information environemnt, apply good decision making skills at school and work and in life in general, and to expand horizons through by connecting with and learning from the global community. This proclamation recognizes the efforts of schools and libraries in supporting information literacy skill building across all environments, at all levels.  

Information Literacy Month Proclamation - 2014

Whereas, Information literacy provides the tools and skills to find, evaluate, and use credible information from all sources in our constantly evolving information-rich world; and,

Whereas, The ability to search, find, decipher, and analyze different forms of information is a key component in effective decision making across all fields of work and walks of life, and enhances one’s ability to obtain highly skilled jobs and compete in the global economy; and,

Whereas, Individuals adept at utilizing information resources available are able to share, participate and compete as informed citizens and life-long learners in the worldwide community; and,

Whereas, Information literacy taught from an early age in schools, libraries, and our communities is a crucial part of education and exposes individuals to literacies, analytics, and research practices that will better prepare them for changing technologies and the complex information world; and, 

Whereas, Using information acquired through technology to understand human, cultural, and societal issues promotes an informed and engaged citizenry; and,

Whereas, through public awareness, the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations seeks to remind citizens, employers, government agencies, and institutions of the importance of information literacy for economic prosperity, social cohesion, educational opportunity and enhanced quality of life;

Now, therefore, I, Lincoln D. Chafee, Governor of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, do hereby proclaim October 1-31, 2014 as Information Literacy Month in the State of Rhode Island and encourage all residents to recognize the importance of this month.


Signed and Sealed, Lincoln D. Chafee


Subscribe to Rhode Island Library Association RSS