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RI Library Snapshot Day: Monday, April 14

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

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.

#MoneySmartRI

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!   

#MoneySmartRI

Money Smart Week Kick-Off on 4/5

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

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! 

MSW-RI SCHEDULE

JOIN US!

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

BE MONEY SMART!

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.  

NEW!  MSW KICK OFF EVENT

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 
CELEBRATING "LIBRARY LEGISLATIVE AWARENESS DAY" ON FEBRUARY 11, 2014 
IN THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND 
 
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.
 

Scarecrow Press -- Three Library Anthology Calls

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 1:35pm -- ATieman

Google in Libraries: Uses for Patron, Student and Staff
Book Publisher: Scarecrow Press
Editor: Carol Smallwood, Women, Work, and the Web: How the Web Creates
Entrepreneurial Opportunities (Scarecrow Press, 2014)
Google has vast resources that are often insufficiently used by librarians or
library users. To remedy this, chapters are sought for an anthology by
practicing public, academic, school, special librarians, LIS faculty in the
United States and Canada for creative, practical approaches that use Google
applications. Topics sought such as: Google as a Library Partner or Competitor;
Using Google in Library Operations; Google Search; Scholar; Books; Google+;
Youtube; Picasa; Earth; Sky; Research; Library Instruction in Using Google.

Concise, how-to chapters based on experience to help public, school, academic,
special librarians, library consultants, LIS faculty/students, and technology
professionals totaling 3,000-4,000 words, or two short chapters that come to
3,000-4,000 words. No previously published or simultaneously submitted
material, please. One, two, or three authors per chapter; if two chapters they
are to be by the same author(s). Compensation: one complimentary copy per
3,000-4,000 word accepted submission no matter how many co-authors, discount on
more copies.

Please e-mail titles of  2-3 specific topics each described in 2 sentences by
February 28, 2014 with biography sketch(s); place GOOGLE and your Last Name on
the subject line to: smallwood@tm.net


Making Libraries Integral in the Lives of Baby Boomers
Book Publisher: Scarecrow Press
Editor: Carol Smallwood, Library Services for Multicultural Patrons to
Encourage Library Use co-ed., (Scarecrow Press, 2013)

Chapters sought for an anthology by practicing public librarians and LIS
faculty in the United States and Canada: creative, practical how-to chapters on
strengthening and expanding services to the age group called baby boomers.
Possible topics: fostering positive staff attitudes; encouraging endowments and
advocacy; programming and workshops; maximizing their experience as volunteers;
instruction in technology; needs assessment surveys; genealogy and oral
histories; grants.

Concise, how-to chapters based on experience to help colleagues totaling
3,000-4,000 words, or two chapters that come to 3,000-4,000 words. No
previously published or simultaneously submitted material. One, two, or three
authors per chapter; if two chapters they are to be by the same author(s).
Compensation: one complimentary copy per 3,000-4,000 word accepted submission,
discount on more copies.

Please e-mail titles of  2-3 topics each described in 2 sentences by February
28, 2014 with brief biography sketch(s); place BOOMERS and Last Name on the
subject line to: smallwood@tm.net


Creative Management of Small Public Libraries in the 21st Century
Book Publisher: Scarecrow Press
Co-editor: Carol Smallwood, public libraries consultant; Library Management
Tips That Work, ed., (ALA Editions, 2011)

Chapters sought for an anthology by practicing public librarians and LIS
faculty in the United States and Canada: creative, practical how-to chapters
for a handbook on strengthening small and rural public libraries as centers of
communities serving populations under 25,000. Possible topics: fostering
positive staff attitudes; making an inviting atmosphere; successful living
endowments; programming; handling patrons, volunteers, meetings;  using
technology; effective networking; staff evaluations; professional development;
needs assessment surveys.

Concise, how-to chapters based on experience to help colleagues totaling
3,000-4,000 words, or two chapters that come to 3,000-4,000 words. No
previously published or simultaneously submitted material. One, two, or three
authors per chapter; if two chapters they are to be by the same author(s).  A
complimentary copy per 3,000-4,000 word accepted submission as compensation,
discount on more.

Please e-mail titles of  2-3 topics each described in 2 sentences by February
28, 2014 with brief biography sketch(s);  place SMALL and Last Name on the
subject line to: smallwood@tm.net

They are going, going....GONE!

Tue, 11/19/2013 - 10:03pm -- JBond

The 2014 Tattooed Librarians of the Ocean State calendar was wildly popular and as a result, we are now SOLD OUT!

Our fundraiser was a great success, thanks to the generous support of everyone who placed an order.

Visit our Tattooed Librarians of the Ocean State page for links to press coverage and calendar images.

Placed an order?  View our updated shipping and delivery schedule.

Happy 2014 and THANK YOU!

RILA 2013 Survey Feedback Requested

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 5:23pm -- JBond

THE SURVEY IS NOW CLOSED. Thank you for participating!

The Rhode Island Library Association (RILA) invites you to participate in a brief survey regarding our mission, activities, and membership incentives.   We hope to learn more about your understanding and perceptions of RILA as an organization.

This survey is for RILA members and non-members alike.  Our goal is to discover more about what our Rhode Island library colleagues and library-supporters know about RILA.  We will use the collected confidential feedback to help us grow and improve our organization so we can make RILA the best it can be!

Please consider taking 10 minutes to complete the survey before Friday, November 15.  

Your opinion counts!

 

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