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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

RILA Awards 2014

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:30pm -- JBond

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)

Trustee of the Year: Ellen Schwartz, PCL

Meritorious Friends of the Library Award: Doug Victor and Karen Hlynsky, Knight Memorial Library (PCL)

Senator of the Year: Senator Hanna Gallo, Cranston 

Representative of the Year: Representative Lisa Tomasso, Coventry and West Greenwich


Congratualtions to this year's RILA award winners!  

Welcome new RILA Board Members

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 2:58pm -- JBond

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.  


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.


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