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2015 New England Library Leadership Symposium (NELLS)

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:37pm -- JBond

Offered every 2 years, The New England Library Leadership Symposium (NELLS) is jointly sponsored by the New England Library Association (NELA) and the six New England state library associations.  The purpose of the symposium is to foster the mentoring and development of members of the library community who are eager to grow leadership skills. This is a week-long summer academy and leadership retreat for early to mid-career librarians (3-15 years’ experience), paraprofessionals, Trustees and Friends of Libraries.  NELLS is a valuable experience for anyone working in or connected to the library field. 


The Rhode Island Library Association and Office of Library & Information Services seeks applicants to represent Rhode Island at the 2015 NELLS session.  Individuals interested in this immersive professional development experience are encouraged to apply!  Attendees may be recommended by someone or may make their own application  Each applicant must be a current member of RILA or NELA to be eligible.  Deadline is March 20.  Selected attendees will be notified in late spring and this year’s session takes place in early August. 



NELLS 2015

August 3-7, 2015

Rolling Ridge Retreat & Conference Center

North Andover, Massachusetts

Facilitator: Maureen Sullivan, ALA Past President


For more information and to download an application form: http://nelib.org/advance-your-career/nells/



Library Trustee Institute on March 21

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:58am -- JBond

The Office of Library and Information Services, the Coalition of Library Advocates, and the Rhode Isalnd Library Association invite all library directors and Trustees to attend this spring 2015 event. Please invite your Trustees!

A Forum for Directors and Trustees
When: Saturday, March 21, 2015, 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Cranston Public Library, 140 Sockanosset Cross Road, Cranston, RI 02920
Keynote Speaker: Rick Blain, Richard R. Blain & Associates
Intended Audience: Library Trustees, Directors of public and special libraries

Rick Blain, of Richard R. Blain & Associates, will speak about the art of fundraising. His presentation will focus on:
National giving trends
Understanding why people give and solicitation methods
Preparing for the donor visit
Developing donor relations
The ‘art of the ask’

The keynote will be followed by discussions on some of the most pressing topics facing libraries in 2015.

About Richard R. Blain & Associates:
Richard R. Blain & Associates is a fundraising and public relations consulting firm, which provides service that is “experience-based” and “tailored” to each client's particular needs, circumstances and organizational culture. The firm works widely with non-profits and is a regular speaker for library trustees in Massachusetts.

Registration required. http://www.olis.ri.gov/services/ce/regis.php

Refreshments will be served. Free and plentiful parking is available. Please join us!

Participate in RI Library Day, Saturday, March 28, 2015!

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 12:59pm -- EDyer

The Rhode Island Library Association gives a call to action! On Saturday, March 28, 2015 we would like libraries to participate with other Rhode Island libraries in “RI Library Day”. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness about the fabulous things Rhode Island libraries are doing and how Rhode Islanders benefit from their libraries. Also presents the opportunity to raise awareness of the State-Grant-in-Aid funding. Today, libraries receive 22.5% (2016 will be about 22%) in SGIA rather than the law’s recommended 25% of eligible funds expended in FY2013 by each municipality for their library(ies) as described in RIGL 29-6-2(a); maintenance of effort is 100% as set forth in RIGL 29-6-3.

“RI Library Day” will be promoted statewide. We would like every library to participate and invite their local legislators, town officials, board members, and other stakeholders, as well as the general public to visit the library on Saturday, March 28, 2015. Tell them to come see what’s happening at the library, how it’s being used, and just how much we provide to the community. A bustling well-used library will reinforce that the public library is still very much relevant and providing more services than ever.

It’s important to continue the conversation with your local voices about how libraries are funded as well as the necessity of the library in your town. We feel that it would garner more attention if many libraries reached out and invited people on the same day.

Feeling that this might be a big project? You don’t have to do anything special.

Don’t worry, we aren’t pushing that you spend the whole day promoting the library. Here are a few ideas that can be put to use.

·         Invite your local legislative or town official to read a children’s book at a special story-time.

·         Ask them to drop in to see the library or give them a tour if they’ve never been in the library.

·         Talk to your staff. Ask departments to plan something special for that day.

·         Don’t do anything extra. Hold your already scheduled program.

If you'd like a comprehensive list of your library's elected officials, go here and enter your library's address.

Participating libraries (thus far):

Ashaway Free Library

Barrington Public Library

Rogers Free Library, Bristol

Pascoag Public Library

Central Falls Free Public Library

Cross Mills Public Library, Charlestown

Coventry Public Library

Green Public Library

Cranston Public Library

Cumberland Public Library

Davisville Free Library

East Greenwich Free Library

East Providence Public Library

Exeter Public Library

Foster Public Library

Glocester Manton and Harmony Libraries

Hope Library

Marrion Mohr, Johnston (amnesty only)

Jamestown Philomenian Library

Langworthy Library (amnesty only)

Lincoln Public Library

Middletown Public Library

Maury Loontjens Memorial Library, Narragansett

Newport Public Library (no amnesty)

North Kingstown Public Library (amesty only)

North Providence Union Free Library

North Scituate Sree Library

Pawtucket Public Library

Pontiac Free Library (amnesty only)

Providence Community Library

Providence Public Library

South Kingstwon Public Library (amnesty only)

Essex Public Library, Tiverton

Warwick Public Library

Louitt Library, West Greenwich

West Warwick Public Library

Westerly Library & Wilcox Park


For further information, please contact Eileen Socha esocha@eplib.org or Brigitte Hopkins bhopkins@westerlylibrary.org.

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!

CANCELLED! Call to Action! Participate in RI Library Legislative Day 2015

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

Due to concerns regarding snow removal and parking, RILA regretfully announces the cancellation of Library Legislative Awareness Day, Tuesday, February 10th 2015.

We will continue to engage with our legislators to ensure that the importance of libraries is in the forefront of their minds, and we encourage each of you to work closely with your own lawmakers.
Stay warm!

CANCELLED! 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!


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