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  • Sunday, February 10, 2019 6:11 PM | Anonymous

    New England Library Leadership Symposium Info Night

    Wednesday, February 20 at 6 pm

    Panera Bread, 4000 Chapel View Blvd in Cranston

     

    Are you looking to enhance your career with library leadership training? The New England Library Leadership Symposium (NELLS) is a five-day intensive training program designed to foster the mentoring and development of library leaders. Learn about this exciting opportunity for career and personal growth by attending the NELLS Info Night at the Chapel View Panera near Garden City in Cranston on Wed, Feb 20 at 6 pm. Speak with NELLS alum currently working in Rhode Island libraries and NELLS 2017 mentor, Dorothy Swain to gain insight on how this training benefited them and what you can get out of it.


    Email your NELA State Representative, Jessica D’Avanza to RSVP and/or for questions at: ri@nelib.org or jessicad@barringtonlibrary.org or find our Facebook event and let us know you are “going.”

    NELLS takes place every other year and this year’s Symposium will be held in North Andover, MA at the 
    Rolling Ridge Retreat & Conference Center from August 12 to 16, 2019. It is led by ALA past-president Maureen Sullivan and is a cooperative effort of the New England Library Association and all six New England state library associations. Applications with 3 letters of reference are being accepted through March 15. More information can be found here.





  • Monday, February 04, 2019 1:50 PM | Anonymous


    Money Smart Week begins on March 30th! Still haven’t booked a program? The Financial Literacy Roundtable has compiled a list of contacts for financial education providers throughout the state to help you get started: Financial Literacy Program Resource List.


    We would love to help you promote your Money Smart Week events, so please submit them to flrt@rilibraries.org by Friday, March 1st. Events will be listed in our statewide calendar, posted to our Money Smart Week RI Facebook page (follow us there!), and promoted at our kick-off event.


    This year, FLRT is partnering with the Financial Planning Association of RI to host Financial Planning Day at the North Providence Public Library to kick off MSW. The event will take place on Saturday, March 30th from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm and is open to the public. Certified Financial Planners will provide free, one-on-one consultations with attendees, as well as present on Investing Basics and Real World Retirement Planning. Please find the flyer attached. Visit Eventbrite for details and to register.  


    RILA Financial Literacy Roundtable

    flrt@rilibraries.org


  • Thursday, January 31, 2019 10:03 AM | Anonymous



    The Rhode Island Library Association (RILA) welcomes the School Librarians of Rhode Island (SLRI) into our organization as new RILA Section.


    “SLRI is excited to move forward and join forces with our colleagues across Rhode Island,” stated Lisa Girard, SLRI President. “We will be stronger together!”


    “RILA’s mission is to serve all librarians in our state and this collaboration will help us to further this goal”, says Kieran Ayton, President of RILA.


    SLRI is a professional organization representing school library media professionals and support staff working for school library media, computer, and instructional technology programs in Rhode Island.  The purpose of SLRI is to provide leadership and support for school library media professionals and support staff in the development, promotion, improvement, and evaluation of school library media, computer, and instructional technology programs in all Rhode Island schools. You can visit the SLRI website here.


    Members of all both organizations can now join or renew their Section memberships on the RILA website


    The Rhode Island Library Association (RILA) is a professional organization that serves its members through career development, education, advocacy, networking partnerships and legislative action. Through collaboration and community partnerships RILA will inspire and promote excellence in library services.  



  • Thursday, January 10, 2019 10:34 AM | Anonymous

    2019 RILA Conference: "Get Informed!"

    Join us for the 2019 Rhode Island Library Association Annual Conference

    on May 22nd & 23rd at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI.


    The 2019 RILA Conference will launch a statewide news literacy initiative, featuring engaging sessions on news and media literacy, civic education and democracy, and many other topics of interest to public, academic, school, and special librarians and library staff. We can't wait to see you at the conference! 


    Interested in presenting? Submit your proposal today! Conference proposals are due February 22nd.


    Sponsor & Exhibitor registration is now open! Please review our exhibitor package for details and contact conference@rilibraries.org with any questions.




  • Wednesday, January 02, 2019 12:57 PM | Anonymous

    Hello everyone,


    Happy New Year!


    Are you - or do you know - someone who is a new librarian looking for a mentor?  Please consider applying for this wonderful leadership opportunity through the New England Library Leadership Symposium (NELLS).


    RILA and OLIS contribute funding for mentors and mentees to participate in this five-day intensive training program designed to foster the mentoring and development of leaders in state and regional library associations. NELLS was created through a cooperative effort of the New England Library Association and all six New England state library associations.


    Please feel free to contact me with questions at president@rilibraries.org.

    The deadline for applications is March 15, 2019.


    Thank you,


    Kieran Ayton, RILA President

    Associate Professor

    Emerging Technologies Librarian

    Interim Head of Digital Initiatives

    Rhode Island College

    kayton@ric.edu



    NELLS 2019 - Now Accepting Applications!

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    The purpose of this five-day intensive training program is to foster the mentoring and development of leaders in state and regional library associations. NELLS was created through a cooperative effort of the New England Library Association and all six New England state library associations. NELLS has been held six times since its inception in 2003, most recently in 2017.

    NELLS 2019 is taking place August 12th – 16th, 2019 at the Rolling Ridge Retreat and Conference Center, North Andover, MA.  The tuition/housing fee for 2019 is TBD.

     

    **To learn more about the 2019 NELLS event, please click HERE.**


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  • Tuesday, January 01, 2019 11:53 AM | Anonymous

    Greetings from COLA’s new chair. I am excited to be coming on board at this ground-breaking moment in COLA’s history. COLA is one of two independent organizations that recently chose to join forces with RILA. In our case, the decision was made in order to amplify our advocacy efforts on behalf of all libraries in Rhode Island and to allow us to offer more educational workshops on how libraries transform lives. While RILA is comprised primarily of professional practitioners, COLA is a grassroots organization of community residents eager to preserve and expand library services in the state. Merging with RILA enables COLA to build its capacity to advocate and educate for all our libraries.


    Please visit COLA’s website and Facebook page (or follow us on Twitter) for additional information on our Coalition. We are in the process of moving our web presence to the RILA umbrella, and we will let you know as soon as that transition is complete. If you are interested in adding your voice in support of Rhode Island’s libraries, please consider joining us. To join COLA (or renew your membership), please visit the membership page.


    First you must join RILA at the membership level that best fits your employment status. If you are a practicing librarian, please select the salary level that best matches your income. Students, retirees, trustees and supporters can join at the $15 level. During the membership process, you will be able to join the COLA Section.


    Thank you, 

    Sharon A. Lux


  • Tuesday, January 01, 2019 11:39 AM | Anonymous

    Cornucopia of Rhode Island: A Library Community of Color (CORI), begins 2019 as a section of the Rhode Island Library Association. A grass root organization CORI was founded in the fall of 2005 with a mission and goal to serve the library community of color and an objective to promote library services to people of color within Rhode Island and the development of librarians and library staff of color.

    CORI meetings has provided a forum that encourages the exchange of ideas and the discussion of issues, problems and concerns of librarians and library staff of color.  Members are mentoring librarians and library staff of color and encouraging librarianship as a profession to people of color as well as promoting the development and delivery of multi-cultural collections, services and programs.

    Cornucopia aimed to present community conferences on the diverse minority groups in Rhode Island. The first conference held in 2005 was entitled “I is not for Indian” and was a total success as it enlightened the many librarians of the inadequate portrayal of Native Americans in children’s books and literature. This conference was followed by a workshop on the Chinese language and culture; a combined effort with the University of Rhode Island Confucius Institute. In following years CORI’s Fall Conferences as they became known, included the Cape Verdean Community, the Rhode Island Hispanic Community, and the African American Community. A community conversation on Rhode Island students included the president of the American Library Association, Barbara Stripling and United States Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island. Senator Reed, a prominent advocate for libraries and librarians has supported CORI throughout its incorporation.

    CORI has also presented at the annual RILA Conference. The very first presentation was Dr. Carla Hayden, past president of ALA, former director of the Enoch Pratt Library and now Librarian of Congress. Other presenters have included former Commissioner Deborah A. Gist, Rhode Island Department of Education, Pamela Goode, an associate editor of American Libraries Association, Keith Stokes, former Executive Director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation and Attorney Veronica Hobbs, Director of the Domestic Violence Training & Monitoring Unit for the Rhode Island Supreme Court.

    CORI is very excited about the next phase of the organization as a section of RILA.  The potential benefits for CORI uniting with RILA are many. An excellent example is the organizations would increase the effective advocacy for library services in all Rhode Island libraries and to improve the quality of life of all Rhode Islanders. Why not join us as we continue to better our state.

    For additional information on CORI, visit our blogIf you are interested in adding your voice in support, please consider joining us. To join CORI (or renew your membership), please visit the membership page.


    First you must join RILA at the membership level that best fits your employment status. If you are a practicing librarian, please select the salary level that best matches your income. Students, retirees, trustees and supporters can join at the $15 level. During the membership process, you will be able to join the CORI Section.



    Submitted by Ida D. McGhee, MLIS


  • Friday, December 21, 2018 4:16 PM | Anonymous

    Today marked a historic day for RILA as we signed Deeds of Gift with both the Coalition of Library Advocates and Cornucopia of Rhode Island as Sections of RILA, bringing together our three rich organizations!



  • Friday, December 14, 2018 5:27 PM | Anonymous

    The Rhode Island Library Association (RILA) joins with other state library associations and national organizations to urge Congress to invest in the nation’s education and economy by increasing the LSTA Grants to States program to $325 million per year, or one dollar for every American, to support library services in Rhode Island and across the nation.


    LSTA funding in Rhode Island supports statewide services such as the Children’s Summer Reading Program, the Talking Books Library for the visually impaired, digital literacy training, and local library services across the state as coordinated by the State of Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS).


    “LSTA is of vital importance to Rhode Island,” says Kieran Ayton. “This funding will serve a diverse people through these library programs and is crucial to continuing to provide these resources to residents in the state.”


    Funding for the Grants to States program through the Institute of Museum and Library Services currently allocates $164 million to support state-based library services, approximately 49 cents per resident or about .00004 percent of the total federal budget.


    See full resolution here.



  • Thursday, December 06, 2018 10:12 AM | Anonymous

    The Rhode Island Library Association (RILA) welcomes the RI Coalition of Library Advocates (COLA) and Cornucopia of Rhode Island (CORI) into our organization as RILA Sections.


    “This connection creates a larger advocacy voice for the Rhode Island Library Community”, says Kieran Ayton, President of RILA. “This will allow us to build opportunities around the state with combined networking activities, programming and professional development.”


    The RI Coalition of Library Advocates (COLA) works to improve library services through advocacy, education, and public awareness. For over 30 years COLA has supported Rhode Island Libraries through petitions, Congressional testimony, and strategic communications with RI legislators.


    Cornucopia of Rhode Island (CORI) serves the library community of color. CORI mentors librarians and library staff of color, promotes the development of multicultural services and programs, and professional and educational activities.


    Members of all three organizations can now join or renew their Section memberships on the RILA website.
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