• Monday, January 11, 2016 3:30 PM | Anonymous

    January 11-February 22

    It’s that time of year again! Along with the change in calendars comes the time when the teens of Rhode Island get a chance to pick the book they think is best they have read, from a list selected by teachers, public librarians, and school library media specialists. That’s right! It is election time for the 2016 Rhode Island Teen Book Award!

    Where can our teens in grades 7-12 vote? Well, they can do it in their schools and local public libraries. Interested schools and libraries can find a basic sample ballot that can be adapted for use on the Rhode Island Teen Book Award website at http://riteenbookaward.org/.

    Participating schools and libraries may accept teens' ballots. Remember, teens are only eligible to if they have read at least three titles from the nominee list. Voting results should be emailed to teenlibrarianbrandi@gmail.com.

    Results due by Monday, February 22nd at the latest.

  • Thursday, December 03, 2015 3:16 PM | Anonymous
    The Association of Rhode Island Authors (ARIA) announces that the 3rd Annual Rhode Island Author Expo will be held on Saturday, December 5th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lincoln Mall.

    The Expo will feature over 100 published Rhode Island authors highlighted by Jon Land (Strong Light of Day), Claudine Pepin (Lets Cook French), Thomas Cobb (Darkness the Color of Snow) and Sean Faye Wolf (The Elementia Chronicles). Books on display from participating authors will be from a wide variety of genres including romance, mystery, horror, history, biography and children's. Hundreds of autographed books will be available for purchase and a list of all participating authors is posted on ARIA's website, www.RIAuthors.org/riexpo. Parking and admission to the event will be free.

    In addition to book signings, the expo will feature children’s story times and a variety of presentations.

    The Lincoln Mall is located at 622 George Washington Highway in Lincoln, conveniently located near the intersection of Route 146 and Route 295.

    The Rhode Island Authors Expo is co-sponsored by The GRC Bluebook, Pawtucket Credit Union, The Independent Publishers of New England (IPNE), Wakefield Books, DropCards and Cardi's.

    The Association of Rhode Island Authors (ARIA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization of local, published writers of both fiction and non-fiction committed to raising awareness of the outstanding written works crafted by writers in Rhode Island. More information about the group can be found on its website www.RIAuthors.org.
  • Thursday, December 03, 2015 10:41 AM | Anonymous
    Tuesday, January 05, 2016

    2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

    Marian J. Mohr Memorial Library 1 Memorial Avenue, Johnston, RI 02919


    Want to learn more about financial literacy programming and resources that are available in your community? The Office of Library and Information Services, the Rhode Island Library Association and the OLIS Multi-Type Reference Group are joining forces to assist librarians in developing and promoting financial education programs at libraries across the state.

    Meet representatives from financial organizations who have partnered with libraries during RILA's Money Smart Week and can offer resources and programming. This is a great opportunity to learn more about financial education programs your library may offer during Money Smart Week, which will take place April 23-30, 2016.

    Learn about the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) partnership with libraries. Printed resources will be available to libraries. Don't miss this opportunity to learn about the resources and programs available so that your library can join financial literacy awareness.

    Registration required

    Intended Audience:
    Library staff who coordinates Financial Literacy programming for all ages.

    In the event of cancellation due to weather, the make-up date is scheduled for January 26, 2-4 pm at the Mohr Library.

    For more information, please contact Lori DeCesare (JOH) or Chris Goldstein (WNS), co-chairs of the Financial Literacy Round Table

  • Thursday, December 03, 2015 10:06 AM | Anonymous

    Please share this email with all of the library professionals you know!  The Rhode Island Library Association Conference Committee is now taking proposals for the 2016 conference on May 25th and 26th.  There are many ways to participate including lightening rounds, full presentations, digital poster sessions, and more.  We want to hear your ideas!

    This is a great opportunity to share your expertise, build your resume, and network with amazing librarians from New England!  This is the only Rhode Island conference that brings together public, academic, school, and special librarians.  We are looking for timely, high quality presentations by passionate presenters.  If this describes you, fill out a proposal today! For more information, visit our official conference page or email rilaconference@gmail.com.

    Proposals are due by Saturday, January 16.  Click here for the RFP.

  • Tuesday, November 17, 2015 5:46 PM | Anonymous

    RILA Presents:
    Coloring Outside the Lines


    Wednesday May 25 & Thursday May 26, 2016 – Crowne Plaza, Warwick RI



    Join RILA as we present a bigger and more interactive conference experience.  Whether you are looking to be rejuvenated, inspired, or develop a particular skill, we will have something for you!  Connect with your colleagues from around the region and share what is working, what you want to grow, and how your library is making awesome things happen.  Plus, be sure not to miss out on an exciting after hours event on Wednesday evening for those who want to keep the party going!  



    We are now accepting proposals for the 2016 conference!  Do you have A conference app to help you plan your sessions, share your experience on social media, and more!

    ·         Fill out the proposal form HERE.

    ·         All submissions are due by




    ·         A conference app to help you plan your sessions, share your experience on social media, and more!

    ·         More vendors and exhibitors!

    ·         Digital Poster sessions available all day!

    ·         Members of any New England state library association or the regional New England Library Association (NELA) can register at the Rhode Island Member rate through the early bird deadline!


    About the Location

    The Crowne Plaza Hotel at the Crossings

    801 Greenwich Ave, Warwick, RI 02886
    (401) 732-6000


    This year’s location is seconds off of Rt. 95 and just 2 miles from T.F. Green Airport and the Amtrak/MBTA train station.  Ample free parking.  Dozens of shopping, entertainment, and restaurant opportunities are located within another 2 miles of the hotel.


    Amenities include an Italian restaurant and a library-style lounge with a fireplace. There's also an indoor pool, a fitness center and a business center, as well as 21 meeting rooms and free parking. Pets are permitted for a fee.


    Be sure to tell the hotel you are booking your room as a RILA participant for the best rate!



  • Thursday, November 12, 2015 9:26 AM | Anonymous

    OLIS is seeking a Library Program Specialist to serve as State Data Coordinator. The position also includes work in the area of library development.

    For further information, please visit the full job listing on the OLIS Jobline.

  • Tuesday, November 10, 2015 12:52 PM | Anonymous
    Here is a bit of information about NERTCL. We plan the youth services sessions (about 8-9) at the NELA Annual Conference, including an author luncheon. We also plan a spring one-day standalone every other year. We are working on holding meet-ups as well. We would very much like to have a representative from every state. We try to hold our meetings in each state so that there is at least one meeting where the rep doesn't have to drive far. If you know anyone who would be interested in being our RI state rep, could you send them my or Kara's (kreiman@westbrook.me.us) information? 


  • Monday, November 09, 2015 11:15 AM | Anonymous

    Media Smart Libraries invites you to a workshop in partnership with RISCA that will help you learn about implementing a film program in your library.

    Starting and Growing a Film Program: Elementary Through High School

    Thursday, November 19, 2015
    4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Newport Art Museum
    Series: Media Smart Libraries

    Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Brien Jennings, School Media Specialist, Narragansett Elementary School; Nick Marcoux, Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts; Katie Reaves, Beacon School for the Arts; GiveMe5


    Media Smart LibrariesThis two part workshop focuses on developing, implementing, and sustaining film programming for children. Part one is a panel discussion with three Rhode Island educators who will share their experiences with film and media education, including their challenges, successes, and curriculum development. Part two is a presentation from GiveMe5 on their new consulting service for educators and librarians, in which they provide guidance, support, and services for schools and organizations to grow their film and media programming.


    This workshop is part of the Media Smart Libraries program which was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. GiveMe5 is sponsored by The Rhode Island Film and Television Office in conjunction with The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.


    Registration required. Please register on the OLIS CE website Limited to 25 participants.

    Intended Audience: Public Youth Services Librarians, School Librarians (K-12)
  • Wednesday, October 28, 2015 10:36 AM | Anonymous

    The RILA Conference Committee is expanding the vendor exhibit area this year and wants to know who you love!  Do you have a vendor that you think other libraries would like as well?  Do you have a need for a vendor and want us to help you find one?  This year we are in a much larger space, so the goal is to have twice as many vendors!  We are looking for suggestions of vendors that you currently use or would like to learn more about at the RILA Conference.   If you currently use a vendor that you’d like to recommend, or have a vendor or a vendor need that you’d like to see, please email rilaconference@gmail.com and put “Vendor” in the subject line.  We look forward to making this the best RILA conference experience possible.  Thank you for your input!


    Melissa Chiavaroli & Erin Creighton

  • Tuesday, October 27, 2015 5:33 PM | Anonymous

    Congrats to Suzanne Lynch, Beth Gorter, Joan Mouradjian, and Jennifer Robinson on the recognition of their great work.  They really exemplify the wonderful things school librarians are doing across the state!


    Two More School Librarians Recognized as Teachers of the Year

    Even as Position is Valued by Colleagues, Districts are Cutting Staffing and Funding


    RHODE ISLAND - OCTOBER 27, 2015 - Two more school librarians were named 2015 Teacher of the Year in their districts; Suzanne Lynch of Stony Lane and Forest Park Elementary Schools in North Kingstown and Beth Gorter of Hanaford Elementary in East Greenwich join Joan Mouradjian of Narragansett Middle School in Narragansett and Jennifer Robinson of Thompson Middle School in Newport as honorees this year. In 2014, three other school librarians received the honor. Ironically, four of these seven districts have cut library staffing and/or funding for the current school year:


    • Coventry: As the district moves to Chromebooks, librarians are being given tech duties, reducing time to teach students library skills. There is no book budget - at the Feinstein Middle School, 2014 Teacher of the Year Susan Murphy’s budget has gone from $7,500 to $0 in just a few years.
    • East Greenwich:While positions were spared this year after being on the chopping block, budgets were obliterated. 2015 Teacher of the Year Beth Gorter’s Hanaford Elementary went from $3,000 for collection development last year to $0.
    • Newport: 2015 Teacher of the Year Jennifer Robinson has gone from having a half-time assistant librarian and full-time clerk two years ago to being a solo practitioner.
    • North Kingstown: Many positions have been chiseled away for the past several years; this year, the Davisville Middle School position was cut from full-time to .6.


    “The fact that 7 out of 36 districts have recognized the work done by school librarians as educators shows that fellow teachers appreciate the value the position - and the highly trained professionals who fill it - brings to both their students and their colleagues,” says Sarah Hunicke of Portsmouth High School, president of School Librarians of Rhode Island (SLRI). “Unfortunately, some school committees see the library department as dispensable. But  research has shown a correlation between school library programs and student achievement. When a school district thinks that cutting certified school librarians is an easy way to save money, they may actually end up costing themselves more in the long run.”


    About SLRI - www.slri.info - @SchLibRI

    The purpose of School Librarians of Rhode Island shall be to (1) promote the improvement of instruction through opportunities that broaden the professional knowledge, understanding, and experience of its members; (2) provide leadership in defining, interpreting, and promoting effective library media programs to the community; and (3) serve as facilitator between the State Department of Education, Office of Library and Information Services, professional organizations, and the general public.


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