Thank you to Senators Hanna Gallo, Cindy Coyne, Paul Fogarty, Roger Picard, and Adam Satchell for introducing this resolution. Particular thanks to Senator Gallo for coordinating this public statement in support of Rhode Island's libraries. Check out the full text of the resolution!
The RILA Intellectual Freedom Committee is planning a public forum on intellectual freedom issues in school libraries. The committee is looking for panelists who can speak to student confidentiality, challenges to the content of books, films, games, websites accessible in the library, and labeling of books and other media according to grade level.
Panelists can include school librarians, teachers, public librarians, children’s librarians, parents, school committee members, and administrators. Please let us know if you are interested in serving on this panel and forward suggestions to us for names of other people who might be interested. We will be advertising the event so that we can reach out to the community, including teachers, parents, administrators, school committee members and other interested parties.
The questions below may be asked of the panelists and we hope to include the audience in discussing these questions.
Please respond by April 1 to the Intellectual Freedom Committee co-chairs, Jim Kinnie (email@example.com) and Carla Weiss (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Money Smart Week 2016 is only 6 weeks away! If your library is hosting a financial literacy program during the week of April 23-30, we want to hear about it. Please post your event on the Money Smart Week Partner site, or email the details to us and we will do it for you.
There is still time to schedule a program and the Money Smart Week RI website has a wonderful list of program ideas and contacts for you to explore, including banking programs for all ages from Home Loan Investment Bank and cyber security/online safety from the RI State Police Cyber Terrorism Unit. In accordance with Money Smart Week national guidelines, all programs are void of sales pitches and free to your library.
For more Money Smart Week RI resources, including the resource list, logos, the MSW 2016 Media Kit and links to the national calendar, please visit the new MSW RI website at http://rilibraries.org/Money-Smart-Week. If you have any questions, please email the Financial Literacy Round Table co-Chairs at FLRT@rilibraries.org.
RILA is pleased to announce a new award category this year and we’re currently seeking nominations for the very first Outstanding Library Paraprofessional. Paraprofessionals are integral to library operations and deserve credit for their important roles in our libraries. The annual RILA awards process provides the opportunity for special recognition of the accomplishments, service, and commitment of our colleagues and associates. The RILA Executive Board encourages nominations of committed and deserving support staff for this new award.
Nominations are due by April 1, 2016.
Criteria for Outstanding Library Paraprofessional Award
This purpose of this award is to recognize a library staff member in a non-degreed support position who has made a significant contribution to the library work environment and/or libraries in Rhode Island. The nominee must demonstrate excellence in one or more of the following areas:
Awards will be presented at the Annual Conference in May 2016. The RILA Executive Board will determine award recipients based on letters of recommendation.
Please send nomination letters to:
Jenifer Bond, Associate Director
1150 Douglas Pike
Smithfield, RI 02917
Please share this call for nominations at your libraries. Thank you!
Research and Education Librarian
The Biomedical Libraries at Dartmouth College are recruiting a Research and Education Librarian. The Biomedical Libraries support clinicians, faculty, researchers, and students in medical sciences, biological sciences and public health. We seek an early-career librarian to join a team of service-focused research and education librarians. This position provides research and education services to the Geisel School of Medicine, the Department of Biological Sciences, The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
The successful candidate will work with a highly collaborative, supportive, experienced team to develop or enhance the skills necessary to conduct literature searches, teach in the curriculum, conduct systematic reviews, and participate in educational programs. Daily activities may include teaching workshops, working with small groups, creating instructional materials such as LibGuides/Research Guides, and consulting individually with patrons. The ideal candidate will be creative, methodical, progressive, and versatile, and will contribute to existing and emerging services.
ALA-accredited degree in library and/or information science, or a combination of an advanced subject or professional degree and relevant academic library work experience. Preference will be given to candidates with a background in or an enthusiasm for the health or life sciences.
RANK AND SALARY
This is an entry-level Librarian Professional I position in the Dartmouth College Library Classification System of Professional Ranks. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Full benefits package including 22 vacation days; comprehensive health care; retirement plans, including TIAA-CREF; and relocation assistance.
The mission of the Biomedical Libraries is to provide health and life sciences information resources and services that advance research and scholarship, education, and patient-care activities. The Biomedical Libraries consist of the Dana Biomedical Library on the Dartmouth campus and the Matthews-Fuller Health Sciences Library at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.
Dartmouth College, located in scenic Hanover, New Hampshire, is one of the top institutions of higher learning, and consistently ranked among the best teaching colleges in the United States. Dartmouth consists of four schools—Arts & Sciences, the Geisel School of Medicine, the Thayer School of Engineering, and the Tuck School of Business. As part of the Dartmouth College Library system of nine libraries, the Biomedical Libraries seek to foster intellectual growth and advance the teaching and research missions of the university by supporting excellence and innovation in education and research, managing and delivering scholarly content, and partnering in the development and dissemination of new scholarship.
Boston and Montreal are within a two- to three-hour drive from Hanover, NH.
For more information and to apply for this position, visit: https://searchjobs.dartmouth.edu/postings/35515.
The League for the Advancement of Northeast Storytelling (LANES) is holding its 35th annual Sharing the Fire Storytelling Conference at the UMass Hotel & Conference Center in Amherst April 1-3. Some of the best storytellers in the Northeast will be presenting. The conference, which has the theme Storytelling in a Changing World, is for both advanced and aspiring storytellers. Members of RILA might be interested in attending the conference, and LANES is offering members of RILA, who would be new members of LANES, free membership for those signing up for the full registration at the member price of $235. The membership fee is normally $55. Visit http://lanes.org/ for more details about the conference.
If you are interested in attending the conference, please put the code (RILIB) after your last name and do not check off the membership box on your registration form so your free membership will be more easily flagged and set up.
Attend a free public screening of the documentary film “Citzenfour” on Sunday, January 31 at 1:30 pm at Barrington Public Library. This Academy Award winning film is about whistleblower Edward Snowden and the documents he leaked in 2013 to two journalists that exposed the massive surveillance efforts of the NSA.
Before the film, there will be a demo of Tor browser, featured in the documentary and used by Edward Snowden and journalists Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald. Tor network is a group of volunteer operated servers that allows people to improve their privacy and security on the Internet. The demo and time for Q&A will be led by Nima Fatemi of The Tor Project and The Library Freedom Project.
The film is rated R and is 114 minutes in length. This free public screening is sponsored by Friends of Barrington Public Library and Rhode Island Library Association.
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 email@example.com.
Results due by Monday, February 22nd at the latest.
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.