Join colleagues from near and far at the beautiful Salve Regina University in sunny Newport on Monday, June 2 & Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at the Rhode Island Library Association's annual conference.
We are thrilled to bring you keynote speaker, Lee Rainie, the Director of the Pew Research Center's Internet Project, a non-profit, non-partisan "fact tank" that studies the social impact of the internet. The Project has issued more than 450 reports based on its surveys that examine people's online activities and the internet's role in their lives. Lee is a co-author of Networked: The New Social Operating System, a book about the social impact of technology.
We also welcome Nate Hill, Assistant Director of the Chattanooga Public Library in Tennessee, where he oversees Digital Services and the 4th Floor Innovation Team. Chattanooga's 4th Floor is a flexible library "beta" space that serves as maker space, event venue, and dynamic public meeting center. Mr. Hill will introduce the public services, tools, and instruction on offer on the 4th Floor and discuss how they enhance user experience, foster creativity, and meet community needs. This talk will inspire even the smallest library to dedicate a corner to these types of innovative operations.
We're developing a fun, informative, and dynamic program for this year's event. Whether you're interested in checking out maker spaces, utilizing super-short video, investigating libraries and the sustainability movement, reviewing best practices for library fundraising - or many other topics in the works - the RILA conference will have something for you!