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RILA Annual Conference 2015: Awards & New Executive Board Officers

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 10:55am -- ACoutu

At the Rhode Island Library Association's Annual Conference, held at Salve Regina University on May 27 & 28, the association announced the 2015 award winners and voted in a new slate of Executive Board officers for the 2015-2017 term.  

RILA's awards recognize individuals making important contributions to the field and serving the patrons of Rhode Island's libraries in unique and selfless ways.  We congratulate the following 2015 honorees!

Outstanding Librarian

This year’s Outstanding Librarian Award was given to Julie DeCesare.  In her role as Assistant Professor and Head of Education & Research at Providence College's Phillips Memorial Library, Julie coordinated instructional and educational opportunities between the library, campus community, and beyond.  She also served as Member at Large for RILA from 2011-2015 and was instrumental in co-coordinating Money Smart Week - RI, a national financial literacy initiative of the Chicago Federal Reserve and American Library Association that has been adapted for Rhode Island audiences.  When looking at her role in the profession, DeCesare said, “I am committed to Information and Financial Literacy initiatives, as well as positive outreach and awareness of library services on a statewide level.”

Trustee of the Year

The Trustee of the Year Award was shared by Nancy Chaput of the Cumberland Public Library and Mary Elizabeth “Betsy” Mercer of the Ashaway Free Library.   

Chaput has been a trustee at the Cumberland Public Library since 2007, serving as the board’s chair for the past four years.  She has also been a Friend of the library for over 15 years, serving as president for most of that time.  She also serves on the library’s Cumberland Library  Fund, a non-profit group that started as a capital building campaign committee and evolved into overseeing the library’s endowments. 

Mercer has served on Ashaway Free Library’s board of trustees for over 25 years.  She is the resident historian for the library and the community whil also playing roles in helping to make sure the library gets the funds it needs while serving on the board’s physical plant, development, and community relations committees.  She has also served as the board’s secretary and chair.

Board Officers, 2015-2017

Also during the Annual Business Meeting at the conference, the membership elected a new Executive Board.  Following is the list of officers who will serve the 2015-2017 term:

  • President: Aaron Coutu(2015-2017), Cumberland Public Library
  • Vice President/President-Elect: Julie A. DeCesare(2015-2017), Providence College
  • Past President: Jenifer Bond (2015-2017), Bryant University
  • Treasurer: Brigitte Hopkins(2015-2017), Westerly Library & Wilcox Park
  • Secretary: Kieran Ayton (2015-2017), Rhode Island College
  • ALA Councilor: Jack Martin (2014-2016), Providence Public Library
  • Member-at-Large: Andrew Creamer (2015-2017), Brown University
  • Member-at-Large: Beth Ullucci (2015-2017), Jesse M. Smith Memorial Library


Proposed Amendment to the RILA Constitution

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 10:51am -- ACoutu

Update: June 8, 2015 - This amendment passed at RILA's Annual Business Meeting on May 27.  Thanks to our members who were present to vote! 

The RILA Board has been looking into amending the RILA Constitution to be more inclusive with the process for electing officers and constitutional changes.  Right now, only attendees of the first day of the RILA Conference, which is the when the annual business meeting occurs, have an opportunity to participate in the election process each year.  We are asking the membership to consider and vote on these changes at this year's annual business meeting.

Article V. is the section of the RILA Constitutions dealing with this.  Below, you will find the current language in the constitution followed by the new proposed language that would allow the board to move elections online and be adaptable enough so that process can stay current with the technology to do so.


Section 2. Election Procedures

A.      The Nominating Committee shall submit the names of the Executive Board nominees to the Association membership 30 days prior to the annual business meeting.

B.      Officers are elected by a simple majority vote at the annual business meeting.

C.      Newly elected officers shall take office at the conclusion of the annual business meeting.


Section 2. Election Procedures

A.      The Nominating Committee shall submit the names of the Executive Board nominees to the Association membership 30 days prior to the annual business meeting.

B.      Officers are elected by a simple majority vote at the annual business meeting.

C.      The Chair of the Nominating Committee shall deliver a copy of the ballot, using procedures approved by the Executive Board, to each voting member. Ballots shall be returned to the Chair of the Nominating Committee at least two weeks prior to the beginning of the Annual Conference.

D.      The current RILA President shall certify the results of the election, which shall be determined by the tally of the Chair of the Nominating Committee, and shall notify each candidate and each member of the current Executive Committee of such results.

E.       Newly elected officers shall take office at the conclusion of the annual business meeting.

Announcing the 2015-2017 RILA Board Candidates

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 4:51pm -- JBond

As we gear up for RILA Conference 2015, we are pleased to publically announce the slate of Executive Board officers for the 2015-2017 term.  This slate will be voted on at the Annual Business meeting on Wednesday, May 27.  All RILA members attending the conference are eligible to vote - don't miss out!  For information on the candidates, please read on!

Money Smart Week 2015 Kicks Off on 4/18!

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 7:03pm -- JBond

Please join us to mark the opening of Money Smart Week 2015!

MSW RI 2015 Kick Off: Library & Financial Education Professionals Networking Event

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015
Time:1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: William Hall Library, Cranston

RILA & OLIS invite financial literacy and library professionals from across the state to a networking & information sharing event that will officially launch Money Smart Week RI 2015. The event is a chance for librarians, representatives from community organizations, and state agencies to meet and discuss how we can work together to empower RI citizens of all ages to be “money smart” through financial education programming, outreach, and services.  The event also offers an opportunity to learn more about about various financial literacy resources. Speakers at the event include:

  • General Treasurer Seth Magaziner
  • Cranston Mayor Allan Fung
  •  individuals from the RI Library and Financial Literacy community

Money Smart Week - RI 2015 takes place April 18-25 and currently has over 40 events scheduled in libraries and community spaces throughout the state. Money Smart Week (MSW) is a national initiative from the Chicago Federal Reserveand the American Library Association that promotes financial literacy awareness.  Please join us to celebrate the beginning of the 4th annual MSW RI!   

Registration required– please RSVP by April 16.  Intended Audience: Money Smart Week programmers, Librarians and library staff, & the financial literacy community.

Is your library planning a MSW-RI program or event?  Let RILA’s MSW co-chairs know!  Contact Chris Wallace Goldstein (cgoldstein@woonsocketlibrary.org) or Julie DeCesare (jdecesa1@providence.edu).

Only a month until Money Smart Week!! Post events to the MSW Calendar now!

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 2:36pm -- JBond

Rhode Island continues to be “Money Smart”!

Money Smart Week (MSW) began as a coordinated effort of the Chicago Federal Reserve and American Library Association. In Rhode Island, RILA has spearheaded MSW activities for 4 years.  We continue to expand Money Smart Week, making it much broader in scope and creating new partnerships that result in heightened exposure and substantive events.

Money Smart Week 2015 is April 18-25. Is your library coordinating MSW programs this year?  Interested in creating events for 2015? Libraries have offered a diverse amount of workshops and partnered with community financial institutions to offer the public great resources for 3 years in a row!  Help us do more of the same for in year 4! It all kicks off on Saturday, April 18.  Our Money Smart Week Opening Event will be held at the William Hall Library that day. Save the date!  More details coming soon...

MSW Calendar

Please post your library's hosted events to our Rhode Island Money Smart Week Calendar.  This webpage allows us to advertise all the events and garner more attention for your programs - plus it highlights the depth and breadth of programs across the state. Program coordinators are responsible for entering these events into the calendar. Not sure how you should do this? No worry, Money Smart Week has step-by–step videos that guide you through the process: (http://www.moneysmartweekpartners.org/step_by_step_video_guides_1) or (http://bit.ly/1xKBMfd).

MSW Public Relations

For assistance promoting events, use the handy Money Smart Week Media Toolkit (attached).  Connect with Money Smart Week RI at facebook.com/moneysmartweekri. We’ll be promoting the events that you post on the national calendar and posting out financial tips that you can share.

Thanks for joining the 2015 RI MSW cause!


RILA Annual Awards - Nominations Due April 10, 2015

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 11:56am -- EDyer
The annual RILA awards process provides the opportunity for special recognition of the accomplishments, service, and commitment of trustees, librarians, and others.  The RILA Executive Board encourages you to nominate a deserving colleague or associate for this year’s awards.
This year’s nominations are due no later than May 9, 2014. Nomination letters should be emailed to RILA Awards Committee Chair and RILA Past President, Eileen Dyer, eadyer@gmail.com
Criteria for Trustee of the Year Award
Any trustee of any library who has served on his/her board for at least three years is eligible for this award.  These are suggested guidelines, but by no means the only ones, upon which a nomination may be made:
•    Nominee worked in a readily identifiable way to develop/improve library service to a community, or to a specific segment within the community.
•    Nominee successfully lobbied for increased funding and/or resources for his/her library.
•    Nominee fashioned a plan that successfully enhanced the library’s role in the community.
•    Nominee was instrumental in networking with trustees of other libraries to foster cooperative planning or activities.
Criteria for Outstanding Librarian Award
This award honors the career accomplishments of a librarian who has demonstrated an outstanding record of service to both his/her library and to the library profession.  The nominee must be a member of the Rhode Island Library Association.  Guidelines for nomination include:
•    Development of outstanding service in (a) field(s) of expertise, e.g. children’s, administrative, technical.
•    Involvement in statewide library activities.
•    Record of professional library leadership.
•    Encouragement of community/institutional support for library.
Criteria for Citation of Merit and or Meritorious Friends of the Library Award(s)
This award is conferred upon citizens who are neither librarians nor library trustees who have made outstanding contributions to quality library service.  This award may be given to an individual or group.
The RILA Executive Board will determine award recipients based on the letters of recommendation.  The Board reserves the right not to present these awards in any given year.

2015 New England Library Leadership Symposium (NELLS)

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

The application deadline has been extended to Monday, April 6.

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 April 6.  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.

For a Sample Invitation to Local Legislators / Councilors and a Sample Press Release, please see the attachments below.

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

Greene 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

George Hail Free Library, Warren

Glocester Manton Library

Greenville Public Library

Harmony Libraries

Hope Library

Marrion Mohr, Johnston 

Jamestown Philomenian Library

Jesse M. Smith Memorial Library

Langworthy Library (amnesty only)

Lincoln Public Library

Middletown Public Library

Marian J. Mohr Memorial Library, Johnston

Maury Loontjens Memorial Library, Narragansett

Newport Public Library 

North Kingstown Public Library (amesty only)

North Providence Union Free Library

North Scituate Sree Library

Pascoag Public Library

Pawtucket Public Library

Pontiac Free Library (amnesty only)

Providence Community Library

Providence Public Library

South Kingstwon Public Library 

Essex Public Library, Tiverton

Tyler Free Library

Warwick Public Library

Louitt Library, West Greenwich

West Warwick Public Library

West Warwick Public Library

Westerly Library & Wilcox Park


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


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