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Annual Conference


Join RILA in Newport, RI for the 2014 Annual Conference

Thank you for a memorable conference.  Experience it all over again through our photo gallery - thank you to Dhana Whiteing for the photos.

Our 2014 conference will be seaside June 2 & 3 at beautiful Salve Regina University in Newport, RI.  The full conference program is now available and is sure to offer something for everyone, including engaging keynote speakers, informative poster sessions, exciting evening events, and many sessions geared to public, academic, school, and special library interest.  Click here to see our Schedule at a Glance and here for the FULL PROGRAM

When: Monday, June 2 & Tuesday, June 3, 2014     ~     Where: Salve Regina University, Antone Academic Center

Parking is available in the Antone Academic Center lot and on Lawrence and Leroy Avenues.
Click here for directions via Google Maps: http://goo.gl/maps/aUVmN

Keynote Presentations by:

Lee Rainie

Lee Rainie

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.

Nate Hill

Assistant Director of the Chattanooga Public Library in Tennessee, 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.

Evening Events

Business Meeting

Conference Sponsorship

Conference Lodging

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Conference Lodging

Enjoy Salve Regina University's version of dorm living while at the conference! RILA has reserved a limited number rooms at the above pictured Young Building for speakers, sponsors, and attendees who would like to stay on campus, a beautiful five minute walk down a quiet leafy street to the conference's Antone Center. There is also ample parking at both Young and Antone. Each room has its own private bath, and there is a community space and kitchen on each floor. The fee is $75 per single room and $55 per person per double room. Please use this registration form to reserve a room.  For questions contact Mariann Maida at Salve Regina's conference services at mariann.maida@salve.edu or (401) 341-2197.

Stay at the Hotel Viking Newport for $169/night.  Please mention that you will be attending the RILA Conference and should recieve the Salve Regina University discounted rate.

We also have an agreement with Jamestown's Lionel Champlin Guesthouse. The Guesthouse is offering a reduced rate for the Sunday, Monday & Tuesday of the conference, please call for rates and to make reservations on a first-come, first-served basis (401) 423-7469.


Young Building

Evening Events:

Monday June 2: Immediately following the conference join us at The 5th Element, 111 Broadway for our post-conference cocktail hour(s) sponsored by Mango Languages and Proquest. Lisa Zawadzki of Cranston Public Library will provide the laughs with “The Acme Upstairs Library School Presents: Effective Reference Performance.”  The Acme Upstairs Library School is a “notional” graduate school for the propagation of Lisa’s innovative and practical theories in the Library Sciences.

Tuesday June 3: Join Keith Stokes & Theresa Guzman-Stokes for a tour of God's Little Acre - Colonial African Cemetery at 5:30pm.


Would your company or your organization like to be a sponsor of the 2014 Rhode Island Library Association Annual Conference? Meet with librarians and library staff to showcase your products and services!

The Basic Sponsorship Package - $400(USD)

All Basic Package Registrations include the following:

  • 2 Day Conference registration for one
  • Continental breakfast and lunch for one, both days
  • table space and chair
  • Advertisement in conference brochure**
  • Wireless

Additional Sponsorship Options:

  • Sponsor the President's Speaker (must purchase basic registration) - publicity at luncheon $200.00 (USD)
  • Sponsor cocktail hour at 5th Element (must purchase basic registration) (Monday 5:30-9PM) - publicity at cocktail hour $200.00 (USD)
  • Sponsor a coffee break (signage at the snack table) $200.00 (USD)
  • Sponsor a session: publicity for your company at a session $50.00 (USD)
  • 1-yr listing in RILA's online sponsor directory $50.00 (USD)
  • Sponsor the conference's directional signs -- see your logo on a street sign to the conference $100.00 (USD)
  • Product Profile in the RILA Bulletin $100.00 (USD)
  • Sponsor printing costs-your logo on conference publication material $100.00 (USD)