2022 RILA Ballot Guide

See below for a detailed explanation of this year's ballot. 

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Candidates for the RILA Board

Member at Large: Lisa Richter

Lisa Richter (she/her) is currently Assistant Director of Research and Instruction at Salve Regina University’s McKillop Library, where she works collaboratively with a strong team of librarians and colleagues in reference, instruction, access services, collections, and other academic support departments.

Prior to this position, Lisa was an instruction librarian at Bristol Community College’s Fall River and Attleboro campuses from 2010-2018. While in graduate school, Lisa worked at University of Rhode Island, as well as the Jamestown Philomenian Library.

A native Houstonian, Lisa has lived in Rhode Island since 2005, and graduated from URI’s GSLIS program in 2010. She is a member of ACRL-NEC and has prior board service with the chapter as a state representative for both RI and MA, as well as service on two ACRL-NEC conference planning committees.

NELA Representative: Meredith Bonds-Harmon

Meredith Bonds-Harmon, Assistant Library Director, East Providence Public Library
Meredith has been with the East Providence Public Library for 16 years and before that, the library at the Flanagan campus of Community College of Rhode Island and the Seekonk Public Library. Her role at the East Providence Public Library has changed over the years from Neighborhood and Community Services Librarian to Young Adult Librarian to Co-Branch Manager to Head of Reference Services to, most recently, Assistant Director. She participates in the RILA Mentorship Program and has been trained as a Learning Circles Facilitator through Peer 2 Peer University. She also completed the Recovery Friendly Workplace training and Ryan Dowd's Librarian's Guide to Homelessness training.


American Library Association Councilor: Ed Garcia

Ed Garcia is the Library Director at the Cranston Public Library in Cranston, RI, a position he has held since 2012. Ed is a proud graduate of the University of Rhode Island and received his MLIS in 2008. Ed has served 3 terms as an ALA Councilor-at-Large as well as a 3 year term on the ALA Executive Board. He was also an ALA Presidential Candidate in 2021.

Ed has been a member of the Rhode Island Library Association since 2008 and currently serves as RILA Legislative Action Chair. Ed also serves on the ALA Committee on Legislation and the ALA Constitution and Bylaws Committee. He was recently awarded the Emerson Greenaway Award for distinguished service to librarianship by the New England Library Association.


Explanation of Proposed RILA Bylaws Changes. Italicized red language represents changes or additions: 

Explanation of Question 1: Changes the RILA bylaws to reflect gender-neutral language throughout.

Explanation of Question 2a, 2b, & 2c:  Under Section 2, add three new parts: G, H, and I to allow for more flexibility of the Board, as follows:

G. Special Meetings

Special meetings may be called by the President and/or the majority vote of the Board or may be called upon the written request of twenty Association members. Except in cases of emergency, three to five business days notice shall be given. The business transacted at any special meeting shall be limited to that in the call to the meeting. Meetings may be held remotely as necessary.

H. Resignations

Any member of the Board may resign at any time by giving written notice to the Board. The resignation shall take effect at the time specified in such notice, and unless otherwise specified in such notice, acceptance shall not be necessary to make it effective.

I. Removal 

Any member of the Board may be removed from office for cause by a two-thirds vote of a quorum of the Board.

Explanation of Question 3: Change Article VII, Section 1 Dues, to remove the language regarding delinquent membership after 3 months, and forfeit of membership after 6 months. This will allow future RILA Boards more flexibility regarding delinquent accounts and removes policy/procedure language from the RILA bylaws.  Add new sentence regarding when dues are required, as follows: 

Section 1. Dues

Dues shall be payable annually on a rolling basis. Members shall be considered delinquent after 3 months. If dues are not received within 6 months, the privileges of membership shall be forfeited. Dues shall be payable when the previous year’s membership has expired.

Explanation of Question 4: Add New Article XV, as follows:

ARTICLE XV-- CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

The Board shall adopt and maintain a Conflict of Interest policy, adopted by separate resolution, which shall be incorporated into these Bylaws by reference.

Explanation of Question 5: Add New Article XVI, as follows:

ARTICLE XVI – DOCUMENT RETENTION POLICY

The board shall adopt and periodically review a document retention policy to protect and manage the Association’s data and information.


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