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  • Thursday, April 02, 2015 1:55 PM | Anonymous
    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(link sends e-mail)
     
    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.
  • Tuesday, March 31, 2015 1:54 PM | Anonymous

    EXTENDED DEADLINE!!!!
    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/

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