RILA 2024 theme is Connecting CommunitiesRILA Annual Conference: May 22 & 23, 2024

Call for Proposals - Deadline Extended

The 2024 theme is Connecting Communities. We are seeking proposals that explore our theme in different ways, including libraries as community hubs; equitable, diverse, inclusive, and anti-racist communities; community partnerships and connections; and the many ways that libraries build communities. As always, your proposal does not need to conform to the theme to be considered for inclusion in the conference.

We invite proposal submissions in the following formats:

  • Traditional Presentation (45 minutes with 10 minutes of Q&A)
  • Facilitated Discussion (10 minutes overview of discussion guidelines and 45 minutes discussion facilitated by you or panel about a specific topic of interest)
  • Poster Presentation (Visual presentation of your project/research, etc. May be a digital or physical poster)

This conference will take place at Providence Public Library and will be in-person. Please only submit proposals you would be comfortable presenting in a live, face-to-face format. The school library track will be Thursday, May 23rd, 2024.

The extended deadline for proposals is Friday, February 9th, 2024Questions? Please email

You will be notified in early March if your proposal has been accepted and if any changes are required. The committee may request that you adjust your content or format for acceptance.

Registration is now closed

Wednesday, May 22

Raúl The Third

Latino man with curly black hair, sunglasses, and facial hair.

Keynote Speaker 

Raúl The Third is a New York Times bestselling and three-time Pura Belpre award-winning illustrator, author, and artist living in Boston. Vamos! Let’s Cross the Bridge was awarded one of the year’s Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2021 from the New York Times and the New York Public Library. His work centers around the contemporary Mexican-American experience and his memories of growing up in El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

Thursday, May 23

Courtney Pentland

White woman with curly brown hair and glasses.

Keynote Speaker

Courtney Pentland is a high school librarian in Nebraska. She has served as a high school librarian, elementary librarian (for the 2019-20 school year), and been a member of a district library services department. She is adjunct faculty for the University of Nebraska-Omaha School Library program and has served on the Nebraska School Librarians Association board as board member at large, president, and chapter delegate to AASL. She is the 2023-2024 AASL President. Follow her adventures on social media: @livluvlibrary

"Rhode Island Library Association" is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Rhode Island Library Association, P.O. Box 6765, Providence, RI 02940

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