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The Rhode Island Library Association

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Ahhh...the slow and relaxing days of summer are finally here! It's time to pack a picnic, head to the beach, and kick back and enjoy reading a book in the beautiful sunshine. If you need a reading suggestion-past issues of the RILA Bulletin are now digitized and available online! Curious about the library news from 1927? Now's your chance to catch up on what was happening then!


Summer also brings around RILA's changing of the guard, as President Jenifer Bond steps down and Aaron Coutu takes her place.  We wish them both much luck in their new endeavors.


Granted, for many the summer days are anything but slow. Summer reading, summer classes-if anything, libraries are busier than ever during the summer! Just check out some of the things Librarian Ed Graves and his staff have been doing in this issue's Better Know a Librarian spotlight.


Regardless of whether this is your library's slow time or busy time, be sure to take a minute to step outside, clear your head, and soak in the sunshine. Fall will be here before you know it!


Happy summer!


Andria Tieman & Brandi Fong

RILA Communications Committee Co-Chairs

RILA's Year in Review
By Jenifer Bond, Past President
Photography by Dhana Whiting
RILA Presidents Past, Present & Future
Following is a recap of the President's 2015 Annual Report and remarks from the  RILA Conference  Annual Business Meeting on May 27:

First and foremost, kudos to 
the RILA Board, Committee 
and Roundtable Co-Chairs, and volunteer members for their efforts again this year! The Conference Committee deserves special recognition for producing a stellar and well attended 2015 event and developing a full slate of diverse conference programs. Thank you one and all for your time and energy!

It has been a pleasure serving RILA in various roles over the past seven years. My presidential term has ended and it's time to welcome a new Executive Board, with Aaron Coutu of the Cumberland Public Library as President. The outgoing RILA Board worked hard to deliver on RILA's mission as the state's ALA chapter and professional and advocacy organization. The organization remains committed to engaging our members, representing all types of libraries and library staff, and bringing awareness of libraries and library services to the people and legislators of RI. 

This was another productive term for RILA, thanks in large part once again to our volunteers. Among RILA's many accomplishments this year, we officially reestablished ties with New England Library Association (NELA) as a regional state partner, joined Senator Jack Reed and OLIS in rolling out the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's statewide financial literacy initiative, established a new Financial Literacy Roundtable, co-hosted 5 unique professional development events aimed at librarians, library staff, school media specialists, and Trustees, coordinated the 4th consecutive and largest Money Smart Week RI, saw active information literacy collaborations between school and academic librarians through the ILART Roundtable, and arranged statewide library advocacy day in March 2015. The list goes on!

Since 2012, RILA raised and saved over $40,000 in revenue from increased memberships, profitable conferences, and successful fundraising efforts. This happened without raising membership fees or increasing conference costs. RILA is still an active member of the library community, contributing to events, making donations, and financing regular RILA business. We will continue to make sound financial decisions to ensure the health of the organization for many years to come. This proves that we can be a vibrant, productive, and sustainable organization for our members.

We are committed to maintaining the momentum of RILA's 2014-2015 initiatives as we embark on a new business year with a new slate of officers and some changes in committee chairs. Please join me in officially welcoming Aaron Coutu and the 2015-2017 RILA Board. I wish Aaron and the new crew much success as they take the RILA baton!
RILA Conference Update
by Aaron Coutu, RILA President
Photography by Dhana Whiting

The Rhode Island Library Association announced the winners of this year's awards of recognition for those serving the patrons of libraries of Rhode Island at the association's conference at Salve Regina University on Wednesday, May 27.


Librarian of the Year  

Librarian of the Year Julie DeCesare with Past President Jenifer Bond

This year's Librarian of the Year Award was given to Julie DeCesare. Until June, DeCesare was an Assistant Professor and Commons Librarian, Head of Education & Research at Providence College's Phillips Memorial Library, where she coordinated instructional and educational opportunities between the library, campus community, and beyond. She is now an Instructional Designer at PC. As RILA Member at Large since 2011, she championed Money Smart Week RI initiatives, growing the program count from just a handful in 2012 to over 50 financial education events at libraries and community partner sites in 2015. She built important relationships for RILA, establishing partnerships with Jumpstart RI, Junior Achievement, and the RI General Treasurer's Office.  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.

Nancy Chaput with Cumberland Public Library staff


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. Nancy is pictured with Cumberland Public Library's Elizabeth Karageorge, Adult Services Coordinator; Celeste Dyer, Library Director; Kimberly Usselman, Children Services Coordinator; Jenn Cournoyer, Young Adult Librarian; Melissa Chiavaroli; Reference Services Coordinator; and Aaron Coutu, Assistant Director.


Mary Elizabeth "Betsy" Mercer with
Ashaway Library Director Heather Field

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 while 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.


RILA Elections

The membership elected a new Executive Board during the RILA Conference Business Meeting. The slate of officers passed unanimously, with these results: 

  • Vice President/President-Elect: Julie A. DeCesare(2015-2017), Providence College
  • 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

The membership also voted unanimously to allow for future elections to take place in an online environment. This will result in a minor bylaws change. See the RILA website for a complete list of Board Members and Committee/Roundtable Chairs for the 2015-2017 term.  

RILA Bulletin Digital Archive Open for Business
By Jenifer Bond
Library Assistant Director, Bryant University
Since 1927, news of RILA activities and members, along with local library community information, has been published in the
RILA Bulletin.  The official newsletter of the association was originally published 2-3 times per year, and is now produced six times annually.  Issues have been in digital form since the early 2000's, but there are still plenty of older print copies on the shelves of various Rhode Island libraries. Cataloging almost 90 years of library initiatives and library staff, the  RILA Bulletin
provides a vital record of both RILA's and our state's library history.  

In summer 2013, RILA began digitizing back issues with help from the University of Rhode Island and Bryant University in order to preserve this rich history and provide online access to a wider audience. The two universities cooperated to transfer issues from URI's Special Collections to Bryant for scanning and processing and to set up access to URI's institutional repository where the digitized  Bulletins  are stored. Julia Lovett, URI's Digital Initiatives Librarian, worked with Trish Lombardi, Bryant's Collection Management and Digital Services Librarian, to set up the project parameters and oversee the scanning process.  Digital Commons is an institutional repository that provides worldwide access to scholarly content and digital collections and URI graciously gave space to RILA's collection for all the world to browse and read! Two years later, the project is finally complete.  All print issues of the  RILA Bulletin  are available in this online collection from 1927 to spring 2002.   Poke around the archive for a glimpse into RILA's past!
The Digital Commons collection is fully searchable and matching items also display in Google search results. For fun, track Bulletin readers in real time using the Digital Commons map - issues have been downloaded recently in Chicago, London, Paris, Moscow, and Shanghai!


RILA extends a huge thank you to Julia Lovett and URI Special Collections for granting access to the print collection and Digital Commons, and is also grateful to Trish Lombardi and the Bryant University Library staff for their help in making this possible. They scanned so you could please check it out! 


For newer issues of the RILA Bulletin, visit the publications section of the RILA website.  
Website Accessibility Testing
By Meg Black
Reference Librarian, Brandeis University

Note: As of July 7, 2015, Google Chrome and Firefox may display a warning that WAVE may be a phishing site. WAVE is safe to use. The company is working with Google to remove this false warning. You can still access WAVE by selecting the options to bypass the warning.


Ensuring access to information is what librarians do. As our resources transition to a more digital platform base, it can be confusing or difficult to know if these tools are fully accessible to individuals with varying types of disabilities. The Web Accessibility Initiative ( is an international effort on behalf of World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) striving to improve web accessibility standards. The initiative provides detailed documentation on standards and ongoing efforts, and the W3C's W3Schools ( provides online tutorials on how to improve accessibility using HTML5.  


Regardless if your CMS is a WYSIWYG or HTLM5 with CSS, combing through to check for accessibility errors is a grueling and luckily unnecessary task as there are tools available that will flag the webpage's errors. WAVE is my favorite of these tools ( It is developed and administered by Web Accessibility in Mind (Web AIM), and has received funding from Dreamweaver, The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (which is part of the U.S. Department of Education), and Temple University Institute on Disabilities as well as other organizations. The tool provides a hierarchy of problems form errors, which usually consist of  parts of the page that are not accessible to a screen reader and issues that are potential problems. The tool also provides a contrast checker to ensure accessibility to individuals with colorblindness and other color-sensitive visual disabilities.


You don't need access to CMS to run code or a website through a diagnostic. You simply plug the URL into the designated field on WAVE's site, and the tool provides an in-page overview of all errors and potential errors. I'm usually surprised at how many alerts WAVE shows when I check a website. For example, the homepage for has a simple and straight forward design.

However, WAVE finds 16 Errors. As shown in the display below, the menu bar to the left of the webpage provides the breakdown of all the problems. All the red flag errors that appear have clickable pop-ups with explanations as to why there are considered errors. (An example of the pop-up explanation is shown to the right of the Twitter icon, where it says "Empty Link.") In this case, all the errors in the page are due to not providing alternative text attributes to links and images. Attributes, in this case, are the text that displays when the mouse hovers over the link or image, and is what the screenreader uses to communicate what the link or image is to the user. WAVE also detected four structural, one HTML5, and seven contrast problems. The links in its left side bar menu explain where and what the different problems are.

Run your site through the WAVE diagnostic tool, and see what, if any, issues come to light. Often times the fixes are simply adding alternative text attributes, but sometimes are more complex. Best of luck improving accessibility to all patrons!

Note: As of July 7, 2015, Google Chrome and Firefox may display a warning that WAVE may be a phishing site. WAVE is safe to use. The company is working with Google to remove this false warning. You can still access WAVE by selecting the options to bypass the warning. 
Better Know a RILA Librarian:
Ed Graves
By Elliott Stevens, Providence College

Ed Graves is a Providence Community Library manager for the Fox Point, Smith Hill, and Rochambeau branches. I met him before the Rochambeau Library opened on a steamy, hydrangea-filled morning on the East Side, and while he waited for a furniture delivery to that library, we had a wide-ranging conversation about his background, library management, Minecraft, and the beauty of dahlias.


Ed grew up nearby in Foxboro, MA, and then moved out to Seattle at nineteen. Out West, he worked as a fundraiser for the Seattle Public Library Foundation. At the time, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation had agreed to match dollar-for-dollar anything that people like Ed raised, and part of the job was calling every name in the phone book. It was at this time that Ed found himself drawn more and more to libraries. He also learned he could effectively raise money for them. Next, Ed moved to Milwaukee, where he worked in the public library system and went through library school. Ed then spent time at libraries in western North Carolina and southern Vermont, where he gained much experience in the day-to-day problem solving of librarianship, before he ended up in Rhode Island.


When I asked Ed about his approach to library management, he came back to the concept of problem solving and how important it is for managers not to avoid conflicts but even to be interested in them. He stressed that it's crucial for managers to be willing to step into emergencies without hesitation, and he credits a Nonprofit Management certificate program at Marlboro College in Vermont for providing a framework for leadership development.


But, all in all, Ed said that his work isn't only about conflicts. "Really, it's more about engagement than management," he said. He pointed out that he's consistently impressed by the positive attitudes of his staff and their creative contributions to the running of the libraries he manages. As an example, he spoke of the "Mutt Strut," which was a literary fashion show for dogs that happened last September. This unusual (and very successful) idea wasn't Ed's but a couple of other staff, Edilberta Trejo and Angela DiVeglia, and he said the next time they run it, it will be even bigger. "We're going to take the spirit of the Mutt Strut and turn it into a full-on block party!" Ed said, his eyes bugging like a whipped up pug's.


Another project that Ed and his staff have recently had to work together closely on is the Minecraft server, which is a networked computer set-up that allows young PCL members from all nine libraries to play the popular Mojang game with one another. (On the server and in the world of Minecraft, they can also do things like burn down the digital replica of the Knight Memorial Library, but rest assured, gentle librarian readers, on its ashes that noble palace has been rebuilt!) What's more, this past November, a young Rochambeau library patron, Catherine Brunzos, emerged as champion in an international Minecraft competition called "The Minecraft Hunger Games." But, even when confronted with all this digital success, Ed waxes demure in saying, "At the library, everything we've learned about video games, we've learned from kids. It's from having an interest in them."


During our conversation, I asked Ed if there's anything that he does that isn't library work that nevertheless affects his library work. "Well, I'm a big gardener," Ed said. "I need to pick my raspberries!" He told me his greens are full bore, and his tomatoes and beans are coming in. His squash are so big and profuse they might even start competing on the Minecraft server. As Ed continued to describe his veggies, and as he spoke about his work in community gardens, the connections between his gardening and library work became clear. He really can't help but to be a nurturing manager, even when he's away from his branches. "I don't grow flowers, but I'd love to," Ed said. "I'd grow dahlias and bring them in."

Sponsor Spotlight
Rhode Island Jump$tart Coalition

The Rhode Island Jump$tart Coalition is a 501 c (3) non-profit organization that seeks to bring together stakeholders to collaborate on educational activities that increase financial capability and generate financial well-being for all who live and work in Rhode Island.  


Founded in 2004 and currently one of 51 state Coalitions affiliated with the national Jump$tart network, Rhode Island Jump$tart Coalition is led by a dedicated, all-volunteer Board. The organization partners with Rhode Island educators, schools, organizations, businesses, elected officials, families, and other stakeholders to improve the financial capability of the state's residents, particularly children and teens, young adults, and under-served populations.


The primary goal of Rhode Island Jump$tart is to improve personal financial knowledge and skills so that individuals can be empowered to employ responsible personal financial practices that lead to their own lifelong financial security, as well as increased prosperity for the state as a whole. Rhode Island Jump$tart Coalition envisions a state in which young people are informed and become increasingly responsible for their personal economic well-being as they approach adulthood, and as they manage their finances and contribute to their communities as adult citizens.  


Rhode Island Jump$tart encourages educators, business and civic leaders, family members, government officials, and other stakeholders to be actively engaged and work together to provide youth and adults, with the information and skills they need to confidently navigate today's dynamic personal financial marketplace. Important financial topics include spending and saving; budgeting; credit and loans; financial investments; insurance and managing risk; entrepreneurship; and identity protection.


The Rhode Island Jump$tart Coalition carries out its mission by convening forums where partners and other stakeholders can network, exchange ideas, promote efforts and form alliances; sharing and promoting best practices in financial capability programs; creating, planning, executing and securing funds for valuable initiatives; promoting trusted programs, educational resources, and when possible, providing funds to target population program providers; and increasing awareness among policy-makers, civic leaders, and other people of influence about the need for and benefits of increased personal financial capability in Rhode Island and beyond.  


Rhode Island Jump$tart offers professional development programs for teachers in the area of economic and financial literacy, and also organizes student competitions such as the 2015 Rhode Island Personal Finance Challenge that was sponsored by Fidelity Investments. In addition, the organization regularly participates in community events such as Money Smart Week RI, and actively uses social media to keep the public informed about the valuable informational programs, resources and activities that are being offered across the state and region. The Rhode Island Jump$tart Coalition was recently selected by the Rhode Island Foundation for the 2015 Best Practices Advocacy Award in recognition for the organization's successful role in advocating for the adoption of national personal finance standards for all Rhode Island K-12 students.  


The Rhode Island Jump$tart Coalition looks forward to continuing this important work by developing new partnerships and advocating for the advancement of financial capability within the state, region, and country.

News From the Field


Karim B. Boughida of Washington, D.C., an International pioneer in library/information science and digital library development, has been appointed dean of University Libraries at The University of Rhode Island. Donald H. DeHayes, URI provost and vice president for Academic Affairs made the appointment following a national search.

Currently the associate university librarian for digital initiatives and content management at George Washington University, Boughida will begin his new role on August 11. He will relieve Professor Cheryl Ann McCarthy of Portsmouth, R.I., who has served as interim dean during the past year.   More information here.

Providence Public Library

Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI), based at Providence Public Library PPL), was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation in support of statewide adult literacy programs.  According to Karisa Tashjian, Director of RIFLI and PPL Adult Literacy Services, the grant will specifically support literacy and citizenship instruction for 125 adult immigrants at the William Hall and Auburn Libraries in Cranston, RI, for 2015-16.  Six classes will be offered: A Beginner level ESL class at each library; an Intermediate level ESL class at each library; and a Citizenship Preparation class at each library.  RIFLI has partnered with the Cranston Public Library system for 17 years.


"RIFLI's mission is to equip adult immigrants in our communities with the literacy skills necessary for upward mobility, engaged citizenship, strong families and lifelong learning," said Tashjian.   


First piloted by the  RIFLI at Providence Public Library last fall, the Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment is now running at both PPL and Cranston Public Library (CPL).  To date, 22 participants have earned 73 proctored certificates in digital skills using the FREE Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment (


Adults ages 18+ can book an appointment for a free proctored assessment on any of these eight modules: Computer Basics; World Wide Web; Windows 7; Mac OS; Email Basics; MS Word Basics; Social Media; and MS Excel Basics.  Coming soon will be MS PowerPoint.  Successful participants are awarded a certificate and digital badge.


The free proctored assessments are up to one hour and can be scheduled on most Tuesday and Saturday afternoons at 1:00 pm at the Providence Public Library. To book a proctored assessment appointment please visit:  


Providence Public Library is excited to announce the launch of PPL's new digital repository.
We're working to transition all of our various digital collections into one searchable repository. It'll be a long process since we've got A LOT of materials to add still, so keep checking it for new additions. Currently we have 2,384 items from 7 different collections available, including our entire collection of historical postcards -- and those numbers are growing daily. 


We're thrilled to be able to create greater access to our Special Collections.

Tiverton Public Library 
The new Tiverton Public Library is now open to the public. The grand opening and dedication took place Saturday, June 13.  With eight times the space of the 76 year old original Essex Library, the new location contains a reading room with a fireplace, a fun and colorful children's room,  a wing just for teens, and a work center with computers and all necessary equipment for printing, scanning and more. It also contains an e-book kiosk, outdoor patio, conference rooms and lots of nook and crannies for quiet reading and study.
Check out more photos on RILA's  
Designed by Union Studios as a sustainable building, the architecture include modern and traditional style elements and neighbors Sandywoods Center for the Arts, a community of artists and farmers, as well as a town skate park and recreational fields.

Since the opening the library has been busy signing up close to 600 new patrons, more than all the patrons signed up last year at the old location.  It will not only serve as a library, but a community center much needed by the town.

Please come and visit the newest "crown jewel" of Rhode Island Libraries soon. We hope you love it as much as Tiverton does. 

Salve Regina

Salve Regina University's McKillop Library is excited to welcome back the university's Writing Center and Academic Center for Excellence, which includes the Tutoring Center, English for Academic Purposes, and Disability Services. This moves us closer to the commons model we've been steadily working towards. The library is now home to the university's ACE, Writing Center, and Center for Teaching and Learning, which supports faculty teaching and administers our course management system. Renovations were completed in September 2014, and included a glassed-in space on the second floor for consultations and staff offices. We also moved or shifted the entire main collection to the third floor, much of it to new compact shelving. Students love our compact shelving system and think we're very advanced. The second floor of McKillop Library also hosts a Makerspace, including a button maker, a laminating machine, a Cricut machine, and craft materials. 

Our annual survey shows that students are thrilled with the Makerspace, though the removal of the main collection books resulted in noise problems on the second floor.


In staff news:

  • Olga Verbeek has been serving as acting director since September 2014. 
  • Collection Services Librarian John Lewis received his Ph.D. from University of Maryland, University College. His dissertation title is "The Academic Library in the 21st Century: Competencies Library Directors and Senior Managers Must Possess to Successfully Lead Their Organizations into the Future." We look forward to hearing his findings at an upcoming presentation.
  • Special Programs Librarian Lisa Kenyon left us to become a school media specialist in Westerly. 
  • Kristin "Kiki" Butler was promoted to special programs librarian. Previously working in access services, Kiki has a B.A. in English from Virginia Commonwealth University and her M.L.I.S. from the University of Rhode Island. Kiki will be in charge of coordinating all library programming, and will provide outreach and library services to Salve's Center for Adult Education in Warwick. 
  • Bethany Blycker Koll, a Salve Regina University graduate with a B.A. in Studio Art: Photography and minors in Art History and Anthropology, was recently hired as evening circulation supervisor. 
  • Dawn Emsellem was promoted to Assistant Director for Research and Instruction. Dawn will promote the library's information literacy program and coordinate research services. Dawn has a B.A. in political science from Barnard College and a M.L.I.S. from University of Illinois.

Cranston Public Library

  • On June 16, Cranston Public Library was acknowledged by the Holocaust Education and Resource Center of Rhode Island (HERCRI) with a Mitzvah Award. The Mitzvah (or "Good Deeds") Award was accepted by Beth Johnson (Cranston Public Library, Coordinator of Adult and Information Services) and Katy Dorchies (Cranston Public Library, Community Engagement Manager) in recognition of an ongoing collaboration between the two organizations. HERCRI has held several informational and educational programs at the Cranston Public Library since 2013. The next HERCRI event is scheduled for November 2015.
  • In May 2015, Cranston Public Library employee JoAnne Sepe retired after 28 years as a Library Assistant at the Library's Auburn Branch. In a recognition ceremony on June 4, Jeffrey Barone, Director of Constituent Affairs for Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, awarded JoAnne with a citation for her years of service to the city. JoAnne's dedication, commitment and kindness will leave a lasting impression on library patrons and staff. 
  • In June 2015, Cranston Public Library appointed Fran Micheletti to Library Assistant at the Auburn Branch. Fran, employed by the Cranston Public Library at both the Auburn and Oak Lawn branches since 2005, began her new position on June 25th, replacing the recently-retired JoAnne Sepe.

East Greenwich Free Library

On June 27, the East Greenwich Free Library hosted a town-wide celebration at the Swift Gym to commemorate our building's 100th anniversary. The library, built in 1915, has always been a popular family spot, and our yearly circulation statistics consistently place us in the top five for the consortium. This event was aligned with the kickoff of our annual Summer Reading Program, which typically involves 400 children and their families) all summer long. Over 300 people joined us for a great afternoon of family fun! We had lots of games and activities ( hula-hoop contest anyone?); face painting, a bubble machine, art lessons and a DJ kept everyone happily occupied for hours. Rick Morin's Rhythm Imaginarium troupe handed out percussion instruments to a crowd of fledgling musicians, creating a cadenced cacophony with buckets, drumsticks and singing, delighting both the dozens of participants and their audience.  To end the day, Peter Boie, Magician for Non- Believers, performed his unique act, enthralling the crowd.  And, of course we had cake, lots and lots of cake!



Ruth E. Souto, Systems Librarian for the HELIN Library Consortium (right) and Renee Palermo, ILS Manager for the Ocean State Libraries (left) recently presented at the international Innovative Users Group conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota in April.  Their talk focused on the inception, formulation and debut of the Rhode Island One Catalog, which combines both the public and academic consortia in the state.

The 2015 Conference of the North Atlantic Health Sciences Libraries will be held at the Providence Omni Hotel, October 18th - 20th.  Speakers on Monday include syndicated columnist Amy Dickinson and Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, MD, MPH & MSLIS from "Reach Out & Read Wisconsin."   These two very special speakers will appeal to librarians from all types of libraries. NAHSL would like to welcome members of all professional library associations to join us at a special rate for the Monday program.
The RILA Bulletin is produced by the RILA Communications Committee.  The RILA Communications Committee is responsible for publicizing and supporting Rhode Island Library Association activities using a variety of communication tools. Responsibilities including publishing the RILA Bulletin, managing social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, and exploring other mediums as needed. The Communications Committee may cooperate with the publicity efforts of the Public Relations Committee to promote library services statewide.

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Andria Tieman & Brandi Fong


Rhode Island Library Association