In This Issue
Digital Initiatives ~ Virtual Reality ~ RILA/NELA Conference
Updates and Highlights from the Community
Letter from the President
Joan Ress Reeves
Hello everyone,
The RILA/NELA Joint Conference is less than a month away! Please join us at the Crowne Plaza Hotel for an enriching time with colleagues from all over New England.
Check out the  amazing program schedule  and register today !  We will also be holding a special pre-conference  ALA Advocacy Bootcamp which you can register for  here .  Thank you to the Warwick Public Library for sponsoring the refreshments for this special pre-conference event. 

On Sunday, October 21, at 6:15pm, I would also like to invite everyone to join us before the NELA banquet for the RILA cocktail reception. RILA will be honoring Joan Ress Reeves, longtime library advocate and COLA founding member. Joan will be receiving the ALA Distinguished Award from ALA's Washington Office for her tireless efforts advocating on behalf of libraries, both locally and nationally. Senator Jack Reed will be on hand to present Joan with her award. 

We hope to see you there!
Kieran Ayton, RILA President
Spirits, Séances, and a Ringing Watch: Spiritualism and the papers of Joseph Peace Hazard
Read about Patricia McIvor's experience at RIC for her Professional Field Work (PFE) experience. Learn about the exciting work done through the Digital Initiatives Department!

Virtual Reality In Rhode Island
Once Warwick Public Library staff members attended a national Futures Conference and learned about Virtual Reality- they knew that they had to make the technology accessible to all.

News From the Rhode Island Library Community
Student ALA (SALA) Hosts New Student and Alumni meetup

We are inviting new students and SALA alumni to meet up over books and brews (or coffee if one prefers) to get to know each other a little better. This is a wonderful chance for students to meet face to face and to get to know the lay of the land in the RI library community. For alumni, it is an opportunity to reconnect with enthusiastic fresh faces who hope to someday be your colleagues. Who knows, maybe your future PFE grad student (rock star) will be there looking for the right internship with your organization? 

You will always wonder if you don't join us!

Who: Current and former members of URI's Chapter of SALA
What: SALA Semester Kick-off Meet and Greet
Where: Riffraff Bookstore and Bar
When: Saturday September 29, 2018 at 7 pm

To RSVP, visit SALA's Facebook page or email .
PCL Exhibits PVD Young Makers and Virtual Providence at Waterfire

On September 8, PCL Library Director Cheryl Space, Digital Services Manager Stephanie Shea and IT Manager David Sok headed to downtown Providence to take part in WaterFire's first-ever Tech Night. The staff joined Newport-based maker space organization, FabNewport, to showcase the PVD Young Makers Initiative, a creative partnership formed between the City of Providence & Mayor Jorge Elorza, PCL, Providence Public Library, Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art and Young Voices that has brought maker space creativity to all ten public library spaces in Providence.

Waterfire's guests created designs and engraved them on glass, utilizing a popular PVD Young Maker machine, the laser cutter. Other Waterfire visitors opted to experience virtual reality videos made by teen interns working on PCL's new 360-video project, Virtual Providence , including one that features a ride on the zipline at Roger Williams Park Zoo & Carousel Village! Virtual Providence is funded by Studio Rhode Next Generation Library Challenge grant with additional funds from the Zennovation Fund at United Way of Rhode Island 

It was a fun and lively night! Many thanks to WaterFire Providence for hosting such a great event, and to Arnell Milhouse, who invited PCL to participate in Tech Night alongside Careerdevs Computer Science Academy, which currently meets on a monthly basis at Rochambeau Library.
News from URI Library School

GSLIS is pleased to announce: 

  1. Dr. Lauren Mandel is now officially promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure. 
  2. Dr. Valerie Karno won an Infosys Foundation C3 Grant to work with public libraries in teaching coding to diverse, underserved populations. In collaboration with the Executive Director of Family Code Night, GSLIS will work with several public libraries this Fall to increase access to coding education for diverse groups in Rhode Island. 
  3. Dr. Melissa Villa Nicholas begins the first of 3 new diversity courses this Fall: "Social Justice in Children's and Young Adult Literature". The other new courses approved for delivery, "Immigrant and Migrant Information Context and Practices," and "Critical Disability Approaches in LIS," will be taught in forthcoming semesters. 
  4. Dr. Mary Moen led a group of GSLIS students and alumni on a fully funded trip to Tanzania this summer, to assist in creating a school library. It was an amazing experience for all. 
  5. GSLIS received continuing accreditation until 2025, effective this past July. 
  6. GSLIS was named one of the top 50 Online MLIS programs in the United States
News from the East Providence Public Library
Michael Carlozzi is the new Director of the East Providence Public Library. He was previously the director in Wareham, Massachusetts and also worked at the Canton Public Library and the Roger Williams University Library. In a previous life, he studied James Joyce to no acclaim.
Save the Dates! Statewide Library Events
NELA & RILA Joint 2018 Annual Conference
21st to 23rd October, 2018

Join us for the annual conference titled "The Library is Your Space"

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