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2012 RILA Conference Report
RILA Librarian of the Year
News from the Field
A Librarian Abroad
Rhode Island Library Association
The Rhode Island Library Association is a professional association of Librarians, Library Staff, Trustees, and library supporters whose purpose is to promote the profession of librarianship and to improve the visibility, accessibility, responsiveness and effectiveness of library and information
services throughout  
Rhode Island.


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RILA Bulletin

Summer is in full force - we're in the middle of a heat wave with no relief in sight. Just about everything seems to slow down during the summer...with libraries being a notable exception. As the youth services librarians around our state experience the annual deluge that is the Summer Reading Program, it is becoming apparent that summer reading isn't just for kids anymore - adults want to win prizes, too! Somehow we doubt that the adult version of summer reading features the fantastic magicians, musicians, and storytellers that the kids enjoy.

As much as summer is a carefree time, we are looking forward to the fall and tackling new challenges that will help RILA be the voice of librarians around the state. And we need you. Please consider joining one of RILA's committees. We have lots to choose from: 
  • Budget and Finance
  • Conference
  • Intellectual Freedom
  • Legislative Action
  • Membership
  • Nominating
  • Publications
  • Public Relations
  • Communications
You can find our contact information here. We look forward to seeing you! We hope you will enjoy reading this issue - if you're not too busy partaking of summer's charms. 

Andria Tieman and Corrie MacDonald
Conference Committee Co-Chairs

2012 RILA Conference Report
By Jenifer Bond, President-Elect

Thank you to all the attendees and sponsors whose presence made this year's "RI Libraries: Enriching Individuals, Strengthening Communities" conference a true success.  Your support is what helps us deliver on RILA's mission as the state's ALA chapter and allows us to present timely programming related to 21st century library issues. 

President Eileen Dyer was monkeying around on safari in South Africa during the conference, so I presided over the Annual Business Meeting on day one of the conference.  Let me take this opportunity to recap this year's Business Meeting remarks.

As the official state chapter of the ALA, RILA is your professional and advocacy association.  We are here to serve our members and bring member ideas, concerns, and issues to the table.  We represent all types of libraries and the library community at large. 

RILA accomplishes a lot on a shoestring.  We are an all-volunteer organization, and we're always on lookout for new, enthusiastic committee members who have a passion for advocacy, public relations, intellectual freedom, member recruitment, collaborative projects, and much more.  There is a place for you and your talents at RILA.  While these "positions" don't rate very highly on the pay scale, we guarantee that the sense of accomplishment and community you will feel is priceless.   RILA needs you!

RILA's 2011-2012 season was very productive, including these initiatives:

  • Money Smart Week programming
  • Workforce Development resources (OLIS & RI Department of Labor collaboration)
  • Student ALA/SLA events
  • Local & national Legislative Day advocacy

President Dyer and I would like to extend sincere thanks to the RILA's Executive Board, committee co-chairs, and committee members for their time and energy during this action oriented year.  Everyone involved deserves a pat on the back for remaining committed to the cause.  Thanks in particular is due to the Conference Committee and their co-chairs, Karen McGrath and Laura Kohl.  This team has mastered theart of conference planning and organized another outstanding event for our members.  Kudos!

RILA looks forward to another busy year.  Stay tuned for more exciting news in the coming months!


RILA Librarian of the Year
By Chris LaRoux, Greenville Public Library Director
Chris LaRoux, Jenifer Bond, and David Macksam at the RILA conference



David Macksam, who recently retired as director of the Cranston Public Library, was the recipient of the RILA Outstanding Librarian Award for 2012.  Chris LaRoux, RILA ALA Councilor and former RILA President, presented the award at the Annual Business Meeting on May, 31, 2012. 


David has been a mentor and friend to his fellow librarians and a supporter of the library profession through the Rhode Island Library Association, for which he has volunteered many years serving as Vice-President, President, and Past-President.  He worked on RILA's Legislative Action Committee, and spent several terms as the ALA Councilor from Rhode Island, attending Mid-Winter and Annual ALA conferences on behalf of our state.  He attended Legislative Days in Washington, D.C., spoke before Congress, co-chaired the Blue Ribbon Committee of the Future of Libraries in 1999, and served on the Karla Harry Commission.  He also served on the Ocean State Libraries Steering Committee and the Board of the R.I. Family Literacy Initiative, and always worked tirelessly to secure funding for the Cranston Public Library.  RILA wishes David all the best with his retirement and thanks him for his commitment to the RI library community.




News From the Field
Colleen Anderson
Bryant University
Lots of staffing changes at the Douglas and Judith Krupp Library of Bryant University.  Reference and Business Librarian Colleen Anderson has retired after over 20 years of service to Bryant as former head of reference and business professor. 

Mackenzie Dunn, who previously divided her time between Reference and Access services at Bryant, has moved over to the reference department nearly full time.

Annie Feldman, who is also the Assistant Library Director of Davisville Public Library, started as part-time Access Services Librarian to fill the void left by Mackenzie.

Congratulations to everyone at Bryant!

Greenville Public Library
Chelsea Dodd was recently hired by the Greenville Public Library as a part-time reference librarian.  Chelsea is a recent MLIS graduate of Drexel University (PA) and has a BA from Seton Hall University (NJ).  She brings experience from working at a private library,  bookstore, and as a university research assistant.

Gale Eaton is retired, as of June 30, and Renee Hobbs, the founding director of the Harrington School of Communication & Media (of which GSLIS is a part) is the interim director of GSLIS.
Lauren Mandel, Ph.D., will begin her URI career in the fall, teaching LSC 502 (Management) and LSC 557 (Research & Evaluation).   

Ocean State Libraries
Miranda Nero has been hired as a trainer and cataloger at OSL. Miranda is a recent graduate of Simmons College GSLIS and is also employed at the Cranston Public Library.

Rhode Island College
Kieran Ayon has been appointed Emerging Technologies Librarian at Rhode Island College. He is a 2008 graduate of Simmons College GSLIS and will be greatly missed by his former colleagues at the Cranston Public Library.
Providence Community Library
PCL is pleased to announce that it has hired Shane Sher to be the new Tech Program Coordinator/Instructor for the Statewide Reference Resource Center.  Shane had previously worked at Providence Public, and officially began at PCL July 9th.  PCL was awarded the Statewide Reference Resource Center grant for 2012-2014 and officially took over July 1st.

Tiverton's recent 5k Walkathon fundraiser raised over $4000 to be put towards the construction of their new library.  Many more fundraising events are on the horizon.

The Warwick Public Library has had many staff changes in the past few months! Sharon Fredette retired as the Manager of Public Services in June after 25 years of service. She has held a variety of positions at WPL through the years, most recently as Technology Coordinator before ascending to Manager of Public Services this past fall. Jayne Lear and Jessica D'Avanza have been appointed reference librarians. Jayne also works as a children's librarian at the Foster Public Library, and Jessica is a recent library school graduate. Andrea Hutnak is working as a children's librarian.  Andrea has worked at at the Pawtucket and Lincoln Public Libraries in the past. Liz Gotauco has been appointed as a teen librarian. Good luck to everyone in their new ventures. 

Rhode Island Historical Society
Two new staff members joined the RIHS Library in May. Jennifer Galpern has been appointed Library Receptionists/Administrative Assistant and Liam Kopolow has been appointed Library Assistant. Jennifer and Liam are filling the positions previously held by Natasha Brooks-Sperduti and Delia Kovac.
Library Renovation 
Stop by the RIHS Library at 121 Hope St. in Providence to see the results of the first phase of building renovations. A new slate roof is now in place, and the masonry has been repaired and cleaned for a brighter looking fa´┐Żade. Subsequent phases will replace the Library's windows and aging HVAC system to improve the building's energy efficiency and the collections storage environment. The work is funded by generous grants from The Champlin Foundations and a Save America's Treasures grant from the National Park Service.

Kids Read Across Rhode Island
On Saturday, June 16th, Kids, parents, and librarians from across Rhode Island kicked-off the 2012 summer reading program with best selling author Gail Carson Levine at the 3rd annual Kids Reading Across Rhode Island State House celebration. Ten libraries staffed tables with a wide variety of activities celebrating Dave at Night, the 2012 KRARI book, and the summer reading program, "Dream Big READ." 
KRARI2012Each family received a free, signed copy of Dave at Night to keep. The celebration included hands-on activities from the RI Museum of Science and Art, wood sculptures from John Magnan, playing card bookmarks from the School Librarians of Rhode Island, an exhibit from the RI Center for the Book at RI Council for the Humanities, a demonstration from Talking Books Plus (OLIS), and Rose Adler and Carmela Cannata's performing parrots. In all, around 300 people participated. To see photos from the celebration, visit
OLIS' Facebook page and click on photos. OLIS and the RI Center for the Book would like to thank all of the libraries that participated and made KRARI possible!

Miss USA and Cranston native Olivia Culpo stopped by Cranston Public Library on July 6 as part of her tour of her hometown after winning the national crown. Culop read Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree to a group of children and signed autographs afterward. 

Thanks to some renegotiation by Karen Mellor of OLIS, the input of the Reference Working Group and a reallocation of funds from the Ocean State Libraries Steering Committee, RI residents and librarians now have access to AtoZ Databases, which is similar to Reference USA.  Rhode Island lost access to Reference USA this past spring due to lack of funding, but AtoZ Databases was created by former employees of Reference USA, and functions in much the same way.  Our current package also features residential information.  Take some time to familiarize yourself with our new database!  All other statewide resources continue to be available on AskRI: HeritageQuest, Learning Express, Mango Languages, (Homework Help and Career Center) and World Book.  OLIS welcomes any and all feedback on database selection.

Institute of Museum and Library Services
The National Medal for Museum and Library Service honors outstanding institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities.
The National Medal celebrates libraries and museums that make a difference for individuals, families and communities. Apply by October 15, 2012. Anyone, including the staff and board of the museum or library, may submit the nomination.

For more information, see Rhodarian, the OLIS blog.


A Librarian Abroad
Employees get the entire second floor to themselves!
Sue Dunn may have retired from the Warwick Public Library last fall, but she couldn't resist a trip to the Seattle Public Library while visiting the city recently. She writes, "I stopped at the library which was within walking distance of our hotel....the building was immense - 11 floors! I talked with one of the staff on the upper level where the computers were located.  There was a ready reference desk there for quick questions.  The reference collection was divided among the subject specialities on the upper floors...I did not have time to investigate since it was 7:30 and the library closed at 8. I did visit the teen and children's areas.  Like most large urban libraries there was no parking in the area. The library system has a slew of branches." 
The computer lab.
Now that's a view.
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Corrie MacDonald & Andria Tieman
RI Library Association