In This Issue
RILA Year in Review
Thinking Outside the Library
Harry Potter's World
It's Awards Season!
Better Know a RILA Librarian
New Courses, Clubs and Children's Spaces
RILA Annual Conference--Save the Date!
Resources for Money Smart Week 2015
News From the Field

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Happy 2015 to all of our RILA members!  2014 was another big year for RILA--President Jenifer Bond looks ahead to the first half of 2015.  Also, it's renewal season!  RILA membership runs on the calendar year, so that means that membership can be the easiest item in your list of New Year's Resolutions! 

We have another exciting year coming up.  This year, and hopefully for many years to come, The RILA Bulletin will be featuring local RILA members in our "Better Know a RILA Librarian" section.  Check out our first installment below, and nominate your friends or colleagues by sending an email to [email protected].  There are a lot of talented, hard workers in this state--let's talk them up and celebrate the diversity of our profession.

The 2015 RILA conference will be at beautiful Salve Regina University in Newport again this year!  Make sure to mark your calendars for  Wednesday May 27 & Thursday May 28.  Our conference committee is hard at work finalizing presenters, so stay tuned for updates in the coming months!

This will be a year of changes as we welcome new President Aaron Coutu, and a new executive board at the annual conference.  Outgoing President Jenifer Bond is a dynamic leader who challenged all RILA members to reevaluate what this organization means to our profession, and how we can best serve our current members and attract new ones.  Through her efforts, we start 2015 with optimism, enthusiasm and tremendous momentum!


Andria Tieman & Brandi Fong
RILA Communications Co-Chairs
A Look Ahead: RILA 2015
By Jenifer Bond
RILA President
Associate Director, Bryant University Library
Thank you so much for supporting RILA in 2014!  We hope you will continue to do so this year.  The official start to the new calendar year signals our annual membership renewal season!  We are the state chapter of ALA, and your RILA membership keeps you up to date with library news and happenings both locally and at a national level. RILA serves the entire RI library community, from library staff and librarians to library students and Trustees. Perks of membership include conference rate discounts, professional development opportunities, awards and scholarships, a members only listserv, and of course, a subscription to the RILA Bulletin e-newsletter.  But you are already in the know since you are reading our fine newsletter now!  Spread the word and tell your friends and colleagues about the many benefits of RILA membership this year.  

We continue to evolve to better meet the needs of our members and library community at large.  We are proud of our work and hope to continue the momentum in 2015. We want to hear from our members! What can RILA do for you this year?  Send us feedback!  Members can be a part of the action, too, so join a committee or round table and make your voice heard.  We are member supported and member driven - we are YOUR professional and advocacy association!  

This year is proving to be busy once again.  We're lining up lots of events this winter and spring - beginning with Library Legislative Awareness Day on Feb. 10.  Also in the works are a statewide library appreciation day on March 28, followed by Money Smart Week RI and a Trustee fundraising camp, both in April.  Watch the listserv and the RILA website for more details as plans develop.
As always, we look forward to another great annual conference at Salve Regina in May and are also excited to see what the Information Literacy Action Round Table (ILART) has in store for future discussions and professional development events. There's a lot going on, so don't miss out. Join or renew today
Thinking Outside the Library
By Elliott Stevens
Library Assistant, Providence College Library
Angela DiVeglia taking
programming to the people.
c/o The Animal Print Magazine

If you're running a library, and if your goal is to draw in people who would never ordinarily visit your branch, then Angela DiVeglia is just the person you'd want in charge of the luring. Angela's title at the Rochambeau Library may be "Adult Services Librarian," but that description does little to let the unassuming know just what's behind her quick grin and raucous laugh. In Angela's brain, there must be some kind of M.C. Escher Rube Goldberg Machine, which she uses to crank out one not-to-be-missed, ensnaring programming idea after another.


For instance, one program that she and her colleagues devised this past year was "Dear Diorama." For this event, people were challenged to create dioramas that bring to life scenes from their favorite books. In all, there were twenty-three entries, one of which featured little Oskar Matzerath from The Tin Drum hiding under his mother's skirts. The winner illustrated a rabbity moment from Watership Down in a hollowed-out ukulele. This program's success wasn't simply in that many people participated; it was that the people who got involved weren't regular library patrons or patrons at all. "We wanted age-diverse programming," Angela said. "We wanted to draw in people who really enjoy reading and read a lot, but who don't frequently use the library."  A central part of the program's success, notes Angela, is that it was planned by a strong collaborative team with specialized skills. PCL Board Member Matthew Lawrence (the man behind the Not About the Buildings Annual Spelling Bee) focused on press and publicity, Regional Librarian Ed Graves talked to sponsors and secured necessary permits, and other staff managed logistics such as offering library card signups during the event.


"All of us on the planning committees for these larger events at Rochambeau take advantage of our larger personal networks - Matthew, for instance, has lots of press contacts from his other work, and I have close relationships with lots of people within the Providence arts community. I think it's really a matter of having librarians and library allies who are deeply embedded in the surrounding community. We've also tried to leverage some of the strengths of this city - for instance, there are a lot of students, a lot of young people with literary leanings, there are lots of accessible performance spaces, and there is widespread support for community art projects. Last year, for Dear Diorama, I contacted several local poster artists to find someone interested in designing a poster for us - and we ended up with an amazing, one-of-a-kind, screen-printed poster for about the same amount of money that we would have spent on poster-sized color copies. The ripple effects of this kind of outreach are great: the poster likely caught the eyes of people who don't normally attend library programming, we created a keepsake item with the library's information on it (I've seen it hanging in a couple of people's houses), and we've built an ongoing relationship with that artist (Katrina S. Clark, who is also designing this year's poster for us)."

Another unusual, alluring program that Angela hatched is the "Mutt Strut," (based on a genius idea from circulation clerk Edilberta Trejo) which, if you can believe it, is a literary fashion show for dogs. For this event, when part of Hope Street was cordoned off for another celebration, Angela worked to organize this fashion show outside in front of the Rochambeau Library.  

Dorothy Gale (Dog-o-thy Gale?)


Ready for the runway, there were two dogs dressed up as the twins from Sweet Valley High, decked out with tiny matching felt hats and ponytails.   

Jessica Wakefield rules the school

One dog was Dobby, though it's unclear if he had his sock or not. And Daisy from The Great Gatsby even made an appearance in the form of a Chihuahua wearing a bow and vintage jacket. Again, with this program, Angela managed to attract people (and press: ) who ordinarily might not have been interested in the library. "We wanted to have not quiet and not inside-the-library events," Angela said. Sometimes, when Angela talks, she puts her hands in front of herself and spreads her dexterous fingers wide, as if she's orchestrating little marionettes to move in concert with her words.  
A dog show done by the book
A dog show done by the book
c/o Providence Journal

And it's no surprise that Angela has the wily hands of a puppeteer because, starting back in 2006, she was just that in the world-renowned group Bread & Puppet. During her time in that organization, Angela helped put together and perform in sublime puppet shows that are not the small, quaint affairs most of us are used to. Some of the puppets are giant and operated by puppeteers on sixteen-foot stilts. The performances themselves attract thousands of people to an open-air amphitheater in northern Vermont and have themes that delve into nuclear proliferation, war, and gross injustice.

So how can other libraries attract the younger members of their population? "I think there's a really strong interest among millenials and younger adults in handmade and handcrafted items (see the success of Etsy, the DIY Network, the rise of crafting culture)," Angela noted, "Fun, hands-on events like the diorama contest or the dog fashion show play to that interest and aesthetic. We've also focused on a science-fair-type competitive atmosphere, which is, to put it simply, fun. We haven't found it hugely difficult to find local businesses willing to donate prizes, and again, it's an opportunity for us to help out other small businesses in the neighborhood while building relationships outside of the library building."    

What all this points to is that Angela DiVeglia has a knack for orchestration and captivation. She's the one you'd want pushing the levers and pulling the strings to bring new faces to your library. "Dear Diorama II" is coming up February 24, so make sure to set a shoebox aside and to start thinking about what literary scene you'd like to bring to life inside it. And watch out for Angela, especially when she's laughing and casting about her hands.

Harry Potter's World
By Bill Doughty
Borrower Services Librarian, Bryant University Library
The staff of the Douglas and Judith Krupp Library at Bryant University is understandably excited to
announce that beginning January 20th, the library will play host to a traveling exhibition entitled Harry
Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine.

Created by the National Library of Medicine, this exhibit showcases information and resources gathered from the NLM's own collections and relates them to the world of witchcraft and wizardry immortalized by J. K. Rowling's beloved series of novels (and subsequent movies, toys, games, theme park attractions, etc.).

Though obviously (and sadly) a fantasy series, the magic of the sort taught at Hogwarts has a strong basis in Renaissance-era scholarship and practice.  For instance:
  • Botanists of the time thought that mandrake roots may well have resembled small, screaming humans, as documented in 1491's Hortus Sanitatis.
  • Surgeon Ambrose Par� doubted the existence of unicorns, but conceded that if they did exist their horns might have had the medicinal uses apothecaries of the day claimed.
  • There really was an alchemist named Nicolas Flamel, and there were people who believed he truly did create the Philosopher's Stone and achieved immortality (despite that whole pesky "dying in 1417" thing).
Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine will be on display at the Douglas and Judith Krupp Library through February 28th, so be sure to fly, apparate, or drive up to the Bryant campus and check it out.  For more information and educational resources pertaining to the exhibit itself, visit
It's Awards Season! Promoting Award Winners With Teens and Children
by Brandi Fong
Youth and Teen Services Services, 
South Kingstown Public Library

The best of the year lists are up, awards! What title will win this year's Caldecott, Newbery, or Printz Award? What about the Morris Award for best young adult book by a debut author, or the Pura Belpre Award for titles that portray, affirm, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience?


As librarians we get excited about the "Awards Season", but how can we share this excitement with our children and teen patrons? Here are a few ideas to help promote award winners in your library.


First, there is always the obvious-create displays showcasing both current and past winners and honor books. You can make it more personal by having staff create shelf cards or bookmarks highlighting their favorite award titles. If your library has a blog or Facebook page, share a favorite title or two each week leading up to the Youth Media Award Announcements on February 2nd.


Displays can also be an opportunity for you to get patrons involved. If your library has the space, create an award winner bulletin board, displaying copies of book covers from award winners throughout the years. Provide ballots for patrons to vote for their favorite title from the ones displayed (or write-in one of their own favorite winners). 


Depending on the size of your bulletin board, you could focus on just one award, or divide the space to highlight several awards.

If there is a shortage of display space, stick to simple and just create a bookmark or brochure that patrons can pick up. Be sure to include well known winners as well as some that may have slipped under a patron's radar.


Another way to promote the award winners is through programming. Hold a Mock Caldecott programs! While generally done with elementary age patrons, this program can also work with teens as well! Give participants a chance to look through and talk about what titles might win this year's award. If you have children or teens who enjoy art, you could offer a "cover redesign" program. What award winner could use an update? Provide art supplies for participants to create a new cover; if you have space you could display a copy of the original and the new cover redesign side by side.


If time or staffing is an issue, you can work award winners into programs you are already running. If you offer book clubs, be sure to choose an award winner as this month's discussion title. Alternatively, everyone could read a different award winner and then share the title they chose with the group. Even programs that aren't traditionally book based can be a chance to promote award winners! If you run a Lego club, start with a short read aloud from an award winning book, and have kids either recreate a scene from the book, or create something inspired by the book.


No matter what is your method, now is a great opportunity to introduce teens and children to quality books, both newly minted winners and past favorites.

Better Know a RILA Librarian
With so many librarians in the state, it can be hard to know who everyone is! To help with that, we're introducing a new feature, "Better Know a RILA Librarian." Each Bulletin issue, we'll introduce you to a different RILA member.
This month, welcome Karen Corrigan of Wilbur McMahon School in Little Compton, RI.

Where do you work and how would you describe to others what you do at your job?

I work at Wilbur McMahon School in Little Compton, RI, it is a K-8 School. I teach grades K-8. I have library classes and computer classes. K-2 classes have library one week and computer the next. During library I read stories and students choose books and complete a library activity. Grades 3 & 4 students have library once a month and computer class three times a month. During library, stories are read, library lessons taught and students book selection during computer keyboarding skills are taught and computer lessons are completed. Grade 5 students have computer class once a week, students complete computer lessons. Grades 6 have computer classes twice a week and complete computer lessons. I also have a computer research class that meets twice a week and I have grades 6-8 for that class.


Describe a moment that made you really happy that you are a librarian.
I have been a librarian for almost 19 years, 18 of them at a public library, 5 months in a school library. I am always happy when I put a book in a person's hand and when I help with a question. I also love connecting with people and sharing books and great conversation. There are so many great moments when you are a librarian.

How do you stay current and connected in the field?
Through journals and reading and by attending continuing ed and connecting with my colleagues.

Do you have a favorite book?
It is hard to pick one favorite book. An adult favorite and classic, Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. A children's series that I love, Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I love the children's author, Patricia Polacco.

What's your favorite non-library or book related activity/hobby?
Walking, knitting, thrift shop shopping, you can always pick up something unique.
New Courses, Clubs and Children's Spaces get PCL Off to a Busy Start in 2015
By Michelle Novello  
PCL Program Coordinator  

Providence Community Library(PCL) has announced that Ready For K!, a school readiness project created by PCL and collaborative partners, will become a permanent program after it completes its pilot two-year run in 2015. Funded by a $250,000 grant from IMLS, PCL will expand the number of locations offering Ready For K! from four to all nine of its locations by September 2015.


Ready For K! will offer three, nine-week courses in 2015, starting in January, April and September. Children aged three-and-a-half to five years and their parent/caregiver may enroll in the program and participating families will have up to 18 months to help their child get ready for kindergarten. Ready For K! courses will be scheduled to run alongside PCL's popular early learning program Cradle to Crayons (birth - three years), providing families with an opportunity to work through a seamless sequence of no cost, educational programs at the same location from babyhood to kindergarten.


PCL will enhance its commitment to early learning and school readiness education in 2015 by installing dedicated children's spaces at all nine locations equipped with new, age-appropriate toys, ensuring that PCL's youngest patrons enjoy a safe, well-equipped learning environment.  

Demand for English as a Second Language (ESL) classes continues to outstrip supply and PCL is training eight new ESL volunteer tutors to supplement existing staff. Courses for Spanish speakers preparing for General Educational Development (GED) examinations are also in demand; an additional class, exclusively for family daycare providers, began this month.


PCL will launch a Girls Who Code Club at its Rochambeau location on January 22. The club, which is affiliated to a national nonprofit network, will be led by an instructor from Brown University's Department of Computer Science and will offer girls an opportunity to learn about artificial intelligence, cryptography, graphics, mobile development and many other computer and coding skills. Rochambeau's club is currently the only public Girls Who Code club in Rhode Island and any girl in grades 6-12 is eligible to join it. PCL's computer and gaming classes received a boost in November when 13-year old Rochambeau patron, Catherine Brunzos, after competing against 94 library teams worldwide, was declared world champion in the International Games Day Minecraft Hunger Games Tournament.

RILA Annual Conference 2015: Save the Dates!

It's not too soon to save the dates for spring! This year's RILA Annual Conference will be held on Wednesday, May 27 & Thursday, May 28, 2015. Join us at beautiful Salve Regina University in scenic Newport to connect with your library colleagues from Rhode Island and beyond.


We are delighted to announce our 2015 keynote speakers, Julia Quinn and Scott Bonner. Julia Quinn is a New York Times bestselling author of historical romances, known for her witty, fast-paced novels set in regency England. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America's Hall of Fame and her books have been translated into 28 languages. Julia grew up in New England, attended Harvard University, and currently lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.


Scott Bonner is the director - and only full-time librarian - of the Ferguson Municipal Public Library in Ferguson, MO. His efforts to keep the library open as a peaceful community oasis during the recent unrest in Ferguson made national news, and he was profiled in NPR, Library Journal, and other media outlets.


We're planning a fun-filled, information-packed program for the 2015 RILA Conference, and we can't wait to see you there! Whether you're from the public, academic, school, or special library world, the RILA Conference is sure to have a variety of innovative, dynamic programs that strike your interest.


As always, we'd like to thank our wonderful vendors for generously sponsoring our annual conference. We couldn't do it without their support.


We hope to see you all in Newport this May - watch for registration to open in late March.   

Resources for Money Smart Week 2015

The Rhode Island Library Association  is pleased to announce that Money Smart Week - RI will be held April 18-25, 2015.  During Money Smart Week, libraries of all types partner with community groups, financial institutions, government agencies, educational organizations, and other experts, to help consumers learn to better manage and understand their personal finances.   Money Smart Week's goal is to provide communities informational, objective, and authoritative programs about issues surrounding financial literacy.  Speakers should volunteer their time without cost and without expectation of sales or solicitation.  Some organizations offer bilingual resources or speakers.  

Why should you contact RILA?

  • We would like to know if you are planning, or have scheduled, any "money smart" events for April 18-25, 2015.  If you have planned a financial literacy program in the past, or know of a possible speaker in your community consider reaching out to them for April as part of  National Financial Literacy Awareness Month.  

  • If you are willing to host a MSW session at your library, but would like suggestions on speakers and programs, reach out to us!

For marketing and promotional purposes, we would like to get a complete list of all financial programs on our event calendar by February 17, 2015.  In the coming months, RILA will be releasing more information about events, keep an eye on The RILA Bulletin, the listserv, our website and Facebook page.   


Thank you, on behalf of RILA,

Julie A. Decesare   [email protected]                      

Chris Wallace Goldstein [email protected]                      

Rachael Juskuv  [email protected] 

News From the Field
Providence Community Library
From Providence Journal:

"A fragment of a musical score, hand-written and autographed by  acclaim choral composer Morten Lauridsen,  has fetched $741 on eBay to benefit the Knight Memorial Library in the Elmwood section of Providence. The previous record for a Lauridsen autograph was $650." full story here


Knight Memorial Library held the second coat give-away for the neighborhood on December 10.  The Children's Staff, Allison Riendeau and Melissa Rivera, contacted organizations, businesses and individuals to collect coats.  Out of 130 children and adults who were seeking coats, 124 people found coats.  Coats not distributed were given to the Providence Children's Initiative, a project of Family Service of Rhode Island.

Bryant University

After 20+ years of service, Pat Crawford retired from her post as Head of Borrower Services on December 31.  Pat began her career at Bryant in a temporary position and quickly worked her way up through the ranks, consistently proving her value along the way.  She is on to new horizons and is enjoying some leisure time before embarking on her next adventure.  We wish her well and thank her for her many contributions to Bryant University. 


As of January 1, Bill Doughty was promoted to the new position of Borrower Services Librarian.  Bill earned his MLIS from University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in 2012 and is ready to put his many talents to use in this new department coordinator role.  Bill has been a key member of the Krupp Library staff for many years, and is very deserving of this advancement. 


We welcome two more additions to the Krupp Library staff this month.  Rachael Juskuv is a new part-time Public Services Librarian, a hybrid position that has responsibility for both Borrower Services and Research & Instruction operations.  Rachael brings a diverse array of experience to Bryant and will balance her Public Services role with her duties as North Scituate Public Library's Head of Reference and RILA's Public Relations Committee Chair. 


David Chianese rounds out the team, in a newly created Library Assistant position.  After owning and operating an award-winning store in Providence for many years, David's second act has been in libraries.  He comes to Bryant from PCL and Providence College, where he still holds a position.


Jessie M. Smith Memorial Library

The Jesse M. Smith Memorial Library, 100 Tinkham Lane, Harrisville, hosts a "Frozen" theme program on Saturday, January 31 from 1 to 3 pm at the library. This drop-in event is interactive with games and activities featuring events and characters from the movie!  All are welcome!    


Rhode Island College

The James P. Adams Library at Rhode Island College was invited by the National Library of Medicine to host a travelling exhibit, Pictures of Nursing: the Zwerdling Postcard Collection.  The exhibit which is comprised of 6 panels describing the Zwerdling Collection, will run from January 20th to February 28th  in the lobby of Adams Library.  An opening reception will be held on January 28th from 3:30 to 5:30. The reception will also be a celebration of the 45th anniversary of Nursing Education at Rhode Island College. Related materials will also be exhibited.  All are welcome!      

Carla Weiss, Associate Professor, Collection Development & Reference Librarian, and the Interim Head of the Curriculum Resources Center at the James P. Adams Library, Rhode Island College, retired on December 31, 2014.  Carla worked at the James P. Adams Library for 23 years.  Before that she spent 14 years at the Cornell University Library.  Carla will remain involved with RILA as the co-chair of the Intellectual Freedom Committee.  She can now be reached via email at: [email protected]     


Cranston Public Library

Cranston Public Library recently received $1000 Legislative grant from state Rep. Robert Jacquard for local history & genealogy materials. 

Library Director Ed Garcia was recently appointed to the American Library Association Committee on Diversity and the Public Library Association Legislation and Advocacy Committee.


Call to Action! Participate in RI Library Legislative Day!

Join the Rhode Island Library Association on Tuesday, February 10 from 2:30-4:30pm for RI Library Legislative Awareness Day in the  State House Rotunda.  There is strength in numbers and a strong presence from the library community will demonstrate the many important resources available across the state.  Tell your story!  Be there to meet and greet your legislators and take the opportunity to extol the virtues of library services in RI and your neighborhood. Ask questions, address issues, and rally support with a captive audience of legislators and State House staffers.  RILA will be joined by other library organizations to showcase our ongoing work.  All library staff, trustees, and friends are welcome!  


Library organization information tables will be located on the second floor of the RI State House Rotunda.  If your statewide RI Library organization would like a table in the rotunda for the event, or if you have any questions, please email RILA Legislative Action Co-chair, Eileen Dyer, at  [email protected].


Join the Coalition of Library Advocates for the COLA Annual Meeting Tuesday, February 10th, 5 - 7 pm in the Governor's Room at the Rhode Island State House.
  • Light refreshments will be served.
  • Free and Open to the Public.
  • Guest Speaker: Brian C. Jones of The Library Report

The COLA Sweetheart of the Year Award recipient this year is HELIN Consortium Executive Director, Bob Aspri.

Student ALA
"Tablets...3D Printers...Where do we go from here? What do we do with it? Find out at Let's Talk Tech: a technology conference for librarians. Join us on Saturday, February 28th on URI's Kingston campus for workshops on Google, assistive technology, one-to-one programs, and more. The conference will be from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with a light breakfast and lunch. Registration will be open soon, but until then please mark your calendars for an amazing conference by Student ALA at URI!"

The Rhode Island Department of Administration is pleased to announce the appointment of Karen Mellor as Chief of Library Services and director of the Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS), effective December 14, 2014.  She previously served OLIS as acting Chief of Library Services and Program Manager of direct services to libraries.
"Karen's knowledge of local libraries and library systems is exceptional," said Thomas Viall, chair of the Library Board of Rhode Island.  "She is an innovator and leader, able to build true consensus and has a proven track record of making our libraries stronger."

OLIS celebrated 50 years of service in 2014. Mellor will serve as the 8th director of the organization, replacing Howard Boksembaum, who retired in early 2014


Mark your calendars for the NETSL 2015 Annual Spring Conference

   When: Friday, April 10, 2015
   Where: College of Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

Watch the conference website:

Registration opens in early February.


More information to come in the next few weeks!


NETSL: New England Technical Services Librarians is a section of the New England Library Association.  For more information about NETSL see


Crossing the Threshold: Real Life Applications of the ACRL Framework NELIG Annual Program, June 12, 2015 @ Bryant University 

Call for Proposals

The New England Library Instruction Group (NELIG), an interest group of ACRL New England, requests breakout session proposals for its Annual Program entitled "Crossing the Threshold: Real Life Applications of the ACRL Framework" to be held at Bryant University, in Smithfield, RI, on Friday, June 12, 2015.  This year's program will explore practical applications of the ACRL's proposed Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.

Each presenter should plan on speaking 30-35 minutes with an additional 10-15 minutes for question and discussion (45 minutes total). We are looking for individual, group, or panel presentations by librarians and/or their collaborative colleagues. Interactive workshops involving computers and hands-on activities will also be considered.

NELIG encourages librarians with any amount of experience to submit a proposal and we are dedicated to providing opportunities for librarians to learn practical ideas from one another. Please feel free to email us if you have any questions about presenting.

  • Proposal topics may include but are not limited to the following:
  • Applying threshold concepts in the classroom
  • Combining the framework with the standards
  • Bringing the framework into campus-wide conversations
  • Assessing learning outcomes
  • Using the framework in research activities and assignments

Proposal are due March 2, 2015 and may be submitted below. 

Questions should be directed to: [email protected]


Northeast Popular/American Culture Association Call for Papers:

Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Collections area

The Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Collections area of the New England Popular/American Culture Association welcomes paper submissions from librarians, archivists, curators, graduate students, faculty, collectors, writers, patrons, and researchers of popular culture and information settings of all types.

We encourage panel proposals, as well as, individual submissions.  For information about proposal submission and content, visit our Fall 2015 Conference page: 

NEPCA's 2015 fall conference will be held on the campus of Colby-Sawyer College (New London, NH) the weekend of October 30-31, 2015. The deadline for proposals is June 15, 2015.  Some suggested topics:

  • Histories and profiles of museums, archives, libraries, and other popular culture resources.

  • Intellectual freedom or cultural sensitivity issues related to popular culture resources.

  • Book clubs and reading groups, city- or campus-wide reading programs.

  • Collection building and popular culture resources.

  • Organization and description of popular culture resources.

  • New media formats and popular culture in libraries, archives, or museums.

  • New media, digital literacies, content management systems, access and discovery systems, websites (such as Wikipedia, YouTube, Google, Amazon, eBay, etc.) and their impact on libraries and popular culture collections.

  • The role of public libraries in natural disasters and post-disaster community rebuilding.

  • Public libraries and librarians supporting programming and outreach around popular culture resources (graphic novels, streaming video, etc.)

  • Other topics welcome!!!

Area Chair: Julie A. DeCesare, Providence College

Area: Libraries, Archives, Museums and Collections

E-mail:[email protected] 

Fall 2015 Conference website:  


Vermont Library Conference 

Sign up to present at the fourth annual Academic Library Show & Tell Sessions:  Pecha Kucha @ the Vermont Library Conference.  

People who want to present a topic in pecha kucha format.  Topics?  Think fun, useful, entertaining and of interest to people who work in academic libraries. 
This is a multiple-speaker event. 

May 19, 2015, Vermont Library Conference, Champlain College, Burlington, Vermont

The format:  your presentation will consist of 20 powerpoint slides, with each slide allotted 20 seconds for a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds.
After all the presentations are completed, there will be time left at the end for discussion and questions.
Please email Stacey Knight at [email protected]with your presentation idea by February 6, 2015.  

There are many excellent tips for creating a pecha kucha. To find them just search the web!   

Need more help figuring out the format?  Email or call us. 


Your pecha kucha co-hosts

Stacey Knight([email protected]), Associate Director for Systems and Metadata (802-654-2402)
and Laura Crain([email protected]), Associate Director for Collection Services (802-654-2388)

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.

Rhode Island Library Association members can contribute content to the RILA Bulletin by emailing the editors: [email protected]


Andria Tieman & Brandi Fong


Rhode Island Library Association