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The Rhode Island Library Association

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Spring is a time for rebirth, and after this ridiculous winter, I think we're all feeling the urge to dust off the old, and see what new lies in store.  In RILA-land, our Conference Committee working hard as usual to bring you another two days of learning, socializing and fun.  Check below for a update on what's in store.

Also, Providence Public Library has a new Captain at the helm.  Jack Martin took over last January, and there are exciting things happening already--including unicorns at the library! They have many exciting partnerships in the works, and it's exciting to see what's in store for the future.

URI GSLIS has a new interim director, and Student ALA has a brand new slate of officers looking to continue their recent wave of successes. Even if you did not attend URI, the program is certainly important to all of us, and we wish them continued success in the future.

RILA will also be introducing a new slate of officers at the conference coming up, so stay tuned for updates as to who the new leadership will be moving forward.  Here's hoping these warmer temperatures stick and we have another beautiful conference in Newport in May!

Thanks for Reading,

Andria Tieman & Brandi Fong
RILA Communications Committee Co-Chairs
2015 Conference Preview
salve The RILA Conference Committee has been hard at work planning the 2015 Annual Conference, scheduled for May 27 & 28 at beautiful Salve Regina University in Newport, RI. We invite you to spend two days in scenic Newport, learning and sharing with library colleagues from near and far. The full conference program and registration information will be available in April - stay tuned!  
Highlights of the 2015 RILA Annual Conference will include keynotes Julia Quinn, a New York Times bestselling author of historical romance novels, and Scott Bonner, library director of the Ferguson Municipal Public Library in Ferguson, Missouri. Some of our other exciting presentations include:
  • Marketing 101: A Quick Course in Improving Your Statistics, Generating Positive Press for Your Library, and Building the Career You've Always Wanted
  • Are Library Vendors Protecting Privacy?
  • Four Color Academia: Comics and Graphic Novels in the University Library
  • Understanding Copyright and Transformative Fair Use
  • Workplace Bullying in Libraries
  • Rapid Reviews: Lightning Fast Booktalking
  • What's Playing at the Library? How Collaboration Can Bring Your Film Screenings to the Next Level
  • Invigorating Academic Library Instruction
Please join us for this collaborative and educational event. We look forward to learning and networking with you in May!
A New Vision for Providence Public Library
By Elliott Stevens
Library Assistant, Providence College

Jack Martin's first library job was when he was thirteen. It was not a job he wanted. It was one his mother forced him into.


There he was, a brooding teenager, and working at a library in Cornelia, Georgia--a tiny city that's known for its big sculpture of a big red apple on a big white obelisk. At the time, thinking about his new job in the library, young Jack thought, "I'm a big enough loser, and this will make it worse."


And yet working in a library never made it worse for Jack Martin. After that little library in Cornelia, he spent time at one in Athens, GA. Then, feeling the pull of Rhode Island's anchor for the first time, he found himself in Providence, where he worked at the Providence Public Library, the Washington Park Library, and the South Providence Library. Jack says that it was here, in Providence, that h

e discovered he enjoyed working with young people.


He next left Providence for New York City, where, at the New York Public Library, he started doing the things many of us have already read about or heard about because they're so notable. Mixing museum education with human rights education-and digital with social media-he worked to oversee and run programs for young people in one of the most complex, diverse library systems in the nation. For instance, in a program called "NYC Haunts," he and other librarians helped kids design their own mobile, GPS-linked games, which would encourage their players to investigate New York's "ghosts" in its actual neighborhoods. (In one game, the players are prompted to visit Edgar Allen Poe's moldering cottage in the Bronx to earn a clue.) It's in programs like this one that Jack reveals his knack for making learning and the inspection of history thrilling.


So it's a boon to the community to have Jack and his creative vim

 back in Providence as Executive Director of the Providence Public Library.


On one of the first relatively nice days after all the frigid temperatures, I met Mr. Martin before the Library opened. We hadn't even gotten to the interview when he asked me, "Do you want to see something?"


From his office, he led me through hallways and stairwells (Jack seems to navigate via antennae through PPL's maze) before we arrived at the Library's entrance, where two people were installing a herd of life-sized unicorn cutouts. Though these creatures weren't yet galloping in the correct direction, they nevertheless sparkled with pink and purple majesty.

Jack explained that the unicorns are part of a program that the libraries at Brown, RISD, and the Providence Athenaeum are running and that once they got wind of this program at PPL, they wanted to be included, too. Jack here stressed the importance of becoming involved with and supporting creative efforts like these.


"The unicorns are beautiful. They're whimsical," he said. Furthermore, they'd come attended by activities fun for all ages-not to mention rich historical talks about unicorn iconography.


"I want to see things I've never seen before!" Mr. Martin said.  Then, through another series of passageways, we somehow got back to his office.


Our interview now underway, Jack said that though at times it's good to follow and support the programming efforts of other institutions, it's crucial also to take the lead role. As an example, he described the "Whale Guitar" project, in which artists Jen Long and Rachel Rosencrantz worked with PPL's special collections librarian, Jordan Goffin, to peruse the Nicholson Whaling Collection in order to research the history of the whaling industry and the long plight of whales. Inspired by their findings, the artists designed and assembled an original guitar shaped like Moby Dick, which they use to engage audiences in thinking about the history of whaling, as well as the present day struggles of whales in trashed oceans and jammed shipping lanes.


As he described this program to me, what struck me as so highly unusual about it is that it has a built-in exhibition component; that is, after Ms. Long and Ms. Rosencrantz ran their program last April-June, they were ready to take it with them on the road to other places in the nation and on the globe, which is an effect that then encourages other institutions to collaborate naturally with the Providence Public Library.


Speaking of this synergy of myriad institutions exchanging roles of leadership and support-all via programming, exhibition, and community feedback-Jack said, "We want to create movement and be a part of movements."


What's next for Jack and the Providence Public Library? The Unicorns in Residence project officially opened March 9 and will run through early summer. The public can go visit the unicorns during regular library hours. In keeping with the spirit of collaboration, PPL, Brown, the Providence Athenaeum and Providence Community Library are hosting programming about unicorns including unicorn-related materials curated by Brown University.  


Starting April 1st and all the way through most of June, they are going to unleash the programming blow-out of all blow-outs called "Don't Stop the Music!", which is a celebration of the history of music in Rhode Island. In this extravaganza of all that's sonic, there will be more exhibits, lectures, classes, workshops, and, of course, live music than could possibly be listed in the space of this bulletin. (Here's the website:


Before I left the Library that day, Mr. Martin again led me through it on a tour, buzzing as he went along through corridors, chatting about exciting plans for spaces and resources. As he showed me around, to myself, I couldn't help but to think, "Thank you, Jack's mom, for getting your kid into the library."

Checking in With URI GSLIS
Valerie Karno, Interim Director
Since Gale Eaton's retirement, there have been a number of changes within the URI GSLIS program.  Most notably, Interim Director Valerie Karno who took over last year--see her biography below. 
Also with the arrival of the new year, Student ALA has welcomed a new board:
President - Alicia Vaandering
Vice President - Jen Smith
Secretary - Chelsea Watts
Treasurer - Meagan Jarvis
Webmaster - Kathleen Fieffe

RILA looks forward to working with these soon-to-be librarians over the next year, and looks forward to many more years of a successful and progressive MLIS program at URI.  Also noteworthy, Student ALA won the Student Chapter of the Year Award in 2013, and they're hoping to win it again this year.

Valerie Karno, J.D., Ph.D., has been Interim Director of GSLIS at URI since January, 2014.  Born and raised in Los Angeles, Valerie Karno grew up with film, television, and music as part of her self-constitution. With a B.A. from UC Berkeley in English, she then received a J.D. from Hastings College of the Law. There she was Editor-in-Chief of both the International and Comparative Law Review, and the Women's Law Journal.

During law school she published essays on the CITES treaty, and feminist legal theory. Then, with her M.A. from the Univ. of Michigan, and a English from USC, her interests in Critical Race and Legal Theory were integrated with her ongoing thinking about visual culture. Having worked in the film and music video industries, and having made her own music video, she has published on topics ranging from the so-called "serial killer" Aileen Wuornos, (in Critical Matrix: The Princeton Journal of Women, Gender, and Culture) to how notions of hunger get deployed in treaties with Native Americans, (in College Literature) to how representations of race in daytime televised small claims court shows re-invigorate legal agency. (in Studies in Law, Politics, and Society). She has also published book reviews on 9/11 in the online journal Postmodern Culture, and on Anti-Discrimination Laws in American Quarterly.

Her courses reflect the range of her interests. Hired at URI in the English Department in 2000, and tenured in 2006, she has taught "Law & Literature,"  "Literature & Democracy,"  "Envisioning America", "Postmodernism of the Americas,"  and most recently "Information Ethics and Policy" and the "Digital Humanities."  Karno was awarded the URI Excellence in Teaching award in 2004, and since her Joint Appointment to GSLIS in 2013, and her Interim Directorship beginning in 2014,  has been pleased to oversee the transformation of the GSLIS Curriculum, as well as the pursuit of an enhanced and increased faculty and student body at GSLIS.
Laughing for the Library
By Stephanie Barta
Teen Librarian, Westerly Public Library

How do you get library patrons to support the library?  In Westerly, you make them laugh!  On Saturday, February 28 the Westerly Public Library hosted "Laughs for a Cause," a comedy night designed to support Westerly library's technology initiative.  


Planning started for the comedy night back in December, with the library's Development Committee.  Administrative Services Manager, Rachel Doyle, who helped put the fundraiser together said the committee noticed that many of the library's needs involved technology, ranging from updating the wireless system to creating a mobile computer lab, so they decided to focus fundraising efforts on the library's technology initiative.


So, why comedy?  Westerly is unique in that most of the town's organizations, such as the library, senior center, etc.  are not run through the town, they are all non-profit organizations, so standing out among all the other town groups' fundraising is important.  The Development Committee wanted to create an event that would appeal to a wide audience.  Since everyone enjoys a good laugh, a comedy night seemed like a fun place to start.  


How did it work?

Funds were raised through ticket sales, auctions, and fund-a-cause bidding.  Over 150 tickets, at $25 per ticket, were sold for the event which was hosted at the Haversham House.  After the first comedian loosened up the crowd, the live auction was held.  


The Development Committee worked with local businesses to procure six enticing and local action items, which included a Sunday brunch at the Ocean House for 6; 18 holes of golf for four, including golf carts at the Weekapaug Golf Club and framed prints of Watch Hill and Wilcox Park. After another round of comedy, fund-a-cause bidding began. Guests were given brochures outlining the library's technology needs and goals, and this is where they were asked to raise their paddles to pledge $1,000, $750, $500 or even $50 to help fund new technology for the library.  


Overall, Laughs for a Cause was a huge success for the library.  Over $10,000 was raised for the technology initiative.  "We were thrilled with the community response."  said Executive Director Brigitte Hopkins, "It was wonderful to see the community come together to help make the Westerly Library an even better."

Sponsor Spotlight: Learning Express
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 Kerry Carparco of Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI.

Where do you work, how long have you been there and how would you describe to others what you do at your job?

I work at the Culinary Library on the Harborside Campus of Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI. I have been here since August 2014 and my job is to help students, faculty, staff and the JWU community navigate the resources they need to be successful.


Describe a moment that made you really glad that you are a librarian.

If I can show someone how valuable libraries are - whether for information or services - it makes me feel great. I want every patron to leave thinking, "Gee, that was a good experience... I want to come back!"


What advice would you give a new librarian just starting out?

Try and touch every book in the library. Don't get bogged down behind your desk. Show, don't tell. I learn so much more when I am out on the floor interacting with the patrons than reading about it.


What do you like best about your library?

Culinary students bring a lot of samples to the library and there is always a food event going on somewhere on campus! Harborside campus is right on Narragansett Bay and there are walking trails along the water - perfect for when you need a change of scenery (screenery).


Is there anything you do at work that is unique to your particular library or community?

This past trimester I was invited to attend student presentations based on research which I helped facilitate from earlier in the term... it was really cool to see the finished product from the early stages of research. I got to witness so much student growth during the research process - it is a good feeling to think that students are building a strong information literacy foundation through their college coursework.

What's your favorite non-library or book related activity/hobby?

I love to cook, garden and travel. Recently I have started hiking with my kids, which is a great way to be active outdoors without a lot of gear. Oh, and I went camping - in an actual tent - for the first time this past summer. It was fun. I might even do it again.

Money Smart Week 2015
Money Smart Week Generic Rhode Island continues to be "Money Smart"!

Money Smart Week began as a coordinated effort of the Chicago Federal Reserve. In Rhode Island, we have continued to expand Money Smart Week, making it much broader in scope and it continues to expand, creating new partnerships, heightened exposure, and substantive events.  


The 2015 Money Smart Week is April 18-25. Is your library coordinating or interested in creating events this week? In the past, libraries and organizations have offered a diverse amount of workshops and partnered with community financial institutions to offer the public great resources!  


Any of the hosted events that you are planning need to be placed in our Rhode Island "Money Smart Calendar" ( This webpage allows us to advertise all the events and garner more attention for your programs. Program coordinators are responsible for imputing these events into the calendar. Not sure how you should do this? No worry, Money Smart Week has step-by-step videos that guide you through the process.


We are opening Money Smart Week with our Opening Event on Saturday, April 18 at the William Hall Library. Save the date!   


Connect with Money Smart Week RI at We'll be promoting the events that you post on the national calendar and posting out financial tips that you can share.

AskRI Updates
By Stacie Parillo
Digital Producer, Providence Public Library & 
AskRI Coordinator

As many of you know, has a new home and new staff. Providence Public Library is excited to welcome Beatrice Pulliam and Stacie Parillo as the new team. Previously, Beatrice was Head of Technology and Access at the Providence College Library where she led many successful emerging technology and marketing initiatives. Stacie was Head of Collections and Digital Initiatives Manager at the Newport Historical Society in Newport, RI where she worked to create accessibility for a mostly hidden collection.


While they are expecting to re-launch with a new portal/website by fall 2015, there are a few recent changes you should be aware of.


EBSCO's Discovery Service (EDS) has been added. With a single search box, located on the homepage, users can now query for direct access to full-text content available through AskRI databases. The EBSCO homepage has also been updated, and requires libraries to change their access link.


Proquest's African American Heritage and Heritage Quest have been combined so that one link takes you to both resources.


Libraries can find links to EDS, the new EBSCO and ProQuest homepages, as well as code to implement an EDS search box on the News page of


They'll also be making the rounds at conferences around the state this spring, including the Learning First Alliance RI Conference in March and the School Librarians of RI (SLRI) conference on April 10th at the downtown Providence Marriott.


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News From the Field

In February 2015, the Law Librarians of New England (LLNE) donated a selection of current legal texts to the Cranston Public Library. The books, contributed through LLNE's "Outreach to Public Libraries" book drive, cover subjects ranging from divorce and estate planning to Rhode Island zoning and traffic law.
More information about LLNE's public library book drive can be found at:

Providence Community Library
--PCL would like to report the addition of three new staffers; Leah Lubman, Sarah Gluck, and Tien Tran are library managers at Washington Park, Olneyville, and South Providence respectively.  Leah graduated from Simmons in 2011 and joins us, most recently, from the Paul Cuffee School where she was the Middle and High-School Library Media Specialist;  Sarah is also a Simmons graduate and worked in content development for EBSCO Information Services; Tien received his MLS from the University of Wisconsin, and worked as a librarian for the Madison Public Library.  We are thrilled to have their energy and enthusiasm on the team at PCL!

--PCL is proud to announce that we were selected to receive a StoryCorps grant!  We will receive equipment and training to conduct StoryCorps-style oral history projects with forty patrons over the course of six months.  This was an extremely competitive application process and we are thrilled that we were chosen as one of ten sites, out of 300 applicants.  Thank you to StoryCorps, ALA and IMLS for making this project possible!

--An exhibition of fascinating shoe-box sized dioramas will run at City Hall until the end of March. The dioramas are competition entries, originally submitted by adults and teens to "Dear Diorama 2," a contest held at Providence Community Library's Rochambeau branch on February 24.

Winning Entry: Danny, Champion of the World
Twenty-five contestants created scenes based on a book of their choice and competed for prizes awarded by judges and a popular vote. The Grand Prize went to Roald Dahl's "Danny, Champion of the World" by Jess Porter and the Runner-Up was John Steinbeck's "East of Eden" by Gabrielle Sclafani. Jill Colinan's depiction of Markus Zuzak's "The Book Thief" was awarded the People's Choice prize.

More than 150 people attended the competition, which is set to become a firm fixture at Rochambeau Library following a similar, successful diorama contest in 2014. To view the creations, stop by the third floor of City Hall, near the City Clerk's Office, from 8:30a.m. to 4:30p.m., Monday to Friday, during the month of March.

Greenville Public Library
The Board of Trustees of the Greenville Public Library is pleased to
announce the appointment of Dorothy Swain as the new Director of Library Services.

After a national search of candidates, the board chose Ms. Swain as its Director. She was the Assistant Director from 2001 and had worked closely with her predecessor, Christopher LaRoux, who left to take a position in another community. She has been employed with the Library since 1988.

She was awarded "Ambassador of the Year" in 2014 by the North Central Chamber of Commerce and was recently elected its president.

Providence Public Library

PPL Announces the Following New Staff Members


--Bethany Plummer-Ricci, of Smithfield, began as Grant Writer on January 12.  She was previously a grant writer and grants manager at Dorcas International Institute since April 2010.  Beth earned a B.A. degree from Emerson College with a Literature Concentration.  Her background of corporate, government, and family foundation sources and grant requirements and her excellent writing and organizational skills will assist the Library in revitalizing its Development Department.


--Brynn Bruno, of Providence, began as Director of Development on January 21. She comes to PPL from Savannah, GA, where she was most recently the Capital Campaign Director at Benedictine Military School since 2012. In addition to a wealth of development and fundraising experience and proven track record, Brynn holds a degree in Law from Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC, an M.B.A. from the University of Arkansas College of Business, Little Rock, AR, and a B.S. in Finance from Columbia University, New York, NY.


--Angela DiVeglia will begin as Curatorial Assistant on March 16.  This position will assist the Library's Special Collections department in exhibition design and management as well as collections and program support. Angela is a Providence resident who was previously employed as Adult Services & Reference Librarian at the Rochambeau Branch of Providence Community Library.  She earned a B.A. in English from Amherst College and her Master of Science, Library Science from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.  Angela also has experience working with special collections and archives, as well as in exhibitions.  


--Shannon Lake will begin as Teen Educator/Librarian on March 23.  Shannon hails from East Lansing, Michigan and was employed most recently as Teen Services Lead Librarian at East Lansing Public Library.  She has also worked in teen services in Nashville Public Library.   She has a B.A. degree from Tennessee State, and a Master of Library and Information Science from Wayne State.   She's an active YALSA member.


Providence College
Phillips Memorial Library is pleased to announce, that Sarah A. Edmonds will be joined our staff in February as Commons Librarian for Technology and Access. "I am very excited to take up my responsibilities as the Commons Librarian for Technology and Access at the Phillips Memorial Library+Commons! I am really looking forward to working with the stellar team here and serving the Providence College community through a blend of innovative and traditional library and information commons services. I can't wait to dig in and see where we can go!"

Rhode Island College
Dragan Gill accepted a position at James P. Adams Library, Rhode Island College beginning March 9th. Prior to that she worked at Wadsworth Library, Mount Ida College for three years. "While I'm sad to leave my colleagues at Mt Ida, I'm very excited to return to RIC and Rhode Island."

The deadline for the 2015 RILA Annual Awards nomination is April 10.
The annual RILA awards provide the opportunity for special recognition of the accomplishments, service, and commitment of trustees, librarians, and others.  The RILA Executive Board encourages you to nominate a deserving colleague or associate for this year's awards.
For more information, please visit

On March 9, OLIS welcomed Danielle M. Margarida as new Youth Services Coordinator. Danielle arrived at OLIS with 10 years of experience as Head of Youth Services at the Sharon (Mass.) Public Library where she served patrons from birth to 18 years of age. In Sharon, she formed partnerships between the Sharon Public Library and preschools, school libraries and community agencies. Before working in Sharon, Danielle was the Youth Services Librarian at the Dighton Public Library.
She earned a Master's in Library and Information Science from URI GSLIS and a BA from Regis College. She also holds a Professional Certificate of Librarianship from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Rhode Island Library Trustees Institute
Saturday, March 21, 2015
9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Cranston Public Library

Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Rick Blain of Richard R. Blain & Associates
The Coalition of Library Advocates, the RI Library Association and the Office of Library and Information Services are joining forces again to present a forum for public and special library trustees and directors. We will start the program with a presentation from the Richard R. Blain & Associates on fundraising followed by discussions on topics most pressing to library trustees. The presentation of fundraising will focus on:
National giving trends
Understanding why people give and solicitation methods
Preparing for the donor visit
Developing donor relations
The 'art of the ask'
The 2015 Annual Conference:
"Anchoring Partnerships for Smooth Sailing"
April 10, 2015 at The Providence Marriott
Conference registration form is now available:

This year's conference promises to be both informative and exciting. We're offering two general sessions (a Partners Panel and an Authors Panel), author book signings, two breakout sessions covering eight topics that appeal to all grade levels and interests, and much more. Please click the link above to register and to access the full conference schedule.

Please note that the registration deadline is March 30. Late fees apply after March 23, so be sure to register today!

The COLA Annual Meeting was rescheduled due to weather. The new date is:

April 7, 2015, 5:00 - 7:00, Governor's Room, RI Statehouse 

  • Light refreshments will be served: 5:00 - 5:30.
  • Main program: 5:30 - 7:00.
  • Free and Open to the Public.

Guest Speaker: Brian C. Jones of The Library Report

The COLA Sweetheart of the Year Awards recipient this year is Bob Aspri.

Business Meeting: The Nominating Committee submits the following slate for membership vote at the Annual Meeting:

  • Officers: Chair, Gale Eaton; Vice-Chair, Brigitte Hopkins; Secretary-Treasurer, Neeltje Henneman
  • Board members, for a three-year term ending in 2018: Emilie Benoit, Jay Litman, Patricia Raskin, and Tom Viall


Annual Conference

Spacing Out with the Library: An Exploration of Collaboration Across the Physical, Virtual and those Places in Between
Friday, May 8, 2015 @ College of Holy Cross, Worcester, MA
As the academic library evolves, it is wherever students and faculty are conducting research and learning, and within physical and virtual spaces intentionally designed to encourage scholarship, collaboration and production. Librarians and our colleagues across our campuses and beyond are actively engaged in building and assessing the most useful discovery services, the most valuable collections, the most cost-effective learning resources, the most effective collaborative spaces ... for the best education and research. What does it take to expand "the library" beyond its traditional physical space? With whom are we working to expand our services?
Keynote speakers for 2015 are Marie S.A. Sorensen, AIA NCARB LEED AP, Architect and Principal-in-Charge of Sorensen Partners | Architects + Planners, Inc., and David Weinberger, Senior Researcher at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Full conference information is at
Register at: 



The New England Library Leadership Symposium (NELLS) is jointly sponsored by the New England Library Association (NELA) and the six New England state library associations and is offered every 2 years.  The purpose of the symposium is to foster the mentoring and development of members of the library community who are eager to grow leadership skills. This is a week-long summer academy and leadership retreat for early to mid-career librarians (3-15 years' experience), paraprofessionals, Trustees and Friends of Libraries.  NELLS is a valuable experience for anyone working in the library field.
The Rhode Island Library Association and Office of Library & Information Services seeks applicants to represent Rhode Island at the 2015 NELLS session.  Individuals interested in this immersive professional development experience are encouraged to apply!  Attendees may be recommended by someone or may make their own application  Each applicant must be a current member of RILA or NELA to be eligible.  Deadline is March 20.  Selected attendees will be notified in late spring and this year's session takes place in early August.    

NELLS 2015
August 3-7, 2015
Rolling Ridge Retreat & Conference Center
North Andover, Massachusetts
Facilitator: Maureen Sullivan, ALA Past President
For more information and to download an application form:     



High School to College: Reprise and Next Steps


What:       A RILA-ILART Discussion Gathering

Where:     Cranston West High School Library, 

 80 Metropolitan Ave                    

 Cranston, RI 02920

When:      Tuesday, March 31, 4 - 5:30pm


The Rhode Island Library Association's Information Literacy Action Round Table (ILART) invites you to join us on Tuesday, March 31 for a follow up discussion about the high school to college library transition. Susan Samotey Evje will review the results of her research about what information literacy skills college librarians felt that college freshmen were lacking. Mary Moen will provide an update of her analysis of Patricia Owens' "A Transition Checklist for High School Seniors," examining the results from last spring's ILART discussion.


In connection with our conversation, we will also be starting a list of school librarians and academic librarians wishing to collaborate on transition topics in the classroom, library tours, research purposes, and beyond. 


Limited to 40 attendees.


Please RSVP to join us:
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Andria Tieman & Brandi Fong


Rhode Island Library Association