Announcing the 2016 RILA Executive Board Slate

Current RILA members will receive online ballot instructions in email.  

Please vote by May 24!

Vice President/President-Elect (2016-2018)

Kieran Ayton

Rhode Island College

Since 1903, the Rhode Island Library Association has been serving librarians, library staff, and trustees from public, academic, special and school libraries. This rich organization serves as a networking hub throughout the state. It nurtures new professionals in the field and provides professional development opportunities for those who are more experienced. My involvement with RILA has allowed me to bring many new ideas back to my workplace and has given me a sense of how libraries across the state handle 21st century technologies. Since 2012, I have worked at the RI College Library. I currently serve as the Emerging Technologies Librarian and Interim Head of our Digital Initiatives dept. RILA is the organization which helped me to network and find library jobs when I graduated from library school. I have been actively involved in RILA since I earned my M.L.I.S in 2008 from Simmons College. I started with the RILA Communications Committee and Intellectual Freedom Committee. I then became the RILA Membership co-chair and RILA Secretary. As Vice President, President Elect of RILA, I hope to continue and improve RILA’s rich traditions of library-related programming, legislative advocacy, networking opportunities, and the annual conference.

Secretary (2016-2018)

Ryan Brennan

North Kingstown Free Library

I am the Deputy Director at the North Kingstown Free Library and I am currently serving as interim Secretary on the RILA Executive Board. I have a BA in History from Rhode Island College and my MLIS from the University of Rhode Island. Prior to returning to Rhode Island I spent time as a Reference Librarian and managing a reference department in Casper and Gillette Wyoming. I also served as an Emerging Technologies Librarian in Nashua New Hampshire. While in Wyoming I was active in our state library association presenting at several conferences and assisting with technology setup at the conference. State library associations are an integral part in promoting and advocating for strong library services. I believe that a strong state library association promotes better opportunities for library staff and more innovative services in our libraries. If elected to the RILA executive board I hope to expand on this organizations great work and advocacy for libraries in the state of Rhode Island.

ALA Councilor (2016-2019)

Jack Martin

Providence Public Library

Jack’s been working in public libraries up and down the East Coast since the age of thirteen. He got his start in the small town of Cornelia, Georgia, and then moved to Athens Regional Library in Athens, Georgia, before holding two posts at the Providence Public Library from 1999-2001 as the Art & Music clerk downtown and as a Children’s Specialist at the Washington Park and South Providence libraries. From there, he moved to New York City, where he started as a Young Adult Librarian Trainee at the New York Public Library (NYPL). He helped build NYPL’s central teen center in Midtown Manhattan, and was soon promoted to head up teen programs and services in 87 libraries across the city. Jack was then promoted to the Assistant Director for Public Programs & Lifelong Learning, where his department oversaw over 40,000 programs for children, teens and adults across the city. Afterwards, he worked for the national non-profit Global Kids and the Mozilla Foundation for their Hive Fashion project, where he oversaw 12 programs for teens in Chicago and New York City based on the theme of fashion. Jack also co-authored Serving Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Teens: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians, and he’s been an adjunct professor in teen and tween services at Pratt Institute in New York since 2008. In January 2014, he returned to Providence as the Executive Director of the Providence Public Library. He loves being back and now lives in downtown Providence with his husband and two nutty cats.

Jack has filled the responsibilities of ALA Councilor in an interim capacity since May 2014, and he's ready to tackle his first full term as the Rhode Island liaison. Jack said, “I’m thrilled to be invited to join RILA’s board as councilor and liaison to the American Library Association. I spent three years on the Young Adult Library Services Association’s Executive Board as President-Elect, President and Immediate Past-President, and I’m eager to use my knowledge of ALA and my connections there to build a strong case for Rhode Island libraries and librarians.”


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