Budget and Finance

Membership of the Budget and Finance Committee shall include:

  • the Treasurer as Chair;
  • the Vice-President / President-Elect;
  • and six other members serving staggered three year terms.

Each year the President shall appoint two (2) members. RILA Constitution, Article IX, Section 5.A. The Budget and Finance Committee is responsible for recommending policies and actions relating to financial matters to the Executive Board. This committee is also responsible for preparing and presenting a budget proposal for the next year to the Executive Board at the October Board meeting. This committee shall require budget requests from each RILA committee by August 31.

Conference

The Conference Committee is responsible for planning and implementing all conferences sponsored by the Association. The Annual Conference is to include programs on current library concerns. Any conference is to provide an opportunity for exchange of ideas on a formal and informal basis.

Intellectual Freedom

The Intellectual Freedom committee is responsible for maintaining an awareness of intellectual freedom among librarians, and others who work in libraries, and trustees. In addition, awareness of the meaning of intellectual freedom should be fostered among local officials and citizens of Rhode Island. The committee should plan and coordinate one program for the Spring Conference.

Legislative Action

The Legislative Action Committee is responsible for recommending a legislative plan for the Association that may involve more than one year. The Committee assists and advises the Executive Board and the membership in appropriate action to affect proposed legislation. The Committee reports monthly to the Executive Board during the legislative session. The Committee should form a formal structure of support to enhance any legislative effort for the coming year. The more voices that join us in our discussions -- and the more representative those voices are of different types of libraries -- the better our legislative program will be. Please join us.

Membership

The Membership Committee is responsible for the membership records of the Association and must insure that the records are maintained in the most accurate form possible. An aggressive membership campaign to maintain renewals and to encourage new memberships is to be conducted. The annual membership directory will be published no later than June and distributed to all members.

Nominating

Membership of the Nominating Committee shall include: the outgoing President as Chair and four (4) other members serving staggered two (2) year terms. Each year the outgoing Past President shall select two (2) members to serve on the committee. RILA Constitution, Article IX, Section 5.A. The Nominating Committee is responsible for submitting to the Executive Board for review and consultation a slate of candidates for each officer as delineated in the constitution. Committee nominations shall be concluded and submitted by the June Executive Board meeting. The election shall be held in accordance with the constitution.

Communications

The  Communications Committee is responsible for publicizing and supporting Rhode Island Library Association activities using a variety of communication tools. Responsibilities include publishing the RILA Bulletin, managing social networking platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, and exploring other mediums as needed. The Communications Committee may cooperate with publicity efforts of the Public Relations Committee to promote library services statewide.

Public Relations

The Public Relations committee is responsible for widely publicizing RILA and its activities to both internal and external constituents, by promoting information about libraries, librarians, and RILA. The Committee is charged with increasing the visibility and public awareness of RILA initiatives, all libraries, and library services in our state.

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