Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, September 20, 2016
    • Tuesday, May 09, 2017
    • 5 sessions
    • Greenville Public Library/Westerly Library

    Monthly Meeting of the RILA Board.

    • Tuesday, October 11, 2016
    • Tuesday, June 13, 2017
    • 5 sessions
    • Greenville Public Library/Westerly Library

    Regular Monthly meeting

    • Tuesday, April 04, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • North Kingstown Public Library

    Speaker(s): Deb Hoadley, Hoadley Consulting

    The Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS), the Coalition of Library Advocates (COLA), and the RI Library Association (RILA) are joining forces again to present an interactive program on the role of library trustees in building strategic partnerships and the importance of community engagement. Participants will be led through some exercises to identify their level of community engagement and will discuss their partnership experiences, both successful and unsuccessful. This workshop is recommended for library trustees, library directors, and others interested in community engagement, outreach and advocacy.


    Our speaker, Deb Hoadley, is serving her second term as President of the New England Library Association. She is a consultant and trainer for her company, Hoadley Consulting. She specializes in strategic planning, leadership and management skills, board development, advocacy, building community partnerships, customer service and eBook management. Hoadley is currently a school reference librarian, and has held many roles in the library, including director, Trustee and Friends’ President.

    Deb will define community engagement and strategic partnerships. She will look at what it means to have a “culture of collaboration” and how “turning outward” is essential to keeping the library relevant. There will be a discussion on how to determine and measure outcomes, best practices to building community engagement and what skills are needed to “turn outward.” She will also familiarize trustees with helpful resources such as the Aspen Public Dialogue for Libraries, Harwood Institute’s work, and ALA’s Libraries Transform advocacy campaign. Attendees will leave this workshop understanding the need for libraries to be a leader in their communities and the importance of building strong community relationships.


    As a previous library director, Deb engaged in a strategic planning process, which involved various community constituents. This process resulted in many strategic partnerships with town departments, community organizations, and local businesses. These partnerships allowed the library to ask for increased town funding, apply for grants, and receive in-kind donations and expertise. Deb has presented with Maureen Sullivan, previous ALA President, on the importance of community engagement and is currently in the process of a pilot project with NELA on helping libraries build their capacity to go beyond library outreach and become integral parts of their communities.


    Light refreshments will be provided.

    Registration required.


    • Wednesday, May 31, 2017
    • Thursday, June 01, 2017
    • Bryant University, Smithfield, RI 02917

    Thank you for supporting the Rhode Island Library Association's 2017 Annual Conference!


    This is a unique opportunity to meet with and influence decision makers, library operations managers, and front-line staff from a variety of libraries in New England. Use the exhibition space to demonstrate your services and products to well over 200 potential customers! 


    RILA’s conference is the only statewide library event that brings together a large cross-section of librarians and library administrators representing many library types.


    This is the best opportunity to make an impact on this thriving market!

    • Wednesday, May 31, 2017
    • Thursday, June 01, 2017
    • Bryant University, Smithfield, RI 02917

    Building Connections,

    Growing Community
    May 31 and June 1, 2017
    Bryant University, Smithfield, RI



    Join us for the 2017 Rhode Island Library Association Conference at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI!


    We're also excited to host a diverse slate of breakout sessions, lightning rounds, and digital poster sessions.


    RILA Members receive discounted registration! Need to join or renew? Compete an online 2017 membership application now!


    Visit RILA's Annual Conference website for more information. 


    Registration closes on Friday, May 20!

    PLEASE SCROLL TO BOTTOM OF PAGE TO PROCEED WITH REGISTRATION. CLICK BUTTON MARKED REGISTER.

    • Wednesday, May 31, 2017
    • 11:30 AM
    • Thursday, June 01, 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Bryant University, Smithfield, RI 02917

    Building Connections,

    Growing Community
    May 31 and June 1, 2017
    Bryant University, Smithfield, RI



    Join us for the 2017 Rhode Island Library Association Conference at the Bryant University in Smithfield, RI!


    We're also excited to host a diverse slate of breakout sessions, lightning rounds, and digital poster sessions.


    RILA Members receive discounted registration! Need to join or renew? Compete an online 2017 membership application now!


    Visit RILA's Annual Conference website for more information. 


    Registration closes on Friday, May 20!

    PLEASE SCROLL TO BOTTOM OF PAGE TO PROCEED WITH REGISTRATION. CLICK BUTTON MARKED REGISTER.

Past events

Wednesday, February 08, 2017 Financial Literacy @ Your Library
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 ILART Information Literacy Month Meeting
Thursday, May 26, 2016 2016 RILA Conference Special Registration Types
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 2016 Rhode Island Library Association Conference Registration
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 2016 Sponsor/Exhibitor Registration Rhode Island Library Association Annual Conference
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 RILA Full Board Meeting
Thursday, April 28, 2016 Library Libations
Saturday, April 16, 2016 RI Library Awareness Day
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 SLRI April Watering Hole
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 COLA Annual Meeting
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 RILA Executive Board Meeting
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 ILART: How Do Students Conduct Research?
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 SLRI Watering Hole
Saturday, March 19, 2016 MediaSmart Libraries: Navigating Our Digital Lives: In School and Beyond
Tuesday, March 08, 2016 RILA Full Board Meeting
Saturday, February 20, 2016 SLRRI Watering Hole Event
Tuesday, February 09, 2016 RILA Executive Board Meeting
Sunday, January 31, 2016 Citizenfour Film Screening & Tor Browser Demo
Thursday, January 28, 2016 Monthly SLRI Watering Hole
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 Computer Coding with Scratch
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 OLIS: YART - Grant Writing for Youth Services Librarians
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 RILA Full Board Meeting
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 Financial Literacy Roundtable Meeting
Tuesday, January 05, 2016 Financial Literacy Roundtable" Financial Literacy @ Your Library
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 OLIS: Taming the Temperament: Understanding the “Why” and Learning Styles in Infants and Toddlers
Tuesday, December 08, 2015 RILA Executive Board Meeting
Tuesday, December 08, 2015 OLIS: Super Googling: Deep Searching & Data Collecting with Google
Tuesday, December 08, 2015 OLIS: Super Googling: Deep Searching and Data Collecting with Google
Monday, December 07, 2015 Financial LIteracy Round Table Meeting
Wednesday, December 02, 2015 OLIS: Mock Newbery Meeting #3
Tuesday, December 01, 2015 OLIS: Teen SRP Performer Showcase
Thursday, November 19, 2015 Media Smart Libraries: Starting and Growing a Film Program: Elementary Through High School
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 OLIS: Legal Reference: Information, Resources & Liability
Thursday, November 12, 2015 Cornerstones of Democracy: Libraries, Intellectual Freedom and Privacy
Thursday, November 12, 2015 OLIS: YART - LGBTQ Books and Resources
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 RILA Full Board Meeting
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 OLIS: Adult Services Round Table - Low Tech, High Tech, and Everything in Between: PR Tools for Library Programs
Wednesday, November 04, 2015 OLIS: Mock Newbery Meeting #2
Tuesday, November 03, 2015 Media Smart Libraries: Start a Conversation on Digital Voice in Your Library
Tuesday, November 03, 2015 COLA Board Meeting
Thursday, October 29, 2015 OLIS: A Privacy Workshop for Librarians, by The Library Freedom Project
Monday, October 26, 2015 Library Board of Rhode Island Meeting
Monday, October 26, 2015 Information Literacy Month Celebration: Celebrating Life Long Learning Across Rhode Island!
Monday, October 26, 2015 ILART: October is Information Literacy Month Celebration
Thursday, October 22, 2015 OLIS: LORI Resource Sharing Procedures
Monday, October 19, 2015 OLIS: Enhancing Children's Literature
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 OLIS: Comics and Graphic Novels in the Library: More than "POW!"
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 RILA Executive Board Meeting
Thursday, October 08, 2015 OLIS: After 25 Years with the Americans with Disabilities Act, How Does Your Library Measure Up?
Wednesday, October 07, 2015 OLIS: Teen Summit 2015: Connect the Dots
Wednesday, October 07, 2015 OLIS: Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment Proctor Training
Tuesday, October 06, 2015 Conference Committee Meeting
Tuesday, October 06, 2015 OLIS: Twitter 101 Media Smart Libraries Workshop
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 RILA Board Brainstorming Retreat
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 2015 Rhode Island Library Association Conference -- Sponsor Registration
Monday, June 02, 2014 2014 Rhode Island Library Association Conference
Monday, June 02, 2014 2014 Rhode Island Library Association Conference -- Sponsor Registration
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