Slate of Executive Board Officers 

2017-2019 Term



Vice President/President Elect


 

Julie Holden, Cranston Public Library


My library career started over the border at the Taunton Public Library,  where I worked in the circulation department while attending Simmons  College for my library degree. After some time working in a law firm  library in downtown Boston (very different from public service!) I was  excited to join the reference department at the Pawtucket Public Library  and begin the first of many years as a reference librarian. Pawtucket has  a strong RIFLI program and I truly enjoyed meeting patrons from all  over the world: Senegal, Russia, Venezuela, Lebanon. I have worked on  various committees for both Ocean State Libraries and OLIS, and it has  been a pleasure getting to know my fellow library colleagues over the  years. Now as Assistant Director for the Cranston Public Library, I see more than ever the positive impact libraries have had on the people of Rhode Island. This is a great time for libraries in RI; we are at the forefront of technology, and we receive terrific support from our users and our elected officials. I want to continue RILA's mission to ensure that our libraries are always part of the conversation.  



Member at Large


 

David Meincke, Johnson & Wales University


After studying in the South (BA from William and Mary, MSLS from  UNC-Chapel Hill) and working on various historic digitization  projects, I returned to New England in 2010 to become the Digital  Services Librarian at Johnson & Wales University in Providence. In  my role at JWU I oversee the technical planning, implementation,  management and support of library digital services, which entails  identifying emerging technologies and finding ways to make them  useful (as well as providing in-person and virtual reference, doing  web design, and multimedia creation). Additionally, as part of  HELIN I have participated in a few task forces over the years (Digital Initiatives Task Force, 2011; Data Analysis Task Force, 2014; ILS Task force, 2015) and co-chaired the Virtual User Experience Affinity Group. As the Member at Large I look forward to collaborating and connecting with the greater Rhode Island Library community, and working to develop new ways to advance the mission of RILA. I look forward to sharing my experience with planning, evaluating, and developing web-based services to further RILA's mission of increasing visibility, accessibility, and responsiveness.  



Member at Large 



Lisa Perry, East Providence Public Library


I recently earned my MLIS from the University of Rhode Island and am currently the Teen & Reference Services Librarian at East Providence Public Library. Prior to holding my present position at EPPL, I have been an intern, staff member, and contract instructor at several Rhode Island libraries. Having the chance to work in different library systems and with a variety of library personnel around the state over the last several years has given me a deep appreciation for our vibrant library community here in Rhode Island. I am looking forward to meeting and working with more libraries and library supporters in the role of Member-at-Large on the RILA Executive Board. RILA is an important part of the fabric of our library community: I believe we are always stronger advocates for our patrons, our colleagues, and our communities when we are connected and collaborating. As a Member-at-Large, I intend to be an accessible and engaged link between members, committees and the executive board.



Secretary



Ryan Brennan, North Kingstown Free Library


I am the Deputy Director at the North Kingstown Free Library and I am currently serving as 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.



Treasurer



Beatrice Pulliam, Providence Public Library


I am Director of Technology & Information Services at the Providence Public Library and Director of AskRI. Prior to joining Providence Public Library in 2014, I spent nearly a decade in various librarian roles at Providence College. I also have extensive experience serving on non-profit boards in both Higher Ed and library organizations, including serving as Treasurer for the New England Regional Computing Program (NERCOMP) for 4 years. Using technology to enhance users’ library experiences is my jam and helping to building efficiencies in organizations is a very close second. As RILA’s Treasurer, I hope to bring my experience to help safeguard the continued financial health of RILA and advance the organization’s technology initiatives to benefit Rhode Island’s library community.




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