Welcome, School Year!

SLRI Update - September 2016

Message from the President

Welcome back to school! Whether you started before Labor Day or this week, the school year is young and full of promise. Just as you are brimming with new ideas for your library, we have many ideas and initiatives for SLRI. The board met in August to come up with three goals to guide our work this year.

  • Increase communications with members: Look for more discussions, toolkits, advocacy help, and instructional resources on the Member pages.

  • Build partnerships: The Coalition of Library Advocates (COLA) supports school libraries, and RISTE is a natural partner for events and professional development. We also plan to reach out to local teacher training programs (RIC, Salve, etc.) about collaborating with school librarians.

  • Advocate for equitable access: Can you imagine a Rhode Island where every school library has access to RILINK?

We have much work ahead of us. Would you like to help? The SLRI Board has two open member-at-large positions. The monthly commitment is a great way to dip your toes in and get involved in SLRI! Interested? Contact me at SLRI.Prez@gmail.com.

If you are looking to get involved, but can't commit to a meeting every month, please consider joining one of our standing committees: Advocacy, Awards, Communications, Conference, Member Relations or Programs.

Finally, save the date for our Annual Membership Meeting and author event featuring Cece Bell on Friday, October 14, at the Lincoln School in Providence.

Looking forward to a great year!


What Are You?

Our organization is called School Librarians of Rhode Island, but do you call yourself a school librarian? Or do you use another term? We're curious. Please take 15 seconds to answer our two-question poll.

Where are You?

If you have begun teaching at a new school, please email Meredith Moore so she can update our master list of libraries and librarians.

A Day in the Life - Send in Yours!

Many thanks to Suzanne Jordan for writing up a day in her life at Myron J. Francis Elementary School. We'd like to collect as many examples of a librarian's day as possible for use in advocacy efforts. You can write up a composite; it doesn't have to be a documentary of one specific day.

If you have a blog or website, you can post your story there and send the link to Meredith Moore at mercolleen@gmail.com. Or you can send your text and photos to her, and she will make a page on the SLRI site for you.

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