MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Last year at this time we were discussing an anticipated merger with RILA (Rhode Island Library Association), and now, here we are! Since merging last spring, we have enjoyed the fruits of what comes with combining forces with RILA. For instance, working together, we have written legislation which came before the education committee in June that would benefit school librarians. While it was tabled for further study, it is expected to be reintroduced next session, and we feel confident that with RILA’s help and resources, we can get closer to passing laws that protect school librarians' roles in education.
Thank you for being a member. It is because of you that we are able to continue the work to secure school librarians’ jobs and resources that help us to help our students achieve. Keeping up your membership is the first and most important thing you can do to help keep our cause moving forward. Volunteering your time is also an important way you can help and it can be as little or as much time as you feel comfortable giving, such as being part of a committee that meets via email and merely giving your advice. In any case, we value your input at all times. Please consider attending one of our board meetings, joining a committee, or just sending us an email to ask a question.
LIBRARY CURRICULUM COMMITTEE
SLRI is forming a committee to customize and adopt an existing K-12 school library curriculum based on the AASL National School Library Standards Framework. If you are interested in helping with this important work, contact Marianne Mirando email@example.com. She has done a lot of legwork already which will make the committee work easier.
Reasons to help: Establishing a statewide curriculum would benefit those districts without curriculums and guide future curricular revisions for districts that have curriculums already. Moreover, a statewide school library curriculum would increase awareness of the value we add to school communities. A curriculum would also facilitate access to more fair and equitable student learning opportunities of information literacy skills across the state. Please contact Marianne or Mary Moen firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.