Advocacy Update

From School Librarians of RI

SLRI and RILA have a few Advocacy initiatives in the works for the next year, including a program through ALA. If you are interested in participating, please read on about ways to get involved.

SLRI to Create Advocacy Task Force with RILA - We need you!

SLRI and RILA are looking for librarians to join an Advocacy Task Force. The ATF will work on three priorities:

  1. The adoption of the AASL School Library Standards by the RI Department of Education
  2. Drafting school library legislation and setting it in motion
  3. Identifying library advocates in our local communities

Much of this work can be done independently and most meetings can happen virtually. If you have any questions or are interested in joining this task force and helping school libraries at the state level, please email

Advocacy Boot Camp

At the RILA/NELA joint conference in October, there will be a Legislative Advocacy Bootcamp on Sunday morning, 10/21/18. RILA hopes many school librarians will be able to attend.

Please click here for more information or to register.

Additionally, beginning at the RILA/NELA joint conference, there will be a special opportunity for a few librarians from each New England state to become Advocacy Bootcamp Trainers and participate in follow-up training after the conference.

Kieran Ayton, President of RILA, told us RI can have up to 4 individuals participate as advocacy trainers and he would love for 2 of these people to be school librarians.

The deadline to submit your name is this Thursday, September 6, 2018. Please email to indicate your interest.