SLRI Update

March 2019 RILA Transition

Message from the President

We are so excited to become a part of the Rhode Island Library Association (RILA). Several groups interested in library advocacy, including the Coalition of Library Advocates (COLA) and the state Library Board, have already begun to work together more closely towards our goals. They have met with General Assembly members to discuss possible future legislation. In addition, we will now benefit from representation from RILA's lobbyist and attorney.

As always, we welcome any feedback you have on School Librarians of Rhode Island (SLRI). As we move forward with the RILA merger, please let us know what services are valuable to you (e.g., listserv, Watering Holes, professional development) and any other ideas you have for membership perks.

In addition, we will continue to have an SLRI board, which will meet quarterly next school year. Please let me know if you are interested in any of the positions, including Secretary, Awards Chair, and Conference Chair.

You can send any questions and comments to me at

Lisa Girard

SLRI President

Awards Nominations Will Open Soon

Our plan is to present the SLRI awards during a celebratory gathering at the RILA Conference in May. They include the Berube Award for administrators, the Mini Grant, and the Tougas Award for GSLIS students.

This year, we are happy to announce a new award: School Librarian of the Year. The winner will be recognized at the annual Teacher of the Year Waterfire in September. Stay tuned for more details re: the nomination requirements!

Membership Renewals on Their Way

Aaron Coutu (whom many of you know) has been transferring our membership data into the RILA membership database. When it is time for your membership to be renewed, you will receive an email from RILA and be directed to their site.

Much like how the ALA/AASL memberships work, you will need to join RILA first, and then add SLRI as a section.

Step 1: Select your membership level

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Step 2: Enter your email and security check code
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Step 3: Fill in/update your information in the first part of the screen. Then add your SLRI section membership below.
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