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COLA Annual Meeting

Thanks to the Board and Emily Sheketoff for a great annual meeting!

Bergeron and Aldrich Scholars, 2017

Each year, the Coalition of Library Advocates recognizes students at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Library and Information Studies whose academic achievement and professional engagement show promise of enriching our state’s library services in years to come. The Linda Aldrich Award is made to a candidate for school library media certification, and the William Bergeron Award to a rising public librarian. COLA gives each winner a check from our operating fund, and it is more than matched by a contribution from the RI Coalition of Library Advocates endowment set up by Mr. Herman Rose—a pioneering member of the COLA Board and our 2004 Sweetheart of the Year. This year’s scholars are Karen Mueller, president of the Foster Libraries Board of Trustees, and Denise Phillips, a much-appreciated elementary library media specialist in Woonsocket.

2017 Linda Aldrich Scholar

Denise Phillips

Denise Phillips

Denise Phillips is excited to be teaching in where she went to school as a child, and ever since October 2014 she has served as Library Media Specialist for both the Governor Aram J. Pothier School and the Citizens Memorial School. She collaborates with teachers, works on special projects, and has assisted two classrooms with publishing a book through Student Treasures Publishing. Her efforts to make the school library is accessible, fun, and interactive are obviously appreciated, because in November 2015 she was named Teacher of the Month at the Pothier school. Denise plans to complete her Masters in Library and Information Studies at the University of Rhode Island and earn her PK-12 School Library Media Certification this summer.

2017 William Bergeron Scholar

Karen Mueller

Karen Mueller

Karen Mueller has been a volunteer for the Libraries of Foster for over a decade, active in grant writing, programming and advocating. A nine-year member and current president of the Libraries of Foster’s Board of Trustees, she has led the public campaign for a new building; co-founded (with her daughter) a TGIF for Teens program connecting teen
s with technology, film, and literacy; assembled a Digital Playground used in both the teen and broader programming initiatives; and, through fundraising and grant writing, she has been largely responsible for bringing in over $40,000 for new computers and a portable recording studio for film and sound.

At URI, she has focused her studies on digital literacy and used her local library as a living laboratory, trying out newly acquired skills and knowledge. She is interested in connecting generations in meaningful ways, collecting local audio and video narratives, and reaching out to Foster’s underserved teens and seniors. Upon graduation, she hopes to continue work in the administration of small rural libraries whose unique needs, challenges, and opportunities ignite her imagination.

COLA Newsletter March 2017

Be sure to keep up with COLA and read the latest edition of our newsletter [PDF].

Upcoming COLA Board Meetings

Tuesdays at 5:30 PM:  May 9, 2017, at the Barrington Senior Center; April 13, 2017 (annual meeting) at the State House.

Advocate for ESSA School Library Funding

COLA board member Cheryl McCarthy graciously volunteered to create a template letter of support for ESSA funding for School Library Media Programs in RI.  Read More…

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