Author Archives: Gale Eaton

RIDE: Please add school library media to plan for ESSA funding

Hello COLA Colleagues, I just want to keep you updated. I sent this letter to RIDE regarding the proposed ESSA State Plan. We had until June 30th to respond and although Howard Boksenbaum wrote to them in February requesting the addition … Continue reading

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Supporting Media Literacy in the RI Curriculum

House Bill 5664, introduced in March 2017 and currently under study, would mandate the teaching of media literacy in RI schools. (See text of the bill here.) COLA advocates this initiative. School library media programs remain the most effective means of supporting … Continue reading

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Remembering David Bates

COLA mourns the passing of Board member David Bates, who died March 8 at age 74. following a brief illness. David was a member of our Board of Directors for only a short time before his illness took him from … Continue reading

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Protect Libraries! Open Letter

COLA Colleagues– I suspect we were all shocked by the president’s presentation of a budget that eliminated or reduced so many programs that support our libraries and our communities.  Especially alarming was the disappearance of the Institute of Museum and … Continue reading

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COLA Newsletter – Autumn 2016

Get your full copy of the Summer 2016 newsletter here. From the Chair: Spinning Room My first library job was in a basement room where documents related to economic development and the environment had been stacked over many years. As … Continue reading

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COLA meeting schedule, 2015 – 2016

Meetings Scheduled, Fall 2015 Board meetings are scheduled at the Cranston Public Library (Sockanosset Crossroads) Seminar Room on Tuesday Oct. 6, Nov. 3, and Dec. 1, 5:30 to 7:00. Board meetings are open, although space is limited. Meetings Scheduled, Spring … Continue reading

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