Author Archives: Thomas Viall

COLA Letter to East Greenwich School Committee

October 4, 2017 Dear Superintendent  Mercurio, and Ms. Carolyn Mark and EG School Committee Members: I am writing to you as Chair of the Rhode Island Coalition of Library Advocates. As a grassroots organization supporting all libraries, we are disheartened … Continue reading

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How We Spent Our Summer Vacation

The COLA Board didn’t meet over the summer, but committees were active. Highlights: The Ad Hoc Social Media Committee, co-chaired by Monica Brennan and Pnina Pressburger and assisted by Eileen Dyer and Tom Viall, revived the COLA Facebook page and … Continue reading

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COLA’s 2017 Strategic Plan

On becoming Chair of The Rhode Island Coalition of Library Advocates in April, Cheryl McCarthy organized an Ad Hoc Committee on Strategic Planning and Bylaws to review the 2015-2018 document. The work was carried out in a collaborative context: the … Continue reading

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How COLA’s Been Spending Member dues: Advocacy Videos

In March 2017, the Rhode Island Library Association (RILA) invited COLA to help create this 30-second television commercial to air during the month of May. Objective: to show the value of Rhode Island’s libraries, building public interest in and commitment … Continue reading

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Newsletter Frequency

Some of you prefer to get the COLA Newsletter via USPS, some via e-mail attachment, and some prefer to find it at colari.org at your own convenience. We hear you, and we try to keep it straight. Meanwhile, costs of … Continue reading

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RILA COLA Television Commercial

RILA and COLA are fully financing the commercial and the hosting of a dedicated page on the RILA website, and we are looking to the broader library community to help make it possible to invest in an appropriate ad buy … Continue reading

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RILA and COLA Need Your Help!

Dear Library Advocate: Download a PDF copy of this letter See the Commercial Donation page Support page The Rhode Island Library Association (RILA) has worked with the Coalition of Library Advocates (COLA) to create this television commercial to air during … Continue reading

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COLA Annual Meeting April 13th

Thursday, April 13, 5 – 7 PM at the RI Statehouse The Keynote Speaker Will be Emily Sheketoff, Executive Director of ALA Washington Office This year COLA’s annual meeting matters more. As usual, we will convene in the State Reception … Continue reading

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April 4 OLIS/RILA/COLA program: Community Building & Engagement

Save the date! Tuesday, April 4, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., at the North Kingstown Public Library, COLA joins forces with the Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS) and the RI Library Association (RILA) to present a workshop for library … Continue reading

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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.  Members should feel free to adapt and use any portions of the attached letter to advocate to … Continue reading

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