Author Archives: Thomas Viall

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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From the Chair – Autumn 2016

What am I doing reading Teen Vogue? Daily Kos sent me there. . . .  We librarians all, at some level, see ourselves as, if not the guardians of truth, at least guardians of the material and methods of finding truths.  A couple … Continue reading

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Cornucopia for their 10th Anniversary Celebration

Join Cornucopia for their 10th Anniversary Celebration: An Evening of Memories Thursday, September 15, 2016, 6:00 PM Community College of Rhode Island Warwick Campus Room 1130 – Conference Room A 400 East Avenue Warwick, RI 02886 Join CORI for an … Continue reading

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Demand Full Funding for RI Libraries

Background In recognition of the importance of libraries in our society, the State of Rhode Island passed legislation providing for state aid for public library services. Rhode Island State Law § 29-6-2 calls for state aid support for local public library services … Continue reading

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2016 Annual Meeting

Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m Rhode Island State House Governor’s State Room You are cordially invited to join COLA in celebrating and supporting Rhode Island libraries Guest Speaker: Tony Estrella, artistic director, Gamm Theatre A Serious House on Serious … Continue reading

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Cornerstones of Democracy: Libraries, Intellectual Freedom and Privacy

Thursday, November 12, 2015 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Cumberland Public Library, 1464 Diamond Hill Road Registration required – Register Here The Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS), the Coalition of Library Advocates (COLA), and the RI Library Association … Continue reading

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