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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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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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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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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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