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RILINK Summer Conference 2022

Day 1, July 19

9:00-10:00  Keynote

JEDI & Children's Literature Storytelling is an ancient tradition. Books are modern day storytelling and reflect our experiences and help us make sense of things. Building an authentic joy of reading starts with having access to books to which we can connect. Children need access to books that create Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion to support literacy in our classrooms and our lives.

Presenter: Lorén M. Spears, Executive Director of Tomaquag Museum

10:30-11:30    Session 2                                                            

Representation of Indigenous people vary significantly in education, literature, and media but removing them is not an option without contributing to the harmful effects of Indigenous invisibility. In this session we will focus on ways to foster positive representations of Indigenous people in your classrooms. 

Presenter: Lorén M. Spears, Executive Director of Tomaquag Museum

Summer is the perfect time to be inspired and get your wheels turning for the next school year! Join Stephanie Mills and Melanie Roy as they share how they create joy in their LMCs and beyond during one of the most difficult times in education.


Stephanie Mills, School Library Media Specialist, Park View Middle School

Melanie Roy, School Library Media Specialist, Barrington Middle School

12:00- 1:00  Session 3   

Over 1500 book bans have been instituted in U.S. school districts in the past nine months. It could happen in Rhode Island, too, if we aren’t prepared. Join this session to hear from SLRI members who have anticipated and experienced book challenges. Learn more...


Lisa Girard, School Library Media Specialist, Vincent J. Gallagher Middle School

Marianne Mirando, School Library Media Specialist, Westerly High School

Mary Moen, Assistant Professor & Coordinator of the School Library Media program in GSLIS, University of Rhode Island

Esther Wolk, School Library Media Specialist, Hopkins Hill and Tiogue Elementary Schools

Follett logo  developed the Titlewave® Diversity SEL Analysis Tool, a suite of integrated tools to help librarians discover, manage, and report on over 40 diversity-related topics. Librarians can then ensure alignment of their collections with the needs of their students and maximize the impact of the school's or district's purchases against funding and content goals. Learn more...

Presenter: Mary Haggerty, Sales Consultant, Follett School Solutions, LLC

1:15- 1:45  Session 4

Join the RILINK Staff for updates on Follett, CDL, and more.

Presenters: RILINK Staff