Library Board of RI: School Libraries Committee

School libraries are a key element in a child's education, ensuring that students have access to current and accurate information resources and to professional librarians who educate students on how to find, use and navigate those resources and information tools. The Library Board of Rhode Island has formed an ad hoc committee to study the current state of school libraries in Rhode Island elementary and secondary schools and hereby charges the committee to:

  • Review the current status of school libraries, including library facilities, library staffing, and librarians' duties in Rhode Island's K-12 institutions;
  • Identify challenges to the inclusion of successful school library media programs in Rhode Island schools; and
  • Make recommendations in a written report to the Library Board of Rhode Island for actions that would strengthen school library media programs in Rhode Island schools.

The final report was reviewed and approved by the Library Board in September 2019.

School Library Survey

The School Libraries Committee of the Library Board of Rhode Island (LBRI) is surveying school librarians to collect data on staffing, student access, collections, and services provided.

2019 Survey Link

RI School Library Survey 2019

Instructions and Supporting Materials

LBRI School Libraries Committee Members

Academic Libraries / URI Graduate School of Library & Information Studies

  • Maura Keating, Bryant University, RI Library Association Information Literacy Roundtable
  • Mary Moen, URI Graduate School of Library & Information Studies

Public Libraries

  • Aaron Coutu (LBRI), Cumberland Public Library
  • Leslie Page (LBRI), Woonsocket Harris Public Library

School Libraries

  • Heidi Blais (LBRI), Cranston High School East
  • Deanna Brooks, George J. Peters/Daniel D. Waterman Schools (Cranston)
  • Lisa Girard (School Librarians of RI), Gallagher Middle School (Smithfield)
  • Esther Wolk, Hopkins Hill/Tiogue Schools (Coventry)

Community / Education

  • Marcus Mitchell (LBRI, General Library User), Providence
  • Robert Sloan (LBRI, Trustee), East Greenwich Free Library
  • Judith Paolucci, Superintendent, Smithfield School Department
  • Melody Drnach (LBRI Chair, General Library User) Jamestown

Office of Library & Information Services Staff to the Committee

Kelly Metzger
State Data Coordinator