Youth Services Advisory Council

The Youth Services Advisory Council is an seven member group of librarians and library staff serving children and teens in public libraries. The Council advises the Office of Library and Information Services on library services for youth, and members strive to represent the entire community of youth services librarians by consulting regularly with colleagues in their region. Each Council member serves a two-year term; several members retire each spring and new members join each fall. In recruiting Council members, the Youth Services Coordinator selects both new and experienced children's librarians from diverse communities (rural, suburban, and urban from different geographical areas) and diverse service areas (children, teens, professional, and para-professional).

The objectives of the Council:

  1. To select the slate of educators/presenters for the annual statewide summer reading program,
  2. To advise OLIS' Youth Services Coordinator on topics for continuing education programs,
  3. To plan, evaluate, and develop new initiatives for the statewide summer reading program, and
  4. To represent the community of Rhode Island youth services librarians regarding statewide partnership projects with other organizations, grants, and time-sensitive issues, including legislative action, affecting children and teens in Rhode Island.

2016-2018 Youth Services Advisory Council Members

Diana Carvalho, Assistant Director/Youth Services Librarian, Adams Public Library
Sarah Ornstein, Director, Davisville Free Library

2017-2019 Youth Services Advisory Council Members

Linda Archetto, Young Adult Librarian, Cranston Public Library
Jess George, Children's Librarian, East Greenwich Free Library
Kelsey Crossley, Young Adult Librarian, Westerly Public Library
Rebecca Ott, Young Adult Librarian, Tiverton Public Library


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