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Rhode Island State Librarian and Elections Director receive national recognition

PROVIDENCE, RI Rhode Island State Librarian, Megan Hamlin-Black and Rhode Island Department of State Elections Director, Rob Rock recently received national recognition for their work in their respective fields.

Hamlin Black was recently selected as one of fifty librarians across the country to participate in the American Library Association's (ALA) 2019 class of Emerging Leaders. Elections Director Rob Rock was recently named to the Executive Committee of the National Association of State Elections Directors (NASED) at their annual conference in Washington, DC.

"In order to make government work for people, you need dedicated public servants like Megan and Rob," said Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea. "I am extremely proud of the staff here at the Department of State. It is great to see their work and leadership recognized by their national peers. Rhode Island is lucky to have both in our ranks."

More about Emerging Leaders:

Every year the ALA selects 50 librarians who are relatively new to the field and have demonstrated the leadership skills necessary to join the Emerging Leaders program. Emerging Leaders is designed to enable library staff and information workers to serve the profession in a leadership capacity early in their careers.

Hamlin-Black, who became State Librarian in 2016 will work alongside members of her Emerging Leaders class to create an elections toolkit for other librarians. The final project will be presented at the ALA Annual Conference in June.

More about NASED:

NASED is a nonpartisan professional organization that disseminates election administration best practices and information across the United States.

Rock, who has served as Rhode Island Department of State Elections Director since 2015, will serve as the Northeast representative.


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  • Release date: 02-08-2019

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