2019 was a busy year for the Office of Library and Information Services. We have moved forward on various initiatives as we wrapped up the second year of our new strategic plan, launched new tools for librarians and libraries, and revamped existing programs. We also added new staff members, Digital Resources Coordinator Jason Ackermann and State Data Coordinator Kelly Metzger, who have contributed notably to several projects completed last year.
OLIS was pleased to administer a very successful round of LORI Grants in 2019, which awarded nearly $200,000 to benefit libraries and library users across the state. In addition, we awarded $8.6 million to Rhode Island cities and towns to support local library services and $2.2 million to reimburse library construction projects in 15 communities. Another $700,000 was awarded to the Providence Public Library to serve as the Statewide Reference Resource Center, home of AskRI.
OLIS also offered a broad array of continuing education programs in 2019. The day long Diversity Summit in August, which filled to capacity within a week of our announcment of the event, launched a year long effort to move library staff and libraries to greater cultural competency and more inclusive environments. Follow up sessions included Welcoming New Americans and English Learners, Addressing Barriers to Effective Communication, the establishment of a new Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Book Club, and Ryan Dowd's Librarian's Guide to Homelessness Training. Look for more EDI programming in 2020 as we continue to explore this important topic, which is a key activity in our strategic plan.
Other notable continuing education offerings included hosting a Young Adult Librarians Services Association (YALSA) Institute, Teen Services with Impact, providing young adult librarians with the benefit of nationally recognized training, while OLIS Youth Services Coordinator Danielle Margarida offered trainings to young adult librarians through OLIS' participation in the pilot cohort of YALSA's Transforming Teen Services project. OLIS was also one of a handful of state library agencies awarded a NASA STEM Workshop as part of the NASA@My Library program. In addition, OLIS continued to offer professional development through its various roundtables, including Adult Services, Digital Innovation, Special Collections, and Urban Libraries, and hosted programs on topics such copyright and public library data.
OLIS supported various reading programs throughout the year. We were a proud sponsor of RI Center for the Book's Reading Across Rhode Island program, which featured Mona Hanna-Attish's What the Eyes Don't See. Kids Reading Across Rhode Island celebrated its tenth anniversay by reading Molly Brooks' graphic novel Sanity and Tallulah, and launching the summer reading program with a special event at the Rhode Island State House. Throughout the summer, OLIS supported a Universe of Stories for children, teens and adults, with over 14,000 children and teens participating. In November, OLIS announced key changes to the Summer Reading Program, which will more closely align OLIS summer reading activities in 2020 with summer learning and our strategic plan.
In December, OLIS launched a new tool to help support programming in libraries for children and adults. The Library Presenter Directory will enable libraries to find programs for children, teens, and adults. OLIS also announced the move to an updated Jobline platform that will benefit both jobseekers and employers. Other notable digital tools launched in 2019 include the interactive reports made available for LORI ILL statistics.
OLIS also engaged in various projects with outside partners in 2019, including Grow with Google and ramping up for the 2020 Census, including a Census solutions workshop. We worked with the Library Board of Rhode Island to gather information about the current status of school libraries and contributed to the Board's Report on School Libraries. We also worked with the Board to revise the LORI Standards, which go into effect on January 6, 2020.
Last but certainly not least, OLIS was thrilled to welcome not one but two visits by the country's number one library advocate, Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed. Senator Reed hosted two Library Town Halls: the first included Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Director Dr. Kathryn Matthew and the second featured Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden. We were pleased to help coordinate panelists for each of the Town Halls to showcase the great work and innovative programming taking place in RI's libraries.
As we welcome 2020, OLIS staff will continue to support libraries across the state in new and old ways through our various programs, and support Rhode Islanders' information needs directly through through the Talking Books Library and, through member libraries, the Library of Rhode Island (LORI) delivery system. Keep up-to-date on our projects and activities through our website, Rhodarian, Facebook and Twitter. Happy New Year to all - we look forward to another exciting year working with Rhode Island's libraries and library users!
~Karen Mellor, Chief of Library Services
2018: Year in Review
2018 was another productive year for OLIS and Rhode Island's libraries.
[January 4, 2019]
Spring 2019 CE Session Open
Scroll down the CE calendar to February and beyond to explore programs on connected learning, film archives, NASA @ My Library training, 3D modeling and much more!
[January 4, 2019]
BARD: Braille and Audio Reading Download: Downloading to All Devices
Join Presenter Daureen Clyde and the Talking Books staff as we review and demonstrate downloading from the National Library Services (NLS), BARD program. Bring your laptop or other mobile devices, there will be time and assistance for hands-on.
[January 9, 2019]
2019 LORI Certification and Annual Update
OLIS is accepting LORI membership renewal and new applications January 15 through March 15, 2019.
[January 15, 2019]
Program on Hold - NASA STEM Workshop
The two day NASA STEM Workhop (March 5-6) is currently on hold, as the NASA presenters are affected by the federal government shutdown and have been instructed to stop their work on the NASA STEM workshops. OLIS will keep this program on the calendar and maintain the registrations/watilist until further notice. The NASA presenters have recommended that registrants who plan to make travel/hotel arrangements ensure that their reservations are refundable in the event this workshop cannot proceed as planned. OLIS will keep registrants informed of this workshop's status. Please contact Danielle Margarida (email@example.com) with additional questions or concerns.
[January 15, 2019]
Rhode Island Mock Newbery Award Winner Announced
On January 15, 2019 children's librarians and school librarians gathered to vote for the most distinguished children's book of 2018.
[January 17, 2019]
New Titles in the OLIS Iacono Professional Collection
Take a look at the new titles that have been added to the professional collection in 2018-2019. All are available for loan.
[January 17, 2019]
Vote Online for the 2019 Rhode Island Mock Caldecott Now!
Ballot 3 Open for Voting - January 25, 9:00 am Ballot 2 Closes - January 28, 8:30am Results Announced - January 28, 9:00 am
[January 17, 2019]
Proposed State Aid to Libraries 2020
The Governor's proposed budget includes level funding of state aid to libraries in fiscal year 2020.
[January 18, 2019]
Addressing Barriers to Effective Communication
The Ocean State Center for Independent Living (OSCIL) has been operating for over 30 years providing services for people with disabilities. Join OSCIL, Executive Director, Lorna Ricci in this inter-active session to learn how to communicate more effectively with your blind, vision impaired, deaf, hearing impaired and/or physically disabled library patrons.
[January 25, 2019]
Voting for the RI Children's Book Award
The time has come for your students and patrons in grades 3-5 to vote for their favorite book among the RI Children’s Book Award nominees for 2019! All voting and program evaluation will be done online. Beginning February 1, your school or library’s voting results can be entered at http://olis-ri.libwizard.com/ricba2019. All voting results must be submitted by Friday, March 1.
[January 29, 2019]
Studio Rhode Toolkit Available
OLIS partnered with the RI Office of Innovation for Studio Rhode, providing 6 grants to public libraries for innovative pilot programs to support multi-generational digital learning. The Studio Rhode Toolkit is now available online, and includes lessons learned, case studies, and additional resources.
[January 30, 2019]
I'm Not a Lawyer or Doctor: Providing Patrons the Information They Need
This program aims to introduce all types of librarians to a variety of medical and legal research concepts and technologies available to best assist our patrons, helping them find resources they need to successfully care for or protect themselves while not putting yourself or your library in a legal or ethical dilemma.
[February 7, 2019]
Announcing Kids Reading Across RI 2019
The Kids Reading Across RI Committee is proud to announce that Sanity & Tallulah by Molly Brooks is this year's selection!
[February 7, 2019]
LORI Grant Opportunities
The Office of Library and Information Services is pleased to announce the availability of Library of Rhode Island (LORI) Grants.
[February 22, 2019]
RICBA Voting Extended to March 8
Due to recent weather related school delays, voting for the RI Children's Book Award has been extended by a week. All voting results must be submitted by Friday, March 8.
[March 1, 2019]
OLIS Welcomes New Digital Resources Coordinator
Jason Ackermann has joined the OLIS staff in a new position that will oversee web services and digital initiatives.
[March 3, 2019]
State Offices Open, LORI Grant Workshop Proceeding
The LORI Grant Workshop on Monday, March 4, will be held as scheduled.
[March 4, 2019]
LORI Delivery Cancelled, Monday, March 4
LORI Delivery is cancelled on Monday, March 4 due to Winter Storm Scott.
[March 3, 2019]
RI Children's Book Award 2019 Winner and 2020 Nominees Announced
The 2019 RI Children's Book Award Winner is Sergeant Reckless: The True Story of the Little Horse Who Became a Hero by Patricia McCormick and illustrated by Iacopo Bruno. Check out the Award Winners and Nominees page for more details, including the breakdown of votes and the list of 2020 nominees.
[March 19, 2019]
Census Solutions Workshop
You are invited to a Census Solutions Workshop on April 10, from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM at the Warwick Public Library. Join libraries and community organizations to learn more about the 2020 Census and how to better use census data, while brainstorming strategies to ensure that Rhode Island gets a complete and accurate count, especially for hard-to-count populations.
[March 22, 2019]
LORI Delivery Items Count
The OLIS-LORI Delivery Items Count will take place from Sunday, April 7 through Saturday, April 13.
[March 25, 2019]
2019 Library of Rhode Island Grant Awards
OLIS awarded 15 LORI Grants through the 2019 LORI Grant Program; the total amount of the grants is slightly over $192,000. LORI Grants are supported through the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and funded through the IMLS Grants to States program under the Library Services and Technology Act. The 2019 LSTA sub-grants are for the period of April 2, 2019 through August 31, 2019.
[April 8, 2019]
Multi-type Reference Group Roundtable Meeting
The OLIS Multi-type Reference Group invites all interested parties to join them on April 18th at the Warwick Public Library at 2:00 to discuss CE programming and membership.
[April 12, 2019]
FY 2018 Public Library Statistics
The FY2018 Public Library Annual Survey data is now available in a number of reports. The reports cover public library revenue, expenditures, library visits, usage and much more.
[April 12, 2019]
OLIS Welcomes New State Data Coordinator
Kelly Metzger has joined the OLIS staff and will oversee OLIS data collection and statistical work.
[April 12, 2019]
Submit the OLIS LORI Delivery Items Count
The item count submissions page is now available. Please enter your count for April 7-13, 2019.
[April 15, 2019]
Library Town Hall with Senator Reed
U.S. Senator Jack Reed and Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, Director, Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), convened “A Conversation on the State of Our Libraries” at the Cranston Public Library.
[April 16, 2019]
Census 2020 Solutions Workshop
In conjunction with the US Census Bureau and the RI Division of Statewide Planning, the Office of Library & Information Services offered two Census Solutions Workshops on Wednesday, April 10 at the Warwick Public Library.
[April 23, 2019]
New Titles in the OLIS, Iacono Professional Collection
Check out the new titles that have been recently added to the collection for professional development. All are available through the OSL catalog.
[April 30, 2019]
RI School Library Survey 2019
Rhode Island school librarians are invited to participate in a statewide survey of school library programs. The survey is open until May 10, 2019.
[May 1, 2019]
Kids Reading Across RI Kicks Off 10th Year
The 10th annual Kids Reading Across Rhode Island program kicked off at the State House on Saturday, May 4, 2019 where Molly Brooks, author of the graphic novel Sanity & Tallulah signed books, fielded questions from the KRARI Jr. Press Corps, and addressed children and adults in the Governor’s State Room. The kick-off also marked the beginning of the 2019 statewide Summer Reading Program, “A Universe of Stories.” A gifted young scientist, a three headed kitten, and a space station gone haywire make Sanity & Tallulah and out of this world complement to the programming and events happening in public libraries throughout the summer.
[May 7, 2019]
Grow with Google Tour Comes to RI!
The Office of Library & Information Services is pleased to help welcome the Grow with Google Tour to Rhode Island the week of May 27, where they will be offering a series of free workshops that are open to all. The tour will visit the Providence Public Library and Newport Public Library on May 29 and May 31 respectively.
[May 10, 2019]
RI School Library Survey 2019 extended
Rhode Island school librarians are invited to participate in a statewide survey of school library programs. The survey has been extended until May 22, 2019.
[May 14, 2019]
Proposed Revisions to Library of Rhode Island Standards and Regulations
OLIS, the Library Board of Rhode Island and the ad hoc Committee are seeking feedback on the proposed revisions to the LORI Standards.
[May 28, 2019]
2019 LORI Data Executive Summary
This publication summarizes information gathered from the annual LORI Certification, including interlibrary loan statistics and the LORI Technology Scan. Interactive, graphical reports and detailed, tabulated data are included.
[June 7, 2019]
Kids Reading Across RI Presents From Earth to the Moon!
From Earth to the Moon! is a free summer library program presented by KRARI honorary chair Renée Gamba, Director Museum of Natural History and Planetarium. Throughout the summer, this program will be offered at 17 public libraries statewide in support of the 2019 KRARI book Sanity & Tallulah and the 2019 Summer Reading Program "A Universe of Stories."
[June 12, 2019]
Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Summit Registration Open
The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Summit is a full-day event on August 7 at the URI Library Galanti Lounge, and will feature speakers and activities designed to help libraries embed equity, diversity and inclusion practices into library services, programs, collections and work culture. Space is limited so register soon to attend.
[July 3, 2019]
FY2020 State Aid to Libraries
FY2020 State Aid to Libraries includes a $200,000 increase from FY2019.
[July 10, 2019]
YALSA Institute Registration Now Open
Library staff working with teens are invited to participate in this day long institute presented by the Young Adult Library Services Association. Participants will learn how to share the value of teen services while exploring social emotional learning and community building to maximize impact.
[July 23, 2019]
Spring 2019 LORI Delivery Items Count Results
42,404 items were transported in the LORI Delivery system during the week of April 7, 2019.
[August 13, 2019]
Fall 2019 Continuing Education Session Open Now
The Fall 2019 Continuing Education session is open for registrations. Explore roundtable meetings and programs on topics including marketing, community needs assessment, copyright, and equity, diversity and inclusion. Save the date for December 11, when Ryan Dowd will present a full day Librarian's Guide to Homelessness Training at the Cranston Public Library.
[August 29, 2019]
Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Summit
The RI Office of Library & Information Services, along with the RI Library Association, Cornucopia of RI, and the URI Graduate School of Library & Information Services, held a day long Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Summit on August 7 at the University of Rhode Island's Carothers Library. The purpose of the day was for library staff to come together for a statewide conversation about how to embed equity, diversity & inclusion practices into library services, programs, collections, and work culture.
[September 3, 2019]
2019 National Book Festival
The RI Office of Library & Information Services (OLIS) joined the RI Center for the Book to represent Rhode Island in the Parade of States at the 19th Annual National Book Festival on August 31 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C. The festival drew over 10,000 people to celebrate reading and meet their favorite authors.
[September 4, 2019]
LORI Standards and Regulations Revisions Proposed
Notices for amended Library of Rhode Island (LORI) Standards and Regulations were posted on October 1, 2019. All interested parties are invited to request additional information or submit written or oral comments.
[October 1, 2019]
Fall 2019 LORI Item Count, Oct 20th - Oct 26th
The semiannual LORI Delivery Item Count will take place the week of Sunday, October 20 to Saturday, October 26, 2019. This is a one week count of outgoing items sent through the LORI Network Delivery system. If your library is a LORI member, OLIS requires your participation to ensure both the continuous monitoring and improvement of the delivery network. Instructions may be found on the OLIS website. OLIS also provides a worksheet to record items as they are placed in LORI bins.
[October 2, 2019]
LORI Learning Grant Opportunities
The LORI Learning Grant Program provides opportunities for Rhode Island libraries to apply for smaller LORI Grants to work on innovative, forward-looking projects for youth learning that can be replicated in other libraries.
[October 17, 2019]
LBRI Meeting Cancelled - October 21, 2019
[October 18, 2019]
LORI Item Count Submission Page Now Open
The item count submission page is now available. Please submit the totals you recorded for each day of the item count, from October 20th through October 26th.
[October 28, 2019]
Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden & Senator Jack Reed Visit RI
U.S. Senator Jack Reed and Dr. Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress, convened two events at the Cranston Public Library. "The Future of Libraries" panel discussion was organized by OLIS and Senator Reed's office to highlight the work of Rhode Island libraries, and the "Celebration & Kickoff: 20th Anniversary of Veterans History Project” was organized by Senator Reed’s office to promote the project to veterans and library staff.
[November 5, 2019]
New Listserv for Youth Services Staff
The RI Young Adult and Children's Services Discussion List (RIYAC) has been created as a discussion tool and forum for all RI library youth services staff to connect on issues and topics related to youth. To join RIYAC or inquire about your subscription status please contact Danielle Margarida at firstname.lastname@example.org.
[November 22, 2019]
LORI Delivery Cancelled, December 3, 2019
LORI Delivery is canceled on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 due to inclement weather.
[December 3, 2019]
OLIS Jobline Joins LibraryJobline
The OLIS Jobline will be moving in January 2020 to a newer, more robust, and more feature-filled platform as we partner with the Library Research Service at the Colorado State Library to launch a Northeast section of LibraryJobline. Employers can start posting new positions right away. OLIS will continue to cross-post new jobs on the old site until the end of December. Following this, new post can only be made to the LibraryJobline.
[December 10, 2019]
Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness Training on as Scheduled
The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness training will happen as scheduled at 9 AM December 11 at the Cranston Public Library.
[December 11, 2019]
OLIS Develops Library Presenter Directory
OLIS has created a new service to connect libraries and presenters to support programming in libraries. Presenters interested in presenting in libraries are invited to submit their information.
[December 16, 2019]
LORI Delivery Cancelled, December 17, 2019
LORI Delivery is cancelled on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 due to inclement weather.
[December 17, 2019]
New Titles in the OLIS, Iacono Professional Collection
New titles have been cataloged and are ready to be checked out from the OSL catalog.
[December 23, 2019]
LBRI Report on School Libraries
The Library Board of Rhode Island (LBRI) surveyed the current state of school libraries in RI's elementary and secondary schools and made recommendations to strengthen school library media programs in RI schools.
[December 24, 2019]