The Library Board of Rhode Island approved the draft OLIS LSTA Five-Year Plan on April 30, 2012.
The draft plan was submitted to the Institute of Museum and Library Services State Programs Office on May 8, 2012 and accepted in September 24, 2012.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) requires that the Office of Library and Information Services submit a plan to set broad strategic direction for the use of Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) federal funds, to inform Rhode Island libraries of its direction, and to meet statutory requirements. A Five Year Plan (for the federalfiscal years 2013-2017) was submitted to the IMLS and approved by Director Susan Hildreth in September 2012. Director Hildreth wrote: "your Plan demonstrates the need for and impact of LSTA funds in the communities you serve. It is an excellent framework for the future . . . " (view Director Hildreth's letter)
The evaluation of OLIS’ 2008-2012 Plan for the LSTA Grants to States Program was completed in March 2012. The independent evaluation was conducted by Himmel & Wilson, Library Consultants. Section 9134 (c) of IMLS’ authorizing legislation directs state library administrative agencies to “independently evaluate, and report to the IMLS Director regarding, the activities assisted under this subchapter, prior to the end of the five year plan.” This evaluation provides state library agencies the opportunity to measure progress in meeting the targets set in their approved five year plans and is designed to help states make effective resource allocation decisions in their upcoming five year plans.