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LSTA in Rhode Island

Federal LSTA funds are used in Rhode Island to . . .

  • Provide services to Rhode Island residents with disabilities, such as . . .
    • Talking Books Plus, the Rhode Island Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, which functions as a public library for eligible persons with disabilities (part of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped). Talking Books Plus also connects readers with materials in other formats, such as Braille materials, through the Perkins Institute in Boston.
    • A compendium of disability resources for residents and libraries.
    • Compile information and provide training to staff in all Rhode Island libraries in ways to improve services to residents with disabilities.
  • Create gateways to libraries and library resources by . . .
    • Giving librarians the tools to provide residents with access to millions of books and magazine and journal articles from libraries statewide and worldwide through a database subscription service, interlibrary loan, and library-to-library delivery.
    • Maintaining links to all Rhode Island libraries and their catalogs.
  • Create gateways to government information through web sites by . . .
  • Give grants to enable libraries to expand the scope of resources provided to residents
    • LORI Grants fund projects that contribute to resource sharing among Rhode Island libraries, especially cooperative projects involving more than one library, and to projects that address sharing resources among different types of libraries.
  • Assure that staff in Rhode Island libraries have access to professional resources to improve their services and programs for residents by . . .
    • Developing, organizing and presenting a Continuing Education curriculum for library staff and their governing authorities in all types of libraries.
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