The Office of Library and Information Services makes Rhode Island libraries of all kinds more effective so that the people of Rhode Island can have the best possible library services.
The Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS) is the state library agency for Rhode Island. OLIS supports and strengthens library and information services in the state to ensure that all residents will benefit from free and convenient access to library and information resources and services. In addition, OLIS participates in planning and providing access to online government information for state agencies and the public.
OLIS has the statutory authority and responsibility to administer state and federal funding and to coordinate and support programs for libraries of all types. It is part of the Executive Branch of state government located in the Department of Administration under the direction of the Chief of Library Services. OLIS works with the Library Board of Rhode Island to establish priorities and policies to carry out its mission.
The Library of Rhode Island (LORI) is the Rhode Island Library network, a virtual library consisting of the collected resources and services available from all Rhode Island libraries. The physical network is coordinated and administered by OLIS.
The LSTA Five-Year Plan establishes both the general direction and specific objectives for this program. The LSTA Plan addresses specifically the priorities established by the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) but encompasses both federal and state legislative objectives. The LSTA Plan was approved by the Library Board of Rhode Island in 2012 and is updated annually.
Under the LSTA Five-Year Plan, OLIS is charged to:
In addition to the LSTA Plan, OLIS services, activities and programs are guided by the complementary OLIS Framework for Action [pdf].
OLIS provides professional and technical support services for all types of Rhode Island libraries and their staff, and public library trustees. Areas of support include: